Team CB Blog
The beautiful thing about learning is that it has no parameters. Everyone can teach someone something they did not know.
As our feet are now firmly settled back in Team CB, we have worked exceptionally hard to continue last weeks theme of being 'Evolutionary explorers'. In our Literacy, we have concluded our new bulletin broadcasts. We spent the latter part of the week rehearsing our scripts and then orally performed these. We even managed to record them using the Ipads, before using iMovie to edit and add news effects. The children loved showcasing their learning and the video footage was absolutely first class!
Meanwhile, in Maths we have concluded our work on division with the children now understanding and competently using the bus stop method to support them in solving division problems. What a fantastic achievement!
Elsewhere, this week we undertook a 'Mile Marathon' challenge in order to fund-raise for our upcoming trip to the Jorvik Centre. I must say, every member of the class was committed, enthusiastic and successful in their attempt! Well done Team CB!
Next week we are going to catapult ourselves back in time as we become Anglo Saxon journalists and try and capture the facts of an Anglo Saxon invasion on British soil as well as the opinions of people at the time. In Maths, we will be moving on to covering length, perimeter and area so once again there is plenty to keep us busy!
Thats all for now, check back soon!
What a week it has been for the Evolutionary Astronauts! As we bounced back into the classroom fully rested after a long Christmas break, we were soon busy and buzzing with a fantastic attitude towards learning.
This week we renamed ourselves the Evolutionary Explorers in honour of the way we have tackled and solved various challenges.
Our Maths learning this week has all been centered around division. We explored what division actually means and how we can show this practically. We used place value counters to illustrate the way larger numbers can be divided. This enabled us to clearly see how the process of carrying works in division as we often found ourselves exchanging remaining tens for ones.
Meanwhile, in Literacy we have taken on the role of news broadcasters this week. Our aim is to report on a story about an Anglo Saxon Coin discovery and how this has re-written history as we know it. The class have been very busy recording key information to help them write their bulletin next week. We have also been exploring the structure of a news broadcast in the hope of emulating this and recording our own news segments at the end of the week, Make sure you check back to see how we got on!
As you may have realised, a new term marks the start of a new topic, and this term is all about Anglo Saxon and Viking Britain. On Thursday, the class were visited by Dusty McBones, who claims to be an award-winning archaeologist, as she has been asked to create a programme all about the history of Britain but unfortunately is too busy researching the Romans to find time to learn about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. With this in mind, she popped in to see if Team CB would be able to help!
The class were eager to get underway with their learning and we have already explored how the Anglo Saxons created many of the place names we have in Britain. We looked at the word meanings and then used an interactive map to find evidence of Anglo Saxon place names. Once we had collected enough evidence, we then created some sign posts. These sign posts however needed to look authentic, so we wrote them in Anglo Saxon runes, as they did not use the same alphabet as us!
Elsewhere, we have also begun our new Science topic all about variation and classification. This week we explored what it means to be a 'living thing'. We thought hard about what we needed to survive and then learned the mnemonic MRS GREN to help us remember the seven life processes.
As you can see, we have clearly earnt the name Evolutionary Explorers this week as we have been non-stop involved, engaged and enthralled in our learning.
As we end the final day of term celebrating all our hard work, I sit and reflect on the progress that the class has already made in such a short space of time.
Over this term, we shown our resilience at approaching new challenges head on and with determination in our bellies. We have developed our awareness of key skills in Reading, Writing and Maths and have proven time and time again that we are always aiming to succeed.
As we move into Term 2, our curriculum shifts and we will be looking more closely at history, in particular the Anglo Saxon and Viking invasions. We will begin an exciting new computing project after the success of programming our interactive quizzes. During the next term, we will explore editing text and photos through a photo story pack and then progress into our E-safety unit. Our Science curriculum is also updated as we move away from 'States of Matter' and 'Electricity' and begin to look more closely at 'Variation and Classification' and 'Food Chains'.
With that, I would like to sign off by saying what a wonderful term it has been in Team CB. I hope everyone has a lovely break and I look forward to seeing eager faces ready to learn in the new year!
Where has time gone? Can it already be just 9 days until Christmas Day? I think Team CB have been so busy with all that they are learning that time has just whizzed on by!
This week, we have had the pleasure of developing our script writing skills to produce and perform a puppet show retelling the story of the Nativity to some of our Key Stage 1 children. To help us with the process we have used storyboards to document the key aspects of the Christmas story and then used this to inform our script. Every child is hard at work producing their play script and we are all so excited to perform this to the children next week!
Meanwhile, in Maths we investigated square numbers and physically created these using counters to make an array. We now understand where they get the name from! Towards the end of the week we have been looking at co-ordinates and how to read and plot these accurately. The class were fantastic at helping me create polygons using co-ordinates on a 2D grid.
In all this learning, we are steadily approaching the end of our geography topic all about Europe. The class have been adding the finishing touches to their silhouette landmark models during the afternoon and I must say they look so realistic! I will make sure to pop some pictures on so you can see what fantastic budding artists we have the pleasure of working with and supporting!
You may have heard Michael Rosen's 'We're going on a bear hunt' children's book, however this week Team CB didn't go for a bear hunt but instead a multiplication hunt!
After working hard all week with our fluency in multiplication, it was the time to dip into some mathematical reasoning and problem solving, and what better way to do that than with a hunt! Hidden around the classroom were various multiplication problems that the class had to solve. It featured arithmetic style questions and worded problems. It was the job of the class to independently solve these problems in order to crack the code. Each correct answer saw the children receive a letter which they would eventually have to unscramble to crack the Christmas code.
Each and every student was thoroughly engaged, motivated and eager to learn. It was a joy to watch! Most importantly, every single child managed to crack the code and prove they were true masters of multiplication!
FAB WORK EVOLUTIONARY ASTRONAUTS!
Meanwhile, this week I could not be more proud of the class' attitude towards writing their Christmas diaries. The writing they have produced is of an exceptional standard and will truly be a lovely piece of writing to look back on in years to come!
In Science this week, we have been learning all about switches. We have created our own and tested whether the position of the switch influences the way the circuit operates. We are almost ready to begin making our torches so make sure you check for updates!
December has finally arrived and in true Team CB style we have been the first to embrace the run up to Christmas! How? I hear you ask.
Well, over the coming two weeks we will be busy capturing our personal experience of Christmas in the form of a diary extract to make sure we have lasting memories of how we felt and what we did at Christmas time as a child.
The class are SO excited and keen to capture these truly magical moments, so we will be keeping hold of our diaries and popping them in a time capsule for the class to open some point in the future.
With that in mind, this week we have been busy exploring diaries and identifying their key features before planning out our Christmas Day sequence to support our writing. Make sure you check back for an update next week to see how we got on when we put pen to paper!
Elsewhere, in Maths we have been continuing our work in multiplication and getting to grips with the formal written method for various multiplication problems. It was wonderful to see how much progress we have already made with our times tables this year! Well done Team CB keep up the good work!
This week, the class have also been busy making their Christmas calendars and cards. I'm sure they will fetch a huge smile to special ones' faces.
Across school, it has been assessment week this week. The children have worked incredibly hard to demonstrate what they have learned so far this term and their attitude, to what can be a difficult task, was something to be proud of. Each child tried their best in every situation and should be thoroughly impressed by their achievements.
This week, we have also spent time focusing on anti-bullying as part of the nationwide campaign that is running this month. As a class, we have discussed key features of bullying, how to manage situations and most importantly why we feel so strongly about the message behind anti-bullying. In order to show our support to the 'All different, all equal' campaign, we all created our own jigsaw piece. We used this to show what makes us unique as individuals, before combining the pieces to show that all together we fit as one regardless of our differences or similarities.
To round up what has been another jam packed week, today Team CB are getting their artistic hats on as they continue to construct and design their European landmark models.
Next week we will be off on an orienteering trip around school to discover the countries of Europe. Make sure to check back to find out how we got on!
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