Today, Penhallow class had a go at tasting Paddington Bear's favourite treat - marmalade! We tasted three different kinds (lime, orange and an orange, grapefruit and lemon marmalade) with the clear favourite being orange.
We will use this later in the week when we try to make marmalade sandwiches!
Today was our launch day for our new topic 'Where Could Paddington Make His Home?'. We started the day by finding an old suitcase which contained a London tube map, a jar of marmalade and a marmalade sandwich. Then we read the story of Paddington and realised that it must be his suitcase! Next, we watched the film Paddington and looked out for similarities and differences between the book and the film.
In the afternoon, we made our own 'Please Look After This Child' tags and drew what we would take in our own suitcases. We have loved learning about Paddington today and are excited to continue our topic!
Our new enquiry question for this term is 'Would the dinosaurs survive today?'.
We started this topic with a debate. First, we split into groups based on whether we thought dinosaurs would be able to survive today or not. Then we took turns speaking and listening and sharing our opinions. We were allowed to change our minds and join another group if their argument was convincing enough.
Some of our ideas were:
"The world is the same today as it was when there were dinosaurs so they would be able to survive easily."
"If the asteroid did not destroy the world, the dinosaurs would still be here so they would be able to survive."
"They can hunt so they would be able to find food."
"People would trap them so they wouldn't survive."
"They wouldn't survive because they are too big."
"I think they would survive because people would make them pets and look after them."
We are going to be learning all about how the world has changed since the dinosaurs were here and what dinosaurs need to survive so that we can answer this question again using facts as well as our opinions.
Every week, Penhallow class will be having 'Reading Friday'.
After lunch, we will spend 15 minutes reading in comfort. The children can bring in their cushions, blankets, soft toys, slippers and a favourite book. We will then make dens, lie under blankets or sit in the reading corner and read some good books.
We have had a great start to the year, getting to know each other, making new friends and introducing our first enquiry question: 'What Makes Me Special?'.
Through this enquiry, we will be learning all about our bodies, where we live and what makes each of us special.
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and have been able to do P.E., swimming and play lots of games outside in the sunshine. Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday so please make sure your child has a P.E. and swimming kit in school.
We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.
We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.
We are the best we can be.
We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.
We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
We are passionate about learning.
Clubs start the week beginning Monday 20th January. Have a look at the Clubs section on this website to see what is on offer this half term.
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