Look at all the facts we found about owls in the non-fiction books! Super work Year 1!
Last week we learned about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and used non- fiction books to find out lots of information about nocturnal animals. We looked at the contents pages in the non-fiction books and learned about glossaries and indexes too. We are going to use all the facts we found to make our own non-fiction books complete with labels and captions as well!
We continued our Science learning for this term about materials and investigated the properties of materials, getting ourselves a little wet the process! We found materials that were waterproof and not waterproof, absorbent and not absorbent and materials that were transparent and opaque.
We learned about the Story of The Good Samaritan during our R.E. learning and worked collaboratively to role-play the story. Well done Year 1!
…we had a surprise visitor. Several large green footprints greeted us when we arrived at school and presented us with a mystery to solve. We used our questioning skills to establish where it went in our class; how it entered and exited and what it did when in Nursery. We matched the footprints to everyone in class and they matched those from a Tyrannosaurus rex!
. We discovered it had left a large present in our small world dinosaur land, but what was it? Using our senses, we observed it was egg-like in shape, listened for any sounds it made, felt its texture, and used our senses of taste and smell to work out if it was edible. We concluded that it was a dinosaur egg, after checking our theory in fact books and researched how to look after it. A home was created to keep it warm and safe and signs were written to inform everyone how to look after it until the baby dinosaur tapped its way out. We set up camp to keep watch in case the mummy dinosaur returned.
. A few days later, the egg hatched and we had a new baby dinosaur. It was measured and weighed and compared to the size and weight of other dinosaurs. We named it dinosaur baby! On Friday, the dinosaur footprints were back in Nursery…we discovered that its mummy had come to take it home. Goodbye little dinosaur, it was great fun to have you with us!
Our story this week has been The Enormous Turnip. We retold the story using our role play, speaking & listening and writing skills. We investigated different vegetables looking at their shape, colour, size and weight.
Our outside role role play area has changed into the Superhero headquarters. Lots of opportunities for counting the baddies, recording the super hero powers and making notices with rules for the headquarters.
Well done for the Children who showed us their Superhero cleaning powers!
We were really lucky this week as Year Six organised a dodge ball tournament for us yesterday afternoon. Thank you Year Six – you led us excellently.
We have also been using the features of persuasion, including exaggerated descriptive language and rhetorical questions, while writing a script for a persuasive presentation for a holiday resort. I am really excited about seeing the end result Year Four! In Maths we have been learning about finding the difference and relating this to subtraction, using different mental methods. We have also learned more about the origins of the Anglo Saxons and created our own pottery designs based on Anglo Saxon archaeological finds. In RE we listened to the story of the first Passover, and discussed why this event was so important for the Israelites
Another busy week in Year 6!
On Monday afternoon the children took part in the K’nex challenge. They had to build a bridge that would allow a car to pass over it and then move/open to allow a boat to pass through it. Excellent collaboration and problem solving! 👌
On Tuesday, we had a lovely morning at The John Henry Newman School, we were invited to watch their performance of ‘Oliver’. It was wonderful to see lots of past pupils from our school performing in the play.
In RE we reflected on Mary’s hope and trust in God and we used scripture to support our views about her. We also thought about how we can use Mary as an inspiration to us all.
We’ve spent more time working through various SATs practice papers this week – working with a partner to explain how we approach certain questions. We also continued with our daily maths challenges.
Don’t forget, we will be walking to St. Andrew and St. George’s Church on Wednesday morning to take part in Bridgebuilder’s Easter Journey.
Have a wonderful weekend!
We welcomed everyone to St Patrick’s day with an Irish dancing display from some of our talented children this morning.
After praying for the people of Ireland across the world and asking St patrick for his protection, we all left wearing a shamrock badge. Maybe ask your child ‘why the shamrock?’
Thanks to Miss Grant, Mrs O’Brien & Mrs Howard for preparing our dancers and to the five girls for their fantastic efforts!
Have a glorious St Patrick’s day full of fun, laughter and family!
God bless you and yours
This week really has flown by!
We began our week by improving our understanding of why we have Readings at Mass. We thought about how learn to become more like Jesus through listening and reading scripture and also thought about how scripture can give us advice or strength when we are facing a challenge. Year 3 were given some bible readings and had to choose which one could give them advice or strength if they were facing a challenge. In Maths this week we have been learning to find fractions of shapes and amounts, particularly focusing on adding fractions. We had a really interesting lesson where our classroom was transformed into a Pizzeria. The children got given the to play at being the customers (working out two fractions that can be added together to make one whole), being chefs (using manipulative to make the fraction pizzas) and being waiters (writing fractions correctly). I am so delighted with the brilliant English work Year 3 have been doing this week. We have been learning about the way that persuasive writing uses rhetorical questions, exaggeration and interesting language features like similes, alliteration and repetition. Although we are still working towards our EPOW (every piece of work) list, made up of things we should including in every piece of work whether that is in class or at home. We should have our final adverts for Phillipa’s Family Fruit Farm for you to enjoy next week at parents evening.
Year 3 EPOW checklist
- I have used capital letters at the beginning of a sentence, for the word ‘I’ and also for all proper nouns too.
- I have marked the end of an idea with the right piece of punctuation which could be a full stop, an exclamation mark or a question mark.
- I have used clear joined handwriting (but not joining to capital letters) and all of my ascending letters reach up to the line above and my descending letters reach down to the line below.
- I have used commas where they work well, in order to create a short pause in a sentence; so that the reader can take breath to improve the structure of my sentence and when I am writing in a list.
- I have been careful when spelling words- not only thinking about the sounds each letter makes, but also thinking about the spelling rules and handwriting patterns my eyes and hands are used to. Also, any spellings I am unsure of I have underlined, gone back to and checked in a dictionary.