This term in PE with Miss Jackson Thames Class have been working on their rhythmic gymnastic skills.
Today in Science we learnt about the components of blood, their functions and the different blood groups. We started the lesson by writing a sentence that defines blood, we revisited this at the end of the lesson and refined our definitions. To help us understand each component we made blood using Cheerios, red & yellow food colouring, marshmallows and porridge oats. First we dyed the Cheerios red and these represented the red blood cells. Next we added the marshmallows, which represented the white blood cells, and the oats which represented platelets. Before finally mixing yellow food colouring with water, which represented plasma, and adding this to the mixture.
We then went on to refine out definitions of blood before looking at microscopic images of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We then used these images to work in groups to create paints and drawing of each component.
On Thursday 6th February children for Year 5 and 6 competed at the Vale Primary Sportshall Athletics competition at King Alfred’s School. The children competed in a variety of track and field events that included the obstacle relay, over under relay, vertical jump and standing triple jump to name just a few. The children were absolutely brilliant and every member of the team tried their best and cheered their team mates along, they were a real credit to Appleton School. Overall the team came a fantastic second place and will represent the Vale at the Oxfordshire School Games finals on Thursday 2nd April.
1st Long Furlong 504 points
2nd Appleton 420 points
3rd Wantage 416 point
4th Stanford 372 points
5th West Oxford 338 point
This week the whole school has been thinking about mental health and well-being. As a class we have been thinking about building resilience and about how we can cope when things don't go to plan. Our active blasts have had a well-being focus and we have also been reading The Boy, the Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesy.
In maths we have been putting our resilience to the test continuing our work on multiplication and division: looking at multiplying and dividing by 11 and 12, multiplying three numbers together and investigating factor pairs. We have been really impressed with how the children are contributing their ideas in maths lessons and explaining their strategies and reasoning. Please keep practising times tables using our new Maths Shed subscription (same password as Spelling Shed which also needs to be used to practise weekly spellings please).
In our English lessons we have been continuing to focus on conjunctions - co-ordinating and contrasting and writing dialogue in the role of journalists.
Our spellings this week are the 'ee' sound but spelt with an 'i':
In English this week the children have worked really hard on writing out their final copies of the explanation text that they have written. They have all shown Must-do Mole and Steadfast Squirrel attitudes by not only putting a lot of care and effort into the presentation of their work but also by keeping going with their writing!
This week in maths we have started our work on Money. We have learnt how to convert pounds into pence and we have also learnt some different strategies for adding 2 amounts of money together. We found it really useful to use the column method to add the amounts of money and I was impressed with how well the children had remembered it! Next week we will be focusing on subtracting one amount of money from another and giving change.
In our dance lessons this week we have finished working on our group performances and some groups had the chance to show the rest of the class (the other groups will do this next week). Our lessons this term have been focused on telling a story through dance and we have used some dramatic music, by the composer Ludovico Einaudi, to bring our final dance pieces to life! We have also really enjoyed watching video clips from the BBC show The Greatest Dancer as we change for PE – lots of children have found this inspiring!
In Jigsaw this week the children have just about finished making their junk modelling projects– we have had some great designs ranging from a brightly coloured bird feeder to a dolphin water fountain!
This week’s spellings have been set on Spelling Shed; we will have a short test on Tuesday next week.
Spelling Rule: Homophones –words which have the same pronunciation but different meanings and/or spellings.
This week in Cole Class we have begun learning about writing formal and informal letters linked to our work on Florence Nightingale. In maths, we have been working on dividing by 2, 5 and 10 as well as recognising odd and even numbers. This week I have put the 10 times table practice activity on EdShed (same login as Spelling Shed) for the children to practice at home.
In science this week we did some research on the habitats the children had chosen, thinking about the animals and plants that live there and why the conditions are suitable for them. Then we made our habitat dioramas, which the children were really enthusiastic about doing. They have done a brilliant job and this morning we shared their work with the rest of the school in Collective Worship. Some children even went home last night and made their own versions straight away. Thank you so much to all the parents who have donated shoe boxes, do please keep them coming as next half term the current Forest School group will be doing science and making their dioramas.
Have a great weekend and we hope you enjoy the photos below.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
Dear parents and carers,
In our English lessons this week we have continued with our work on Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, based on Shackleton's Journey by William Grill. We've found out what happened at the end of the mission, when Shackleton took 5 other men in a small lifeboat on an 800 mile journey to South Georgia, in order to raise a rescue for the rest of his crew, who were stranded on Elephant Island. We've moved on to learning about newspaper articles, and have just started writing our own articles about the rescue, using the sentence stacking approach. Next week we'll be finishing this off in some independent writing time.
In maths this week we have continued our work on division. This is taking some time but it's important that we nail this technique before we move on to fractions (which will hopefully be next week). I'm really pleased with how hard the children have worked on this- they really have been Steadfast Squirrels to master this difficult task.
We enjoyed learning about thermal insulators and conductors in our science lesson yesterday. The children tested 3 different materials to find out which one would be best for the lining of a lunchbox.
Please remember that children need a water bottle in school everyday, as well as a suitable PE for indoor and outdoor PE lessons. Lots of my class were a bit chilly during my PE lesson today, as they didn't have jumpers or tracksuit bottoms!
We are now using Spelling Shed and Maths Shed. I am expecting that (unless you have already had a conversation with me about your child's use of Spelling Shed), your child will do a minimum of 4 Spelling Shed games and a minimum of 4 of any of the Maths Shed games over the course of a week. I don't mind if they're spread out or all on one day (although I think that spread out would be a bit more effective). I am finding that some children aren't doing any spelling practice, and are then finding the weekly test more stressful than it needs to be. A lack of speedy, accurate times table knowledge is also causing some issues in maths lessons, so using Maths Shed regularly would really help with this. Your help with this is much appreciated.
This week's spellings also include silent letters, but this time in different places in the word, instead of the start:
Three things to ask your child this week:
Another busy week in Glyme Class. In English we have been working on using fronted adverbials to make our sentence structure more interesting, metaphors and similes.
In maths we have been practising our 7 times tables and completing our end of block assessments.
In art we have been finishing and evaluating our carnival masks - photos to follow soon!
Spelling for this week are more -ous endings:
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