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Yellow Class

Welcome to Yellow Class

Summer 2

Our topic this term is Materials. We will be exploring different types of material and how they are suitable for different purposes. We will be finding out how different materials are made and who invented them. We will be identifying and sorting man-made and natural materials and looking at how materials can be changed

What an exciting first few week back! Last week we joined lots of schools at Letchworth Tennis Club to take part in an Olympics event. We got join in with lots of activities including: dancing, curling, hockey, volleyball, football, relay and jumping. A great time was had by all.

Last week we also had a drama workshop called Perform come in and we went on a jungle adventure. It was nice to see everyone confident and joining in. 

This term we are lucky to have Caroline for P.E. She has been teaching us keep fit, balancing, stretches and  other skills.

Summer 1

This week has been our Science Week. We have been learning all about discoveries at home, outside and the wider World. On Monday we had a visit from Forest Schools and had a great time down in our woodland digging, making bark and leaf rubbings and discoveries what lives there.

In class this week we have been launching paper cases off different bottles to see which will go the highest. We've investigated which fruit and vegetables float and which sink. We discovered that a Satsuma floats but once it's peeled it sinks. We came up with some good ideas to test how we could get it to float again.

Also this week we had a visit from SetPoint and were involved in a workshop called Splash. We had great fun taking part in all the activities. We tested boats with different hulls and sails to see which went the fastest. We did floating and sinking experiments. We made paddle boats and tried to get our boats to go faster and slower, forwards and backwards. There was also a great team building activity where we had to use the pipes to move the water from the reservoir (one tank of water) to the house (an empty tank).

The children had a lovely time celebrating the royal wedding. We enjoyed watching the Morris dancers and the picnic on the field.

This Summer term we will be learning about plants and animals. We will be looking at different habitats around school and the plants and animals that live there.

In English we have been learning to write explanation texts. We have been explaining the lifecycles of animals and plants. We know that explanations need to have adverbs of time and noun phrase that add detail and are specific to that animal or plant. We have also been using conjunctions such as 'so' and 'but' in our explanations. Here are some of the lifecycles of  a bean plant and a chicken that we made in our groups.

Spring 2

In our vehicles topic we will be focusing on history of vehicles and writing recounts of the Rainhill trials. We will research how George Stephenson won the race with his invention 'The Rocket'. In Science we are investigating what makes toy vehicles roll in different ways. We have discussed the size of wheels, the length of the vehicle, it's weight, the height of the ramp and the surface it is rolled on.  This helped us to develop our questioning, investigating, measuring and recording skills. We are then designing our own experiments to test what could affect how far a car could travel.

We went on a vehicles survey to see the types of vehicles and the quantity that travel on local roads. We recorded this on a tally chart. The children really enjoyed this. Back in class we made block graphs to show how many vehicles we saw. We learnt how scales can go up in ones, twos, fives or tens and we used different scales on our block graphs.

In Design and Technology we have been designing and making our own vehicles. We are focusing on how to cut, measure and join different materials together to make them strong. We have been learning about fixed and moving axels and wheels. These are some photographs of our vehicles in the early stages.

Spring 1

This Spring term we have been looking at two contrasting localities, the small Scottish island of Coll and Brazil. We have been looking at maps and learning how to use keys and co-ordinates. We've been comparing the two countries by weather and physical and man-made features.

Also in Science we have been researching the different layers of the rainforest and the animals that are adapted for living there. As part of the Global Learning Program we have discussed and debated the reasons for and against deforestation and shared our views on this.

To celebrate our learning we had a World Day focusing on the two countries we have been studying. To celebrate Scotland we were put into clans and took part in a mini Highland Games, we made tartan and shortbread. To celebrate Brazil we made carnival masks and made a Brazilian chocolate truffle called a brigaderio. At the end of the day we tried different food from these countries. The children had a great time! 

Autumn 2

This half term our topic is London. Within our London topic, we will be covering skills in English, History, Design and Technology and Art. In History we will be learning about the Great Fire of London, why it happened, why Samuel Pepys is famous and what changes came about as a result of the fire.

In art we have been looking at what the buildings were like in 1666 and what they are like now. We used different sketch pencils to create dark and light on our drawings.

With Mr Sharp we have been looking at the designs of London buildings and we have designed our own that we are making. We have been thinking about how we can make our buildings stronger.

As part of our Geography work we've been finding out what it's like in other countries. We plotted different landmarks on a map and compared them to the landmarks in London.

In English the children have enjoyed making their own information books about the Great Fire of London. They have learnt to make a glossary and index pages. They have learnt that words in the glossary are in bold and words in the glossary and index are in alphabetical order.

Maths this half term has been focusing on place value and understanding of number. We have been making numbers with tens and ones equipment and using this to add and subtract. We have compared numbers and used speaking frames to explain how they know one number is bigger than another.

Autumn 1

In Yellow class our topic this half term is food. In Art we looked at the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who painted faces made out of different objects including food! We made sculptures made from real fruit and vegetables.

In groups we collaged our own pictures of fruit and vegetable faces.

Also in our Food Art Topic we made pasta faces.