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Week beginning 14/06/21

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

In English, we have continued our learning relating to fractured fairy tales. We have investigated a new text, "Listen, my bridge is so cool!" It is an alternative version of the three billy goats gruff, which sees the Troll as a good character, pretending to be scary, so that he doesn't lose his job as bridge protector.  We have really enjoyed investigating the main character, Arty, and have used emotive adjectives and direct speech to develop our understanding of his character. We have completed the week by completing a published write retelling the story using our practised skills. The standard of the work produced was simply amazing - well done Seahorses!

In Maths this week, we have returned to place value. We have revisited many place value skills, such as partitioning, recognising the value of certain digits in a given number and identifying the hundreds value before and after a given number. It was great to see that the class had retained their prior knowledge in relation to this, showing they are truly ready to progress.

Our afternoons have seen us investigate the question: "Why was Sir Stan a wizard that could dribble?" We investigated the life of local legend Sir Stanley Matthews, his early career and the legacy he left behind. We created timelines detailing his life and created fact file leaflets too. The Seahorses are really embracing our current local history topic - I hope they are sharing their learnt knowledge with you at home.

We have used our art lesson this week to create Father's day cards - a very happy Father's day to all Dads, Step-Dads, Grandads and all special people celebrating this day.

Finally, thank you to all who have supported our wear a hat day today. The donated money will go to the charity brain tumour research, who are working hard to support families affected by this illness.

 

Have a lovely week, 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

Wk beginning 7th June 2021

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have begun a new text in English this week, in fact we are going to be investigating several texts, all within the genre of fractured fairy tales. We learnt this week that this is when a traditional tale is broken or fractured, then put back together again in its changed state.  We investigated an alternative version of Jack and the beanstalk, in which the Giant is the good character and Jack is the bad character. We had great fun investigating direct speech and how it could be delivered within the story.

In Maths this week, we have become Romans, investigating Roman numerals. We learnt that they were very lazy, using only seven letters in a combination of ways. We used our Roman numeral knowledge to investigate time, reading clocks to five minutes. We learnt that our five times tables is a great tool to help us work out how many minutes past or to the hour.

Our afternoon learning saw us begin investigate our local area. We discovered why it is called the potteries - this is due to the huge pottery industry that helped Stoke on Trent grow. We also learnt about Josiah Wedgwood and his impact on this growth. We had great fun looking at pictures of Eastwood Pottery and the Canal from 100+ years ago. It's strange to think we now go to school on the same site!

We are really looking forward to learning more about our City next week!

 

Have a lovely week,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

 

 

Wk beginning 17/05/21

 

A fantastic week of isolated home learning for Seahorse Class!

 

We have investigated the introduction of a new voice in our class text 'voices in the park' by Anthony Browne this week.  We have discussed who this possible new character could be and what new story situation they could be part of.  We looked at ideas such as a park keeper, cafe owner or new school friend.  Our new settings included a cafe, duck pond and nature trail.  We have also investigated the correct use of perspectives in our work, which is when different points of view are included as character traits. It has been hard not being able to delivery this subject in person, due to our isolation, but I'm very impressed with the uploaded work.

Our maths has seen us investigate  2 and 3D shapes in a variety of ways this week.  We've investigated the difference between regular and irregular shapes, their properties as seen on 3D shapes and how to use those properties to identify them in a real World context.

It was great fun to hold a virtual discussion relating to why partially hidden shapes could still be identified by our known knowledge. Well done Seahorses!

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate pulleys in our encompass science lessons.  We learnt that mechanics behind them, their uses and we even had a go at designing one ourselves!  In phsce we learnt all about the importance of empathy this week.  This seemed a fitting topic to be discussing whilst we were all in isolation.  We can all clearly empathise with each other, and the frustration of isolation very well now I'm sure!

 

Our bubble reopens on Monday morning and I look forward to seeing you all there. However, if you have any covid symptoms, please do not come to school and ask your adult to book you a test.

 

Stay safe and take care.

Mrs Edwards. xxx

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A great week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have continued to investigate formal letter writing in English this week, looking at how to use formal structure in our paragraph writing.  We followed the four 's' structure: state, say, surprise and summerise.  By following this structure, it allowed us to explain our possible ideas for the park, as well as the positive and negative factors each feature could have.  We finished the week by drafting a paragraph for a boating lake, at the request of Miss Gaskell.  We can just see her out there in the sunshine now!

 

Our maths leaning has seen us finish our statistics and data handling work.  We have worked hard this week on how to correctly intepret data within tables.  We have also practised our understanding of two step problems, with some of us even crossing into three steps!

 

Afternoons have seen us carry on our forces and magnets work, this week investigating William Gilbert. We discovered that he was instrumental in the use of magnets in compasses and the discoveries relating to the magnetism in the Earth's core.  We really enjoyed writing our fact files aout him, including many of our year three writing skills.

 

I have to finish by saying even though our bubble has had to close this week, I am very proud of the home learning that I have already seen through dojo, teams and our class email: seahorses@watersideprimary.org.uk this week. I look forward to sharing lots more of your home learning this week.  Even though we are isolating, we are still all together virtually!

 

Take care everyone and please stay safe.

Love from Mrs Edwards. xxx

 

 

Wk beginning 03/05/21

 

An amazing week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

Our English learning this week has seen us investigate a new style of writing - Formal letter writing.  We were thrilled to receive a letter from Mr James Bloomfield, who works for our council this week.  He asked us to help plan a new park facility near to our school in his letter, which arrived on Tuesday.  We were very excited to learn that he'd like us to write back to him with our ideas!  We realised that we needed to learn how to correctly write a formal letter, so that we could reply to him.  We have lots of amazing ideas and we can't wait to reply to him next week.  We have really enjoyed investigating how to turn informal language into formal language for this task, hopefully the 'proposed outdoor recreational facility' (or new park), will be fantastic, thanks to our ideas!

Our Maths learning this week has relating to statistics and data handling.  We have learnt how to correctly read and interpret tally charts, pictograms and bar graphs. We then moved onto the trickier skill of scaled charts and graphs, which is when one image of block is worth multiple amounts.  We found these skills really important on NSPCC number day on Friday.  We completed the great smarties challenge - which involved creating data and recognising patterns in the colours found.  We Thank you too for the potatoes and carrots sent in for our weight and measure competitions across school. Finally, we also used our multiplication and division skills to calculate shopping costs for our book of the day - 'The shopping basket'.  A great day!

Our afternoon learning this week has been just brilliant, with our magnet investigations showing amazing results!  We learnt that the iron in breakfast cereal makes it a little bit magnetic! This really surprised and amazed us!  We also learnt that magnets can work through materials such as paper and fabric.  The excitement that our current topic is creating could, in fact be described as almost magnetic its self!

 

Have a great week, 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

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An amazing week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

Our English learning this week has seen us complete our diary entries for the third voice in our current class text: Voices in the park by Anthony Browne.  We worked really hard on including all of our learnt diary writing skills, past tense (including progressive), first person and reflective language to name just a few!  It was lovely to discuss the section of the book in terms of gender roles specifically too this week, as our narrator, Charles, changes his opinion of girls after meeting Smudge.  We openly discussed how first impressions of someone might not always be the correct impression to take away of someone. Well done Seahorses.

Our Maths learning has seen us continue our operations investigations, this week focusing on division.  We revisited number lines for use when dividing, remembering the importance of accurate counting backwards.  We also moved our learning forward by investigating remainders and how we recognise them. It was great to discuss how division doesn't always leave us with equal groups - a real talking point in class this week!

Our afternoon learning has continued to see us investigate forces and magnets.  This week we have investigate where we can find magnetic surfaces, both in and out of class.  We also learnt about the actual metals which make a piece of metal magnetic.  Why not ask your Seahorse to tell you the names of the three metals?  

 

As we move towards the warmer weather, (hopefully!), please can you remember to sent your child into school with a water bottle. The classroom can get very warm in the sunshine. Can I also please remind you that on out PE day, (Thursday), any jewellery must be left at home (including earrings).

 

Have a lovely week, 

Love from Seahorse class. xxx

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A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have started our Summer Term with a real bang this week!

In English, we have began our new text 'Voices in the park' by Anthony Browne.  We have really enjoyed the different narrative voices we have discovered and how they are layered to make a really interesting story.  We investigated how to use the narrative voice to create a diary entry, before looking at how to make the openings of sentences more interesting using fronted adverbials. This is just an adverbial word, but placed at the start of the sentence.  We have also used inverted commas to investigate how to introduce speech into our text.

 

Our Maths learning this week has focused on multiplication.  In arithmetic, we have learnt how to conquer the tricky skill of triple single digit multiplication. This is when a sum, such as 2 x 4 x 3 = is solved by mentally completing s x 4 first, then the answer to that is then multiplied by 3 - i.e. 8 x 3 = 24.  The Seahorses have really tried hard to master this skill this week, so well done to them all.  Our Maths lessons have seen us revisit grid method for multiplication.  Our knowledge of place value has allowed us to use this method logically, looking at each section individually, before fitting it all back together.  

 

Our afternoons this week have seen us focus on our value, in line with school values week, which was courage.  We have discussed how we have been courageous, investigated famous brave people and looked at lyrics to famous songs that can help us show courage.  Below is the link to the particular song we investigated, but there are many great examples out there!

 

Have a lovely week, 

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

 

Wk :bg 22-03-21

 

A marvellous week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have begun to investigate the haunted house setting on our current text, Anisha: accidental detective this week.  We have used the creative writing template DADWAVERS! to help us write interesting paragraphs.  This structure uses description, action, dialogue, where, adverb, verb, estimation of time, rhetorical question and exclamation as sentence types to include in our work.  The descriptive language we've used this week has been just brilliant, and the rhetorical questions amazing! Was I impressed? Yes!

In maths this week, we have looked at horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines, and right angles as properties of shapes.  We had great fun investigating these values, including with our own bodies!

Our afternoons have seen us compare and contrast England and Cairo. We looked at the the climate, the tourist attractions and produce from each country, before voting on where we'd like to live - England was declared the winner, even though a holiday in Egypt would be nice, we agreed!

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A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

Our English lessons have seen us begin to learn about report writing.  We learnt that report writing is very similar to non-chronological report writing, but has to be recorded in chronological order.  We have been using our reporting skills to help us with our research relating to Hindu weddings.  We have learnt about many interesting and symbol traditions and the reasons that they are performed.  We are looking forward to comparing Aunty Bindi's Hindu wedding in our current text, to that of a traditional one.  We think she might opt for one or two more flamboyant touches!

Our Maths learning has seen us revisit and strengthen our fractions knowledge.  We have looked at fractions of amounts and how to correctly use multiplication and division skills to help us find our answers.  We have also revisited the correct methods for adding and subtraction fractions, as well as comparing them using greater than, less than and equals to.

Our afternoon learning has included an investigation into tourism in Egypt.  We had a brilliant discussion relating to how Covid has had a negative and positive effect on tourist venues.  We even discussed the mountain goats in LLandudno during lockdown one!

See for yourself -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-52109712

 

Have a lovely week,

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

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A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

Firstly, I have to start by welcoming back all of our lovely Seahorses this week.  I know that there was lots of nerves as the children returned on Monday, but we were soon back into the flow of all things super in Seahorse class!

 

Our English learning saw us investigate and create a character description of Aunty Bindi.  We used the framework of SAD to help us with this.  We wrote about what she says (S), her appearance, (A) and what she does, (D).  We were very successful in using our imaginations when Mrs Edwards pretended to be Aunty Bindi as she prepares for her Wedding.   We then took turns in pretending too - there were many mega-meltdowns!

Our Maths learning this week has seen us apply our knowledge of the five times tables to reading an analogue clock correctly.  We learnt to count around the face i our fives to identify the minutes either past the hour or to the hour.  We also compared lengths of time in different values this week.  For example, we decided whether 50 hours was a greater amount of time, to 2 days.

Our afternoon learning this week has all centered around British Science week.  We have learnt all about the carbon footprint of the food we eat and why eating locally grown food is important.  We have also designed and marketed our own bread, in fact by the end of science week, we were all very hungry!

 

I'd like to finish by wishing all Mums, Nans, Grandmas, carers and people who are loved a happy Mothering Sunday.  We hope you like your cards!

 

Have a great week,

Lots of love from Seahorse Class. xxx

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A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In English this week, we have continued our work relating to the first chapter of our book.  We have looked at various ways in which we can retell the events of chapter one.  We tried hard to include the correct kind of informal language that would be used by Anisha herself. For example, we talked about her use of the word 'zit' instead of spot and 'mega-meltdown' instead of temper tantrum.  The Seahorses took on the character of Anisha excellently and produced some very funny recounts!

In Maths this week, we have continued our work relating to place value by focusing on rounding. We learnt about the golden rule of rounding - four or more falls down, five or more goes to the next ground.  We have used our rounding skills to correctly estimate answers to given three and four digit addition and subtraction problems. For example: 458 + 207 = can be rounded to 500 + 200 = to find an estimated answer of 700.  

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate climate, and how this affects modern Egypt. We learnt that climate is something that tracks weather patterns over thirty years, and is affected by the proximity of a country to the equator.  We discussed positives and negatives relating to a hot and cold climate.

 

This week we have also celebrated St. David's day, World Book day and the beginning of British Science week.  We have completed many different activities within these celebrations and I think the highlight of these was our discussions relating to gender roles within fiction on World Book Day.  The Seahorses amazed me with their maturity relating to this discussion area, and our P4C line of enquiry entitled: 'Should the respect of our elders come before our own feelings and emotions?' led to many great talking points.

 

I have to finish by saying that we can't wait to welcome all of our Seahorses back on Monday 0 we are so looking forward to having you all with us again!

 

Have a lovely week,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

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A super week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

We have been investigating our new text in English this week.  We have been identifying the features of chapter retelling using Anisha: accidental detective as our basis.  We discovered that we need to use time adverbials, as retells are written chronologically.  We also discovered that we need to include lots of inverted commas sentences too, as retelling includes speech.  We practised using inverted commas by creating a bank of character speech to help us with our writing next week.

In maths, we have began revisiting place value, completing some baseline questions which allowed us to display what we have remembered from earlier in the year.  We have also began using a new website, learning by questions to access our learning in a different way.  It was great to have all the children currently at home being able to access the same learning as the children in schooll at the same time.

 

Our afternoon learning saw us investigate Howard Carter and his acomplishments nearly 100 years ago in Egypt.  We learnt about how, in finding Tutenkhamun's tomb, he helped make Egypt the popular destination it is today, (before lockdown), and how important his historical finds were.

 

We also began looking at our new topic in RE this week, and started by talking about life events and why they are important.  We had some really great discussions and a super level of maturity was show by all.

 

Have a lovely week, Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Week beginning 08/02/21

 

A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In English, we have been continuing our learning relating to non-chronological reports.  We have used our research notes to create drafts of our paragraphs, before looking at how we could edit and improve writing.  We worked really hard to up level using expanded noun phrases, adverbs of time, place and manner and technical words.  Today we published our work and I was really impressed with the standard of work produced. Well done everyone!

In Maths this week we have investigated different methods within division.  We used grouping to investigate remainders, which I suggested was like having an odd sock!  It was great to see the Seahorses using their multiplication knowledge to check their answers. For example: if they discovered that 15 divided by 2 gave the answer of 7 remainder 1, they then checked their answer by stating 2 times 7 equals 14, plus 1 is 15.

Our afternoon learning has seen us recognise the importance of safe internet use on safer internet day on Tuesday.  We discussed the importance of being safe on the internet, and why not everything you read on the net can be believed.  We shared some important hints and tips on staying safe, which in the current lockdown seems more important than ever.

 

I'd like to finish by wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy half term.

 

Lots of love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Wk beginning 01/02/21

 

A super week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

In English this week, we have began learning about and writing in a new style: Non-chronological reports.  We have investigated all the different features it needs, such as technical words, factual information and correct tense use.  We have also researched the subject of our reports - The Royal Mint.  We learnt about how to correctly make notes from information pages by looking for key words and phrases, before recording our findings in a mind map.

Our maths learning this week has seen us look at different multiplication skills.  We have used our knowledge to solve word problems and tackled tricky missing number grid problems.  We found it tought, but we revisited and looked at it in a different way, which allowed us to master it! Well done everyone! Your resilience is amazing!

 

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate the mummification process in ancient Egypt.  We learnt that the whole process took over 70 days!  It was interesting to see the children's reactions to how various organs were removed - especially the brain! We also enjoyed our science experiment this week relating to how shadows change - we learnt and used a fantastic scientific word to describe the changes - proportianal - ask your seahorse to explain what it means!

Lastly, I have to mention our 'express yourself' day, as part of children's mental health week.  It has been fantastic to see the children, both in school and at home, embracing and expressing what makes them happy. The photos below will give you just a small taste of all the wonderful activities that have taken place.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx 

Wk beginning 25/01/21

 

A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

In English this week we have continued our work relating to letter writing.  We have used our year three skills to draft a letter to Uncle Ginger, before editing it using our arms and cupss method. Today we have completeda  publishe write of the this letter and the results were amazing!

 

In maths this week we have worked with subtrction, involving exchanging. This is a tricky skill, and I know that the seahorses have shown great perseverence when they fount this skill tricky, especially when using word problems.

 

Our afternoon lessons have seen us investigate jobs in ancient Egypt in encompass and shadows in science. We looked at all the different types of job roles that exsisted in ancient Egypt, before comparing their lifestyles to ours. It was very interesting.  In science, we learnt that shadows are formed when an opaque object blocks a light source. We learnt that the position of the light source affects the shadow. We look forward to investigating this further next week.

 

Thank you for all your support with home learning this week - and your participation in live lessons. We aim to deliver both english and maths live next week.  Please rememebr to upload your work as you complete it, so tht it can be marked and returned to you.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Seahorse class. xxx

 

This week's learning!

Wk beginning 11/01/21

 

What an amazing week of learning!

 

In English we have been drafting, editing and publishing our own new chapters.  We have worked hard to include emotive adjectves (so we know how Harmony is feeling), verbs and adverbs (of manner, place, time and cause), conjunctions to extend, inverted commas (for direct speech) and commas.  Iwas very impressed with the different ideas that the children came up with.  I was told about horses, endless sweets and even Harmony's sister being turned into a toad!

We have become money masters in our maths lessons this week. We have recapped values, before moving on to addition and subtraction giving change. In a World that is becomming cashless, due to Covid and other reasons, it was great to see what knowledge the children had relating to coins and notes.

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate the importance of the river Nile in encompass.  We learnt that it was vital in the transportation of goods around ancient Egypt.  We also learnt that pyramids were being build at the same toime as Stone Henge in Britain! Wow!

Our science learning has seen us investigate the properties of transparent, translucent and opaque materials.  We learnt that light travels straight through transparent onjects, scatters through translucent objects and can't travel through opaque objects.

 

Finally, can I please say thank you to all of our Seahorse parents, whether you child in completing home learning or in school learning.  Your support and feedback this week has been amazing.  Thank you.

 

Please have a lovely, restful weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Edwards. xxx

Some of our amazing learning this week!

Wk beginning 04-01-21

 

Happy New Year!

Well our first week back was certainly different - it was lovely to see you all on Monday, before lockdown began again.

I've really enjoyed seeing all of your home learning, and reading the lovely messages you've been sending in.  

Your home learning is mirroring that which is being done in school by key worker children, so it's vital that you keep up the good work, ready for when you return to school.

 

Please remember to upload work daily - we will be looking forwards to seeing work daily from all of you.

 

Take care and stay safe,

 

Mrs Edwards. xxx

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A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In our English learning this week, we have continued our work relating to instruction writing.  We have drafted and edited our work, looking at how we can improve our work, through the use of contraction words and adjectives using commas in a list.  Thursday saw us publish our work, which was of an amazing standard.  We really got into the character of Tuffy, warning our owners to follow the instructions carefully - or else a scratch might be pending!

In our Maths learning, we have continued and completed our work relating to fractions for this term.  We have learnt all about how to correctly add two fractions together, when they share the same denominator.  We learnt that the denominator doesn't change, but the numerator becomes the sum of the two fraction amounts.  We have also completed an investigation into fractions around our classroom today, it was great fun!

 

Our afternoon curriculum has seen us complete end of topic assessments in Science this week.  We were amazed at just how much we'd learnt about, nutrition, skeletons and muscles!  We've also learnt about the importance of harmful drugs in PHSCE.  We were surprised to learn that caffeine, which is found in cola, coffee and tea, is classed as a drug.  We discussed the effect it can have on the human body, if too much is consumed.

 

We are looking forward to our last week of term next week, when we will be completing lots of interesting activities relation to Christmas and Winter.

 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

 

 

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A super week of learning yet again in Seahorse Class!

 

We have began investigating instruction writing in our English learning this week.  We have learnt about the use of time adverbials to correctly order the instructions chronologically.  We have also learnt about the correct use of prepositional language to add more detail to our work.  We have continued to take on the role of Tuffy, our killer cat, and have began writing instructions given by him to wash him.

 

Our maths learning has continued our investigations into fractions. We've looked at non-unit fractions of numbers and also investigated tenths.  We have been finding our division knowledge really useful when calculating halves, quarters, thirds and tenths of amounts - it has also helped strengthen our rapid recall of multiplication facts. I have to also mention our excellent work in arithmetic relating to the eight times table - we found this song really useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_BJjR9rdwA.

 

Our afternoon learning has seen us further investigate the different types of muscles within the human body.  We really enjoyed comparing the smooth muscles found in our organs such as the stomach and lungs to the cardiac muscles found only in the heart.  We also learnt about the differences between voluntary and involuntary movement within muscles - learning that skeletal muscles are voluntary in their movement, but the other two types (smooth organ and cardiac) are involuntary.

 

It has been a week of changes, as we have seen bubbles around our school need to isolate due to Covid.  If you should you need to keep your Seahorse off for the purposes of isolation, the daily learning is always on our class page by 9.30 am - please message through Dojo should you need any support.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

 

 

Wk beginning 23/11/20

 

A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

Our English learning has seen us continue with our alternative diary entries.  We have used our drafting and editing skills to demonstrate our understanding of first person determiners, past progressive tense and time adverbials.  We also looked at how informal language could be used to add comic effect to our work, for example calling birds 'flutterballs' and sheep 'woolly tubs'.  We completed our published write on Thursday, proudly demonstrating all of these skills. Well done Seahorses!

Our maths learning this week has seen us begin to investigate fractions.  We have been learning how to correctly apply our knowledge of division when solving fractions of amounts.  We learnt that the denominator, (the bottom number of a fraction), is the amount to divide the number by - for example, one quarter of 20 is five, because 20 divided by four equals five.  In our flow maths lessons we have been looking at the tricky skill of symmetry.  We discussed that it is the pattern on a butterfly's wings, which touches its self when the butterfly's wings flap.

Our afternoon learning has seen us begin our new topic: 'Somewhere to settle'.  This week we investigated the features of a city.  We learnt why cities were built where they were, and how it is defined as a city.  We learnt that population and transport links have allowed cities to grow over time, just as our city has.

Our science lesson this week saw us investigating marvellous muscles!  We leant about how muscles make our skeleton move, but only when we tell them to, we also learnt that they work in pairs, expanding and contracting in a counter balance system.  We then had great fun making models of muscles working in our arm joints. Fantastic!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

 

 

Wk beginning 16/11/20

 

Another amazing week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In our English learning this week, we have continued our work relating to diary entries.  We have looked at the main elements of our story, before looking at ways that we can change it.  We have had great fun deciding on our own 'Killer' animal and its prey for our own versions of a diary entry.  We have also investigated how to correctly use prefixes to improve our writing.

In our maths learning, we have continued to investigate division and related it back to multiplication facts, using them to solve missing number problems.  We have also had great fun creating fact families with just three numbers. We performed a magic trick that Macavity would be proud of.  We have also investigated our four times tables in arithmetic, using a very catchy song to help us - to the tune of 'I'm still standing ' by Elton John.  This song has become very popular and we have now decided to adopt it as our official class song!

 

Our afternoons have seen us discuss hydrostatic skeletons in science.  This type of skeleton in in animals such as jellyfish and is a stable cylinder of liquid that protects their organs.

During these different times, we have also taken some time to discuss our own well-being and worries, before following this year's children in need recommendation of using 'five to thrive'.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Wk beginning 09/11/20

 

A brilliant week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In English this week, we have continued our work relating to diary writing.  We have investigated how to correctly use inverted commas within our work.  We learnt that they go either side of direct speech that is actually said by a character.  We also leant that the punctuation of the speech also goes inside them, and that new speech must start on a new line.  We also had great fun when we discovered that 'said' is dead, creating a synonym word bank to use in our work.  We have finished this week with an amazing published write based on all our work over the past two weeks.  

In maths this week, we have moved onto investigating division.  We learnt that it is the inverse partner of division and that we can use our knowledge of times tables to help us with division problems.  We have investigated using number lines and bar models, using our mental recall to help us check our working. Fantastic!

 

Our afternoons this week have seen us take part in remembrance week at School.  We have learnt all about the evacuated children of WWII, including their suitcase allowances, rations for clothes and letters home.  We felt very humbled by this investigation and realised how our lives are very different to those of people during the war.  We also completed remembrance poppies and poppy art on the 11th, as well as observing the two minutes silence.

 

We are eternally grateful to those who gave their lives for us.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class. xxx

Wk beginning 02/11/20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

In our English learning this week, we have investigated a new genre, diary writing.  We have learnt about the different features by magpieing a diary entry written bt the Gruffalo.  We learnt that they are written in past tense, use first person pro-nouns such as 'I' and 'we', discusses feelings and emotions and includes time adverbials.  We have really enjoyed sharing the first chapter of our new text: 'The diary of a killer cat', and basing our writing on this.  We have particularly found the use of made words such as 'flutter-balls' and 'eensy-weensy'!

Our maths learning has seen us investigate multiplication through the use of arrays and grids.  We have used lots of different methods to represent multiplication sums, even moving on the multiplication of a two digit number by a one digit number using our place value knowledge!

Our afternoon learning has seen us learn about hill forts during the Iron Age in encompass lessons and exoskeletons during our science lessons.  We found this learning very interesting - particularly the video we saw of a crab shedding its shell!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Lots of love from Seahorse Class!

Wk beginning 19/10/20

 

A fabulous week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have investigated riddles in our English learning this week.  We learnt that this is a type of poetry, which is similar to inference.  We learnt that they are short, just 5 or 6 sentences long, are written in present tense and can contain similes.  We had great fun investigating and creating similes for the characters in our class text, 'The Magic Finger'. We decided that Mr Gregg was as mean as a horrible bully and the Little Girl was as magical as a wizard!

We have really enjoyed this type of writing and can't wait to revisit it later this year.

We have secured our understanding of column method in Maths this week, using it for both addition and subtraction with bridging and exchanging.  I am very proud of the Seahorses in their mastery of this tricky skill - a skill I'm sure they will use throughout their lives, I know I have!

We have celebrated Black History Month in our afternoon learning this week.  We investigated the amazing Mart Seacole, a lady that did not allow prejudice stop her from helping others in need.  We also discussed other inspirational role models such as Marcus Rashford, Nicola Adams and Barack Obama.  

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Love from Seahorse class. xxxx

Wk beginning 11/10/20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We havwe concluded our work relating to non-chronological reports in English this week.  We used our learnt skills so far in our draft work on Monday and Tuesday, before editing and improving our work on Wednesday.  We became authors on Thursday, completing a published write, which was our non-chronological reports.  The writing was to an amazing standard, it is hard to believe that we are only seven weeks into year three!

Our maths learning this week has related to subtraction using the column method.  We secured oir skills using practical and pictorial methods, befor moving onto formal written methods.  We have even learnt the very tricky skill of exchanging.  We learnt to ask the tens, or hundreds column if we could borrow a ten or hundred to exchange.  Miss Gaskell popped into our lesson relating to this on Thursday and she was blown away by how amazing the work was!

Our afternoon learning has seen us investigate how out country changed when it moved from the Stone Age to the Bronze age.  We learnt that metal became a valuable bargining tool when trading, which lead to huge changes in the way people lived.

Our Science learning has seen us investigate the differences between Male and Female skulls.  We discussed these differences using antonyms - a word that is the opposite to another word.

 

Now here is a secret message for the Seahorses - if you have read this Blog, well done! Remember to come and ask for your secret message dojo!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love from Seahorse Class xx

Wk beginning 5th October 2020

 

A fabulous week of learning in Seahorse Class!

 

We have begun investigating non-chronological reports in English this week.  We learnt that they are factual writing pieces that are about a specific thing or area of information.  We learnt that they have features, such as headings, sub-heading and technical words - words that are used when writing about something specifically.  We looked at a report about ducks, just like the ducks in our class text, 'The magic finger'.

We have investigated how to use different sorts of adverbs to improve our writing and we learnt that an adverb can describe manner (how it's done), time, (when it happens) and place (where it happens).

Our maths learning this week has seen us tackle the tricky skill of column method for addition.  We have even learnt how to correctly exchange and carry over into the next column.  The Seahorses have worked really hard on this method this week and I am very proud of them.

Our afternoon learning about the Stone Age has continued this week, and we have learnt about the different job roles that exsisted then.  We talked about the different sdkills each different role would need, such as strength if you were a hunter.  In Science, we have investigated how the amount of bones within a human body decreases as we grow older.  We had a great discussion about how bones fuse over time, which leads to the decrease.

I have to finish with the brilliant work we have done today relating to world mental health day.  The children looked brilliant in their yellow and colourful clothes as part of our #helloyellow celebrations.  Thank you foy your kind donations this morning. The money will be given to the charity Young Minds, who support the mental health needs of children.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Lots of love from Seahorse Class xxx

Wk beginning 28-09-20

 

A fantastic week of learning in Seahorse class!

 

We have continued our work relating to 'The magic finger' in English this week.  We have built on last week's writing about the farm by using our drafting and editing skills, before completing a published write on Thursday.  Mrs Knowles popped in during this lesson and she was blown away by the standard of the work she saw!

In Maths, we have been investigating lots of different addition skills this week.  We have learnt about creating number bonds to 100 using our bonds to 10 and 9, how to scale by 10, and how to bridge through 10.  We finished the week by beginning to use column method for addition, by using practical equipment.

Our afternoons have seen us investigating Stone Henge.  We enjoyed practically building our own versions of the monument, as well as investigating its history.  We learnt that it has had many uses through history, including a religious site, a place for executions and also a calendar.  We have also learnt about the human skeleton this week.  We learnt the names of many of the bones, and had great fun labelling our friends!

 

Have a lovely week, 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

 

Wk beginning 21/09/20

 

A great week in Seahorse Class!

 

We have been investigating how to correctly use prepositions in our writing in English this week.  We learnt that they are vocabulary that is used to describe position, such as next to, over by and opposite.  We have also looked at how to improve our sentences by using adverbs and up levelled openers.  We are looking forward to applying these skills in our writing next week.  

In maths we have been investigating how to use number lines when applying our place value knowledge.  We learnt to 'read' the number line by counting the steps between the two given numbers.  This then allowed us to work out what each step is worth.

Our afternoons have seen us investigate Skara Brae, a stone age settlement found on the Orkney Islands in Scotland.  We enjoyed discovering lots of interesting facts, such as the fact that they were connected by tunnels.  We have also investigated the importance of rules this week, and discussed the kind of rules our Executive Head, local MP and Prime Minster have to make and their reasons why.  We really enjoyed the similarities and differences.

 

Have a great week,

 

Love from Seahorse Class xxx

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