Friday, 17 March 2017

Week beginning 13th March 2017

I hope you have all had a great week and the children have been returning home full of enthusiasm as we have begun rehearsals.

The children have been spending a lot of time learning songs, dances and lines for our production of 'The Pirates of the Curry Bean.'

We still had time to enjoy a history workshop on Tuesday, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They learned about prehistoric animals and the fossils that have been left behind.

We also had our 'Animal Experience' this week which the children enjoyed. Every child had the opportunity to hold an animal and it was refreshing to note the lack of fear. Everyone held a creature and I have some amazing photos.

We will be following up this wonderful and informative experience by looking into the habitats of all the animals we saw and learning how they adapt to their environments.











Next Week

Next week will be our final week of rehearsals and will take up a lot of time. I will be working on maths and literacy during non-rehearsal sessions.

We will be working on various methods for subtraction and will be brushing up on our mathematical vocabulary.

We will complete our work on The Iron Man, finishing with a story board which we will use to write the story from the perspective of The Iron Man.

We will be continuing with PE and Music as usual.

Pirates of the Curry Bean

The letters have gone out requesting costumes. Thank you so much for your support with this. Many costumes have arrived in school in labelled plastic bags. If you are having difficulty finding the costume you have been asked to supply, please have a chat with me after school.

The letters for the tickets have also gone out, so choose the performance you would like to see and return the form as soon as possible.

I hope you have a pleasant and restful weekend

Y Davis

Friday, 10 March 2017

Week beginning 6th March 2017

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy week. The children have completed their design projects which were models of the new nursery building. Thank you so much for all the items you sent in as there was plenty to go around.

Some of the children have already begun rehearsals for our production of 'Pirates of The Curry Bean.'
The rehearsals will increase in number as we get nearer to the final production. We sent letters home today asking for your help with costumes. The children can look up the songs on You Tube and on the Year 5 blog there is further information regarding the production.



Here are some pictures from World Book Day which was last week. The children had a wonderful day and they were all able to tell the class about their books of choice and why they chose their characters.

 
 
 
 
 
Week Beginning 13th March 2017/Next Week's Subjects
 
Literacy
 
We will be continuing our work on The Iron Man. This week they wrote diary entries, so this will be followed up with creating effective story openers and story boards.
 
We will also be beginning our persuasive writing which starts with advertising.
Please can the children bring in magazines from home as we will be looking at the power of advertising before we begin writing our own adverts.
 
Maths
 
Next week we will be working on subtraction and the various methods that can be used to subtract 4 digit numbers from 4 digit numbers. The children will be given the opportunity to choose a preferred method.
 
Thank you all for helping the children with their times tables and divisions. I have noticed a huge improvement since you have been using the cards with them.
 
Science
 
We will be finding out more about the living things in our local area and the children will be choosing what they want to research.
On Thursday afternoon we are being visited by lots of wonderful creatures and we will be given information about their habitats so that we can compare them to the things we find in our local area. The children are very excited for this visit.
 
History/Geog
 
We also have another treat next week as the children will be taking part in a history workshop that is coming to school on Monday and Tuesday.
 
RE
 
We are continuing to look at the importance of food in religions and will be focussing on The Gudwara and how there is a special room for communl meals within this place of worship.
 
Music
 
We are all rehearsing for our school production and the songs are lively and fun!
 
ICT
 
The children will be creating documents on Living Things and their Habitats and we are currently using video to record poetry recitals. The children are learning how to load the video onto the computer and access it when they want to.
 
Spanish
 
We will be working on speaking and writing short phrases of introduction.
 
I hope you all have a restful and happy weekend.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Week beginning 27th February 2017

We have had a fun and exciting week! Our trip to The British Museum was a huge success. The children were engaged and interested throughout the visit. They were fascinated by the mummies and bodies! The visit consolidated their prior knowledge and understanding.



















The trip was also great fun!

We also celebrated World Book Day and the costumes were amazing! The children presented their characters to the rest of the class and explained why they chose their favourite books.

Next week I will post some photos from World Book Day.

Next Week's Plans

Maths

We will be continuing to focus on subtraction for the beginning of the week and the children will be solving problems and investigations that involve their chosen method of subtraction.
From Wednesday onwards we will be starting to work with time. We will be learning AM and PM and converting PM times to 24 hour clocks.
We will finally be working on perimeters of rectangles.

Literacy

We will be finishing reading The Iron Man this week. This will be the focus for much of our literacy work. The children will be writing exciting story openers, describing settings that are portrayed in the book and creating a story board which re-tells the story in chunks.
We will also be working on producing paragraphs in our written work and looking at clauses.

Science

We will be starting our project on 'Living Things and their Habitats' next week. the children are very excited about this topic.
We will be sorting living things into categories and learning about their characteristics.

History

We will be looking at time lines and using this in context with place value.

Spanish

The children will be learning new Spanish greetings this week.

Religious Studies

We are continuing our focus on food within different religions and this week we will learn how Sikhs use communal meals as a focal point in their religion.

ICT

The children will be researching on a variety of sites for information on Living Things and their Habitats. They will be recording poetry recitals taking photographs of living things within our local area.

PSHE

We are working on our personal goals and this week and next week the focus will be 'cooperation.'


Model Making

As part of our Design and Technology project we have been drawing plans to scale for the new nursery building. The children would like to extend this work by building a model of the building, using their design plans. Could the children bring in any appropriate resources to help us achieve our goal.

The children wrote a list of what they needed and it included:

Fabrics
Wood
Toilet roll holders
Plastic bottles
Yoghurt pots
Used matches
Flooring
Pom poms
Pipe cleaners
Lolly sticks

Anything else that you feel would be useful.

Many thanks.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yvette Davis






 



Friday, 24 February 2017

Week beginning 20th February 2017

We have had such a fun week!

On Wednesday Miss Davis' brother came to spend the day with us. He is in his final year as a trainee architect. He put a fantastic day on for the children! They had building challenges, bridge structuring and building design plans to carry out. The children learned so much and enjoyed every moment.

We have been thinking about the new nursery building plans and our focus for DT this term is planning, designing and building.
Here are a few pictures of our special day.


I hope the children told you all about it.
We will be following up from this by refining our designs of the new nursery building.

Next week

Maths

We will be starting to work with money using written and mental methods.
We will be working on place value and subtraction using written methods.

Thank you for working with your children on the times table cards I have been sending home. This method is definitely helping many of the children learn them.

Literacy

We have been working from a poem taken from 'The Iron Man' and this week we will be reading the book and looking at different aspects of the story, writing, characters and style.

We will also continue our daily spellings activities and be working on using paragraphs in our written work.

Science

We will be starting our 'Living Thing and their Habitats' project. We will be looking at the work the children carried out during the holiday and we will be grouping living things into categories.

We will be learning about the characteristics of living things.

History/Geography

we are all very excited about our trip to The British Museum next week. We will be studying in The Egyptian Gallery and this will be followed up in the classroom with more extensive research projects.

Spanish

We will be continuing to work on conversation as the children are becoming more familiar with this each week.

DT and Art

We will be refining our nursery building designs and plans and thinking about materials for the designs

ICT

The children will be using digital media to record poetry recitals.

PSHE

We will be looking at loss and change this week. I have several books that we will be working through. If anyone would like a book list please let me know.

RE

We will be learning about the importance of food in different religions with our main focus on Christianity and Sikhism.

I hope you have a restful weekend.




Friday, 10 February 2017

Week beginning 6th February 2017

We have had a busy, but fun week in Year 4.
We have been learning about Hinduism and one of the children brought some beautiful clothes and jewellery and we had a procession, which was fun.
The children have produced some beautiful water colour paintings for our art topic 'portraying relationships.'
We have created some amazing poetry, including calligrams, haikus and kennings, which are on display in the classroom.
Next term we will be learning about living things and their habitats. I have explained to the children that it would be great if they carried out some research in the holidays. This is entirely optional.

Below is a brief outline of what we will be covering next half term.

Literacy

We will be continuing looking at poetry and will be focussing on one particular poem 'The Coming of the Iron Man.' We will also be reading The Iron Man story.
We will also be working on the non-fiction based topic of persuasive writing.

Maths

We will be on data handling, measures, calculating, and understanding shape in conjunction with our usual focus on number, tables and division.

Science

We will be completing our work on solids, liquids and gases during the first week of term and follow on with our new project living things and their habitats.

Art/DT

We are extremely lucky as a trainee architect will be coming in to assist with our design and technology project on buildings and structures.

RE

We  are continuing to learn about Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism and will be finding out about the importance of food for these religions and the importance of communal meals.

History and Geography

We will be completing our Ancient Egyptian project and this will include our trip to The British Museum. The children are staff are really excited.

I wish you all a happy half term holiday and look forward to seeing the children on Monday 20th February.





Friday, 3 February 2017

30th January 2017

This week we have been looking at different forms of poetry and the children have written their own haikus and kennings which will soon be on display in the classroom.

We have also been studying angles, lines and symmetry which they have enjoyed.

We are starting a new art project this week as will look at portraying relationships through art.

For the last week before half term we will be continuing with our Ancient Egyptian project and will be covering the following;
SAFER INTERNET DAY

Hello

Referring to my previous post regarding Tuesday is 'Safer Internet Day',
please see the link below to what we will be looking at how to use the internet safely.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017


Image result for uk safer internet day logo
Mrs Beadle
Please see attached link with the details regarding our Middle School Production.

http://year5littleheath.blogspot.co.uk/p/pirates-of-curry-bean-cast-list.html

Please see attached link regarding Safer Internet Day;





Literacy

We will continuing to look at different forms of poetry and by the end of the week the children will be able to write poems of shape, kennings, haikus and poems with meaning and rhyme.
They are enjoying this subject.

Maths

The children will be concentrating on multiplication and division next week. They will be dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. They will be solving problems using multiplication and division.

All the children have been given times table and division cards to take home. This seems to be helping as the results for the recent tests have improved. I suggested that the children put one on each stair and say the table as they do so. Many children have said this has really helped. We change the cards every week and they should be taken home on Mondays.

Science

The children have been enjoying the weekly experiments and we will have another week to learn about solids, liquids and gases. This week we will be looking at the water cycle. We will also be testing how different solids dissolve in different liquids.

Humanities

We will be continuing our investigation into life in Ancient Egypt.
We will also be looking at Hinduism. If you have any artefacts at home that could be shared in class that would be really helpful and enjoyable. Some of the children have already asked if they can bring things in.


Spanish

We will be learning the names of colours in Spanish next week.

Art

We will be completing our portrayal of relationships through art this week as we use water colours to paint our representations.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Davis




Saturday, 21 January 2017

Week beginning 16th January 2017

It has been an exciting week for us. The children have been rehearsing their plays for our literacy project and are hoping to perform them to the younger children later next week.

They have really enjoyed working on their Ancient Egyptian head dresses and we have put them up on display in the class room.

Thank you for coming to meet me on Friday, it was great to see so many of you.

Thank you for your ideas and thoughts and I will be providing the children with a class 'worry box' so that they are able to share their thoughts and feelings, which in turn informs me of any concerns.

I also want to explain how the spellings will be managed from now on, as this was discussed at length and I needed to check procedures with school policy.

I will be giving the children ten spellings on Mondays. All the children will get the same words. we will be working with the words every day at school and there will be a variety of activities that we will work on together so that these words become familiar. I will type the spellings that they will be taking home to ensure there are no spelling mistakes. The tests will be on Fridays.

I will be making sure that the children take books home and that I check each evening that they have books ready to read at home plus any letters, spellings and tables etc.

I really appreciated your feedback and hope that you all find this runs smoothly.

The work we will be covering next week is as follows:

Literacy

The children will be working on stage dir
ection, expression and body language to polish their play performances. Hopefully, we will be able to share their work with children in KS1.

They will also be writing their own short scripts from stories that they have produced.

Mathematics

We will be working on different methods of multiplication, the grid method, partitioning and column method. The children will have a times table test on Friday and during the week we will be working on mental multiplication and division facts.

Science

We had great fun last week when we carried out 'the balloon pop up' test and the children were able to write clear explanations of the experiment. This week we will continue with another experiment to test how a substance can change from a liquid to a solid and a liquid to a gas and how this can be reversed.

History/Geography

Continuing and completing the research projects on Ancient Egypt and sharing their findings with the class.

RE

Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity - sharing common themes and looking at different ways of celebrating important events

Music

Egyptian music and songs

PHSE

Personal goals and ambitions

Art

Portraying relationships through a variety of art forms

I hope you all have a great week.

Ms Davis