Here is our initial school closure home learning pack. This is what children would have learnt if they had been in class over the two weeks up until Easter.
In class this week, 3JP have been recapping the features of a diary. We will be using this to create a diary entry for one of the fictional characters in our half term text, Ug. This links with our theme for the half term, the Stone Age. Our developing knowledge of this period in history will be useful as each of us will be creating a web page to share what we have learnt.
In our maths lessons, we have begun learning about perimeter of a shape. To help us understand this we noted how our school has a perimeter fence which goes around the outside of our school. This led us to use measurements to work out a perimeter for ourselves, there are additional resources on Mathletics that can help us.
Obviously, the news has been intently present in all our minds. Alongside other classes, we have discussed how we can keep ourselves safe, look out for others and how people in different professions are looking to resolve the situation. Some of us even made comparisons to their History learning in Year 2, noting how different times are now the Great Plague in 1665-66.
Writing across our school has been amazing this week! Every year group has been working hard to produce a piece of work suitable for our writing star award assembly. Who will get it for their amazing writing? We will have to wait and see!
Reception have been writing letters this week; they have been using Jack and the Beanstalk as their stimulus for their written work! They have been writing a letter to the Giant, from Jack, thinking about what might be at the top of the beanstalk – I wonder what the Giant’s reply might be!?!?
Year One have been exploring biographies this week – pupils have been exploring the features of biographical writing, as well creating their own about Grace Darling. Here is an extract from a pupil in 1RS: Why is she remembered? Grace Darling is remembered because she recued nine people on the 7th September 1838, the SS Forfarshire crashed on the rocks. What an impressive piece of writing from an amazing Year One writer!
From the sea to space, Year Two have been also looking at biographies but they have been studying about the world-famous astronaut Neil Armstrong. A writer from 2RM has produced this awesome piece of work: Neil Armstrong was born on August 1930 in Ohio in the United States of America. When he was a child, he loved learning about space. When Neil was fifteen, he received his pilot’s license – before he even learnt how to drive a car!
Now to Key Stage 2! BH in 3JP has been using effective vocabulary and various sentences structures to create an amazing narrative. “How would life be different if you had softer trousers?” thought the medium-sized 8-year-old boy. “Come on! Get up! Better be fast your mother will scream the cave down trust me!”
“Will she?” Doug queried to himself, he tugged at the stone slab to try and speed things up.
In Year Four, they have been working on biographies. They have been exploring the features of biographical writing, as well as producing display pieces of work advertising the particular features; the pupils have then been acting out some of the biographies which they have been studying, in a drama-style lesson.
Speeding into the near future (hopefully), Year Five have been creating their own futuristic vehicle and have explained how it works. They have been focussing on explanation texts and are using futuristic vehicle as the stimulus for their learning. We have so many ingenious ideas coming from our year fives, here is a list of some of some of them: cars with eyes – so they are able to drive themselves; an in-built food dispenser, for when the passengers get hungry; a cloaking device and all-terrain wheels! What an awesome sounding car!
Now to the oldest pupils in our school: our wonderful Year Sixes! They have been working exceptionally hard on instruction texts; they have thoroughly enjoyed writing their texts this week because it has been about annoying their teachers!
Here is an extract from LS in Y6, I wonder what teacher she is aiming to make them ‘Beg the head teacher to fire them.
Through practical and visual activities, we aim to bring our history lessons to life. Recently, Year 3 roleplayed as a Roman army and acted out defending themselves from enemies.
We use a range of primary and secondary sources to find out more information. In Year 1, we used iPads to research what it was like at the seaside in the past and what it is like now.
Throughout the school, the children are developing the skills needed to become chronological thinkers. They have been completing events such as sorting events into order, using a timeline, and identifying the dates of when important events in history happened.
Year 4 visited Layer Marney Tower in February. They had amazing time joining in with a range of activities linked to the Anglo-Saxons. They got to experience the way of the life back then and really got an idea of how they used to live.
Helpful website for children to access more information on what they are learning.
As a school, we recently observed Safer Internet Day. This is a special day where we make a special effort to think about how our actions online, using devices or playing games can have real world consequences. We make a persistent effort to mention this topic at least once a term and whenever relevant during our Computing lessons.
This half term, Year 3 have been finding out how networks work. This including discussing how communication has developed over the last two hundred years. Up until a couple of generations ago, most people did not have phones in their houses, now many people have multiple digital communication devices.
Other year groups have enjoyed the opportunity to get creative in Computing lessons. Notably in recent weeks, Year 4 have been busy creating music tracks! It is great to consider the world of opportunities that modern technology can provide us with, so long as we embrace these in an appropriate and safe way.
Phew, where to start? We have been extremely busy; this half term we are learning all about William Shakespeare and the influences he has had on the English language we use today. Besides learning about his life, we also tried to write our own play scripts, incorporating our World Book day characters into a Little Red Riding Hood script.
Rehearsals for our Spring Production are in full flow; we cannot wait to share it with you! (25&26 March 2020).
So far Maths has been all about fractions; Mrs Martin’s Maths group have noticed that ‘Fractions are EASY’, as long as you know your X-tables!
This half term we will be focussing on traditional tales, with a new story to learn all about each week. This week our story has been The Gingerbread Man.
In literacy we read the story altogether and used time conjunctions to retell and order what happened. On Monday we made salt dough gingerbread men and we have been writing our own instructions on how we made them. We have been using imperative verbs to make sure our instructions are clear and writing simple sentences using our phonics knowledge.
In Maths we have been recapping knowledge on 3D shapes and identifying their properties. We have been looking back at what a face, edge and vertex is and identifying these on different shapes. Some of us have even been counting how many of each some shapes have. We have been using shapes to build bridges for the gingerbread man so he can cross the water safely and naming which shapes we have used. We have also been going on shape hunts and playing shape guessing games, which we have enjoyed.
The children returned to Year 4 this week after the half term break. We began by beginning a new unit of study in English where the children were looking at the features that are used in an instruction text. The children consolidated their learning by planning and creating their own instruction text.
In maths the children continued learning about fractions, looking at equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.
In the afternoons, rehearsals for the spring production are well under way!