This week in English, we have been reading ‘Starry eyed Stan’. We thought about the moral of the story- that Stan did not want to help his friends learn to sing. Then discussed as a class how we should all be kind to our friends and help them if they need it. We were then able to role play the story as well as create a persuasive poster using WOW words, persuading people to come to Stan and his friends concert.
In maths this week, we have been looking at position and direction. We have been using mathematical language such as left, right, up and down, full turn, half turn, quarter turn and three quarter turn. We were then able to go outside and practice using the new language by drawing grids on the playground with our partner. Web had to give them directions to get from the start to the end.
Last half term children continued to be excited by their science topics and are already being engaged by their new science topics this half term.
Year 1 will be looking forward to learning about seasonal changes, observing changes in weather and day length across the four seasons. They will start the topic by exploring the transition from winter to spring, recording what the trees look like and the clothes people wear.
This half term Year 2 are continuing to learn about the use of everyday materials. In a recent lesson the children took part in an experiment to see which materials were waterproof. Their result showed that tin foil and cling film were the most waterproof materials.
Year 3 will begin to explore the topic of animals including humans, with a focus on the skeleton and nutrition of human beings. Throughout the half term the children will be learning to identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. They will also identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
In Year 4 the children will be continuing to learn about states of matter. So far this term the children have shown great enthusiasm during practical lessons and some particular highlights have been conducting investigations such as 'Does gas have weight?' and 'How can we impact the rate of changing state?'.
As part of their animals and living things topic in Year 5 they dissected flowers and labelled the parts used for plant reproduction. The children then compared what we found with that of Daisies and Dandelions to look for similarities and differences. Discussions were also had about how seeds are transported and what part animals and humans must play in the survival of plant species.
Finally, this half term Year 6 will be investigating living things and their habitats. Throughout the half term they will learn to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, and also give reasons for these classifications. Their first lesson for this topic involved developing their own classifications for zoo animals and then designing their own zoos, thinking carefully about the layout by grouping similar habitats.
During our recent Computing lessons, Year 3 have been learning about how the internet is a boundless network of websites sharing all manner of information. In our lessons we learnt how the internet has revolutionised information sharing, business and buying things. Most pupils could list online stores that their families use such as Amazon, eBay and JustEat.
Pupils discussed how they use the internet at home to game, watch content and to help with their homework. Some pupils found it tricky to understand that the internet hasn’t always existed and how information was shared before the internet was created.
Most children were able to explain that Google is a useful tool for searching the internet. However, it was a revelation for many of them to learn how search engines crawl the internet, index pages and catalogue key words to enable them to return results in fractions of a second. Whilst many children are familiar with Google, pupils learnt that other search engines, such as Kiddle, are more appropriate for children and young people because it filters out unsuitable content.
This half term, we have begun learning about how anyone can create, upload or share content. Although this democratises the online space, we have also learnt how misinformation can be spread easily if people are not careful, do not check where information comes from or how accurate it is before sharing it.
This is obviously a considerable topic which is unavoidable for children today. It is always worthwhile to make time to check in with pupils about their internet use and discussing these issues at home.
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Before half term in English we wrote a narrative about a characters journey to the afterlife. In Science, we worked in pairs, to measure the temperature with a thermometer. We went outside to see if the temperature changed in different places on the playground and we established that the temperature went up and down in different areas of the playground. In our PE lesson, we played quick cricket. In reading skills we created Harry Potter wands using paper mache. Within our computing lesson, we created a document where our teachers and LSA’s told us all about what they liked about the school and the class. It was a great week full of fun learning!
In reception this week, they have been working on repeated refrains. They have read ‘That's Not My Mermaid’ and then had a go at writing their own repeated refrain. They have been focussing on The Deep Blue Sea this half term. I like the reasoning behind why it was not this pupil’s worm
Year One have been looking at the story 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' which is a book about plastic pollution and taking care of the animals in the ocean. From this story, Year 1 have written persuasive letters to encourage people to not put litter in the ocean and clean up after themselves when they are at the seaside.
Year Two have been writing stories based on the Great fire of London. They have been exploring the features of narrative writing and then used that knowledge to create their own story. This has linked in with their termly topic and they have worked incredibly hard to recreate the situation in a story.
Year Four have been focussing on the Ancient Egyptians this half term and they have been looking at narratives this week. Unfortunately, the class banana met an unfortunate end each of the class mummified their banana, in order to help its journey to the afterlife. Pupils have then written about its journey to the afterlife – depending on how pure of heart the banana was would determine whether it go into the afterlife or get stuck in the underworld.
Year Five are working on a newspaper report based on events from Private peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and World War One. This included creating eye catching headlines, factual introductory paragraphs, hot seating to produce quotes from characters and conforming to the key features we identified earlier in the week.
Year Six have been creating a newspaper report this week based on the class nursery rhyme: Jack and Jill. Jack, unfortunately, was the victim of an attempted murder and the detectives in year six have been trying to work out who tried to commit this heinous crime! They have written a newspaper report based on their findings, using the appropriate features for newspaper writing.