This week we have been looking at the features of non-chronological report and have used these to help to draft our own non-chronological report. We have looked at how using questions as sub-headings can help to draw the reader in.
In Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have made fractions and have used our times tables knowledge to help us to work out equivalent fractions.
During our Science lesson, we made predictions about the temperature at which solid chocolate could change state into a liquid. We then carried out an investigation to see if our prediction was correct.
What a busy start to the Spring Term! We have started on our new topic-The Anglo-Saxons. The children have been learning lots of interesting facts about them and using ICT skills to create a a fact file.
We have also started our 100 Books to Read, which the children have been really enthusiastic about!
This week we will be looking at persuasive writing. We will be writing a letter to Cliff (one of the rambling Isle's) to persuade him to either settle or to continue moving.
In maths this week, we will be learning how to use the grid method to multiply together numbers.
In English this week, we have started looking at our new book for the term. 'Oliver and the Sea Wigs.' We have made inferences about what the book will be about and will be taking on the role of one of the characters in the story to write in role.
In Maths this week, we have been working on our column addition skills and ensuring that we use our knowledge of place value to set out our calculations correctly. We have also been identifying errors in calculations and correcting mistakes.
The children have enjoyed learning more in the ICE Zone, with our topic of 'Home and Away.' They have been making and sampling food from France!
We have talked about being resilient, and what it means to be a resilient learner. Ask your child about being resilient, and what it means to them.
With the temperature cooling off towards the end of the week, the children have enjoyed playing rounders this afternoon, with some children showing a great team spirit.
This week the children will be looking at angles and identifying the different types of angles and their properties. They will begin to learn to use protractors to measure angles.
In english the children have been looking at the features of a diary and examples of diaries. The children will be writing their own diary entry linked to the man in 'The Tin Forest.'
In science, the children enjoyed making string telephones and will be exploring in further detail how sound travels.
This week Puffins have started to learn about angles in maths, and went on an angle hunt in the classroom. In english the children will be writing a description of the opening setting in 'The Tin Forest.' The children will be visiting the museum in St. Neots on Thursday, which will help them with their work in the ICE Zone.
Please could I remind all parents of year 3 and 4 children to ensure that their child/ren have a costume for the Egyptian performance, and that it comes into school as soon as possible so that we can start rehearsing in costume. If you are unsure of the costume that your child/ren need, please let us know asap.
Could I also remind you to practise the songs with your child/ren for the play, which can be found on the school website, under performance resources. Thank you!
Please help your child to practise their song words for the Spring performance-Glint of Gold. You can find the audio tracks on the school website and clicking on the children tab; performance resources; Glint of Gold.
Thank you in advance.
This week the children have enjoyed science, where they carried out an investigation, in which we observed and recorded temperatures of solid turning to liquid. In maths the children have carried on with their work on fractions, where they have used their reasoning skills to prove that they know that they are correct. In english the children have used the story of the Iron Man to begin some work on a non-chronological report, which will be about recycling.
Years 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed learning about history with Chris Lloyd this afternoon! They learned about how many chickens there are in the World and how many days it would take for 1 million seconds and even 1 billion seconds. They covered everything from the Big Bang Theory through to Snapchat!
This week the children have been learning about fractions in Maths, and how to find fractions of amounts. In English the children have really enjoyed reading more about the Iron Man, and have written a character description. In Science the children have been practicing using thermometers, ready for their investigation next week. The children are all really enjoying their time in the ICE Zone and using their excavation skills to dig for artefacts in the sand.
The children in KS2 have had a fantastic reward day. It all started this morning with a trip to the cinema to watch Pete's Dragon and then the fun continued in the afternoon with a range of different activities including Christmas crafts, BINGO and a Christmas disco. Well deserved for all the hard work the children have done this term!
The school have been lucky enough to have a visit from author James Campbell. Year 4 were fascinated by his stories and they gained some inspiration on how to get ideas for their stories.
The children have been busy researching the 'digestive system,' to kick start our new science topic. Did you know that the oesophagus is 25cm long! In maths, the children have used their multiplication knowledge to prove that they know they are correct, and have used mathematical vocabulary to help with this. Children have enjoyed being able to infer how a character is feeling in their literacy work, and have come up with some fantastic sentences to do this.
Year 4 have been doing some fantastic learning in maths. This week we are looking at multiplication. We have used cubes to make multiplication sentences and use this to help us solve problems.
During our sessions in the ICE Zone we have been creating our own kites, practicing our map skills and learning the flags for the Countries in Europe. A brilliant start to this half term!
Some of Year 4 had a fantastic day creating pottery Tudor Roses with Paula a specialist pottery teacher. The rest of Year 4 will be participating in this next week. I can't wait to see how they all turn out!
Year 4 have been busy learning about habitats in Science this week. They have been looking at the living things in the outside area and even found some frogs! The children have used this information to create some classification keys.
The children in Year 4 have been working really hard this week. In English they have been role-playing the characters in their book 'The Green Ship' and have used this to consider the feelings of the characters which has helped them write diaries today. In maths the children have been using their place value knowledge to solve problems. They especially worked hard to solve the problem 'The Decca Tree'. Ask your child about it- can you solve it?
The children have had a fantastic start to term! They have been starting their learning on the Tudors in the ICE zone this week which has included learning about Henry VIII's six wives. With the weather being so hot, the children have been outside taking measurements of the temperature and wind speed.
In class the children have started their book 'The Green Ship' where they have been learning about expanded noun phrases and at the end of the week they wrote character descriptions. In maths they have been learning about place value. They have been using what they know to reason and problem solve.
Massive congratulations to year 4 today for winning the Intertrust event today! They showed true sportsmanship and were extremely supportive of each other.
The children are having a wonderful time at Grafham!!
This week in Maths, we will be continuing with our work on different measures. We will be solving some written word problems, and using fractions of amounts to help with this.
In English we are really focusing on grammar and sentence structure. This work will help us to write a story opening for Krindlekrax.
In Science we will be continuing with our topic of 'Living things and their habitats' and we will be collecting information about different organisms.
The children in Years 3 and 4 have been doing some amazing learning in the Ice Zone. Their topic this term is South America and they have already learned so much! Look how amazing the Ice Zone looks!
Puffin and Warblers have kicked off the first week with an introduction to South America. The children have been using their map skills to locate different countries and cities in South America.
The children have participated in 'Crystal Maze' Maths, where the children demonstrated excellent problem solving skills and worked together as a team. Well done year 4!
The songs / music for the Pied Piper are now on the school website so that you can listen to them at home. It is in the Children sub-section, under a separate Year 3/4 music subheading.
This week the children have been looking in more depth at the Iron Man book and have been using the story to write a newspaper headline and a caption for an image.
In maths the children have been working on column addition and have been adding up to four digits and decimals!
This week in Maths we have been looking at area of rectilinear shapes and have been problem solving to create our own patio designs.
In English we have been writing poems, taking inspiration from the scrap yard in 'The Iron Man'.
We have been learning about the water cycle and discussing each stage.
We had a visit from Dogs Trust, where the children learnt about a dogs sense of smell and how it was different to their own.
We have started a new book in English-The Iron Man. Today children worked in small groups to create a Reader's theatre script. Each child thought of sounds and actions to emphasise reading for effect. The children then spent some time working on a performance, which they later performed to the class.
In Exciting Writing last week, we created a really calm working environment by lighting the fire on the screen and turning the lights down low. This helped the children concentrate whilst they did their writing. The children were writing a diary entry in the role of a homeless lady, thinking about how she felt and the happy ending to her day.
Welcome Puffin class!
I hope you all had a wonderful summer.
I am so excited to be your new teacher, and am looking forward to getting to know you all!
We will be learning all about the Roman's this term. We have some really exciting activities to look forward to including a 'History off the page' day, where we will be experiencing life as a Roman.
Year 4 enjoying their Roman day!
Welcome back Puffins! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready for a fun-filled term learning all about Ancient Egypt! This is such an interesting topic and we are sure you will enjoy finding out all about it. Fun and exciting learning awaits in the newly transformed ICE zone! Plus, later on in the term you will be preparing for the Year 3/4 production, so get ready for lots of action. We can't wait!
Mrs Haupt and Mrs Rodriguez