19th March 2018

This week we have been looking at fractions.  We have reminded ourselves of what fractions are and built our understanding up to understand what equivalent fractions are and how we can find them.  We have struggled to apply this understanding to comparing fractions, but are hopeful that we will really crack this understanding during next week.

Our focus this week has been on conversations and the different ways we can record conversations in text.   We have considered the differences between play scripts and narratives in the ways the speech is recorded and we have begun to record our own conversations.   We used our class novel, The Firework Maker’s Daughter, to inspire our work as we focussed on the conversation between Chulak, Lila and Hamlet (the elephant) where Chulak tells Lila about the fact that Hamlet can talk. Having discussed this point in the story, we created a short drama. This was filmed and the plan is to use this film to write the play script that will enable another group to recreate the drama.

In topic we also became archaeologists having allowed our fossil casts to set, we had to uncover the cast first of all and then use cotton buds and brushes to clear as much of the sand from the actual cast as we could.  It was surprisingly tricky as the sand had set quite hard so we wanted to press and scratch the sand off but needed to be gentle so we didn’t damage the cast.

Our Star of the Week this week is Mckenzie for the enthusiasm and cinematography skills that he displayed during our film making work based on The Firework Maker’s Daughter. He was a very proficient film maker and gave some great ideas to the group to enable them to improve their scripts.  He has also shown real perseverance in gaining understanding of equivalent fractions which is really paying off now and he’s ready now to take the next steps to be able to compare different fractions.

12th March 2018

As we are half way through the academic year, this week has seen us focus on our assessments to show how much we have learned so far.  Mrs Hilton has been so impressed with our attitude to our learning because we have approached each assessment with a very positive and mature attitude.  This has ensured we have been able to demonstrate our increasing confidence and skills throughout the week.

One of the highlights of the week was making fossils by creating a sand cast which we then used as a mould before Mrs Hilton poured filler into them which we have left to set and are looking forward to being “archaeologists” and uncovering the hidden fossils.  We also created some fabulous dramas to demonstrate how a fossil is created – Mrs Alford was particularly impressed with one that she saw being performed.  

Another highlight of this week was when Mr Grayson brought his climbing gear into school and taught us about the processes involved in climbing.  We were fascinated by his many photos including some of the Nepalese people who live at the base of the Himalayas and his equipment was very exciting.  This has really inspired us for our Mountain Day when we will be attempting to climb Mount Everest. 

The final highlight was World Book Day which we celebrated on Friday – three parents managed to join us for books and biscuits and we completed a variety of book related work including a book quiz where we had to name the book from the opening sentence.  Unfortunately no-one from our class was on the winning team, but we all managed to score at least 15/35 which was an impressive starting point.

Our Star of the Week this week is Keira for her positive attitude towards the assessments that we have completed. All the children have worked brilliantly and each and every one could have been the Star of the Week for this same reason so well done Keira and well done to everyone for their hard work and great attitude - keep it up!

19th February 2018

Maths:  This week we have completed a short unit on area.  We began the week by counting squares to find out how much space a shape covered.  We became really confident about counting whole squares and began to predict the amount of space using our knowledge of times tables because we spotted a link between the two.

English: In English, we continued to use the book “Escape from Pompeii” to stimulate our writing and after using the image of the volcano to stimulate our descriptive writing using figurative language and hyperbole, we used it to create a comic strip retelling of the story.

This was completed after completing a reduce activity where we had to take away 2 or 3 images several times but could still retell the story from the images that were left.  We continued doing this until we were left with just 4 images from the story – take a look at four of the finished ones.

In addition to our Maths and English work, we completed some volcanic artwork – using paint as the medium and blowing the paint to create the moment when the volcano explodes.  We are really pleased with the effects we have created (some of using a straw to add detail and others using finger painting as well!) and the finished product really does give the impression of the volcano exploding.  Please take a look at them.

Our Star of the Week this week is Rick who displays enthusiasm and interest in all aspects of our work.  He asks some super questions to deepen his understanding and knowledge and can always be relied upon to try his best.  Keep up the hard work Rick and be proud of yourself.

12th February 2018

Maths:  This week we have mastered short multiplication with 2 and 3 digit numbers being multiplied by single digit numbers.  The week culminated in a fun activity where we completed a multiplication trail to decode the hidden word that was scattered around the year group.  We all worked really well together to solve the clues.

English:  Our focus has been on developing our understanding of the story of Pompeii and we have focused on images from a storybook which we have then used to develop our figurative writing skills in preparation for creating a setting description and a comic strip next week – watch this space.

Topic:  The best bit of the week was exploding our volcanoes that we have steadily worked on and watching how the vinegar and bicarb react to mirror what happens when the volcano erupts.  As part of our Fantastic Fun Friday, we also completed some drama work where we demonstrated volcanoes erupting, mountains being created and earthquakes happening and how the tectonic plates affect these natural disasters.  

All the work from our Fantastic Fun Friday can be found as photos and videos attached to the blog.  Please take a look at the learning that we have been doing.

Our Star of the Week this week is Jayden for his brilliant explanations of how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by single digit numbers while doing the maths trail on Friday morning.  Great understanding – keep it up.