This week has been yet another busy week in Cole Class. We are nearly ready to film our play, which will be happening at the end of this week ready for editing over the weekend and the big unveil on Friday 11th December. The children have been working really hard at learning their lines and adding in some superb acting. We hope you enjoy it!
In English, we have continued to study 'A Christmas Star' from the BBC advert a few years ago. We have discussed different language choices and learned about onomatopoeia and the effect this has on a text.
In Maths we have been adding and subtracting tens, thinking about how the 'ones' number stays the same but the 'tens' number changes. We have been using base 10 and drawing base 10 to support our understanding.
This week in English we started writing our newspaper articles based on the crimes committed by Goldilocks in our sentence stacking lessons. The children have produced some fantastic writing and have been working hard to include criminal vocabulary. Here is a copy of our class model so far .
In Science this week we finished off out Light unit of work by writing a set of instructions explaining how to signal using a mirror and reflected light. Here are some examples of the children's work.
In PE this week we enjoyed playing a game called Empty the Safe. The purpose of this game was to evaluate and change the way we move through small spaces. In teams we formed a human castle around a pile of equipment (gold) and then a raider would approach the castle with a thrown down disc which they would place down next to the castle. Keeping one point of contact with the throw down disc at all times the raider had to attempt to reach into the human castle and collect the gold without touching anyone.
It has been another busy week in Windrush Class; we have been preparing for the KS2 Christmas Service by learning our song, ‘Little Donkey’ as well as working hard in our lessons!
In English this week we have written out our best copies of the explanation texts that we have been working on. I am really impressed with how hard everyone has worked on their presentation – the finished pieces of writing look great! We have also started our next unit of work based on the book, ‘Star in a Jar’ by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini.
This week in our PE lessons we have continued to develop our running skills by focusing on relay races. We practised using the relay batons, and really worked on achieving a smooth handover to the next person.
In our Science lesson we continued to learn about how magnets work. We carried out different tests to learn more about the North and South poles on magnets, and we learn about how magnets can repel as well as attract each other.
We all had great fun in our History lesson this week as we made our own Bell Beakers based on the pottery work that people did in the Bronze Age. Last week we looked at different Bell Beakers that had been found by archaeologists; we particularly focused on the shape of the pot and the patterns on the sides. We then designed our own patterns based on the ones we had observed. On Friday, we made our Bell Beakers and engraved the patterns into the sides.
This week we have continued our Gruffalo story focus. We made our own Gruffalo lair using junk modelling and then added leaves, sticks and twigs to make it look really ‘hidden’. We had fun using this all week. First we used puppets to act out the story, then we made our own and finally we used our ‘mini me’ and added ourselves to the story.
Later in the week we had a go at writing what we thought the animals in the story would be thinking. We were so proud of our work we made this display.
Dear parents and carers,
In English this week we have worked hard on putting together our "Cosmic" stacked sentences. The children are also really enjoying listening to the story- the dads have just started competing for votes in order to go to space. As expected, Liam is not doing well at this!
In maths we have finished off our statistics work on graphs and tables. We did some work on timetables, which was pretty tricky, but the children were real steadfast squirrels, and persevered well. We also had our first lesson of our new unit on multiplying and division, where we learned about multiples.
In science this week the children really enjoyed being Q again, and investigating how to make a submarine that uses water resistance in order to fall slowly. We only had one major water incident (the wet play games cupboard certainly lived up to its name!) and the children were fantastic scientists. Here are some photos of their experiments:
Next week we'll be continuing with some of this work, but it's also our autumn assessment week, so we'll be doing some assessment papers in English and maths. It's nothing to worry about- I make it as low stress as possible and we all just try our best.
Three things to ask your child this week:
Another busy week in Glyme Class! We've been continuing to practise converting between mm, cm, m and km and adding and subtracting lengths involving conversions, which has been challenging out problem solving skills!
In English we have been sentence stacking our travel brochure and learning all about the delights of Brazil. Special thanks to Evie B and her mum for sharing their knowledge of Brazilian food!
We have been working hard in music with Mrs Mills and in French we have done some fabulous writing about our families. In PE we have been enjoying map reading and orienteering (even in the freezing cold!).
Our spellings this week are more -ly words:
Please also keep up with your reading and times table practice. You might also wish to practise singing Away in a Manger for our KS2 Christmas Service.
Have a lovely weekend.
We have continued to learn our songs for the KS1 Christmas Play. We have recorded a further three songs this week and now have three more to do next week. We are so looking forward to sharing this with you.
In Science this week we have continued learning about materials and their properties. We focused on sorting materials according to their properties such as rough/ smooth, rigid/ flexible and hard/soft. We used objects from around the classroom which had these properties. We discussed how we would sort objects which had both of those properties.
In Phonics, we have been the learning the ur, er, ow (brown cow), ai and oa digraphs. These lists have been added to Spelling Shed.
There has been some excellent teamwork taking place this week and we were particularly impressed with this amazing model of the Titanic!
We have had another busy few weeks in Cole class.
In English, we have started our new unit based on the BBC advert 'A Christmas Star'. We have been studying the main character 'Jasmine', and how she feels when her dad is too busy to help her with her dance rehearsals.
In Maths, we have been learning about adding and subtracting ones, using a variety of resources.
We have been continuing to enjoy our topic of 'space', learning about being an astronaut and about Tim Peake and his time at the International Space Station. We enjoyed watching a clip from when he was there and listening to his experiences.
We are continuing to learn our scripts for our Nativity Play, we is drawing closer.
This week we started our new unit of work in English, newspaper articles based on fairy tales. We started off this unit by reading an example newspaper article about the crimes Jack commits in Jack and the Beanstalk and found the shapes that make up this type of writing. We learnt that the shapes fit together like a jigsaw pieces to help us write our own texts. Next we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and discussed the crimes committed by Goldilocks before role playing an interview with the victims of Goldilocks crimes.
In our English lessons this week we have been working really hard on planning and writing our own explanation text. We have just about finished these and will be editing them next week.
In our maths lessons, we have been learning how to add two 3-digit numbers together using the column method, with 1 or more exchanges. This has been tricky as there are lots of steps in the process to remember; however, everyone has worked so hard and we are definitely feeling more confident with using the column method!
This week in our PE lessons we have been practising our long distance running; in particular, we have focused on stamina and pace to make sure that we can keep running for a longer period of time. On Thursday, the class completed a cross country-style run around the field. I was really impressed with the determination everyone showed – all of the children demonstrated Steadfast Squirrel attitudes! As well as this, I was really proud of how encouraging the children were towards each other – there was a really positive atmosphere as they cheered each other on!
In our Science lessons over the last two weeks we have started our new unit of work on Forces and Magnets. We have completed two investigations so far which we have really enjoyed! In the first investigation, we learnt about friction and we investigated the question, ‘Which surface is the best at stopping people slipping?’. In the second investigation, we started to learn about how magnets work and we tested the strength of different magnets to find out which one was the strongest. Lots of us thought that the magnet that looked the biggest, would be the strongest; however, when we discussed our results, we realised that the size of the magnet didn’t really link with the strength.
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