After enjoying the transition days with Mr Hyde at the beginning of the week, Willow Class have also had a busy second half of the week with lots of rehearsals for our production.
Learning has continued and in English, we finished our unit of work on Shh We Have A Plan by finally finishing the story! The children enjoyed a gallery walk where the final pages of the story were arranged along the Learning Resource Corridor and they worked in groups to discuss the pictures and discover the ending of the story.
We have continued to use bar modelling to solve multiplication and division questions. There has been lots of fantastic reasoning to discuss answers and the methods chosen.
This week, our English lessons have continued to focus on the picture book Shh We Have A Plan! The children have all been really engaged with this story and have thought deeply about how the story is told through the pictures, rather than the words used, and what information we can infer about the characters from the pictures alone.
When reading the story, we were left on a cliff hanger and made predictions as to what would happen next. After discussing our ideas in groups, we carried out freeze-frames which we photographed using iPads then made into the pictures for our own picture books.
Finally, we carefully studied the language and punctuation used by the author and were able to replicate this style in our own books.
In Maths, we have continued to use bar modelling to help us to answer addition and subtraction in relation to mass and length.
We have been continuing to work really hard in preparation for the end of year production. We have been rehearsing most days; many of the children now know their lines by heart and have been singing enthusiastically. In addition, we have started to create some art for the backdrop of the play - we have begun to make models of bees using paper mache. It was very messy but good fun!
We have been exploring this picture book, Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton. We have used collage to recreate the characters and have been engagings with illustrations to explore and recognise the added layers of meaning these can give to our interpretation of a text.
This week we have continued to work on mass and have been learning to add and subtract mass, using bar modelling to help us to understand what the problem is asking us to do.
Rehearsals for The Bee Musical are well under way and everyone is working really hard to learn their lines and the songs!
On Wednesday, we have a really special day when local artists, Rachel Barbaris and Kieran Cox visited for an all day art workshop. Rachel is the artist in resident for Great Western Park and is working with local artsorganisations and community groups to create a programme of workshops and events around ideas about place and identity. Find out more about Rachel's work in the community here - https://artingreatwesternpark.com/
We had a great day with Rachel and Kieran. They began the day by exploring artists who have used geometric shapes in their work before then introducing the children to their work for the day. All the children worked to construct a large 3d sculpture from triangles. We chose carefully which faces on the sculpture to paint, thinking about the effect that these would have on the overall appearance. After lunch, we were able to explore how light and shadow changed our sculpture and used iPads to photograph our work.
Take a look at the photographs below to see how the sculptures developed throughout the day!
This week we worked hard to finish our recounts of our visit to the Earth Trust last week. Everyone worked really hard to meet our success criteria; writing in past tense, chronological order and using commas in a list. The standard of work produced has been fantastic and everyone should feel very proud of their efforts!
We have been learning how to measure the mass of an object. We initially focused on kilograms (kg), estimating objects within the class that were more, less or equal to 1 kg. Then we have moved onto grams (g) and have learnt how to read intervals of scales. Why not do some cooking this week, using scales to measure the ingredients?
Rehearsals have started for our production "The Bee Musical" - well done to everyone who has started to learn their lines!
This week we have used the laptops to research information about mini beasts and have started to create a Word document to record our findings . It has been great to see everyone's confidence grow as they become familiar with how to use Word to create, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
What better way to kick start our new topic than to visit The Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps for a day of minibeast hunting. On Wednesday, we visited for our Marvellous Minibeasts with two knowledgeable guides, Kate and Jen. We had a great day exploring different habitats to investigate which mini-beasts could be found there. There was also plenty of opportunities for running and down hills which was great fun!!
We have started to write recounts of our visit to the Earth Trust. We started by ordering photographs of our day and using these as a plan for our writing where we recorded key words and phrases. On Friday we began our writing by focusing only on the introduction, thinking carefully about what information should go in this part of a text. At the end of the lesson, we edited our writing in groups of three - we were able to talk to our partners about our writing but only the author is allowed to make a final decision about which edits to make!