This term both Willow and Rowan classes will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure children have their PE kits in school, and earrings are removed. Thank you.
Week 6 (w/c 11th February)
In Maths this week, we have been learning about shape - 2D and 3D. We have been using the mathematical terms vertices, edges, surfaces and faces to describe the properties of the shapes we have been looking at, and building our own shapes to check the number of edges:
In English we have been using our knowledge of the Great Fire of London to produce some amazing first person accounts. We have tried to imagine what we would see, hear, smell and how we would feel if we were in London at the time of the fire and thought hard about using interesting phrases in our writing, such as a shiver of fear, forest of flickering flames or the stench of smoke.
In our topic lessons we have thought about what happened after the fire, and tried to design a plan like Sir Christopher Wren. We have written an acrostic poem, and managed to use lots of the interesting language we thought of in our English lessons! Finally, we have presented our home learning to our classes, and enjoyed seeing the fantastic things people have been doing at home.
In our maths lessons this week, we have been learning about shape. We have thought about the difference between 2d and 3d shapes and have started to describe the properties of 2d shapes, thinking about the number of sides and vertices. We have enjoyed some practical maths lessons where we problem-solved, using lolly pop sticks to make shapes.
In our English lessons, we have learnt about how adverbs can be used to add detail to sentences. We have been including them in our sentences about the Great Fire of London.
In our whole class guided reading sessions, we have been finding out what Claude got up to next. We have made inferences and have made predictions.
This week we have started to think about our London's Burning event which will be taking place at the beginning of next term. As a year group, we will make recreating the Great Fire of London'; the children have started to plan the event; writing invitations to Didcot Fire Service and designing and making the houses.
Week 4 (w/c 28th January)
This week we have been consolidating our knowledge of both
division and multiplication, using what we know about the 2, 5 and 10-times tables to help us to divide by 2, 5 and 10. We have used what we know to think about odd and even numbers and to help us solve problems by working systematically:
We have completed our newspaper articles about Claude, thinking carefully about the information that we need to include and the details that a new story might miss out. We have also been watching Newsround to see what real-life news programs tell us, and how they structure their reports. We have learnt that the news changes every day!
We have continued to investigate the Great Fire of London, exploring in more detail the kinds of buildings that were found in London at the time. We have used the information to help us to make a silhouette of the London skyline. We have been developing our watercolour skills to paint a sky filled with fire, onto which we will put our silhouette:
In science this week, we have been thinking about how plants grow, and realising that some do not have seeds but grow from bulbs. We remembered planting bulbs last year, to celebrate the school's first birthday and went to look in the grounds to see if we could see any beginning to grow. We also planted our own bulbs, in some gravel, so we can observe what happens over the coming weeks.
In our Maths lesson this week, we have been learning about division. We have learnt that division can be viewed in different ways; sharing into equal groups and making equal groups. There been plenty of opportunities to do this practically as well as using bar modelling to help us to represent this division.
This week in English we have been preparing to write a newspaper article. We began the week by holding a press conference with the witnesses to a robbery at the Art Gallery from our book, Claude in the City. It was good fun to assume the different roles from the city mayor and police commisioner to the journalists! We have also looked at real newspapers and have started to plan our own newspaper articles about the robbery.
In topic this week, we have been street detectives! At the beginning of the week, we were given a selection of clues and had to use our detective skills to find out what had happened. We found out it was the Great Fire of London! We have learnt about the key events and had ordered them along a time line. We have also learnt about why the fire spread so quickly.
Week 2 (w/c 14th January)
In maths this week, we have been continuing to develop our knowledge and skills around multiplication. We have used what we know about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us learn the times tables for these numbers. While practising writing the multiplication calculations, we have been able to prove that any number multiplied by 2 will give an even number and that the 5-times table always gives answers ending in 5 or 10. We have used our knowledge of the 10-times table to help us to solve word problems, for example:
"One monster has 4 eyes, how may eyes would 10 monsters have?"
We have continued to explore the book "Claude in the City" looking at Claude's journey around the city and writing a postcard home to Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes to tell them all about the things Claude did and saw. As the story has progressed, we have discovered how Claude witnessed a crime, and have thought about the character of the criminal!
We had a seasonal science lesson this week, exploring how and why germs spread, what this means for people and how we can stop it.
Some of the children covered their hands in glitter to represent germs,
then everyone played games for a while. We were all surprised at how
easily the glitter spread - even those who did not have glitter on their
hands to begin the experiment found glitter on their hands (and hair, faces and clothes) by the end of the experiment!
We have been looking at our local area this week, particularly how the houses change throughout history and how we can see this in Didcot. We walked through Great Western Park - the newest part of town - past houses built in the 1960s and 1970s, then some built in the 1950s into the oldest part of town. Here we were surprised to see houses built hundreds of years ago, and observed how they were different to the houses most of us live in now. We were particularly surprised by the house with a straw (thatched) roof!
In Maths this week, we have continued to work on our knowledge of multiplication. We have recapped our learning from before Christmas, using the sentence "There are __ groups with __ in each group" to help us with our understanding. We have recognised that these can be written as repeated addition and multiplication sentences.
In English, we have started a new story called Claude in the City. We have focused on meeting the new characters Claude, Sir Bobblysock and Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes. We have also investigated compound words in our grammar lesson.
We have started our new topic Street Detectives by thinking about houses. We considered how everyone's families are different in PSHE. In Science, we considered the materials that our homes are made of and why certain materials are more suitable than others. We are getting really excited about our local area walk next week!