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Class Update - Week Beginning 4th October 2021


What a week we have had! Everyone knows our main event was our incredible "Viking Day" but let me tell you all about the rest of our week first. We have certainly been up to plenty!


In English - we continued to look at  "The Secret of Black Rock". After all our hard work as marine biologists we combined our scientific knowledge with our writing skills to come up with some incredible descriptions! We also recapped our skills on adverbials, similes and conjunctions.

In Maths -  This week we looked at how to add different values to given numbers thanks to our newly mastered place value skills (10s 100s and 1000s!). We also looked at  placing these values on varying number lines.

In Music - Pitch lesson 3 - in this week's lesson we explored what types of instrument make lowpitched sounds and how they can make a musical story like last week.


In D&T - we moved onto actually completing our weaving this week!. We set up our own looms and added the warp... The children have used some fantastic technique to start some truely authentic looking viking material. Check us out!



Viking Experience Day!


What an amazing day we had! Our visitor brought replica artefacts from daily life such as tools and clothing, as well as weapons and armour so that children could learn about raiding, trading and invading. We boarded our longboards to raid on a monastery whilst learning about seafaring navigation.We learned why the Vikings thought it was important to honour their Gods, and learn about Thor, Odin, Loki and the rest. We will also run activities on games and entertainment; law and order; crafts and skills; writing and runes, and the Viking legacy including language, place names and people.


Check out our pictures on the slideshow!


Class Update - Week Beginning 27th September 2021


Here's what we have got up to this week!

In English - we continued to look at  "The Secret of Black Rock". This week we became marine biologists, researching the depths of God's wonderous ocean and learning all there is to know about a wide variety of marine life. We then turned this into some amazing description!

In Maths - place value was still the main event. This week we mainly looked at how the value of different digits can change if a number is given extra digits or has them taken away. It's safe to say we have a firm grasp on the place value columns!

In D&T - we continued our learning about weaving. This week we actually looked at what we would be physically doing, asking questions about the technique and deciding what our final designs would look like. So far I have seen some amazing ideas and colour schemes!

In Music - Pitch lesson 2 - in this week's lesson we explored what types of instrument make high pitched sounds and how they can make a musical story.

In RE - we completed our work around Noah's Ark. We discussed what it must have been like for Noah in the story and what type of person he must have been to have got through such an ordeal. 

See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 20th September 2021


Yet another amazing week for us in Charlie's Champions, I feel like our class name is justified after the attitudes and determination that I witnessed! Let me tell you all about our week:

In English - we continued to look at  "The Secret of Black Rock". Aafter writing dramatically about Erin falling off her mother's fishing boat we finally uncovered Black Rock's big secret.... It's actually alive! What does this mean for Erin? You'll have to read next week!

In Maths - we worked through some more place value work. Not only did we complete rounding by learning how to round to 100 but we moved onto formal methods of subtraction. No surprises here... WE SMASHED IT.

In D&T - we learned all about weaving. What is it? What does it look like? Where does it come from? The children have also learned that  they're going to have a go themselves in the coming weeks!

In Music - high pitch, low pitch. That was the aim of our musical focus this week. The children became familiar with how to listen for and sing different pitches. Some of our braver champions even sang some high and low pitch solos!

In RE - we recapped the story of Noah's Ark. The children looked at all of the hardships that Noah had to deal with, as well as the qualities one must have in order to succeed in such difficult conditions.

In Computing - more online safety for us! This week we looked at malware; how easy it can be to allow it to infect your computer and all the risks that come with that. It's safe to say they children we already knowledgeable but now, they're security experts!

That's it for this week! See you next time!

Class Update - Week Beginning 13th September 2021

This week we continued our Invasion topic by looking at the major events of the Viking timeline and put them in order, we had ourselves a little scavenger hunt for information! We found lots of facts about when the Vikings arrived and how the native Brits reacted.

We continued to use "The Write Stuff" this week to help us work on our descriptive writing, we used many skills including precise verbs, similes and inverted commas! Our maths has us looking at place value starting with number lines and rounding (more of this to come next week) and in RE we discussed what we can do to help make the world a better place, like Noah did (although we won't be building an ark!). We had PE with Premier Sport, started our PurpleMash Online Safety unit and looked at being a school citizen in Jigsaw.

See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 6th September 2021

Well, what a fantastic start to the year! I has been great to get to see the whole class and start to get to know the children! I already know we are going to have a great year thanks to their amazing attitudes. This week we started looking at our "Invasion!" topic about the Vikings.

We started by looking at this timeline and finding out all of the major events during the Viking invasion and settlement of Britain.  The children even managed to build their own timelines once they had ordered the events, which is a lot harder than it sounds!

In English we started looking at our narrative text "The Secret of Black Rock", which follows a girl Erin who loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea -- the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won't let her go... Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it!

I wonder what surprises the mysterious Black Rock has in store for her... We'll haver to keep reading to find out!

That's all for now... See you next week!