Snow Day Learning
Maths: This week we will be learning about Area and Perimeter. Find out what these words mean and try to find the area and perimeter of things around the house!
English: We will be writing a poem all about Miss Trunchbull this week. Can you find the features you might need to include? Try looking at some examples of poems online and see what they all have in common.
Extra Challenge: Think of some effective vocabulary to describe Miss Trunchbull ready for your poem.
Afternoon: Next term we will be starting our new topic Mighty Metals, carry out some research into this topic, how many different metals can you find in your house?
And finally...HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW! Take lots of photographs of any snowmen you have made! If you're not going outside, try and draw a picture of what you can see from your window or your ideal snowman!
This week we have published our letters to the Department of Education complaining about Miss Trunchbull. We all used formal language and persuasive sentence starters and Miss Smith was very impressed with the end result! Well done Octopus class!
In Maths we moved onto multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We found this tricky at first but after practising we realised all we had to do was move the digits! It all linked to place value and everyone managed to explain the process and have a go at the challenges.
To link to our morning learning we also wrote a letter to persuade in our Encompass Lesson. After learning all about Shark Finning we were disgusted so we wrote a letter to a restaurant who sells shark fin soup to complain, using all of our skills!
Science was a fun lesson this week because we turned into TV presenters! We all wrote a script and made our own episode explaining how sound travels to the ear. We looked at some good examples to see what needed to be included and they were all great!
In English we have started to write our letter of complaint to Trunchem Hall complaining about Miss Trunchbull's behaviour. We took part in drama as Amanda Tripp's parents to talk about how we felt and our thoughts on the matter.
In Maths we have moved onto Multiplication and learned about the different methods we could use to multiply. We have moved onto the grid method before ending with the column method.
This week we have had another exciting visitor for our Predator topic. Zoo2u visited our classroom and brought some animals in for us to see and even stroke. We discussed which features they had which made them good predators including sensitive eyesight, strong, muscly legs and sharp claws.
The visitor was impressed with everything we already knew about food chains and predators so Miss Smith was very proud that we'd remembered lots of information.
This week in English we have published our diary entry pretending to be Matilda on her first day at school. We spoke about her thoughts and feelings and discussed how to put these into our writing effectively. Out focus was to use a variety of punctuation which we all managed really well! Spelling is improving so much so please keep practising at home!
In Maths we have had a break from Fractions and learned how to answer word problems relating to addition and subtraction. We looked at different language that might help us to know which method to use and some of us managed to reach 2-step word problems, well done!
Our Encompass learning was all about crocodiles and alligators, we looked at where they live and what features they need to live safely.
Science was very exciting, we learned about vibrations and used a bass drum to see the vibration waves using paper clips!
In English this week we have launched our new topic Matilda by Roald Dahl. We have started to write character descriptions of Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey. We started the week by watching a video clip and discussed different words which would be appropriate to describe them. Next week, we will be starting to write a diary entry from Matilda's point of view describing her very first day at school, we can't wait!
In Maths, we continued learning about fractions, specifically equivalent fractions. We used lots of concrete materials to show these and started to learn that whatever happens to the denominator, happens to the numerator. We proved our learning using diagrams and answered true or false questions.
Encompass was very exciting because we watched an episode of Deadly 60 and started to plan our own episode for our own aquatic predators!
This whole week has been anti-bullying week so we have also taken time out of the usual curriculum to learn about the different types of bullying, producing a pic-collage and poster to explain what to do if you experience bullying.
This week we visited The Blue Planet Aquarium to launch our new topic of Aquatic Predators. We looked at the Sharks and Stingrays being fed by divers and took part in a Jawsome workshop where we learned lots of new facts about Sharks.
We had a fantastic day and can't wait to apply our learning and experiences in our Encompass lessons. Take a look at our photos from the day below:
Welcome back Octopus Class! After a week resting at home we've had another busy week on our first week back!
In English, we have started a new topic of 'Spooky Settings' to link to Halloween. This is something we asked for as a class so we're particularly enjoying our writing tasks. We've spent lots of time finding vocabulary and will finally publish our setting description next week!
In Maths, we have also started a new topic...FRACTIONS! During our engage we found the definitions of related vocabulary such as denominator, numerator, unit and non-unit fractions. We've used this language all week during our learning where we have explored finding fractions of amounts and compared fractions. Miss Smith used chocolate to show that the more people who share an object (the denominator), the smaller the pieces!
It was a very exciting week because we received a visit from a real soldier who came to discuss what life was like as a soldier in WW2 and the differences in today's army. We all enjoyed it and some of us even got to dress up! Take a look at the photographs below.
Please remember, it is our trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium on Wednesday 8th November. Could all children please be in school for 8:15, we can't wait!
It is the week before half term, we can't believe how quickly it has gone! We've had yet another busy week in Octopus class, including our Golden Time film treat with sweets and popcorn!
In English, we continued to work hard and wrote our own instructions to help the chickens of Foxearth Farm. We told them how to catch the devious fox to save their family! We used lots of features such as imperative verbs, bullet points, adverbs and adjectives.
In Maths our topic of the week was Money. We used all of the skills we've learned so far (place value, addition and subtraction) to add amounts together, find change and comparing different amounts. We enjoyed putting our learning into a real life context.
The afternoons have been very interesting too, we virtually dissected an owl pellet and looked at how they were formed. Some of us found this disgusting while others wanted to know even more and did extra research.
After a busy week we are ready for half term, have a lovely week off and stay safe!
This week we have produced our best piece of writing yet! We finally wrote our published diary entry pretending to be the devious fox from Foxearth Farm. We included lots of different skills including time adverbials, expanded noun phrases and thoughts and feelings. Miss Smith was very impressed with our writing and struggled to pick an English Superstar, well done!
In Maths we started to discover and use Roman Numerals. We started the week researching what they were and where we might find them in today's society. Some of us began to break secret codes in Roman Numerals using the skills we had learned.
We have continued learning about our Predator topic, looking at skeletons and why we need them. We enjoyed labelling different skeletons and researching the bones within them.
This week has been a very busy one as usual! In English we have started to write a diary entry pretending to be the sly, vicious fox at Foxearth Farm. We did lots of work on finding the features, planning our diary and role play work. Miss Smith can't wait to read the end product when we write our very own next week!
In Maths we have use the Rounding Rap and number lines to help us round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We are very proud of our determination throughout the week because it's something we found quite tricky but we're certainly on our way to becoming secure. We will revisit this in the future to make sure we fully understand the process.
In the afternoons we have written our very own poem about 3 deadly predators! Some of them were quite scary and everyone worked extremely hard to include all of the features including descriptive language, repetition and alliteration.
In Science we have been investigating which materials were magnetic and non-magnetic. We enjoyed our practical learning and can't wait for next week's investigation.
We have tried our best to catch the sly, vicious fox from Foxearth Farm this week by writing our own WANTED posters describing his appearance and personality. We used some powerful adjectives and focused on using different nouns for 'Fox' so it didn't sound repetitive. Well done Octopus Class!
In Maths we've moved our learning onto Calculation, adding and subtracting using the formal method. We tried so hard in these lessons and we're nearly there! We will revisit this further on in the year to make sure we're completely secure with it.
In PSHE we turned our classroom into a polling station. Lots of us stood for Class President and wrote a persuasive speech for the audience. Everyone had a vote and the winners were Naqi and Hur by just one vote!
We have been busy once again in Octopus Class. This week, we have written our own versions of the first chapter in our class book, The Fox Busters. We managed to use fronted adverbials, powerful adverbs and paragraphs! We are very proud of ourselves.
In Maths we have continued with Place Value to make sure we're secure. We've been ordering numbers using our knowledge of place value!
The most exciting part of our week was our Science investigation. Take a look at the photographs below. We investigated which material created the most friction. We found out that the material had the most.
This week we have been writing non-chronological reports about foxes which links to our key text 'The Fox Busters' by Dick King-Smith. We found out what the features were before using them in our own writing. Miss Smith was very impressed with some of our research, we all found out so much about foxes!
Maths has been all about place value! We have been so busy using concrete (dienes, place value counters and even marshmellows and cheerios!), pictorial and abstract methods. Take a look at some of our photographs below:
This week was our penultimate week in Octopus Class and we have only spent 60% as Octopus children! From Monday to Wednesday, we completed our usual learning as Octopus and then we were very excited to go to our new classes for two full days of transition on Thursday and Friday. Our class is going into either the Jellyfish Class with Mr Bevan, the Dolphin Class with Miss Davies-Moore and the Whales Class with Miss Brindley.
In English, we finished the first draft of our spooky stories, which told the tale of Tom and his adventure into the old, abandoned mansion house.
In maths, we became detectives as we completed maths challenges to work out whodunit in a murder mystery! We were very excited at the thought of solving the suspicious case!
In music with Mrs Barker, we enjoyed playing lots of singing and action games - look at how much fun we had!
We have enjoyed another fantastic week of learning in Octopus Class this week. In English, we have continued with our spooky stories theme and have started to write our own spooky story. Miss Brindley has been helping us to include a range of high level vocabulary to build up atmosphere and tension. She told us she wants to be too terrified to mark our stories!
In maths, we have been working with a variety of graphs, tables and charts when looking at statistics and data. We have also practised doubling and halving and had a refresher lesson on using short division.
In encompass, we learned about Native American stories. We focused on the Navajo Spiderwoman and had great fun working in groups to create a role play of the story. Look at our pictures below!
What a super end to another busy week in Octopus Class! This week, we were engrossed in our English lessons, which were all about spooky stories. We love this topic and we have spent our time thinking of lots of spooky vocabulary to describe a range of ghostly, ghoulish settings.
In maths, we have worked hard to secure our learning in some of the areas we weren't as confident in in our half termly assessment. We have all shown super resilience in our maths learning this year and Miss Brindley continues to be impressed as we achieve good and outstanding progress in our lessons on a daily basis.
On Thursday, we enjoyed taking part in an amazing art day, in which we studied the artwork of Hannah Cole. We produced a pencil sketch, a watercolour and a pastel version of a seaside inspired scene, which were then displayed in the art gallery for Waterside's 10 Year Anniversary Garden Party. If parents were unable to attend the party, children's artwork can still be purchased, for a small fee of £1.50.
In science, we went on a super sound hunt, using our ears to listen and rate the different sounds that we could hear around school.
We have enjoyed yet another fantastic week in Octopus Class this week, with lots of outdoor learning taking place in the beautiful sunshine.
In maths, we got hands on with perimeter and went to measure a variety of perimeters of shapes and objects on the playground. We also took our half termly assessment in maths this week and were eager to show our progress over the term.
In English, we took part in some exciting drama activities as part of our learning about the book The Day the Crayons Quit. Look out for the fabulous pictures of us! We used the drama to then inspire our persuasive writing and we took on the character of a crayon to convince our owner Duncan to give us a break.
Some of Octopus Class were chosen to represent Waterside at the Top Links Festival at Northwood Stadium. Check out the photos of this super afternoon on the Sports News section of the Waterside Website!
We finished the week with a lovely, calming art lesson where we researched the history of Native American head dresses and we then designed our own. Look how focused we were!
What another busy week for the Octopus class!
In English, we became poets for the week, with a focus on the poem The King of all the Dinosaurs, by Paul Cookson. We looked at the features of the poem, learned to recite the poem by heart and then created our own versions of the poem. We were able to use super descriptive language, as well as repetition and all four sentence types. Ask us for a rendition of the poem while it is fresh in our minds!
In maths, we were learning a range of skills that we need to know as we near the end of the school year, including rounding and estimating numbers, finding 10, 100 and 1000 more or less than a given number and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We were very shocked during arithmetic lessons this week, that we are expected to be able to complete 10 quick fire arithmetic questions within 30 seconds - that's one question every 3 seconds! We do love a challenge in octopus class, so we have remained focused and are showing lots of determination in beating our scores each day!
In encompass, we have been learning all about Florida and what an amazing place it is to visit for a family holiday. We were completely in awe of the videos we saw of the Sunshine State and we then used our learning to write a persuasive piece of writing to encourage people to visit.
Another highlight of our week was sports day, on the school field. We really did ourselves proud as we raced, cheered and supported each other. Look out for pictures below!
This week has been Health and Wellbeing Week at Waterside and Octopus class have enjoyed finding out more about how to keep our bodies and minds fit and healthy. We have taken part in a variety of activities including fitness circuits, food detectives, healthy teeth and mindfulness sessions. We were sad that sports day had to be cancelled because of the torrential rain and heavy winds on Tuesday, but we are excited that it has been rearranged to next Friday.
Look at our photos to see some of our Health and Wellbeing Sessions.
In maths this week, we have loved learning geometry. We have learned about symmetry, position, direction, translations and 2D shapes. What a lot of learning! We even managed to fit a mental maths test, a big maths test and a lesson about telling the time on top of all the geometry. What superstars we have been!
In English, we became Junior Journalists for the New York Times daily newspaper. We had to work shifts in the press office to report on the mysterious giant peach that landed on top of the Empire State Building. What a mystery! We learned all about the features of newspaper style writing, before compiling a newspaper report that even included direct and reported speech from a real American eyewitness. Look out for some of our published articles appearing on our blog!
What a super end to the term for Octopus class!
In maths, we have learned more about fractions, place value and we have looked at what is happening to each digit in a number when it is multiplied or divided by 10, 100 or 1000. We really got to grips with this and consolidated our learning using a hands on method where we became the digits. Look at our pictures to see what we have been up to.
In encompass, we independently researched the city of Los Angeles in America and compared our finding with the research we did in New York. We used atlases, online maps and a range of creative resources to produce a super double page spread in our encompass books.
In science, we continued learning about circuits as part of our electricity topic, this time with a focus on conductors and insulators. We were able to accurately describe each of these key terms and sorted materials according to whether they were conductors or insulators of electricity.
It has been another busy week in Octopus class with lots of fantastic learning going on each day.
In English, we have been developing our own story ending for James and the Giant Peach. We have been able to magpie some super vocabulary from the book and our guided reading lessons and Miss Brindley has been really impressed with us for using our newly acquired vocabulary in our story telling this week. We have also designed insects and flying seagulls to put on our new James and the Giant Peach inspired display. Photographs coming soon!
In maths, we have learned some new skills using multiplication and division. We can now explain the associative and distributive laws and integer scaling. We then completed some great learning using these skills including creating some peculiar potion recipes. Ask us to tell you more and we will explain!
We have enjoyed another hands on lesson in science this week. We were super excited and engaged when using equipment to make circuits. We were able to light up light bulbs and power fans and motors without any help from adults. What bright sparks we are!
It has been another fantastically productive week in Octopus class, with lots of super hands-on learning taking place.
In maths, we had lots of fun weighing and measuring capacity in our engage lesson on Monday. Look how engaged we were in our learning!
In English, we have enjoyed looking at the story James and the Giant Peach, with a focus of us as the authors. We used a hot seating activity so that we could understand the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters in the story. We then used our author's skills to retell the story in our own words, making use of feedback each day so that we were able to publish a final version of our super stories on Friday.
We enjoyed a fabulous PE lesson on Wednesday, with Tom teaching us some super skills in football. He was that impressed with our focus and excellence, that we then ended the lesson with a football match. What an exciting afternoon!
In encompass, we learned about physical and human geographical features and researched a physical feature of the USA. We enjoyed finding out more about famous landmarks including the Grand Canyon, Mississippi River and The Rocky Mountains. We showcased our learning by producing a colourful and creative information page.
We have had another super week of learning this week in Octopus Class. In English, we have continued our study of James and the Giant Peach, with a focus on retelling the story from James' point of view. Miss Brindley was really impressed with our diary-style writing and our high-level vocabulary.
In maths, we have completed lots of learning challenges relating to the crucial skill of understanding number and place value. We have learned about negative numbers, estimating and representing numbers on a number line, and we looked back in time at the use of Roman Numerals. We were all able to use Roman Numerals up to 20 and some of us mastered the Year 4 objective of using Roman Numerals up to 100.
In encompass, we enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of learning about America, with a focus this week on New York. We learned how to research effectively and presented our map work and research in a travel journal style. Look out for pictures of our star work below.
In science, we are excited to be learning about electricity. We began our learning by thinking about how electricity is created, what uses electricity and how to stay safe with electricity.
Take a look below at our new displays in class...
This week, we have enjoyed an American themed wow day to really immerse the children in our final topic of the school year, Road Trip USA! The topic is geography based and will take children on a virtual trip around the United States of America. Children will also use their historical research skills by looking into the history of Native Americans.
Thank you to all parents who provided some great costumes for their children.
In English, we are reading another Roald Dahl classic, James and the Giant Peach. Children are studying characters this week and have looked at James's cruel Aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. The children then magpied Roald Dahl's fantastic vocabulary when describing a new Aunt character of their own.
In maths, we have learned about perimeter and area and how to calculate them for simple shapes. We have also learned more about time. You can help your child to improve in their ability to tell the time by talking about intervals of time and using lots of time related vocabulary at home. The children who are exposed to time talk at home always shine in their maths lessons about time.
Spellings have been sent home with children tonight, ready to be tested next Friday. Please help your child to learn the meaning of the words as well as the spellings.
What a busy week it has been! We have been really fortunate to have two trips out this week; firstly to Chester Zoo to look at animals and their habitats, which links with our science topic, then we finished off the week with a trip to Hanley Museum to learn more about the Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon times. Look at our photos of our amazing experiences.
In the classroom, we have continued to make super progress in our learning; in maths, we have been getting to grips with division and in English, we have been writing the biography of Miss Brindley.
In PE, we have been taking part in athletic events so that we can refine our skills in preparation for sports day at Northwood Stadium in June.
It's been another busy week in Octopus Class. We have begun to study biographical writing in our author's craft lessons, with a focus on the biographies of author Roald Dahl, astronaut Mae Jemison and the famous fictional chocolate maker, Willy Wonka. We have developed our skills as non-fiction writers, with a focus on high-level vocabulary, time openers and fronted adverbials.
In maths, we have been practising quick recall of times tables as part of our daily arithmetic lessons and in our maths lessons, we have been focusing on written methods for multiplication.
In encompass, we have studied Viking beliefs and were fascinated to learn all about their gods, burials and myths and legends.
We finished off the week with a British Science Week afternoon, where we became parachute designers, makers and testers. We learned all about the forces involved in parachutes, namely gravity and air resistance, and then put the theory into practice by making parachutes. Look out for our fantastic photos! You might even spot some inquisitive parents, who popped in to join in the fun.
Our certificate winners this week were Mudassar and Krystof - well done boys
What another fantastic week it has been in Octopus class! We have enjoyed becoming poets in our English learning, and have used all of our senses, plus features such as onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors to write poems entitled 'Down the Chocolate River'. We are proud that we have developed our skills each day and produced a whole class book of poetry to display on our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory display.
In maths, we have continued to shine, with our focus being addition and subtraction. We even managed to move onto addition and subtraction with money, which Miss Brindley had planned to do next week.
In encompass, we enjoyed researching Vikings and produced some super informative factsheets. We also became geographers and sketched a map showing the countries Vikings came from and settled in.
Our stars of the week were Lexie and Armeen - look at their proud faces :)
What a super first week I have had in Octopus class! I would like to thank all of the children for working so hard and for showing kindness, respect and a mature attitude when helping me to settle into my new class.
In maths, we have been securing our skills in place value and started our learning by getting hands on with a place value team challenge. What fun we had! The children love to work through their maths challenges in lessons and continue to impress me with their pace and attitude to their learning.
In English, the children have been improving their skills as authors, with Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our focus for the half term. We have studied key parts of the book and film in our author's craft lessons and the children then worked on producing a super setting description of the world-famous chocolate factory. My mouth was watering as I was marking, as the description was so vivid. Well done Octopus class!
We enjoyed a fantastic day in our PJs on Thursday, to celebrate World Book Day, along with schools all over the world. Look at the fun we had on the attached pictures.
I just want to say a huge thankyou to all parents and adults who have been involved with Octopus class since September. I have had a truly wonderful time with your precious children - each and everyone them is truly unique and special in their own individual way.
I am going to miss being their class teacher but I know that they are going to continue to shine with Miss Brindley.
Any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me either through the website or contact school directly.
Children - you are amazing!
Now show Miss Brindley what absolute superstars you are!!
We had a lovely morning in class reading our story....
What another busy week of learning.
This week in English, the children have published their second piece about The Wizard of Oz, focusing on writing the conversation between Dorothy and the characters she meets on the yellow brick road.
I have been very impressed with the quality of the children's writing - published write photographs to follow!
In maths this week we have been learning about time - reading o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on an analogue clock.
Another fast-paced exciting week!
We have started reading a new book in Octopus class - The Wizard of Oz.
We are really enjoying it and have produced some fantastic setting descriptions this week in English.
In science this term we are looking at animals and their adaptations - so on Thursday we looked at sorting animals into groups.
We also learned about MRS GREN.
Week 17 - WB: 16/1/17
Monday - World Religion Day
Today our class learned about Buddhism and produced some fabulous leaflets containing the key facts they had learned. We also designed a patterned Dharma wheel and coloured it in.
Well what a week we had. We ended the week with snow! We had such fun on Friday morning - we put our wellies, hats and gloves and went out to build snowmen (before it melted!)
We then created some lovely pieces of descriptive writing inspired by the beautiful weather.
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
We hope you had a fantastic holiday.
This week we were straight back to work - producing lots of lovely work and having fun.
We are continuing our topic of Tremors and have begun to learn about Earthquakes. With Mrs Blairs, we produced some fantastic posters in pairs showing lots of information and using the iPads to research using the internet.
In English we started a new book - a different book as it has no words! It is called Tuesday by David Wiesner.
Hi parents and pupils. This week we have had a very good week because we have written diary entries about our favourite class book The Hodgeheg written by Dick King-Smith. The book is about a boy Hedgehog called Victor Maximillian St George and how he becomes a hero. We have produced some fantastic writing in our Published Write lesson on Friday.
We have also started our topic on volcanoes! We loved our wow on Tuesday and have watched videos, created artwork, written poems and used ICT to create word banks.
Click below for some amazing videos to watch.
WEEK 10 - week beginning 18/11/16
This week has been anti-bullying week.
The children have took part in a workshop, circle time activities, written a non-chronological report and performed a poem.
We cannot wait to share videos and photographs of our learning.
In Octopus class we think anti-bullying week is really important to remind us about how we need to be kind to friends and not let bullies win! In our Waterside family we do not tolerate bullies and we feel friendship is important.
WEEK 9 - week beginning 7/11/16
This week we have been publishing our writing in English! We are becoming authors. Our class book is the Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith and we are really enjoying it.
We ended this week with Remembrance Day.
On Friday afternoon we watched the Cbeebies animation and did some beautiful artwork. Miss Gaskell is so proud of all of the children in Octopus class for being so wonderful and respectful.
Watch the animation clicking on the link below .
WEEK 8 - week beginning 31/10/16
Hi there octopus class and welcome back! Miss Marsh and I have missed you over the holidays.
We can't wait to start the term off to a colourful start by celebrating Diwali on Monday.