Hedgehog Class News 13.01.2023

We have had a lovely week settling back into school – the children have returned full of enthusiasm and excitement about our new topic. This term, our Science topic is Earth and Space, so we have spent some time familiarising ourselves with the order of the planets in the solar system. The children have even created models of each of the planets out of modroc to create our own hanging solar system in the classroom (see the photos below). In Science this week, we learned about all the evidence that shows the Earth is round, including how boats disappear in the distance and the stars we see in the sky. In Geography, to start our new topic of ‘Extreme Earth’, we played an online quiz to see how quickly the children could identify all the continents and oceans. A huge well done to those children how managed to identify them all in under 35 seconds – very impressive!

In English this week, we have been learning about how to write instruction texts, including using formal language, passive voice and modal/imperative verbs. The children have also been enjoying our new class book ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. In Maths, we spent some time focussing on mixed numbers and improper fractions, including partitioning these using numicon. The children really enjoyed getting the opportunity to use manipulatives to develop their understanding. In Maths this week, we have been learning different strategies to find the perimeter of shapes, including measuring and counting squares. We have now moved onto finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes and shapes with missing lengths.

On Wednesday, years 5 and 6 came together to create some designs for the school mosaic project, which will continue into next week. We brainstormed ideas of what made our school special, before trying to incorporate all of these elements into a sketch design.