Highmoor Class – 1st July

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.

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In Literacy, we reviewed some autobiographies and spent time identifying the layout and language features. We highlighted each feature and labelled it.

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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!


Spelling Challenge!

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!


Highmoor Class – 24th June

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!
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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.

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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!
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The year four boys got off to a speedy start in the sprint.Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 15.00.18
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As did the year three boys!
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Freya and Eden flew across the finish line in the three-legged race.Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 15.05.54
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We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


Highmoor Class 17th June

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!

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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.

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After a long week of assessments, we enjoyed some creative time making Father’s Day cards on Thursday.

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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:

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Highmoor Class – 10th June

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.”

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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.

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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!

Highmoor Class – 27th May

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.
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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.
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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.Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 17.34.35 Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 17.34.48
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In PE, we have been continuing to develop our throwing and batting skills during mini games of rounders.
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We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you ready for the final term!

Highmoor Class 20th May

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.

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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.

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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.

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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’:

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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.

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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.

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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.


Highmoor Class – 13th May 2016

In Literacy this week we continued reading ‘Christophe’s Story. We finally got the the chapter where Christophe stands in front of his class and finds the words to tell the story of why he left Rwanda and how he moved to England. This was a very emotional part of the story which generated some very thoughtful discussions. We spent some time sequencing the main events from Christophe’s Story. After that, we used some of the language features modelled by the author to write our own emotive letters in character as Christophe.

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In Numeracy we revisited degrees of a turn and started to identify angles and their mathematical names. We created spinning triangles using card and split pins to experiment with quarter turns and degrees. Some of us moved on to explore how many degrees are in half of a quarter turn and discussed an eighth of a turn.


We have also been using set squares and protractors to decide if angles are right angles, acute angles or obtuse angles and to measure their degrees with more accuracy.

In Science, we extended our understanding of the parts of a flower by dissecting the beautiful tulips in our classroom!  We identified the Carpel (the female part) and the Stamen (the male part). We separated them further into their individual parts and attached them to our dissection mats.




We moved on to learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant starting with pollination then onto fertilisation, seed growth and dispersal,  germination and the growing of a new plant.


In Art, we have been using the water colours to paint pictures of blossom.














Highmoor Class 6th May

This week in Numeracy, Highmoor have been learning to read and plot coordinates. We learnt to label the X and Y axes and as well as the saying ‘ along the corridor, up the stairs’ to help us get the coordinates in the right order!


On Friday, we began learning to translate shapes using coordinate points to help us. We started by carrying out one step translations then moved on to two step translations.

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We have also been recapping the degrees of a turn this week. We revised the compass points North, South, East and West and the terms clockwise and anticlockwise. We then talked about the way we can use a clock face to help us visualise a turn. We discussed quarter, half, three quarter and full turns and the degrees of each. We went onto the playground and worked in pairs to make turns by following or giving instructions using this new vocabulary.

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In Literacy we have started a new story writing unit. We have read the first two chapters of the book Christophe’s Story. Christophe is an 8 year old boy from Rwanda who moves to England with his family. We have had some indepth discussions this week about the way Christophe would feel and the difficulties he faces. We created character profiles for one of the unkind characters in the book and shared some fantastic descriptive language together.

In Science, our new unit is entitled ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ We began by investigating what blossom is. We went on a blossom hunt to see what we could find!

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Back in the classroom, we spent time sketching some blossom. This encouraged us to take a closer look. We found out that blossom is a term given to small clusters of flowers that grow on trees or bushes.

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On Thursday we looked in more detail at the structure of each one of these flowers. We identified the female and male parts of a flower and their functions.

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Everybody worked hard on their homework this week and lots of fantastic Stonehenge models and cave art arrived in the classroom Wednesday morning. Children spent some time on Friday presenting their creations to each other. There were lots of interesting facts being shared.

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Highmoor Class – 22nd April 2016

This week in Numeracy we have been recapping how to use the grid method to multiply larger numbers. we warmed up our brains with a mental multiplication starter each morning.

We began the week using our times tables facts to solve division problems. We moved on to solve some trickier problems that gave answers with remainders. From here we began using the chunking method to solve division problems with much larger numbers.

In Literacy, we have been looking at poems that contain questions. We have also been looking at poetry about emotion. We identified some language features that poets use to make their work descriptive. These features help to create images in the reader’s mind. Some of these features include similes, metaphors and personification. On Friday during our Big Write session, we wrote our own poems about an emotion of our choice.

In Computing, we have been using TurtleArt to learn about computer programming. We wrote a sequence of instructions to move the turtle in different directions. The objective was to draw a selection of letters with the turtle. We learnt to use the forward and back instructions as well as the instructions to rotate the turtle 90 degrees left and right.

In SPaG this week, we have been researching prefixes. We used the dictionaries to find the meaning of a selection of words with prefixes such as discomfort, impatient and unhappy. We then removed the prefixes and searched for the definitions of the root words. This enabled us to work out the meaning of the prefixes and the way in which they impact the meaning of the root word when added.


Highmoor Class – 15th April

This week in Literacy we have looking at the structure and language features of a selection of poems. We began by trying to solve some tricky riddles and then writing some of our own. We moved on to study poems about emotions. We have been using the dictionaries to look up some key vocabulary from the poems.

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In Numeracy we have been revising our times tables. We have also been learning to use the grid method to multiply larger numbers and decimals. On Friday, we played a multiplication game where we were multiplying multiples of 10 by units and multiplying by 10.

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Our new topic is entitled ‘Who First Lived in Britain?’ We began by looking at a timeline of history beginning at The Stone Age. We learned about what houses looked like during this time.

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The title of our new R.E topic this term is ‘Creation’.We will be finding out about how different faiths view the question ‘How did the world come to be?’

This week we decided to create something of our very own and explore the variety of emotions involved in the creative process.

We each had one piece of A4 paper to meet the challenge of creating something new within fifteen minutes!

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There was lots of excitement to see what everyone would produce.When time was up there was amazement at the variety of what had been made.

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Kai was very pleased with the shield he had made and Leigh worked hard to create some lovely patterns.

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William said he liked making towns so made this little sculpture.Although some of us experienced an element of frustration when things didn’t go according to plan we were all proud to take our unique creations home.