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This week in Yarmouth the children have been continuing to learn about multiplication including some of the associated vocabulary. They conducted a whole class investigation to identify all the prime numbers between 1-100. In English the children are beginning to look at persuasive writing and wrote some excellent letters to Mrs Wake asking her to ban homework! Friday was our WOW Day and the children created some amazing artworks of different natural environments on our planet. They dug deep to consider if the Earth was alive and began to think about what causes things, eg why do earthquakes happen? There was also an exciting assembly led by the Dogs Trust which educated the whole school about safety around dogs.
The class has returned well rested and raring to go! In maths this week the children have been exploring the concept of multiplication and were able to identify a range of strategies to use to help them solve a problem if they don't know their times tables yet. In English they have created interesting recounts about their holidays, wonderful poems about themselves and examined and reflected on the progress made in learning their spellings in Terms 1 and 2. Some realised it may be more beneficial for them to complete one spelling activity every evening as part of their homework to help in learning and retaining their spelling words. In Science the children started a new unit. Driven by a video of a meteorite in the sky, the children are motivated to become Forces Experts to help understand more about our world.
It has been wonderful to see the children reading so many new books, many of which they told me they received as Christmas presents! Fantastic! The children have been introduced to a new programme we are using in Key Stage 2 called Accelerated Reader which has 'quizzes' for the children to complete about the books they have been reading. Already this week a number of children have taken the quizzes, using the iPads, and really enjoyed them!
The children had a fun, festive and very creative last week of term! Starting with a bang on Monday with a double Christmas Carol performance it was evident that all the hard work the children had put in paid off! They all did an amazing job, well done! The children spent part of the week sharing all they had learnt about Earth and Space with brilliant results. It was also the end of our inquiry into the Vikings and the children answered some big questions demonstrating their understanding of the Vikings contribution to British history and their impact on our society today. The children spent much of the week creating some festive masterpieces: an optical illusion calendar using tessellations in the style of Escher, a Guess Who Christmas card and a 3D Christmas tree with all the decorations!
I wish you all a wonderful break and look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 2nd January.
The children have been fantastic during our Christmas songs rehearsals this week. On Wednesday the children created some props for the performance and demonstrated some brilliant creativity and construction skills! Friday was our dress rehearsal and KS1 came to watch! The children looked wonderful and did an amazing job! They are excited about Monday with two performances in one day! Looking forward to seeing you all there! Please organise tickets through the Office if you have not already done so.
Aside from seasonal songs, the children have been working hard typing up and formatting their newspaper reports on the computers. They spent some time looking over what went well and what didn't go so well in their maths assessments from last week and used it as a great learning opportunity. The children have also been wrapping up their learning about Earth and Space and the Vikings.
It's been a busy week in Yarmouth and the children have spent much of the week demonstrating what they have learned so far in Year 5 in reading, writing and maths. In English they wrote recounts on some really interesting topics such as 'A time when I was really brave..' or 'My most embarrassing moment'. Additionally, the children have used the iPads throughout the week to participate in the Sumdog maths competition and to complete quizzes on their comprehension skills. In Science they started to explore and learn about the planets in our solar system. The children are still continuing with their Earth pompoms and have done a fabulous job getting into the spirit for our Christmas Class Songs performance!
This week on Monday in PE we were playing a game called Dodge Ball but you have to hit the net when you're team wins. On Tuesday we were making these Earth pom poms which was really hard with green and white and blue wool. On Wednesday we started to plan our newspaper reports about an accident. On Thursday we were doing Spanish about animals. On Friday we played a game called Sumdog which is a maths game. By JC
The children have had another busy and exciting week! We began the week with game of Jeopardy to test our skills in identifying different grammatical features. The children have been working really hard to carefully assess their writing and check to see if it includes all the features of a recount. The children have been passionate to share their recounts and we have heard many interesting tales of near death experiences, first time experiences and some amazing sounding holidays! On Wednesday we changed into reporters and starting thinking about creating impersonal recounts such as newspaper reports. The children have been really excited to learn lots of new vocabulary to help with their writing and make their reports sound like they have been written by professional journalists! In maths we have been learning about column addition and subtraction, starting with the meaning of the word column! The children have been working really hard to develop their cooperative learning skills and participated in a cup pyramid challenge on Tuesday and worked to uncover the magic path in our PE lesson on Friday. On Wednesday we went outside in Science to test out why the moon and the sun look about the same size from Earth when we know that the sun is so much bigger! By Miss Stephens.
This week in Yarmouth we have been playing educational games on the iPads. In maths we have been solving number problems and think with quick strategies. Every Tuesday Mrs Adams will be taking a group cooking. In Inquiry we have been looking at Viking houses and doing some research on the iPads. By SO
This week has been really fun. In PE we have been playing football and we kicked the ball. to each other. In Maths we have been learning addition and subtraction. We have been learning how to work out calculations in our heads. With Ms Hobbs we have learned how to say numbers 1 to 12 in Spanish.
In Inquiry we have been learning about longships and how they are made. Did you know the mast was made from a single tree trunk? In Science we have been learning about the moon and how it has different shapes every night. By EH
This week in Yarmouth we have...
Spanish: We have been learning the colours, for example: rojo - red (pronounced ro-ho), azul - blue (pronounced ah-sul).
Maths: We have been working on Roman numerals and how to decipher codes. We also worked out that one of the longest numbers between 1-1000 is 888 - DCCCLXXXVIII
English: We are writing some of our own Viking myths that we planned earlier this week. We have also been working up to being able to teach the Year 3s about fronted adverbials. By GB
This week on Thursday it was 'Balloons around the World ' day. We made our own hot air balloons. I loved building the basket because when it was stuck on it looked ready to take off! In English we looked at opening paragraphs and sentences and started to write our own for a Viking myth. In Inquiry we made our own frightening Viking profiles. In PE we were doing challenges in teams including the Lava Pit! See you in the next blog! By LE
A message from Miss Stephens - Pupil of the Week was not awarded this week due to our special Harvest Assembly. However I feel the whole of Yarmouth have been superstars this week! You demonstrated enormous resilience whilst making the hot air balloons and did an amazing job to persevere, not give up and help and support each other. Well done everyone, the balloons look fantastic!
This week in Yarmouth we started making our own Vikings in Inquiry. We even found proper Viking names. In Science we learnt about the how the Earth orbits the sun and how the moon orbits the Earth. In English we made our own myths. In PE we played basketball. By RW
This week we have been doing lots of fun things! One amazing thing we didn’t know we could do was Algebra which is cool! We have also done our first Science lesson on Earth and Space and that was really fun! The best thing I’ve enjoyed this week is Myths and Legends because we have been learning so much about the gods and I like it a lot! By IE
This week has been so much fun in Yarmouth. We have been lucky enough to have the best teacher ever, Miss Stephens. In Maths we have been sorted into groups: Spheres, Triangular Prisms, and the Dodecahedrons. We have learnt a lot and all of us have had so much fun learning about number lines! In English we have been watching myths and jotting down the features; it is so fun. We have our WOW Day on Tuesday which was all about Vikings. We played a game where you had to get your boat/mat to the other side of the hall using your legs but not touching the floor. It was hard but we all got there; it was the best. We designed shields and painted them, and took a picture on the field. By AM
It’s has been a fantastic first week in Yarmouth! The children have returned to school excited and ready to learn. We have spent the week reflecting on our hopes and dreams for the year; creating expectations for the class to help make the classroom an optimal learning environment, and finding out exactly what we know and understand to guide our learning this term. We have also been thinking about our book choices and have been enthusiastic to spend time evaluating the range of strategies we use as readers.
Thank you to those parents/carers I have already met for welcoming me so warmly. I look forward to meeting everyone else as soon as possible. Miss Stephens