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Happy New Year!
How to Look After a Dragon
Well we have been working hard!
Not only have we been ensuring that our play, Aladdin Trouble, is top notch, we have been working hard in English to finish writing our suspense pieces (using action and description) based on Kensuke's Kingdom. I have been so impressed by the language and vocabulary that has come through this unit and is clear in your writing - well done! We are now writing poetry that uses imagery (metaphors) and will be writing our own using Microsoft Excel (you'll have to wait and see why!) to write our own poem based on Brain Moses' 'If I were a shape...'
We had a visit from Mrs Hirst, the Year 7 Transition lead and Science Teacher at Lynne Grove, and some Year 7 and 8 pupils who lead a Science workshop this morning. She was so amazed at the children's knowledge, predictions and explanations and could tell that we are great scientists already! We were all blown away by the three experiments she showed us and the children were a credit to the school.
In Maths, we have been decimal-focused and will be starting a new unit of Geometry next week. We realised that decimals were not as scary as we thought as we can add and subtract them and multiply and divide them by powers of 10 in the same way we would whole numbers.
As World Cup fever has started, we were lucky enough to play in a class 'Inflatable Football World Cup' tournament. It was a great experience for all and you can read our very own sports journalist's report of the whole tournament below! Well done Mark - I think there's a career ahead of you here! Thank you all for your fabulous posters designed as homework to give lots of information about the World Cup countries - you've done some great research and presented it nicely.
We are also coming to the end of our Play Leader Training with Coach Mark. The children have been developing skills to enable them to lead games with children in a fair, inclusive and fun way. Keep up the great work!
Keep up the Super Reading and determination to do your best!
This morning was very exciting - we FaceTimed Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi of the Metropolitan Police in London to ask her about what it's like to be a police officer. We had a lot of questions to ask her and were really surprised and amazed at her answers! We found out that the strangest thing she has dealt with was a man dangerous driving in a wetsuit! She is very passionate about her job and loves it because she gets to help people, especially children and it is a very exciting job to do! She told us about when she met the Queen, Bear Grylls and Theresa May, and that she is responsible for organising the security around Donald Trump's visit. Some of the pupils were also jealous because she has been involved in policing a number of football matches at stadiums belonging to Chelsea, Fulham, Wembley and QPR! We learned a lot about what being a police officer involves and made us realise that it's not just about arresting people but there is a lot of bravery and kindness needed to do such a difficult job! We were inspired by Lucy who despite certain challenges has managed to persevere to become the successful officer she is today. It seems as though she has inspired many of our children to consider policing as a future career! Thank you, Lucy!
We have been busy this half term linking our knowledge of fraction, decimals and percentages and I was very impressed by the quality of the homework that came in this week with your posters explaining your knowledge!
We have also been gripped this half term by Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We are loving finding out about Michael's adventure and were so gripped when he fell off the boat that even Miss Everett had to stop to breathe! We will be writing our own action scenes based on this and have already begun picking out vocabulary that we really like to make our own!
In PE we have been perfecting our netball skills and have really enjoyed playing matches against each other to get even better! Mrs Duffield has been a brilliant coach!
We have been extremely excited about performing our play 'Aladdin Trouble' with Year 6 and all children who auditioned this week should be extremely proud of themselves! It is not easy standing up in front of a lot of people and having to act, speak loudly or sing! Well done all! It was certainly not an easy decision for us to allocate roles and we know all the children will be brilliant as we start rehearsing next week!
We have been finding out about mountains in Geography, especially about mountain ranges and famous mountains from all over the world as well as what exactly makes a mountain a mountain y looking at their features. Ask us about what we've found out - particularly about when a hill is considered to be a mountain.
Please please please can we make sure that we are reading at least 5 times at home during the week AND getting reading records signed AND bringing them in so we can record it! We are struggling to break the 70% or more barrier at the moment which isn't great when our target is 80%. I can really tell when your reading has influenced your writing as the two do go hand in hand, and why wouldn't you want to get better at both?!
As always, have a lovely weekend.
Well another term is over and what a busy time we've had these last few weeks!
Today we delivered our Easter cards to local residents and I was very pleased to hear that the office had recieved a call from someone who was so delighted to have received a card from us and had said that it had made her day! (Look guys- indirect/reported speech!) Well done!
I think the highlight has to be our trip to West Stow last week. The children were so amazed to see all the Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the museum as well as the recreated houses that the Anglo-Saxons would have lived in. They started the week with lots of questions about the Anglo-Saxons and they now know most of the answers thanks to this rich resource! We even had time at the end of the day to follow the Beowulf and Grendel trail around the grounds to find beautiful hand-carved statues and figures relating to the Beowulf story. Keep an eye out in the Photo Gallery for pictures from our trip.
We were pleased to welcome Mr Bartram (a parent) to school on Monday who came and spoke to us about what it is like to work for a newspaper. We found out lots about what it is like to work for the Great Yarmouth Mercury and were also inspired by the fact that journalists can write about anything that interests them! I'll definitely be looking out for all you future sports reporters, fashion column writers and book or film reviewers!
This visit was inspired by our current English topic of newspaper writing based around the picture book 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner. The children have thoroughly enjoyed 'reading' the book to find all the clues that can help us to interview witnesses and write a factual report about what exactly happened that Tuesday night... Watch this space!
In Gymnastics, we have been learning to (or improving) our cartwheels, as well as putting a sequence of moves together. The children have made great improvements in this and have four more sessions with Mr Carr to look forward to after Easter.
In Maths, we have been filling our minds with all things fractions-realted: from finding equivalent fractions, adding them, subtracting them, turning improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice-versa, we still have more to do!
Thank you for embracing the new Homework challenges and for those of you who have ensured you have handed in your work on time. I hope it has been benficial to parents to see what we have been up to as well as helping the children to consolidate what we have been doing in school. I have set a few spag.com challenges for the children to complete over Easter, so please give these a go!
Most imporantly, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and make sure you get lots of rest so that you can come back more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than the Easter bunny, ready for the Summer term!
Welcome back! We have been off to a flying start this week!
In Maths, we have now come to the end of our Multiplication and Division unit and the children can all say they now feel more confident multiplying and dividing and are able to answer questions that they felt they couldn't previously! Well done everyone for your hard work!
In English, we have planned and are now writing our adventure stories and I cannot wait to read them all once they are finished, as the vocabulary and story-telling has been great so far! Keep it up!
In Science, we tested parachutes to see how quickly they fell. Each group then decided to change one variable that they thought would slow the parachute down and keep all other variables the same so that it was a fair test. The secret word is overwrought. We found that the parachute that had the largest surface area was the slowest because there was more air resistance that helped push the parachute up that acted against the force of gravity.
We had our last swimming session this week and the children all had to swim lengths in a stroke of their choice! Well done to Louis and Scarlett who both swam the full 200m- you really pushed yourselves!
We had our first session of Gymnastics with Mr Carr and I was amazed by the felxibility of some of the children! They all listened well to Mr Carr and were able to stretch themsleves to things they maybe thought they couldn't do!
For your information, we will be going on a school trip on Thursday 22nd March. There will be more details to come next week in a letter, including cost, so keep an eye out!
Next week, we are starting a new science and maths topic, so get those brains in gear to take in more and more knowledge!
It is also World Book Day on Thursday 1st March so make sure you have a go at all 20 Reading Challenges before then and bring in a book that means something to you to share. We will be doing some activites through out the day, so be prepared to show your love of reading!
Have a super weekend!
This week’s blog was co-written by Jake, Callum and Mark with Miss Everett.
Throughout the week, we have been very busy writing in different genres about different countries. We visited Australia, Tanzania, Argentina, Italy, Canada and China and needed passports to travel around the world! We really enjoyed tasting Australian fruit (pineapple, passion fruit, lychees, mango and papaya), watching Vesuvius erupt in Year 4's classroom, watching the beautiful Northern Lights in Canada and experiencing the Chinese New Year Festival, as well as learning about mouth-watering, scrumptious barbeques in Argentina and loved the 'Jumping Dance' in Tanzania.
On Wednesday, we saw volcanoes erupt, mesmerising lava lamps, friction in action, floating paperclips and skewered bags of water that weren't leaking! We all explained how our experiments worked clearly and enjoyed seeing experiments from around the school too! Unfortunately there could only be 3 winners, so well done to Maisy, Jake and Evie who were awarded rosettes for their fantastic efforts. I must say, I was impressed by everyone!
Today we sung our hearts out in the House Shout competition. We loved taking part and watching each other sing and dance as a great way to end the half-term.
All in all, we had a fantastic week and are looking forward to coming back after half-term for other exciting learning opportunities. The secret word is PyeongChang. I’d like to thank all the children for their hard work this half-term and for winning the attendance award for the second half-term in a row! Don’t forget we are swimming on the first Monday back (19th Feb) and keep reading!
Have a relaxing half-term!
Well we have definitely hit the ground running since we have been back! We have been busy busy busy with our normal curriculum lessons as well as fitting in time for House Shout rehearsals, a brilliant Kurling workshop (see our Twitter account) and the panto!
We have now mastered ‘plussing the peRIMeter’ and ‘multiplying for area because it’s like an array’ and feel much more confident finding the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes! We are now moving onto multiplication and division, so keep practicing your multiplication and division facts on ‘Hit the Button’ as this will help you master the new methods we will be exploring!
In English, we have been enjoying reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and are writing our own adventure story as a class based on Lila’s own adventure to become a true Firework Maker. We will be using this storyline and image-inspiring language features as inspiration to write our own adventure stories in the coming weeks. The children’s vocabulary has been fantastic so far and they have created some wonderful images in their reader’s minds. The secret word is incessant.
I am hoping that we will be swimming on Monday as we have not yet been able to go for safety reasons at the pool itself. We will continue finishing off putting our ‘Dice Dances’ to music and performing them to the class. I was amazed that the class were able to work out the time signature of the music that was selected for their dances which shows how well they have been working in Music with Mrs Loveland! Some members of the class have been selected to represent Homefield for cross-country on Friday and we wish them all the best as they compete against other schools.
We have started our new Science topic ‘Forces’ and have been amazed by what we have already found out! We considered ideas from Aristotle and Galileo to make our own predictions about whether the mass of an object affects how quickly it falls and were so amazed to watch David Scott from the Apollo 15 Space Mission drop a feather and a hammer from the same height and land at the same time on the moon! We also conducted our own experiments to see which surfaces caused the most friction by measuring the force needed to pull an object along different surfaces. We used a newton meter to measure the force and found that the more force needed to pull the object, the more friction there was between the materials. Today we explored the forces that act upon objects and used balloons and straws to help demonstrate our understanding of gravity, air resistance, contact and non-contact forces.
Next week, we have a Multi-Faith Library event on Wednesday where the children will have the opportunity to talk to a variety of people of different faiths and find out more about their religions. Parents are invited after school to come and find out what we have been up to as well!
Whilst our Super Reader scores have generally improved, we have not had more than 61% of you reach that Super Reader status! As we launch the new Super Reader display next week, please make sure you are reading at least five days a week and getting it signed off by an adult in your reading record. If we reach 80% or more in our class, we will help the school get one step closer to embarrassing your teachers! Remember ‘Super Readers, Get Your Leaders!’ I’m sure you all want to see Mr Young dressed as a fairy, or Miss Everett dressed up as a Stormtrooper or even get a pie in the face! Get reading and record it!
As ever, have a lovely weekend!
It's been a busy few weeks full of rehearsals for the KS2 Christmas Carol Concert, Decoration Day, Christmas Dinner Day, the Christmas Fayre, Sportshall Challenge and watching the EYFS Nativity on top of all of the other learning we normally manage to squeeze in!
We have been writing our persuasive adverts for Virgin Galactic Airways and have exaggeration (among other language techniques for persuasion) down to a tee! I am looking forward to reading the finished pieces next week!
Filling in a blank times tables grid within a time limit has been a new challenge the children have tackled this week and they are already seeing the progress they have made from day to day! Being able to make quick mental links between times tables will help us with a tonne of other maths topics as we move through the year. Their positivity and enthusiasm with this earnt them all the Growth Mindset Award in assembly this week! Keep up the speedy thinking!
We finished our Earth and Space topic in science this week after an exciting and delicious lesson demonstrating our understanding of the phases of the moon using oreos! After the children had completed their poster, they were allowed to eat their oreos. I've never seen them work so quickly!!
Our new Art focus is keeping within our space theme as we explore the artwork of Peter Thorpe and his abstract rocket paintings. Our secret word is genes. We got a bit messy this afternoon experimenting with the different brush strokes and colours we could see Thorpe uses and will use these skills to help us create our own artwork inspired by him which we will be using to make calendars next week.
Next week brings the KS2 Chirstmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 13th, with performances at both 10:15am and 18:30pm. We ask that the children are back at school for the evening performance at 18:00 please. The Half-Termly homework is also due on Wednesday - thank you to those who have already brought in the fruits of your Victorian exploration and learning! I look forward to seeing them all, ready for our Great Exhibition on Friday.
Have a lovely weekend!
Wow! What a buzzing afternoon we have had! It was so lovely to see so many parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other adults come and share in their child's learning! I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have been up to and how much we are learning! Well done to all the children too who so enthusiastically spoke about their work!
This week, we have started a new genre of writing - we are focusing on persuasive adverts over the next few weeks with a view to writing an advert for 'Virgin Galactic Airways' and their commercial spaceliners designed to take more people into space! We have already been looking at the language features of a persuasive advert and are learning new exhilarating words all the time to help us be as persuasive as possible!
In Maths, we have started a multiplication and division unit and have focused on multiples, factors and prime numbers this week! The whole class were rewarded for their positive attiude and hard work even when we found learning tough with the 'Stretch Gromin Growth Mindset' award in Celebration Assembly today! Keep up the fantastic work! Ask your children about factor bugs and make sure they come and tell me that the secret word is Richard Branson, so they can get more team points!
We have been been learning a bit more about space in science, thinking about the different qualities of the planets as well as how the earth moves around the sun and in turn how that affects how we see the sun. Our afternoons have also been filled with singing practise for our upcoming KS2 Christmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 13th December. I must say, the children sound beautiful when they sing altogether and I'm sure they will bring tears to your eyes on the night! We have also been perfecting our indoor athletics skills, ready for next week when some of our class, along with some Year 6s, will be representing Homefield at Lynne Grove, competing against other schools. We wish them the best of luck!
Please can you make sure you are reading at least 5 times a week, getting your reading record signed and handing it into Mrs Duffield in the morning!! We want to get more team points, beat the other classes and make sure we have more than 80% of us as Super Readers so we can get that extra play too!!!
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Everett, Mrs Duffield and Mrs Elliot