50 club champions
Well done to these superstars who have achieved a certificate for smashing their times table challenge in under 3 minutes!
Congratulations to our new school councillors!
Would you live near a volcano?
This week in Topic, we looked at what life is is like for people who live near volcanoes. We weighed up the reasons for and against living near volcanoes and took part in a class debate arguing for both sides.
The Promise by Nicola Davies
In English, we have have continued to work on our descriptive writing through describing the grey and lifeless city setting in the picture book, "The Promise." We have looked at a range of features including: using senses, fronted adverbials, similes and personification. Children based their writing on the language and descriptions used in the book.
Take a look at some of our work below:
We have been using our summarising skills to create a story timeline:
In Maths this week, we continued extending our place value knowledge, representing numbers in different ways and plotting them on number lines. We have used our reasoning skills to explain how we know our answers are correct. To finish off the week, we practised reading and writing Roman Numerals to 100, using the Roman Numerals song to help us.
We have created hurricane pictures from the perspective of a satellite , using paint, string and cotton wool.
In Science, we have developed our understanding of states of matter by learning about the properties and particle formation of solids, liquids and gases. Kestrels sorted properties into the correct categories and acted out the particle formation of the different states in groups.
In Maths this week, we have extended our understanding of place value to 4-digit numbers. We have focused on showing numbers in different ways, using base 10 equipment, place value counters and part whole models. We have learnt how to count in 1000s and round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. We have also been extending our reasoning and problems solving skills by solving challenges and explaining how we know the answer is correct.
Can you solve any of these problems at home using your understanding of place value?
Challenge 2: Which is the odd one out? Explain why.
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
In English this week, we have based our learning on the picture book, 'Black Dog' by Levi Pinfold. We started the week by discussing and acting out the characters' thoughts and emotions at different parts of the story, shown by their reaction to the mammoth dog's visit. For the rest of the week, we worked on our descriptive writing, trying to include different language features to make our work effective e.g. expanded noun phrases, similes and powerful verbs. We also took part in thesaurus challenges to expand our vocabulary choices.
We really enjoyed our first gymnastics session this week! We did lots of different stretches and learnt how to balance in a bridge.
Kestrel Class rocks!
We have had a fantastic start to the new year in Kestrel Class. Children began the week by creating their own Class Charter, discussing their rights and responsibilities in the classroom. We then kick-started our 'Extreme Earth' Topic by exploring what is under our feet. Children went on a tour to the Earth's core and discussed what they could see in the Earth's layers.
On Thursday, we had our first Music lesson, beginning band practice on a variety of instruments with Mr Bellingham. We also started our new Science Topic, 'States of Matter' by identifying the properties of solids and liquids, before testing the vicosity of different liquids in a group investigation.
To finish off the week, we spent the morning practising our times tables and working on our fundamental skills with Mr Scott. We also enjoyed a Karate session at the end of the day. Take a look at our activities this week below...