This half term our Geography topic is 'Around my School Locality'.
To start our topic the children answered some Key Questions about their current knowledge of Bamber Bridge. They shared some great ideas of the features of the town including the leisure centre, shops, houses, schools and the different types of transport.
We then used 'Google Earth' to look at Bamber Bridge from a bird's eye view. We zoomed in on our school and discussed what an address is. The children made a lovely 'passport' and labelled the place that they live.
Further into the topic we went on a short walk around Bamber Bridge. The children used their senses to record things that they could see, hear, smell and touch. We stopped along our route at points of interest to discuss the features of Bamber Bridge in small groups. We were even lucky enough to see a train zoom by at the crossing! It was very exciting.
During the walk the children also discussed the different types of buildings that they could see which linked to our D&T work on structures.
This half term our topic History is 'A Study of a famous person - Neil Armstrong'.
Our topic got off to a very exciting start as the children received a letter from Tim Peake! He wrote to the children asking them to find out lots of information about Neil Armstrong.
The children began by learning all about the life of Neil Armstrong and worked together to order a timeline of his life.
During the topic the children wrote some fantastic fact files all about Neil Armstrong in English and thought of some very interesting questions to ask him when learning how to use question marks in their writing.
The children then thought carefully about what they would do if they were an astronaut - after all Tim Peake had said they could be part of the 'Primary School Space Program' if they worked hard!
We are continuing our Geography topic this half term. The children have been busy focusing on their map reading skills. We used 'Digi Maps' to locate our school and recapped on bird's eye views.
The children then received a very important note from The Fairy Godmother who desperately need their help. Some of the characters from her Traditional Tale had escaped the storybook! She asked the children for their help to locate the characters who were hiding in various places around the playground.
The children worked in pairs and used their map reading skills to find all of the characters. They had a fantastic time exploring the school grounds to hunt for the characters.
Our History topic for this half term is 'The Gunpowder Plot'.
We began by discussing Bonfire Night and linked this to our Homework for the week with the children drawing some beautiful pictures of their own firework experiences.
Our new Geography topic is 'The Four Countries of the UK'. So far the children have learnt where they live in the United Kingdom and about the 4 countries that make up the country. They have used maps and atlases to identify and label their own map.
"The Queen lives in London." - Saffie
"There is lots of water around our country." - Regan
"Our school is in Bamber Bridge." - Kayla
Our new History topic is 'Changes within Living Memory'. We started by creating a timeline of our lives to show important events such as being born and starting school.
The children brought their favourite toy into school today so that we could look at popular children's toys from today.
For their homework this week the children had to speak to their parents and grandparents to find out about the toys that they used to play with when they were younger. We found out that lots of people used to ride bikes and play outside.
Over the next term we will be learning all about 'Holidays Now and Then'. We will be creating an ice cream van in our roleplay area and a beach in our reading area to link to our topic.
The children will be thinking about their own experiences of visiting the seaside and identifying the features of the seaside.
We will be learning all about 'Hot and Cold Areas of the World' in Geography this term. The children will begin to name and locate the continents and oceans of the world by using maps and making puzzles.