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Summer Term

Mini Zoo



This project has a science focus and teaches children about different animals, their life cycles and what they need to stay alive and be well. At the heart of this project children learn how to write instructions and explanations, and learn  additional skills in labelling maps, animals and plants.
In the Innovate Stage children apply their skills and understanding by creating a new ‘mini zoo’ for Mr Park.

In this project the children will learn:
  • About the habitats of domestic and wild animals
  • Why animals are important to us and how we care for them
  • About organisations and people who look after animals
  • How zoos are organised and how they look after animals
  • How to make a simple map or plan
  • How to solve simple money problems
  • How to use the Internet and books to find information


Monday 7th April
We are very excited about Easter and have been very busy making our cards and baskets. We were very lucky to have a visit from Easter Bunny carrying a basket of eggs for us to share. 

Mrs James and Mrs Romanelli wish you all a happy Easter - have a lovely holiday and don't eat all of your eggs at the same time!

As part of our topic we have been learning about habitats and we went to visit the school pond. We dipped our nets into the pond and it was fascinating to find the creatures living in there. We found tadpoles, water snails, sticklebacks and a dragonfly nymph. We looked carefully at them using a magnifying glass.

Monday 31st March

We have been practising spelling in lots of different ways this week. We took our whiteboards outside and practised writing the high frequency words hanging on the washing line. 
We have learnt to spell words with blends and wrote lots of different words on our boards.

We have been learning about the symbolism of Easter and we have listened to the Easter story. Chicks are a symbol of Easter because they represent new life and we have sequenced pictures to show the life cycle of chickens.
Monday 24th March
We have been busy making Mother's Day cards and thinking about all the thing our mums do for us. We imagined mum as Supermum and thought about the ways she could use her powers - a click of the fingers and the washing up would be done! We have all promised to be very helpful on Sunday!
In Maths we have counted in 2s, 5s and 10s and have been identifying odd and even numbers. 

Monday 18th March

This week we have enjoyed reading  'The Pig in the Pond'. We read it lots of times and put actions to it to help us to remember it. We wrote the story in our books and this is the most writing we have done on our own!  
We have learnt a lot about pigs and piglets and used non fiction books to find information. We wrote about all the things we had found out about pigs.



We have been practising telling the time and concentrating on quarter past. Some of us have been learning to read and write digital time too. 


Monday 11th March 
We have been learning about farm animals and how they are looked after by the farmer. We wrote an explanation of what farm animals need to be healthy and happy. We have been learning the names of the baby farm animals which will be born in Spring.
In our outdoor area we have been making farms and grouping the farm animals. We also drew maps of farms to practise the skills we learnt last term. We have been singing Old Macdonald and making up animal stories using our puppets.  
In our Maths lessons we have been looking at a hundred square to find 1 more and 1 less and 10 more and less. We are getting used to the patterns on a 100 square and now we need to try to do this mentally!