We've had a great final week of this half of term! Here are the highlights...
In English, the children wrote their own biographies for fictional record-breakers after reading about some great achievements in 'Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World'. We had the first woman to climb Mount Everest, the person who ate a record number of cheeseburgers in a minute and someone who achieved the highest horse jump. They really enjoyed publishing their writing today, adding illustrations and thinking about the layout.
In Maths, we have been working on techniques for subtraction. The children have been great at using the column method to do this.
Science was a lot of fun (and mess) this week! We made 'Oobleck'. The children used their observation skills to see how it acts as both a solid and a liquid.
Our last lesson in our History unit was all about the fall of the Roman Empire.
In PSHE, we discussed what good and bad secrets are. The children learnt that it's ok to keep a good secret (e.g. a surprise birthday present), but it's important to tell a trusted adult if they know a secret which makes them uncomfortable (we called these bad secrets).
Please keep reading over half term and recording this in reading diaries. I'd also love to see lots of times table practise. We did a mock Times Table Check in class yesterday and children can access the website we used by logging into Google Classroom at home using their school log in details. I am also uploading a document with lots of other great sites for practising times tables.
Have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing everyone again in November!
I'll start with a few reminders about next week. On Monday, we have school photos so children need to come to school wearing full school uniform and looking nice and presentable please! We then have our Harvest assembly on Thursday. This will be online but we hope you can join us.
It was lovely to chat to many of you at parents meetings this week and thank you for all of your support with the children at home with reading, spellings, times tables and homework. I check reading folders every Friday so please make sure all reading is recorded. Children should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day, be it a recipe books, magazine, newspaper or their own reading book.
This week, we've started a new unit in Maths on Addition and Subtraction. The children have all shown their brilliant skills of using column addition to add up two four-digit numbers, with and without exchanging. They have also had their problem solving skills put to the test with some tricky 'Dive Deeper' challenges. In English, we have continued learning about biographies, with a focus on some of the grammatical features used within them. We have spend a lot of time learning about adverbials (which, when used at the start of a sentence, are called 'fronted adverbials'. Please ask your child what punctuation mark comes after a fronted adverbial as I would like them all to be confident with this! It's a comma).
In History, we learnt all about how Roman religion adapted as the Empire expanded. They began as Pagans (believing everything around them had a spirit), then adopted the religions of the countries they invaded so became Polytheistic and finally converted to Christianity. We continued our topic of States of Matter in Science, thinking about melting and boiling points. Finally, today in Art, we made some leaf sun catchers to brighten up the window. Have a look at the picture below.
That's all from me for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!
Another Friday has come around! Here are some highlights of the week...
We've started a new key text in English - Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World - and will be writing biographies in a similar style over the next couple of weeks. In Maths, we have just finished our Place Value unit having spent the week learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals. Next week, we will start a new unit on Addition and Subtraction. In History, we discovered the many ways in which the Romans changed Britain and even learnt some Latin words! For R.E., the children spent the afternoon visiting the Church and witnessing a baptism (all be it a doll!) They all had a great time and were very well behaved, representing the school brilliantly.
I'm looking forward to speaking to many of you next week at the parents meetings but until then, have a lovely weekend.
Well... I think I was right in last week's blog about the weather changing. We've certainly had some rain this week! Please remember coats. We are keeping the windows open for ventilation and the classroom can feel chilly, so please send children in with a suitable base layer (long sleeved top for example) to wear under their uniform for extra warmth. It is better this than wearing coats indoors.
In English this week, the children have written their own versions of Meerkat Mail, based on their own individual plans. We've had stories about blackbirds visiting golden eagles, sheep staying with cows and even grass snakes spending time with pythons! They have been really creative for this first piece of writing.
In Maths, we have continued our unit on Place Value and have spent a lot of time practising rounding. We have one more week on Place Value where we will be learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals.
In History, we learnt the story of Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans when they invaded Britain. The children produced some great cartoons to tell this story. We had a thought provoking Science lesson this week learning about what happens to the particles in solids, liquids and gases when they are heated up. Finally, we have discussed the qualities of positive relationships in PSHE.
New spellings have been sent out and a new style of homework. Please choose 3 activities and complete by the dates given. I had a look in the reading folders today and have noted how many times each child has read - please keep reading daily at home and practising times tables too.
Have a lovely weekend,