Week 17 (W/b 11/01/21)
We have had some amazing examples of learning this week in Octopus class. Although some of our class are at home and others are in school, the effort from all of our children has been simply outstanding. We have put lots of photos on the blog for you to see our finished pieces of work. Well done Octopus, I am very proud <3
Week 16 (w/b 4/1/21)
Well Octopus, what a funny week it has been! We started off all back together and it was amazing to welcome you all back to school and to our newly decorated classrooms (check out the photos in our classroom environment section). We are so sad that this came to an end so quickly and so many of you are now working from home. With that said, we are getting so many messages from you with pictures of your fantastic home learning, and telling us what you are up to at home that this has kept us smiling :) We can't wait to welcome you back to school Octopi, but in the mean time, check out all of our amazing pictures from this week below.
Week 15 (w/b 14/12/20)
Well we have come the end of a fantastic term in Octopus class. The children have absolutely astounded both myself and Mrs Burns with what they have accomplished this term. We have produced amazing work with a fantastic attitudes and smiles on our faces, even through a pandemic! We are so very proud.
We have finished the term by spending time learning about the poem 'The Night Before Christmas', and discussing the language associated with winter. We then went on to produce some beautiful pieces of art to take home to our families to celebrate the winter holidays with lots of glitter!
Week 14 (w/b 7/12/20)
We have had a brilliant week of learning this week with Mrs Burns! In Maths, we have continued to look at fractions. We discussed what a tenth was and showed our understanding of how many tenths make up one whole, and doing some comparison work. We then went on to look at mixed fractions and discussing how we can change between improper and mixed fractions.
In English, we have astounded our teachers with our final published writes of the term. We are beginning to embed our Year 4 standards beautifully, including use of direct speech, high level vocabulary and a range of punctuation. Take a look at some of our fantastic creative writing below.
Finally, in our afternoon curriculum we have been proving our understanding of settlements in our Geography topic 'Somewhere to Settle'. We have compared the cities of San Francisco and London and can pick out features of both cities with confidence.
Week 13 (w/b 30/11/20)
This week marks the beginning of December, and we are so excited in Octopus class to enjoy the fun that December brings! We have lots of art activities planned as we come to the end of term to take home to our families, whilst continuing with the amazing learning we have been completing in our other subjects.
In English this week, we have been planning for writing. We are writing our own ending to the story 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. Octopus class are deciding what will happen to the main character Lila at the end of her journey and whether she will defeat the fire fiend to become a true firework maker. The children have become increasingly independent when planning their own stories, and are now learning to develop this skill including considering the vocabulary and Year 4 standards they may wish to include in each section of their writing.
In Maths, we have been looking at fractions. We spent some time recalling what we already knew and the children amazed Mrs Burns with their prior knowledge! We then went on to look practically at equivalent fractions, which we found tricky at first. We will look at this again later in the year, but Octopus were beginning to be able to see using the apparatus that fractions can have an equivalent value.
Week 12 (w/b 23/11/20)
We have produced some beautiful pieces of writing in English this week. We have spent time watching video clips and magpieing vocabulary from The Firework Maker's Daughter to use in our own narrative writing.
In Maths, we have been learning about division using written method. We have shown using place value counters how we have to exchange during this calculation. We have found this topic very tricky but have shown great resilience and determination to keep trying! We are going to move on to look at fractions next week, and come back to this later in the year.
Finally in our afternoon curriculum we have been working practically to show our understanding. In our Flow catch up lessons, we have been focusing on 3D shapes. Furthermore, in Science, we investigated the melting points of different chocolate as it changes from a solid to a liquid.
Week 11 (w/b 16/11/20)
In Maths, we have began the new topic of Multiplication. We have spent some time revisiting the Year 3 skill of using grid method to multiply two by one digit numbers, before moving on to expanded method multiplication as our chosen written method. We will go back to this topic later in the year, where we will begin to look at short method multiplication once we have embedded our understanding of this concept.
In English, we have come to the end of our published write of a first person retell of the Firework Maker's Daughter. We have focused on specific tasks including direct speech, use of vocabulary to describe a setting and fronted adverbials to write our draft. Finally, we have used all of these skills to complete fantastic published writes on Friday to show our best writing!
In afternoon curriculum, we have been looking at states of matter in Science. We experimented whether gases have weight using fizzy drinks and scales. As part of our Geography topic 'Somewhere to Settle', we discussed the similarities and differences between the features of the four main types of settlement - hamlet, village, town and city.
Week 10 (11/11/20)
This week, we have began writing a first person retell of Chapter Two of The Firework Maker's Daughter. We have spent time text marking WAGOLLS, but also writing our own WAGOLL using a bank of vocabulary. This has helped the children to see exactly how we can apply our Year 4 features into their writing.
In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. The children have absolutely amazed us with their understanding of how a number gets ten or one hundred times bigger and smaller, and proved this using a place value grid. Some children even went on to applying this skill to reasoning and problem solving questions!
Week 9 (w/b 2/11/20)
This week we have began our new book 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. We have been working hard on using high level vocabulary to describe the main character, Lila. We have thought about her background, her appearance and her personality, using vocabulary such as 'immature' and 'dishevelled'. Our character descriptions have really impressed our teachers this week, and we will be publishing on Monday.
In Maths, we have continued to look at shapes and particularly perimeter and area. We have found this topic quite challenging, particularly when looking at rectilinear shapes. But we have shown our resilience and determination this week during our Math's lessons!
Finally, in our afternoon learning, we have began our new topic of States of Matter in Science. We began by discussing the difference between particles in solids, liquids and gases and classifying materials into their states. In Encompass, we have been expressing our knowledge of the Romans by creating lapbooks about this part of British history. We have had a competition to see who could create the best lapbook!
Week 8 (w/b 19/10/20)
Our final week of the Autumn 1 term has been busy! We have been proving the fantastic progress we have made in all of our subjects by doing end of topic tasks. For example, in Science we created our own knowledge organisers which could be used for next year's Year 4. And in Encompass, we recorded ourselves describing everything we knew about what the Romans did for us!
In our English lessons this week, we have written in a new style of a non-chronological report. We used our computing skills to research our topic of Abseiling, before magpie-ing the features of a report. On Friday, we published our fantastic non-fiction writing, using skills including technical and topical vocabulary.
In Maths, we have consolidated our understanding of written methods before moving on to looking at perimeter. We defined perimeter as 'the distance around the outside of an entire shape' and showed our understanding including working with missing numbers and using the inverse to check our calculations are correct.
We have also presented and voted for our school council members this week, and after a tough contest our council members are pictured below after their fantastic win. Well done :)
A special well done to our classmate who has been 'caught on camera' by Miss Gaskell and Mrs Knowles. Well done!
We have had a lovely half term, and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve when we come back to school in a week's time :)
Week 7 (w/b 12/10/20)
We are still working hard as we come to the end of our first half term in Octopus class. In English, we began the week by completing drama activities including freeze framing to consider how we show our feelings. We talked about how we show our feelings through our facial expressions and our mannerisms, and portrayed this in our freeze frames. When it came to writing our diary entries, this meant that we could emote our feelings using uplevelled vocabulary. We used DADWAVERS to help structure our writing, which helped us add detail to our writing. We then worked together by helping our peers to edit their writing, to ensure sense and high level vocabulary throughout.
In Maths, we have moved in to learning about column method subtraction. We have found this a little tricky, particularly when exchanging. However, we have practiced this skill using counters, dienes and interactive websites to ensure our understanding of why we are exchanging during this skill. As we came to the end of the week, we have shown our understanding of mathematical vocabulary by applying our column method skills to mixed reasoning and problem solving questions.
Finally, in our afternoon curriculum we have been presenting our speeches as we vote for our student council members. I have been so impressed with the courage and resilience shown by the children who have stood in front of their peers and spoke about the many ways they want to represent their classmates. What a brilliant week!
Week Six (w/b 5/10/20)
This week, we have started to look at diary entries. We have discussed the use of first person and how it is important to show our emotions in our writing, particularly using show not tell. We then went on to use fronted adverbials for time, manner and place to give more detail to our writing. In our edit lesson, we needed to work on bulking out our writing and including more detail. Octopus really impressed me with their ability to uplevel their writing. Well done!
In Maths, we have continued to work on written methods of addition and subtraction. The children have absolutely smashed this - they have a fantastic understanding of place value, and are able to confidently explain the process of exchanging.
Finally, on Friday, we took part in #HelloYellow, raising awareness for Mental Health. The children really embraced our positive outlook and were able to give examples of the many ways we can increase our mental health, including using exercise and time with family to make us happy. It was a pleasure to see :)
week five (w/b 28/10/20)
We have had such a busy week writing our published writes for Cliffhanger. Take a look at our fantastic use of direct speech and a range of punctuation.
In maths, we have been learning about Roman numerals and consolidating our knowledge of rounding. And finally, in our afternoon learning we have
Week four (w/b 21/9/20)
This week, we have particularly enjoyed our afternoon learning. In Encompass, we learnt about how the Romans were so successful at invasions. We replicated their battle formations and discussed why they were so effective.
In Science, we have looked at the importance of teeth in the digestive process. We have investigated the different shapes of the teeth and how effective they are at jobs including cutting, grinding and tearing food.
In our compass curriculum, we have moved on to finding multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 in preparation for learning how to round to 10 and 1000. This is a skill which some of us found very tricky at first, but we have amazed our teachers by the end of the week with the understanding we have shown.
In English, we have been focusing on describing a setting and using noun phrases to describe. We then edited our work at the end of the week using fronted adverbials to vary our sentence openers.
Week Three (w/b 14/7/20)
This week, we have been busy in class learning about all of our new topics. In English, we have written our first published write retelling the story of Cliffhanger as the character, Biscuits. The children have amazed me with their use of punctuation to structure their writing, including using a variety of clauses, which we have been learning about in our Grammar lessons. Melody in particular astounded us with the editing of her writing, using outstanding vocabulary to uplevel her work.
In Maths, we have continued our learning of place value by ordering and comparing numbers. We have spent a lot of time looking at number lines, which we have found a little bit tricky, but we have shown resilience and continued to work hard to improve our understanding. We will continue with this next week to ensure our learning is embedded.
In our afternoon curriculum, we have had lots of fun including in Science! We used ziplock bags, biscuits and water to replicate what happens to our food in our stomach. It was very gruesome and sickly, but the children thoroughly enjoyed the investigation and now have a better understanding of the importance of enzymes and acid in our stomach.
Week Two (w/b 7/9/20)
What a busy week we have had in Octopus class! We have began our new topics in each of our subjects, and completed some fantastic work which is now displayed all around our classroom. You can have a look at what our classroom looks like on our classroom environment page.
In Maths, we have began by looking at place value. We have focused on the relationship between ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. We have then looked at partitioning numbers including using standard and non-standard partitioning.
In English we have been busy reading our new class text, Cliffhanger. We have worked hard to pick out new vocabulary which we have then included in our own description of the adventure centre setting.
I cannot wait to see what fantastic learning we get up to next week, and I will be sure to take lots of photos to share on our blog!
Week One (w/b 31/8/20)
Well here is our first blog! We have been so pleased to welcome the children back into school on Thursday and to see how much they have all grown! The children have come back to school with fantastic attitudes to their learning and each other, showing respect beyond their years. I have been particularly impressed with how quickly we have already adjusted to our new class and the expectations and challenges which will arise from Year 4. I cannot wait to share all the fantastic learning we will be getting up to each week, and showcasing excellent examples of not only our work but also showing our school values. I know we are going to have a fantastic year Octopus, and I simply cannot wait to see what you will achieve! :)