The timeline for Year 4 and 5 would be relatively mild this week. This is of course if you were to compare it with the Medieval period, between 1066 and 1492.
We have have been quite settled in class where pupils have been patient scribes as their Spooky Stories are written into their finest and most elegant handwriting. Cursive has been most present and it has been great to see and hear their industrious pens and pencils quietly dancing across the page.
We have also managed to begin our new topic of a non-chronological report. We are studying features or a report and developing our content to write about iPads, iPhone and other electronic devices, if our focus falls further from the Apple tree. Next week we will bring to attention: more work on colons and semi colons; using parenthesis to add more information to a sentence (embedded clauses perhaps). With our acquired grammar skills, we will employ them in a report to explain electronic devices, how they work and the arguing for and against their use in everyday life.
This week in Maths we have started on a focus looking at word problems that use Multiplication and Division using our skills developed in the first two weeks. The aim is to be able to create our own problems next week and see if we can tackle more complicated problems that require two or more steps to find the answer. Towards the end of the week we will take a large step away from the four operations and delve into co-ordinates and line graphs. Ordnance Survey maps will be out and data taken from our Tax survey will be analysed as we survey how much taxed is owed by fellow classes across the school following Judgement Day, or the Domesday Book. Any tax avoiders will be placed in the stocks and terminated too.
This torture will of course be inspired by our love of the Medieval period where we were most chronological this week as pupils made outstanding timeline presentations on Book Creator, charting events between the Battle of Hastings and the discovery of America. Murders, deadly plagues, wars, more wars, a Magna Carta and revolting peasants have all been placed upon a timeline and researched. Next week the bodies will be piled up high as we learn about the infectious topic of the Black Death. China has exported great things over the past Millenium. Tea, noodles, gunpowder, Ming Dynasty Vases. But nothing has been so deadly as the bubonic plague.
No one will be immune from studying next week.
Year 3 have had another exciting week learning in groups how to light a Trangia and test out the hot chocolate, change a bike chain and general bike maintenance as well as read Ordinance Survey Maps , in preparation of our micro adventure after half term.
In English the children have produced some lovely poetry based around the character of The Tear Thief.
In Mathematics we have been efficiently using column addition and subtraction, realising the importance of place value and to look at the sign before starting our calculations.
In our PSHCE as well as looking at our dreams and goals, we have discussed what attributes make a great friend and reflected on ourselves and how we can improve ourselves.
This week, the children have begun their work on imaginative writing using the stories of ‘Angry Arthur’ and ‘Millie’s Marvellous hat’ to base their stories around. The children created expanded noun phrases about their hats and how they would handle anger and what it looks like. Maths has been all about subtraction using partitioning. The children broke apart 2 and 3 digit numbers in order to more easily subtract them.
In Science, we had a particularly fun lesson on insulators and conductors of heat by trying to keep ice cream cold in a warm classroom. The children used different materials to test this and nearly everyone managed to keep part of their ice cream solid.
For the past 3 weeks, we have been busily coding on Espresso and have been learning all about different types of inputs, commands, and attempting to create algorithms. Over the next few weeks, we will be experimenting with even more inputs using some very fancy dancing robots.
What an interesting week Year 1 have had! Which started with a day of investigation at Hampton Court Palace. The class were full of questions and curiosity and learnt a huge amount both about the palace, the Tudors and life upstairs and down. We loved exploring the Tudor kitchen and learning how to turn a spit next to a warm and crackling fire.
The visit enhanced our learning and for the next few days we have been researching into Henry the VIII, Tudor clothing and foods.
In Maths our focus has changed to measure and we have had many opportunities to measure with unusual items such as paper clips, giant feet and hand spans.
At Woodland school, we focused on listening skills, following precise instructions and working collaboratively through team games, so even though the weather was cold and chilly we remained warm and engaged.
This week we have thoroughly enjoyed using the iPads to enhance our learning in Maths - Shape and space! Some superb pattern creations were made using key note by adding and manipulating the shape, changing the colour and knowing what comes next. Reception are now very confident in handling their iPads and understand the purpose of a variety of great apps. Well done! I was most impressed when witnessing the children’s engagement using google expeditions in Miss Renfrew’s coding class - they had experienced many thrilling adventures together, I think the dinosaur land was their favourite!
Literacy was based on children in the role as a waiter/waitress, taking turns to write down our orders in the Pizza restaurant. I have noticed huge progress in their independent chid led writing which is amazing to see. Have a great weekend!
Second Steps have had a busy week and have been active learners. As part of our Topic “Growth”, we have been learning about our shoe size and our measurements. The children took off their shoes and measured their feet, comparing sizes. Next week we will be comparing how different our feet are now compared to when we were a baby.
We have been focusing on our numeracy and quantity recognition 1-20 as well as learning simple subtraction. We used some gloves filled with sand and had to work out the subtraction by bringing down the fingers and counting the remaining. We then had tho find the correct number and place it next to the sum. We have also been fetching the correct quantity and matching it to the numeracy.
In our role play area we have been playing Families, the children have had such a fun time role-playing what they do at home with each other. They created some lovely stories during their play and it was nice to see many children come together and share
Some lovely experiences.
Outdoor’s we have been exploring the cold weather, we found lots of frost on many different objects and when we touched it not only was it cold but it slowly melted too! This was due to the fact our body temperature being warm. In the mud kitchen we made some yummy hot soup and hot drinks for all our friends and teachers.
Second Steps have been learning about differences and how we are all different, we explored different photos and read books about this topic. We learnt that even though we may look different and do different things it is important to not only be kind but to also respect one another.
We welcomed Santhosh and Arthur this week and the children helped them hugely to settle down. Well done to all children!
The First Steps children have started the week making lots of birthday cakes from the play dough then we decided to apply our skills to make delicious real cakes towards the end of the week. We truly enjoyed measuring, pouring and mixing the ingredients.
In the Early Years Assembly, we have learnt about ‘growth’ and discussed what changes would happened to our body while growing. We looked at a random selection of baby pictures and tried to find out which Second Steps children were they.
The children used their muscles and tried very hard to break the ice in the messy tray. They worked as a team and succeeded it at the end!
At Woodland School, children tried very hard to find all well hidden treasure around the bark area. When all treasure have been found, we counted them then compared them by sizes. The children had so much fun searching for treasure and we hid some treasure inside the class as well. On coming Tuesday morning, Woodland School children will need their wellington boots, please provide us with these.