Friday, 24 February 2017

With a new half term comes a new group of units. Having finished our science unit on solids, liquids and gases, we are now starting a new topic on sound. In it we will be dealing with what sounds are made of, what their properties are, and how vibration works.

As we do not have music with Ms. Kelly this half term, I have instead planned an art unit on Indian Art to go along with our Geography.

Speaking of which, we have just started two topics that should help the children complete their end-of-term homework projects: We are looking at some cities in India in depth in our Geography class, and we've started a unit on persuasive writing in English that will help the children put on their best sales pitch. Our first task was to come up with something that Ms Roberts (head teacher) might consider doing (such as a day without uniforms or, as was very popular with the class, an "electronics day" once a week). They have been practising their very best strategies, but they are still new at this, so we will try a second draft next week and see if Ms Roberts is any more convinced.

We will begin checking children off on the gymnastics they can do over the next five weeks so that those who have earned them can get their various coloured badges. We've only got this half term to get as many as we can, so we'll be encouraging the children to practise their moves.

We've started a unit on East in RE leading up to the actual holiday. And in Maths next week we'll be reviewing our place value again through rounding, multiplying and dividing mentally using our knowledge of the times tables, and remembering what happens when we divide by 1 and 0.

So, have a restful weekend and I will see the children for a week of fun work!

Friday, 10 February 2017

As of this afternoon we are officially halfway through the school year (but who's counting?). We've passed some big milestones and are now preparing for others. After a welcome week off we need to return ready to work!

We just finished our topic on states of matter, looking at different substances and their properties as solids, liquids and gases, ending with a look at the water cycle and how important it is to our planet. When we start back we'll be going to a new science topic: habitats and food chains. We'll be looking at the relationships between predator and prey and the complex connections all plants and animals have to one another.

In Geography we have looked at a variety of different earth sciences such as mountain and river formations and how landscapes form over thousands and millions of years. We have then been looking at the features of India and how they are used by the people who live there. One fun fact that amazed the children: the Ganges River has over 300 million people settled along it, and Great Britain has only about 75 million people altogether! In the next term we will continue to look at the physical and social landscape of India and prepare the children for their projects by showing them some of the cities of that ancient country.

In English, we just finished a unit on story settings, looking at mood and atmosphere and how to show that with good positive and negative descriptive words. Many of the children really had a try at writing some good similes, metaphors and personification. After the break we will do three weeks on persuasive writing, which again will help them with their homework project.

In RE we will focus on the holiday of Easter and what that means for Christians, as well the importance of sharing food in different communities.

We will also continue our gymnastics unit in PE. I would like to remind everyone that we do PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we require a complete PE kit. Quite a few children have been missing shirts or shorts and have had to wear their uniform.

In Maths we are beginning our cycle of teaching again, so we will revisit many of the concepts we did before, this time combining some together or delving more deeply into them.

It was lovely to see so many of you again in the parent conferences. My voice was starting to sound like Chewbacca near the end due to the cold I'm getting over, but it was great to update all of you.

Enjoy the week of respite, and I will see the class again in a week and a half.