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Spring Term News 2016

WB 21/03/16

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' was:

Fatima Ahmed for her unaided narrative:

Fatima has been working extremely hard in school and at home to check her spelling and to use a variety of sentence structures, punctuated correctly. The hard work is paying off! She's come on leaps and bounds since September :)

Literacy:

Our new whole school focus and challenge is spelling! We're going to be working really hard on not making silly mistakes and checking spellings we are unsure of in a dictionary. We've even now got personal dictionaries in the back of our literacy books!

Science:

This week we designed and made burglar alarms. We considered it's flaws and what  changes would improve the design. Some of the changes included a phone call straight to the police and even a hologram to scare criminals away!

Come and see our new Science display in the KS2 corridor! It displays everything we've learnt in Science during our Electricity topic. 

Music:

Class 5 have composed their own music to represent paintings. Imagine you are walking through a music gallery looking at each painting...

 

 

Homework:

Maths-Set on a Thursday, due in on a Tuesday. Please tell me BEFORE Tuesday if you are having technical difficulties and you can use a school laptop at break time :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-  Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Fractions/ decimals

Literacy- Persuasive writing

Dates for diary:

Monday 28th March- Easter Monday

Tuesday 29th March- Next spelling test

Friday 1st April- RE day

Friday 1st April- Sponsored sign for School for Parents

Mon 9th to Wed 11th May- Class 5 Hathersage

Miss M x

 


WB 14/03/16

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' was:

Aidan Fallon for his unaided narrative:

Aidan has been working extremely hard in school and at home to use a variety of sentence structures, punctuated correctly. The hard work is paying off!

Well done Aidan, you should be very proud of yourself- i know i am :)

Art:

Continuing with our Indus Civilisation inspired art, on Friday we completed our own stone seals and printed with them to create a piece of class art.

Sports Relief:

On Wednesday we ran a mile for Sports Relief- that's 8 laps of our school field!

 

On Friday the whole school dressed in sports clothes to raise money for Sports Relief!

Homework:

Maths-Set on a Thursday, due in on a Tuesday. Please tell me BEFORE Tuesday if you are having technical difficulties and you can use a school laptop at break time :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-  Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Fractions

Literacy- Debates!

Science- Electricity- building a burglar alarm

Dates for diary:

Monday 21st March- Class photo day

Monday 21st March- Miss Massey out all day, supply teacher in Class 5

Tuesday 22nd March- Next spelling test

Friday 25th- Good Friday

Mon 9th to Wed 11th May- Class 5 Hathersage

Miss M x

 


WB 07/03/15

Maths:

This week in maths we've been playing with length, mass and volume. On Thursday the children estimated and measured different units of measure, working with decimal notation. 

Homework:

Maths-Set on a Thursday, due in on a Tuesday. Please tell me BEFORE Tuesday if you are having technical difficulties and you can use a school laptop at break time :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-  Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- fractions

Literacy- Newspaper reports on the discovery of Indus Valley

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 15th March- Miss Massey out all day, supply teacher in Class 5

Tuesday 15th March- Next spelling test

Mon 9th to Wed 11th May- Class 5 Hathersage

Miss M x


WB 29/02/15

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' is:

Aaliyah Scott-Bensley for her newspaper report

Aaliyah was chosen for variety of sentence structures and tone of writing.

Well done Aaliyah, keep up the hard work!

World Book Day:

On World Book Day class 5 celebrated a Roald Dahl classic;

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In Chapter 20 and 21 Charlie Bucket and the other lucky golden ticket winners are introduced to Willy Wonker’s ‘Great Gum Machine’ when one child in particular, Violet Beauregarde- the gum chewing champion, is extremely excited. Against the wise words of Mr Willy Wonka, Violet starts chewing on his fabulous 3 course bubble gum to discover a delicious meal of tomato soup, roast beef and creamy jacket potato ending with blueberry pie. However as Mr Willy Wonka warned, the bubble gum was not ready and Violet Beauregarde turns into a blueberry! At the end of the chapter she is rolled off to the juicing machine.

Class 5 designed and described their own 3 course meal bubble gum, to out-do Mr Wonka! Take a visit to our classroom to have a peak.

Thank you to all the parents who provided chocolate, we had a great time eating it while working :D

 

Screen printing!

Huge thank you to Mrs McCants-Dyke and Miss Turnbull for sharing their artistic expertise! We had great fun screen printing and starting our ancient Indus Valley seal stone prints.

Homework:

Maths-Set on a Thursday, due in on a Tuesday. Please tell me BEFORE Tuesday if you are having technical difficulties and you can use a school laptop at break time :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-  Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Money

Literacy- Newspaper reports onn the discovery of Indus Valley

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th- Parents evenings

Monday 7th March- Next spelling test

Tuesday 8th March- RE day

Wednesday 9th March- Miss Massey on a course, supply teacher

Mon 9th to Wed 11th May- Class 5 Hathersage

Have a fantastic Mother's day, I hope you all get spoilt rotten :)

Miss M x

 


WB22/02/15

Welcome back class 5- what an exciting term we have ahead of us!

World Book Day:

As you know World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March and Class 5’s theme is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now, we wouldn’t be celebrating the book properly if we didn’t do some chocolate tasting!

If you would like to bring some chocolate to share with your friends while we complete our Willy Wonker themed activities (no chocolate with nuts please) then please do- my favourite is chocolate orange.

PSHE:

This week we have been considering what makes a great learning environment and what makes a bad learning environment. Class 5 came up with a huge list for both and made 10 promises to ensure everyone in our classroom as the best environment for their learning :)

Homework:

Maths-Set on a Thursday, due in on a Tuesday. Please tell me BEFORE Tuesday if you are having technical difficulties and you can use a school laptop at break time :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-  Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Time and money

Literacy- Newspaper reports

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 22nd February- A lesson in the Wild Area

Tuesday 1st March- Next spelling test

Thursday 3rd March- World Book Day (our theme is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- dress up as any character you like!)

WB 7th February- parents evenings

Miss M x


WB 08/02/15

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' is:

Isabel Slater for her unaided story

Isabel was chosen for her careful selection of sentence structures and brilliant editing. Well done Isabel, keep up the hard work!

Literacy:

This week we are studying cinquain poems-today we've been practising our poetic performances inspired by Michael Rosen. Here are a few of our favourites!

http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/myfamily_bad4.html

 

 

 

We are movie makers!

In topic this week we have researched how the Indus Valley was discovered and who exactly who discovered it! We're making our findings into a movie trailer... watch this space!

 

 

Music

Class 5 have been working hard with Mrs Walton on accompanying a poem! I think their choice of instruments and volume represents the contrast between day and night brilliantly :)

 

 



Homework:

Maths-No Maths homework! Enjoy your half term :)

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   On to Indus Valley- Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Time and money

Literacy- Indus valley comparative texts

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 22nd February- Inset day (just teaching staff)

Tuesday 23rd February- Next spelling test

Thursday 3rd March- World Book Day (our theme is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- dress up as any character you like!)

WB 7th February- parents evenings

Miss M x


WB 01/02/15

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' is:

Callum Samrai for the 'resolution' paragraph of his story

Callum was chosen for his variety of sentence structures and quality over quantity approach. Callum Great work Callum, keep it up!

Invasion festival- What fun! My favourite activity had to be the huge relay race at the end :) You were real troopers in that bitterly cold weather, your behaviour was impeccable and sportsmanship was exemplary! Well done Class 5! A huge thank you to all the adults that helped with the afternoon, we couldn't go on trips like this without you :)

We Are Authors- Come and read our stories!

This half term class 5 have been working extra hard on their stories, full of suspense and imagery. Now they are fully published into books, come and have a read!

Homework:

Maths-Set on mathlectics on a Thursday. A padlock will appear and not let you go on any other games until you have completed the set homework. Due Tuesday.

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   the last maps homework! Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Formal multiplication and mental division- deeper learning

Literacy- Cinquain poems

Science- Electricity, double lesson as we missed this week!

Dates for diary:

Monday 8th February- Next spelling test

Friday 12th February- Last day of term!

Miss M x


WB 25/01/15

YOU DID IT YEAR 4!

All your hard work has paid off, you pulled off an amazing assembly! You should be super proud of yourselves- I know Mr Ellis, Mrs Thompson and I are extremely proud of you! :)

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' is:

Alex Gore for the 'build up' paragraph of his story

Alex has been working hard on using sentences with more then one clauses. He used his writers toolkit to use a variety of sentence types in his paragraph. Well done Alex, keep it up!

 

Homework:

Maths-Set on mathlectics on a Thursday. A padlock will appear and not let you go on any other games until you have completed the set homework. Due Tuesday.

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   Maps! Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Formal multiplication 

Literacy- Publishing our stories into a class book

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 1st February- Next spelling test

Tuesday 2nd February- Invasion festival at West Bridgford Comp in the afternoon (we will get changed into our PE kits at school)

Miss M x


WB 18/01/15

This week was the grand revealing of Mrs Soulsby's Wonderful Writers Gallery! Each week a wonderful writer will be chosen to have their work displayed for all to see.

This week our 'Wonderful Writer' was:

Jessica Bennett for her Big Write.

Jess was chosen for her variety of sentence structures and improvement with her cursive handwriting.

Homework:

Maths-Set on mathlectics on a Thursday. A padlock will appear and not let you go on any other games until you have completed the set homework. Due Tuesday.

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! My favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   Maps! Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the year 3/4 resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Formal multiplication 

Literacy- Continuing to write our stories using the writers toolkit (also in year 3/4 resources for you to use at home).

Science- Electricity continued- testing our predictions on circuits!

Dates for diary:

Tuesday 26th January- Next spelling test

Monday 25th January- National RE day

Friday 29th January- Our Year 4 assembly!

Miss M x


WB 11/01/15

The present vs past tense game we played in class:

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/present-perfect-vs-past-tenses-rally/

Homework:

Maths-Set on mathlectics on a Thursday. A padlock will appear and not let you go on any other games until you have completed the set homework. Due Tuesday.

Timestables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! MY favourite method of learning timestables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   Brand new homework all about maps for you to get your teeth stick into! Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- greater depth with column subtraction and addition- using the inverse and estimating

Literacy- You will start writing your story, using the writers tool kit to show off all you have learnt about sentence types and tension in stories.

Science- Electricity continued

Dates for diary:

Monday 18Th January- Next spelling test

Wednesday 20Th January- I am on a course all day

Friday 29Th January- Our year 4 assembly!

Miss M x


B 04/01/16

Welcome back Class 5!

You'vie come back to school refreshed and ready to learning, making your first week inspiring, enjoyable, full of achievement and challenge!

Literacy- Christopher's Story. A gripping story about a refugee from Rwanda. I don't know about you class 5 but i could hardly put this book down! Now we'vie read the whole story, full of gorgeous metaphors and similes, next week we are going to study it in more depth. Starting by looking at the writer's (Nick Corn well) sentence choices and structures and exploring effect those have on the picture painted in our head- or in the sky as Christopher describes.

Science- Our new science topic is electricity... it's going to be shocking! (Thank you Matthew for that joke) Today we discussed the power of wind and different ways of making electricity. Joel wow'ed us with his knowledge of how wind turbines work using a coil and magnet! 

Topic- We started our new topic the only way we know how... by having fun! It was fascinating snooping around the other year 3 and 4 classroom, gathering evidence to create our messy maps to represent each class. Your maps turned out great class 5! You made them really interesting and interactive with flaps to lift and read, diagrams and artefacts that jumped out at you! Next week we start to study the different types of maps and what they are used for.

Homework:

Maths-Set on athletics on a Thursday. A padlock will appear and not let you go on any other games until you have completed the set homework. Due Tuesday.

Time stables test (Miss Massey's and Mr Ellis' maths groups)- Keep practising! MY favourite method of learning time stables is the counting stick method:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Literacy/topic-   Brand new homework all about maps for you to get your teeth stick into! Hand one in on the dates at the top of the sheet (in the resources section)

Spellings- Keep learning your spellings and remember to use them in your writing! 

Learning next week:

Numeracy- Column addition continued and column subtraction

Literacy- Christopher's story. I have put in the resources section our writers toolkit if you want to practise your wonderful writing skills at home.

Science- Electricity

Dates for diary:

Monday 11Th January- Next spelling test

Miss M x