Month: September 2018
Flat Earth Theory Disproved!
Court was in session in Year 5 as the trial of several pupils accused of claiming that not only was the Earth roughly spherical, but that it revolves around the Sun, came to a close. In a sensational conclusion, Year 5 successfully defended their clients. Gathering witness evidence from Phoenician sailors to demonstrate that the surface of the Earth must be curved they then used expert testimony from Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler to prove that the Sun must be at the centre of the Solar System. Summing up, Judge Fishwick congratulated Year 5 on their “use of scientific evidence to prove their theories.”
What fantastic story tellers we have. The children re-told the story of The Three Little Pigs following a story map and added actions. Can you re-tell the story?
We have sequenced the beginning, middle and end of this story and used the story language ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Happily ever after’. Today we came in to find that Mr Muddles, our mischievous monkey, had rubbed out the end of the story map so we had to write a new ending.
The big bad wolf chased the little pigs round to their brother’s house.
“Little pigs little pigs let me in,” growled the wolf.
“Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin” said the pigs.
“Please can I come in,” pleaded the wolf “I won’t eat you, I’m a nice wolf.”
When the pigs opened the door and he gave them a toothy smile …
and gobbled them up!
The wolf ate the pigs too quickly and threw them up.
The three little pigs ran, as fast as they could, back to Mummy’s house where they lived happily ever after.
Year 3 have been investigating reflection by making periscopes. We had fun spying on each other. We then looked at symmetrical shapes and how a light reflected across the angles.
Reception have used different shapes to build houses for the Three Little Pigs and the big, bad, wolf! There were lots of extensions added to their designs so that the wolf could fit in too!
The children practiced their building skills, using hammers and nails, to create shape pictures and their fine motor skills using bands and geoboards.
The children have really enjoyed investigating number and have explored different methods to count accurately. We are beginning to match the numerals to amount of objects. and love the number formation rhymes (number formation rhymes).
What a fabulous sight to see, lots of children engaged in literacy. The children have been totally engaged in the reading area, talking about pictures in their chosen books and asking each other questions.
This week we have been looking for the letters s, a, t and p. Can you spot any in your environment?
Year 2 are currently exploring the properties of materials. In this lesson we evaluated different fabrics to see which would be best for making a waterproof tent. We also found that we could improve the waterproofness of fabrics by rubbing wax on to them.
Autumn Term: Who’s Marching into Britain?
Welcome to Year 4 and our first theme of the year: ‘Who’s Marching into Britain?’ We will be learning about Iron Age Britain and the lasting impact of the Roman invasion of the country. Please find below details about what we will be covering in literacy, maths and theme lessons over the next half term. We always welcome parents input into our work in school so if you have any resources at home or you have an interest in the subjects we are covering then do please let us know.
The Romans will be inspiring our literacy work as the children explore punctuation, grammar and effective writing through Roman stories and myths. Year 4 will also be looking at William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar with a focus on writing plays and interpreting stories through drama. We will also be looking in more detail at describing characters and settings as well as the structure of stories.
In maths we are extending our understanding of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; developing more efficient written methods of calculation as well as mental approaches. We will be looking at the properties of 2D shapes, discovering ways of sorting them, as well as increasing our understanding of symmetry. Year 4 will also look at handling data, exploring different ways of presenting data as graphs in close connection with our science learning. We will also be looking at Roman numerals alongside our current theme.
This half term we are looking at the states of matter – solids, liquids and gases – and the changes from one state to another. We will be investigating melting, evaporation and other processes as well as learning about how thermometers work and using them to measure changes in temperature. In the second half of the term we will be exploring sound including how sounds are made and how we hear them.
The focus this term will be on history as we investigate what Roman Britain was like and how it affected the people living there. We will be looking at what made the Roman army so successful and seeing what it is like to be archaeologists. We will learn more about life in Roman Britain, as well as exploring the Roman’s feats of construction and the legacy they left behind. We will also be doing lots of Art and Design based on the Romans, including making mosaics and interpreting Roman-inspired music.
Miss Hahlo and Mrs Ray.
Our first full week of having all the children in has been lots of fun. They have been busy exploring the different areas and getting to know each other.
Do All Materials Conduct?
We did science learning about whether all materials are conductors. We used some wires to light up the light-bulb and used different materials to see if it did light up the bulb or not. We used: metal, wood, plastic, a paperclip and a metal coin. We found out that a metal coin can light the bulb and that plastic can’t light up a bulb. Wood can’t light up a bulb but a metal paperclip can light the bulb.
Written by the Year 3 & 4 scientists in LB2.