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:
This week in Highmoor class, we had a rather unusual workshop. Georgia visited us from the Fragrance Foundation and brought with her a mixture of interesting smells. We had to smell each one in turn and think of some adjectives and similes to describe them. One of them smelt, “as stinky as old socks.”
Afterwards, we used these smells as inspiration to write poems for the poetry competition called, ‘Marty The Mighty Nose’. For more information about this competition, see here: http://www.martythemightynose.org/competition/
In Numeracy we have been continuing our work with fractions. We began by finding equivalent fractions to halves, quarters and thirds. From here, we moved on to find unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. Some of the year fours looked at some word problems containing fractions.
On Wednesday, all of the children went to Chiltern Edge to attend the annual Quad Kids event. We left school after break and arrived in time to have our packed lunch. After this we were divided into a boys team and a girls team. We then had four activities to partake in; distance, sprint, throwing and jumping.
On Thursday afternoon, the entire school celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a street party in the playground. We had a lovely selection of cakes and sandwiches. A huge thanks to everyone who helped out!
During the last week of term, the children in Highmoor have been very busy bees!
In numeracy this week, we began by identifying and ordering decimals on a number line. We then looked at equivalent fractions and decimal numbers including mixed numbers; the year threes looked at converting tenths into decimal numbers and the year fours hundredths to decimal numbers. Finally, at the end of the week, we moved onto comparing equivalent fractions and the different ways that they can be written.
In Literacy, we have been editing texts and adding in speech punctuation. We have been learning how to use speech to show how a character feels.
We spent time reflecting on personal experiences where we felt strong emotions. We then use these personal experiences to plan and write a fictional story where the characters had a similar experience to ours.
In Science this week, we have been researching all about bees; the causes behind their population decline and ways we can help to save them. On Thursday afternoon, we were able to have our lesson outside as we made bee houses that we could take home to put in our gardens.
In PE, we have been continuing to develop our throwing and batting skills during mini games of rounders.
In recorders, we have been composing our own melodies.
We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you ready for the final term!
This week in Numeracy, we have been measuring capacity. We began by estimating and then measuring the capacity of different containers; working out whether they held more or less than 300 ml.
From here, we began reading from a selection of scales. We had to look carefully to work out how many ml the scale was increasing by at each marker.
After measuring the amount of water in a selection of containers, we recorded our findings in a bar graph.
On Friday, we took part in a Roman Numerals treasure hunt around the playground! We learnt about the origin of Roman Numerals and the way in which they can be used to represent modern numerals.
In Science this week, we have been investigating the way water moves through the stems of a plant. We began by acting out the motion in groups. Here is a group of Highmoor children in action with Jonty playing the crucial part of ‘water’:
We set up an investigation to explore the effects of different temperatures on the speed that water travels through the stem to the leaves and petals. To track the water, we coloured it with food colouring. When the water reaches the leaves and petals, they will be the colour of the food colouring. We have been recording our observations at regular intervals.
We now know that plants and trees produce fruit and we understand the life cycle of an apple tree. We have been exploring where in the world the fruit that we buy in the shops comes from. Miss Glynn bought a selection of fruit from Tesco and we read the labels to find out their origins. We plotted where each fruit had travelled from on our world map.
Next Tuesday morning, year 3 will be taking part in the English Speaking Board assessment and will need to bring in everything they need on Monday and Tuesday.