This week in our learning we have been busy exploring fractions. We firstly explored what a fraction was and how this can be represented in many different ways. From this, we then looked towards equivalence anf how different fractions can show the same amount e.g. 1/2 is equivalent to 4/8. The class initially used pictorial representations to support their learning before looking to identify a tried and tested formula for calculating equivalent fractions. The next step in learning was begin to see sequences within fractions and looking at how fractions can be recorded when they are greater than 1 whole. We practiced showing this as a mixed and improper fraction.
Elsewhere, in Literacy, we have been busy planning our own Norse Myth. The class were full of ideas for what could happen in the Viking saga and were eager to use the different characters and settings that we have encountered in our recent learning. As the week draws to a close, we are well under way with writing out our first draft. This has seen the class write a detailed setting and character description which will set the scene well. Next week, we will be continuing to write our myth before editing and up leveling. It will then be ready to publish and pop in the library as exciting reads to inspire our younger writers.
This week has also marked Red Nose Day, where the class have been busy raising money through a series of fundraising activities.
Be sure to pop back next week for another update.
This week has been assessment week across school. The Persevering Pioneers have worked exceptionally hard across all the core subjects to show just how much they have learned this year already. We have unpicked different types of questions and what they look for in an answer so that we can address these areas next time. I could not be more proud of how hard the class tried!
Elsewhere, in Literacy we started the week with a missing hammer! Thor's hammer had been stolen! The class looked high and low for it but had little success in finding it! That was, until Loki the Jokester showed up at the classroom door with a hammer in his hand. As Loki was also known for being a keen storyteller he told the tale of how he came to find it and the class discussed what the term "myth" meant. From this, we established our purpose for writing, we are going to create our own Norse Myths to add to the library to inspire some of our younger children. As such, we then unpicked elements of a myth to form our own success criteria and then worked to develop our understanding of how to use expanded noun phrases and prepositions to describe. This will support us in our learning next week when we plan our setting and character descriptions.
What's more, this week has also been World Book Day. On Thursday the whole school dressed up as their favourite characters from a book and took part in lots of literacy related learning. The class loved having another teacher in to share their favourite story, as well as the chance to do our usual reading buddies work with children lower down school. What a wonderful week it has been! I can't wait to share what we get up to next week.
This week has all been centered around deepening our understanding of the role of the archeologist. From investigating the Titanic Disaster, to digging up discoveries from Viking times, the class have been truly engrossed in their learning!
As part of understanding history in context on Thursday we set sail on a journey through time to understand what lead to the Titanic Disaster of 1912. We used primary and secondary sources to support us in considering our key enquiry questions, as well as taking part in an excavation. The children gasped in shock as they uncovered some evidence that lead to people believing certain people were more accountable than others for the event. We also interviewed Millvina Dean who was the youngest person aboard ship to survive. It was a truly wonderful experience!
To add to this, today we kickstarted our learning about the Vikings by visiting DIG in York. The class were busy engaging in a whole host of activities, including further excavations, battle tactics, and re-enacting Viking Sagas. In a week filled with awe and wonder, I cannot wait for the class to produce some exceptional quality work based on the experiences they have had!
Well done TEAM CB you have been stars from the minute you stepped back into class after half term :)
Did you know that the Anglo Saxons created riddles as a form of entertainment? Over in Team CB we have been busy creating our own riddles this week. We began the week by exploring what a riddle was, looking for key features and forming our own Success Criteria for writing from this. We then looked closely at how we could plan our own riddle and chose the theme of animals. We had to think carefully about we could describe the animal without naming it, as well as using similes and metaphors as a means of comparison. From this, we drafted our riddles and refined through peer support. We then spent today publishing these and presenting them, to Team LG as a way to celebrate our learning. We had such a wonderful time creating them but I am certain they may leave you scratching your head as the class were really clever at structuring them to ensure the broadest clue was given first!
Meanwhile, in Maths we have concluded our learning around time and I must say I was left beaming from ear to ear with how well the children managed with telling the time. By the end of this week we have mastered reading the time in analogue form, digital form and now know how to convert between the two! What superstars you are Persevering Pioneers!
In our topic this week we went on an archeological dig to look for artefacts linked to the Sutton Hoo burial site. The class were quick to find the evidence and then use this to retrieve key information as well as make inferences about what this suggests about the person who may have been buried there!
We also conducted a local habitat survey in our Science this week and considered how changes to the environment can sometimes pose risks and cause harm to living things. We reflected on this and established several suggestions of things we could do to ensure we were making positive changes to the environment to ensure the sustainability of different habitats.
As this half term draws to a close, I wish you all a lovely rest and look forward to seeing you in a weeks time where we will have a week JAM PACKED with lots of new learning!
In another busy week, Team CB have left me feeling incredibly proud as they have tackled time with fantastic determination, perseverance and commitment to succeed. Telling the time can often be something we do without realising, but it is such an incredibly important skill for our children to learn and I couldn't be more thrilled with how well the class have achieved this week.
We have spent time exploring converting units of time, as well as telling the time on the analogue clock. As we are now confident at telling the time to the nearest minute in analogue form, we will move to telling the time on a digital clock next week. I can;t wait for the classroom to be buzzing with our eager to learn ethos once more!
Meanwhile, in Literacy the class have been working exceptionally hard in their reading. This week we have been reflecting on our progress so far and the Persevering Pioneers are demonstrating such clear knowledge of the different questions they can be asked, as well as how to form a suitable response, Well done Team CB!
In our Science, we visited the Nature Reserve to conduct an invertebrate hunt, where we used classification keys to search for and categorize different animals. Check back to see what we get up to next week!
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Here in Team CB, we have certainly been working hard to capture the shocking breaking news that King Vortigern and the British citizens were about to be invaded by the Anglo Saxons! As part of our Literacy this week, we have been working hard transferring our plan into a well-written newspaper article. The class have worked tirelessly to think carefully about the language they have used, the way they can make their writing more engaging to the reader and how they can show different perspectives through dialogue. What an effort! We are in the latter stages of completing our writing and hope to send this out to pupils in school next week for the rest of school to read all about it!
In Maths we have been exploring area this week. As a group we explored the relationship between area and perimeter before using manipulatives to help us understand and calculate the area. The class have really shown a great enthusiasm for learning this week and that has been reflected in how well they have achieved in their learning. Next week we will be moving on to another element of measurement, as we begin to tackle time. Today also marked NSPCC number day and in Team CB we have been busy celebrating our love of numbers in lots of interesting ways. Be sure to read all about what the rest of school have been up to on the website too!
In topic, we have now got well under way with researching what Anglo Saxon culture was like. Each group undertook some collaborative learning to deduce how life was different back in 610AD. They have produced some fabulous artwork to illustrate this.
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As a class teacher it is always wonderful to see the work my class produce but I could not sign off this post without commenting on how truly incredible each child's Anglo Saxon Village homework project was. The time, dedication and skill that went into these DT projects was simply outstanding! Thank you for always giving your very best Team CB!
Did someone say what is measurement? Well, Team CB would certainly know the answer to that this week. They have been busy in the classroom exploring the concept of length and measurement. The class have been working hard to develop their understanding of how to measure accurately and the conversion between different units of measurement to aid in their practical learning. Once the class had developed their understanding of this, we then utilised these skills to enable us to accurately calculate the perimeter of various shapes. We recognised what the perimeter is and how we can calculate it, before moving on to applying our problem solving skills to calculate missing measurements. Next week, we will be looking at the relationship between area and perimeter.
In Literacy, we have been visited by King Vortigern, the King of England prior to the Anglo Saxon invasion, An interactive message was left on our Smartboard asking us to travel back in time with him and alert the British citizens of the impending attack. As such, as a class we established we could create a newspaper to warn people as news reporting was very different back then to the communication channels we now have. With that in mind, the class explored what a good newspaper article looks like, establishing features and functions, before working hard to embed grammatical devices which would support our writing. Head back next week as we begin to write, edit, up level and publish our news!
During our topic, this week we explored how the Anglo Saxons lived and their decision to abandon Roman towns and create their own new settlements. The children have been tasked with replicating a part of an Anglo Saxon village for their homework.
As part of our Science, this week we have used Carroll and Venn diagrams to begin to sort livings things based on similarities and differences in a range of characteristics. As you can clearly see, we have worked our socks off this week!
Check back to see what we are up to next week!
Our roving reporters have been busy this week gathering their footage to share their truly fantastic news! After working hard last week on their script, this week the children had to think carefully about their Speaking and Listening skills, and the way they need to use these to clearly, concisely and confidently convey their news to the audience. The class recorded what they had been working on and once they had the video footage, each group then worked together to cut, sequence, edit and publish their content. These were then played and the class evaluated what worked well in the footage and what would need further development next time. I think we certainly have some budding news reporters in our midst!
Meanwhile, in Maths we have drawn our unit of division to a close. The class have worked tirelessly to consider how they can use the abstract written method to support them in purposeful daily events, and have shown great resilience and perseverance with this! With our four main operations under our belt, we will be moving towards looking at length, perimeter and area over the coming weeks. Be sure to check how we move from concrete to pictorial to abstract learning!
Elsewhere in the curriculum, our topic work has seen us begin to explore the betrayal of Hengest and Horsa and ultimately what events led to the Anglo-Saxons invading. Unbeknown to the class, this will come in particularly handy next week in our learning!
Our Science topic is also now well underway as we have started exploring the different life processes needed for all living things and why each one is so crucial to our survival.
Check back next week for more updates!
As the children came bursting through the doors, out of the cold weather outside it certainly didn't quite feel like Spring Term just yet. However. in true Team CB style, the class had a spring in their step and came fully prepared for new learning that awaited them.
In Maths, we have begun a new topic of division where the children have been practically exploring the concept before moving towards beginning to understand the formal written method of division. We used resources such as counters to help us understand how values can be carried from one column to the next. The class were wizards by the end of it!
In our Literacy this week we have received incredible news. The class have been exploring a news article informing them of an Anglo Saxon coin discovery that will re-write history as it shows an alliance between King Alfred the Great and King Ceolwulf II. As a class we were challenged with retelling the article in the form of a news broadcast. We worked hard to identify key information. before discovering the format of a news broadcast. As a class, we then identified a success criteria and used this to inform our writing. Next week we will begin to write the script.
Elsewhere, we have begun our new topic of Anglo Saxons. The children were tasked with being able to identify different place names that showed evidence of the Anglo Saxons settling in Britain before re-writing these as Anglo Saxon runes. Check back next week for more updates.
As the end of another half term creeps upon us, we look back on this last 7 weeks with some incredible memories and fantastic learning experiences. The children have worked tirelessly despite the many challenges that they have faced. Their learning journeys and attitude to accomplishing their goals has been faultless.
In perhaps the busiest week of the year, Team CB have continued to be a fantastic example to others in school. In our Maths, we have worked relentlessly to understand reading and plotting co-ordinates within the first quadrant as well as translations. The class have produced some fantastic work and we are immensely proud of their determination to succeed.
In our Literacy, the class finally held their big Christmas production for parents where they acted out the script we created in class. The speaking and listening skills we had been working on were clear for all to see. As class teacher, I could not be more proud of the commitment each child showed, whether this be to learning their lines, the songs or their roles! Well done each and every one of you! You blew us all away!
To mark the end of our half term, we were lucky enough to enjoy a very festive Snow White pantomime, and judging by the children's giggles and smiles they all absolutely loved it.
It is on that note that I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to sharing the next chapter of life in Team CB as we step in to 2019.