Week 7 and 8
Thank you for all our lovely gifts and thoughtful words. It's been an amazing year together and we wish you all a wonderful summer holiday. In your homework books you will find the Summer Reading Bingo. Don't forget to hide your rocks safely!
Goodbye and good luck for Year 5!
Mrs Arnold and Ms Hobbs
Well, wasn't the Summer Fayre a success and a whole lot of fun?! Many thanks to the children who were able to stay on at school to help, and to everyone else who came to support our stall.
This week we have continued our work on decimals and have spent a long time exploring the water cycle, conducting an experiment and using the power of the sun to evaporate and condense water in our very own solar stills!
Please support your child to complete their homework, and hunt out any school reading books which need to come back please. These must be in before Friday. Thank you for your support.
This week has been a bit different, as we have been planning for the Summer Fayre on Friday afternoon. We learnt how to play our class games, Lucky Cards! and Lucky 50p!, and made posters to promote them. We have worked out how much profit we will make depending on which prizes are won, and got excited that everyone's a winner with Lucky Cards!
See you at the fair!
Wow, didn't we have fun at Cadbury World? We learnt about how the Maya used chocolate as a drink, and some of the other ingredients they added- honey and beetles anyone? All the children were impeccably behaved and had a wonderful time.
Welcome back! We have jumped straight back into school with more fractions - counting up and down in fractions and even playing Countdown with them! In English we are going to write a Choose Your Own Adventure story, so we learnt about the structure of the stories and shared a few adventures from Ms Hobbs's childhood book.
We have a new topic! We will be learning about the Maya civillisation over the next few months; about their history, their beliefs, their food and houses, and lots more.
We spent the short last week of term on a variety of investigations and challenges. Given a set of clues, could we work out the seating plan for an Easter party? We made Spring chicks and painted atmospheric pict
We've had a week of showing what we know, climbing through a piece of paper and thinking about why straws of different lengths make different notes.
A number of bookshops continue to accept World Book Day vouchers for several weeks after the actual day. If you still have your voucher, please pop in to one and choose from the special selection of £1 books.
We enjoyed our rescheduled Castle Book Day this week, shared favourite books, voted on our favourite authors, applied to be library monitors and admired the wonderful costumes that were on display. A super effort, and a fun way to share a love of reading. Don't forget to spend your World Book Day tokens on a free book from the World Book Day selection or £1 off any other book!
This week was snowed off at the end, but we still managed to look in detail at regular and irregular verbs in the past tense and start thinking about fractions.
Welcome back! So many things have changed and school looks very different. Windsor Class has learnt about Roman numerals and how to write and read the date, and begun our look at recount writing. We've changed the way we do Guided Reading, to give the children more time to really get their noses into those books, and are coming to the end of our Electricity topic in Science.
Next Thursday, 1 March, is World Book Day. The children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character (staff are dressing up too!) so have a think about who you'd like to be. Some simple costumes reuse Hallowe'en outfits (a skeleton can be from Funnybones; a monster can be from Not Now, Bernard) or items you already have, perhaps Sophie from the BFG in her nightie, or Tom from Tom's Midnight Garden in his pyjamas, or dresses (Dennis from The Boy in the Dress among others). A search on the internet can provide further inspiration, eg "73 easy World Book Day costume ideas".
Continuing with the reading theme, the teachers have some training on Friday and will tidy the library. Will you be able to spot what we change?
Have a wonderful half term, see you on the 19th February at 8:40!
We have had a wonderful week! The children have really started to get excited about taking their Accelerated Reader quizzes and reading more and more books in order to take more quizzes! We are still lacking books in the ranges up to 3, but you can use www.arbookfind.co.uk to search for books you may have at home. Either type the title or author into the search bar, or click on 'advanced search' and look for ATOS book level - pop your child's levels in there and it will give you a complete list of suitable books.
It is thrilling to see the enthusiasm with which the children are reading and discussing their books.
Remember that all children need a full PE kit in school, including joggers and a sweatshirt/jumper (no hoodies please) otherwise they are unable to participate in PE. Thank you.
How DO you do a didgeridoo? This was our Inquiry afternoon this week, and wow, it's a challenge! Please let your child try to learn circular breathing so that they can show us all their positive attitude towards a difficult task. We began dot paintings in the style of Australian aboriginal art and listened to didgeridoo music.
We have continued to divide, and begun to consider and plan a story based around The BFG. We'll be recounting weird dreams to each other so get talking about the funny things that happen in yours!
We have a cricket coach in on Monday afternoons for the next five weeks. Please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school every day.
How do we make music? This is the question we will be investigating between now and Easter! We began our new Inquiry with a WOW Day, which involved making instruments and thinking about how to change the sounds, listening to Holst's 'The Planets' and trying to match them up, and singing along to 'Happy' and 'Three Little Birds'. Wonderful!
In maths we're using our times tables knowledge to aid division, and in English we self-assessed our writing and reflected on what we had done well and what we needed to work on further.
Welcome back! It was lovely to see everyone again this week and we have jumped straight back into our learning with some letter-writing, some multiplication and some sketching among other things. Next week we find out about our new Inquiry and have our WOW Day on Wednesday.
Have a very merry Christmas everyone. See you on Tuesday 2nd January!
It's been another whirlwind of rehearsals this week; this time for the Christmas Class Songs on Monday 11th December. Please come and join us! Free tickets available from the Office. We have practised songs, made props and are excited about showing off our talents.
This week has seen us practising busily for our class assembly on Friday. We are preparing to show off some of the work we've done this term, in Maths, English, Art and Inquiry. Please come and join us at 9am!
We have moved on again in our maths this week and have begun to use the grid and column methods to multiply. This has proved to be a great challenge to the children but I have been thrilled to see their perseverance pay off and we have ended the week with them feeling much more confident with the procedures and the concepts of multiplication. Well done all!
We have also started to use the book Stone Age Boy in our literacy, ready for an extended writing session next week when we will plan and write our own stories about falling into the Stone Age!
Don't forget it is our class assembly at 9.00 am on Friday 1 December. The children will show off some of the things we have been learning about, and we would love to see you all there!
We wrote poppy poems this week, combining many of our poetic devices into one piece about the impact of war and the symbolism of the poppy. Then we wrote them up into calligrams, poems in the shape of poppies, which are on display in the book corner. Please come in and see them- they are absolutely beautiful.
Maths continued to challenge this week, and we spent a long time working out why we have to exchange tens for ones in order to be able to subtract. With Mrs Arnold we have learnt some songs about triangles to help us remember which type is which.
We had a specialist PE coach come in who showed us several different ways of skipping with a rope, including sitting down skipping! We spent time pushing ourselves to try new skills and improve our performance and it was great fun.
We've begun to use our new-found similes and alliteration in a variety of poems this week, including some lovely haikus about the weather and environment in Autumn. In maths we have begun to use a formal written method for subtraction, although we are still getting to grips with exchanging tens for ones.
We began to think about using Word to record our learning experiences and had a virtual look around Scara Brae to think about Neolithic life, discovering that the people who lived there had beds and dressers on which to keep their precious items, as well as fireplaces and passageways between the houses.
Happy new term everyone! Windsor Class has jumped right back into the new term with some linguistic tricks- similes, metaphors and alliteration- and have begun to notice them in other texts too. In Maths we are using formal written methods to add and will move onto subtraction next week. We are also continuing our work on angles with Mrs Arnold.
We have looked at exactly how archaeologists know what they do about Stone Age life. We created Powerpoints about our learning in Science, learning how to screen-clip images from the internet to insert into the slides, and how to check our spellings.
We had a highly creative Monday, writing up and illustrating our myth stories to compile our Windsor Class Anthology. Don't forget to book your Parent/Carer Consultation appointment and let your child show you what we produced. On Tuesday we created a physical representation of the human digestive system, from incisors to colon, to cement our understanding of each organ's function.
In Maths we have begun looking at patterns in sequences, and continued our look at symmetry.
In English we are analysing newspapers before writing our own report of an exciting event. Look out for the Windsor Gazette soon!
Don't forget that all children need a white top for PE please, as well as the rest of their kit, including trainers not daps. If your child has asthma, their inhaler (plus an unopened spare to be kept at the Office) needs to be in school all the time.
This week we have drawn together all elements of our myth planning and begun to write our myths. Our heroines and heroes undertake various quests to either find or hide something precious, only to find themselves in mortal danger from a terrible beast! However will they defend themselves? Will they complete their quests? All the stories will make their way into our class book, so be sure to pop in and have a look for yourself when you have a minute at the end of a school day!
Maths found us looking in greater depth at place value, and what happens to a number if you replace one digit with a zero. We created numbers and represented them in different ways, including with coins and counters, and next week will be ordering numbers up to and beyond 1000.
We are working our way along the digestive system; having started with the teeth we found out that food only takes six seconds to get into your stomach, before peristalsis takes it into the ileum (small intestine).
Well, what a busy week this has been! We began by working on number bonds to 100, and how we can count on in ones to get to the next ten, before finding the bond to make 100. We finished the week by working out that subtracting to get to the previous hundred is actually easier than we had thought. We have decided on the different parts of our Inquiry, and ranked them according to their importance to us. These ideas have been shared out among our small groups and next week we'll begin researching, before planning our own presentations to the rest of the class! The areas are shown below and, if you can help with any, please let Ms Hobbs or Mrs Arnold know!
Weapons and tools
Food and hunting
Stone Age Homes
Bronze Age Homes
Tuesday was 'Teethday' in Windsor Class, as we investigated the different functions of the different teeth in our mouths, and made models out of clay to illustrate them.
Our writing for the next few weeks is based around Myths and Legends, and we will be writing our own! We have already developed our heroine/hero characters and our mythical beasts; next week we will look at the journey our hero takes and how they encounter and defeat the beast! The children are now familiar with several myths from around the world and throughout history, so we are very excited to see what elements make their way into their own stories.
Our WOW Day on Wednesday was great fun. We were challenged to put on a puppet show of Cave Baby as part of our Ancient Britons and Early People Inquiry.
We got into groups and sketched out a background for our scenery before wash painting it and adding detail with pen and pencil. Ms Hobbs took loads of photos, and some of us got a bit messy!
After lunch we made puppets out of envelopes and even made a leather costume for Cave Baby.
In the end we completed our challenge and performed to Edinburgh and Pembroke classes, who made a fantastic audience. Our WOW Day was spectacular!
We have had great fun this week getting to know each other and our teachers, Ms Hobbs and Mrs Arnold. We found out that PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays so we will need our kits in school for then. We also told each other truths and lies and learnt our first few words of Spanish.
Our homework goes out every Friday and is due in on Wednesdays. We will get our new Reading Records next week too.