Today we went on a school trip to The Living Rainforest in Newbury. We learnt all about how animals and plants adapt to survive in their environment. We saw lots of exciting things that include poison dart frogs, goeldi monkeys, toucans, stingrays, guppy fish, the giant taro plant, trumpet tree and cacao plants. Some of us were even lucky enough to see Cinnamon the sloth and Harry the armadillo.
This morning we continued with our dictionary entries and we had to read our work from yesterday and decide how to improve it. Lots of us edited our sentences, checked our spellings and tried really hard with our handwriting. Here are a few of the completed entries.
In the afternoon we had Judo and played a sumo wrestling game at the end. It was lots of fun (and very loud!)
This morning we recapped how important dictionaries are. They can be used to check spellings and the meaning of words. We created a list of vocabulary that is specific to the rainforest and we used dictionaries to help us write an entry for our class rainforest dictionary. Here we are hard at work!
In grammar this week we have been learning about time conjunctions. We use these in sentences to give more information and link ideas. Here are some of our brilliant sentences and we have even underlined the time conjunctions for you.
Today we have been learning the differences between what we want and what we need. We did a trusting exercise where we gently pushed our partners to another partner and listened to what they wanted and needed. Some of us needed to go slower and some of us wanted to go faster.
In guided reading some of us read non-fiction books about the rainforest. In maths we are continuing our fraction work and today we identified tenths.
Today we continued with fractions and began to find fractions of amounts. It was quite tricky to begin with but once we remembered to divide our amount by the denominator it started to get easier.
In the afternoon we painted our salt dough models of South America. We worked in groups of three to decide which countries to paint which colour because we couldn’t have countries the same colour if they were touching each other.
This afternoon we had Judo with our Judo teacher, Mark. We wore our Judo kits and learnt how to tie our belts and we have to take them home to practise. We also learnt the Osotogari (Major Outer Sweeping Throw) and how to go straight into an arm pull. Here is a video of the Osotogari.
Last week we did lots of fun activities on our topic, The Rainforest. In computing we learned how to use Swiggle to help us research information about rainforests.
Our maths work is coming on really well and some of us worked with Mrs Johanson to investigate how many numbers we could make with ten counters. We had to work in a logical and systematic way so we could prove that we had made all the numbers possible.
On Thursday we got our Judo kits and had to remind ourselves who was the Tori (attacker) and Uki (defender) for the moves we have learnt so far.
Today we did lots of work on our new topic, Rainforests. In music we listened to the sounds of a rainforest and wrote notes about what we could hear then we watched a video of rainforest body percussion and we are hoping to try this ourselves! Later we watched a video and did a sensory walk through a rainforest (there are lots of creepy crawlies!). The best part of the day was making salt dough models of South America, the home of the Amazon Rainforest.