Milky Way has been investigating the five senses and the class has begun looking at gustation (tasting) while continually reviewing vision (sight), olfaction (smelling) and hearing. They have experienced sweet (sugar), sour (lemon), salty (salt) and bitter (coffee) and learned about umami. They were also given some foods to sample and assign flavours (soy sauce and 95% cocoa chocolate).
The theme-related sight words and sentences have now become quite extensive. The class read the words and talk about their meanings (for example, they could see the word crunch, define it as a type of sound that we can hear, and list some things that could make a crunching sound; for the word sweet, they could define it as a flavour or type of taste that would be sensed with the tongue, and they would name some sweet foods). This sight-word list so far comprises: eyes, vision, sight, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo, violet, light, dark, ears, hearing, audio, loud, quiet, whisper, squeal, scream, shout, bang, snap, crunch, hiss, pop, ding, nose, smell, olfaction, tongue, taste, bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami. The students have enjoyed playing word bingo with this list. In the coming week, the words fingers, touch, feel, hard, soft, smooth, rough, prickly, slimy and spongy will be added.
The students are also reading, hearing and speaking the sentences: I can see colours with my eyes. I use my eyes for seeing. The organs of sight/vision are the eyes. I can hear sounds with my ears. I use my ears for hearing. The auditory organs are the ears. I can smell with my nose. I use my nose for smelling. The olfactory organ is the nose. I can taste with my tongue. I use my tongue for tasting. The gustatory organ is the tongue. I can touch with my fingers. I use my fingers for touching.
In mathematics, the class are continuing their lessons on time and clocks. Also, they had a revision quiz on simple addition, wherein many students did very well. They have also been measuring (rulers and tape) the height of growing plants whose data they will later use to investigate median values and plot graphs.
The students have been working well in groups during their free time; talking together in English about their interests and crafts.