Thoughts of the week 14/02/20
We have enjoyed our work looking at newspapers this week. A highlight was creating headlines - the class came up with very inventive ones that used alliteration, rhymes, word play and puns!
In Maths, we have learnt about one of my favourite methods ever, the grid method! It helps us to multiply larger numbers by partitioning the numbers. For example, if we have 256 x 7, we do 200 x 7; 50 x 7; 6 x 7 then add the answers up.
In Science, we created a class circuit with children acting as the components, then answering questions about different scenarios. We then tried to beat a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire electricity-themed game. We had some good discussions about which answer to go for and... WE WON! Sadly, I do not have a million pound cheque to hand at the moment!
I wish you all a enjoyable and relaxing half-term break!
Thoughts of the week 07/02/20
We finished our English topic on The Iron Man by writing up our hot writes. I really enjoyed marking them, with characters ranging from blob fish to aliens, and settings such as a snow globe and enchanted forests. Very imaginative writing in Lime Class!
Our work has continued on Multiplication and Division this week in Maths. Our focus has been on learning factors (numbers that divide equally into another number). For example, 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 are factors of 16. The Superheroes Times Tables has also been coming on nicely, with recall getting a lot quicker. There should be some more movement to the next levels soon, so keep practicing as much as you can!
Thoughts of the week 31/01/20
We have finished our unit on fractions and decimals in Maths this week, and have started our new topic of multiplication and division. We started by revising the 9 times tables - special thanks to Kera for showing me and the rest of the class a very useful method for working out what 9 multiplied by any number is! You did a brilliant job being the teacher at the front of the class!!
In English, we are building towards writing our own meeting tale. We finished the Iron Man book, and had some wonderful descriptions and emotions of how the Iron Man and the dragon were feeling after their tests of strength! On Thursday and Friday, we planned our own meeting tales, and they look very interesting with lots of different characters and settings!
The classroom was full of bulbs, batteries and wires on Wednesday as we tested whether circuits would be complete or incomplete. I then set the children a challenge of adding other components to their circuits to see if they could get them to work too.
Our circuit work will give us some good ideas for our Art / D.T. work, where I introduced the brief of designing a robot head with light up eyes. The children have started by sketching their designs in their books, ready to turn into creations over the next couple of weeks.
Thoughts of the week 24/01/20
The class have continued their work on fractions and decimals, and have consolidated their learning on how they relate to each other. We also linked to other Maths skills like times tables and greater or smaller than (good memory with the greedy "crocodile" facing the larger number to eat it!).
The enthusiastic exploration of The Iron Man in English has led to fantastic retellings of the build-up, with brilliant use of exciting adjectives, similes, ellipsis and questions. Special mention to Paddy, who used a word he learnt in French lessons in his writing!
We have explored how to make repeating patterns in Art this week. We planned our designs then engraved them onto a polystyrene tile. Later in the week, we painted them and repeatedly pressed them onto paper in different colours.
We have introduced 30 words that the children should be showing in their learning and attitude. I have been pleased with the amount of resilience, teamwork, questioning and understanding that the children have shown, to name but a few of our new character muscles.
Thoughts of the week 17/01/20
We have been continuing our work on the Iron Man book this week, with a particular focus on suspense. I have been very pleased with the features that we remembered from our last topic, and seen us develop our use of metaphors and personification.
Our Maths has seen us learn more about fractions, such as how to simplify them and add them together. We have started to see the relationship between fractions and decimals.
We have done lots of work with our topic. In Geography, we used atlases to explore where the countries and capitals of the United Kingdom are, what seas surround us, and what regions and counties there are in England. Art have seen us plan our designs for our repeating patterns, and Science involved learning about the hazards of electricity that we might find in the home and the wider world.
Thoughts of the week 10/01/20
A very Happy New Year to everyone! We have had a very exciting week back after the break! I have been thrilled with how much the class has been enjoying the book we are reading this term - 'The Iron Man'. They have come up with some very interesting predictions of what might happen, and descriptions full of similes and metaphors.
We have started looking at fractions (not as scary as some of us thought!) and I have been extremely impressed with how much the class has taken on board. We have been thinking very hard about what fractions represent, how we can count in fraction sequences, and what a fraction of an amount is. We also had fun making our own fraction walls.
Our new topic is 'What Goes Bang', and we had our Wow day on Tuesday. We tried to make bulbs light up using potatoes and lemons instead of batteries. Unfortunately, the experiment didn't work, though I was one very proud teacher seeing the amount of resilience and perseverance the children showed in trying different strategies to make it work!
Thoughts of the week 20/12/19
The children have really enjoyed our poetry focus over the past two weeks, especially nonsense poems and Kennings poems. They came up with some very inventive nonsense words, and the Kennings riddles were excellent and very creative - I was definitely struggling with a few!
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I'm looking forward to lots of fun learning and investigating in 2020!
Making our own instruments
Thoughts of the week 13/12/19
We have been feeling very festive in Lime Class! We greatly enjoyed the Pantomime ("Oh yes we did!") and have made a class Christmas tree as part of our continuous provision.
We have finished our topic on traditional tales, and I loved reading all the hot writes and seeing the progress the children have made. We have also been working hard on using chunking to divide in Maths. Where possible, can we be practicing times tables at home as they are really important and will help in our lessons?
This week has been especially creative as we have made our Viking houses out of cardboard and have made our own instruments as part of our Music topic on sound.
Thoughts of the week 29/11/19
We have been very busy this week! We have worked very hard on learning a new method to help with our multiplication - grid multiplication. All the practicing on 10ticks and our Superhero times tables has really helped us with applying the multiplication facts we know to trickier questions. I have been especially impressed with the level of explanations of how we use grid multiplication - see if the children can explain it to you too!
Making our Christmas crafts has been a big focus this week, and I am delighted to say that we have made some lovely wreath designs using templates of our hands, and delicate trees made from ribbons and string. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Fayre on Wednesday!
Thoughts of the week 17/11/19
We have enjoyed starting our new topic of traditional tales in English, and have been exploring features of well-known tales alongside our focus text The Cobbler and the Dragon. The tale has proven very popular and has helped inspire some very creative writing!
In Science, we have been investigating how sound travels, and to help us, we created string telephones. Contrary to popular belief, this is not what I used to communicate when I was young!
I have set up a creative table for the children to extend their learning in different ways. We have already seen a very impressive Asgard built out of boxes, and had one musical stage begin to take shape. I look forward to updating you on the children's creations.
Thoughts of the week 09/11/19
The children have really enjoyed the instruction topic, and we had a very practical lesson on Wednesday with them following their own instructions to make a jam sandwich. They all made a better job than I did!!
Everyone has been working hard on our Maths topic on time. Our focus this week has been converting between 12-hour and 24-hour time. See if they can tell you the time in both forms at home!
I have been very impressed with the class' efforts in music to have a go at playing musical pieces on the glockenspiel and keeping up with the fast pace of the notes. We are working on making sure we have a growth mindset and always try and be resillent.
Thoughts of the week 02/11/19
The class has made an excellent start to the second half of the Autumn term. We started the week with a Wow Day focusing on our new topic, the Vikings. We had a great day making helmets and shields and use lots of our creativity skills to work out the best way to make them.
In English, we are looking at instruction texts. I enjoyed competing with Mrs Hill to see who could make the best jam sandwich - sadly I lost as the instructions I was following were not very precise. Apparently, I can't just put the jam jar on top of the bread!! Next week, the children will be writing their own instructions and following them to make their own jam sandwich.
The new homework has been sent out and I enjoyed thinking of all the activities to extend our learning and getting creative at home. As a reminder, all the homework should be in by Wednesday of the last week of term. If you want to bring it in as you complete it, that is fine.
Vikings Wow Day!
Anglo-Saxon Wow Day!
Thoughts of the week 12/10/19
We have had a very busy week in Lime Class! We've had a large focus on our Anglo-Saxon topic this week, with the children loving our Anglo-Saxon WOW day on Wednesday! We are very grateful to Gregoric for coming to our school and teaching us what life was like in Anglo-Saxon times. We saw what Anglo-Saxons would have worn, the weapons they used, and played various games from the time. We also tried writing ancient runes using quills and ink.
We made Anglo-Saxon brooches too using clay. The children really enjoyed finding out the most successful ways to model the clay into round, flat shape, and were extremely creative with the details. We then painted them on Friday and loved mixing colours to make gold, silver and bronze. The results were absolutely fantastic and very eye-catching!
Thoughts of the week 06/10/19
We have had a very creative week in Lime Class and I have been very impressed with the level of effort and concentration. In English, we have been writing recounts of events from the Beowulf book, and had a fantastic lesson on Wednesday where we were feature spotting and included lots of the features in our own writing.
We have had a big focus on art this week! In Science, we drew detailed sketches of insects and used grids to help us scale up our drawings. For our Anglo-Saxon topic, we created brilliant, vibrant longboats using oil pastels. We had a lot of fun making different textures for the sky, boats and waves!
We ended the week by designing our Christmas cards - we had a class theme of a snowman and everyone made such lovely designs. These were sent home with the children on Friday.
Superhero Times Tables sheets
22/09/19 Thoughts on the week
I was very impressed with the hot writes that the class produced on Wednesday 18th September. They rewrote the story of Beowulf, and it was great to see how much they had enjoyed the book as it really showed in the enthusiasm in their writing! I loved the tweaks to the story that some children did so the story had a happier ending!
Everyone is working so hard on their Superhero times tables. I can see massive progress from every child each day by getting further in their sheet, faster recall and remembering some of the tricks we have shared!
08/09/19 Thoughts on the week
We have had a very busy first full week back!
In Maths, we have been looking at place value. In English, we have started reading our book, Beowulf, and have written fantastic character descriptions! Beowulf links up with our half-term topic of the Anglo-Saxons, and we have looked at who they were and where they came from.
We have also worked on the Take One Picture challenge of using Renoir's painting The Umbrellas as a stimulus to think of different questions that we have about the piece, and considering what is going on in the picture.