As part of book week, the illustrator, Nick Schon, visited 2 Dahl today. Using the children’s ideas he drew a series of pictures to tell their story about Kipper and a candy cottage. Next week, 2 Dahl will be using these illustrations as the starting point for writing their own story.
2 Dahl did some ‘fantabulous’ work finding fractions of amounts in Maths. They found a range of fractions of different amounts, and recognised the importance of laying out their work neatly to help them work out the answer.
Today we began work on our new Science topic, Plants. 2 Dahl imagined they were plants and discussed what their stem, leaves, roots and flowers all did. The children then looked closely at a daffodil and drew and labelled their own diagram to show its parts.
Following on from the children’s report writing, this week 2 Dahl will all be transforming into roving reporters and will work towards presenting their own factual report on Neil Armstrong. Today the reporters started off by watching short news reports to identify their features. 2 Dahl then worked in small groups to research facts to go in their own news report.
This week in Literacy all of our work will be related to the book, ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray. Today we read part of the book and then discussed the living room and shop settings and how we could describe these in detail using all of our senses. The children came up with some great adjectives and similes to describe the objects in these settings…”A wonky, pink lampshade as pink as a pig…On the floor was a patterned red, round carpet as red and round as a tomato…Next to the lamp was a soft, emerald-green sofa as soft as a onesie.”
Today we started work on fractions. We discussed how a fraction is a way of showing parts of a whole, parts that are equal. We then helped make a pizza and covered the whole of it in cheese, half of it in salami and quarter of the pizza in green pepper. We then cut out some shapes and folded them in half and labelled them with the fraction, half. We then all cut a small fairy cake in half, and then into four quarters. We looked at fractions and talked about the numerator and denominator.
We investigated a question in Science…What happens when you put chocolate in warm water? First we learnt about solids, liquids and gases. We acted out being a solid, liquid and a gas…we had fun as we pretended we were particles! The children then worked in small groups and planned what things they would need to carry out their investigation and what they would do with the materials and equipment. We discussed what a fair test was and recognised that in order to make our test accurate we needed to keep most things the same. We were all very excited by chocolate! We predicted what we thought would happen to the chocolate in the warm water. We put the chocolate in a clear bag, then put the bag and chocolate in warm water. After every 2 minutes we checked the chocolate and observed the changes. We did this for 10 minutes and recorded our results. We then predicted what would happen when we took the chocolate out of the warm water. The next day we checked the chocolate again…We were all fascinated by how hard the chocolate was! Since then, we been leaving the chocolate by the heater and watching and feeling what happens to it as the heater turns on and off during the day.
This week, a visitor from Watford Trust visited 2 Dahl and taught them about religious places. The children looked at artefacts and pictures of objects they might expect to find in a church. Afterwards, when they reflected on their learning, they realised how many new things and words they had learnt…for example: pew, lectern, and pulpit.