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WB 9.3.20

This week in English we have spent time editing our Traction Man stories ready for them to be copied up.  We have checked that we have used the correct punctuation as well as thinking about our word choices and whether we can add anything into our work or take anything out to improve it even more.  We have also looked at the past tense and learnt about the -ed suffix and the rule about when we need to double the consonant before adding -ed.

In Maths we have looked at 3D shapes. We have learnt the names of 3D shapes and their properties - looking at faces, edges and vertices.  We have also done a little more work on length and comparing the length or height of different items using standard units - cm and m.   In Computing we have looked at coding - we have created our own simple codes to make objects move on the computer and we have corrected codes so that they work properly. In Topic we have learnt about the history of Lego which we really enjoyed and in D&T we made split pin figures so that we can see how they move. We are hoping to design our own moving toy using these ideas in our next lessons.  In Art we have looked at the artist Paul Klee and made some of our own art work in a similar style.  Finally, in PE we have continued working on our ball skills with Premier Sports this week, practising controlling a ball using a tennis racket (which is very tricky!).   Another busy week for the Bold Badgers!

 

WB 2.3.20 Book Week

We have loved this week! Our whole school focus book for the week was 'Manfish' which is the story of the life of Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer who filmed the underwater world of our seas and oceans.  He was also an inventor and explorer.  We have learnt lots of facts about him this week so please ask your child to tell you all about his interesting life and see what they can remember!

In English, before we even read the book we thought about what the title 'Manfish' might be and we drew a picture of what we thought it was. We then read the story and described a fish which we thought he might have encountered in his dives.  We then looked at new vocabulary in the book and drew pictures of what those new words meant and thought of synonyms for those words as well.  Finally, we went on a 'fact hunt' and discovered lots of interesting facts about Jacques Cousteau which we have started to write up into a fact file.

In Maths we have looked at length and how we can measure length and height using centimetres and metres.  We have practised measuring different objects around the class and we have created instructional videos explaining how to use a ruler to measure objects.   In Art, we designed our own seascapes using chalk, tissue paper, feathers and other collage items.

Finally, on World Book Day we came to school dressed as a word. We brought out favourite books into school and we paraded our costumes as a whole school in front of parents.  We also shared lots of stories with our buddy class.  As this week has shown, we love reading and learning new things!  Well done Bold Badgers for working so hard and with such enthusiasm!

 

 

WB 24.2.20

What a busy first week back we have had! In Maths we have looked at 2D shapes and sorted them in accordance with the number of sides and vertices (corners) they have.  In English we have drawn our own Traction Man stories onto a story map incorporating the villains we created over February Half Term.  We have then really enjoyed writing our own stories using lots of talking to help us think of ideas as well as our story maps and homework to help us.  In Guided Reading we have started to look at a new book which we read together and thought about all the new vocabulary we would encounter in the book.  We also answered some questions about the part of the book that we had read focusing on how to retrieve information from a text.

In RE we have thought about the Jewish faith and what it means to belong to the Jewish faith. We also noticed some similarities and differences between the Jewish faith and the Christian faith.  In PE, we have started this half term off by focusing on ball skills and we are lucky to have Premier Sports in again to help us with this. In PSHE, we have thought about what we need to be healthy and happy and in Science we have learnt about translucent, transparent and opaque, sorting everyday objects according to which one they are.

We have really enjoyed this week and in particular all our work focused around books and reading - so we are very excited about Book Week next week!

 

WB 3.2.20

This week we have been very busy in English! We have looked at using exclamation marks for emphasis and to portray emotion and we have learnt about exclamation sentences, all focused around our core text Traction Man is Here! We have also thought about expanded noun phrases and we have written a description of Traction Man which we are in the process of editing.  In Maths we have really enjoyed learning about division and sharing equally. We have used pictures to help us solve division number sentences and division word problems.  In Art we have thought about shading and cross-hatching and how different pencil pressure and movement can create different shading effects.  In Music we listened to We Will Rock You by Queen and thought about what we liked/disliked about it and what instruments we could hear.  We then went on to think about pulse and kept time to different types of music.  In Computing we have continued learning about algorithms and why it is important to give clear instructions to follow. Finally, in PE we really enjoyed our gymnastics session in the hall where we used the indoor gymnastics frame! We shall hopefully continue with this next week. A really productive week, well done Bold Badgers!

WB 27.1.20

This week we have continued our work on the book 'Traction Man is Here' in English.  We have enjoyed reading the story and recapping different word classes - nouns, verbs and adjectives.  We have also learnt about questions and we have written some questions about what we think Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush might be saying.  In Maths we have done lots of work on multiplication. We have drawn pictures and bar models to help us solve multiplication sentences and word problems.  In Topic we have started writing a letter to a boy who lived many years ago telling him about our favourite toy and asking him questions about his toys.  We will continue with this next week.  In Science we have done lots of work on objects and the materials that they are made from.  We have also thought about what properties different materials have.  Finally, in PE we have enjoyed our Gymnastics session with Premier Sport - making different shapes with our bodies, practising different types of rolls, balancing and travelling in different ways.

WB 20.1.20

This week we have been focusing on the  suffix -ing in our spelling sessions.  We have been thinking about when we have to double the consonant before adding -ing.  This led us to talk about vowels and consonants so if you want to go over what a vowel and a consonant is at home that would be a huge help!  In English, we have focused on editing our Sound Collector poems which we wrote last week. We shall be copying these up neatly next w eek to practise our best handwriting. We have also looked at our new book 'Traction Man is Here' and we made predictions about what we thought would happen in the story, which we are very excited about reading next week!  In Maths, we have really enjoyed lots of practical work on capacity and reading scales. I am sure that they would love to practise reading scales at home if you have the time!  In RE, we looked at hymns and their meanings and what they tell us about God.  In Topic we looked at different toys that our parents and grandparents might have played with when they were younger. If you can share some of your toy experiences with your child that will help them in our Topic work - thank you!  We have continued our gymnastics sessions in PE with Premier Sport and finally in Computing we have been looking at algorithms and how they are used in simple computer programmes.  Another busy week in the Bold Badger classroom.

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