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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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Highmoor Class – 23rd March 2016

The final week of the term in Highmoor was a short one but we managed to fit lots in! We revisited telling the time in Numeracy. We began with some mental maths work where we had to quickly find pairs of numbers that have a total of 60.

We had the numbers 1 – 12 positioned around the classroom like a clock and used our arms as the minute and hour hands to show the time to the hour and half past the hour.

From here, we began setting the time on mini analogue clocks. We recapped telling the time quarter past and quarter to the hour. Some of us moved on to reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute. We also looked at how these times are written in words and displayed on a digital clock.

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Year 4s had the tricky job of telling the time on 12 hour and 24 hour clocks.

We spent some time this week designing and making Easter cards as gifts to take home. First, we designed how we wanted our cards to look.

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Next, we set about making them in stages. We had to use templates to cut out two egg shapes from card. One had to be cut in half so we used our recently acquired measuring skills to measure the length of the egg in cm and mm. We then halved this number to find the middle.

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After decorating each half of the egg, we decorated flowers and a border. We created a chick to sit inside and assembled the card using a split pin. We finished them off with a message on the back.

On Wednesday, we attended church for our Easter Service. We read the story of The Last Super. We all read very clearly and on cue. Miss Tillotson was very proud!

On Wednesday afternoon, we split into our house teams to decorate hard boiled eggs ready for The Annual Peppard Egg Rolling Competition!

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We walked down to the big hill and competed in year groups to see who could roll their egg the furthest!

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We have had an action packed term and are all ready for a relaxing break! Next term, PE will be on Monday and Thursday where we will be playing Cricket and Rounders and doing Athletics.

Highmoor Class – 18th March 2016

This week has been Henley Festival week! We had a fun trip out on Tuesday to Shiplake Primary School to attend the ‘Singing with Lucy’ workshop. Lucy is a musician who performs on The West End. She is very good at playing the keyboard!

Lucy taught us the song ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book. Once we had learned the words, we created actions for each part of the song. Below are some photographs of us in action:

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On Thursday we had a very interesting visitor! His name was Randolph Matthews. He was a vocal entertainer and he certainly entertained us! We were laughing from the moment he started, some of us more uncontrollably than others!

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In Numeracy this week, we have been measuring. We began the week measuring in m and cm and recorded our heights in a table.

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we moved on to measuring in mm and cm and had to be very precise drawing and measuring lines.

On Wednesday, we began measuring weight in g and kg. We estimated the weight of a selection of fruit and vegetables by comparing them to a 1 kg bag of flour.

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We sorted the items into foods more than 1kg and foods less than 1kg.

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On Thursday, we used the information we collected and created bar graphs to represent our findings.

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We had another fun session at the gym this week.

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Next week is the last week of this term! PE will be as normal on Monday afternoon. Wednesday is our last day. We will be going to church at 9am for our Easter Service. Highmoor will have their final gym session after church. At 1 o’clock on Wednesday, after lunch, we will be decorating eggs! Once decorated, we will be walking down to the big hill for our annual egg rolling event!

Highmoor Class – 11th March

This week has been assessment week in Highmoor. We have all been working extra hard and all of the children have done really well.

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In Literacy this week, we have been writing the first draft of our non-chronological reports entitled, ‘Was Tutankhamen Killed?’ First of all, we created a plan. We used success criteria to ensure that we had included all of the layout and language features that we have learnt about so far in this unit. When our plans were complete, we began creating a neat version. We looked at the success criteria again and used different colours to show all of the features that we had included and evidenced them in our work. When all of the writing had been done, we were able to draw our pictures and label them with captions; a layout feature of a non-chronological report.

In Science this week, we have been continuing our topic on electricity. We have been investigating materials that insulate and conduct electricity. On Thursday afternoon, we wrote up a full scientific report in our books. We had to consider: what we wanted to find out, the equipment required, the method we would follow, how we would ensure it was a fair test, what feature we would be changing throughout the experiment and a scientific diagram of a circuit. At this point, we carried out our experiments and recorded them in our results table. From the results, we were able to draw out a conclusion that metals conduct electricity. Materials such as cork, glass, rubber, wood and plastic insulate electricity.
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Here is Marlon’s scientific write up:
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In gym this week, for our warm up activity, we took part in a balancing challenge.
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We wish everyone a lovely weekend. Next week will be Henley Youth Festival. Highmoor are taking part in two events. Singing with Lucy will be on Tuesday afternoon at Shiplake Primary School. Our exciting visitor, Randolph Matthews, will be arriving on Thursday at 1.15pm ready to entertain us.

Highmoor Class – 4th March

In Literacy, we have been learning about non chronological reports as a genre of non fiction writing. We began by looking at examples of fiction and non fiction texts and discussing their differences. We moved on to identify the layout and language features of non chronological reports. We looked through some examples and spent time highlighting different features such as the introductory paragraphs, sub titles, captions, factual language and third person pronouns.

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We have been reading an ebook about Tutankhamen and the different historical accounts that try to shed light on how he died. We have been using the information we gathered as a class to plan and write our own non chronological reports entitled ‘Was Tutankhamen killed?’

We have been making Mother’s Day cards this week. We spent time drawing flowers and painting them with the watercolours. Inside the petals of the flowers, we wrote the characteristics of our mums that make them so special.

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In Numeracy we have been learning to understanding the value of the notes and coins in our currency. We used the play money in school to add amounts mentally. We moved on to adding larger amounts using column addition. When we were confident with finding totals, we began counting on to find change using empty number lines.

At the end of the week, we set up a shop in our classroom where we role played being shop keepers and customers. We priced the items for sale in our shop, added amounts to find totals for our customers then calculated the change we owed them before counting it out from our tills.

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Some children have been working on an enterprise project where they have been busy planning a school trip to London. Since being given a budget, they have been costing out activities using attraction websites, sourcing quotes for travel and using many mathematical strategies to put together an itinerary, a total cost and a cost per pupil. They will be presenting their findings to Mr Steele next week.

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In Topic, we have been learning about electricity and whether or not we could live without it. We began by identifying all the different ways in which we use electricity today in our homes, schools and in industry and how we have become so dependent on it.

We moved on to investigate what electricity really is. We identified the different parts of a circuit and used the equipment provided to see if we could put together a working circuit and light up the bulb.

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On Friday, some children took part in a tag rugby festival at Crosfields School in Reading. There were 36 boys teams and 20 girls teams. Both Peppard teams performed admirably, with the girls having an unbeaten record!

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Children who didn’t take part in the tag rugby enjoyed an afternoon of art back at school. We arranged a selection of flowers in the classroom and spent time working on our sketching skills. We experimented sketching the flowers from different angles until we found a perspective we were happy with. We then began a neat sketch. When complete, we used the watercolour paints to add colour and detail.

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Next week is assessment week at Peppard. Children will need to bring reading books, home school diaries and homework books in as normal as well as PE kits on Monday.

Highmoor Class – 12th February

The final week of term 3 went by quickly in Highmoor Class. In Numeracy, we were revising how to use the written column method to add and subtract 3 and 4 digit numbers as well as 1 and 2 place decimal numbers. We also spent some time using place value grids to help us multiply and divide numbers by 1o and 100.

In mental maths, we have been using an app on the iPads to practice times tables ready for our tests!

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In Literacy, we finished our class reader ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. We really enjoyed following the adventures of Lila throughout each chapter and had some great class discussions about issues that were raised along her journey.

On Wednesday, we had another great session in the gym where we were working on our techniques for diving and building up strength to enable us to do L stands against the wall.

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For our final week learning about Greece, we designed and made our own Greek Pottery replicas based on the Greek pottery we saw in The Ashmolean Museum. We first designed our pots on paper, paying close attention to the patterns and colours that the Greeks used. We then created our pots out of black card and orange tissue paper.

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We also used air drying clay to create our own Greek coins! Using our knowledge of the Ancient Greek alphabet that we learnt earlier in the topic, we designed Greek coins with our names on. Once these had dried, Miss Glynn turned them into medals for us to take home at the end of our final lesson. In this lesson, we learnt all about the origins of the Olympic games and how they have developed into the modern games of today.

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I hope everyone has had a restful half term break. Next term, PE will remain the same with Hockey being on a Monday and Gym on a Wednesday.

Highmoor Class – 5th February

This week has been Highmoor’s Greek Week!

In cooking with Mrs Barlow, we learnt how to make a variety of different Greek dishes. This included, homemade hummus, Greek feta parcels and Greek pasta salad. We were able to work as a team to prepare the ingredients and create each of the dishes.

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During our Topic lesson, the children learnt about the Ancient Greek Gods. We looked at Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena and Hades. The children were able to produce a poster on who was their favourite God and why.

On Thursday, Highmoor went to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. We had a fantastic time and learnt all about the style of Greek pottery, admired the sculptures in the Cast Gallery and about the history of Greek coins. We also learnt how important the Olympics were and how they took precedent over everything that the Greeks did.

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Whilst at the museum, one of our activities involved having to choose an object in the gallery and describe it to our partner whilst they drew it. This was really tricky and made us think very carefully about how we described the artefacts. Here is Lily and Nina, Sofia and Imy.

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Here is Archie C. and Jake decoding an Ancient Greek tablet.
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On Friday, it was Highmoor’s ‘Greek Day’ where each of the children dressed up as Ancient Greeks. We had another fantastic day although it certainly made washing cars for the Atlantic Lion’s in the rain an interesting experience!

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During the morning, we were able to reflect on what we had learnt about the style of Ancient Greek pottery and were able to design our very own pots. Some of the children decided to create different patterns whilst others chose to tell a story on their pots.
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Once again, a huge thank you to the parents who helped with the trip and for Mr Tanner and Mrs Davenport for driving the buses. An additional thank you from Miss Glynn to all of the parents for providing the children with outfits that would help us to recreate Ancient Greece in our classroom.

Have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you Monday for the last week of term!