It has been another great week in Windrush Class! I have been really impressed with the children’s perseverance as we have been getting back into the swing of the school routines.
We had a very exciting day on Thursday as Mrs Davies joined us in the afternoon to teach the first strings lesson of the year. Our first lesson involved a lot of organising; the children were each given their instrument (either a violin or a cello) and we learnt how to safely take the instrument out of its case; I was so impressed with how patient the children were and how carefully they handled the instruments. We also learnt how to hold the instruments and had our first got at plucking the strings.
In our RE lesson this week we introduced our big question, ‘What is it like to follow God?’ and over the next half-term, we will be using the story of Noah to help us think about this question. This week we reminded ourselves of what happens to Noah and we then began to bring the story to life using actions and drama.
We have also started our History topic for the Autumn Term, ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’. This week we thought about what we might already know about this period of history and we used some photos and drawings as clues to find out about what life might have been like.
The class have also really enjoyed their first French lessons with Madame Richards. On Wednesday, the children started to learn how to count in French and had lots of fun playing bingo to help them remember the numbers!
Homework will be set on Google Classroom each week and will consist of the weekly spelling list (also on Spelling Shed), reading regularly at home, and practicing the times tables. The spelling list is set each Friday and we will have a test on the following Friday morning in school.
Dear parents and carers,
We enjoyed finishing off our work on "Here We Are" this week, and sharing the work with the rest of the school in a special assembly. It was great to see what everyone else had done across the year groups. What a special book this was to start the year with!
In our English lessons this week we have started looking at a lovely book called "Float", by Daniel Miyares. This is a wordless picture book, and tells the story of a young boy who makes a paper boat and takes it out into a rainstorm. The children have learned to make their own paper boats, and also practised their inference and deduction skills when looking at the beautiful illustrations. We've started writing our own sentences about the story, using skills such as repetition and onomatopoeia. We'll be continuing with this work next week.
In maths we started with a bit of time spent having a go at some place value work independently, so that I can start to really suss out where the class are and what they need to work on. For the rest of the week we have started with some recapping of basic place value work and rounding. This covers some year 4 work, but is really vital to make sure that I am not building on shakey foundations! We'll be continuing with our work on place value next week.
Please remember that details of the homework can be found on Google Classroom. It's pretty simple though:
Doing these activities at home will really help me to teach your children in school, and will help them make the best of their year 5 with me.
Three things to ask your child this week:
This week we have been looking at the story of Noah and we had a go at making our own arks out of the wooden blocks and Duplo. We also enjoyed acting out the story using small world props in the water tray.
We also continued our ‘Here We Are’ and this week we looked at the importance of being us. We drew around an outline of one of our class members and labelled all the parts or the body we thought were important.
We also took part in our weekly Jigsaw Jenie PSED session. We thought about our feelings and what we do when we feel happy, sad, excited, worried and angry. We have also introduced a classroom feelings display for children to share how they are feeling.
Here are some photos of the fun that we've had this week.
It's been another fabulous week of learning in Glyme Class. We did a fabulous job of rounding up our work on Here We Are with some fabulous poems and self portraits (display pictures to follow soon). In science we learned about the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates and went on a minibeast hunt for invertebrates. In PE we have completed our virtual Quad kids athletics activities. We have been extremely impressed with the determination that all of the children have shown and their support for each other.
On Thursday we began our new text for English: The Happy Prince and the children have done a great job of getting back into their writing. In maths, we have started work on place value.
Spellings this week are 'in-' words:
This week we completed our work on the book Here We Are and shared it with the rest of Key Stage One in Collective Worship.
We have also been doing some assessments in reading, writing and maths to help us identify where the children are and to inform our planning for the rest of the term The children have all worked really hard and tried their best.
In science this term, we are using the book Traction Man is Here to investigate the uses of materials. This week we looked at which materials float and sink to help us make a flotation vest for Traction Man. There are a few pictures below.
In PE we have done some skipping and some multiskills, travelling over the ladders in different ways.
I just wanted to start this week by saying a HUGE well done to all of the children for being responsible and independent when they walk round into class in the mornings. I am very proud of the whole class for just taking everything in their stride.
We have started our work on The Train Ride story in English. We started by thinking about train rides that we had been on and what we had seen out of the window. Take a look at the photos of our paintings to show what we could see.
In Maths we have been comparing groups and numbers by using the <,>,= symbols. To help us remember which symbol is the correct one, we have used the image of a crocodile mouth and the crocodile always wants to 'eat' the bigger number.
In Geography with Mrs Bayliss, the children talked about what is in our local area. They drew pictures of their favourite places in Appleton.
Next week in Phonics we will be finishing our recap of the Set 1 Read Write Inc sounds and will be moving on to the Set 2 sounds.
We have had a great first full week of the term. We have continued our focus on 'Here We Are' and have written notes to encourage other people to look after our world. We also thought about the contrast between busy and calm times. We used some Just Dance and Mindfulness activities to explore this.
We have been working on counting one more in maths and have continued to recap the Set 1 sounds in phonics. In PE we have worked hard on bouncing and catching a ball. We thought carefully about watching the ball at all times, having ready hands and using just the right about of push in our bounce.
Dear parents and carers,
How lovely to have your children in for their first full week in year 5! It has been a week full of fun and the children have worked hard and produced some fantastic art and writing.
We have continued to work on Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers, and during the week we have explored social contracts, written notes of advice to people who are feeling worried, scared or anxious, written song lyrics, created health advice posters and written poetry about our school field! We've also been using the zentangle technique in our space themes artwork. This is where you split an area up into shapes (either randomly, with straight or curly lines) and then fill each space with a different doodle. It has been really interesting to see children really engrossed in it, and the mindfulness aspect of this type of activity is really important. We then added bright rockets, inspired by artist Peter Thorpe. I've been really impressed with this lovely work, and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with the rest of the school on Wednesday morning, in a special sharing assembly.
We have had lots of children with the sniffles this week- the shock to the system of being back in school has played a part, I think! Although the children are doing a good job of their regular handwashing, I think that the spread of this around the class (I had 6 children poorly on Friday afternoon) means that we need to do more on this next week!
Here are some photos of some of our fantastic work this week:
Hopefully e'll have everyone back in class, all healthy and happy, on Monday! Have a great weekend :)
Three things to ask your child this week:
1: What advice would you give to someone who was feeling worried about corona virus?
2: How did you feel when you were doing your zentangle?
3: What do you know about the size of the solar system?
It has been a brilliant first week back in Year 3! I have really enjoyed getting to know the class and they have settled really well into the school routines.
Over the past week and a half our work has been focused on ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have explored lots of brilliant topics form the wonderful world around us to the people and places that are special to us. The children have particularly enjoyed using the water colours to paint the skyline; they did a fantastic job of this and I was really pleased with how carefully they thought about the colours and details they needed to include. We also had fun writing new verses to the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong; I was really impressed with the thoughtful ideas that the children shared!
In our Jigsaw PSHE lesson this week we focused on how we are all unique. We shared the things that interest us, such as our hobbies, favourite animals and favourite foods and then we also thought about the things that we had in common with each other. Finally, we thought about some of the things that we would like to achieve in Year 3.
In our PE lessons this term we are focusing on developing our balance, coordination and agility as well as trying to improve our fitness in circuits activities. We had lots of fun creating balances linked to our favourite sports and the children tried really hard in our relay races!
This week we used Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers to deepen our appreciation of the natural world. First we studied documentaries by David Attenborough before using the ocean scene depicted in the book as inspiration for animals we could research. We then used our research to write an audio short script to narrate our chosen part of the scene in the style of Attenborough. Why click on the links below and listen to their amazing work?
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