Team CB Blog
The beautiful thing about learning is that it has no parameters. Everyone can teach someone something they did not know.
Team CB are just bursting with excitement at the incredible writing they have produced this week! As part of their ongoing learning, the class have spent this week writing their own story based around crash landing on an undiscovered planet. I have had a sneak peek and the results are incredible! The language choices, varied sentences, use of various punctuation all work in harmony to create some truly exceptional pieces of writing!
This writing is too good to miss out on so we will make sure some are put up in the classroom next week for you to cast your eyes over. You won't be disappointed.
In Maths, we have looked in closer detail at our multiplication and division facts to develop the rate and which we can recall these randomly. The children have worked hard to see links between multiplication and division through fact families and various physical and pictorial representations.
In our Science, we have been busy exploring the order and size of the planets and how they orbit the Sun. We reproduced the Solar System to scale by calculating the distance between planets and representing this through sheets of paper with a scale of 40,000,000km per sheet. We then had to research sizes of planets and order them before we selected the appropriate fruit to illustrate the planet. As a class, we then went outside to lay this out to scale and discuss the movements of the planets and the link between the closer the planet the shorter the orbit. Check out our pictures below.
In what has been another incredibly busy week, Team CB have been busy taking on new learning challenges. This week, the class have been hard at work solving worded problems related to the four operations and with some great success. The class solved a range of 1, 2 and even 3 step problems! WOW! As individuals, we had to think carefully about the key information in the question and what operation we would need to use as a result. The class then carried out the procedure and checked using the inverse.
In Literacy, we have had some rather shocking news. We imagined that Tim Peake never returned from his Space Mission, but instead was sucked into a black hole and transported to an alternate, undiscovered planet! To create a truly gripping story, we have been busy reading WAGOLL'S and then planning our own storyline. I must say, I can not wait to read them they sound fantastic already!
As we continue with our RE this week, we have been busy exploring the Sikh holy place of worship and the different features of a Gurdwara. The class were so engaged in their learning and had so many questions around the topic! It was lovely to see.
Our egg experiment also concluded this week, where we had been busy testing which liquid would be most harmful to teeth. The results of our investigation showed that it was in fact Vinegar!
Where has time gone? I can't quite believe that we are half way through this half term! As this week celebrates the Tour de Yorkshire, I thought it appropriate to give you a whistle stop tour of our learning this week.
In Maths, we have been busy consolidating our learning on fractions and decimals. This has been topic that has stretched and challenged the class but I am thrilled to say they have ALWAYS performed to their best and shown commitment at every turn! The class were able to see the progress they have made and each child was able to positively identify three aspects of learning they now feel more secure in from this unit. Well done Team CB!
Our literacy work has seen us draft, edit, up level and publish our letters to Tim Peake. You will be please to know they are now sat on my desk ready to be popped in an envelope and posted. Fingers crossed we get a response!
In Science this week, we have taken on the challenge of exploring tooth decay. As a class we have created our own scientific enquiry into which liquids cause most damage to our teeth. The class were incredibly excited and have been so eager to check the tubs! Check out our images below to see what we have been up to. We will be checking these over the coming days to see how over time the condition of our teeth deteriorates with certain liquids.
As you all enjoy the Tour de Yorkshire this evening, I look forward to seeing the Evolutionary Astronauts on Tuesday where we will face new challenges with our fantastic attitude to learning!
Did you know Team CB are hosting a Space celebration later in the school year? If you didn't you do now and hopefully so will Tim Peake very shortly!
This weeks literacy focus has been all around persuasive letter writing. Early in the week, we received a letter from Mrs Lawson asking us to confirm information regarding our celebration so that the School Diary could be updated. In her letter she suggested inviting an inspiring scientist to attend. After thinking long and hard, Team CB decided we would write a letter inviting Tim Peake (an ESA British Astronaut) to our event. We thought carefully about the information we needed to include, as well as how to be incredibly persuasive, as we know he is an exceptionally busy man! Next week, we will kickstart our draft form of writing before editing and improving ready to write up and send to Tim.
In Maths, we have been busy exploring the links between decimals and money. We have been super busy exploring how different denominations of money link to our place value board, before progressing to solving reasoning problems all based around the concept of money. I must say the children have been incredibly enthusiastic this week and have developed a clear understanding of money!
In our Science, we have independently research key facts about the planets in the Solar System. We have created fact cards which document key information - did you know Saturn has 52 known moons? We have also spent time this week looking at teeth and their functions. We have investigated the different types of teeth in our mouth and the job that each does. The class were fantastic detectives in making sure they could fill the jaw in the correct way with the different teeth types!
We have also been looking at the 5K's in our Sikhism topic and the children were able to use their research skills to describe each of the 5K's and confirm what they represented.
As I sit back to reflect on this week, I am already looking back with such fond memories of the learning that has taken place.
Part of the Literacy curriculum is to allow the class to access a range of different text types, and this week we explored free verse poetry. To link to our Space topic, the class were tasked with producing free verse poetry about the solar system. We began by generating suitable nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to form the basic structure of our poem. We then explored poetic devices such as Similes, Personification, Alliteration, Metaphors and Onomatopoeia. The imaginative minds of Team CB are certainly something to be reckoned with as the language they generated and the vivid images they evoked in staff members minds was exceptional. Well done Team CB!
In our Maths, we continued our pursuit to fully understand decimals. We explored practically and pictorially showing decimal equivalents to a given fraction, as well as comparing and ordering decimals. This will really support us in our learning next week, as we are going to begin exploring the links between decimals and money!
This week was extra special as on Wednesday members of the class took part in a Heart start event. The purpose behind the session is to support children in knowing the protocol to take should someone be taken unwell. I must say, I was beaming from ear to ear to see how focused, engaged and observant the class were throughout the duration of the session. I know all children came away having learned a vital skill and I was so impressed with their knowledge and understanding following the session.
A fantastic week as always Evolutionary Astronauts - keep up the great work!
Returning back from our break has seen Team CB enter the final term as the Evolutionary Astronauts. It has been a week full with the usual busy, broad and bustling buzz of learning!
As we returned from out break, we continued our Maths journey, this time taking a step into the realms of decimals. The class have been working exceptionally hard all week to understand the link between fractions and decimals. To help us we have been busy turning our tables into place value grids, using giant hundreds squares and digit cards. So far, I am incredibly proud of the knowledge the children have shown in their ability to reason and start to problem solve. These can be tricky skills to master but our team is doing a superb job!
Elsewhere in our learning, we have been busy totally immersing ourselves in our new topic for the term. This term, we have a Science focus and a great proportion of our learning centers all around Space and the Solar System. We have began to generate questions that we want to answer throughout our space journey; some questions include: 'What was the first animal in Space?' and 'How do astronauts survive in Space?'. We hope to be able to answer these soon.
Our Space theme has continued in our Literacy this week. We have taken on the challenge of researching Tim Peake's life to create a group biography. Each child in the group has been responsible for researching one element of Tim's life, before compiling this information in a high quality paragraph. Our books our now on display in the classroom should you want to take a peak!
So as you can see, once again we have been working our socks off and are already eager to know more about our new topic!
As Spring Term draws to a close, I am once again left looking back over the space of the last 10 teaching weeks with fond memories. Our children are continuing to grow and become independent, resilient, persevering young individuals who appreciate their learning opportunities. Heading into the Summer Term, I can only imagine how they will continue to thrive and I am so excited to be a part of that!
This week marked the end of our History based learning topic. To celebrate, we held our very own Viking Day. The children delved into different parts of Viking history throughout the day. To start us off, we each crafted a Viking sword which would be used in the final stages of the day (more about that later). We then dipped in to a spot of Viking cuisine, where we cooked traditional Viking dishes. The class were largely not keen on the Berry pancake, which featured only salt and no added sugar. They did however, really enjoy their Honey and Oat Cakes which were far sweeter.
Once the morning had flashed before our eyes, we headed into the afternoon and straight to court! Team CB had to give evidence in court as to whether or not King Ethelred the Unready should have paid the Vikings Danegeld. To help us make our decision we inferred various points about the Vikings from a series of artefacts. This informed our opinion which was supported using Point, Evidence, Explanation (PEE). Once we had testified, we entered the final part of our Viking Day. Here, we learned all about how the Viking era drew to a close. Armed with our shields and swords, the class headed out to the school field, where we split into Normans and Vikings and recreated the Battle of Hastings. It was truly the most fantastic way to draw our topic to a close! I can't wait to see what we get up to in our new Science topic next term all around Space!
I can't quite believe that as I write this there is only one teaching week left of Spring term, where on Earth has time gone?
This week, we have been keen to delve deeper in our learning. In Maths, we have explored, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, as well as finding unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. Complicated stuff right? Well according to our Year 4's they have loved it! One member of our class told me this week 'never did I think I would be able to do fractions'. Well they most certainly can and it is testament to the hard work and commitment they put into their learning!
In Literacy, we have had our author hat on this week as we have spent time compiling ideas and writing our own Norse Myth. The quality of the writing is incredible! Every single member of Team CB has something to be proud of as their writing is really growing in clarity, content and overall amazingness! Well done Evolutionary Astronauts!
Our topic work this week has been centered around using our Design and Technology skills. We have been busy researching, designing and creating our Viking shields. The attention to detail is quite remarkable. Make sure you check back with us next week as we are going to use these as part of our Viking Day.
Just a gentle reminder Viking Day is 22nd March 2018.
After a spate of bad weather last week, it was lovely to see Team CB reunited again on Monday. What I have been most impressed with over the course of this week, is the children’s attitudes towards learning after an unexpected series of events last week.
We dove straight back in to our work around fractions this week and the class took on their next challenge of exploring and identifying equivalent fractions. We built up our knowledge over the course of the week, starting with lots of practical application and folding to find fractions of equal value. We then moved on to using fraction walls as pictorial support before leading into using times tables to generate equivalent fractions in an abstract format. The children were super right from the start and showed a really good understanding of what a fraction means. To push on further in our learning, we then explored fractions as wholes and parts where some fractions were improper. This enabled the children to become accustomed with mixed fractions for the first time and see how these are calculated.
Elsewhere in our learning, in Literacy we continued with our new topic of Norse Myths. We explored different settings and characters, generating our own incredibly powerful description. The children were all excellent at using devices such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors to enhance the senses of the reader. We then used the plot structure of a myth to plan our own ready for writing. We can’t wait for you all to hear the story of Odin and the Giants of Jotunheim!
In our topic, we have been busy exploring how Vikings came live in Britain, through understanding the invasion. To help us we looked in close detail at the Viking Longship. We studied its purpose, its design and what this told us about the Viking mannerisms.
What a week it has been!
This week saw Team CB start our new Literacy unit all around Norse Myths. The class are so eager to sink their teeth into another superb piece of writing, especially after our trip to Jorvik got our taste buds tingling for more! With that in mind, after introducing our new topic, the class were in charge of using digital media to hunt for answers to key questions about Norse Myths and their existence. We read different myth examples and used this to inform our Success Criteria for writing. Then… THE SNOW HIT!
Likewise, in Maths we had an exciting new unit on Fractions! The class were total professionals when it came to understanding what fractions were and representing them in different ways! They worked incredibly hard and set off on the right foot with their awareness, understanding and engagement in our new area of learning. Well done Team CB!
But as mentioned above, then the snow hit! From Tuesday night we have had an ongoing flurry of snow that has caused the school to close for the safety of pupils. While I am so looking forward to seeing Team CB soon, I hope you are all staying safe and warm indoors until this weather begins to thaw! See you all soon!
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