Bumble-bees Class Learning Page
Information about each topic can be found in the topic web section of the class page.
Our topic for Term 6 is called Beach Explorers.
Our enquiry question this week is: How are our oceans and seas changing?
We have been watching clips of Blue Planet and we have been learning about plastic pollution. We have learnt about microplastics and how long plastic can take to break down.
In Maths we have been making number bonds to 10.
Our enquiry question this week is: How are significant individuals helping us to learn about oceans?
We have started to think about how we learn about the oceans and the creatures that live in them and we have started to learn about Sir David Attenborough.
We have planned and then created instructions for going rock pooling.
In Mathematics we have been creating repeated patterns.
We also said goodbye to our butterflies this week.
We have two enquiry questions this week: What is a rock pool?
What lives in a rock pool?
We have been learning about these miniature habitats and the fascinating creatures that are found in them.
We have also been looking at the features of a beach and we used natural materials to create a 3D beach.
This week we having been reading the story 'Sally and the Limpet'. The children have created their own versions of the story.
Our second enquiry question is: What will I see at the beach?
We have discovered what a beach is and then created representations of what we will see at the beach.
In Maths we have been looking at place value and looking at the teen numbers.
Our first enquiry question is: How are the oceans and seas connected?
We have had a really busy first week back and have produced lots of amazing work for World Ocean Day.
A big thank you to Kate from the Marine Conservation Society for visiting us and telling us about 3 ocean superheroes.
We also had a very special delivery this week. The children have been watching the caterpillars change during the week. They have doubled in size!
Our new topic is called Australian Adventure.
Our enquiry question is: How can we care for animals in the wild?
For the last two weeks of term we are reading 'Beware of the Crocodile'. We have been describing the features and traits of a crocodile. This week we are learning how a mother crocodile cares for her eggs and baby crocodiles.
Our enquiry question this week is: What can we learn from Dreamtime stories?
We have listened to three different Dreamtime stories this week including the 'Rainbow Serpent' and 'Rainbow Bird'.
We have also been learning about Uluru.
Our enquiry question this week is: Why are these animals only found in Australia?
This week we have been reading the Dreamtime story 'Tiddalik'. We have looked at different versions and discussed the main character. We also talked about the key messages in this story.
In Maths we have been counting equal groups of 2, 5 and 10. We have also been making arrays.
Our enquiry question this week is: Which animals are only found in Australia?
We have been learning about Dreamtime stories this week. The children have really enjoyed watching the stories 'How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails' and 'Echidna and the Shade Tree'. We have been retelling these Dreamtime stories and creating artwork to accompany our writing.
In Maths this week we have been looking at equal and unequal groups. The children then created equal groups of 2, 5 and 10.
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Additional resources for Term 3 Week 1
Below are the flashcards for the Phase 2 phonemes for EYFS.
Phase 3 phonemes and digraphs and then the Phase 5 digraphs for Year 1.
Welcome back Bumble-bees. Our new topic is called Fire! Fire!
We have been very busy this week preparing for our Nativity.
Our enquiry question this week is: How have things changed since 1666?
We discussed the changes made after the fire and compared these to life in 2020.
In phonics we have started to learn the phase 3 phonemes 'j', 'v' and 'w'.
The Year 1 children have been learning 'ew', 'oe' and ''au'.
Our enquiry question this week is: Why did so many houses burn?
We have been discussing the reasons why and looking at the objects used to try and stop the fire.
We have also made repeated patterns using different resources in class.
In phonics we have been learning to read and write tricky words. In reception we have been learning to read 'no' by answering 'yes' and 'no' questions.
The Year 1 children have been learning the digraphs 'ph' and 'ew'.
This week we have been reading 'Toby and the Great Fire of London.' We have started to learn about what happened on 4th September 1666 and the actions of King Charles II.
Our enquiry question this week is: What were houses made from in 1666?
We have been exploring the properties of wood and creating pictures of houses in 1666.
We have also been exploring the properties of 2D shapes. We have been creating pictures with 2D shapes and drawing 2D shapes.
In reception our new phonemes are 'ff', 'l' and 'll'.
In Year 1 the new digraphs are 'aw' and 'wh' and we have been looking at the tricky words some, come, oh, their, have and like.
We finished the story 'Fire Cat' this week and we have now started to retell the story using story maps.
Our enquiry question this week is: 'Who were some of the main characters involved in the Great Fire?
We have been learning about Samuel Pepys. Here are some of our portraits.
We have also been exploring the properties of 3-D shapes.
In reception our new phonemes are 'h', 'b' and 'f'.
In year 1 the new digraphs 'ir' and 'ue' as well as reading the tricky words their, people and like.
This week we have started to read the story 'Fire Cat.' The story has helped us to answer our enquiry question this week: 'What happened on 2nd September 1666?
We have been representing the story and building models of London.
We have also been learning about Remembrance day and using a range of materials to create poppies.
In reception we have been learning the phonemes 'e' and 'u'. We have also been looking at the tricky words to and the.
The year 1 children have been learning the phase 5 digraphs 'ea' and 'oy'.
In week 1 we have been creating firework poems and representing fireworks using different materials.
In reception our new phonemes are c, k and ck. We have been using the sounds we know to read VC and CVC words.
The year 1 children have been learning the phase 5 digraphs ay, ou and ie.
For our final week of term 1 we have been looking at the questions: What happened to the dinosaurs?
What does extinct mean?
We then started to think about animals that are on the endangered or vulnerable list now and how we can help. The children have been thinking of ways to help hedgehogs in our school garden.
In reception we have been learning the phonemes m, g and d. We have been looking at using the phonemes we know to read VC words such as am and an.
We have been exploring the book Life on Earth- Dinosaurs. The children have been asking questions and helped to create a fact file about a T.Rex. We found out that each curved tooth was the length of a banana!
Our questions of the week are: What did Mary Anning teach us about the natural world?
What was Earth like when dinosaurs roamed?
The reception children have been writing s-a-t and learning the new phonemes p, i and n.
We are using these phonemes to read the words below.
The year 1 children are revisiting trigraphs. Please see the link for the words we are reading and writing.
This week we have been reading How to look after your dinosaur. We have been creating lists and instructions to care for a pet dinosaur as well as making nests.
We have also been learning about fossils.
Our question of the week is: Were all dinosaurs the same? Why were they different?
We have been learning the phonemes, s-a-t and have been learning to write each grapheme.
In Mathematics we have been representing numbers and ordering numerals.
Our key text this week is Tyrannosaurus Drip. We have been describing the main characters.
Our question of the week is: Were all dinosaurs fierce?
We have been sorting dinosaurs into groups and learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
In week 3 the reception children will be learning the first three phonemes, s-a-t.
The year 1 children are revisiting phase 3 digraphs. Please see the link for the sounds we are reading and writing.
This week we have been reading the story Am I Yours?
We have been making eggs, making predictions and thinking of questions to ask the egg.
Our question of the week is: What is a dinosaur?
In phonics we have been modelling oral blending for the reception children. We have been segmenting CVC words, such as bat and sun into separate phonemes and the children have been helping to blend the sounds together to say the word.
The year 1 children have been revisiting the digraphs oa, ar, ow and ai.