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Welcome from Watergate

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Teachers: Ms Redwood and Mrs Dingle

LSA: Miss Archer

What a term we are enjoying!

Our topic is Chocolate.  We have been using Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' as our inspiration.

In writing, we have been looking at story writing and we are now writing a diary entry, in character as Charlie. 

This term in maths, we are covering place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.

In science, we have been learning about states of matter and understanding the properties of solids, liquids and gases.  Linking with our theme, we have been investigating chocolate and it's melting temperature.

In our topic lessons, we have been exploring the history of chocolate, when it was invented, where it originated from and how it was created.

We are learning about other cultures and places including France and we will learn to speak French. We are starting with French phonics and simple words for items in a pencil case.  We will then build phrases, sentences and questions using the words we have learned.  We will also listen to and join in with rhymes such as Frere Jacques and simple stories in French too.

 

 

 

Reading 

This term we are reading Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' alongside to aid our Chocolate Topic. We are loving this book and we can't wait to see what happens next!

"Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are; Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobbies are eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer whose jaws are the fastest around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-shooting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, our hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and ready for the wildest day of his life!!!" 

If your child enjoyed reading this, they may enjoy other Roald Dahl books; 
- Matilda 
- Georges Marvellous Medicine  
- The BFG
- The Twits
- The Witches 
- Danny Champion of the World


“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.”
- Matilda


Please keep up the reading at home so that your child can earn their stickers! 
 

Children in Need Joke-a-thon


Watergate class had a sponsored joke-a-thon in aid of Children in Need.  Who knew we had so many comedians in our midst?

Our trip to Eden

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Watergate

Chocolate Topic

History and Geography

Nick shows us where Captain Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.

Our Chocology Workshop

We discovered which plants like to grow in tropical conditions, including the cacao tree and the banana tree.  Yum yum!

Can you spot the birds in the Tropical biome?

Not only plants live at Eden!

We are Chocologists!

What a fun-packed day we had at the Eden Project!

 

We learned all about the cacao plant and the history of chocolate.  We started with the Mayans and the Aztecs, who first discovered the cacao plant and that they made a spicy, hot chocolate drink out of it.  They also used cacao seeds as a form of money!  Then Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean blue in fourteen hundered and ninety-two, where he was the first European to come into contact with cacao.  We also found out that the Spanish started flavouring it with cinnamon and sugar.

 

It was great fun (and really hot!) exploring the Tropical biome, searching for clues and getting dressed up in costumes!  

 

In the afternoon, we explored outdoors and the Mediterranean biome.  Watergate had a fabulous day of fun, hands-on learning!