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The class has worked really hard this week, and most have had to step out of their comfort zones as part of, 'It's my life...'. They have been researching an inspirational person of their choice and have created a speech, written as if they are that famous person. In computing the children have excelled in creating Powerpoint presentations about their chosen person. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week our classroom was alive with presentations from some truly inspirational people! The children did a great job in their presentations and were even able to answer questions from the audience!
We have been embracing the lovely weather at Castle this week and using the field as much as possible which has made breaktimes and lunchtimes a wonderful opportunity to get some fresh air and expend some energy! Back in the classroom Yarmouth have written some sensational stories taking inspiration from some magical orbs placed in a very grand looking library! In maths we have started looking at angles and the children have been working hard to perfect their skills in using a protractor. Our Inquiry this week focused on creating decorative clay sculptures with a pot incorporated somewhere in the design. In science the children experienced with first hand examples how plants are pollinated by the wind and other animals, in addition to bees. Thursday saw an afternoon of celebration with the Royal Wedding special lunch and an afternoon of wedding themed activities!
The children received some important letters to take home today. Please ensure they have passed them on to you.
It's been a fun four days in Yarmouth this week! Everyone came back well rested from the bank holiday weekend! We set about learning the importance of commas in our work and looked at some hilarious sentences where the meaning completely changed dependent on the commas! The children have managed to think of some of their own clever sentences which we plan to make into a book next week. In maths we have continued with our work on decimals and stretched our brains to think about 'crossing the whole'. We not only worked on our coding skills this week in computing but also spent an afternoon focusing on how to stay safe using the internet and apps on our phones.
This week the children have been very successful scientists and have conducted their first flower dissections! They were really focused and, using magnifying glasses, were very technical in identifying all the different parts of a flower... right down to the tiny ovules! In English the children created some hilarious rhyming poems connected to our spelling pattern for the week and wrote some wonderful stories imagining that their paper mache creation came to life! In Maths the children have been working every day to improve their skills in using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and on Friday made posters with individualised tips to help them even further. With a coat of PVA glue and some marker pens to add extra detail our paper mache artworks are finally complete and look fantastic! Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend everyone!
It's been another busy week in Yarmouth! Our writing has focussed around a short and very entertaining video about meerkats! The children have created some fantastic dialogue between the characters; they have written a character description about the evil vulture and have begun an extended piece of writing - creating a sequel! In maths the children have been looking at adding and subtracting decimals to one. The children have been making connections and pattern spotting with number bonds to 10 and 100 which has been really helpful to their learning! The children began computer programming this week and are storming ahead developing their skills! In science the children have deepened their knowledge and understanding of the different parts of a flower needed for pollination and fertilisation, ready for a dissection next week! Our paper mache creations got a coat of paint and are almost finished!
This week our classroom has been a creative hub! On Monday the children finished the paper mache layers needed for their WOW day creations. They have waited patiently all week for the artworks to dry and look forward to painting them next week. The children created some fantastic instructional texts linked to our WOW Day. First they wrote an instructional text about how to make their artworks and explained the process. In their second instructional text the children thought more about the skills and qualities they needed to possess at the different stages of the process. There was lots of creative writing as children wrote about using 'a sprinkling of resilience' or a 'handful of patience' at different stages in their artworks. In maths the children have continued with their journey into decimals and learning how to order decimals. In science the children have started exploring and learning about the life cycle of plants, beginning with learning about the different parts of a flower.
The children have returned from the holidays renewed and revived. It’s been a week filled with playscripts, wedding research and some very messy activities! In English the children worked to either perfect their skills in using direct speech correctly or create playscripts demonstrating their skills to advance the story using dialogue. Thursday saw some fantastic performances of the playscripts to the class! The children have been excited to learn about the upcoming royal wedding and have been interested to find out some of the finer details including costings of the event! In Maths the children are working to deepen their understanding of decimals as well as increasing their speed in solving arithmetic questions. Friday was a big day, starting with a messy morning with our WOW Day… and some very creative paper mache artworks; our final swimming session in the afternoon (due to a cancellation last term because of the snow) and finishing with the school disco!
This week was off to a snowy start but the Easter holidays are now upon us! It’s been a busy four days, rounding up our Science unit on Forces and finishing our Inquiry into ‘What’s on our Planet?’. The children have shown some great independent research skills and have answered some big questions about the future of our planet by looking into non-renewable energy sources. In Maths our focus has moved onto decimals and in English the children demonstrated some great independent story writing. Have a wonderful Easter break!
This week has gone with a bang! All around the world people have been celebrating Science Week and, at Castle, Tuesday was Science Day across the school! We started the day with a fantastic assembly where the children saw an exciting 'Elephants' Toothpaste' experiment and switched their brains on for a day of scientific thinking! In the classroom we learnt about the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott and then set about trying to free Lego men trapped in the ice! The children were excellent rescuers and planned various methods to help to melt the ice using no tools, only their bodies! We had a 100% success rate and all Lego men survived! In the afternoon the children learnt lots about the importance of volcanoes to our planet's survival and enjoyed watching some footage of real eruptions. The children have also been busy this week demonstrating what they have learnt so far this year through a variety of assessments to help inform and direct our lessons. Friday was the last swimming session for the children and they celebrated with some free time in the pool!
From next term we will be having PE on a Friday in place of swimming so don't forget your PE kit (in school every day, please)!
At last we got to celebrate World Book Day and the children looked fantastic dressed up as their favourite book characters! We have also been learning lots about fractions this week: equivalence, simplifying and adding and subtracting. We have been looking at non-chronological reports and the children have been creating some fabulous books about their own particular areas of expertise! In Inquiry we have started to explore how humans are affecting our planet and the children are interested to learn more about global warming and climate change. The children may also have been working on a small surprise to take home to share with someone special in their family this weekend!
It's been a short week this week with two whole snow days! I hope you all have a wonderful time enjoying this wintery weather!
The children have come back to school buzzing with excitement at the new delivery in the library. Before the holidays the children wrote letters to companies asking for money for some new books for our school and it worked! Our classroom has been a hub of readers and the children did really well in our Accelerated Reader 'giant' quiz on Thursday which is used to help determine an Accelerated Reader book level. The results show all their reading is really helping them to make progress! In maths we have been exploring fractions all week and investigating equivalent fractions in different forms. In literacy and Inquiry we have been researching the Arctic and transforming ourselves into travel writers to create magazine articles persuading people to visit the Arctic.
Yarmouth have been busy this week celebrating National Storytelling Week! We started the week writing some sensational stories and thinking about why people tell stories. Throughout the week we have developed our storytelling skills and on Friday we spent some time with the children in Corfe telling them the stories we had created. In maths we finished our topic on multiplication and division and worked together as a class to solve an investigation about a very complicated decatree! In Inquiry we thought about some of the overarching reasons as to why Cape Town will run out of water in April and we learnt a very catchy song to recap on the correct terminology to refer to the water cycle. We had another fantastic time at swimming, ready to relax now at film night!
What a week in Yarmouth! The children as a class have really pulled together this week, we've seen great results as a class in the amount of words the children have read based on our class's accelerated reader results. So far this term the children have read in total 1.6 million words! Our goal is 2 million before the next school holiday! The children worked really well in cooperative teams conducting their parachute experiments in science. They were again brilliant participants in our session on Wednesday with the school nurses where the children learnt the importance of relaxation. In maths they have been powering through division, constantly making connections back to their learning in multiplication. The week ended on a big high with amazing feedback from staff and members of the public regarding their first swimming session! The children showed amazing determination, perseverance and big improvements in their swimming skills! They were also fantastic role models in how sensibly they walked and behaved on the way to and from the pool. Great work Yarmouth!
The children have worked really hard in maths this week to understand the meaning behind square numbers and as a whole class we took on some deep investigations to stretch our mathematical thinking! We also talked about the importance of practicing our times tables at home to help support our learning. In English we have been thinking about how to plan a persuasive piece of writing, looking at strong and weak ideas and how to elaborate on a point. For our last indoor PE session for a few months (swimming starts next week) we focused on developing our circus skills as jugglers, hula hoopers and skippers! In science we began to plan and make parachutes for our investigation into air resistance. On Wednesday we had another fantastic session with the school nurses who came into teach about feelings.
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