Week 6 - 9 - 13th December
English - This week we have been using all that we have learnt throughout the term to write an extended writing piece based on the pollution of oceans. We started by completing indepedent research on ocean pollution and then based a role on the wall for our chosen marina animal. We developed our understanding by creating a word bank based on the three issues affecting the oceans. (Acidification, Plastic Pollution, Oil Pollution). We then completed the extended writing task in the role of our chosen animal.
We have completed our multiplication and division topic for the term. We have been working to understand times table facts and use them in a variety of different types of questions. We have focused on 6, 7 and 9 times tables and after Christmas we will be continuing to focus on 11 and 12.
This week we have completed our topic on Blue Abyss. We have been looking at ocean pollution and how the affects of human actions can affect marine habitats. We looked at plastic pollution and what actions we could take to reduce this. We also discussed that danger of transporting and mining oil from the ocean. We completed the week with our feast. Thank you to all the parents that came or brought food. It was so lovely to see all the different types of cuisines and traditional foods.
Week 5 - 2- 6th December
This week we have been retelling the story of The Great Kapok Tree. We have been planning our writing with lots of vocabulary and in the style of different animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest.
We also had an excellent visit from Matt Brown the author who spoke to us about how to name different characters and how to make our stories exciting.
What is your character name?
Pets name + street name = character name
Miss Cronks character name was
This week we have been continuing to work on multiplication and division. We have been comparing times tables facts and using our existing knowledge to complete timestable facts of 6 and 9 times tables. We have discussed tricks and hints of how to remember timestable facts especially when checking our working out.
This week we have been learning about the great barrier reef. We have looked at the location of the reef, the different animals that live in the reef and the effects of climate change on the reef. We have discussed the chemical reaction of acidification and coral bleaching.
Week 4 - 25 - 29th November
This week we have been continuing with our book, The Great Kapok Tree. We have been learning all about deforestation and how this can positively and negatively impact a local and wider community. We have written a letter to the Brazilian Government supporting or condemning logging and we completed the week by writing an argument for or against logging.
We have been working on multiplication and division this week. We have looked at multiplying by 10 and 100 and how this would change on a place value grid. We have them worked with the inverse to look at division facts of 10 and 100. We completed the week by investigating multiplying by 0. We found that the answer will always be ZERO.
This week we have been working on our art project. We have created lots of different ways to create water with paint including bubble painting, creating transparent acrylic and sketching different shells. We then decorated a Christmas tree in the style of Australia as part of our national Christmas tree displays.
We also had a very special guest this week, we want to say a huge thank you to Mr Cabrerra for teaching us Spanish for takeover day. We really enjoyed his lesson and have been using our Spanish knowledge in our lessons for the rest of the day.
Week 3 - 18 - 22 November
This week we have been learning how to write non fiction texts in the form of a recount. We talked about all the different exciting activities we had done on our trip to the aquarium and then wrote a step by step recount of our day. We recommended different activities to the next class of year 4 and used specific terminology relating to the species we had seen and their different habitats.
This week we have been learning all about length and perimeter. We have been calculating perimeter of lots of different rectilinear shapes. We have been able to use our skills to work out missing measurements and create rules for calculating perimeter. We also worked to convert meters to kilometres and centimetres to meters.
This week we have been learning about life underwater. We have created food chains learning about different producers and consumers. We also learnt about how different animals have adapted to life underwater and investigated specific adaptations such as bioluminescence. We identified the Angler Fish which uses bioluminescence to hypnotise their prey with a bright flashing light before eating them.
Week 2 10-15th November
This week we have completed our topic on Addition & Subtraction. The children have actively problem solved different questions relating to each small step of our unit including addition with place value and efficient subtraction. Next week we will be working on length and perimeter, specifically focusing on kilometres.
This week we have been investigating, developing and performing poetry. We started by identifying features of a poem in James Reaves, The Sea. We then looked at videos and images to create a class and individual word bank. In the second half of the week we worked to create poetry on one aspect of the sea. These were then practiced and performed.
This week we have learnt about aquatic creatures, we started our week by sorting creatures into different categories and then creating a fact file on each animal. We then went to the aquarium to find all these amazing creatures. We went on a tour with Kimmy from Bristol Aquarium who showed us lots of different interesting creatures and let us feed the fish. Check out the photos below.
Week 1 4-8th November
This week we have continued to develop our understanding of subtracting four digit numbers. We have worked together using partitioning, bar models, part whole models and the column method to work out complex calculations with more than one exchange. On Friday we have worked on estimating answers and have built on our prior learning of rounding to estimate our answers.
This week we have started a new book called The Great Kapok Tree. We ave been learning about the Amazon Rain Forest to gain a better understanding about the setting of the book and have developed this into a whole class free verse poem and smaller verses which we joined together.
In topic this week we have started our Blue Abyss topic. We started by looking at maps, atlases and globes to find the five oceans of the world and then research key information such as the depth of each ocean and what animals live in each ocean. We continued to understand how the oceans affect the world that we live in by learning about the different layers of the ocean. We have also discussed what animals may live in each layer of the ocean and have found that life at the bottom of the ocean is very difficult.