Week 6 - 01/04/19
Our adventure with Lob came to an end this week. As each chapter in part 2 swapped narrators between Lucy and Lob, we were able to compare their journeys, predicting if their paths would cross again. As we neared the book's finale, we focused on Lob's story, from first glimpse in Clunny Cottage to where the long road took him. After sequencing a range of Pam Smy's illustrations, we then wrote our own recount of Lob's adventure from his perspective, trying to bring the poetic voice that so uniquely identifies Lob. As well, we were able to visit the Roving Bookshop on Friday afternoon, which had a great selection of books for us to read (and buy!).
A week of consolidation and application as our unit on decimals came to an end. A problem solving investigation based on Nasa Engineers with questions linked to fractions and decimals helped consolidate our knowledge before end of unit and termly tests. The children were then given the chance to work their way back through the assessments, correcting and learning from their mistakes or misconceptions.
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Our topic work focused on the different vegetation zones found on or around mountains. Due to the varying climate from the bottom to the top of a mountain, the ecosystem is very different, as plants and animals have had to adapt to their conditions. As well, we investigated how humans had adapted to the hostile environments, focusing on the Adi tribe, whose way of life and culture has not changed for hundreds of years. In the modern day, they are mostly self sufficient, making a large proportion of items, including weaving their own carpets and clothes. Using two bicycle wheels kindly borrowed from Mrs Ashcroft, we tried our own hand at weaving (results shown in the assembly after Easter!). As it was the last week on this theme, we also had some home learning projects sent in - thank you all to those who did extra work on the topic in their own time.
Week 5 - 25/03/2019
This week we have continued to look at the role of Lob, discussing his choices to leave Clunny Cottage and his memories of Grandpa Will and Granny Annie. We built on this by comparing the environments of London and Clunny Cottage and deciding if Lob would like to live in London with Lucy. In the later part of the week we planned how to write Lob's journey towards the South. As part of this we compiled an extensive list of vocabulary to use in our writing and discussed what words Lob would use to describe different experiences and settings. We finished the week with an extended writing task where we drew together all our information and planning to write in the role of Lob experiencing a service station for the first time. .
On Monday, we looked at hundredths in relations to decimals. We looked at lots of different ways to represent this especially with base ten cubes to visualise how many hundredths would make up a tenth or a whole. On Tuesday and Wednesday we continued to look at hundredths in relation to decimals to two places, we investigated the use of number lines, place value charts and the links between pictures, text fractions and decimals. On Thursday we were able to build on this to complete part whole models and use our addition knowledge to help us create whole numbers. On Friday we continued to build our understanding of decimals by dividing one and two digit numbers by 100 and imputing this information onto place value charts.
This week we have been recording the movement and characteristics of worms. We set up an experiment with ten worms to understand if their skin can sense danger. We put five petri dishes with different chemicals into a tank and observed the worms movements to see if they were able to avoid the harmful substances. We decided to include slug pellets, tomorite, washing up liquid, dijon mustard and compost.
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This week we have been looking at adaptation. We discussed the positive and negative impact of humans on mountainous regions and looked at the impact of climate change on colder areas. We were able to apply our understanding of the water cycle here to understand how the rising temperature of the earth would affect the climate of these colder and high altitude areas. We then looked at different animals who live at high altitude such as the Snow Leopard from the Himalayas and the Pica from the Andes. We were able to characterise these animals and discuss how they would survive in the conditions of high altitude areas.
Week 4 - 18/03/2019
After creating our own versions of Lucy's foray into the forest last week, we turned our attention back on Lob. Creating a more in depth character description of him pieced together from illustrations and extracts helped us to understand more of his motivations and decisions. On Tuesday, a very sad moment as the news of Grandpa Will's unexpected death shocked the class. Writing in role as Lucy, the class explored her feelings and emotions, leaving a farewell letter to Lob. As Lucy left Clunny cottage, the second part of the book started now with the narrative focus moved onto Lob. After comparing openings, we saw the destruction of Clunny Cottage from Lob's perspective. After role playing and performing these moments to each other, we penned our own poems on the destruction of the Ash tree, whose century wide trunk had stood protecting the cottage.
On Monday, we looked at how tenths can be placed onto a number line. Noting the intervals between the start and end, we examined what variations of tenths would need to be placed on them. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we explored why a one digit number moves one column on a place value chart when divided by 10. Trying to build on both the fluency and reasoning of this method, we investigated different representations of the same method, through base 10 blocks, counters, numicon and even children moving around on chairs! We tried to extend our understanding of dividing by 10 by moving to 2 digit numbers on Thursday and Friday, once again explaining our understanding of the method with various Gattegno charts.
We have completed two investigations this week based around water. Firstly, using the water cycle as inspiration, we tried to see if putting wet flannels in different locations would change the rate of evaporation. Although not the warmest or windiest of days, the front of the school had the greatest rate of evaporation. The classroom was obviously very humid that day as the flannel gained, rather than lost weight!
Our second investigation explored the reasons behind constant flooding. Looking at the link between materials and the speed at which water can move through / over them, we found our that water takes a lot longer to pass through sand than large rocks. This helped us to conclude that materials that are able to absorb a greater range of water are much better suited for flood defences.
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We investigated the different stages of the water cycle this week, noting that it is a constant and endless motion for water. As well as creating our own detailed water cycles, we built mountains out of coiled clay. This involved taking small chunks of clay, rolling them into thin sausages and coiling them round a base. After repeating this process a few times, gradually decreasing the size of the coil (and smoothing the coils together so they link), our mountains were created. Next week, we aim to paint them and then create our own mountain ranges.
Week 3 - 11/03/2019
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
Week 1 - 25/02/19
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.
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.
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.
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....