Winchester's September Blog
Welcome to our September blog!
We are really excited to show you what we have been doing this month...
In English, we began by reading 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. We discovered that 'Superworm' was super helpful and could be used as many other objects, such as a lasso, hat, belt and hula hoop. We started by drawing a story map and acted out the scenes of the story to help us remember the order of events. After, we wrote captions to describe different images from the story. Finally, we innovated the main character and changed what they could be used for. We then moved onto the story of 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. Again, we started by acting out the scenes and began to label animal body parts. Next, we wrote postcards to people of our choice as we wanted to explain what our character had seen on their journey. Finally, we used a 'Hot seat' to further understand how the characters from the story would feel.
In maths this month we have been looking at numbers up to 20. We started by identifying and writing numbers to 10 and we used cubes to help support our learning with counting. We moved on to looking at addition using the part-part-whole model and number lines to help us solve equations. We also used the part-part-whole model to solve subtraction equations with numbers up to 20. To bring our maths lessons to life we have used math stories to engage the childrens interests. We discussed different scenarios we could use addition and subtraction. For example, on Monday I went to the shops and bought 3 sweets and on Tuesday I bought 2 more. How many did I have altogether?
In Science, we have started to look at 'Animals including Humans'. First we matched labels to human body parts, such as head, arm, leg and foot. Next, we identified our 5 senses and what they are used for. We discovered our eyes are used for sight; our nose is used for smelling; our hands can be used for touching; our ears for listening and our tongue for tasting. The children discussed how we can trigger different senses with more than 1 part of the body. For example we can touch things with our feet as well as our hands. We put our senses to the test by closing our eyes and smelling coffee, tasting our fruit at snack time and touching a teddy and guessing what we think the objects were. Next, we looked at what birds can be found in Erith. We made our own binoculars and walked around the school to see what we could find. We discovered that there was a lot of pigeons in Erith and if we wanted to find a range of birds we might need to look in other areas.