What are we Learning?
Friday 1st December 2023
In English, our learning has continued to link to the Famous Museum of Art which features in our class text, Flat Stanley. Having collected and recorded ideas about the Famous Museum of Art last week, the children created information pages in order to inform others about the venue.
In Maths, we have continued our learning journey relating to multiplication and division. The children have focused on strategies to support their learning when multiplying and dividing by 3 or 4.
This week, we created our own snack bars in DT. The children made sure that they cooked safely by washing their hands, wearing aprons and keeping their distance from the oven.
Friday 24th November 2023
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 learning has continued to focus on multiplication and division. This week, the children used their knowledge of counting in threes in order to multiply by 3. They also used grouping and sharing in order to divide by 3.
In PE, the children focused on passing, footwork and shooting while playing small-sided games of netball. They also tried hard to demonstrate team work during the lesson.
Friday 17th November 2023
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 a letter asking for advice regarding Arthur’s jealousy.
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 Computing, we have been learning about stop-frame animation. This week, the children planned their own stories and then began to animate them using an app called iMotion. The children have learnt about why it is important to keep the camera steady when taking photos.
Friday 10th November 2023
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 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.
In DT, we began our new topic focusing on healthy and varied diets. The children tasted some shop-bought snack bars as they will be creating their own healthy snack bars soon. They scored each of the bars tasted one out of ten based on their appearance, taste and texture.
Friday 3rd November 2023
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 a short letter to the American civil rights activist.
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.
In History, the children researched the features of an Iron Age hillfort. They then worked collaboratively in teams of three in order to create a design for an Iron Age hillfort. The children will create their models next week.
Friday 20th October 2023
In English, we have focused on the picture book, The First Drawing. A woolly mammoth is central to the story and the children worked hard to describe the prehistoric creature using expanded noun phrases. They then moved their attention to researching woolly mammoths before creating fact files to inform others about the extremely large animals.
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, the children created cave walls using couscous and red lentils. They then added a cave style painting to their artwork using the paints they had made from flour, water and spices.
Friday 13th October 2023
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, Stone Age Boy. The children began the week by planning their own stories about a child who travels back in time to the Stone Age. They then referred to their plans while writing their own short stories.
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 using formal written methods. The children have continued to use place value boards and counters to support them in their learning.
In RE, we have been learning about how Hindus celebrate Diwali. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita as well as how Diva lamps were lit to guide them on their journey home. This week, the children painted and decorated their own Diva lamps.
Friday 6th October 2023
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 to learn about addition. The children added 1-digit numbers to 3-digit numbers across a ten (e.g. 378 + 5) and they also added multiples of 10 to 3-digit numbers across a hundred (e.g. 460 + 80).
During art lessons this half-term, we have been exploring prehistoric paintings. The children began by learning about the different techniques Stone Age people used and then moved on to learn about drawing line animals. This week, the children used charcoal to create their animal line drawings.
Friday 29th September 2023
In English, our learning has continued to focus on the picture book, Ug. This week, the children 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 proved tricky, but the children worked hard to use our top tips to help them achieve success.
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 and hundreds to 3-digit numbers.
We were 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 at school resulted in a very polished performance!
In History, the children researched the discoveries found at Skara Brae using iPads. This helped them to understand the way people lived in the Late Stone Age.
Friday 22nd September 2023
In English, our learning has moved on to focus on the picture book, Ug. The children compared their lives with the life of the fictional character, Ug. They also wrote letters to Ug in order to describe our way of life in the 21st century.
In Maths, we have continued with our place value topic. The children focused on using place value charts and counters to find 1, 10 or 100 less than a number. As well as this, they returned to learning about number lines again this week but extended their knowledge by focusing on number lines to 1000.
While investigating how the three main types of rocks are formed in Science, the children made chocolate rocks. The experiment helped them to visualise the rock cycle.
Friday 15th September 2023
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 and the features of instructional texts. The children’s preparatory work will be put to good use next week when they write their own set of instructions for washing a woolly mammoth.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value. The children concentrated on partitioning numbers to 1000 including using flexible partitioning.
While learning about the properties of rocks in Science, the children conducted a scratch test and a rub test in order to identify a suitable material for a paved area. Having completed their testing, they all concluded that granite would be a strong and hard-wearing material.
Friday 8th September 2023
The children have impressed us with their transition into Key Stage 2 this week. They have worked hard to demonstrate the 5Rs as well as achieve success in their learning.
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 a story map. They then used their story maps to support their written retellings of the story.
In Maths, our learning has focused on place value. The children partitioned numbers to 100, e.g. 78 = 70 + 8 and also positioned numbers on a number line.
We began our Science topic, Rocks, by considering what the children already know about rocks as well as what they would like to discover about rocks. The children then had the opportunity to make careful observations of a series of rocks in order to determine the appearance and texture of each.