Welcome to Dormouse class! Our teacher is Mrs Devenish, who has been teaching at Bedwell for 15 years and loves making our lessons as creative as possible. Her favourite things are cooking and being outdoors, although she doesn’t like snow very much, and is scared of spiders.
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Reading - We take part in daily Read Write Inc sessions. This is the helping us with our phonics, reading and writing within ability groups. We have also looked at our favourite books and shared them within the class and written book reviews.
English - We have been learning a non-fiction text about How to Make a Pizza. We have been looking at the structure of a set of instructions and learning about what each section is for and how each step starts with a bossy word (imperative verb). We then changed the instructions to make a pizza of our choice. A lot of them had some very interesting toppings that not all of us were sure we wanted to try! Finally we invented our own set of instructions on how to make a new sleigh for Santa to help him at this busy time of year.
Maths - This term we have been investigating numbers to 10. We have used these to work out number bonds to 10, using tens frames and part-part-whole models to find different ways to make the same total. We have looked at more and fewer and used this to compare numbers by finding the difference and also named 2d and 3d shapes and looked at their different properties.
English - Next half-term, we will be looking at a ‘rags to riches’ tale. Our initial text will be The Story of Pirate Tom, which we will learn by heart, using symbols and actions, so that we can use the language and structure to support our writing. We will be focussing in particular on describing characters and introducing speech. We will also continue to develop the use of accurate sentence structure and careful, consistent handwriting. We will also be looking at non-fiction texts about animals and writing a recount of our holiday news.
Maths - We will begin the term by returning to our core counting, comparing and calculating skills, becoming increasingly confident (and speedy) when working with numbers to 20. This will then lead into work with money, finding different combinations of coins that add up to a given amount and then ordering and comparing prices and totals. Later in the term we will develop our ability to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will practice saying, recording, counting and memorising these values, so that we can quickly spot and recall them. Finally, we will explore measurement, measuring heights, lengths and weights using a mixture of standard (metres, cm, kg) and non-standard (hands, books, marbles etc.) units.
Science - We will be looking at common animals especially those we will see on our trip to the zoo. We will learn to identify and name fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, recognising the key features of each group. We will also be finding out what animals eat and classifying them using the terms carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Humanities - We will be exploring our local area, investigating what the features, landmarks and ’best bits’ of Stevenage are. We will look at our position within England, the UK, Europe and the world, using a variety of different maps and recognise Stevenage from photographs, talking about the difference between our town and other areas in the UK. This will also give us the chance to develop our use of geographical vocabulary - both physical (river, lake, hill) and human (house, town, city, village, farm).