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Autumn 1 - Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa?

Autumn 1


This half-term the children will be finding out what it is like to live in Africa and comparing life in Africa to everyday life in England! We're kicking off our topic by focusing on two different texts. The first is 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' by David Conway and the second is a traditional West African folktale entitled 'Too Much Talk' By Angela Shelf Medearis which is all about a talking yam!



Outdoor Learning


We love our Outdoor Learning sessions on Fridays! Today, we had to fill an egg cup with as many things that we could find outside as possible. We are working on taking turns, giving praise and being good partners.



Taking part in some addition and subtraction problem solving in Maths.

Learning Challenge


We sang a song about going on an African safari and thought about all of the different animals we would see there. Once we were finished, we created masks of our favourite African animals.



As part of Black History Month, we have been learning all about Mary Seacole. Today in English, we used drama to recreate scenes from the story of her life. we then added thought and speech bubbles to our scenes to describe what the characters were saying and thinking.



We have been learning about microhabitats in Science so we went outside in the school grounds to identify the different microhabitats we have here at Westglade. We then recorded which minibeasts we found in each microhabitat!



Today, we looked at the artwork of an African artist called Martin Bulinya. We then used his artwork to recreate some of our own images.



In Science, we have been learning about things that are alive, things that have never been alive and things that were once alive but now are dead. We went outside to draw around ourselves on the playground and write notes around our bodies to prove to Miss Taylor that we are alive! We know that living things need to eat and drink, reproduce, move, grow, excrete waste and breath to be alive.



In Maths, we have been using a variety of equipment to represent and increase our understanding of two-digit numbers.



We looked at the text 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. We used the image from the first page to make inferences (sensible guesses) about what the book was about and where it was set before we read the story.