Greeting people and giving personal information
Asking and talking about sisters and brothers
Say what people have and have not using 3rd person
This display in 5NM not only represents the French the children have been learning but also represents the different languages spoken within the class. Mrs Martin has also been sharing some German vocabulary with her class during their lessons on World War One.
Key Stage Two pupils have been busy building on their French knowledge from the last academic year. During this first half term, the children in Key Stage 2 have been covering various areas of our French curriculum.
In 3JM we have been exploring different forests around the world and thinking about why they are so useful to our planet. Did you know they are home to many different animals, and also provide a lot of the oxygen we breathe, as well as lots of medicines? However, we recently found out that forests are being cut down for wood and paper, and to make room for people to live. So we decided to see what we could do to reduce the number of trees that are cut down. We thought we use quite a lot of paper here at school, so decided to recycle it to make our own. We brought in lots of waste paper, cut it into tiny pieces, added water and then shaped it, before adding a pinch of glitter
Over the past two weeks STEM Club for girls have taken part in two exciting experiments. In the first week we became detectives and investigated finger prints. We used magnifying glasses to look at our own and used play dough and cello tape to make a record of our finger prints. We discussed the different shapes we could see and how everyone’s finger prints are different. Last week we joined up with Art Club and investigated monomers and polymers by making our own play dough. We discussed that when we made play dough lots of small molecules join together to make longer chains, resulting in play dough. We followed two different recipes and discussed how they were different or the same.
There are still spaces for KS1 if you would like to join.
This half term, Year 2’s PE sessions have been Gymnastics and Dance. Having been inspired at the start of term by watching a clip of Britain’s Got Talent act ‘Diversity’, the children have embraced the opportunity to sequence actions and balances in their lessons.
Through the last two weeks our lessons have utilised a Just Dance video on YouTube. The children have been very keen to bust their moves to a backing track from the Black Eyed Peas. Indeed anyone passing through the small hall, adult or child, has been first amused and then impressed before being encouraged to join in.
After a few practices in each lesson, the children have videoed themselves. This enables them to watch back their performances in class and reflect, self-evaluate and improve upon their learning, thus demonstrating one of the school’s co-operative values, self-responsibility.
In other news, next week’s Computing lesson will be getting hands on with coding practical toys, including the school’s brand new Code-a-Pillar. Let’s see how long it takes for us to create an algorithm for the BeeBots to dance!
In English, we have been practising using capital letters and full stops in our sentences. We have also been identifying adjectives and nouns within our sentences and are beginning to understand that proper nouns need capital letters too!
We had a very fun Computing less this week! We had to give Miss Hamilton instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. When we told her to put the jam on the bread, she put the jar of jam onto the bread! We realised that we needed to have very clear instructions, just like we would when giving computers instructions. These are called algorithms!
In PE, we have been developing our dance skills by using the story ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’ as a stimulus. We have enjoyed representing different animals and how they are feeling through different movements.
With the children back at school we want them enthused to read. Not all children find this easy so here are a few tips to support your child at home:
In Year 4 this week, the children have been consolidating their understanding of place value in maths, and using prepositional phrases, adjectives and adverbial phrases to engage readers with their stories. In science the children have been conducting various experiments to establish how sound travels. Watch this space for some photographs and observations.
1HP have been very busy this week investigating a new toy. We have tried to understand how the toy works and what it might be made of. The toy is called a thaumatrope and is a scientific toy from the 19th century. Can you figure out how it works? What clues can you see?
In maths, we are working hard to count correctly and represent numbers using the greater than and less than songs. To help us, we have learnt a song about a hungry crocodile who only eats bigger numbers. In our writing, we are ensuring we remember to use finger spaces and capital letters at the beginning of our sentences.
Every week each key stage hosts an assembly dedicated to our 'Stars of the Week'. Every other week, the award is dedicated to writing and those who have impressed and excelled at writing that week. As well as being able to share their work in assembly with both the adults and peers present, their writing is displayed on our dedicated writing display board - located in a corridor which links KS1 and KS2 (meaning everyone who passes through school can see it). It remains there for two weeks for all to see! As a school, we love to show solidarity by sharing and being proud of the work the children produce.
In Key Stage One we have really enjoyed learning about numbers and place value this week. In Year One we had to investigate a problem involving the mysterious disappearance of door numbers! Somebody had removed some of them and we had to use our maths knowledge and reasoning skills in order to work out which ones had been taken. In Year Two we have been looking at place value and number bonds. First we began by investigating how many different number bonds a certain number has and discovered it always has one more number bond than itself! We also had to partition numbers into tens, ones and sometimes even hundreds to better understand the number's value.
In Key Stage Two we have been practising our number skills, an essential start to every year. During the first 2 and a half weeks of this term KS2 will be covering:
Numbers to 1,000; find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than any number to 1,000; compare and order numbers to 1,000 and looking for patterns in and practising the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Numbers to 10,000; comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000; counting in multiples of 25; negative numbers; Roman numerals to 100 and practising the 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.
Numbers to 1,000,000; rounding within 100,000; comparing and ordering numbers to one million; negative numbers, Roman numerals to 1,000 and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
Numbers to 10s of millions; compare and order any number; negative numbers and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
From Reception through to Year 6, it is important that children are immersed in lots of different ways of thinking about a number, even the numbers that they seem quite comfortable and familiar with. They need to develop a secure understanding of how numbers are constructed, their place in the number line and what different quantities actually look and feel like.
There are lots of ways that you can help support your child at home, including making up fun, practical number games and songs. You can also use the online resources and support available for Key Stages One and Two, through Mathletics and MyMaths, using the individual logins that will be provided by school.