What are we Learning?
Friday 27th January 2023
In English, our learning has centred upon the e-book, A Place for Plastic. Having explored the text together, the children considered the advantages and disadvantages of plastic. The children then rounded off the week by planning a short story to recall the journey of the plastic bag that features in the text.
In Maths, the children began the week by exploring remainders. They then drew on their knowledge of multiplication in order to solve problems involving scaling as well as to explore combinations using a systematic approach.
In Computing, the children used the software, Scratch, to create codes to compose pieces of music. They thoroughly enjoyed creating codes which enabled their sprite to play some basic chords.
Friday 20th January 2023
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the wordless picture book, Out of the Blue. A Giant Pacific Octopus features heavily in the story, so the children moved their attention to researching the creature before creating a fact file to inform others about this species of octopus.
In Maths, the children’s learning has focused on dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using the expanded method. The children have drawn on their ability to partition as well as their times-table knowledge while solving calculations.
The children used atlases to locate the five oceans of the world this week. They also explored the characteristics of the oceans while interpreting information presented in charts and graphs.
Friday 13th January 2023
In English, our learning has focused on the wordless picture book, Out of the Blue. The children worked in role as one of the main characters while recounting events from the story in the form of a diary entry. They also wrote short stories based on key events that occur in the text.
In Maths, the children’s learning has focused on multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using the expanded method. The children have drawn on their times-table knowledge while solving calculations.
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes provided the children with inspiration while they identified the force acting on an object. They focused on a section of the text where the Iron Man’s body parts were being pushed and pulled while he reconstructed himself having fallen from a steep cliff.
Friday 25th November 2022
In English, our learning has linked to the Famous Museum of Art which features in our chapter book, Flat Stanley. The children used expanded noun phrases to describe Stanley disguised as a shepherdess while trying to catch the sneak thieves. The children also collected and recorded ideas about the Famous Museum of Art in preparation for informing others about the venue.
In Maths, our focus has moved onto multiplication. The children began the week by revisiting equal groups and arrays. Their learning then moved on to identifying multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
In Science, the children played a version of the card game Top Trumps which helped them to revise the nutritional content of the foods eaten by humans. They then moved their attention to animals and investigated the nutritional needs of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Friday 18th November 2022
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the chapter book, Flat Stanley. The children have written from the perspective of both Stanley and Mrs Lambchop. While assuming the role of Stanley, the children wrote postcards to recount their adventures in California. While writing in the role as Mrs Lambchop, the children wrote letters asking for advice regarding Arthur’s jealousy.
In Maths, we have completed our final lessons in our addition and subtraction topic. The children explored how to estimate answers to addition and subtraction calculations using ‘near numbers’. The children also identified the relationship between addition and subtraction when investigating inverses.
The children continued to develop their teamwork skills in PE this week while playing an adaptation of the game rock, paper, scissors. While doing so, they focused on their communication skills in order to try and outwit their opposing teammates.
Friday 11th November 2022
In English, we have turned our attention to the chapter book, Flat Stanley. Having discovered some of Stanley’s pursuits after being flattened by a bulletin board, the children enjoyed considering the advantages and disadvantages of being flat. They devised some very creative ideas that they’d like to pursue if they were flat!
In Maths, we are nearing the end of our addition and subtraction topic. The children focused on adding a two-digit number to a three-digit number using formal written methods as well as subtracting a two-digit number from a three-digit number using formal written methods. They also explored complements to 100, e.g. 45 + 55 = 100.
The children worked hard during their Computing lesson in order to make stick people animations using the iMotion App. They are very keen to continue their projects next week.
Friday 4th November 2022
In English, our learning has focused on Ruby Bridges. The children began the week by analysing a series of photographs depicting her as a young girl while responding to the question, Who is Ruby Bridges? Having pieced together clues presented in the photographs and made inferences, the children read the picture book, The Story of Ruby Bridges. Using their knowledge of the text, the children then created questions for Ruby Bridges before including selected questions in short letters to the American civil rights activist.
In Maths, the children have continued to focus on the addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers using formal written methods. They worked hard to exchange when adding and subtracting even when this proved challenging at times.
In Art, our learning moved outside in conjunction with Outdoor Learning Day and our topic, Prehistoric Art. The children collected a range of natural objects such as leaves, twigs, mud, grass and petals. Once back in the classroom, they experimented with the colours the items produced.
Friday 21st October 2022
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. This week, the children devised their own instructions detailing how to wash a woolly mammoth. They drew upon their prior learning as well as their imagination in order to be successful in their writing.
In Maths, the children’s learning relating to the addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers has progressed further as they have focused on formal written methods. The children concentrated on setting out their calculations correctly and remembered to always start a calculation by focusing on the digits in the one’s column.
During our History lesson, the children created fact files about the Stone Age Village, Skara Brae. They enjoyed documenting their learning about the Neolithic settlement that remained undiscovered until 1850. In Science, the children investigated how soils are formed. They then worked collaboratively to construct edible soil layers using a variety of different foods in order to visualise the different components of soil.
Friday 14th October 2022
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. This week, the children have investigated imperative verbs, prepositions as well as the features of instructional texts. The children’s preparatory work will be put to good use next week when they create their own set of instructions for washing a woolly mammoth.
In Maths, the children have moved forward with their learning relating to the addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers as they have focused on exchanging. The children have continued to use place value boards and counters while exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten or 10 tens for 1 hundred.
In Science, the children created fact files about the fossil hunter, Mary Anning. They have become very interested in her discoveries and can talk at length about her curiosities. In gymnastics, the children have continued to focus on symmetrical and asymmetrical balances and movements.
Friday 7th October 2022
In English, our learning has focused on the picture book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'. Having read and understood the text, the children sequenced the main events from the story while creating story maps. They then used their story maps to support their verbal and written retellings of the story.
In Maths, our learning has moved on to focus on addition and subtraction. The children used place value boards and counters while adding ones, tens or hundreds to 3-digit numbers.
During our reading for pleasure session on Wednesday afternoon, some of the class chose to visit the library to exchange their library books. Our allocated library session will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon and the children will have the opportunity to visit the library each week.
I was very proud of the children’s performance of the poem 'Harvest time is here again' during our Harvest assembly yesterday. Their time spent rehearsing both at home and school resulted in a very polished performance!
Friday 30th September 2022
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, Stone Age Boy. The children investigated adverbial phrases at the beginning of the week, and then they moved on to work in role as the boy in order to write postcards to recount their adventures using adverbials of time and place. They have rounded off the week by planning their own stories about a child who travels back in time to the Stone Age. The children were brimming with ideas so I’m really looking forward to reading their short stories.
In Maths, we have continued with our place value topic. The children have compared and ordered numbers as well as count in 50s.
This week’s Science lesson focused on fossil formation. This was a tricky concept to grasp, so I am hoping that the edible fossils experiment set for homework will provide a hands-on opportunity for the children to consolidate their learning. In R.E., the children used a range of materials when creating Rangoli patterns while continuing to explore the festival, Diwali.
Friday 23rd September 2022
Although it’s been a shorter school week, we’ve still been incredibly busy!
In English, our learning has moved on to focus on the picture book, Stone Age Boy. The children used descriptive detail to describe the Stone Age camp that the boy encountered. They also tried hard to use a thesaurus to strengthen their word choices. In Maths, we have continued with our place value topic. We focused on using place value charts and counters to find 1, 10 or 100 more or less than a number. As well as this, we returned to learning about number lines again this week but extended our knowledge by focusing on number lines to 1000. While investigating how the three main types of rocks are formed in Science, we made chocolate rocks. Our experiment didn’t go quite to plan so some of the children are keen to trial the activity again at home to support our shared learning further! In Art, we identified the features that prehistoric cave paintings have in common and documented this in the form of a title page for our sketch books.
Friday 16th September 2022
The children continue to impress me with their transition into Key Stage 2. They have demonstrated positive learning behaviours and worked hard to achieve success in their learning once again this week.
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, Ug. This week, we have investigated the purpose of speech bubbles within a comic strip as well as the correct use of speech punctuation using inverted commas. Using speech punctuation correctly has proved tricky, but the children have worked hard to use our top tips to help them achieve success. In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value. We have concentrated on partitioning numbers to 1000 including using flexible partitioning. While learning about the properties of rocks in Science, we conducted a scratch test and a rub test in order to identify a suitable material for a paved area. In RE, the children made Oreo biscuit truffles in conjunction with their learning about how Hindus celebrate Diwali.