Wonderful Weather Reporting

This week 1 Neverland have been learning about the weather. We discussed the different seasons and how the weather changes. We then listened to a weather report and noticed how there were many ways that the  weather in different places could be described. 

We learnt we can measure the temperature using a thermometer and discussed what different temperatures felt like and how water freezes at 0 degrees centigrade. We then went outdoors and learnt how to read a simple scale on a thermometer. We noticed that it was colder outside than inside and the temperature outdoors was 9 degrees. We then completed our own class and individual weather charts.

 We also looked at Googlemaps and learnt about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and discussed accents in these areas. We guessed where the capital city of London is on a map and labelled our own maps of the United Kingdom. We also looked at where Abbots Langley is in the United Kingdom.  We learnt to describe the weather in different places using words like North, South, East and West and Northern England.

As well as discussing the weather we also worked in groups to then plan and perform a weather report to the class using special weather symbols and our own temperature labels.


Following instructions – did the gingerbread men run away?

In phonics the children read and discussed ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ They then read instructions to make a gingerbread man.They discussed the features of the instructions.After this the children followed the steps to make a gingerbread man. They weighed out and measured out ingredients using scales and different measuring spoons. We also discussed which ingredients were liquids and which were solids and where the spice cinnamon came from. We also learnt some new skills like rubbing in and why we need to line a baking tray and flour a table before we roll out dough! Super cooking and learning! Fortunately for us, our gingerbread men did not escape from the oven!

Run, run as fast as you can…

Today, in phonics, the children recapped their sounds and then read another traditional tale, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to their partners. As well as discussing characters, setting and events in the story we explored the punctuation such as speech marks, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes and how they were used. The children noticed that apostrophes were used in more than one way. The children then compared ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and discussed how they were similar using mind mapping.

Instructions…How to catch a giant!

Today we continued  our work on instructions and Jack and the Beanstalk. Somehow the giant had escaped and Jack needed the children’s help to catch him. The children thought about how they could act out instructions for catching a giant at the same time as saying them out loud.They then worked in small groups and performed their instructions to the class.

Exploring Instructions in Literacy

This week in Literacy the children are learning about instructions. Today we looked at some instructions and discussed why we need instructions and their features. The children picked out a heading, subheading, bullet points, numbered steps and bossy ‘imperetive’ verbs. To help us understand and spot imperative verbs we thought about whether we could act out the word and if it was a word that was ordering us to do something. We had lots of fun pretending to draw…cut…paint…stick. At the end of the lesson we looked at a recipe for pizza and picked out some features as well as acting out the ‘bossy’ imperative verbs. Tomorrow we will be working on giving verbal instructions.