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Wisbech St. Mary

Wisbech St. Mary

Church of England Academy
Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust

2021-2022 SUMMER TERM

Week 1

What a busy first week back we’ve had. In Hudson class this week we have been reading and exploring the story ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson. In this we sequenced the story and explored rhyming words within the story, children were fabulous at spotting rhyming words. We then drew our favourite animal and wrote a sentence about this.

In maths this week we looked a little at counting backwards. We looked at ‘five little speckled frogs’ and ‘10 little monkeys jumping on the bed’ to start learning our numbers in reverse.

Children had a great time in the mud kitchen, water tray and in the sand. Especially since the weather is getting warmer, we thought about how spring is very different to summer.

On Friday we thought about our world as it as Earth day and then had a brilliant afternoon back in forest school where we found many ladybirds.

Week 2

This week in Hudson class we have been looking at and learning about the jungle. In this we have been learning about jungle animals, where they like to sleep and what they like to eat. We learnt about how some animals are carnivores who eat meat, some are herbivores who eat plants and some are omnivores who eat both. We learnt about rainforests and how the climate is hot which makes it rain. We looked at where different rainforests are found within the world on a map. We also read different stories about the jungle and the rainforest, we even pretended to go to the jungle (forest school) and imagine what this would be like.

In maths we have been doing number bonds to 10 this week. We thought about which numbers add together to make 10 and used numicon to show our number bonds to 10.

In literacy this week we have been reading ‘Rumble in the Jungle.’ We have learnt facts about different jungle animals which have amazed the children. We learnt about how snakes can swallow an animal while by opening its mouth wide and the snake can eat the animal alive. The children were fascinated.

We explored different animals in the tuff spot and ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ animals in the story suitcase. We also made musical instruments to play a groovy jungle tune. We have also been creating animals using paint and crayons. We created a parrot using our hand prints. A lion using crayons in which we created the mane with different coloured lines. We also created a giraffe using paint, we used paint brushes carefully and printed the dots with our fingers. We tried so hard with this.

We then finished the week in forest school which is always amazing.

Week 3

This week in Hudson class we have continued our learning on the jungle and rainforests. We have been looking at jungle animal habitats and where we would find them. We also have learnt a little about deforestation where the trees are being cut down and removed from the jungle or rainforest. The children were horrified to think that some animals lose their habitats. We learnt about how trees are useful for producing things like oxygen and what things the tree is used for once chopped down, like paper and wood. We then thought about how we can reduce the use of these items to then reduce the need to remove the trees.

In English we read and learnt the story ‘Where the Wild things are’ and children then wrote wonderful descriptive sentences to describe the charters within the story.

In maths we have been learning about doubles and how we add the number to itself.

We have been painting jungle habitats on cardboard outside in the outdoor area and also making different jungle animals like a snake by cutting and sticking. We have also enjoyed taking turns to water our potatoes.

As always we ended the week in forest school which is always amazing.

Week 4

This week in Hudson class we have been learning about Antarctica. We have learnt about how cold this place is and what lives there, like the penguins. We have been using our artistic skills to be creative and writing about Antarctica. The children have enjoyed learning about penguins. We even had ice in the tuff spot to explore and experiment with, the children really enjoyed this and could describe what it felt like. We also had little penguins to play with in the tuff spot and the water tray.

In maths this week we have been learning about greater than and less than. In this we have compared numbers to see which amounts are greater or less than other amounts. We have also been practising our number formation and recognition this week to ensure we know how to form our numbers.

In literacy this week we have thought about what it would be like to be an explorer of Antarctica. We wrote about what we would take as an explorer. We have also been practising our letter formation.

We learnt about different explorers from the past that tried to be the first people to reach the South Pole. In the early 1900 three attempts where made to reach the South Pole.  Two of these attempts were made by Ernest Shackleton and the third by Robert Scott. Robert Scott did reach the South Pole but unfortunately he wasn’t the first person to reach it. He unfortunately died on the way back to his boat from frostbite. The children enjoyed learning about what this meant.

As always we finished the week in forest school which is always amazing.