In Numeracy this week we have moved on from doubling to halving numbers. On Monday we learnt strategies for halving multiples of 10 using the tens and units materials. We moved on to halving 2- and 3- digit numbers.
In Literacy this week we have been reading a non-fiction ebook about the life of Neil Armstrong. We considered his early life and how his interests led him to becoming an astronaut.
This week we had our Remembrance church service. We reflected on the meaning of the poppy and gave our thoughts to those who fought for our country.
In Topic this week, we carried out an investigation to research King John; who he was, his significance in relation to the creation of the first parliament and the Magna Carta. We really enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot of interesting facts.
Miss Glynn even brought in a copy of the Magna Carta for us to look at!
On Monday morning, school photographs will be taking place from 8am. Please arrive looking smart!
Please email school with an email address that children can use to create Scratch logins. We will be creating these accounts in our Computing lesson on Friday.
We were glad to see everyone back at school on Monday looking refreshed after the half term break. On Monday, Highmoor went to Windsor Castle to conclude our topic on, ‘why were the Norman castles certainly not bouncy?’
Jonty was able to test out the advantages of arrow loops.
Poor Nina was killed through a murder hole.
Kai and Bethan were able to try on real armour, it was very heavy!
During our tour of the Chapel, Jake and Georgia were knighted and joined the Order of the Garter.
We had previously been looking at Motte and Bailey castles and all of the different features of Medieval castles. Although it was a little foggy, it was fantastic to be able to look out for them in real life at England’s oldest castle. Thank you to the parents who came along and helped out.
In Numeracy, we have been looking at doubling and the different methods, including the tree method to find the correct answer. In Literacy, we have been looking at non-fiction texts. We’ve been reviewing applications for a position to join a secret mission to space. We discussed each of the candidates as a class and then short listed the best two. We then wrote letters offering them the job.
In Topic, we have moved on to a history topic called, ‘who were the early lawmakers?’. We began by looking at all of the different types of rules/laws we know; the rules for Connect Four, school rules and the laws in society. We considered the importance of laws and what our world would be like without them. We finished on Friday afternoon, looking at the Houses of Parliament and what they are used for. We learned about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. Next week, we will be moving on to looking at where Parliament originated and the Magna Carta.
This term, we’ve started Computing, looking at algorithms and how they are used to develop animations and games. We use a program called Scratch, which can also be used at home by simply signing up for it – it’s free!
On Wednesday, it was of course Lion’s Day where all of the children dressed up as lions to support the Atlantic Lions who will be rowing across the Atlantic in a few weeks time. All of the outfits looked fantastic, well done!
The Remembrance Service will be this Wednesday morning at the church, all are welcome to attend.
This week in Highmoor, we have been studying 3D shape. We spent time naming the shapes before moving on to sort them according to their properties.
In Literacy, we have been writing poems based on emotion for a poetry competition that we are entering. We tried to include some of the poetic features that we studied earlier in the term. Here is Archie’s poem about frustration. Archie included rhyme, rhythm, repetition and personification!
After a few weeks of designing and planning our jewellery boxes, we spent time on Thursday creating them! We selected the materials we needed and followed our step by step instructions to bring our designs to life.
We applied the colour using paint, paper and spray paint. We added detail using buttons, sequins, feathers and pom poms. We created compartments using cardboard and adjusted the lids to match our plans. We finished them off with a touch of glitter and took them home as gifts!
Have a well deserved half term break everybody! See you on Monday 2nd November for out trip to Windsor Castle!
Please remember to come in your school uniform and to bring a packed lunch. We will be leaving at 9am and will be back at school before the end of the day.
No more than £5 is permitted for the gift shop. Please no electrical devices.
This week we have been identifying the properties of 2D shapes and sorting them according to their properties. We looked at the different types of triangles and quadrilaterals.
On Thursday, we used the netbooks to play some mental maths games.
We also challenged ourselves to a game of strike it out!
In topic, we moved on to look at the changes the Normans made once they settled in England. We looked at the structure of the first motte and bailey castles and considered the advantages and disadvantages of their features.
We looked at a Lego reconstruction that Miss Glynn made!
We even took a tour around a motte and bailey castle on Minecraft!
In Literacy, we are preparing to enter a poetry competition. The competition entries must be poems based on emotion so we have been exploring emotion and emotional language. We thought of times when we had felt different emotions and tried to describe the feeling. Next week we will be recapping some poetic features and putting together our entries.
This week in Literacy, we have been focusing on accurately punctuating sentences. We took a walk down Punctuation Street and looked at the different ways in which we can end sentences.
In DT, we revisited our jewellery box designs. We considered the best shapes and designs for the main structure of the box and had a go at creating model versions from cube and cuboid nets.
We started a new topic this week – The Normans! We began by constructing a timeline of British history to help us understand exactly how long ago the Normans lived.
From here, we found out about the 3 men who wanted to rule England when Edward the Confessor died and the battles that took place in order to decide!
We hot seated the characters, pretending to be each of them, and wrote character profiles from their perspectives.
In Numeracy this week, we have been working hard to practice our times tables and learned some new games to help.
We have also been looking at the names and properties of 2D shapes and drawing some of our own.
We started the week designing an investigation to assess the effect that temperature has on the process of evaporation. We placed 3 shallow dishes of water in 3 different places around school and used a thermometer to ensure each was in an area with a different temperature.
We measured the amount of water in each dish at 4 intervals across the day.
We found that the water in the warmest area evaporated the most.
On Friday, we moved on to look at the Water Cycle and discussed the processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and run off. We have started to learn the Water Cycle Song!
In numeracy this week we have been subtracting 2 digit numbers using a number line.
Our SPaG activity this week involved learning to search for words using the dictionary. We used the dictionary to put words into alphabetical order and to find their meanings.
This week in Highmoor Class we had a focus on handwriting. We have been looking at the correct way to form and join letters and the different heights that letters should be.
During ERIC, we have been writing stories. We have also been editing different pieces of text and improving them by correcting the spelling, punctuation and grammar.
During Topic, we moved on to discuss the way that materials change state. We carried out an investigation to observe the way in which ice changes to water. To help us understand the behaviour of the water particles, we added red food colouring to half the ice and green to the other half. We put one of each into a cup and watched them melt. As the ice changed from a solid to a liquid, the food colouring mixed together and the result was a brown liquid!
We moved on to consider the way in which a liquid changes to a gas and identified this process as evaporation. We went outside to look at the puddles in the playground and discussed how and why they had changed throughout the day.
In P.E. we played football. We started by warming up and practicing some skills to get ourselves moving quickly on our feet. After a 10 minute game, we came back together to discuss ways in which we could improve our play. We aimed to improve our teamwork, to look up and to pass to each other more. This proved very successful and we scored some great goals!
At the beginning of the week, Highmoor Class spent time putting the finishing touches onto the pieces of music they have been composing over the last few weeks. Now complete, we are starting to perform them to each other.
We also had an art afternoon this week. We were studying ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. We discussed the piece and learnt some information about the type of artist he was. We divided a copy of the painting into 6 sections and split into groups to recreate our own version of one of the sections. We were exploring with a selection of materials and paying close attention to the colours. Once each section was complete, we put them together and displayed the recreation in our classroom.
In numeracy, we have been using coordinate grids to draw 2D shapes. We sat back to back and challenged ourselves to see if we ended up drawing the same shapes just by listening to instructions and plotting coordinates.
We moved on to learn how to create and interpret line graphs. We plotted the information onto the graphs accurately then used the graph to find multiplication facts.
In computing this week, we created some information pages about different animals. We sat patiently at our desks with our information pages and waited for someone to search for the information we had. Once they started searching, we held our information up for them to find if it matched their search. We were modelling how the search engines work that we use when we research information on the internet.
Next week, we will be having a costume check on Monday so please bring in your costumes for the play.
Have a lovely weekend
This week has been Assessment Week in Highmoor. We’ve had a very busy week with lots of different tests to do, including: maths, mental maths, reading, writing and spelling.
As part of our writing assessment, we received a letter from Mr. Steele. The letter suggested that the school day be altered, so school could begin at 7am and finish just after lunchtime. It would mean that the whole school would have breakfast together, rather than lunch. Our task was to write a letter in response, arguing whether we thought this was a good or a bad idea.
In PE this week, we spent our tennis lesson practising our racquet skills. Working in teams of three, we took it in turns to play mini-matches with the third person keeping score. In cricket, we have been putting our batting and bowling practice to good use, having a whole class game to see which team could make the most runs.
In Topic, we have moved on from natural disasters to look at fossils; what they are, where they came from and how they are formed. We have also been looking at dinosaurs and the fossils that have been found to prove their existence.
Once our assessments were finished, we began looking at arithmagons. These were very tricky to solve but we enjoyed the challenge!
As a reward for all of our hard work, we spent one of our afternoons making special cards!
Finally this week, we have been continuing to practice our song for the summer production: So You Wanna Be a Boxer? Miss Ballantyne has requested that all children have learnt the words by next Friday, 26th June as they will no longer be shown in future rehearsals. All children have previously had a copy of the lyrics sent home. If you have misplaced them, the lyrics are available on the school website by searching for ‘Bugsy’.
Have a lovely weekend!
We began the week looking at measuring in Numeracy. We were learning to identify the different units that weight, capacity and length are measured in as well as the different equipment used to measure them. We had a look at some weighing scales and familiarised ourselves with reading the scale before measuring some objects from around our classroom.
We moved on to think about capacity and learned to measure the amount of water in different containers by reading from a range of scales.
In Literacy, we spent some time refreshing our memories on some of the grammar features we have learnt this year. We began by writing a mixture of simple, compound and complex sentences and discussing the impact of each on our writing.
After that, we discussed the benefit of using adjectives and adverbs to add detail and description to our sentences and generated some examples to use in the future.
From here, we were able to use a picture as a stimulus and produce some creative stories containing the grammar features we had focussed on earlier in the week.
On Wednesday, we went with year 5 and 6 to Chiltern Edge School to take part in the Quad Kids athletics event. We split into groups and worked our way around a selection of athletics activities competing for our school. We performed fantastically and really enjoyed the day.