Week 7 - 15/10/18
To finish our unit on non-chronological reports, we looked at King Arthur, deciding whether his story was one of man or myth. Completing a range of research on his legend, we then decided whether we want to write a report on King Alfred or King Arthur. Using a success criteria created to engage and inspire an audience of children, we ensure that our reports had interesting facts, language that was explained if too tricky and capital letters for ALL the names.
This week we started looking at how to add and subtract, two fundamental skills needed to become a proficient mathematician. At the beginning of the week, children experimented with adding ones, tens, hundred and thousands to a range of numbers, trying to increase their mental fluency. Moving towards using place value counters, the children practised their exchanging and carrying. By the end of the week, they were flying through four digit addition, finding missing numbers on calculations and spotting mistakes.
At the start of the week, the children were asked to find natural materials that held a strong colour. This was to help them discover how Vikings dyed their clothes (without modern day methods). An interesting smell hung over the classroom from Thursday onwards as the children mixed cotton string with grapes, beetroot, raspberries and turmeric to create quite a rainbow.
On Wednesday, the children finished their computing programmes based off timestable rockstars. This involved coding a sprite to ask a range of multiplication questions, count the score when correct and change the background when reaching a predetermined score.
To finish our work on Traders and Raiders, the children held a Viking trade fair, bringing in a range of artefacts ready for trading. What we were given was an array of weapons, poetry, jewellery and even honey oat cakes that made their way through a multitude of hands.
Week 6 - 08/10/18
This week in English we started a new unit, looking at non-chronological reports. Posing the question, 'Was Alfred Great?', we pulled together research to create a balanced profile of his successes and failures. We investigated a range of styles, creating our own success criteria that picked out the most engaging and exciting features to use next week when we write our own reports.
This week we finished our unit on place value. At the beginning of the week, we looked at how to add or remove a thousand from a 4 digit number, focusing on the different columns this process affects. Continuing on the idea of sequences, we practised counting in 25s, starting on a range of numbers, from two to four digits. Finally we learnt how to use negative numbers, placing them on a number line that was counting both up and down.
We were able to work on our computing skills this week, creating a programme that tested our timestable knowledge. Starting with a simple 'algorithm' (instruction), the 'sprite' (character) was programmed to ask a simple question and tell the user whether it was correct. We were able to develop this, by adding a score counter and building in repetition which changed the question. Next week, we are going to add both a timer and background.
This week, the school celebrated libraries week. We are aiming to develop our use of the library over the coming months, starting with the children familiarising themselves with the books on offer. We are also aiming to develop the children's enjoyment of reading, so spent time with Y1 reading stories to them. All the children were incredibly patient, caring and showed what storytellers they are becoming!
Week 5 - 01/10/2018
This week in English we finished off our work on the Green Ship by Quentin Blake. Last week children had written their own version of the storm that the characters become caught in. At the beginning of the week, we returned to what we had written and spent a morning editing the work, using purple polishing pens to correct our spelling, punctuation and grammar. Later in the week we celebrated National Poetry by creating verses about a storm's character based off 'The River' by Valerie Bloom. At the end of the week, we finished off the Green Ship and wrote about our own setting, focusing on the time of year, the weather and what our senses could focus on.
In Maths, we continued to focus on our understanding of place value, looking at how to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. By placing them on a number line, we could see whether the number would have to be rounded up or down. By the end of the week, we had to reason with our rounding, playing a game that involved choosing which columns to place digits in order to round up or down. Finally, we looked at adding or removing a thousand from a number, realising that only the thousands column was effected.
In topic this week we practised and performed our own version of the Green Ship, linking a range of learning into the assembly. As well as the Science we have been studying, we also included facts about the Viking longships learnt at the beginning of the term. We also looked at how the Anglo-Saxon settlers named their villages and towns based on local geographical features - for instance ford being a river crossing.
Week 4 - 24/09/18
Our work on English this week has focused on building our use of vocabulary, especially developing our range of descriptive devices. At the beginning of the week, we examined how to describe using our senses, writing sentences based on certain settings but told through the eyes, ears, nose and fingertips. Moving on from this, we chose particularly powerful words that could be used in a range of contexts (i.e. jagged) and created sentences based around these words. Applying emotive adjectives in our description is important in establishing interesting writing so we worked on developing expanded noun phrases – phrases that concentrate description around a certain noun. Towards the end of the week we built our word banks for a particular setting – a dramatic storm that the characters in ‘The Green Ship’ are caught in. Finally, on Friday we put it all together to independently create our own description of the storm.
We have continued working our way through place value, focusing again on our use of number lines. Using number lines freely helps children visualise and compare numbers, however, we tried to ensure the intervals between the numbers were more accurate than previously. Staying on a number line, we started looking at how and why numbers need to be rounded. Working out the closest multiples of 10 and 100, the children were able to place these numbers on a number line and easily see whether the number would round up or down. A helpful hint of ‘High Five’ also helped the children remember that any digit in the column we were focusing on needed to be five or higher to round the number up.
On Monday morning, the wonderful smell of baked apples filled the school as the children finally got to cook and taste their baked apples. After a few empty plates, the children had to rate the apples on a range of criteria, including sweetness and texture. In Science, the children continued to investigate how the animal kingdom is characterised, but this time through food chains and webs. Looking at producers and primary and secondary consumers, the children created their own chains showing the energy transference as predators got their fill! At the end of the week, we started looking at how Anglo-Saxons lived, including the materials used to build them and what comforts they had inside. There was so much information, we created a double page spread that will need to be finished next week! Finally, we have started practising for our class assembly which we’re looking forward to showing next Wednesday (3rd October).
Week 3 - 17/09/18
This week we have continued on our work on the Green Ship by Quentin Blake. The children have been learning more about the characters, especially Mrs Tredegar, the elegant lady who invites the children to join her on her adventures. During their lessons, the children built up a detailed character profile of Mrs Tredegar, based on the literal and inferential clues they had picked up from the text. After editing and peer-assessing the profile, we spent Friday describing the settings of their different adventures: to forgotten Italian ruins, Egyptian pyramids that are silhouetted against the evening sky and a frozen arctic tundra, with jagged peaks as sharp as knives.
We have continued developing our understanding of the place value of numbers. At the beginning of the week, we learnt how to partition numbers into different groups; from the simple columns (4137 = 4000 + 100 + 30 + 7) to more difficult groupings (4137 = 2100 + 2000 + 20 + 17). We then moved onto comparing four digit numbers, considering why certain numbers were bigger or smaller than other. Developing this further, we used this knowledge to place numbers onto various number lines, noting that the size of jumps change depending on the starting and finishing numbers.
Building our Science from last week, we applied our knowledge on how to categorise mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds into a sorting diagram. Starting with a range of pictures, we sorted then created our own classifying diagrams based on the different vertebrate groups. On Thursday, 20 of the class went for their first swimming lesson to the wave. Although it was only a quick dip in the pool so children could be sorted into swimming groups, they were an absolute credit to the school and could not be faulted on their behaviour. Unfortunately our Viking cooking didn't go so well this afternoon due to a non-working oven (should have built a campfire!). However this has all been fixed and hopefully we'll bake apples on Monday. If you would like to try the recipe at home, please visit:
Week 2 - 10/09/18
We have started our first English unit, based around Quentin Blake’s ‘The Green Ship’. This tells the story of a brother and sister, who upon exploring their local area, find something ‘absolutely astonishing’. The children were asked to imagine what their astonishing sight could be with responses ranging from a large, scaly dragon to an abandoned house. With illustrations, descriptive sentences and inferring thoughts and emotions in character, the children really fired up their imagination.
We have started to consolidate our understanding of place value, especially concerning numbers up to four-digits. We have explored the different mathematical language in relation to ordering and comparing numbers and created specific numbers based on certain criteria.
‘i) The tens digit is three.
ii) The hundreds digit is two more than the ones digit.
iii) The four digits have a total of 12.
Within our curriculum lessons, we have continued to explore the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Finishing off our designs from last week, the children created their own dragon figureheads. Later in the week, they wrote a character profile about ‘The Venerable St Bede’, an Anglo-Saxon scholar who authored over 40 books on theology and history. In Science, we started characterising and sorting a range of animals, based on different criteria. Moving from ‘air, land and wet’, we eventually arranged the animals based on their kingdoms; sorting the mammals from the birds, reptiles from the amphibians. In PE, we learnt to work together to move ourselves from one side of the hall to the other, following a specific criteria.
Week 1 - 03/09/18
Our first two days at school saw the children get really stuck into their new topic. By taking on the role of archaeologists, they dug up a range of artefacts, before carefully cataloguing and drawing their finds. Using these artefacts, they started to piece together a picture of Viking life, centred around life on a Viking longboat. The children then had time to do further research on the longboat, before piecing all their information together in a presentation piece.