Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely winter break and a great Christmas if you celebrate :)

We have settled in well this week and made our New Year Resolutions, some of us had great ideas like learning how to ride a bike or focusing on our handwriting. 

In English this week we have introduced our new story 'The Invisible' by Tom Percival. We made predictions about what we thought the story would be about before reading and discussing the themes in the text. We learned some high level vocabulary including words like 'poverty, community, gratitude and empathy' which Miss Smith was very impressed with. At the end of the week we focused on the main character's feelings. We produced an emotion graph to show how these emotions changed from the beginning to the end. 

In Maths this week we have continued looking at money and added amounts using a partitioning method. We started by adding pence then moved onto adding pounds and pence which we found tricky at first. 

We ended the week by looking at different ways to show amounts using the coins we know we have in the UK. Number bonds helped us to work out the answers and counting in our 2s, 5s and 10s was a good method to use. 

In Art this week we have introduced our new artist for the half term, Vincent Van Gogh. We read about his work and life before creating our own scrapbook page about what we had learned. We discovered he painted the famous artwork such as Sunflowers, The Starry Night and The Potato Eaters. 

In RE we looked at Special Places and read examples of other children's special place before discussing our own. We had a variety of places in the class and it was lovely to hear about why we had chosen this particular place. During the half term we will look at different special places in religions and learn about why religious people see them as special.