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Swan Class

Welcome to the Swan Class Page! This is where you can find out about what we’ve been up to recently in Swan Class, read our newsletter and see some examples of our work.

 

Class Teacher:

Adrienne Wrigglesworth

 

Speech and Language Therapists:

Penny Bailey - Key SLT

Harriet Hunter

 

Learning Support Assistants:

Chloe Hawkes

Rada Severnyak

Emily Webb

 

 

We are using Chatta, an interactive storyboard-maker that helps the children to develop as “attentive listeners, confident speakers and fearless writers!” Click on the link below to see our latest Chat, a step by step guide to making Bolognese sauce that we learned in Super Skills.

Chatta Learning- Click Here

We practised the sequence together and then used this to help us with our writing. Take a look at some of the instructions we wrote:

THE CHICKS HAVE HATCHED

 

Swan Class Have some BIG news! Our eggs are hatching! On Day 21, 8 eggs hatched. Our first little newcomer, Barney, is already in the heated crate. Meet Bumble, Bee and Uno and all their little chicky brothers and sisters!

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Supermarket Sweep!

Swan Class went on a real-life Supermarket Sweep in Tesco, Addlestone to reinforce our Maths learning in money. Liane (OT) joined us for our challenge to find the items on our shopping list. Look at what we had to find. 

There were some tricky challenges and a lot of teamwork and negotiating was needed to settle on the items we chose to put in our baskets. We used our problem-solving skills to locate some of the items – we asked for help from store staff, looked for clues in the aisle names and compared prices to find the best bargains. We even managed to solve the problem of the wonky wheels on one of the trolleys! We had to total up our purchases before we got to the till and then work out what change we would get. Everyone’s basket came in under £10 – Mission accomplished!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Tesco in Addlestone for hosting our shopping spree with such sporting spirit.

Kew Gardens

Swan Class turned into real life botanists at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew where we used what we have been learning in Science to identify different parts of flowers, observe pollinators at work and investigate rare and exotic seed exhibits.

The beautiful weather brought out lots of busy pollinators which we watched closely to see how they support our planet through pollination. We used microscopes to look closely at different seeds and flower parts and made careful botanical sketches of them.

Look at the pictures of The Hive – a huge artistic sculpture created to show how bees communicate in their hives. You can hear the activity and the flashing LED lights represent the bees’ communications.

Did you know that bees communicate by dancing?

Read on to find out what the children enjoyed about the trip.

Petrol Points

We work together as a team in Swan Class and this helps us to earn Petrol Points:

 

 

 

 

 

We use colour coding to support our understanding of word classes and sentence building.

All Living Things and Their Habitats.

This term in Science we are learning about All Living Things and Their Habitats. We started the new topic with gusto by planting our own apple tree so we can watch it grow and reproduce in real time. It was hard work digging the hole but Swan Class NEVER give up! We’re looking forward to seeing the fist buds in Spring. Maybe Morris the Magpie will like it too.

 

Library Visit

As part of our Super Skills learning we visit Addlestone library each month. Everyone chooses their books and then they have to return ones they have borrowed and issue the new ones independently – THINK FOR YOURSELF Swan Class!

It is so relaxing spending time with a good book and sharing our reading with our friends. We definitely recommend this as a way to help our wellbeing.

Windmills

 

We have been making our own windmills. We had to find a way to make the windmill lift a small weight. We learned that the force of the wind turns the shaft (straw) which lifts the bucket.

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We used everything that we have learned about wind turbines from our trip to Reading, our Science learning about electricity, what we learned from William Kamkwambe in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and our DT skills to build a working wind turbine that actually generates power!

We worked as a team with Liane from OT and found different ways to problem-solve the challenges we faced. We spent time deconstructing electrical appliances just like William Kamkwambe to find out how they work and to salvage materials that we could re-use instead of them going to landfill sites. Our finished wind turbine is made completely from recycled materials.

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We visited a working wind turbine on Green Park, Reading. It was absolutely enormous! It is 140 metres tall but there is one being manufactured in China that is twice the height. Even though there wasn’t a lot of wind, we learned how it powers parts of the business park. This one was constructed in Germany. We learned how climate change is affecting our planet by producing high levels of greenhouse gases like methane and that renewable sources of energy like wind power could help to reduce these levels.

Storytelling

This half term we are reading The Last Polar Bears by Harry Horse. It is the story of Grandfather and his dog Roo’s expedition to the North Pole to find the last polar bears. They set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It is told through the letters written by Grandfather to The Child. The story links with our work in Science on Evolution & Inheritance and Our Changing World.  


Wombling

We went Wombling on Wimbledon Common with our Tidy Bags. We found some interesting litter – a broken tea cup, a tennis ball (maybe from the All England Lawn and Tennis Club nearby?) and some curious paw marks (a sure sign of Womble activity?) We thought that the Wombles might use the teacup for a plant pot and the ball would make a good door knob. We had a Womble sing-song and finished the day with a look at the windmill – it reminded us of our Storytelling book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’.

 

Take a look at what’s on at Wimbledon and Putney Commons by clicking here: https://www.wpcc.org.uk/

Puzzling Problems

Puzzling problems:

Every Wednesday in Maths, we have a puzzling problem to solve!

 

This half term we have been learning the properties of 3d shapes including the number of vertices and edges and the 2d shapes on the faces. We used what we learned to make 3d shapes from nets. Next we build Hogwarts Castle from the shapes linked to our World Book Day activities on Harry Potter.

 

Points of View

Swan Class are learning to think about current issues such as refugees settling in the UK from Afghanistan, gender stereotyping and children’s rights. We talked about how all children have equal rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This week we are learning to share other people’s opinions. We have learned that we need to listen really carefully to our friends’ ideas so that we can summarise them and retell them. We talked about secondary schools re-introducing masks in the classroom and had a very interesting discussion whilst wearing masks ourselves. It made communication very tricky and were not popular at all.

 

Picture of the week

 

We have a picture of the Week which we look at in Friends Group. We talk about what we know are the facts and then what we can infer from it. What do you think is happening in the picture.

 

Word of the week

Justify

Super Skills

In Super Skills with James (OT) we learn new skills to help us to be healthy, happy and safe. In Home Heroes we learn how to make our own eco-friendly cleaning products and use them to add some sparkle to the classroom. We also learn to use everyday electrical appliances safely so we can do the ironing and help load the washing machine. As Super Chefs, we know how to safely use the toaster and kettle to make some delicious toast and a refreshing cuppa before becoming Hygiene Heroes where we practise self-help skills such as folding our clothes and cleaning our shoes so that we always look spick and span!

We won the cup for our incredible ironing skills! Well done all the children in this group!

 

 

Talk, Learn, Grow

In Swan Class, we are working hard on our targets to develop our independence, become effective communicators and grow as responsible individuals. Our targets are taken from the Meath School Talk, Learn, Grow curriculum intent and help us to focus on ways in which we can build our resilience in our learning. We share these at the beginning of each learning session as part of our introduction including the WALT (We are Learning To) when we take it in turns to lead the class in Colour Words (see the Meath School specialist approaches).             

Swan Newsletter

Useful Links

 

We use these games to practise our number bonds to 10.

https://ictgames.com/funkyMummy/index.html

https://www.ictgames.com/saveTheWhale/index.html  

 

We are learning to touch type using this website:

https://www.typingclub.com/

Log on and practise your skills and speed!

 

We log on to Seesaw for home learning:

https://web.seesaw.me/

What will you do on Seesaw this weekend?

 

We log on to Reading Eggs to enjoy more books:

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

We love reading in Swan Class

 

We use Snappy Maths.

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/halfquartersimm/halfquartersimm.htm  

This helps us to practice finding halves and quarters of shapes.

 

There are some great ideas linked to our library visits on the British Library website:

https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/themes/all-activities

 

We look at the CBBC Newsround webpage to find out what’s going on in the world:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

 

This link supports families in helping your child to learn their times tables:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/primary-multiplication-division/help-with-times-tables/

 

https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/

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