Our Key Question for Terms 3 & 4 is:
What is the mystery
Our learning environment has changed, and will keep changing throughout the next two terms as we add our work and class ideas to it...
Click below to see our Timeline for Terms 3 & 4:
The first week of term was all about sharing our Christmas holiday news, and thinking of our hopes and resolutions for 2017.
Our Writing area is out of this world!!!
There are lots of planets with keywords on that we are learning to spell, write and use in our sentences. We like using the whiteboard pens to practise our cursive writing and sentences. Our teachers think we are getting to be sentence superstars
We knew our project was Space based, but didn't where our trip was to. So we thought about what we already about Space and what we wanted to learn. Whilst we were doing this we got very interested in the moon! So together, we made a giant moon for our role play area. We learnt about the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, and watched him launch into space and take the first ever steps on the moon.
So now we can put on out astronaut masks and take spaceman steps on our very own moon! We love adding to our learning environment.
Look what arrived! We found a rocket in our classroom with a message on it from an actual astronaut.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has given us our key question...
Our REAL project launch was our mystery trip...to The National Space Centre!
What an amazing day! We went into a huge planetarium, and a small one too! We saw real rockets, part of the actual moon and walked in part of the ISS! There was so much to see and do. We are so excited to start our REAL project.
Photos of our wonderful project launch are proudly on display in our classroom. We enjoy looking at them and talking about what we saw.
And so our learning journey about the mystery of space has begun - we wonder where our learning will take us next...?
Inspired by the rockets at the National Space Centre, we have been designing and making our own. We wrote our own rocket rubric whilst looking at the 'Thor' rocket at Leicester.
We were given the challenge of designing our own rocket, using any medium we would like: paper, boxes, lego, sticklebricks - anything we could find! Our first drafts could be 2D or 3D. We used our Rubric to guide us, to help us remember the main features of a rocket.
We were so proud of our first drafts.
Next we table critiqued our rockets, and then drew a second draft. We used our feedback and rubric to make our designs even better.
Then we created our final draft, again in a material of our choice. We carefully selected the materials we needed and we followed our designs closely, ensuring the shapes, details and colours were the same.
Almost finished! Our next step was to critique for the last time, using our rubric, and to add any final details to make sure they were just right. Then they were displayed in our classroom 'galaxy' for everyone to admire. Our final step was to check off the items on our rubric which we had used to make our rocket 'works of excellence'. These then helped us to write some wonderful sentences.
This rocket landed on our carpet!
We worked together, using our knowledge of rockets and our wonderful cursive writing to label all the different parts. We then flew it up into the sky, and it is now flying above our rocket Rubric so we can use the vocabulary in our writing and labelling.
We love our new environment, and enjoy exploring the different activities each morning when we arrive.
We have been sent this challenge:
We thought about what we already knew, and what we wanted to find out in order to be able to answer the question:
We had great fun researching the life of an astronaut. We looked at lots of clips of astronauts working on the ISS. We especially liked learning about what and how they ate.
But the best bit of all was when we got a parcel full of space food. We all tried it and used some fantastic language to describe it's taste, look and texture.
Everyone thought the ice cream and banana ones were yummy, but we couldn't all agree on the peaches!
We have been so inspired by the Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
We have made this fantastic class astronaut (who looks very familiar!), which we labelled as a class and put in our role play area.
There is also a costume, jet pack and masks in there too, so we can pretend to be just like her, or like Neil Armstrong as we take 'astronaut steps' on the moon we made together.
Click on the icon below to meet Samantha Cristoforetti who gave us our key question, and has inspired lots of us to be an astronaut!
We met an actual 'star' this week! Her name was Shona McCallin, and she won a gold medal playing hockey at the Rio Olympics. We were fascinated by her stories - she was very inspiring.
Instead of just learning about Astronauts - we thought we'd actually BE an astronaut!
These are our NASA ID badges for when we are working in Mission Control.
But for when we were moon walking or travelling on the Soyuz we needed helmets - so we made those too!
So with our ID badges and helmets ready it was time to try being an astronaut! We practised our prepositional language when travelling through the air lock to leave the ISS and transfer onto the Soyuz. Then landed, and exited the ISS. We really wanted to know how an astronaut got from earth to the ISS, and how they moved from the ISS onto the Soyuz. We enjoyed watching NASA videos showing these moments, but our favourite part was actually doing it!
We had to travel backwards, in and under the hoop to get into the airlock, and then we had to go forwards, out and up when we landed on earth!
Then we enjoyed taking all the 'space' equipment to the hall, and experimenting our travelling, using our super prepositional language to describe what we were doing.
Using the internet to research the answer to our questions...
Researching how astronauts do things differently in space compared to here on earth.
This week we were sent a message from the planet Zorg! We have had a an exciting week investigating all the planets in the solar system.
We have been singing these songs to help us remember the planets in the solar system and some facts about them. Click below to sing along too!
The sun has got his hat on, hip, hip, hip, hooray.... Well, for a little while anyway, so we made the most of it and enjoyed the trim trail.
We were so happy to see our friends on the first day of Term 4
We practised our knowledge of the solar system by making group solar system mobiles. We had to remember the colour and name of each planet and put them in the correct order - such team work!
We're so happy with them - they are proudly displayed in our classroom.
We have been learning about weight. Thinking about which is the heaviest, and which is the lightest. We had to sort all these things according to their weight, whilst working as a team.
We have been learning about Shrove Tuesday. We used our knowledge of weight to help us the measure the ingredients to make pancake batter. Then, we ate them of course! Yum yum!
At Little Gonerby, our theme for World Book Day was 'bedtimes stories'. We wore our pjs and slippers, and brought our favourite bedtime stories and toy to school. What a fun day!
When we arrived in the morning there were lots of story activities, and places for our toys (and us!) to have a nap! We also enjoyed share a story where we chose which story we wanted to hear, and then we went all over the school to listen to them. Towards the end of the day we had lots of parents to visit us, and we all shared our special books together.
We have been enjoying this brilliant book, and then you'll never believe what we found in our classroom after break...
It was so exciting - we came into the classroom and there were footprints and sparkles, and pants from the door to a chair, where our story book was left open!!!
But who was it? We though it was the aliens from our book, but we weren't sure. We became Detectives, and measured the aliens footprints and all of our own. Then we compared them to find the same, bigger and smaller.
When we read the story, we were really interested in all the different pants designs. So we wanted to design our own. We thought they were fantastic and asked if we could put them on a washing line to try and tempt the alien to come back...
To celebrate the conclusion of our REAL project we organised a very special day.
Our day began with a trip to the Planetarium which had appeared in our hall! We thought it was wonderful. During our first visit we listened to a presentation by StarLincs PLanetarium, and watched the stars and planets appear in the sky. It was amazing.
On our second visit we presented our own information to the Planetarium experts. This was to make sure our work was the best it could be ready for the afternoon and all our lovely visitors who came to see our Presentation of Learning.
Thank you to everyone that attended our afternoon answering our key question:
What is the mystery of Space?
The last two weeks of Term 4 were spent learning about the Christian celebration of Easter.
We enjoyed role playing our own 'Last Supper' in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Our learning was part of a whole school project to share the different parts of the story of Easter through collaborative pieces of work which were displayed at St Wulfram's Church.
Our whole school exhibition started with a Little Gonerby Easter Service. We were so proud to see our work on display. All the year groups created wonderful work which told the story of Easter brilliantly.