Our teacher is Miss Hannah Mansell and our teaching Assistant is Mrs Charlie Boardman.
This term, we have been learning how to effectively describe a setting. We have then applied this into our narrative writing and each child has written their own version of the story of The Snowman over a number of weeks. As part of this process, we have worked hard to ensure that we understand how to evaluate, assess and edit our own writing and the work of others. By using the works of Michael Morpurgo as inspiration, we have successfully written narratives which describe settings, characters and atmosphere whilst integrating dialogue to covey the characters feelings.
Our focus for maths this term has been all about fractions, fractions and more fractions! We have noticed how important it is to have a secure knowledge of all our times tables and division facts. Without this, it’s quite tricky! Some of the skills we have learnt include: simplifying fractions, finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying and dividing fractions, converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions and vice versa. We have used different methods to help us become successful at this including using manipulatives, bar modelling, creating visual diagrams as well as creating and using success criteria.
We have been learning about inheritance and evolution. We will be continuing with our monthly science walk throughout the year.
We have been studying different religious symbols and how symbolism is used in Christianity.
Our Jigsaw topic this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’.
Our geography topic has been ‘Extreme Earth’. We have been learning about physical geography including earthquakes and volcanoes.
We will be using our Music Scheme of Work. We will also dedicate lots of this term to practising songs from our forthcoming production of ‘Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie!’
Our PE topics this term are Tag Rugby, Netball and Quad Kids Athletics. Our PE days are Monday’s and Thursday’s. Please have your kit on these days and ensure that it is weather appropriate – we will go outside as much as we can!
Our learning is based around using SCRATCH.
Learner of the Week
Congratulations go to… Harry! Well done for a fantastic terms worth of home learning on Mathletics!
Bronze – Hayden
Silver – Euan, Warren, Cameron
Gold – Hannah
Super gold – Gabriel
Super star – Charlie, Katie
Katya, Charlie, Hayden, Gabriel, Harry D, Lily
Children will be set Matheltics tasks each week and from January, children will also be sent home with an arithmetic paper each week. These will be set on a Wednesday, with an expectation that these will be completed (and brought into school) the following Wednesday. It is important that children continue to learn and consolidate their knowledge of multiplication and division facts.
Every Monday, children are sent home with a reading comprehension to complete. The expectation is that this should be finished and brought into school on Thursday. It is imperative that the children have their homework on this day as we go through it together and without it, they are unable to join in properly with this valuable learning process.
In terms of reading, the children should be reading 5 times a week for a minimum of 10 minutes a time. We encourage children to read with their parents or trusted adult to ensure that their reading is accurate. Please ask children questions about the text they have been reading – this will help them so much! Please sign their homework diary each time they read.
Each child has been given a login for SPAG.com where a range of activities will be set for the children each week. Again, these will also be set on a Wednesday and need to be completed by the following Wednesday.
From term 3, we will have a Maths Passports box in our classroom. Remember to put your passport in the box if there is something you feel you have achieved. Next to each skill, there are three columns to date (MM/YY). The first box is for the pupil to date when they think they have achieved the skill. The second box is for an adult at home to date when they have seen the child achieve this skill. The third box is for the teacher to use when they have verified that the skill has been achieved. If your passport is in the box, we will be able to verify that you have achieved that skill and tick it off!