Year 4 Expedition - Leith Hill
Such a splendid way to test and challenge skills acquired in our Adventure School. Navigation, leadership, communication and critical thinking all required to ensure a safe and successful summit of Leith Hill.
Some food for thought on Thursday courtesy of the most beautiful book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.’ Written by Charlie Mackesy, it is about the intriguing relationship between the four characters and is quite frankly both moving and delightful. Required reading, I would dare to suggest. At the very least, certainly worthy of a few conversations this weekend.
At the top of the school this week the children have been researching different children’s books and deconstructing the plot and characters while looking for hidden meanings within each text. Next week the children look forward to applying the findings from their research and will start to create a sequel to their chosen story whilst keeping true to the style of the original story.
In Maths, the children have developed their understanding of ratio. Activities have included both calculating the ratios of different amounts and volumes and simplifying them using the highest common multiple.
Throughout the week the children have been planning their costumes for World Book Day. Naturally the children looked great and took full advantage of the opportunity to wear funky hair styles and makeup, it was fantastic to see and hear the passion in their voices for reading and learning about their chosen character.
A little side story to this week has been the buzz that the Shakespeare Monologue competition has bought to the class. It is clear that the auditions and performances mean so much to the children who have volunteered to enter. The highlight of the week was hearing the supportive cheers and positive comments between the children regardless of whether they reached the finals or not.
We began our week navigating our way through the Surrey Hills as we found our way to the top of Leith Hill. The mud did not deter our young and well prepared ramblers as they made informed decisions on the paths and fields they should cross using their observations of the terrain and their map reading skills. We made excellent progress as we stopped at our base camp next to the Plough Inn. Here, pupils set about preparing their trangia stoves on to which they cooked their pasta and (for some) their sauce.
After our tasty repast, we set about tackling the treacherous south east face of Leith Hill. On paths strewn with puddles, tree roots and neighbouring rocket fields, we ventured up and down the contours to reach the summit where we were treated to glorious views of the South Downs and a clear view of London - including a very visible Wembley Stadium.
It was fantastic to see the pupils employ Mr Bond’s favourite term, perseverance, as they kept their spirits up and tackled to six kilometre walk. Excellent preparations for our post Easter adventures in Lulworth Cove.
On our return to school, from Tuesday we engaged with the surreal poetry of Edward Lear’s Pobble’s Nose and Lewis Carroll’s Jaberwocky where fantasy creatures engage in fantasy adventures. This was great preparation for pupils as they started to prepare their own stories and characters to theme their own nonsense poetry. I must admit, I look forward to seeing how the ‘Pappstrocity’ monster will fare in one child’s poem.
In Maths, the class went over methods to divide 2 or more digits using the bus stop method which was a fantastic opportunity to further test their multiplication and subtraction skills in order to identify the correct answer. Pupils were less enamoured with their teacher’s attempt to embed fractions in the lesson, but it was only about one third of the class who made passionate objections.
To conclude our week, we really enjoyed all the World Book Day activities. I was very proud to see pupils reading with Year One as we performed a shared reading activity. We have also recorded descriptions of our characters to the camera which we hope you’ll be seeing too.
We look forward to another action packed week: playing football, rehearsing plays and visiting the National Archives. Don’t forget our poems and more division skills.
Excellent work again Year Four. Well done.
Another busy week in Year 3. We have been continuing our work on decimals moving onto money. Nothing beats the real thing, actually spending money and going to the shops, which of course is included in this week’s homework.
In humanities we are continuing our work on the Romans which crossed over into our art work about Roman gods.
A real highlight of the week of course was Book Character Day, where we all enjoyed exploring our book characters and the escapades of the teachers as inspiration for our writing.
This week the children have continued with arrays and have been learning to multiply and divide. They have used arrays to first work out their times tables and then work out the corresponding division sum.
In English, The children have been writing and improving their recounts. They have up-levelled them using description, similes, and speech.
In Science, we have continued with the bones of the human body and the children created their own version of ‘head shoulders knees and toes’, recording them on GarageBand or clips. We then danced to each child’s work. Phalanges proved to be a popular choice.
What an eventful few days. Suspense had been building for days in Year 1 about world book day and many questions asked about book characters and stories until our school theme - the lion the witch and the wardrobe was revealed on Friday.
To celebrate our Narnia themed event we shared stories with year 4 . It was wonderful to see how far previous Year 1 pupils ave progressed as well as how confidently Year 1 read to older children. Then we thought about where magical doors and wardrobes could take us. Year 4 taught us about portals and may have inspired some future BIg Writes.
‘ I would go to Wonderland , to Alices’ wonderland.’ Beth
In science our investigation into materials continued and we delved deeper into floating and sinking. Why do some objects float? Do you know? Is it size, shape or material? If it is the material can you explain why?
We learnt about molecules and density using marbles to reinforce our understanding .
In maths we have been thinking about weight and mass which linked well with our scientific discoveries. Year 1 have learnt to read a gauge and curved scale and discovered how we measure weight in grams and kilograms.
Have you ever wondered how you would weigh an elephant or an aeroplane? We might have the answers.
In DT we begin an epic project to create a model of a house with all features included, this means a great deal of close observation of wires, window sills, bricks and pipes!
We are very much looking forward to sharing our creations with you in a future newsletter.
This week in Reception, the children have built up their excitement each day for World Book Day. They have been counting down the days proving excellent mental maths in subtraction! Highlighting the days of the week in sequence too! 🌟 The week began with discussing our favourite stories and characters, and within Literacy activities they have been writing up character profiles. Each child continues to amaze us with their independent writing including great super star sentences: capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. The children have been been super excited for dress up day - well done on all your wonderful costumes. We have been visited by upper years for shared reading sessions benefitting their comprehension and recall skills. In Maths this week, their doubling and halving skills are incredible. Using play-dough and real life objects, children have been exploring doubling and halving questions. Well done! Next week, we will be introducing time, comparing between day and night and then moving onto the o’clock.
Deerstalker 6/3/20 Second Steps
Second Steps have enjoyed a variety of activities this week.
The children participate in regular phonics sessions during the week and are able to recognise, make or copy their letters. They recognise that letters and words have meanings and are starting to assign meaning to them, with lots of letter recognition, writing and symbol-making going on in their play.
We used the wintery weather to our advantage on Thursday when we went for a nature walk in our garden and enjoyed jumping into muddy puddles. The children collected lots of mud and enjoyed examining the gritty and smooth aspects of it while dipping their paint brushes and fingers into it. They created some beautiful natural artwork.
There was great excitement on Friday when we all dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. The children came along in so many colourful outfits, as characters from their favourite stories. During the morning we were happy to welcome Year Two children into our class to read to us. Thank you Year Two!
We have been listening to lots of traditional fairy stories this week too and the children have been using our story-telling area to act out the tales using puppets. After listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, we painted pictures using ‘magic beans’ which rolled through the paint and made some amazing pictures.
As always First Steps have another busy week.
We, as a class, have been focusing on measurement such as high & low, big and small, full and empty, more and less. This has been integrated into all areas of their learning and play. During snack the children have been asking for ‘more’, while building with the Lego the children have been comparing the height of their towers, “mine is tall”, “I’ve got a big rocket, it’s going to fly high”.
The children have been very creative by leaf printing in clay using different leaves we have found round the school grounds. Using the rolling pin to create the impressions on the leaves.
While we were looking at the different leaves, we took lots of cuttings and used these in our woodland school lesson. The children got mucky putting the soil into their pots till they were full to the top then chose from the different cuttings to fill their pots.
As it is World Book day this week Year 5 & 6 have been popping in to read to us. The little ones have really enjoyed their visits, hugging the older ones when they come in.
On Friday we had a great selection of costumes from the Hungry Caterpillar all the way through to The Tiger who Came to Tea but thankfully the Tiger (Muyao) didn’t eat all our food.
We explored the work of Ursus Wehrli, the Swiss artist who likes to tidy up art, both his own and the work of Picasso, Kandinsky and a certain Van Gogh. The resulting artwork has certainly brought some happiness to those who like order...