Monthly Archives: January 2022

Money, Money, Money!

In our PSHE lesson this week we started to think about money and what it is for. This linked nicely to our maths lessons where we have also been learning about money; recognising coins and counting and making amounts of money. 

We decided money is very important because you need it to buy lots of different things. We had a class discussion and these were our ideas:

  • You can get money by having a job.
  • You might get money by doing chores at home.
  • You might get some pocket money from your parents.
  • Sometimes you get money as a present.

The children discussed what they spent their money on. Most of them said when they have money they spend it on toys, sweets, new things and games.

We then discussed what adults spend their wages on:

  • Houses
  • Furniture
  • Licences
  • Cars
  • Gas and electricity
  • Phones and internet
  • Food

 

An Exciting Discovery!

On our return to school on Wednesday we discovered something completely out of the ordinary. In the outdoor area of our classroom there was a tent with lots of things left inside it… we had no idea where this came from! That was until we found a note hidden in the classroom from a certain somebody explaining everything. 

We received a letter from a mystery person called PP. He had left his lots of his belongings with us whilst he visited the research station in Svalbard. 

We wrapped up warm and went outside to search through the things PP had left at our school. We discovered a camera, a compass, a hat, scarf and gloves, some food. We were left baffled by who on earth this could be until we put all of our clues together of all the items he had left us to find out that he was in fact a polar explorer and his name was Professor Pole. He has left his things with us whilst he visits the research station in Svalbard. 

He left us a video to watch which was very interesting and told us everything!  

We studied really hard to figure out why a polar explorer would need the things he had left. 

Here are a few ideas we came up with… 

  • We thought he needs his hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm as it looked like Professor Pole was exploring somewhere really icy and cold. 
  • Professor Pole needs a water bottle to keep himself hydrated and some peanuts to give him some energy whilst he is out exploring. 
  • A camera could come in useful for Professor Pole to snap some pictures of anything he may see on his expeditions that he wants to keep. 

Next week we will be looking at all the different Polar Regions! 

Colour

For our first art lesson of the spring term we were looking at colours. We had a discussion at the beginning of the lesson to see how many colours we could think of in our groups. As a class we thought of almost 20 different colours. These included colours such as turquoise, magenta, maroon and lilac! This then lead to our discussion and our main learning point for the lesson about primary and secondary colours. 

We found out that the primary colours are red, blue and yellow. These colours cannot be made using any other colours. Then we introduced the term secondary colours and discussed how secondary colours are made by mixing 2 different primary colours together to make our secondary colours.  

We discovered this… 

Red + Blue = Purple 

Yellow + Red = Orange 

Blue and Yellow = Green 

We then had a go at mixing the primary colours ourselves to make our secondary colours. We also discussed how we might get different shades of secondary colours and that would depend on the amount of our primary colours we add. 

The Tomato Spider

This week in Computing, we learn all about the Tomato Spider. Here are some of the things we learnt… 

  • They are the size of an average tomato. 
  • They can be found in the long grass in your garden. 
  • They can also transform into birds if a predator is nearby. 
  • Finally, you will not believe this, BUT during the summer they like to sunbathe on the beach and in the winter, they like to cosy up by the fireplace. 

Here is the link where we found all this information: https://cocoon.education/tomato-spider/ 

But, the more we looked into it, we soon discovered there was no such thing as a Tomato Spider and someone had completely made it up! We researched safely on the internet to see if we could find any information on a Tomato Spider and we couldn’t find a thing!  

We were shocked to find out there was no such thing as a Tomato Spider, but this taught us that not everything we see on the internet is true and that we must always check with an adult when looking online at things we are unsure of.