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Misty Mountain Sierra

Week 3 - 11/03/2019

 

English

On Monday, we began examining the choices of Lucy, the main character in our class novel. Debating whether she was led into the forest by Lob or made her own decisions, we investigated the text to find evidence to support our arguments. On Tuesday, using Linda Newbery's text, we rewrote sections, experimenting with our vocabulary. From Wednesday through to Friday, we planned and rewrote when Lucy found herself in the forest, considering what effects we wanted to use on a reader. 

 

Maths

This week we have been transferring our knowledge of fractions into decimals. We started the week by looking at tenths and hundredths and used this to develop our understanding of decimals to one figure. We are now able to use tenths as fractions and decimals and place these on a place value chart. We have been using these skills alongside problem solving to find different decimal numbers within word problems. We are continuing to use this throughout the rest of the term. 

 

Topic/Science

With our focus on mountains, we learnt how to use Ordnance Survey maps, including deciphering the range of symbols. Each OS map can be read by using the Eastings (West-East) and Northings (South-North) which are numbers that run horizontal and vertical along the grid lines. Creating our own mountains in the classroom, we then developed our understanding of contour lines by drawing these class mountains from an aerial perspective. Later in the week, we investigated how mountains were formed, learning about how the movement of tectonic plates can create erosional, plateau or fault block mountains.  

Week 2 - 04/03/19

 

English

Our English work this week started with the class novel 'Lob' by Linda Newbery. Although we still haven't confirmed whether Lob is real, the main character was tempted by him to go into a nearby forest. What started out as an exciting, slightly mischievous adventure, turned scary as the night closed in and Lucy found herself alone. We explored both Lucy and Grandpa's feelings, charting an emotional graph at various points of her adventure. As we were celebrating World Book Week, we gave over two of our English lesson to an author masterclass by Joseph Coelho whose workshop 'Writing on leave and staring at daffodils' led to a range of imaginative, evocative and quite powerful poems on the theme of trees. We even tweeted Joseph with a couple of poems and he retweeted them to his main page!

 

Maths

This week in maths we have completed our Fractions unit. We have been focusing on combining our learning of equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and adding and subtracting to complete a variety of tasks. We have been able to choose the correct operations to solve tricky problems and complete tasks that require more than one or two operations. We are looking forward to learning about decimals next week and using our fraction knowledge to help us. 

 

Art

This week we have combined our learning of contour lines with different types of illustrations. We have looked at different illustrations of faces using line work and drawn our own versions of these by mapping the contours of our faces. We really enjoyed comparing these to look at the differences between the contours of different peoples faces. 

 

Events

This week we gave over our Science time in the curriculum to trips linked to World Book Day. On Tuesday we walked down to the library; taking part in finding out the range of different items on offer, speed dating with books and selecting titles to bring back to class. On Wednesday we visited Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford. This was quite a treat for children (and teachers) as we spent the morning lost in books, writing our own stories and exploring the 140 year history of the shop. A new reading challenge was launched (House Reading Bingo), with red house already in the lead!To finish the week we came dressed in a variety of outfits, from Mary Poppins to Harry Potter. At the end of the day we had an extra long reading session with our Year 1 book buddies. What a week!

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Week 1 - 25/02/19

 

English

This week in English we started a new novel, 'Lob' by Linda Newbery. Firstly, we looked at who 'the man who walks the roads' could possibly be, examining a range of illustrations linked to the book. The prologue of the book is a poem about the Song of the Earth. Using the local environment, we tried to create our own poems based on a similar theme. Looking more at the illustrations, we started to investigate the major characters that were written about, Grandpa Will, Lucy and most importantly Lob. Grandpa Will and Lucy both believe in Lob, a figure that only appears to certain people. The class debated whether Lob was real, or just an imaginative game that Lucy played with her Grandpa. Finishing off the week, we wrote thematic poems based off the idea of 'forever and ever and ever'. Please see some examples below. 

 

Maths

This week we have been continuing our learning with fractions. We created a word bank of definitions on Monday to show that we can discuss fractions with the correct terminology. Ask us about improper fractions and mixed numbers! We have been investigating adding and subtracting of fractions and how this can be used in problem solving too. We have looked at how we can apply equivalent fractions when adding and subtracting more complex number sentences, this has helped us to gain an excellent understanding of how fractions can be manipulated. 

 

Topic

This week we have started our new topic of Misty Mountain Sierra. We have started by looking at 11 famous mountains and locating them on a world map. We discussed where the equator was and how it divides the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We started by locating the different continents and finding different mountain ranges. We then discussed how the mountains were formed and how tall they were too. We then ordered these in height and discussed how mountains were shown on a map. The children finished the week by locating different hills and mountains in the UK including the Cotswold hills and Exmoor. 

 

Science

Our first investigation of the term was discovering what squirrels eat through a scientific process of hypothesising, predicting and testing. Unforunately due to the lack of squirrels, we had to find other test subjects (i.e. teachers). Leaving out three 'healthy' snacks in the staff room over break and lunch, we measure the weight of the snacks before and after, determining which snack was eaten the most. Funnily enough, it was the chocolate raisins that nearly all went.... 

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