Autumn Term 2019
Autumn term 1
This week we agreed our very own class Tamar rules, creating posters on how to work as a team for the year ahead. We looked at the front cover of our new English book ‘Ottoline and Yellow Cat’. We discussed who we thought the main characters were and what the story might be about. In groups, we role played our ideas using our confidence and respect and responsibility. For our reading books, we created our very own reading bookmarks and discussed our favourite books to read. In mathematics, we played mathematics bingo, revising our place value knowledge in pairs. Finally, we all discussed something fun that happened during the summer holidays.
In this week we have started to read our English book ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’ and looked at our predictions from last week about the characters. We created character profiles after reading the first chapter and compared them to our initial thoughts from the front cover. In topic, we have started to learn about the Stone Age and how far and wide we are connected to the Neolithic man. We used our confidence to create and plan our very own TV advert for a bow and arrow. We have also learnt about the four basic parts of a plant in science. In PE, we have been beginning to learn about tag rugby and how to tackle each other safely using obstacle courses.
During this week we have continued to learn about the life process of a plant. We used the acronym ‘MRS GREN’ to help us remember the necessary features of living organisms. In groups, we created posters for MRS GREN for our topic wall. In topic we learnt about Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands and the dwellings that William Watt discovered in 1850. We learnt about how the Stone Age people lived and looked at how we are connected to them. In English, we continued to read our book ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’, looking at descriptions of the characters.
This week we have been learning about the different components of a book. We discovered what different parts of the book were called and compared different book blurbs. In groups we chose our favourite book blurb and looked at how the author entices the reader to read the book using the blurb. We then role played out our freeze frames of our favourite blurbs. In mathematics, we have been continuing to use our place value knowledge to compare and order numbers using our greedy alligator. In gymnastics we have been practicing landing safely and balancing with control. Finally, in French we have been learning how to say ‘hello’, ‘goodnight’ and other greetings for our French conversations.
This week we celebrated the ten year anniversary of Open the Book. On Tuesday we wore our celebration hats and enjoyed the play of Zacchaeus and Jesus. Also this week, we have been sequencing the story of Ottoline and the Yellow cat, looking at the opening, problem, build-up, resolution and ending of the story. We planned out the story using these 5 subheadings and used time adverbials to lay out the story. In mathematics, we have been learning to find 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more and less. In pairs, we tested each other to find more and less from any number given. In history we learnt about how houses have changed over time and how hillforts were used in the Iron Age.
This week in PE, we have been learning how to pass a rugby ball correctly and learnt about the rules of passing. On Thursday we did a BBC live lesson about our emotions and wellbeing. It helped us understand our emotions and gave us helpful ideas for how we can recognise our emotions and self-care. In mathematics, we have practiced our understanding of finding 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more and less. We have also been learning about negative numbers. We have been counting back and on from negative numbers as well as plotting negative numbers on a number line. Finally, we have begun to plan our own mystery stories based on Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, thinking of our own problems and build up.
During this week, we have been learning how to throw and catch the ball correctly in tag rugby. We learnt to spin the ball with our hands to make the ball travel further. In English, we have been finishing off our very own mystery story. We used features of mystery story to build suspense and edited our build up to add mystery. During RE, we had a whole class debate about why and how God created the world and what happened. In mathematics, we have been learning to round to the nearest, 10, 100 and 1000. We have been using our place value knowledge to round up and down from any given number.
Autumn Term 2
A warm welcome back class Tamar! This week we were very lucky to have Chartwells in to discuss the importance of healthy eating. We made our very own Mexican wraps with delicious vegetables and learnt where the vegetables come from. Also this week, we finished our science experiments of the transportation of water through the stem using blue food colouring. We discussed how to make it a fair scientific test and recorded our results. In PE, we have begun our half term topic of football. We have begun by learning how to dribble the ball and learnt how to control our passing.
This week we have started to read our English story the Stone Age boy. Using the illustrations we have written sentences using prepositional phrases and descriptive sentences to explain what the Neolithic people were doing around the campsite. In PE, we have continued to practice our dribbling skills with control and have learnt how to receive a pass from a team mate. In mathematics we have continued our new topic of addition and subtraction. This week, we have been learning how to add 1, 10, 100 and 1000 on to any given number. Finally, we dissected our flower on Friday for our science end point. We labelled and sectioned each seven parts of a flower.
On Friday we have been practising our songs for the Christmas play and counted all of the money from our coin trail for Children in Need. This week we have been learning about Stone Age cave paintings and researching why they were important. We learnt about why Stone Age people painted cave paintings and what the Stone Age believed. In Jigsaw, we were looking at differences and discussing what makes us different or similar. We discussed whether we had different fingerprints, so used print for images of our thumbs and fingers and talked about how far and wide we are connected as a class.
This week we have finished reading our English book ‘the Stone Age boy’. All week we predicted what will happen next and discussed the main characters feelings, thoughts and motives. We discussed why the author and the illustrator used Neolithic animals in the story and explained why the boy became an archaeologist. In science, we discussed and planned our ideas for a reflective badge for our school bags. We learnt about reflection and refraction and predicted which materials will be the most reflective. During PE, we played evasion games in football and learnt how to tackle safely. In mathematics, we learnt how to add and subtract mentally using many different strategies.
This week we have been learning about the features of a non-chronological report. In groups we highlighted the different features of a non-chronological report and discussed what report we could write on the Stone Age boy. We then planned out the first parts of our non-chronological report on the Stone Age boy. We have continued to practice our Christmas performances, adding cool dance moves to our songs. In PE, we have been working in groups to win various balance games using cones and a ball. In mathematics, we learnt how to subtract using column method and practiced exchanging when needed.
During this week we have been finishing off our non-chronological reports on the Stone Age. We have learnt about the importance of subheadings and how sentence openers make our writing more interesting to read. In geography, we have been learning about the seas and rivers in and around the UK. We used atlases and maps to find the four seas surrounding the UK and identified the 10 largest rivers in the UK.
Also, we have been learning about reflection and have been testing our hypotheses of which material will reflect the most light. Our investigation found that CDs created a prism effect when reflecting light. This week we have been singing our hearts out practising our songs for the Mount Edgecumbe carol concert.