What an amazing week we have had in Seal Class this week. The children have been working hard in all areas of their learning and wowing me with their recall of key information learned. 

In English this week, the children have been focusing on writing poetry – specifically acrostic poems. To begin the week the children focused on finding the features of an acrostic poem, including the title, the word written vertically down the side, and the sentences that link to the theme of the poem. Next the children used their knowledge from science to create a vocabulary bank all about the season, autumn next the children wrote their own acrostic poems, using the vocabulary bank from the day before. Finally to end the week, the children perform their poems to the rest of the class. They were so confident and showed all of our school values, especially courage they made Mrs Dove and I extremely proud.

In maths this week, the children focused on using arrays, they had to use their knowledge of making equal groups to support them with this. At first the children found this really tricky but with lots of determination by our final lesson they were a lot more confident. Next we moved onto doubles. This is something that the children had left prior in reception so we use the first lesson as a recap just to ensure everybody was secure in the knowledge. Finally to end the week we worked and problem-solving and reasoning with finding doubles.

In science this week we delve deeper into what hibernation means, and we learn that there are three different types of hibernation: hibernation, dormancy, and brumation. We know that hibernation is when animals go to sleep for the whole of winter and do not wake up. The children also discovered that dormancy is one animals go to sleep during the winter, but wake up occasionally for food. Finally, they learn brumation is similar to hibernation, but is for cold blooded animals, such as fish, amphibians and reptiles. 

In history, have learned about the history of Stoke-on-Trent on the six towns that created it. The children were fascinated to learn that Stoke-on-Trent used to be just six individual towns: Burslem, Tunstall, Hanley, Fenton, Long initially can ton and Stoke. They also learnt that Stoke-on-Trent was named after the town Stoke, because that is where the main railway line is along with the main roads.

In art we have revisited some of the sculpting that we found tricky this half term, such as using the spoons to make towers. This time the children were a lot more confident and showed lots of determination. They also were by using the Sugarcubes to build towers as tall as they could.