Topic - Earthquakes
This week in our topic lessons of tremors we have been exploring one of the world’s most dangerous and feared Natural Disasters ‘Earthquakes’. We have discovered how Earthquakes happen, looking deep into the Earth’s crust at its tectonic plates and the ring of fire that is home to many of our Earthquakes and Volcanos.
English – Editing
Our focus this week within our English lessons has been to edit our work effectively. We have been looking through our newspaper reports that we wrote last week, checking for mistakes involving sentence structure, punctuation, grammar and spelling. We have been introduced to dictionaries and thesauruses, seeing how we can use these as a learning tool to aid us during our writing.
Maths – Addition and Subtraction
In maths we have continued to focus on addition and subtraction, now moving onto solving 3 and 2-digit number problems. We have also used a variety of equipment to explain our answers to show our understanding of the topic from different perspectives.
Topic – Pompeii
This week within our topic we have been learning all about the city of Pompeii. We have been able to discover the reasons behind making Pompeii such a well-known place, with it been home to one of Europe’s famous volcano’s Mount Vesuvius. The pupils have been able to explore the city through digital technology, finding out lots of facts and key pieces of information related to the explosion back in A.D 79.
English – Natural Disasters
In our English lessons this week we have been looking at the different natural disasters that have occurred around the world. We have been gathering information about these answering the questions: who, What, When, Where and How? Using the information that we have gathered our task was to write our own newspaper report unaided, building upon our learning from the previous weeks.
Maths – Addition and Subtraction
In maths we have continued with our focus of addition and subtraction, with the children now really managing to grasp the key concepts using the standard column method. We have also been given many opportunities to use our reasoning skills to help extend our knowledge further by being able to justify are answers to specific questions.
Topic – Volcanos
This week within our topic we have been learning all about Volcanos, investigating how they form and erupt over a period of time. The children were then given the task to label the different parts of a volcano, whilst explaining how they form in their own words, from the knowledge that they have built up over the week.
English – Monserrat Volcano
In our English lessons this week we have continued with our newspaper reports focussing on the Monserrat volcanic eruption. The children were given the opportunity to finish writing their newspaper reports before getting the chance to perform some peer and self-assessment, checking through their work for mistakes. The children have also been introduced to dictionary’s and thesauruses with one of our English lessons looking at using different tools to help give our work more credibility.
Maths – Addition and subtraction with 3 digit numbers and ones
Our maths lessons this week have moved onto addition and subtraction using 3 digit numbers and ones. The children have looked at the different ways that we can use to perform simple addition and subtraction, as well as carrying are digits over to the next columns. E.g. 10 one’s counters would be the same as 1 ten.
Topic – Rocks
This week within our topic the children were given the opportunity to take part in their own investigation to determine whether certain types of rocks float or sink. We were able to make predictions before carrying out each test, talking through the outcomes together to suggest why we think certain types sank.
English – Newspaper Article (Monserrat Volcano)
Our English this week has linked in very closely with our tremors topic of volcanos, exploring one of the world’s well known volcanic eruptions from the Caribbean island of Monserrat. The children were set the task to become newspaper reporters, reporting live from the scene of the eruption. They were asked to discuss the events leading up to the explosion, describing what it was like live at the scene and how it has affected the people who live there. The children were able to produce some excellent reports using a variety of different describing words and similes to grasp the reader’s attention.
Maths – Place Value to 1,000
In maths this week we have been looking at place value digits to 1,000. The children have extended their knowledge from last week’s lessons comparing, sequencing and identifying relationships between 4 digit numbers. The children have continued to justify their answers beginning to work at a mastery level, discussing why certain digits have specific values when in particular columns.
Week 1 & 2
Topic – Rocks and Erosion
This week within our topic we have been learning all about rocks, discovering the different types of rocks that there are and how each of them are formed. The children have had some hands on experience physically sorting out the different rocks into categories based upon their properties. Whilst bringing in their own rocks that they have collected over time highlighting their key features and pasts based upon the knowledge they have gained throughout the week. We have also explored erosion, learning about how it effects the things around us over a period of time. With the children taking their learning beyond the classroom exploring the schools site for indicators to any erosion that has occurred.
Maths – Place Value to 1,000
In maths this week we have been looking at place value digits to 1,000, exploring all of the different ways that we can show our understanding of each individual unit through a mixture of equipment. The children have taken their learning to the next level by being able to justify their answers to one another, whilst having a go at creating their own questions for their partner to complete.
English – Pebble in my Pocket
In English this week we have started our new book ‘Pebble in my Pocket’. The children have looked deep into the book with their imaginations having only being introduced to the front cover of the book, completing different task to build that suspense and anticipation to read it. The children have been able to express their views and understanding of the book as it links in closely with our tremors topic, being given the opportunity to examine the journey that pebbles go through over millions of years to get where we find them today.