The children enjoyed a fantastic four day stay in Hathersage. We played games, went on a night walk, visited the grave of Little John, walked up Stanage Edge, did orienteering and a stream study. We also visited a dairy farm on the final day and enjoyed an ice cream made using the milk from the dairy. We hope you enjoy the photos below from our amazing residential.
This week in English we have been planning, drafting, editing and producing the final draft for our informal letters. We have written in first person from the view point of our class book's main character, Arthur. We have included details from the story and described parts of his adventures.
This week in Maths, we have been multiplying fractions. We looked at multiplying a fraction by an integer and then looked at multiplying two mixed number fractions together. We then moved on to finding the fraction of a given amount.
This week in R.E. we learnt about the key Islamic figure Malala Yousafzai. We learnt about her story and discussed the commitment she showed to her religion and education. We found out what impact she has had on education for girls and then ordered the main events of her life on a timeline.
This week in Computing, we have learnt about a Network and learned the basics of how a Network functions. We then used drama to recreate what happens in a Network when retrieving a file.
This week in Geography, we have been learning how to accurately use a compass. We learnt about the points on a compass, how a compass works and then we had to direct our partners around the classroom using compass directions.
This week in English, we have been learning about the features of an informal letter. We identified the features, thought of examples for each feature and linked these features to our class book by imagining what Arthur would write in an informal letter to Atrix. This will help us next week when we write a letter to Atrix.
In Maths this week, we have been subtracting fractions. We first looked at subtracting fractions with the same denominator, moving on to converting the denominators to ensure they were the same before subtracting. We ended the week with subtracting two, mixed number fractions.
This week in Geography, we learnt about the symbols that you would find on an Ordnance Survey Map. We identified the symbols, learnt about their meaning and then completed a sorting activity, matching the symbol to its correct meaning.
In Science this week, we learnt about the changes that occur during old age. We played a true or false game to learn what the facts about growing old are and what are the myths about old age. We then created an informative poster about the changes that occur as we grow older.
In R.E this week, we learnt about the meaning of commitment. We thought about our own commitments and linked this to the commitments that religious people might have. We then created a min map outlining all the things we are committed too.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to add fractions. We have focused on adding fractions that have the same denominator and then moved on to fractions that have common denominators. We also converted improper fractions to mixed number fractions if our answer was greater than one whole.
This week in English we have been learning about our new Class book 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. We made a prediction based on the front cover, then read and recapped the story in a story board and used a dictionary to check the meaning of any words we found hard to understand. We also used drama to help us become more familiar with the characters in the book.
This week in Geography, we looked at using an Atlas and learnt about all the different symbols and their meaning on an Ordnance Survey Map. We located Europe, the U.K. and Worksop on the map and compared Worksop to other areas, looking at rivers, canals, hospitals and how hilly the area was.
This week in Science, we have looked at the different stages of human development. We learnt about the prenatal, infant, childhood, adolescents, middle age and old age stages of life. We learnt about how we change physically at each stage and what our capabilities are at each stage of human development.
We were very happy to receive the Attendance Trophy for our 100% attendance last week!
Well done Macaw Class
WC 27th January
This week in English, we have been using features of a narrative to build up to writing our own story based on our class focus 'The Saga of Biorn'. We have been making predictions, using dialogue, applying descriptive techniques and creating characters and settings.
In Maths, we have been continuing our learning on multiplication and short division. We are recapping our learning and using short division to solve problems. We then completed our end of unit test.
This week in Science, we learnt about metamorphosis in animals. We learnt about the life cycle of insects and amphibians and discussed the changes they go through in their life time.
In History, we looked at daily life as a Viking. We discussed their home life, how they built their houses and what materials they used, what animals and crops they farmed, what clothes they wore and life as a Viking child. We created a settlement image outlining all the main aspects of Viking life.
WC 20th January
This week in English we have looked at story features and looked at retelling a known tale. We used a 'Story Mountain' to outline the main areas of a story and then looked at our new class focus ' The Saga of Biorne'. We looked at the introduction and tried to recall as much information as we could from the excerpt. We then wrote a setting and character description based on a Viking and Viking Settlement.
This week in Maths we have focused on a recap of long and short multiplication and then moved on to short division. We used our times table knowledge to help us use the formal written method correctly.
In Computing this week we were looking at coding and its meaning. We learnt about different codes and short cuts and then used these instructions to guide our partner around the classroom.
WC 13th January
This week in English we have been writing a recount based on our school trip to Perlethorpe. We learnt a lot of facts about Vikings and took part in many fun activities such as making a settlement, dressing as a Viking, making jewellery, making flour and playing Viking games. We recalled our activities writing in paragraphs including an introduction and conclusion.
This week in Maths we have been looking at multiplying 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using short multiplication. We focused on using and applying our times table knowledge to work out each stage of the multiplication.
This week in History we have been comparing two Anglo-Saxon Kings; King Alfred the Great and King Athelstan. We learnt about both Kings and then discussed which one we thought was the best King and why.
W/C 6th January
This week in English, we have been learning about the features of a recount. We have learnt about technical language, time conjunctions, fronted adverbials and the features of an introduction and conclusion in a recount. This will help us to write a recount about our trip to Perlethorpe next Monday.
This week in Maths, we have been looking at multiplication. We recapped the grid method and learnt new methods, such as short multiplication and area models. We enjoyed using the short multiplication and focused on this to solve a range of multiplication problems. We also enjoyed using area models to solve problems and felt that the visuals helped us to understand the problems.
This week in History, we learnt about the first Viking Invasion. We created a timeline to outline the key dates in Viking history and started to learn some of the key names in Viking history, such as King Ethelred and King Alfred. We loved learning about the battles and gruesome history and we are looking forward to learning more about the Vicious Vikings.
This week in Science we recapped the parts of a flower and how these parts aid the reproduction of plants. We learnt about the scientific name and function of each part and used this information to create an information card in our books.
Our Spring Term topic will be 'Vicious Vikings'. Where did the Vikings come from? Where and why did they invade and settle? Why did they leave Scandinavia? How do we know about them? We will also be developing our geographical skills through our residential trip to Hathersage.
Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:
Geography and History: In our Geography lessons, we will be securing our map-reading skills and participating in stream studies. We will explore the outdoors through orienteering courses and participate in fieldwork studies. Our History lessons will focus on the Viking era.
Art and Design Technology: As part of our creative learning this term, we will be creating woodland pictures and replicating the sounds of the stream. We will demonstrate Viking battle re-enactments and creating shields and Viking longboats.
R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about the Islamic faith and the meaning behind their stories.
Science: 'Living Things and their Habitats' and 'Animals (Including Humans)' are the two themes for our science lessons. We will describe the differences in life cycles and recognise the changes as humans develop to old age.
Computing: During the Spring Term, we will develop our coding skills and practise these skills using new coding applications and websites.
Music: During the Spring Term, we will be continuing to learn how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band with Mr Bellingham.
P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott where we will be developing the skills needed to play lacrosse and tennis. We will also be continuing with our weekly swimming session, as well as a weekly Karate session with Sensei Slaney.
French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.
Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, we participate in a range of activities with different teachers. We will also be showcasing our learning to the school community.