Cherry class started this term remembering and paying tribute to the soldiers who died for us and learning all about Remembrance Day. We created our own poppies, explained how we remember those that lost their lives during the war and created our own artwork inspired by Jacqueline Hurley. We also developed our reading skills using the book - Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo.
After that, the children took on the role as Scientists, exploring the rather ‘disgusting’ functions of our body – The Digestive System!
The children labelled the basic parts of the digestive system and discovered the function of each part – they were blown away to learn that the small intestine was a whopping 7 metres long! We used a trundle wheel in our classroom to measure out 7 metres – it was nearly the same length as the classroom! We then compared the digestive systems of a human and an animal – the children were fascinated to learn that a cow has 6 stomachs!
Next, we moved on to our teeth! We identified and explored the function of each one, then compared these to herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Much to their surprise, we all have different teeth which we all use for varying reasons. Once we had a good understanding of the outside of our teeth, we looked at the inside! This lead to an exciting, yet rather unpleasant, science enquiry. We focused on the importance of keeping our teeth clean and healthy. We set up an experiment using different liquids and eggs. We observed daily to check the effect sugar had on the enamel of our teeth when not cleaned… The egg shell replicated the enamel of our teeth. The results were pretty shocking, and so was the smell! The children also wrote instructions for the experiment, discussing and recorded their results for the enquiry.
We also used our class book, The Lucky Escape, (a story about the digestive system) which supported the children in writing tasks. The children have written recounts, showing fantastic understanding of the process of the digestive system.
Finally, to conclude our exciting term, the children participated a practical ‘poo’ making session! Some of the children thoroughly enjoyed this, others found it pretty revolting! They wrote instructions and verbally explained the process of our digestive system, showcasing their knowledge and understanding!
Children in Cherry class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Europe, and what a busy term it has been! We started by designing our own passport to begin our European road trip!
We have located Europe within the world and discovered lots of countries within Europe (who knew there were so many!). We have also studied some of the famous European landmarks, learning where they are, who built them and why they were built – there was some very interesting research!
The children have also used maps to locate and label the countries within Europe, found out each of their capital cities, discovered why countries have flags and matched the correct flag to their countries too!
The children have researched, planned and written fantastic non-chronological reports about Germany, Spain and Finland. They have also planned and written a postcard from one of these countries, using their knowledge to write about the exciting adventure they had.
We have also been reading our class book, Emil and the Detectives, (a story that is set in Berlin) which has been a real hit! The children have written recounts from Emil’s perspective, showing fantastic understanding of the story.
Finally, we have explored a few European artists and created our own artwork inspired by them, using pastels. Robert Delaunay, a French artist, and Joan Miro, a Spanish artist. All of the children have produced some cracking artwork, which is on display around the school.