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Autumn Term 2018 Week 6

Maths

In maths this week we've spent time learning different strategies to solve subtraction problems.  During one maths session, Mrs Wing dropped in to see how the children were getting on.   She said that she'd had a lovely time in our class and that all the children were working very hard.  She really liked the "Chilli Challenges" that the children were completing.  These are different levels of maths challenges that the children try once the main part of their work is complete.  "Mild" being the most straightforward challenge, then "Spicy" and finally "Hot" being the trickiest.

English

We have continued our work on fables and are still working on War and Peas by Michael Foreman. The children have been introduced to "prepositions" (words such as: behind, middle, next to, beside, around) and they have been trying hard to include them in their writing this week.

Science

We looked at how soil is made from rocks.  We also made our volcanoes erupt using bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and red food colouring.  Quote from Noel, "This is the best day ever!" Luckily, there was lots of bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and white vinegar left over as Mrs Morrall had bought plenty.  We will make our volcanoes erupt again, after all Volcanoes can erupt more than once!

R.E.

We were so proud of the children during the church service, sharing their information with everyone about Harvest in India.  Then on Friday, the Rev Penny Thomson joined our RE lesson, where we made posters to promote a Harvest Festival Service.

P.E.

We still continue to enjoy this generally warm Autumn weather by doing our PE lessons outside.  This week, we continued to practice our throwing and catching but we also learnt another Netball rule, how to pivot on one foot so that we can change the direction of our throw.  We definitely had lots of laughs and fun learning how to pivot!

 

Autumn Term 2018 Week 5

Maths

This week we've continued to add 3 digit numbers with renaming (what was called regrouping/carrying) and have just started a new unit that focuses on subtraction.  It was also very exciting to start our times tables/division facts tests this week. 

English

We started a new English focus on "Fables" this week.  The children have read and discussed the classic fable; The Hare and the Tortoise and are now looking at a more alternative fable called "War and Peas" by Michael Foreman.  We will be working on this over the next few weeks, building up to the children writing their own fable.

Art/Topic

The children worked in pairs to design and make volcanoes out of play dough.  Once they have dried out, the children will paint them.

R.E.

As we enter the build up to our school Harvest Festival Church Service on the 11th October, we spent time thinking about how Christians celebrate harvest.  We also looked at how India celebrates Harvest. It was very exciting when Aanya's mum visited our class to tell us how their family and other Indian communities celebrate festivals at this time of year.

 

Autumn Term 2018 Week 4

 

Maths

The children have been very busy using their place value knowledge to work out some tricky calculations this week. We are really proud of how they are using their existing knowledge.

English

We have been busy ‘reporting’ on the ‘True story of the 3 little pigs’! The children have produced some wonderful newspaper articles which they are very proud of. 

Science

In science we tested to see if all rocks are waterproof.  The children found out that chalk is the least waterproof.

R.E.  

This week we looked at why baptism is important for Christians.  We also made a cross out of paper by using just folds and and one small tear.  Please see the Gallery section for pictures. 

Topic

We have continued to find out about volcanoes, especially Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. We have learned about what makes a volcano extinct or active and Mrs Bartlett was interested to learn that Edinburgh castle is built on an extinct volcano!

 

The most exciting thing to happen this week was going swimming for the first time! The children were incredibly well behaved and followed instructions given to them by their swimming teachers. Everybody tried really hard and really enjoyed the session. Anaya said ‘It was such fun, we got to do lots of strokes!’ Roll on next week!

 

Have a good weekend everyone 😊

Autumn Term 2018 Week 3

 

English

This week we have started our Guided Reading sessions.  They have worked very well, with lots of children being engrossed in a variety of reading and book activities everyday.

We have also spent some time introducing speech marks/inverted commas to the children.

Maths

We've started the next chapter in our Maths No Problem books, which is addition and subtraction.  The children have begun by looking at "counting on" as a way of adding small numbers to larger numbers. In year 2 we used a 100 square to help us but in year 3 we've been using a 1000 square!

Science

In science we tested rocks to see which one was the hardest and which one was the softest.  We found out that granite was the hardest and chalk was the softest.

R.E.

We've continued learning about Christian baptism but this week we've focused on the role of the God Parents.  We watched a short film showing a baby being baptised in a Christian church and saw the God Parents making special promises to the baby.

Topic

We are continuing our learning about Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  This week we looked at a map of the world that showed the "Ring Of Fire" - which is an area that contains most of the Volcanoes and is also where most earthquakes occur.

P.E.

We have still been enjoying the relatively mild weather and love our outdoor PE lessons.  This week the children learnt a new netball pass, bounce pass. Please see our Gallery section which shows some of the children practising this new skill.

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2018 Week 2

English

This week the children have started looking at newspaper articles because they are learning to be journalists! They have identified the features of a newspaper report and have found out the differences between fact and opinion .

Maths

The children have continued their work on place value and have spent time learning about number sequences

Science 

We went on a "Rock Hunt" around the school and identified what had been made of rocks and why rocks had been used for this particular purpose.  Please see the Gallery section for pictures.

Topic

The children loved learning about the different layers of the Earth and how volcanoes erupt.  They we all enthralled when we watched a video of how a volcano erupts which was set to dramatic music! 

R.E. 

This week the children learnt about Christian Baptism and the significance of important objects (such as a candle, the font, a shell and a Christening gown) during the ceremony.

 

Autumn Term 2018 Week 1 

Chestnut Class have had a great first week back in school.  They have all returned refreshed and ready to learn.  

English

In English, Mrs Morrall wrote a letter to the class, telling them what she wanted to improve about her learning this year.  The children then wrote letters back to Mrs Morrall, telling her what they wanted to improve about their learning too.  They all had interesting ideas and a very good sense of what would help their own individual progress.

Maths

In Maths, the children have been learning about place value in 3 digit numbers.  They have also been learning to write 3 digit numbers in numerals and words.

Science

The children spent time looking at a variety of rocks and fossils.  They handled them and used magnifying glasses to look at them in detail.  They then carefully drew and described them.

Art

The children enjoyed learning about Andy Goldsworthy and his sculptures made out of natural resources.  Please look at the "Gallery" section to see photos of the children's work.

French

The children learned three greetings; salut (hi), bonjour (hello/good day) and bonsoir (good evening.)  We all had fun playing games using these greetings. The children will also be encouraged to use these greetings during registration time.

P.E.

We had a good netball lesson.  All the children were very confident throwing the ball as a "chest pass" and catching it.

 

 

 

 

 

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