Wow! What a packed first term in Tiger class! All the children settled in quickly and wrote their first Tiger targets. The first writing project was to create a ‘magic box’ poem! The writing was so wonderful that we now have a ‘Remarkable writing’ board with our poems on display. The creativity, imagination and quality of handwriting are all super!
This term we started by looking at our own classroom rules, then we looked outwards at the UN convention on the rights of the child. These rights are for all children in the world and to understand them more fully we debated which of the rights we think are the most important. We chose the ones we think are the most important for the classroom and we are now working on a ‘Class charter’ which will focus on our responsibility to respect the rights of others in our classroom.
All the children in the class voted to choose our class representative for the school council. All the candidates prepared fabulous speeches, containing many good ideas to take to council meetings. However, Lucy won the majority of the votes after impressing the children with her interactive class quiz and presenting skills. Well done Lucy!
Our first topic of the year is ‘World War 2’ and the class have really enjoyed learning about this era. We started by taking a close look at what life was like in 1930’s Britain. Children wrote a letter to the Times newspaper from the point of view of a real Jarrow marcher. They were asked to describe what it would have been like marching all the way from Jarrow to London. This demanded an understanding of the facts, empathy for the marchers and an old-fashioned writing style. The tigers rose to the challenge and have finished part one of the letter.
We also imagined what it would have been like for evacuees arriving at their new homes in the countryside, careful thought was given to what we would put in a suitcase and our hopes about what awaited us in our new families.
In week 4, As part of our topic, we visited ‘Coleshill’. We did 8 activities in one day!! This included a visit underground to a bunker where resistance fighters would have hidden if the Germans had invaded England. We also learned how to crack codes, send morse code and identify British and German planes. At lunchtime we brought the kind of rationed lunch that people may have eaten during the war.
During ‘French Day’ we worked in our new French books and tasted various French cheeses… Some were more popular than others; the clear winner was ‘Boursin’.
In PE, we have learned all the skills to play a game of lacrosse. We have become accomplished players, able to pick up and throw the ball to our partners.
On Friday 13th all the children brought in their ‘Pick and mix’ homework from this term. We now have a fantastic display of books, models and booklets which will be presented to the rest of the class during Term 2.
I think you’ll agree that the class have had a wide variety of opportunities this term which have really enriched their learning. Well done Tigers!