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Term 5

This year is going so fast, I can't believe we are at the end of term 5 already! This term our topic was 'Animals' we learnt about different types of animals including zoo animals, pets and farm animals. We looked at the book 'Dear Zoo' and then created our own version of it, by writing letters to a zoo requesting pets that we would like to have - but probably not the parents! We also explored some wider questions surrounding zoos such as; should animals be kept in zoos? The children came up with some very interesting and informed answers, we also discussed the roles that zoos play in conservation work. Which then led onto discussing what extinction meant, which of course then led to talking about dinosaurs! It's amazing that no matter what topic we are covering, dinosaurs always manage to make an appearance somewhere!
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We had great discussions about our pets (for those children that don't have pets - they chose what they would like which could be real or imaginary). We created shopping lists for all the things we need to look after our pets. We decided that what they really needed was very similar to our needs; warmth, food, a bed, toys and lots of love. 

 

Finally we looked at farm animals, thinking about why we need farm animals. We had the normal suggestions such as milk, eggs and meat. However, you would be surprised to hear which animals give us which type of meat! With a bit more investigation though we managed to sort out successfully which type of meat comes from which animal. We made some 3d farm animals, we think they look very cute and we had lots of fun making them.

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Also in this term we walked down to the church to see the flower festival which had a musical theme, the children enjoyed looking at the props and the flowers and trying to guess what they portrayed. We managed to guess a couple of the easier ones such as 'Hush a bye baby', and 'Sleeping Beauty'. Whilst we were visiting the church the bell ringers were there so we were able to watch them ringing the bells inside the bell tower.

 

One of our learning focuses this term was ICT we all created drawings on the Clevertouch board, programmed Beebots to follow a simple route and started learning how to compose music using a music program on the computer.

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Our term ended with a session on an inflatable football pitch, which the children really enjoyed, it was very energetic but lots of fun!
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For a 5 week term including 2 bank holidays, we sure managed to pack in lots of learning. Well done to everyone for working hard and still having fun!
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