Mr Stevenson - Teaching and Learning
The big thing in school this week has been undoubtedly the various competitions going on around the school on times tables rockstars. I am happy to report that the winner in the Year 6 vs Year 5 competition (which was incredibly hard fought and involved some serious input from a lot of children), was won by Year 6 with an average score of 6,270 and a class total of 81,515 correct answers, with Year 5 having an average score of 3,176, and a class total of 31,764. Quite an achievement and if those numbers seem big, even I was astounded with the amount the classes got involved in this.
Our top 10 performers were (at the time of writing):
Gabriel - 25,929
Yash - 25,322
Sarah - 10,050
Jess - 9,235
Luce - 8,644
Leo - 5,874
Elena - 4,939
Rachel - 3,456
Ela - 2,662
Dominic - 1,910
Well done to both classes for taking part. Year 4 and 3 are currently competing and I look forward to reporting their results next week. Every class form Year 1 up is currently active on this app and completing times tables.
Our Little Adventurers have been ‘adventuring’ once again this week...
Wonder is over. After 3 weeks, the Year 6’s have made their way through the entire book, analysing characters, plot points, settings, and have written stories from different perspectives, stories after certain events, and created a story based in the same setting. It's been a whirlwind, but what the Year 6’s have created is excellent. This week, we teamed up with Year 3 for some up-levelling, writing a story together and then challenging ourselves to edit vocabulary, change key plot points, characters, and then continue the stories. Some changed vocabulary to move the story darker, some made it happier, some continued what was originally created with new additions - a really interesting story writing session.
Maths has been all about scales and weight. The children have been looking at different weights and creating scales that best fit the weight, whether it be in kg or g. Quizzes, games, and challenges drove the class and we even had a hunt around the room for hidden weights for our scales. Of course, we have also rapidly improved our times tables through our game, TTRS. A friendly competition took place between year 6 and 5, and this has driven the children to work even harder - the improvement in times tables has been brilliant.
Nebula’s formed the core of our lesson in science, where we developed animations of how nebula’s form stars. It all starts with that one lucky collision…
This week the children have been focussing their efforts to improve their rapid recall of timestables, the thought of taking on and becoming victorious over the Year 6 class has driven motivation on this topic to new levels. At last count, it looks as though the Year 5 children may need to accept second place this time, but regardless of the positioning on the podium the speed and accuracy of the recall of the timestables facts has developed immensely. When tackling our regular timestable tests, 6 of the children achieved a personal best. In other areas of maths, we have explored the different types of averages and multiplying decimal numbers.
In English lessons, the children have been investigating the topic of recounts. These take many forms including audio stories, diary entries and newspaper reports. The children were inspired by Orson Welles’s adaptation of H. G. Wells’s novel War of the Worlds in which Welles caused panic amongst the listeners of his show leaving them believing that the alien attack in the story was happening for real.
Another creative and productive week in Year Four has seen our Badgers continue to be productive across all areas of the curriculum.
Our week began with reading on the US elections in First News. Despite the uncertainty of election results by some individuals, it was certain that Year Four responded to compression questions on the text with excellent answers. Reading text informed our other English and Humanities task as we analysed and wrote our own questions about the process of Mummification. From our understanding of the text, we discovered that it would take a lot of guts to work in the mummification business in Ancient Egypt. With this new found knowledge of ancient burial rituals, children set about making their own instructions that will enlighten people on how to prepare a body for their journey to the Kingdom of Osiris.
Symmetry and perimeter informed our learning in Maths this week. Using mirrors and folding a range of shapes, year 4 set about discovering how many lines of symmetry there were on a selection of quadrilaterals and polygons. On squared paper, pupils enjoyed creating their own patterns too, on to which others could complete the symmetrical image.
Continuing with shape, Year Four explored the perimeter of rectilinear shapes, in some cases using the existing measurements of sides to calculate those missing values.
Still with Maths, but addressing our Egyptian topic too, children drew out their own equilateral and isosceles triangles in order to cut out four triangles of each to produce cardboard pyramids. Having attached them to firm bases, on Friday morning we set about applying mod roc bandages as we create our Giza inspired landscapes. Next week paint to be applied.
Following on the artistic theme, our Art lessons continue to look at light and dark, but this time with colour! Bananas and apples were placed in front of pupils and we were impressed with the results of effective shadowing accompanied by light and dark greens and yellows, plus not forgetting to mention the added brown spots.
A wonderful week of creative work again. Thank you Year Four.
Another productive week for Year 3. In Mathematics we have been converting fractions to decimals, with a particular focus on tenths, leading into adding decimals.
In English we have enjoyed sharing our creative planning ideas with Year 6 to start our story and then up-levelling the shared piece and continuing the story. Year 3 particularly enjoyed sharing some sophisticated vocabulary and trying to match the Year 6 vocabulary even thinking about personification!
In art we have started to build the scene for our Christmas production, building a beanstalk and setting Cinderella’s backdrop to decorate our room. Children are thinking about their characters and beginning to prepare their costumes.
Science was a practical exciting lesson on the digestive system...this included tights, orange juice and food!
Well done, Year 3!
What a wonderfully creative week Year 2 have had. In Maths we have been looking at halving and have done some great work on halving shapes and large numbers. Next week we are going to be looking at more complex fractions.
In English we have been looking at the tale of Interstellar Cinderella an adaptation of the traditional Cinderella tale. The children have created some amazing diary entires and have even given writing a job description a go for hiring a new space mechanic. In Science this week we experimented with circuits, the children were given some equipment and they where challenged to light up a bulb. We had some wonderful critical thinking from this.
During our Adventure school lesson we took a wild walk up to ham gate, looking for leafs and tags and identifying the trees they came from.
Have a great weekend.
What a magical week it has been...
For Woodland School this week we went on an adventure to discover if fairies live in Richmond Park.
Amazingly we found lots of clues...and the next day we wrote a recount.
“First we saw tiny footprints.” Arthur
“Secondly we discovered sparkly fairy dust twinkling on the path” James
“Then we found feathers on the ground. Fairy feathers on the ground.” Elin
We continue to practice our phase 5 sounds and have learnt a new song to help remember sounds like ou, a-e and ay.
During lessons the children have been listing and sorting words with the f and ph, w or wh sound. Which is a very tricky task but one which Year 1 attempted with determination.
In Maths we focus on our place value knowledge and have been looking closely at two digit numbers discovering the number of tens and ones within. Then applying our knowledge to sort and identify odd and even numbers.
The children have impressed me with their phonics skills this week. We have looked at the ‘ng’ digraph and children have worked exceptionally hard to think of words with this sound in: shopping, ring, song, strong, string, bang and so on, writing them in their books and recognising the sound in story books. Their spellings will be based on this sound for you to practise over the weekend.
In Maths, the children have learnt how to find the difference between two numbers using terminology of subtraction, minus and take away. They used methods such as a number line and cubes to find the answer - their homework is following the same theme.
Woodland school was fun and exciting hunting for fairies! 🧚♀️ We found many clues; fairy dust, teeny foot prints, fairy writing, marks and patterns found on the tree stumps and feathers caught in the berry bush. We heard a scurrying noise in the ferns and thought it could be a fairy village. Next week we plan to build homes for the fairies, we may even make some fairy folk clothes and leave them some magical treats.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week we have begun talking about Christmas and during our Performing Arts session. The children have enjoyed practising Christmas songs with Miss Georgina for their Christmas production.
We have also been revisiting and exploring rhyming sounds which we learnt before the half term. The children have enjoyed playing rhyming games using small 3D objects and rhyming sounds tubs.
We have been working on number-quantity recognition and our counting skills by counting objects around our classroom and playing counting games with beanbags.
This week's Woodland school session was great fun! We stayed on site and collected leaves from our garden. Then we sorted them by colour and counted them using our wooden numicons and number plates.
Have a nice weekend!
Miss Finch & Miss Vari
What a fun we had in First Steps this week! The children have been learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story. We looked at the pictures and counted how many fruits the caterpillar ate each day and on Saturday we thought he ate too much. We talked about how the green leaf helped him to feel better. This idea led us to pick leaves and use hole puncher to make holes on the leaves. Using a new tool made all children very exited. The children tried different ways to use the hole puncher and they were so happy while trying out their ideas.
Making caterpillar using dyed pasta and pipe cleaners was one of the popular activity in the class this week. The children improved their hand eye coordination as well as their counting skills while threading pasta through the pipe cleaners.
The children drew caterpillars by adding circles together. Some children also drew fruits and foods to feed our “Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Well done First Steps, finally our caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly eating all the foods you have drawn for him.
The children have created their own elephant ears and put them on for ‘Listening walk’. We paid attention to sounds around us and found many sounds around our playground such as; wind blowing, bird singing, hammering, children talking etc. Well done for your good listening First Steps!
We also talked about our feelings and discussed what makes us happy or sad. Some children told us what toys or foods made them happy but most popular answer was ‘playing with mum’. Well done to all First Steps’ mum!
Mrs Guniz Mrs Mousi