Autumn 1, Week 1
The children have been brilliant and settled into the new school routines! We have spent some time getting used to being Juniors by being more independent and understanding the expectations. We are all looking forward to new learning in our new class!
We have come to the end of our first week and we have been very busy! We started our 'Lost Words' project and have been researching different birds. We did some bird watching (see photos) and have been researching facts using the internet to make a fact file. We began our topic of 'The Romans' and discovered the legend of how Rome was founded. In Maths, we began the week by looking at multiples of number and fractions. In RE, we have been looking at different religions and beliefs and we will continue to cover this for the next few weeks. In Science, we have begun exploring the topic of Animals including humans. All the children have logged onto chromebooks and have been using them in their learning.
We have been busy this week. As part of our topic of 'Romans', we made mosaics! In Maths , we are continuing to learn about place value and ordering number. In Science, we were looking at nutrition and healthy meals. The children designed their own meal using the 'Eatwell Guide' to help them. We completed our project of 'Lost Words; by writing poetry and drawing our birds. Our spellings this week are the words with the ze/ sound but end with the spelling -sure. In R.E, we have explored different beliefs and started to look at the many ways that weddings are conducted and the different rituals that are involved.
This week the focus has been on assessment. The children have completed Maths, Arithmetic, Reading, Spelling and Grammar and punctuation assessments. They have continued to learn how to play the violin and how to play strategically in team games. In Science, we were learning that animals require different food to survive. In History/Geography, we were learning to locate the expansion of the Roman Empire and compare the names of the countries now and then, for example Gaul became France and Belgica became Belgium.
We are reading a class book called 'The Heart in a bottle'. We are using it to provide a focus for our Literacy lessons. We have learnt prefixes, -ous words, synonyms and expressed opinions about the book. In Maths, we are learning about place value and column addition. In RE, we explored how different religions celebrate weddings and a common feature that some religions shared were the use of rings - so we made our own! In Music, the violin bow was introduced. In Science, we studied the human skeleton. We discussed its purpose and named many of the bones.
In Literacy this week, we have been describing a known character's thoughts, feelings and emotions. We have retold the story, sequenced words using adverbs and adverbials and extending our sentences using conjunctions. We finished the week by looking at the suffix-ness E.g hopeless. In Maths, we have cotinued to focus on place value and using our knowledge of number bonds to help us with our addition. We had a visitor in the school who came to tell us a story and dramatised some of the characters from traditional stories. In Science, we were learning that animals have different skeletons from humans. In RE, we were identifying the different Hindu gods and goddesses and exploring what they represent.
In Literacy, we have converted adjectives into adverbs using the suffix -ly, created multi-clause sentences using conjunctions, planned a story involving a dilemma and looked at how verbs can change tense to describe past, present and future. In Maths , we have continued to consolidate our understanding of place value. We began our learning in Black History Month by finding out more about Patricia Bath. She is classed as a super scientist because she invented 'The Laserphaco Probe' which helped people who had been blind for over thirty years to see again. We began by listening to her life story and then researched 'cataracts', using our chromebooks. Next week, we are going quiz her life and discoveries. In R.E, we continued to learn about Hinduism and in a particular form of worship called puja. We began some learning in french by reciting the numbers to 10 and responding to simple addition sums given in french and answering the sum in french - fantastique!
This week, as part of Black History Month, we tried to imagine what it might be like to be blind or visually impaired. We used eye masks to help our imaginations. We then completed a quiz about Patricia Bath using our Google classroom. In Maths, we have been exploring addition and subtraction and the inverse of these operations. In literacy, we have been learning to convert adjectives into adverbs using the suffix -ly and creating captions using varying intensities of verbs. In History, we have learnt about what sort of homes Celtic people lived in and drafted an information leaflet, we studied and designed our own version of a Roman shield based on historical evidence. We then made our own shield!
In Literacy, we have been identifying common and proper nouns, identifying and creating noun phrases and using prepositions to join noun phrases. All this learning has come from using our new book, 'Escape from Pompeii'! In Maths, we have been learning about decomposition using a combination of practical activities and interactive games using the Chromebooks. In Science, we introduced our new topic of Forces and Magnets. We began by comparing how an object moves on different surfaces. We made a prediction and then tested cars on a ramp covered with a variety of materials. For PHSE, we explored what makes a family and recognised that there are different types of families. We also talked about our own families and why they are special to us.
At the beginning of the week, we were working towards our school's Artsmark by completing a 'Wellbeing Bubble'. The children enjoyed being creative while listening to calm music. In Literacy, we were learning to use the possessive apostrophe accurately and studying inference. In Maths, we were exploring subtraction and participated in the TT Rockstars competition. In RE, we were learning how the features of a church support Christian prayer and worship. In Science, we spent time researching the life and achievements of Sir Isaac Newton. We used the Chromebooks to help us learn about algorithms and how tom make an object move. We held a Poppy competition and participated in a remote two minute silence as a whole school.
In Science, we were learning to explore the magnetic poles. In Literacy, we wrote vivid descriptive sentences, identified the features of a newspaper article, asked and answered questions in role and punctuated direct speech. In Maths, we have been concentrating on multiplication and particularly on the x3 times table. We are also involved in a 'battle' with Birch class in TT Rockstars. We are also in competition with Birch Class on Spelling Shed - in a Year 3 championship. We took part in a Diwali dance and had a great time! it was Geography Awareness week so we have been litter picking and using a survey to draw conclusions from our findings.
In History, we began to find out more about the Roman timeline and Boudicca's rebellion. In Literacy, we began the week with some Drama. We had a 'survivor' of Pompeii sitting in the hot seat, answering questions about how they survived the eruption. We then went on to identify features of a newspaper article and techniques to create a catchy headline. We learnt how to punctuate direct speech, include reporting clauses, record events in chronological order, use past tense, summarise, use noun phrases, preposition phrases and fronted adverbials. In Maths, we are learning about multiplication, inverse, partitioning and doubling. In R.E, we explored what Christians mean by church. We watched a remote 'lesson' by Warburtons, who demonstrated how to make bread rolls.
In Literacy, we have started a new book called 'The Tear Thief'. We have learnt more about conjunctions, identifying different verb forms, identifying similes and metaphors and writing in the present perfect form. In Maths, we have been practising our times tables and how to partition and multiply sums. In Science, we have been finding out what everyday materials are attracted to magnets. In History, we were learning to understand what it was like to live in Roman occupied Britain in 61 CE before Boudicca's rebellion and what benefits the Romans had brought to Celtic life.
In History, we have been exploring the reasons why Boudicca led a revolt against the Romans. In Maths, we have been learning that division is the inverse of multiplication and about factors and multiples. We have finished our book 'The Tear Thief' and have written questions, commands and statements. We have also written in the present perfect tense. We also used possessive apostrophes and conjunctions tom explain an idea. As a class we re-enacted scenarios which involved conflict as part of PHSE. We discussed how we could solve the problem. We have a few members of the class who are active members of the Jewish faith and we were lucky enough to have the Festival of Hanukah explained to us and demonstrate the rituals that go with the festival. We are learning about Spain as a country and Spanish as a subject. We explored the culture of Spain and in the New Year - we will learn how to say greetings.
We have come to the end of a very trying term but the children have been so resilient and have continued with their learning. We have continued learning about measures with measuring in centimetres and millimetres. We have learnt more about different sentences and inverted commas and continued with learning new spellings.
As Christmas is fast approaching , we sang a Christmas song and posted it on Class Dojo so that any parents/carers could watch it . We made Christmas cards, had our special dinner and we held a Christmas party! We played lots of different games. Phew!
Lockdown and online learning begins. In literacy, we started a new book called 'The Tin Forest'. We used specific and technical verbs, range of sentence types to persuade and made inferences based on limited information. In maths, we continued to consolidate place value. We recapped the Spanish colour names and had a music lesson. In Geography, we identified distinctive mountains. We conducted our weekly Spelling Shed Hive.
We continued to explore 'The Tin Forest'. We wrote a postcard to give advice to the old man. We created expanded noun phrases, used a variety of past tense verbs, used future tense and description. In Maths, we explored representing numbers and their place value using Dienes, comparing numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, rounding to the nearest 100 and revision of rounding. In Science we were learning about the difference between a rock and a mineral and sorting rocks and minerals. We had a music lesson delivered by BYMT. We began an Accelerated Reader challenge Beech Class versus Birch Class. We conducted our weekly Spelling Shed Hive.
Mrs Mezza has started to deliver our Spanish lessons. She introduced animal names. In Art, we explored the work of Henri Rousseau and how it linked with our story of The Tin Forest. In Geography, we asked the question, 'what is a river?' and explored how a river is formed. In Literacy, we identified themes within a narrative, gathered ideas for an information piece of writing, wrote an informative and persuasive leaflet and wrote an introductory paragraph. In Maths, we learnt more about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, recapped on writing amounts of money, adding and subtracting money and using the column method. We held a year 3 boy vs girl TT Rockstars battle!
In Literacy we used the forms a and an according to whether the next word begans with a consonant or vowel. We expressed place using prepositions and time and cause using conjunctions.
We finally welcomed the children back to school after the National lockdown. We have been busy with our learning - for example, in Literacy, we have started to look at a new book called 'The First Drawing'. We have inferred meaning using the illustrations, used modal verbs and used subordination. In maths, we have been creating and interpreting pictograms and bargraphs. We have also continued to learn about time. In geography, we carried out an experiment which simulated rain. We did this to help us understand the nature of rivers. In Spanish, we were learning the feminine and masculine names of fruit and how you would pronounce the fruit in singular or plural form.
In Spanish we developed further linguistic progression by learning how to formulate a simple opinion on fruits in their plural form. We completed our first 100 word challenge! In Maths, we were learning about halving odd and even numbers and learning to read and match digital and analogue times. In Literacy, we were learning to identify regular and irregular plurals, exclamatory and interrogative sentences and to know the difference between possession and omission when using apostrophes. We used a new class resource called 'Now-Press-Play' where we re-enacted The Stone Age (see photos).
We have been bringing all our learning in Spanish together this week. This has included identifying Spanish numbers, writing words in Spanish using a word bank and matching Spanish phrases with pictures. In Geography, we have been learning to understand the words evaporation, condensation and precipitation and what part they play in the water cycle. We made a model to demonstrate the cycle. In maths, we have been learning about fractions. In Literacy, we continued to read 'The First Drawing'. We made connections and comparisons with the text, empathised with the characters, selected and sequenced events and used a variety of grammatical and compositional features.