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Spring 2
Week 1 - 22/02/21

This is our last week looking at the book, ‘High Rise Mystery’. A suspect has been arrested and we have written a letter to the Police, using modal verbs, demanding that this suspect be released.We have now started to plan and write our own crime/ mystery novels.
In our Art lesson we have designed our own book covers for our novels.

In Maths, we have been learning to add and subtract decimal numbers using different methods. We had fun in our topic lesson, creating a leaflet describing how the Egyptians used hieroglyphics. We used PowerPoint slides to find the information as well as using an online hieroglyphic typewriter to discover what words looked like

Week 6 - 08/02/21

We have been enjoying the snow this week!

This week in English we have continued with our story, 'High Rise Mystery'. We read chapters 8-27 this week and looked for any evidence written in the book and we have written down some of the suspects. We have used this information to write a newspaper report, outlining the events that have happened so far.

In Maths we have been looking at place value in decimals. We began by adding and subtracting numbers with two decimal places before moving on to multiplying and dividing these numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. By the end of the week, we were able to round these numbers to the nearest tenth and whole number by placing them on a number line. 

We have continued to enjoy our Music and Spanish lessons. We observed Mrs Ruggiero conduct a friction experiment in Science and we recorded the results for this experiment into a table. We were able to make predictions and evaluations on the experiment. 

We are looking forward to seeing what activities we will be set next week.

Week 5 - 01/02/21

This week in Elm Class we have been introduced to our new book 'High-Rise Mystery'. So far, we have read up to chapter 8 and we have made predictions, answered questions and looked for clues within the text.

We had an amazing music lesson where we made our own percussion instruments and in Spanish, we have used all of our knowledge from previous lessons to write letters.

As part of 'Children's Mental Health Week' we have taken part in 'Dress to Express', the 'No Screen Day' and we have had 'wellbeing' check-ins at the end of each day during our PSHE sessions.

Week 4 - 25/01/21

This week in Elm Class we have sadly come to the end of our book - 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'. It was a lovely book that most of us have enjoyed. At the end of the week, we wrote our book reviews which made for some great reading.

In Maths we have been solving word problems, using our subtraction and addition knowledge. We have continued to enjoy our Music and Art lessons as well as out topic, the Ancient Egyptians. This week we wrote a face file about Tutankhamun using facts from online research. 

Week 3 - 18/01/21

For our Literacy topic we have been studying the book 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'. It is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations and quotes. So far, we have used the book to help us write diary entries, newspaper reports, writing our own song lyrics, creating a mind map, writing an informal latter and a set of instructions.

In Maths, we have been looking at positive and negative numbers and we have used this knowledge to compare and find the difference between different recorded temperatures.

We have also enjoyed out first online Art lesson, and having continued with our fun with online Music lessons. The children have worked incredibly hard in these challenging times and we are all extremely proud of them.

The children have enjoyed the live sessions, as well as our speaking and listening sessions that we hold at the end of the day. This is a time to talk about a related topic, but also to reflect and for the children to talk about any concerns they may have, and to share any interesting news or facts they have.

Week 2 - 11/01/21

This week we introduced our new 'Speaking and Listening' groups which have allowed us time at the end of the day to talk to a small group of friends and discuss the topic for the week which is all about our feelings. And we were very excited to learn that our new topic this term for History and Geography this term is Ancient Egypt - we had lots of fun creating our research projects.

We have continued to look at the book 'The Boy, the Mole the Fox and the Horse' in English and we have explored the key moments in the story, made setting descriptions and written a diary entry from the perspective of the boy and how he felt when he met the mole.

In Maths, we moved on to look at converting metric and imperial units of measurement at the beginning of the week and we looked at how to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks at the end of the week.

We loved using our new Spanish resource 'Language Angels' to continue with lesson 2 of our new topic.

This week in Science, we have conducted some research into Sir Isaac Newton and his very important scientific discovery.

We also had our very first virtual music lesson this week with our new music teacher and we had lots of fun!


Spring 1
Week 1 - 06/01/21

Unfortunately this week we haven't been able to return to school as planned. Instead we have been completing our learning online at home using Google Classroom. We are taking part in three live class meetings each day so we can interact with the teachers and other children in the class. 
We have been incredibly impressed this week with the effort made by all the children!

In English, we were introduced to a lovely book called 'The Boy, the Mole the Fox and the Horse'. We looked at some quotes and reviews of the book and made predictions on what it might be about. We then went on to write a piece of persuasive text using reasons to support our opinions.

In Maths, we revised how to use the grid method for multiplication (continuing on from our work before the Christmas break) and we moved on to multiply numbers in the context of money.

In Art this week we followed a step-by-step tutorial to draw our own self portraits. Take a look at these on Google Classroom.

We were introduced to our new topic in Spanish 'Tienes una mascota' and our new topic in Science which is 'Forces'. 

We are all very excited to see what the next week of home learning will bring.


Week 6 - 07/12/21

We have had a great week in Elm Class with lots of certificates achieved. We have given out star of the week certificates, pen licence certificates and we also won the KS2 Christmas card competition! In Maths we have tested our knowledge and have been mentally dividing with a remainder, we then converted our answers to a fraction, a decimal and to pounds and pence. In Literacy we have been writing a fact file about our chosen planet, based on information we have researched.

Week 5 - 30/11/21

This week in Elm Class we have been focusing on writing a newspaper article about the 1969 moon landing. We have learnt and understood how to compose our article writing the orientation paragraph, using the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why), the main body and the re-orientation.

In Maths we have been looking at word problems and using our mathematical skills we have been able to understand the questions and calculate the answers.

Week 4 - 23/11/21 

Mr Smith has been helping us with our learning this week in Elm Class and we have been carrying on with our space topic and we have learnt about the moon landing. We have rile played asking lots of questions, and have now started to plan our own newspaper reports. In PE we have been playing golf, practising our hand-eye coordination.

Week 3 - 16/11/21

In Geography this week, Elm Class have been investigating how to use compasses. We started our lesson in the classroom to ensure we understood how compasses work and we came up with our own rhymes to remember north, east, south and west before heading outside to put our new knowledge to the test.

Week 2 - 09/11/20

This week, Elm Class have been learning to simplify and find equivalent fractions in Maths. We have used interactive resources called fraction walls to help us.

In English we have started to look at the story of Hidden Figures. Despite difficult times with the lock-down, we have still enjoyed our violin lessons online.

Autumn 2 
Week 1 - 02/11/20

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful half term. 

This term is all about Space! In English we have begun to look at our core text Hidden Figures a true story of the contributions of 4 incredible women and the space race. In maths, we have learnt about fractions, we have learnt to convert between improper and mixed fractions and have begun to find fractions of amounts. In Science, we explored statements and used our existing knowledge of space to sort them into true or false. We were able to articulate our reasons for deciding our choices.  In Music, lessons have moved virtually but that has not stopped us continuing on our journey of mastering the violin!  


Week 8 - 19/10/20

This week in English we used a haunted house stimulus to generate some wonderful vocabulary. We have then used this to help us write up our scary stories based on picture. In Maths we have used our knowledge of addition and subtraction and applied this to decimal numbers and word problems involving decimals. In Art we have put together our term's learning and created our wonderful watercolour pieces based on our original text the Lost Words. We look forward to our Pumpkin Trail on Friday and to all the different wonderful hair styles that will be coming in!

We really hope you had enjoyed your first half term back at Poverest. Enjoy the well deserved break and we look forward to seeing you again in Autumn 2! Happy Half Term.  

Week 7 - 12/10/20

We have had a small project for English this week. Our task has been to plan, design and build (a small scale model) of a hedgehog house. We thought about the properties it would need and specific design features we would need to create, in order for the hedgehogs to feel safe. 

We have started to look at place value of numbers containing 2 decimal places (e.g. 3.52) and we have compared and ordered these numbers using number lines. 

In Computing, we have created a comic strip all about how to keep safe online. 

In our Topic lesson this week, we have discussed Black History Month (BHM) and the importance of the celebration. We read all about the history of BHM during our reading sessions and we looked at some fantastic magazines. Within one of the magazines, we found a blank map of Africa, and we all used an atlas to fill in all the missing countries onto the map. 

This week has been full of exciting activities and we look forward to finding out more next week!

Week 6 - 05/10/20

What an exciting week this has been!

This week in Elm class we have continued looking at persuasive writing and we have taken our skills to the next level. At the beginning of the week, we looked at some for and against arguments for wearing school uniform and formed our own opinions on the subject. Towards the end of the week, we designed our own school uniform and we used commas to list all the items of uniform that the parents would need to purchase (if they were to join our made up schools).

In Maths this week, we have challenged ourselves with a new method for subtracting. We used the 'frog jump' method to subtract 3 and 4 digit numbers.

We have also really enjoyed learning how to say 'goodbye' (in different ways) in Spanish, taking a torch apart in Science to see what the circuit looks like inside and our favourite task of all was making Stonehenge out of Bourbon biscuits for Topic.

We are so excited to find out what we will be learning next week!

Week 5 - 28/09/20

Another fantastic week in Elm class this week!
In English we have been writing our own persuasive letters to people in our local community, to persuade them to encourage hedgehogs into their gardens and outdoor spaces. We have conducted our own research about hedgehogs and created our own persuasive points and opinions using what we have found out.
In Maths we have needs focusing on subtraction using the column method, and we have also been looking at solving problems.

We have looked at conductors and insulators in Science this week and conducted our own experiments using different materials. 

We have been working very hard this week and some of us have managed to earn our pen licenses!

Week 4 - 21/09/20

This week, we have been learning how to argue and debate our personal opinions effectively. As a starting point, we were introduced to a new book called 'The Steves' which was very funny and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We read the book and analysed how they argued well, and we also discussed things they could have done better. Later on in the week, we had a think about what we would like to 'ban' within the school and wrote persuasive pieces to argue our reasons why. 

In Maths, we have continued to look at adding 5 and 6-digit numbers and we have refreshed our minds on how we can add them together using the written column method. 

In Topic, we have been introduced to Stonehenge and we created a research project (as a small group) to gather as much information as we could about it. We have continued to look at electricity this week in Science, and we have moved on to create our own electric circuits. In our Art lesson this week, we had the opportunity to create their own tonal ladders using water colour paints (which will be used for future lessons) to practice blending the pigments with water, to make objects look 3D. We have mastered how to greet each other in Spanish (and we have been practising during the register every day). As always, we have been enjoying our music and PE lessons with our specialist teachers, and we are looking forward to seeing what our next lessons have to offer.

Week 3 - 14/09/20

This week, the children have continued with the book "The Lost Words", we have read and analysed some more poems from the book. We then used these, alongside our research of birds to create our own poems. In Maths we have looked at addition, subtraction and rounding of 6 digit numbers. We have continued our journey or observational drawings in Art and look forward to using our watercolours. In Science we have made posters warning of the dangers of electricity in the home. We are now able to greet each other and introduce ourselves in Spanish! We began our music lessons with BYMT and look forward to mastering the violin by the end of the year. 

Week 2 - 07/09/20

This week, the children have looked at the beautifully illustrated book "The Lost Words". We have focused on the poem Conker and rearranged it as a script for our performance. We have been thinking carefully about our characters and their gestures during our performances. In Maths we have focused on Place Value of 5 digit numbers. We have used our learning to order, compare and round numbers. We have also enjoyed our first session of P.E and Spanish this week and look forward to many more.   

Autumn 1
Week 1 - 02/09/20

We have been extremely excited to welcome everyone back to school. This week, we spent time catching up with each other and getting accustomed to our new norm and we're pleased to say that the class have settled really well. 

We have looked at two beautifully illustrated books by Eva Eland - When Sadness Comes to Call and Where Happiness Begins, giving the children plenty of opportunity to discuss their thoughts, feelings and opinions as they have made their transition back into school life.