Welcome to Term 6
We're quickly approaching the end of the year now and we have been super busy in Alder class.
Our topic this term is all about 'Plants'. We have been learning about what plants need to grow and the different parts of a plant and their uses.
In Maths we have been working on telling the the time and how to calculate a duration of time. We have been recapping on our column methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication. We have also re-visited measurement and how to calculate the perimeter of a shape.
We have been getting creative in English and writing our own Sci-Fi stories where we have created a cool new planet to visit and also an unusual new friend that we meet when we get there. We have written different drafts of these and edited them each time to get the best story we can.
Welcome to Term 5
This term we are learning all about the Stone Age. We will be finding out how people in the Stone Age lived and comparing it to our lives now. We will focus on hunting, their beliefs, their housing and their tools.
This week in maths we have been working on measuring. We have measured in meters, cm, grams and kilograms. We have compared, ordered, added, subtracted and converted units of measurement. Next week we are moving on to 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.
In English this week we have been writing a letter to Year 4 to pursuade them that the Stone Age is better than the Viking's period. They have worked hard and have been learning how to structure paragraphs.
Next week we will be starting our non-fiction unit. For three weeks we will work on writing a story that is set in the Stone Age. We will be focusing on using fronted adverbial phrases and writing compound and complex sentences
This term they will be learning all about rocks, soil and light.
Welcome to Term 4
This term our topic is 'Forces and Magnets'. The children will be carrying out multiple investigations to find out all about forces and magnets. So far, we have investigated how much force is needed to pull 1.5kg of weight across different surfaces. We discussed how rougher surfaces create more friction which means more force is needed to pull the weight.
This week we are investigating which materials are magnetic.
This term in maths we are focusing on money, time, angles, shapes and fractions.
The past week and a half we have done a lot of work with money. The children are finding it difficult to work out the change they would receive when buying items. This is an area that they could really do with working on at home.
We have been looking at adventure/mystery stories and discussing their key features. The children have worked on understanding the structure of an adventure/mystery story, creating short sentences that create tensions and using a range of sentences within their writing (simple, compound and complex). We have also been focusing on using an apostrophe to show possession and correctly punctuating direct speech.
Next week they will be creating their own adventure story and working hard to include everything that they have learnt so far this term.
Mother's Day sale
On Friday 4th March the children will have the opportunity to buy their Mothers a Mother's Day present. Each child can bring in £1 to buy one gift. This will be held in the afternoon, during school time.
World Book Day
We are celebrating World Book Day on Friday, 4th March. Children are invited to wear their pyjamas to school and bring their favourite bed time story with them. If any parents would like to come in to read a book, or a section of their favourite book, with their children's class. Please come and see me if you would like to do this so that we can arrange an appropriate time.
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Term 2 - The Swinging Sixties
This term we have been learning about the 1960s. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and have loved learning about what events happened throughout the sixties and how people lived.
For the children's non-fiction unit in English they focused on Apollo 11. They spent time exploring newspaper reports and their key features. They wrote newspaper reports as if the astronauts had just landed in the Pacific Ocean. Then, in partners, the children edited their work where they were required to think about how they could improve their report. They then re-drafted it.
We are now working on a fiction unit based on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The children are really enjoying this unit. So far we have written a dialogue between Charlie and Grandpa Joe and a diary entry. By the end of this unit the children will have written the story from one of the other characters points of view (one of the other 4 children).
I've been really impressed with how focused the children have been in Maths this term. We have been working on fractions where the children have needed to
- count up and down in tenths and recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts
- recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects
- recognise and use fractions as numbers
- recognise and show equivalent fractions
- add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
- compare and order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominator.
Fractions can be really tricky to understand and I was impressed with how mature and determined the children were to understand the work they were doing. We are now moving on to focus on geometry and measurements.
For our topic work, we have focused on understanding the fashion and music during the 1960s. The children have loved learning about all the different styles people wore and the music they listened to.
We also created a 60s shop called The Swinging 60s Top Pop Shop. The children had the opportunity to design a tie-dye t-shirt and create it. They found this really interesting and the t-shirts turned out brilliant. They are super excited to take them home and show them off. In PE we have spent time learning 1960 dance moves, whilst also playing a big of hockey.
Pre-learning for next week
Within maths we are going to be looking at answering multiplication and division questions using the multiplication tables that they know. They will using the partitioning method, short multiplication method and short division method. I've included some examples below of how to do each process. If you have the time to go through these with your children this weekend then it will make things a bit easier for them next week.
Partitioning method: 23 x 2 =
20 x 2 = 40
3 x 2 = 6
40 + 6 = 46
46 ÷ 2
40 ÷ 2 = 20
6 ÷ 2 = 3
20 + 3 = 23
short multiplication method - 23 x 2
Short division method
2 ) 4 6
What a manic week we have had this week in Alder Class. We've worked hard to get all of our learning done.
In English, the children have been learning how to describe characters using metaphors and similes. They created their own Tribal Characters and thought hard about their features. I was really impressed with the children's creativity. There was definitely some interesting characters.
In Maths we focused on using inverse operations to check our answers to addition and subtraction calculations. The children found this really tricky to begin with as it can be confusing to use two different calculation one after the other. However, they used their emerald power, stuck at it and by Friday they were feeling better about it.
In science, we learned about the different bones in a human skeleton. This was really fun and the children loved having the skeleton in the classroom. Within their RE lesson, they learned the story of Rama and Sita.
This week, Avril Kuperman-Eagles recievied a Gem Power Award for using her emerald power in maths. Well done Avril.
The children have their individual/siblings photos on Friday 9th October.
Another fantastic week in Alder Class. The children have been working hard and learning how to subtract numbers using column subtraction. Again, the children started by doing this practically with mathematical equipment, before recording it in their books. We also had the opportunity to go outside and work out calculations on the playground using chalk.
Within their English work, the children learnt how to include noun phrases within their writing. They spent time creating descriptive sentences that describe settings. On Friday, during Grandparents day, the children started to plan their rainforest description. They did this by using their 5 senses. We went into the Forest School and described what we could see. what we could feel and what we could smell. Then, we came back to the classroom and had a food tasting session so that the children could describe what they could taste. They tried avocado, mango, banana, passion fruit, papaya and alo-vera. They also listened to sounds from the Rainforest and described what they could hear.
We had another focus on science for our topic work and looked at the different types of skeletons that animals have. This was very interesting and the children enjoyed.
The children had a very busy week as they started their new English unit. The children have been reading sections of 'The Shamans Apprentice'. First, they made predictions about what the book was going to be about and who the characters were going to be. Then, they explored the inside cover of the book and discussed the phonetic spellings of the flowers from the Amazon Rainforest. They also learnt about precise nouns and located them on page 3 of the book. The children were really good at this and it this has been proved with them using precise nouns in their writing.
For maths, the children learnt how to use the column method to add two three digit numbers together. They started by answering the questions practically with mathematical equipment. They then moved on to recording the calculations in their books and answering them in digit form. They were amazing at this.
For their topic work, we had a main focus on Science and the children learnt about the food groups and the different amounts of nutrition that animals and humans need. We also had an RE lesson and the children learnt about the different Gods within Hinduism.
This week our gem power awards went to Aran and Isla. Aran received an emerald power certificate as he concentrated really hard during his Big Write and wrote an amazing letter to David Cameron, asking him to help stop deforestation. Isla also received the certificate for her letter as it was very persuasive.
On Friday we celebrated European Languages Day. The children were split into their house groups and sent to a classroom, where they would either learn Welsh, French, Italian or Greek. For the second part of the day, the children created a cafe from their Country and all the groups got to move around and taste the delicious food.
The children are starting an art project on Monday with Miss Holder. She has asked the children to bring in an empty cereal or shoe box.
We have had another amazing week in Alder class. The children are working super hard and are very eager to learn.
In Maths we carried on working on place value and focused on reading and writing three digit numbers in number and word form, counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and estimating numbers on a number line.
In English we have been working on organising paragraphs around themes. The children have been doing this by planning their letter to David Cameron, which they will write next week. We have also worked on using a range of conjunctions that express time and place.
Within our topic work we have had a focus on geography, where the children have been finding out about different Tribes in the Amazon Rainforest. The children have found out what the Tribes use the Rainforest for and how the Tribes are all unique in different ways. We found out how the children's lives are different to the lives of children who are in Tribes. They found this really interesting. Also, this week we have started learning about Hinduism and its creation story. Hinduism and Christianity will be our religion focus for this term.
Every Wednesday morning, the children will participate in 'Rock Band'. This is led by a company and it involves the children using a range of musical instruments and singing. They loved the lesson this week and it was lovely to see how excited and happy they were coming back into class.
This week our gem power awards went to Jasmine and Ruby. Jasmine received a ruby power certificate as she has been an amazing friend to her classmates. Ruby received the emerald power certificate for trying really hard in every subject since starting Year 3.
The 'Meet the Teacher' session is on Monday 21st September from 15:45-16:30. This session is not to be attended by the pupils, just their parents/guardians.
Welcome to Year 3
WOW, we had a really busy week and a half in Alder Class. The children have worked extremely hard since coming back from the Summer Holidays.
In Maths we have been working on our place value knowledge. The children have been working on: understanding the value of each digit in a two or three digit number; being able to find 10 more, 10 less, 100 more and 100 less of any two or three digit number; ordering numbers from smallest to largest; and creating the smallest and largest 3 digit numbers possible.
In English we have been focusing on their spoken language. They learnt how to justify answers, arguments and opinions and participate in collaborative conversations and debates. The children have been finding out a lot of information about deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. As a class we had a debate, where half of the class argued for deforestation and half of the class argued against deforestation. Every single child was amazing during the debate and Miss Burt and I were very proud of them. Each child spoke clearly and confidently.
In our topic work we have been finding out where the Amazon Rainforest is, what the weather is like there and what we would see there. We have also spent some time discussing internet safety and as a class we came up with a list of rules to follow.
For the first week our gem power awards went to Iris Southway and Amy Webber for working really hard in Maths. Well done girls and keep up the good work.
Last week, our gem power certificates went to Olivia Bromiley and Lilly Bond. Olivia received the certificate for supporting her classmates during the debate. Lilly Bond received the certificate for being a very valuable group member during the debate.
Well done to everyone in Alder Class for their amazing work last week!