A busy half term for dolphins!

Friday, February 14th, 2020

We’ve worked so hard this half term, we have been geographers for our Lost Alien topic, we have been thinking about punctuation and sentence types in our literacy, we’ve covered lots of tricky thinking in our maths.

Here are some games to play over the half term (or whenever you want!):

Literacy – selection of games to choose from http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_vocab.htm or from Roy the Zebra https://www.roythezebra.com/

Maths – division – https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/doggyDivision/index.html


Fractions – https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fractions-intro/latest/fractions-


Topic – we said goodbye to our aliens today – Agent Orange and Orange Pink have taken our letters and a huge book to the alien council so they can come and visit us for a holiday!


Dolphin's safer internet day.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

We have been thinking about Safer Internet day! We have been thinking about our online self. This is not a pretend version of ourselves, it’s our real selves. The theme this year is ‘free to be me’. We played some games first, such as agree or disagree where we moved to a different side of the classroom depending if you agreed or disagreed with a statement. Some statements were silly such as “football is the greatest sport” and some were more serious e.g. “people with brown hair can’t cook”. We made a class poster with things we loved to do and chatted about how we all like different things – which is fine! We also made an online image of ourselves and thought about what information we can share online and what we should NEVER share online such as our full name, date of birth, address or the school we attend.

We watched 2 videos too – https://edtechnology.co.uk/Article/free-resources-launched-for-safer-internet-day-2020/



Dolphin class are professional geographers!

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

We have been very busy working on our geography skills this week.

We have been working on our map reading skills by looking at what we can see and what it actually looks like on a map. Roads are grey but on a lot of maps they are white without white or yellow lines. Houses aren’t different colours, they are all the same colour. Trees, grass, flowers, hedges and bushes are “just green spaces” but the green areas on a map could be grassy, covered in flowers or nettles! We have to look at the key to unlock the information.

We have been playing compass games too, this has been helping us to understand North, South, East and West. We played ‘corners’, we directed our partners, played directional board games and went orienteering. We loved orienteering! We used our compasses to direct ourselves around the school grounds and find geographical pictures (e.g. harbour, coast, city, village, vegetation…) which we also identified as human (man-made) or physical (natural).

Finally, we went on a trip down to Torquay to walk along the front where we spotted the different features, using our maps and compasses. We had a great time and used some brilliant geographical language. We found things on our maps, looked at aerial photos, took lots of our own photos (it took Miss Trenfield a long time to look through them all!), and spotted which direction we were facing/walking or where something was. Phew! What a busy day and week!




Dolphins have been busy this week!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Dolphin class has been so busy this week with lots of exciting learning.

In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon – we added conjunctions to the story to improve it.


Beegu from 35chandos

For numeracy – we have been looking at doubles and halves. We know doubling is getting two the same and adding them together, halving is the opposite – we take the whole number and split it into two equal pieces. Doubling and halving are opposites. In maths we call this inverse. We did inverse with our number bonds too – once we knew an addition sum, we already knew a subtraction sum.




For our topic this week, we have been thinking about maps and compasses. We love using google earth to explore our area, find our houses and travel to new places on different continents, across the 5 oceans. We explored the use of land around the school and made maps with a key. we made table top scenes and took photos to show that maps use a ‘birds eye view’ and look down on to the tops of things. We really enjoyed this!








Dolphin's went for a walk!

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

As part of our new topic ‘The Lost Alien’, the children went on walk around our local area. The purpose of this trip was to help develop the children’s understanding of our local geography. We used maps and saw how they work. We also spotted human and physical features around us. Human features are man-made , physical features are natural. We looked at how roads, houses, grass, trees, beaches, woods, parks, etc. are represented on a map. There were lots of human features that were not shown on the maps e.g. lampposts, drains, signposts, walls and the lines on the road.

We’ve been trying to learn the continents, oceans and countries and capitals of the UK. Here are some videos we’ve watched to help us.