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Chester's November Blog - 27/11/20

Where Shall We Start?



In English, we have been looking at lots of books by the same author. The author we have been looking at is Julia Donaldson and we have read the books ‘The Ugly Five’, ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ and ‘Monkey Puzzle’.



When learning about the book ‘The Ugly Five’, we created non-chronological reports about one of the five animals – the warthog. We learnt about subheadings and the importance of making sure the information is with the right one.


With ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ we answered questions about the story and talked about poor Drip and what happened to him. The other dinosaurs were not very nice to him just because he was different and didn't like meat. How unkind!


During ‘Monkey Puzzle’ we created freeze frames of parts of the story where the little monkey is trying to find his mum. We especially focused on this picture from the end of the story:


We thought carefully about how the monkey would be feeling now that he has finally found his mum and dad. We decided he would be really happy!

Here are some of our freeze frames:




We have been learning lots of skills in our maths lessons this month.


We recapped place value and used our knowledge of how many tens and ones are in a number to help us complete some addition and subtraction problems.

Here's an example: 25 + 4 becomes 20 + 0 = 20 and 5 + 4 = 9. Then you do 20 + 9 = 29 which is the final answer.


We learnt how to use a ruler properly to measure how long or tall an object is. We now know how important it is to start at 0 otherwise our measurements will not be accurate! We also measured some objects in the classroom and compared and ordered them by ordering them from longest to shortest.



We practised reading the time for o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to. We then moved on to drawing the hands on for the correct times. Always remember the long hand is for the minutes and the short hand is for the hours!





Our topic in Science this term is ‘Living Things and their Habitats’.

We have been learning about animals, where they live and what they need to survive there.

When learning about food chains, we discovered that they always begin with a green plant which is known as a producer. The final animal is know as a top predator which means they are the end of the food chain and there aren't any other animals that will eat it or hunt it as prey.





In RE, we have been learning about the birth of Jesus and what the word Incarnation means. Did you know that it means God in the flesh?

We have discussed why Christians think Jesus is important. We know that they believe he is important because he was God's Son and he was going to be the Saviour.

We have also started to look at what Christians use the nativity story for in churches or at home. We looked at different crib/nativity scenes and talked about why so many people were there and who we thought the most important person was. We decided it was Jesus.





Our CCCS butterfly this term has been called ‘All of Time – Where Do You Want To Start?’

We have completed learning about the First World War linked to Remembrance. We looked at what life was like in the trenches for the soldiers.

What do you think life would have been like in the trenches? We think it would have been very muddy, smelly and scary. We drew pictures of what might have been happening in a trench:




We also learnt about a lady you may have heard of called Pocahontas and found out her life wasn't exactly like the Disney film shows.

We discovered she was a kind person who helped the Native Americans and Englishmen to stop fighting when she fell in love and married an Englishman. She then moved to England (Gravesend to be precise so quite local!) and lived there for a few years with her husband and son. Unfortunately she became really sick and died from smallpox when she was only 22!

Here is some information we found to show why she was a significant and important person:




In Computing we have been thinking about how we use the Internet to find information.

During anti-bullying week, we discussed the importance of talking to adults when we come across something we are unsure about. Never click on anything you don't recognise or trust!

We have just started to use our Computing lessons to create our own PowerPoint presentations about animals, linking our work back to our Science topic and the non-chronological reports in English.

Here are some pictures of us completing our research: