Pangolins

Class Teachers: Mrs J Hachani

During Term 3, our theme will be Stones and Bones!

As historians, we will investigate what life was like in Prehistoric Britain.

As writers, we will use ‘Stig of the Dump’ and ‘Stone Age Boy’ to inspire us to write our own narrative texts.

As scientists, we will investigate rocks, discovering how they were formed over millions of years.

As dancers, we will create and choreograph our own dances, based on Prehistoric Britain.

During terms 1 and 2, our theme will be Out of Africa!

As geographers,we will explore the wonderful and diverse continent of Africa.

As historians,we will investigate what life was like in Ancient Egypt.

As writers,we will use a range of stories to inspire our own narratives, as well as creating non-chronological reports and newspaper articles.

As scientists, we will learn how plants grow and reproduce and investigate forces and magnets.

As artists and designers, we will use printmaking and sewing skills to create bags featuring African patterns.

End of Term 1

What a fantastically busy and fun term we’ve had in Pangolins class with our exciting ‘Out of Africa’ topic! We’ve learned all about the geography of this rich, vibrant and diverse continent, using our compass skills to locate its different countries and exploring its different regions. We’ve also used our new sewing skills in DT to create fabulous bags, each featuring a unique African-themed design, inspired by our own outdoor environment. I’m also so proud of the amazing home learning completed by the children – such wonderful creations to show off!

On top of all this, we have been fortunate to have the brilliant Mrs Schollick visiting us each Friday morning to teach us music. She has taught all of the children about tempo, rhythm, pulse and pitch, as well as teaching all of us how to play the fife (including me!). The progress that children have made in learning to play this instrument is so impressive already – well done, everybody!

Next term, we continue our ‘Out of Africa’ topic, moving our focus from geography to history! We kick off our exciting ‘Ancient Egypt’ topic with an exciting ‘Egyptology Day’ on Friday, 8th November, when we will be spending all day as historians and archaeologists, exploring the wonders of Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

We are also excited to share all of our fantastic learning with you in our sharing assembly on Friday, 29th November. Thank you for all of your continued support.

End of Term 2

What another busy and exciting term we’ve had! The pangolins were so excited to start the term with an Egyptology workshop, led by the wonderful Ali, who brought in amazing real artefacts for the children and taught them so much about Ancient Egypt. Over the course of this term, we have learned about why pyramids were built, who the pharaohs were, how Egypt changed over 3000 years and what the Ancient Egyptians believed about life after death. In English, we used the fantastic ‘Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo to create our own Egyptian fairy tales and learned to be journalists, writing newspaper reports about Howard Carter’s famous discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ve all really enjoyed learning about Egypt and some of the children are ready to become Egyptologists themselves!

This term, we’ve also been performing a great detail, with our celebration assembly and our first live fife performance at Christmas Carol service. I’m so proud of each and every one of the children for their talent and positive attitudes – what a fabulous bunch!

Next term, we will be joined by Miss Grosvenor from Bath Spa University, who is training to be a teacher. Miss Grosvenor has been teaching year 1 in Pucklechurch Primary School and will be with us until March. I’m certain that she will be warmly welcomed by all the children in Pangolins and will make a great addition to our school.

Our new topic will be Stones and Bones, in which we will be learning all about prehistoric Britain. It’s sure to be an interesting and fun topic, giving children to learn more about what life was like for our earliest ancestors. In English, we will be reading the classic novel, ‘Stig of the Dump’, by Clive King and in maths, we will be learning all about fractions. In science, we will be geologists, learning all about rocks and how they are formed.

Thank you again for all your kindness and support this term. I would like to wish each of you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mrs Hachani