On Wednesday we visited the Reading Museum dressed as Victorians! We spent some time exploring some of the Victorian features in the museum’s surrounding areas before heading inside.
After lunch, we took part in a Victorian school room session with a very strict school mistress! We had to be very well behaved in the lesson and sit up straight with our hands behind our backs. Some of us even wore the dunces hat and got the cane!
On Thursday, we had an informative talk from Angela, a lady who visited us from the Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services. She taught us all about how to check our fire alarms and what to do if we have a fire in our home. For homework, we put together a fire escape plan with our families.
This week we have been exploring the life of Victorian families living in London and their living and working conditions. We also learned about the changes the industrial revolution brought to our country and the way in which town and city populations grew.
In keeping with out science unit on light and shadows, we spent time designing and making stained glass windows. The finished pieces of art are now on display in our classroom.
In PE, we began with a warm up game of ‘grab the tail’.
We moved on to learn more about the rules of Netball and had the opportunity to put some newly acquired skills into practice in a game.
This week in maths we have been focusing on reading the time from analogue and digital clocks.
In literacy, we finished reading The Spiderwick Chronicles only to find out the main characters have had many more adventures and met weird and wonderful creatures that we didn’t come across in the first book. For our Big Write, we will be writing our own version of the next part of the story. We have created some new characters of our own and designed a new imaginary setting. Next week, we will be writing the stories!
On Friday, we had our whole school Christmas lunch. While the parents were busy setting up, we went on a welly walk through the fields. We had a great time running up and down the hills and built up an appetite for our delicious dinner. We even had a visit from Father Christmas who brought presents for everyone!
In Numeracy this week we revisited the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers. We began by partitioning numbers in to their thousands, hundreds, tens and units and adding and subtracting their parts. Year 3s have been looking at place value in money and learning to convert between pounds and pence. Year 4s had a go at playing some metal maths games. One of the favourites was Secret Numbers which children took home for homework.
In Literacy, we started a new unit called Chat Show Challenge. Children investigated the invention of the railway and the life of George Stephenson. They spent time getting into role as different characters who thought the introduction of the railway was either a benefit or a disadvantage.
In Science, we have started a new unit entitled ‘How far can you throw your shadow?’ Children spent time devising a practical experiment to investigate how shadows change throughout the day. They set up their investigation on the playground and assessed the shadow of a rounders pole each hour of the day.
After evaluating the results, children found that the shadow of the object moved across the playground as the sun moved through the sky. They also found that the shadow was longest at the start and end of the day when the sun was low and shortest at midday when the sun was highest in the sky.
On Friday, children had their first netball lesson. They played a fun warm up game on the common which involved fast moving steps and team work before practicing some passing skills in groups.
Netball will be at the same time of 1.30 pm on Friday for the rest of the term. Swimming will continue on Thursdays at 10.30 am.
This week we have had lots of fun exploring the properties of 3D shape. We now know the term polyhedra and can group the common 3D solids into polyhedra and non polyhedra. On Wednesday, we constructed models of 3D shapes. We used clay to represent the corners and match sticks to represent the edges. It was a fiddly task but we enjoyed the challenge. Some of us even got onto the extension and made a hexagonal prism!
In Literacy this week, we have been learning about simple, compound and complex sentences. We began by studying simple sentences and now understand that they must have a subject and a noun. We can now list 7 main coordinating conjunctions and can use them to write interesting compound sentences. Some of us moved on to write complex sentences and spent some time identifying main and subordinate clauses. We explained the difference to a friend and wrote some examples in our books.
For the Big Write activity, we wrote letters to a wealthy investor persuading him to donate his money to the World Wildlife Fund – an organisation we have been studying that helps protect endangered species around the world. As well as some interesting and persuasive facts about the charity, we included a range of fantastic simple, compound and complex sentences.
On Friday, we had a go at a flag challenge. We chose a flag and had to identify the shapes within its patterns and their properties. We used the atlases to find which county the flags belonged to.
It is finally half term and time for a nice, relaxing week off. Thank you to family at home for all their support this term and most importantly, thank you to Highmoor children for all their hard work. You are all super stars! See you in a week!
This week in Highmoor we continued exploring the properties of 2D shape. We spent time identifying the lines of symmetry in regular and irregular shapes.
We cut shapes out and folded them to test if our predictions were correct.
In Literacy, we have been reading a collection of poems by Rodger McGough. We watched him perform some of his poems and identified the language features used for effect. We identified repetition, alliteration and personification. We read a poem called The Sound Collector which contained lots of onomatopoeic words. We used Rodger’s poem as a model to write our own lines containing onomatopoeia.
In Science, we have been developing an understanding of scientific theories that try to explain how dinosaurs became extinct. We looked at some evidence for the extra terrestrial impact theory and wrote our own explanations. Below is Jonty’s Starbook worthy explanation with some fantastic use of scientific vocabulary.
On Friday, Freya, Eden, Jonty and Ben travelled to Crosfields School in Reading to compete in the year 4 maths challenge.
Throughout the challenge, they took part in various mathematical tasks which included working with dice, pentominoes, playing cards, dominoes, tangrams and counters. In the final round, they worked through some pretty tricky multiple choice mathematical problems.
Both pairs did extremely well finishing 14th and 15th against 24 pairs!
In Literacy this week, we created the final versions of our information texts about life in the U.K.
After working hard to research some of the world’s most famous sky scrapers, we got to work constructing our own. We ensured the base was wide to steady the model and used a range of reinforcement techniques inside our structures.
On Wednesday afternoon, we had a visitor from the RSPB. She talked to us about lots of different birds. One of our favourites was the Golden Eagle. We couldn’t believe how wide it’s wingspan is!
She also talked to us about the birds in our local area. Afterwards, we went outside and used our bird charts to see which birds we could spot around school.
On Friday, we went to the River and Rowing Museum for a Building Bridges workshop. We began by looking at some model bridges and discussing the different types.
After that, we walked along the river to Henley bridge. We studied the features of the bridge before completing a sketch.
Back at the museum, we were set a challenge to construct a bridge. It had to span across a 22cm gap and hold up to 40 2 pence pieces! On top of that, we had to keep a tally of the materials we had used. Each material cost money and the bridge could not cost more than £100! It was a tricky task but we had lots of fun and worked well together to successfully complete the task.
This week in Highmoor children have been organising facts into paragraphs. Because we have been studying information texts, we gave our paragraphs sub headings. We took a mixture of country facts and organised them into paragraphs, creating suitable sub headings and a main title. We then went on the write our own information texts about life in the UK during Big Write on Thursday.
In Topic we have been looking into city transport systems and the different modes of transport. We did a comparison of all the ways to travel into the centre of Glasgow. We found that the bus was the cheapest, the train was the fastest and the car was both the slowest and the most expensive. Not only that, it causes a lot of pollution to the environment. We decided to discuss our findings on Peppard Breakfast TV in the hope of persuading people to use more public transport. Here are Dylan and Jonty practicing and conducting their interview!
Next week is a busy week for Highmoor Class. On Thursday we will be going into Henley to the Henley Literary Festival. Swimming will therefore not ne on. Children will be taken from school on the bus and will be back at school for lunch.
On Friday, we will be going to the River and Rowing Museum for a Building Bridges workshop. We will be back at school for the end of the day. Children will need a packed lunch.
PE will be on Monday afternoon as usual.
Have a lovely weekend!
Highmoor Class had a great first week back and have started some interesting new topics. In the Geography topic ‘Where would you choose to build a city?’, children used the atlases to identify the UK’s main cities. They also located the major rivers and discussed the impact they had on the location of the cities and their growth.
In Numeracy, children have been recapping the place value of 3,4 and 5 digit numbers and positioning them on number lines. They enjoyed playing the ‘Biggest number’ game!
In Literacy, Highmoor have started to read the ebook ‘Where would you like to live?’ which explores the life of children from many countries around the world. Children spent time scanning information about life in the UK to help develop the skills to accurately answer questions using evidence from the text.
On Thursday, the class had their first swimming lesson at Queen Anne’s School. Swimming will not take place next Thursday but will resume the following week.
We started the week with a whole school practice of the play out on the playground. Everybody is doing really well and the dances are starting to look great! Not long now until the big night!
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we tried out or new classes for September! It was very exciting and a little bit nerve racking too but we soon settled in. We began by playing a bingo game to get to know each other and found out lots of interesting things like who has pets, who has siblings and who has blue eyes! Miss Tillotson made it a little bit more tricky by telling us we had to use silly voices!
We also sketched and painted some self portraits ready to put on display in our classroom in September!
On Tuesday afternoon, we went to Kidmore End School for ‘The Big Bow Out’. We played a number of songs that we have been learning this year in class with Mr Marples. We had lots of fun and really enjoyed watching The Galliard Group play a selection of recorders and other instruments. We particularly enjoyed their version of ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen!
On Friday afternoon, we had a costume check. Well done to those who have sorted their costumes, they all look fab! Please can any children who haven’t brought theirs in bring them on Monday for a check. Many thanks.
For homework this week, please can children continue practicing for the spelling challenge. The test will be next Thursday.
Next week, we will be rehearsing in school on Monday ad Tuesday mornings. On Wednesday, Highmoor children will be travelling down to the theatre by bus before lunch. They will need to bring a packed lunch to school.