HAPPY NEW YEAR
On Monday 8th 4JW erupted into life after the holidays. The children seem very excited by our new topic of Rock Stars. They enjoyed looking at the starting point pictures that are on display in the classroom and soon began to give thoughtful answers to some of my larger questions. Why are there different types of rock? What affects where people choose to live? Is there such a thing as ‘good’ weather? Where do you live?
English has revolved around a short video entitled ‘Lily and the Snowman.’ Before watching the video, the children used still images from the story and made predictions about what they expected to happen. They then enjoyed seeing which of their predictions were accurate and where the original short differed from their own. In the story Lily makes a snowman which comes to life and shows her shadow puppet films. So that she doesn’t lose her magical friend she decides to keep him in her freezer. Over the course of the week, the children carried out class discussions to decide whether they thought Lily’s actions were sensible. They then used these ideas and reasons to write a persuasive letter to try and get Lily to either continue keeping the snowman in the freezer or to let him out and leave him in the garden.
Mathematics saw the children recap multiplying by multiples of tens before moving on to looking at division. The children soon identified the number of places that a value moves when divided by different multiples of ten. They then used this to play a dice game entitled ‘1st to a Million.’ Each child started with the value 1000. Then by rolling a dice they decided if they needed to multiply by 10 (1), multiply by 100 (2), multiply by 1000 (3), divide by 10 (4), divide by 100 (5) or divide by 1000 (6). The children also completed their end of unit hot task which showed the progress that they had made.
Finally to end the week, in addition to researching different countries to find out their capital city, currency and pound exchange rate for £1, the children also began to make volcanoes. Below are pictures of the children hard at work. Remember to visit over the next few weeks to see how our models develop.
Our attendance was a very pleasing 99%.
Our composer of the week was Rose for the extra effort that she put in at home to research the flags of different countries.