Year 3 have been busy busy busy…

This week Year 3 have been hands-on investigators in science! We have tested different types of rocks to explore their physical properties (hardness, permeability, magnetism and formation).
In Geography we have deepening our knowledge of continents and locating European countries.
We have been using the film Ice Age to inspire our writing this week, developing character studies. We have used the most appropriate adjectives and explored a range of conjunctions to develop sentences.   Next week we are looking forward to developing our own characters.
In Maths we have been exploring a range of methods to subtract a one digit from a three digit number. We are becoming much more confident using these methods and explaining our understanding. ​

Animal madness!

Another fabulous week of learning in Year One!

In English we have been building on our letter writing skills replying to our friend Panda, inspired by the focus text ‘Dear Panda’ by Miriam Latimer!

In line with our ‘Zoo’ topic we have also been using ‘The Animal Boogie’ to think about animal movements and describe them using the -ing suffix e.g. Swinging, roaring, stomping. Alongside this we have been using animal names to look at how to change a word from singular to plural.

As part of our Maths work we have been exploring “teen” numbers, thinking about how many tens and ones each has. We have been using tens frames to represent these numbers and discussing how a tens frame can show us whether a number is bigger or smaller than ten.

Please remember to check book bags on Friday as the children will be receiving their first piece of homework for Year One. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to sharing them!

Here are some pictures from this week:

Year One Discoverers

Year One Voyagers

 

First week back!

Voyagers and Discoverers have had a wonderful first few days in their new classes! We have been so impressed with how well they have adapted to Year 1 and their new learning environments.

In English, we have been focusing on the ‘smart name’ for each letter of the alphabet and applying this to painting our very own animal alphabet for the classroom!
In Maths we have been learning the months of year through song. We worked together to create a class birthday chart and used this to make comparisons between amounts.
In Science we have been taking part in group discussions and sharing about what we already know about animals before our topic commences! We have also been thinking about what we would like to find out about animals to direct our learning.

As a WOW for our ‘Animal’ topic this half term, the children (and staff, of course) are very excited for their first Year 1 trip to Blackpool Zoo! We look forward to seeing you on Monday 🙂

Miss O’Brien and Miss Wilks

Year 3 Sharks transition day

It has been lovely to get to know the children a bit more today!

We stared the day with how we can persuade people to read and enjoy reading by creating quotes to display in our new reading area. After this, the children wrote a message in a bottle because they were stranded on a desert island. The children also completed a maths activity involving partitioning numbers and this afternoon ordered periods of history on a timeline. We’ve realised that compared to all the previous years there have ever been, the children haven’t been around for very long at all!

Im looking forward to teaching Sharks fully in September!

Year 4 – Measure

In Maths we have been exploring measure including weight, length and volume.

We started by having a go at measuring items and getting a good feel for what things weigh and what different lengths look like. We looked at all different units that can be used to measure.

Once we got a feel for the units and what things feel and look like we then did two mini projects – one on length then one on weight.  We chose items around school to estimate the length and weight of.  Using a variety of equipment we measured them and then finally we used our multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 skills to convert the measurements.

All pupils have made great progress in this area and have worked very hard.

When you are at home or out and about have a go at estimating and measuring things 🙂

We’re going on a shape hunt!

This week Nursery have been learning the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt!’ by Michael Rosen – a firm favourite amongst the many stories we have explored this year!
As part of our maths work, we have been focusing on shape. We explored the corridors, the classroom and the outdoors to see how many shapes we could spot in the environment. The children were encouraged to use lots of language to describe what they saw 🙂

Take a look at what we found!