Week 6 (w/c 10th February)
Lots of our time this week has been spent on our DT project. We have used our English lessons to explore vocabulary related to the vehicles we have been making, such as wheels, axle, axle holder, chassis and body. We have also written a design brief, drawn and labelled our designs with key vocabulary and evaluated our finished product.
We have thought about how the design of our vehicles is linked to our topic, by finding out about Sir Alec Issigonis and the classic Mini - one of the icons of the 1960s, but with local significance as it was designed and built in Oxford. We have then built our own model vehicles, learning to use a hacksaw safely to cut the axles to the correct length and working cooperatively with our partners to finish the vehicle.
In maths, we have started to learn about shapes and have been considering the properties of 2D shapes, for example, a square has 4 equal sides and 4 vertices. We have also been drawing shapes, ensuring straight lines by using a ruler.
Finally, we have enjoyed sharing the dances we have learnt in our 1960s themed disco!
Week 5 (w/c 3rd February)
We spent the beginning of the week editing our letters to Beegu, ensuring that they made sense and had the correct spelling and punctuation.
We then spent some time focussing on using the -ed ending and how it sounds different in different words but is always spelled the same. For example, the -ed in wanted sounds like 'id', the -ed in mixed sounds like 't' and the -ed in laughed sounds like 'd'.
We have now come to the end of our multiplication and division unit.
We learnt how to divide by 5 and 10, using our knowledge of the 5 and 10 times tables to help us, and also spent a lesson on reasoning and problem solving within multiplication and division.
We have revisited odd and even numbers.
In Art we have been using different mediums to create thin and thick lines, wavy and straight lines, and dark and light lines. We then began to study Pop art and Op art and learnt about Andy Warhol. We created some Pop or Op art of our own.
In History we have been learning about the civil rights movement and have learnt about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.
We have listened to a variety of music from the 1960s to present day, and have appreciated how much it has changed!
Week 4 (w/c 27th January)
In English this week, we have been continuing to look at the story of Beegu, but we have been focusing on the children in the story. We have imagined what it would be like to be in the playground, and suddenly an alien appears. We have acted out this scene in our own playground to help us understand how the children's feelings might change; perhaps they were a little bit bored to begin with because nothing ever happens at playtime, and then a little apprehensive when Beegu first appears. Many of the children thought they should try to hide Beegu from the teacher and said they were sorry they could not persuade the teacher to let her stay, or help her find her parents. We have then used this experience to write a letter to Beegu, thanking her for visiting our school and apologising for the actions of the teacher!
In maths, we have been using our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to understand division. We have been thinking about the difference between sharing and grouping, using stem sentences to help us:
We have also used this knowledge to write division number sentences, and to understand the correspondence between multiplication and division.
We have been assessing our fitness in PE, combining it with science and considering why exercise is important and what happens to our bodies when we exercise.
In Art we have been mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. We will be thinking more about the Pop Art and Op Art of the 1960s in the next two weeks.
Finally, we have been investigating aerial photographs and satellite images. We use Google Earth to explore both our local area and the wider world, with everyone enthusiastically completing a "Google Earth Scavenger Hunt" to find national and international landmarks.
Week 3 (w/c 20th January)
In English this week, we have been reminding ourselves what an expanded
noun phrase is. We have been using these to help use to describe the
characters in Beegu, and to write a character description of Beegu herself.
In maths, we have been continuing to work on our times tables, consolidating our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We have been using our knowledge of these to help use answer questions, developing our problem solving and reasoning skills:
Tubes of bubbles come in packs of 2 and 5.
Lilly has 22 packs of bubbles.
How many of each pack could she have? How many ways can you find?
Topic - Art
In Art, we have completed our pictures using our blending skills. We have considered the colours used by Peter Thorpe and thought carefully about where to place our rockets.
We have been learning about the Moon Landings in 1969, and
comparing Neil Armstrong to Tim Peake. We have written a
report with the information we have found about the Apollo 11 Mission.
Finally, in science we have been considering sound. We have looked at how sound travels, listening carefully for sounds from different directions. We have also investigated whether bigger ears helps us hear more.
Week 2 (w/c 13th January)
This week we have been introduced to a strange, lost creature who we've found out is named Beegu. She has arrived on this planet and is trying her best to make friends but no-one will listen to her! We have thought very carefully about how her body language shows us as readers what she is feeling. We have worked on extending our vocabulary and using conjunctions to join sentences together.
This week we have started our new topic of multiplication.
We have recognised equal and unequal groups and have represented lots of different multiplication calculations using the sentence 'There are __ groups of __' to help us.
We have looked at multiplication in the following ways:
3 groups of 4 = 12 4 groups of 3 = 12
3 x 4 = 12 4 x 3 = 12
4 + 4 + 4 = 12 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12
We then moved on to using arrays to show multiplicaiton.
In Art we have been studying the work of Peter Thorpe, an artist who specializes in abstract art. We have reviewed and critiqued his work and created our own space backgrounds using black paper and oil pastels.
In Science we have been learning about how germs spread - ask us about our glitter investigation!
Week 1 (w/c 7th January)
Festival of Triangles
This week, we have been enjoying learning about all things triangular. In English, we read a book called Triangle by Mac Barnett. We discussed the story and illustrations, wondering if Triangle was really playing a sneaky trick, or was actually being unkind. We also thought about why the colours in the book were so dull - we thought Triangle may have been bored or lonely in his house on his own! We then re-wrote the story, adding more details while still using some of the original language found in the book.
In maths, we have investigated triangles in other shapes, triangular numbers, joining triangles together in different ways and finally, we have all made a tetrahedron.
We have used triangles in art, thought about where we find triangles in the world around us and also explored making ourselves into triangles in PE.