There is a quote from a staff member that; ‘no two days at Park Hill School are the same’. Well, I would argue against this: everyday this week has been really busy!
Pupils pulled up their ties and were ready to work from the first morning. We were very impressed with the pupils attitude as visitors from Apple attended the classroom. They were impressed as pupils explored the use of Talkr apps and HP Reveal to animate and bring to life the Bayeux Tapestry. Watch out for our Bayeux Tapestry video. It will be filled with information, action and suspect French accent. To be released soon!
Our Spooky Stories in English have developed from plans in to drafts with amendments made; to be written up with our best handwriting next week.
For Maths there has been division in the class as we have sought to use our confidence in multiplication to use inverse and mental maths methods to divide numbers with two or more digits. Next week we aim to use these skills with written word problems where we shall develop our vocabulary to identify which operations are required.
In Science pupils have continued their explorations with Mr Stevenson who has conducted the flow of electricity and it’s applications in everyday life in to the pupils learning.
As it is heading towards the end of January our focus may be similar to some parents as we delve in to the world of business and commerce. Remember to get your tax returns in soon! In the world of Business, pupils have started to design their own entrepreneurial initiatives; creating business plans in their Computing lessons with Mr Stevenson where they use a small investment of memory to generate a profitable business.
However, in our dealings with Medieval History the concept of tax in the classroom has been the norm, an idea we’ve learnt from William the Conqueror. The Domesday Book has arrived and pupils have taken this innovative idea from Norman wisdom, and applied it to Park Hill School, or PHRC (Park Hill Revenue and Customs). For all parents and teachers reading from First Steps up to Year 3, expect a tax bill next week as Year 4 and 5 Norman Commissioners have made an inventory of every classroom, and calculations will be made early on Monday and Tuesday. Sorry, no cheques please!
A taxing week, but rewarding too.
Great work Year 4 and 5!
This week Year 3 have enjoyed learning about the Mayan writing, which is very similar to Ancient Egyptians hieroglyphics, based image based. We have also learnt that they were quite an advanced civilisation. We have been painting our Mayan Art work using watercolours and looking to get a good colour by mixing carefully with water and using a wash for the background.
In Mathematics we have been looking at column subtraction, stealing from next door (decomposition) when necessary, breaking the H, T and Ones up helped us understand the process. In English we are still working on The Tear Thief and looking to use her characteristics into poetry. I have been impressed with the children’s vocabulary and use of similes.
In Computing we are continuing our work on coding which is always a favourite even though debugging and problem solving can be very challenging. We are really enjoying our Latin lessons and can use general greetings with confidence, this week we learnt how to write and invite other children to our own party using Roman Numerals.
This week, the children have been working on their reports and have created reports on animals, and digital reports on computing and coding. The children used book creator to add different information to the book such as voice notes, videos, screen recordings, and photos. In Mathematics, the children have started their work on subtraction and have been looking at different methods to subtract including hundred squares, and partitioning and place value.
In Science, we have begun to look at uses for materials and have begun to think about how we would create buildings considering the different properties of materials.
We enjoyed our visit from Apple and we spoke to them about how we use technology in the classroom. They were particularly impressed by Adrius and his use of BookCreator.
Year 1 have been learning how to achieve our goals as a team. We have examined success and the emotions associated with achievement. At Woodland school this week, we learnt how to create a shelter using waterproof fabric and rope as well as materials found in the environment. They worked well as a team, sharing ideas, supporting one another, problem solving and making group decisions.
In Literacy our focus is narrative - traditional tales. We have been learning to identify the features of a traditional tale as well as retelling familiar stories in innovative and creative ways through hot seating, still image and recording character voice notes within Book Creator.
In Maths we revisit geometry and deepened our understanding of 2 and 3D shapes. Year 1 created patterns, investigated environmental shapes as well as sorting and grouping using properties.
Yusuf’s dream of becoming an astronaut inspired his class peers and even his class teachers... it began with a mission to Mars, but before embarking on this adventure the children had to complete four onerous mathematical tasks; a fit station, finding the value of items using money, weighing items and measuring length, all in which tested their problem solving skills. Within a time frame, the children worked collaboratively by taking turns, listening to each other and most importantly persevering! The children succeeded with flying colours!
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality...”
Zayan’s dream is to become a captain. So within Phonics we created a seaside small world which also reinforced the ‘sh’ digraph. The children became pirates and segmented words using pirate sound talk! Using their iPads, the children created their own ‘under the sea’ theme picture adding images that began with the ‘sh’ sound: ‘sheep,’ toothbrush,’ ‘ship,’ ‘shell,’ ‘shoe,’ ‘shirt,’ ‘shopping trolley,’ ‘shed’ and a ‘shop,’ some very unusual objects under the sea, however they confidently and independently changed the colour, manipulated the size and rotated when necessary.
The cafe trip was SO much fun so Chloe says! Cheese, ham, tuna and chicken sandwiches were made, remembering their step by step instructions learnt in Literacy. The children really did amaze me with their money skills. They individually wore their own bumbags and paid with their own money, counting the coins and noting its value.
A very impressive week it has been. Always remember, dream it, believe it, achieve it. Our growth mindset encourages our children to believe that they are in control of their own ability and can learn and improve by practising.
There is a great article on CBeebies - Growth Mindsets: Help your child try new things. Follow the link or follow the QR code.
We have had a very productive week in Second Steps as we have continued our topic of Growth.
It has been such a delight to see the baby and family pictures and the children have enjoyed talking to the class about this.
We had a great response to our homework last week which was to upload a video or photos of the children brushing their teeth. Indeed, caring for teeth has been our focus this week. We did a maths game and activity of rolling a dice and counting out pretend teeth to go with the number.
Another exciting activity was using the Sphero robots to roll around in paint on a canvas to make a truly unique picture for our classroom The children learnt how to control the robots while using the i-pads.
A similar picture was made using marbles dipped in paint and rolled around the builders tray.
This again made a super picture and also helped to develop language skills as they described what they were doing and what the picture looked like.
This week, we have been exploring coding. First Steps children used caterpillars to practise their very first coding lesson. Children’s aim were to reassemble the caterpillar based on directions on each piece. They quickly started to feel confident and even raced their caterpillars!
The children practiced travelling in different ways such as, walking, jumping, going through hoops in PE lesson with Miss A.
At the art table children used their imagination and made lots of cards for their family members. We have experimented how balloons would blow up by vinegar and baking soda mixture. At Woodland School we have learnt a new song called “wiggly woo’ then went to search a wiggly worm at bark area.
I found myself with my camera in hand at various intervals this week; hopefully a selection of images from different times and perspectives on Park (Hill) life....(sorry for that pun...!!)