We've had a great start to this term here in Ash Class. The children have all been really engaged with their learning and have put some great effort in. We're having a focus on handwriting this week so well done to the children who consistently used their neatest handwriting and earnt themselves a smelly sticker! I will choose more handwriting stars every day next week...
English has been lots of fun this week as we've been writing cinquain poems. These are poems with 5 lines and a set pattern of syllables. As a class, we wrote a cinquain poem together yesterday:
Prowling, pouncing, stalking
Hiding in the rainforest trees
Next week, once everyone has written their own cinquains, we will compile these into our very own poetry book. Watch this space!
In Maths, we've finished off our unit on Length and Perimeter and have started a new unit on Fractions. To introduce this topic, we had an investigation lesson today. The challenge was to find as many possible ways of making one half from a piece of A4 paper. There were some great ideas and reasoning skills used during this lesson.
We have also started new topics in our other areas of learning too. In science, we are learning all about Space! We explored what solar and lunar eclipses are and look forward to finding out more about the universe and planets in future lessons. We finished our history topic about the Anglo-Saxons this week and the children wrote an essay entitled 'How did the Anglo-Saxons change Britain?' I was very impressed with these! This term, we are focusing on geography, learning all about migration and why people move from place to place.
It's also been a very sporty week this week with our two PE lessons plus a Futsal tournament at school organised by OCRA. There was great some sportsmanship on show and fab effort by all.
Next week, on Monday straight after school, I am holding an information session about the Year 4 Multiplication Check. Please do come along and find out how this statutory check works and what you can do at home to support your children. Just a reminder that children need to be practising their times tables daily, as well as reading daily and practising spellings.
That's it from me this week so have a lovely weekend.
Today has been a bit of a sad day because we said farewell to Miss Wallis and Mr Hunt, our student teachers. They have been working with us for a few months now and will really be missed. We thank them so much for all of their hard work and for being part of the Ash Class team!
This week, we went on our trip to Tiverton Museum on Tuesday. We took part in three workshops - one which epxlored Anglo-Saxon farming and settlements, one which looked at their traditions such as writing with runes, and another in which we had the opportunity to do some traditional weaving. After the Anglo-Saxon themed morning, we got to look around the rest of the museum during the afternoon. The children particularly enjoyed looking at the 'Tivvy Bumper' steam engine and exploring the WW1 and WW2 exhibition. You can have a look at the photos on our ClassDojo page.
The rest of the week has been busy too! We've finished our extra chapter to the Beowulf story and I've read some great descriptive writing full of monsters, battles and heroes. We've carried on finding perimeters in Maths and learnt how to find missing sides. We finished off the 'Light' topic by discovering some uses of light including periscopes and telescopes. This will lead nicely into our next science topic... Space!
Here is the acrostic poem from Miss Wallis' guided reading group this week:
S - searing your eyes
U - using water to reflect
N - never look at me
Have a great half term everyone!
How brilliant does the children's artwork look on display? I wish we could have fitted them all on because they were great! Lots of children and staff have walked past the display and taken the time to stop and look, admiring the different pictures from different angles.
In Maths this week, we have been learning about length and perimeter. The children have been able to convert between metres and kilometres, and began to calculate perimeter of rectangle using a grid. Next week they will build on this learning and calculate perimeter of rectilinear shapes, deducing the lengths of missing sides from the information they already have.
We've had some brilliant creative writing in English this week as we continue our sequence of work based on the book 'Beowulf the Monster Slayer'. Next week, the children will be writing their own chapter where their monster is defeated by their hero. Our art lesson this week links in with English as the children are beginning work on some oil pastel dragon eyes. Watch this space for photos!
In history, we learnt about the heptarchy. This was the arrangement of England into 7 kingdoms by the Anglo-Saxons. It was a very turbulent and violent time in British history so we learnt about which weapons were used in battles and what battles might have been like. Archaeology has uncovered clues to this.
Well done to the seven children who represented our school in the cross country this afternoon.
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