As part of our farms topic, the Year 1 children went to Copesgrove Farm this week. We were a little worried about the weather but..it was kind and stayed dry for us all day! We had a really exciting day where we met Elvis the bull, did Autumn treasure hunts in the wood, toasted marshmallows and built dens for Bertie the badger. The children loved being outside all day and we were told that we were the politest Year 1 class that Kate had ever had at the farm!!
It has been a wonderful first week back in Year 1 with lots of exciting things happening! We have had lots of visitors to teach us about kindness. This has involved the Tooth Fairy who has taught us how to be kind to our teeth, a zoo which has taught us how to be kind to animals and representative of Stroud Food Bank who has given us ways to look after people in our community.
In class, we have talked about “Colouring our world with Kindess” and making it a nicer places. We have explored different ways that we can make our world more kind and colourful, both in and out of school. We even wrote our own stories about animals that learned how to be kind!
We ended the week on a high, dressed as Superheroes – our new Superhero power is KINDNESS!
In Year 6 this week we have been pushing and challenging ourselves to keep going at a task and building our resilience.
In Maths, this took the form of an NRich maths challenge, set by mathematicians at Cambridge University. It was lovely to see the children rising to the challenge, not giving up and engaging in some great mathematical chat.
In English, our we’ve been writing explanation texts. We’ve explained how electricity is made, explained how Wallace and Gromit’s crazy contraptions work and have started to design our own ‘Teacher Pleaser’ machine, which we will be writing about next week.
In Topic, the children were fascinated to learn how much food each adult was allowed to buy during the Second World War. Next week, we will be making our own bomb shelter models.
This week we have been adapting our own Pokemon reports. Here is the class version…
Miss Ward has been challenging us to improve our vocabulary choices. We have been inspirational and have been starting to choosing more ambitious words in our writing.
In Maths clinic we have been playing our dice games to improve our rapid recall of number bonds to 10 and 20. Also, double facts. In addition to this, we have been trying to beat our top scores on hit the button…. Our new favourite game.
Year 6 have been working so hard! They making Mrs Panton and Mrs Mclellan really proud. In Maths, we have worked on our division skills: we began with looking at the short written method for dividing and have moved on to long division. The children have shown amazing resilience as we’ve learnt a new skill. It might take a while, but the satisfaction we’re getting from solving problems is worth it!
In English, we have completed our end of unit ‘hot task’ – writing a fictional diary entry of a German girl during World War 2. The children wrote some amazingly powerful and mature extracts. We look forward to you seeing them at parent’s evening.
In Science, we’ve been building circuits and learning about current and volatage and in Computing we have been looking at what the Internet is and how it works. We watched the short film “A Packet’s Tale” which shows how information travels around the world.
On Monday morning, we set off to Sainbury’s bakery. We enjoyed learning about how bread and cakes are made. Katie explained how the machines have special attachments in case of a fire.
Here we are back at school making ‘Great Fire of London’ cakes…
This week, we have started our new English unit on Pokemon. Here is our Pikachu report. Why don’t you ask us to retell it to you at home?
In Maths clinic, we have been playing some super cool dice games. This is what you do:
1.) Get a 0-9 sided dice ( You can play with a 6 sided dice too!)
2.) Roll the dice.
3.) Shout out the number bond that matches to make 10. ( e.g. if you roll a 6 shout out 4)
The other game is to shout out what double that number is. ( e.g. if you roll a 6 shout out 12)
‘Hit the button’ number bonds has been set for Maths homework this week. You can play to 10, 20 or 100.
Year 1 have been busy bees this week working on our farm topic. We have been moving from writing labels to captions about food from the farm as well as creating tractor paintings and singing farmyard songs. We even made our own class band and were using percussion instruments to accompany our singing. In Maths, we have been looking at repeating patterns and finding missing numbers in number lines. Miss Szarko has been putting some tricks into our number lines to grow our brains even more but we are starting to spot them!
We have been working extremely hard planning, writing and publishing our adapted stories this week. We used the model text Little Red Riding Hood and created a class version called Little Ginger Cat. We chose this title because there has been a little ginger cat wandering around our school grounds.
Our own titles include: Little Blue Shark, Little Brown Horse, Little White Tiger, Little Green Chameleon, Little Pink Pig and many, many more. We changed the characters and lots of other things including the setting and our language choices.
Miss Ward has been overwhelmed with the amount of Topic homework being produced. There has been copious amounts of Pokemon top trump card, gorgeous adapted songs to the tune of ‘London’s Burning’ and some beautiful wind chimes.
We are looking forward to visiting Sainsbury’s bakery on Tuesday morning. It’ll be interesting to see a real life bakery and understand more about how the Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane.
The term is flying by and we are hitting our stride in year 4. We have already had a trip into Stroud to look at the Victorian building and to see how Stroud was built up during the Victorian era.
In year Four this year we will be having a big focus on our times-tables so any practise at home will be crucial. I will be sending how a different practise sheet every Friday.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
We are *loving* Year 6. The children came in on day one, rested and ready for the challenge!
We just had time to settle in, then we were off again: on our PGL residential at Osmington Bay in Dorset.
We really had a fantastic time. We really want to thank Mr S and Mrs Bateman for coming along with us. You guys are fab!
We hope you enjoyed hearing about our adventures in our class assembly.
Now we’re back, we’ve got to work! We have really upped our game, our writing is joined and we are choosing really ambitious vocabulary to express people’s feelings. We are doing whole class reading, looking at the book Once by Morris Gleitzman.
In Science, our focus is electricity. We have been building simple circuits and are experimenting with conductors and insulators.