21st May 2018

English
Lots of planning has taken place this week so that we will be super ready to write our own version of Stone Age Boy next week.  We have changed details in the original story to make the new text our very own creation.  Some of us have decided to include a futuristic time-slip, whereas the rest of us have included a time-slip back in time.  It has been fantastic to see some of the children using historical facts from previous learning, such as World War II and even back to Year 2’s topic, The Great Fire of London, for their setting.

Maths
We continue to work hard in maths with fractions.  This week the focus has been equivalent fractions and the children have put in a great effort to understanding how, for example, 4/12 is equivalent to 1/3.  We then applied our learning to solving problems.  See below:-

Topic
We have investigated how animals in Stone Age Britain adapted to survive in their changing environment.  Ask your children!

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Our Champion of the Week is Luke because of his super positive attitude.  He is always willing to listen to advice and make improvements to his work.  Keep it up, Luke!

14th May 2018

English
This week has been spent creating a diary entry using character empathy and the five senses to describe how the main character in “Stone Age Boy” felt when he found suddenly found himself in a damp cave after a time slip.  We have also written a comic strip where we explored the thoughts and feelings of our character after he left the cave, wandered for a long time and then met a Stone Age girl.  Finally, we have written Kennings to describe a scene from the book where the main character and Om, the Stone Age girl gaze in wonder at cave paintings.

We created our Kennings very cleverly by brain-storming nouns and verbs relevant to the image, writing them on post-its and sticking them around the picture.  We then shared our knowledge of nouns and verbs by looking at each other’s vocabulary and making sure that we had actually identified nouns and verbs.  We discarded any inappropriate vocabulary.  Next, we assembled the nouns and verbs to make them into lines for a Kenning – the best thing was that we wandered around the classroom selecting our favourites! The children have really enjoyed their learning this week.  Lots of drama and active learning!

Maths
We have spent some time using bar models to solve problems involving fractions and will be moving onto equivalent fractions next week.   Here are a selection of problem solving examples:-

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Topic
We have been learning about Skara Brae!  Ask the children what they have found out!
Champion of the week

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Our Champion of the Week is Alfie because he is always keen, eager and willing to try as hard as he can. He is also practising his times tables at home very regularly. Well done, Alfie – keep up the good work!

7th May 2018

English
The children showed a great positive attitude when trying to learn how to use relative clauses.  We have enjoyed our successes and are going to make sure we use relative clauses in our next piece of writing, which is a diary entry.

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Maths
Super progress this week.  We have been problem solving, using our learning in finding unit fractions of amounts and non-unit fractions of amounts.

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We’ve seen lots of progress from our Cold Task to our Hot task and will continue learning about fractions next week.

Topic
We have been looking at images of Stone Age relics and pretended to be archaeologists, attempting to use these images to deduce what sort of life style Stone Age man experienced.  We then made comparisons to our own daily routines, which showed lots of differences and not many similarities. 

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Our Champion of the Week is Amelia because she always has a smile on her face and has a fantastic attitude to her learning. She always listens and never stops trying! Well done, Amelia!

Attendance
At 98.8%, we squeezed over the finish line (98% attendance) to be awarded with an attendance certificate!!  Well done us!

30th April 2018

English
We will be writing a short narrative, based on “Stone Age Boy” over the next few weeks, so have started to use some of our Active Learning Strategies to help us to read, learn and think about the book.

Maths
Our learning involving fractions progressed this week by starting to look at finding unit fractions of amounts.  As always, it’s a massive support to use apparatus to help us “picture” what is happening.  See the attached photos, to see how the children used resources from around the classroom to arrange their amounts to make groups to then find one part.  We’ll be moving on to finding non unit fractions of amounts shortly and hopefully, the equipment will continue to give the children the confidence they need to make more progress.

Topic
The beginning of learning about prehistoric times, including Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.  It is difficult to understand how far back this period was – so we’ve created a time-line to help us grasp the concept!  The Stone Age cave paintings which have been discovered have been dated at 13,000 BC!

Champion of the week
These two!  They are both deserved recipients of the award as they have both determinedly kept trying so hard to learn their x2 multiplication tables and finally, they have succeeded. They are both 2x Rock Stars. Well done!

Attendance
At 98.3%, we just squeezed over the finish line (98% attendance) to be awarded with an attendance certificate!!  Well done us!