This Week's Learning

Nursery: It has been a very busy week for the children at Nursery. We were visited by a naughty dinosaur who hid fossils from the dinosaur museum around our nursery! We followed the different footprints to find the missing dinosaur bones. In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘If I Had a Velociraptor’. We then created our own Velociraptor and described the individual key features it could have. In maths this week we have developed our knowledge of number by counting the dinosaur bones we found and matching them to the correct numeral.
Reception: In Literacy this week we have been reading the book ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and discussing what their favourite part was and why. In Maths the children have been learning about weight. We have been using scales to identify which item is heavier than another.
Year 1: The children have loved continuing our work on ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ this week. We started the week by sequencing the story and role playing the key events. Over the course of the week we have written a retelling of the beginning and middle and written our own ending to the story. In Maths this week, we started by continuing our learning on subtraction. The children moved on to using number lines to subtract. Later in the week, we introduced the children to halving, using halving mats and cubes. Our Science focus this week has been forming scientific questions in preparation for our upcoming experiment.
Year 2: In our English learning, we have been using the techniques that we learnt last week such as emotive language, writing in the past tense and using first person to write a diary. Our diary entries were written from the viewpoint of the main character in our key text, Dear Polar Bear, who was feeling miserable because he had no friends to play with and a very bare igloo - we created some very emotive pieces! Our Maths learning this week has been based around division as sharing and grouping. We have noticed links between this and last week’s learning about multiplication and also noticed how knowing our times table facts can help us. Our Science learning this week has been developing our understanding of living things by exploring items that are alive, were alive and have never been alive.
Year 3: In English this week, we have been exploring our new topic, ‘The Underwater Kingdom’ and the key threats that are attacked our precious oceans. This week is ‘debate week’, where we have developed our discussion skills to debate the statement: ‘Plastic should be banned’. We researched both the proposition and the opposition before planning and performing our own class debate! In Maths, we have been continuing to explore addition through various methods, including the partitioning method, number line and expanded written method. It was really interesting to decide which method was most appropriate for each number sentence! It has also been Anti-Bullying Week and Interfaith Week, where we have been discussing the meaning of respect within our community as well as for different faiths.
Year 4 : In English, we have continued reading our class text Ice Palace. The children have explored the language of the book and story boarded how they think the story will end – ahead of writing their own ending. For Maths, we focused on understanding the differences between factors and multiples. The children were asked to find factor pairs and create Venn diagrams to find similarities in different times tables. The children have also had lessons as part of Anti Bullying week and explored themes such as respect and discussed how this looks in and out of school.
Year 5: In Maths, our focus has turned to using different strategies for multiplication and division. We have used our knowledge of place value to double and halve any given number as well as multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, including numbers with up to two decimal points. In English, we have been planning and writing reports about the social classes in Victorian England.
Year 6: This week, we have been developing our division skills through looking at both long and short division ways to remember these. We also carried out a Let’s Think Maths fraction investigation where we thought carefully about what fractions mean and how they relate to different concepts. In English, we completed our Trailblazer biographies and have begun to explore the video “The Piano” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEAnre-s4-o); delving into discussions around what flashbacks are and the purpose of them. In History, we have begun to look at WW2 and have explored the way the world has changed geographically over time. We have also begun our new computing topic around blogging.
Sycamore Class: In Literacy children have enjoyed continuing their learning about the ‘The Little Red Riding Hood’. This week the focus has been on recognising and labelling characters and objects from the story. In addition children have been using a range of props and activities in the classroom to support their understanding about the story while developing other skills, such as language, relationships and motor skills. In Maths children have been learning about adding. In doing so children have used interactive activities in group as well as individually. This week children have used objects to help them completing their addition tasks. This week we linked Science and Art. Children labelled and talked about what colours and shapes they could see. These were then used to create another “master piece”, which can be seen on Sycamore’s glass door.
Millennium Class: In English this week, we are reflecting back on the beginning of the BFG, and using our word wall we are continuing to implement this into our writing to produce fantastic story openers. We are also using our pecs to support our understanding of describing key characters. In maths we are now exploring our new class topic of shapes. We are looking at identifying common 2d shapes, and are able to draw these when requested. Our science focus is the 5 senses, and this week we looked at ‘seeing.’ We looked at the function of our eyes, and even played a game of ‘Pin the suitcase on the BFG,’ whilst blindfolded. This reinforced the importance of our eyes, and how hard it is to function when our vision has been disturbed.