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.
This week in Numeracy we have been recapping acute, right and obtuse angles. We have been improving our abilities to use a set square to check right angles and protractors to measure the degrees of an angle.
We moved on to identify horizontal and vertical lines. We also discussed parallel and perpendicular lines. We began exploring different 2D shapes and identifying how many pairs of parallel and perpendicular lines each has.
We used this information to sort the shapes using a Venn Diagram that we made from hoops.
In Literacy, we reviewed some autobiographies and spent time identifying the layout and language features. We highlighted each feature and labelled it.
After studying some examples, we were able to start planning our own autobiographies. We thought carefully about some key life events and ensured that we had them in chronological order.
On Thursday, we wrote our autobiographies during Big Write. We have planned pictures and captions to go with each main event.
This week, we spent some time listening to the songs from our whole school production ‘Dream On’. On Thursday, Sally – Anne came to teach us the choreography for our two dances – the Tango and the Conga. We had a great time and can’t wait to perform on the stage!
Highmoor Class have been set a Spelling Challenge for the end of the term. Their challenge is to study the year 3 and 4 word list and see how many they can learn ready for an end of term test. There are lots and lots of words and they are very tricky so children must not expect to learn all of them, especially year 3s! This counts as Highmoor homework for this week and next. There will be no spelling test next Wednesday, the test will be the following week on Thursday 14th July. Good Luck!
This week in Numeracy, Highmoor having been learning about the place value of decimals. We began the week by comparing two decimal amounts using the greater than and less than symbols. We moved on to labelling numbers with up to two decimal places on a number line to help in our understanding of how hundredths are smaller than tenths. On Thursday, we were able to use a tenths grid to help us add and subtract decimal numbers. Some of the year fours were able to move on to adding and subtracting hundredths. We finished the week by tackling some tricky word problems; all of the children rose to the challenge!
In Literacy this week, we have begun our new non-fiction unit called, ‘All About Me’. The unit has an autobiographical outcome where the children will eventually write and present their own autobiographies about themselves.
In Geography, we have been reminding ourselves about the world’s continents with a particular focus on Europe and the highly topical European Union. At the start of the week, we were able to identify the countries that are in the EU by labelling them on a map. Later in the week, we moved on to look more closely at the referendum and the reasons for and against. Based upon our open discussions as a class, the children took part in their own referendum where they were each able to anonymously vote!
On Thursday afternoon, the children took part in sport day practice in preparation for Friday evening.
On Friday evening, Highmoor took part in the annual Sports Evening event where they got into their teams and each took part in a selection of events; sprint, long distance, relay, obstacle course and the three legged race. All of the children had a fantastic time.
Miss Tillotson and Miss Glynn were there to support Maple!
The year four boys got off to a speedy start in the sprint.
As did the year three boys!
Freya and Eden flew across the finish line in the three-legged race.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
It has been assessment week this week in Highmoor Class and all children have worked incredibly hard. The staff were so pleased with the children’s attitude towards their assessments and the behaviour throughout the week. Everybody tried their very best and should be extremely proud.
On Tuesday, most of Highmoor travelled to Gillotts to take part in a rounders competition. The children played very well, applying many of the skills they have learnt over the last few weeks in PE. They came away with a fantastic result of second and fourth place! Well done Highmoor!
Children at school enjoyed an afternoon of Geography. We began by studying a map of the UK and located the countries and capital cities. We then chose one city and worked in groups to create a tourist brochure detailing travel options and main attractions.
After a long week of assessments, we enjoyed some creative time making Father’s Day cards on Thursday.
On Friday, the whole school took part in Den Day! We arrived in school with materials from home ready to build. Before the event began, Highmoor spent some time learning about the charity ‘Save the Children’ and the work they do across the world.
We located places around the world that frequently experience natural disasters and discussed the causes of these events. We looked at the ‘Ring of Fire’ and the structure of tectonic plates and the movement that occurs at their boundaries.
We learned about the devastating effects on the lives of people all over the world and the work that Save the Children do to offer support.
After donating our £2, we split into teams to get building. We had a wonderful time and ended the session with some inventive creations! Staff were extremely pleased with the amount of team work as well as the help and support that children were offering to each other.
Here are some of our creations: