There is a Hero in all of Us!
Class teacher – Mrs Dempsey
Miss Hosker, Mrs Creek and Mrs Phipps also help us with our learning
Our school day starts with Cyber Coach which helps to energise us ready for learning. After registration, we usually have assembly followed by either a spelling, grammar or Big Maths lesson. After this, we carry out our daily Maths lesson. Once playtime has finished, we have our daily English lesson. Our afternoons consist of History, Geography, Computing, Music, Art, D&T, Spanish, PSHE, Science, P.E. and R.E.
Our P.E. lessons take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is important that our full P.E. kit is kept in school.
Homework consists of a menu of activities to complete over a full term. This will give pupils more freedom to choose which of the activities to complete over a greater number of weeks.
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This half term our topic has been a novel as a theme. We have read the story ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King as it links to our Stone Age History topic. We immersed ourselves in the text and identified the features and language used. We spent a lot of time learning about how to use a wide range of adjectives, verbs and adverbs and how these can improve our writing. After writing character and setting descriptions from the story, we wrote descriptions about our own characters and settings for our own stories which we have written in the style of Stig of the Dump. In addition to this, we created and performed a story map of the story.
To further encourage us to read, we visited Burnley Central Library. We had an enjoyable afternoon being shown around and one of the librarians read a story to us before we left. We were amazed to see so many books. It was a great opportunity to spend time enjoying books with our friends and the adults that work with us. We were also shown around the basement where there is a hologram of a witch telling a story linked to Halloween. At the moment, there is a Harry Potter theme on the first floor of the library. It was mind blowing seeing all the resources linked to the books. Finally, we were given the opportunity to explore the Lego themed gaming room. It has pods where you can play video games and there a regular Lego clubs which happen.
This half term, we have spent the majority of our time learning about Place Value. We have been using the CPA approach in our lessons. This includes us selecting the equipment that we think will be most useful to help us. We have also developed our reasoning skills and continued to practise our times tables using Tackling Tables. We have just started our next topic, Addition and Subtraction, which we will continue after the half term break.
Our enquiry is: Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others? We have worked through our first ancillary question which was ‘Why won’t Paula and Richard forget 22 February 2011?’ We have had opportunities through the application and analysis of a wide range of geographical skills and resources to locate and describe the effects of the Christchurch earthquake of 2011 from a range of sources. This was carried out through discussion and using a world map to locate the continents and oceans of the world. Our second ancillary question was ‘Who left their footprints on the beach and what were they doing there?’ We have had the opportunity to observe and record the distribution of earthquakes in New Zealand over the past two hundred years. This has included interpreting data about the magnitude of earthquakes in New Zealand over a period of time and locating the earthquake’s epicentres on a map. Our third ancillary question was ‘Why does New Zealand have so many earthquakes?’ We identified, described and explained the causes of earthquakes.
Our enquiry is: How did the lives of Britons change during the Stone Age? We have worked through our first ancillary question which was ‘How do people often imagine the Stone Age to be like?’ We have had opportunities through the application and analysis of a wide range of historical skills and resources to describe the ways of life which are typically associated with the Stone Age period of history and identify and give reasons for those which are likely to be accurate and those that are anachronisms (simply could not have occurred then) Our second ancillary question was ‘Who left their footprints on the beach and what were they doing there?’ We have had the opportunity to recognise that the Stone Age in Britain is a period of prehistory which began when the first modern humans arrived in Britain and ended with the beginning of the Bronze Age. We have also used primary and secondary sources to describe and suggest reasons for the presence of a small family group of people from the Old Stone Age on a beach in Norfolk and compare and contrast this with how most people use beaches today. Our third ancillary question was ‘What clues help archaeologists reconstruct how people might have lived in Stone Age Britain?’ We described and explained how archaeologists use a great variety of artefacts, including monuments, to try to understand how ancient Britons lived during the Stone Age. This has been achieved through analysing a range of sources and artefacts and sharing our thoughts and opinions through discussion with each other.
Our Science topic this half term is Rocks. At the beginning of the topic we discovered the different types of rocks and their properties. We also learned about how the types of rocks – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic are formed. We then investigated whether different rocks were permeable, durable and had a high density. We then moved onto looking at fossils. We learned about how fossils are formed and that palaeontologists are scientists that study rocks. Lots of us have been finding a variety of rocks when we have been out with our families and brought them into school to share.
This half term, we have been studying the British artist Howard Hodgkin. His paintings mainly consist of plain colour. We have been giving our thoughts and opinions about his paintings and experimenting with different mediums such as pencil crayon and pastel. By the end of the topic, we aim to create our own backgrounds in the style of Howard Hodgkin using printing and draw cave drawings on top to link with our Stone Age topic in History.
In P.E. we have been developing our interception skills. We have been learning how to chest pass the ball and bounce pass the ball. We understand that the ball needs to travel from our chest and how to make the letter ‘W’ with our hands on the ball to pass it. To practise using the chest and bounce pass, we have played a variety of team games.
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