Breaking news! Just in! This week Team CB have been set a challenge by Miss Fury to support our current Year 3 class as they prepare to transition in to Year 4. We have been asked to write a descriptive piece linked to Space to show Year4 exactly what learning could be like for them. In order to do this, we began the week by reading examples of WAGOLL descriptions before identifying the key features and developing our awareness of grammar conventions that we could use within our writing. Today, we have started to plan our the ideas for our writing, ready to get all of our fantastic thoughts down on paper next week! I can't wait to share the finished product with you.
Meanwhile, in Maths we have been busy looking at Statistics and how we can represent information in different ways as well as interpreting this. The class were fantastic at being able to identify different information from the graph as well as create their own questions.
We have also had the chance to spend time with our chicks in school this week. The class asked fantastic questions about the lifestyle of a chicken and were all so very thoughtful when they held them What a responsible lot they are!
This week has been the class' final assessment check point. All the class worked so very hard to show everything that they have learned so far this year and have worked with great success! They should be so very proud of everything that they have achieved.
In the afternoons this week, the class have worked really hard in various aspects of the broader curriculum. They showed fantastic enthusiasm as they created their own French food dictionary and loved learning the new words for everyday items. Did you know that egg in French is oeuf? In addition to this, the class showed a fantastic attitude towards their PE, where we have been working hard on our rounders skills. In teams, we worked on both our batting and fielding skills. There were some stand out superstars who showed fantastic skill, sportsmanship or determination! Keep up the fantastic attitude Year 4.
We have also worked really hard on advancing our understanding of Space and the Solar System. We began by finding ways to remember the order of the planets including the use of mnemonics. From this, we conducted a Science experiment, where we had to recreate the solar System to a scale of 1:40,000,000 km. The class completed the necessary maths calculations to work out distances between each planet, as well as researching the sizes of these planets. Using this information, the class had to assign different size fruits to represent each planet, before recreating this out on the school field. The class then conducted orbits around the sun where they could see the difference in orbit times between Mercury and Neptune. It was a wonderful afternoon. We rounded off the week by looking at how the Moon and Earth orbit. The class' enthusiasm for their Science has been great to see!
Make sure you check back next week, where we will have started to look at Statistics in Maths and we will be writing a descriptive piece in Literacy!
Somehow, the class have managed to work their socks off over the course of a half term and we are now approaching our last half term holiday before the final burst of learning as we head into our final half term.
In true form, the Persevering Pioneers have been incredibly busy and spent this week exploring the concept of symmetry. We began by investigating lines of symmetry in regular and irregular polygons. The class used mirrors as an apparatus tool to support them in checking if two sides were the same. Following on from this, we then explored how we could complete figures to make them symmetrical, we started with relatively simple designs with square patterns before moving to line drawings. To really test our understanding of symmetry we then had to complete symmetrical drawings which revealed an unidentified creature that would form part of our alien landscape. The class worked tirelessly and the creatures they uncovered were most certainly an extra-terrestrial species.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have been busy writing up our final letter to Mrs Lawson. They will be landing on her desk today! The class were really proud of this piece of writing, so here's hoping that when Mrs Lawson reads them she will be as convinced as myself that we definitely deserve a space celebration at the end of the year!
When we return from the holidays, the class will begin to explore and interpret data in the form of graphs and charts, as well as produce some descriptive writing about the alien landscape from our whole class reader The Jamie Drake Equation.
Happy holidays! I look forward to seeing you all in a week's time!
There are so many reasons to be proud of the Persevering Pioneers however, just one of those reasons is for their absolutely incredible attitude this week. This week has been our SATs week for Year 6 and the whole school has made an incredible effort to support our students by being incredibly quiet around school while tests are underway. I am so proud of how hard Team CB have worked to make sure that this can happen, So a huge well done from me!
Not only am I proud for this reason, but I continue to be proud of the class' fantastic approach to new learning, This week we have been exploring quadrilaterals. At the beginning of the week the class were honest in where they were in their learning and as a result the progress they have made has been nothing less than incredible. They have identified different types of polygons, both regular and irregular as well as using peg boards to create different quadrilaterals whilst identifying their properties. Like that wasn't enough, we have then used our knowledge of these properties of shape to compare and classify, through sorting shapes using Carroll and Venn diagrams. As we head into our final week of Summer 1, we will conclude with symmetry in shapes and patterns.
In our Literacy, this week we have been full of ideas as we have started to put pen to paper to write Mrs Lawson our letter. We hope that by the end of this she will agree to let us host a Space afternoon to celebrate our learning - after all, our reasons are so persuasive I think she would struggle to say no! As and when we get our response, we will be sure to keep you up to date with this!
Check back next week to see how our week has gone!
It has been a rather busy week in Team CB this week, as we have been busy tackling new learning in the form of persuasive writing and types of triangles.
In our Maths, we have been looking specifically at triangles and the different types that we have. The class worked really hard to sort different triangles based on their properties. We looked at size of angles within the triangles as well as length of sides to determine which category they fit into. From this, we began to look at how we could use our knowledge of triangles to calculate missing angles. The class were so speedy and effective at spotting information to assist them in finding the missing value! Next week, we will move on to look at properties of quadrilaterals as we attempt to classify these also.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have started a new topic around persuasive writing. The class have asked to celebrate our Space unit at the end of the Summer with a celebration event one afternoon, as such the class have been tasked with writing a letter to Mrs Lawson to persuade her about why this would be a good idea. To support our writing, we unpicked the features of a letter before focusing in specifically on some persuasive techniques that we hope to use in our writing next week. Make sure you pop back to see how we are getting on next week with our write up!
Elsewhere, this week we have conducted a Science experiment around tooth decay, where the class had to use different liquids and study the effect these have on our teeth if we do not follow oral hygiene recommendations. The class will be keeping an eye on this over the course of next week!
What a busy and brilliant week it has been - as always!
What a wonderful first week back here in Team CB! I could not be more proud of the exceptional attitudes that the class has returned with and their work ethic and commitment towards their learning has been a delight to see!
To kick start the Summer term, we have been incredibly busy exploring angles and their properties in our Maths. We have considered the different types of angles and their properties, in order to the identify, compare and order a series of angles within a given shape. The class have really got to grips with the visual and practical learning opportunities. Next week, we will use this understanding of angles, to support our learning of classifying triangles and quadrilaterals.
Meanwhile, our focus in Literacy has been centered around writing a descriptive piece documenting our thoughts and feelings as we venture to Mars in a rocket. The class have been enthralled watching video stimulus of rockets and then using this to consider each of their senses at that moment in time. From this, we have then worked on building detail in our writing through features such as expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. Finally, as a class we have written our collaborative piece gaining support from our peers as we up-level and improve our writing techniques. Next week, we will consider how we can use the theme of Space to write a persuasive letter to Mrs Lawson!
In addition to all our wonderful Maths and Literacy learning, the class have also started their Summer topic of Space. This week we considered different evidence for why the Earth was flat or spherical. The children were given the task of finding evidence outside which supported their theory, before explaining this using our point, evidence, explanation skills to form a written answer.
We have also been busy starting our new topic of the Digestive System. We began by exploring the role of our teeth and the different types we have. The engagement of the class in this session was incredible! They were so focused and so keen to pose self-generated inquiry questions which they wanted to find out more about! Following from learning about the role and types of teeth, we linked this back to prior learning and considered why herbivores and carnivores teeth structures were different.
What a busy but brilliant week it has been in Team CB!
Be sure to pop back next week to find out what we have been busy learning about!
I cannot quite believe that Spring Term is over! It has absolutely flown by but has been so instrumental in supporting our Persevering Pioneers in progressing in their learning. They have worked their socks off all term and should be so incredibly proud of their achievements, I know I am!
This week in Maths, we have drawn our work on decimals to a close. We have spent time exploring decimals linked to money, where we have looked at the relationship between place value and the denominations of money, as well as comparing and ordering amounts. We then used our arithmetic skills to answer 1 and 2 step problems linking to the four operations and solving real-life money problems. The class showed a great attitude for learning throughout and proved to be very good with money! Next term, when we return from the Easter break our focus in Maths will shift towards Geometry, where we will be kicking off learning looking at angles and their properties.
In Literacy this week we have been busy developing our fluency and comprehension skills in reading. As a whole class, we have worked really hard this term on the 'way' we read through approaches such as echo reading. We have finally concluded our whole class reader for this term, How to Train Your Dragon and I must say, the class found it such an enjoyable read, with plenty of humour along the way. Next term's whole class read links with our new theme of Space so I have no doubt the class will sink their teeth into it!
To draw our Viking topic to a close, yesterday the class discovered how the Viking reign came to an end. Once we had explored what events led to the Viking demise, we spent time outside re-enacting the Battle of Hastings. Every child had a smile on their face as they retold the story and it was such a fitting way to end the topic! That said, as one topic ends another begins, and as I mentioned further up the post, our new topic next term links to Space. The class will have many opportunities to explore what lies beyond our planet and establish a whole host of new knowledge from the unit! I'm already excited to see what we get up to!
It is with that, that I wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and restful half term and look forward to blogging more on our return!
This week in Team CB we have been looking at free-verse poetry. As part of our topic-based learning about the Vikings, we explored life in a Viking village before creating our own poems all around this. To understand different types of poetry we compared a free-verse and narrative poem and then evaluated them, looking for features which would form our Success Criteria. Following this, we then used the criteria to inform the skills we needed. We spent time looking at word classes, as well as investigating SPAMO as a poetic device. To structure our poem, we looked closely at syntax and how this affected meaning. Once our poems were drafted, edited and up levelled we then performed them as part of a class piece.
In Maths, the class have been really busy furthering their understanding of decimals. The class worked hard to compare, order and round decimal numbers. We applied our existing knowledge to use previously taught methods to support us in doing this! Next week, we will be using this to support our understanding as we venture into decimals linked to money. The class will be participating in hands on learning where they will have to solve money problems in real-life contexts.
Elsewhere, in Science the class have been busy exploring types of diet in living things. They have been learning new scientific vocabulary including; herbivore, omnivore and carnivore as well as what these terms mean. We will use this to lead into understanding food chains and how these support the sustainability of species.
In topic this week we investigated the Danegeld and the children's thoughts on whether or not it should have been paid. Looking at Rudyard Kipling's poem as well as objects, we inferred different views on whether it should or should not have been paid. To support our opinions, we practiced using our Point, Evidence, Explanation approach to develop our answers.
Check back next week to see what we have been up to in the final week of Spring term!
This week Team CB have been incredibly busy learning all about decimals. The class started the week by exploring the link between a fraction and place value. Knowing that a fraction was less than a whole, we explored tenths and hundredths and what this meant. From this, we have worked hard this week to show tenths and hundredths in different representations, as well as develop our ability to rapidly recall the corresponding fraction to decimal and vice versa. We completed the week by investigating the decimal equivalents for 1/2 1/4 and 3/4. The class showed great enthusiasm this week and are keen to look at what we will be doing next week with our newly acquired understanding of decimals. BRAVO!
Elsewhere in Literacy, the class have been presenting their myths which will feature within the school Library. They have loved having the chance to share these with others and celebrate their sucess. Next week, we will be moving on to look at writing free verse poetry around the Vikings!
In our Art sessions this week, the class have been busy creating Viking shields. They thought carefully about the design they wanted to use and the colours that would have been particularly common at the time, They look wonderful on our class display!
Be sure to check back next week for our next update on life in Team CB!
This week the Persevering Pioneers have shown true resilience and determination across all aspects of their learning. I could not be more proud of the fantastic work that they have produced!
To start off, in Maths we have been busy exploring fractions further. This week our focus has been on adding and subtracting fractions as well as calculating fractions of an amount. To help do this, we have explored lots of different reasoning and problem solving challenges. I am almost certain Team CB would be fabulous at helping to share equally any items around the home, as they have certainly mastered in their learning now. Keep it up Team CB as next week we are moving on to look at the relationship between fractions and decimals.
Meanwhile, in Literacy the class spent time writing the most magnificent myths. The content, care and attention to detail certainly has not gone unnoticed. I can say with a honest heart that these pieces of writing are our best so far, and that is certainly saying something! I cannot wait for them to appear in the library to inspire some of our younger school children!
This week we have been busy exploring how the Vikings came to be known as 'pirate raiders'. To do this, we identified typical modes of transport, including the Viking longship. Once we had established how they were made, we attempted to apply our design and technology skills to create our own paper Viking longship model. The class showed great perseverance in what was a really challenging task. These now look wonderful on display around our classroom!
Finally, to mark Science week, the class were lucky enough to participate in a Science show which took place within school. The class loved it and were always more than eager to participate at every opportunity. Thank you for being fabulous as always Team CB. I cannot wait to see what we get up to next week in our learning.