In Oak 2 class we teach explicit, systematic phonics using a newly adopted phonics program, Letterland. Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling . The Letterland characters transform plain black letter shapes into child-friendly characters who live in an imaginary place called Letterland. Simple stories about the Letterland characters, explain the alphabet so that children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn. Letterland is a multi-sensory approach to learning. Children will be introduced to alphabet letter shapes and sounds, expand vocabulary and explore phonemic awareness while having fun!
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This terms' topics were: Plants, flowers mini beasts and Transport. Children learnt about the physical characteristics of a spider/ earthworms and how their attributes help them survive in the environment. The children have planted their own sunflowers, described and compared the structure of a plant and of a tree, observed how plants grow. They have used their observations to suggest what happens if they leave the plant in the dark.
Then we looked at ways we travel around the world, they identified where vehicles travel and compared old and new types of transport.
During Science week children in Oak 2 have been investigating and researching sea creatures, looking at how fish breathe and predicting whether the straw will float or sink when we attached paperclips to it.
We had parents in for the open afternoon, children made some fairly accurate predictions and came up with some conclusions during the 'How fish breathe' experiment : we used both tissue paper and coffee filter to experiment which made the best gills. We found out that the tissue paper kept both the air and the water in but does not allow water out, this would cause the fish to have too much water in its body and drown.The coffee filter allowed the water to stay inside of the body while letting the water go back out into the ocean. This means the fish can breathe and does not have too much water in its body.
We also made our own submarine window and sea paper clip creatures.
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The children in Oak 2 have been investigating 'People who help us' this term.They really enjoyed finding out interesting facts about the job and the equipment the fire fighters use from a REAL firefighter. They wrote him a thank you card, they also dressed up as firefighters and then they worked hard to make their own fire engine. We explored other jobs such as doctors and nurses, teachers and police officers and talked about their role in our community.
Next we looked at 'Superheroes', their character traits and super powers. We also read about 'Supertato', the fabulous character who captures the 'Evil Pea', the mean character who was about to destroy all the vegetables in the supermarket. The children made their own 'super potato' character and explored healthy eating by identifying and sorting fruit and vegetables.