19th February 2018

English
After looking at a few copies of comics, we discovered that in comic strips, stories unfold in a predominantly visual way.  Images and illustrations “tell a story” frame by frame with a minimal amount of text in speech bubbles, thought bubbles, explosions for sound effects and possibly text boxes.  We have enjoyed selecting the key parts of “Escape from Pompeii,” so that we could re-create appropriate illustrations which would re-tell the story.  Then we added text to help explain events and show characters’ thoughts and feelings.  We have almost finished and our artwork is impressive!

Maths
We have finished our very short unit on “Money” and we can confidently recognise coins and notes in order to add and subtract amounts of money.  We have tackled word problems where we have to work out the change due in a given scenario.  All very useful life skills.

Topic
On Wednesday afternoon, a very damp and miserable afternoon, we brightened up the proceedings by erupting our volcanoes with a solution of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.  The children were very excited!  Take a look at the finished volcanoes with their proud creators, before they erupted.

We also continued our learning about rocks and started to understand how fossils are formed.  Ask the children – I’m confident many will be able to tell you.

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Champion of the week
Freya Wakefield really deserves to be our Champion of the Week!  She would be the first to admit that she occasionally struggles with some concepts in Maths, but she has worked really hard this week and enjoyed lots of success.  Keep positive, Freya, and keep it up!

Attendance
Oh dear.  We struggled to achieve a good level of attendance because we had a couple of children who were poorly for a couple of days so we didn’t even reach the National Average.  Our percentage was 95%  However, we can’t help suffering from ill-health and hopefully, after half term, we’ll be back to full strength.

12th February 2018

English
We had a really good attempt to incorporate our learning of figurative language (similes, metaphors and personification) into our “hot task.”  Our stimulus was an animated clip of “A Day in Pompeii,” which we watched at least three times because it was so exciting!  After spending some time planning our writing, we spent a lesson working independently, describing the setting as the volcanic eruption began and then the final destruction of Pompeii.

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Jack has tried really hard to purple pen his poetry as well as making brave attempts to neaten his handwriting and the presentation of his work. We’re behind you, Jack. You can do it!

Then, we have started looking at the illustrations of a new book, “Escape from Pompeii,” which we are going to use as a basis to create our own comic strips.  Should be an exciting and enjoyable activity!

Maths
We have started a new unit, “money,” and we have begun to look at the value of coins and notes, how pence can be converted to pounds and vice versa before we started adding, subtracting and practising giving change.

Topic
We have started a new unit, “Rocks,” and we have learned that there are 3 sorts of rocks, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  Ask away, find out what we can remember!  
A creative lesson took place as we finished our volcanoes by adding details in paint to represent grass and lava.  Have a look at the photos!
Champion of the week


Attendance
Fabulous!  Another attendance certificate this week.  Still not quite 100% but so close!  We got 99.4%
 

5th February 2018

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Champion of the week

Jake has made some super contributions to class discussions this week.  Thank you, Jake!

English
Finally, we have had our first attempt at writing poetry about volcanoes, using the brain-storming notes and planning from last week.  The children have worked so hard to try to incorporate figurative language (similes, metaphors and personification), as well as expanded noun phrases and trying to keep our poetic lines short.  What a challenge!  We’ll spend some time editing to improve and then use our beautiful handwriting and typing skills to present them.  The children are feeling deservedly proud of their efforts and hard work.

Maths
We’ve continued to practise our calculations dividing TU by U, but still using lots of manipulatives and apparatus (dienes, place value grids, counters) to support our understanding.  

Topic
Our geography lesson was so exciting!  Firstly, we watched a video clip about how rivers are formed, where they start, where they finish and all the formations in between but then the exciting part!  We made our own rivers!  Have a look at the photos.  They might look like trays of sand, but ask the children – because they can identify rivulets, deltas and meanders and can show you how the force of the water has cut into the “land.”

Attendance
Fabulous!  Another attendance award this week.  Still not 100% but fingers crossed for a healthier week.  We got 98.9%

29th January 2018

It has been a very hard week for our school this week but everyone has been determined to pull together, support one another and continue to work hard.  Well done, everyone, for showing such grit and positivity.

English
We have been watching some very exciting video clips of volcanoes, which were on the BBC website very recently.  This was perfect timing for us to be able to watch some real, live active volcanoes, play the clips and use them to create images that in turn can be used in our own poetry.  Many of the children had excellent ideas that the lava, smoke and ash reminded them of which will be put to great use in our poetry writing.  We have used those images to create some figurative language through use of similes, metaphors and personification.  We can’t wait to get started on our planning and writing next week.

Maths
Lots and lots of practical work using dienes and counters on tables to show partitioning and grouping / exchanging for dividing TU by U.  Lots of thinking has led to some lovely “light bulb” moments when learning has “clicked!”  Very satisfying.  (Have a look at our photos for examples of what the children were doing).  We are still being very competitive, by trying to achieve higher scores within less time to recall our x2 (some children have moved on to x5).  Of course, we need to know the associated division facts, not just the multiplication facts within 3 minutes before we can progress.

Topic
After having created some super painting of volcanoes using dotting methods using paint, and blowing paint through straws to make lava paths streaking down volcanoes, we have now started to make models of volcanoes.  Next week, we’ll be adding volume and texture through papier mâché before painting the models.  Then, the exciting moment when we will make them erupt!!

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Champion of the week

 

Ollie has shown super thinking skills this week, especially in our maths lessons. Well done, Ollie! You deserve this!

Attendance
Hurray!  We received our first attendance certificate since returning after Christmas.  We didn’t achieve 100% but it was very close with 99.1%