Our dreams and goals for the future have been a big focus as we started the new year with a positive and productive week, that also ended in a few different types of goals.
If Year Four and Five pupils’ dreams and goals were to be able to: create spooky story ideas; use adverbials effectively in sentences; multiply 1-2 digit numbers by multiples of 10 100 and 1000; develop football tactics; learn about the Bayeux tapestry, then their dreams may have come true. Throughout the next few weeks we will be learning about jobs and futures and identifying ways we can achieve our goals to fulfil our dreams.
We have been impressed with Year Four and Five’s attitude as on Monday morning they made an instant start on reading and identifying features from short stories from Kevin Crossley-Holland’s book, ‘Short!’. These stories have been great inspiration for pupils, particularly the spooky stories ending in cliffhangers with plot twists, which have influenced many exciting story plans. We aim to write up our stories next week employing rich descriptive language using adverbials and effective structure and composition.
In Maths pupils have been finding effective ways to multiply 1 or 2 digit numbers by multiples of 10s 100s and 1000s. This will aid them when they use methods to solve multiplication of numbers up to 4 digits. This will be next week’s task and we will also look to find methods to solve division problems using inverse calculations which will rely upon their improving times table skills.
Going back in time, we have been learning all about a famous tapestry, but pupils have cottoned on to the fact that it is in fact an embroidery. Of course the Bayeux Tapestry is our focus and we have been entertained learning the story of William the Conqueror and his ascension to King of England. Some parts of the story had children in stitches as they observed how the fabric of society changed in 1066. Next week we aim to reel in our knowledge to produce a film describing events in the Bayeux tapestry. To expand on this we will look at how the incoming King, taxed Britain with his comprehensive Doomsday Book.
Fast forward nine hundred years and we witnessed the last time England conquered at a World Cup in men’s football. The heartache continues for England fans, but football fans would be lifted as Park Hill put up a spirited display on Friday afternoon against Westbury House that manager Alf Ramsey would have been encouraged by. Gordon Banks will definitely have one eye on the heroics of our two goalkeepers who kept our boat afloat in rocky times. Alan Ball would have admired the battling industry of our defence and midfield, whilst Bobby Charlton would have combed over our scoring talent.
Thank you to the parents who came out to support our players and nurse minor injuries. Some people were on the pitch at the end, but there was no confusion at the end as the full time whistles blew, hand shakes exchanged and three cheers for the opposition.
Well done Year Four and Five, excellent effort this week. You may think it’s all over, it is now!
Year 3 have had a busy start to the year. Starting column addition with carrying, and then moving onto word problems. In English we have been looking at descriptive vocabulary using The Tear Thief as inspiration to make our own writing far more interesting. We shall include some finished pieces next week.
A new topic in Humanities are the Mayans an their links to the Aztecs and Central America. We were fascinated with the way the Mayans represented themselves in their art and are looking forward to recreating some of their interesting arts and crafts.
This week in English, the children have been learning about report writing. We have written a report about our Christmas holidays, and then researched and gathered information on materials. This was then turned into a full report explaining how the materials could be used and what they look or feel like. In mathematics, we have learnt how to gather and present data. We travelled around the school and gathered data on the schools favourite colours, before turning this in to a block diagram. Finally, we learnt how to create bar charts and use scales.
In Science, the children have begun their work on materials, learning about man made and natural materials, and how we edit materials to suit our needs.
This week we have been exploring addition and subtraction, extending our understanding of place value and different strategies to calculate some very challenging problems.
We have also been discussing familiar stories as well as learning about traditional stories from the past; exploring how to use vocabulary to keep the reader engaged.
We are also looking forward to our Hampton Court Palace trip next week!
Happy New Year! Welcome back to what will be a very busy, yet another fun filled term. This week, Reception have been introduced to our new topic ‘food.’ I must say, a great topic to focus on. There is a great deal to look forward to. We have begun to make a ‘Pizza shop’ role play area including making clay pizza’s at Woodland school. The children did a great job at manipulating and shaping the clay. We learnt that pizza comes from Italy and what our favourite toppings are: “Peas, mushrooms and pepperoni” Theo. “Onions and pepperoni” Yusuf M. The children looked at the food pyramid and learnt what food items make up a healthy diet: “Broccoli is in the vegetable category and cheese is in the dairy” Timothy explains. In science, the children took part in a mystery jar activity, using their senses to describe food items as they taste and smell. Within Literacy, the children were introduced to instructions, and wrote steps ‘to make a sandwich’ which we look forward to making soon. We recapped some simple addition sums before using money in our pizza shop next week! Have a great weekend.
Second Steps have spent the week caring for babies in our new baby clinic. We have been dressing up as doctors and nurses and using our doctors kit to help heal our poorly babies. We have started our new topic of growth and have been investigating how tall our baby patients are by measuring them with tape measures and some non stare measures such as blocks and hands. Next week we will be learning all about teeth, how we keep them healthy and what foods are bad for our teeth.
What a great start to the term. It has been absolute joy and pleasure to see children so happy and enthusiastic ready for learning and settling into the classroom routine. We have welcomed Sagari, Elle and Ian.
First Steps children have throughly enjoyed participating in a range of activities, particularly enjoying messy play activities. Within mark making the children drew different patterns using cotton buds and brushes on aluminium foil surface. At outside area the children placed the sweet corns into different vehicles which hugely helps them to improve their fine motor skills. We also used the vocabulary hard/soft, heavy/light to compare stones and sweet corns. The children also used their critical thinking skills to create the tall towers using number boxes. Within Performing Arts the children listened different type of musics and created their very own movements with Ms Georgina.
I found myself with my camera in hand at various intervals this afternoon; hopefully a selection of images from different times and perspectives on Park (Hill) life....(sorry for that pun...!!)