Finishing the half term with a flurry of excitement! Thats probably the fairest way to describe Class 5 right now, even though the children are ready for their Christmas break they are still putting in 100%
We are so close to completing out English unit on writing persuasive letters. Our letters to Mr Walliams are in the final stages of publishing, I have to say I am so impressed with how much the children retained throughout this writing unit. If the man in question does in fact read them I think he'll have a hard time finding his socks!
We are still learning all about electricty and sound. We have some big investigations planned for next week to put our new found knowledge to the test. Something tells me we are going to be very successful!
I have to make special mention of the children's attitudes throughout the whole week in terms of their reading and maths assessments. The children really showed me what they were made of with some superb independent efforts across every single paper.
See you next week!
It is getting close now... The jingles are well on there way even though the snow has faded away! But the awful weather sure hasn't dulled the brightness of a single member of Charlie's Champions this week!
We have been slaving away on our letters to David Walliams this week, after thinking about all of the different things we have learned the children put together some amazing plans. Some of us have even started writing our letter in full! After doing such a a good job I am more confident than ever that we might just get a reply (from someone).
We spent some time looking at bullying is PSHE and how that might look from different points of view, the children were amazing at acknoeldging all the different feelings that might be felt! Check out our freezeframes!
We have continued our fine work in science making circuits, we learned about the different modes of transportation in french and also worked on our orienteering/map reading skills a little more. In all honesty it is hard to keep up with them sometimes!
Have a great week. See you soon!
Time really does fly in Class 5! I can't believe how quickly we are approaching the end of Autumn Term... 3 weeks just doesn't seem long enough! The children aren't showing any signs of letting up though, let me tell you about some of the things we got up to this week:
No Pens Day!
Wednesday was as you can tell... No Pens Wednesday! This is a day where we focus on our communication skills and look at our learning from a slightly different approach. We started our day by looking at British Sign Langugage, this ended up being a huge hit with the entire class and now they want to learn a new sign every single day! Not only that but the are using the classroom signs to ask for things even though the day is over! Have a look at a few of them below:
We were lucky enough to get our very own Baptism assembly this week with the wonderful Rev Peter. ver the last few weeks we have been looking at the Holy Trinity and the story of John the Baptist. To help us understand the story and its meaning further we had a little Q&A session!
We continued our map reading skills in orienteering too! This time however the children were using a grid reference to find certain locations around school. It was very tricky but the children did amazingly well!
That's all for now! See you next week!
The evenings might be getting darker and darker but the environment in class 5 this week couldn't be brighter, we have done some amazing learning this week and I couldn't be happier with Charlie's Champions!
It was great for us to think about kindness this week as part of Anti-Bullying Week’s theme of One Kind Word. This week we also continued working on our persuasive letters., hopefully we'll be ready to plan our very own! Our orienteering lesson was a blast, we had to find 7 different animals hiding at school using a map... Can you see our hidden animal in the picture?
We also started looking at soundproofing and our investogation began with us needing to revise the basics of circuit building. Check it out here!
We ended the week with trip to play Pudsey Pot as part of our Children in Need fundraising day. Thank you for your very kind donations.
Our word of the week this week was "ominous", can you find a way to use it before coming back to school on Monday? If anyone can tell me a sentence first this tomorrow morning I will give them 2 bonus Dojos!
Thank you for reading at home, up to 88% Fab 5 Readers this week!
See you next week!
Although I was only in class in spirit and not in spirit... I know for a fact that the children worked incredibly hard and produced some fantastic work! Here is what we did in each subject this week,..
English - Looking at the different features that make up persuasive texts as well as learning more about expanded noun phrases and adverbial phrases.
Maths - Learning how to add numbers with up to 4 digits including exchanging twice in the same question.
Music - Discovering where different methods of singing originated around the world.
PSHE/Jigsaw - Understanding bullying, what forms it can take and how it can hurt others.
French - What are the names of the different forms of transportation.
RE - How does God show himself to us through the Holy Trinity?
See you next week!
It's safe to say we have hit the ground running in Autumn 2, this half term we have started out Playlist unit, the children will learn about musical genres and sound, developing knowledge about composers, the different qualities of sound and how to perform compositions. But here is what we have got up to this week:
In English - we have started our new "Write Stuff" text, we will be looking at inviting a famous author into school using a persuasive letter. In order to help us understand how to write a persuasive letter we looked at a WAGOLL and the different shapes/features that make one.
In Maths - completing place value was our main target for this week... We smashed it! We rounded off this unit by learning what negative numbers were are how to count beyond 0 and then moved onto Roman numerals.
In Science - in a very heavy science week we looked at how sound is made and what can affect it. We learned that sound is a vibration and that it can move through many different mediums (a new word that we learned for our sticky knowledge, as us what they are if you like!). We also looked at how we might be able to see sound in order to better understand how it moves. Once our understanding was strong we looked at how sound can be measured in dBs, we looked at how loud different noises were and how loud we could be ourselves!
In Computing - we used a new program on called busy beats, this will eventually help us make our our music and songs! However, this week's objective was to learn a number of key words that we would need in order to achieve this... Rhythm, pulse, dynamics, texture, melody, pitch and tempo!
In PSHE - we looked at stereotypes and what we might think about people based on their appearance. This helped us understand that anyone can love anything, this even includes us!
See you next week!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!