It's our first full week back after the Winter break and although the children are a little tired, they have settled well into the routines. This half term we are focusing on our School Value - Determination. The children have definitely come to school ready to demonstrate this value as we delve into our learning.

In English, we are aiming to write a third person retell of The Invisible by Tom Percival. We have begun the week by collecting and discussing a range of vocabulary for the introduction of the story. Once we had a solid understanding of the new vocabulary we were then able to use it to sequence the story. We wrote our own sentences to match given pictures of the book. The children have begun practising skills that they will use in their independent write. They have been taught and had the opportunity to write at length using adjectives and conjunctions.

In Maths this week we have begun our topic of Addition and Subtraction. We have begun by focusing solely on Addition to secure this and allow the children to practise using a method that will help them to add two 2 digit numbers together. The children have remembered their previous learning from Autumn term to use partitioning to solve addition problems. They partition the 2 digit number into tens and ones to support them. The children have made great progress in this topic since Autumn!

In Encompass this week we have begun our topic: Our King's Country: A Tour of the UK.

The children have been apart of some map work. First by looked at a world map to identify and label the United Kingdom. The children were then given a map of the UK and were taught the countries that make up the United Kingdom and capitals cities for each. After this the children wrote where they live using geographical vocabulary including the country, city, town and also described what is in their local area.

In Science we have begun our topic Animals including Humans. The children have understood that animals grow from young to adult and how the animal may change as they grow. We have labelled the name of the young for each animal we have looked at. For example the young of a Goose is a Gosling, the young of Cow is called a Calf and so on. As the topic includes Humans, we have also recognised that humans are the same, they grow from baby to adult and change a lot as they grow.