This week we have continued our WW2 coverage by looking at a number of poems based around D-Day. We watched a powerful video clip which you can see below and produced some emotive poems based around the use of figurative language. In some cases we were able to include hyperboles and also onomatopoeia!
In maths, we continued to look at angles and how to work out angles on a straight line and also when they intersect. We then look at how to find the lengths and angles of rectangles and squares.
For our WW2 topic, we also managed to produce our own Blackout Poetry this week and completed and polished off our Anderson Shelters. Our classroom is really starting to become an immersive WW2 area!
Well done everyone and see you all next week for our final week before half term.
We have had an exciting week creating our own Anderson Shelters! We had time to look at Anderson Shelters first and how they were used in the War and then used a range of resources to create our own including leaves and grass. We also managed to create sandbags out of foam! In the classroom we are trying to create our own Anderson Shelter area for us to read in and enjoy the range of WW2 books on offer - so watch this space.
In English, we have continued to read 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and have discussed whether we agreed with the evacuation of children from the cities to the countryside. We also continued to practice our debating skills about a range of issues which may affect our everyday lives. In maths, we started to look at angles and identify angle types including reflex, acute, obtuse and right angles. We also had the chance to measure angles and have just about perfected it by the end of the week!
Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday!
This week, we have continued to look at evacuees and discussed how they might have felt as they were moved from the cities to the countryside. We had the chance to firstly write a diary entry based around how William Beech felt when meeting Mr Tom Oakley for the first time having been evacuated. Our diary entries were full of emotion and we tried to keep ourselves in true character by using a range of information from our focus text. Towards the end of the week, we also had the chance to plan and then write our own newspaper reports based around evacuees. We watched some first hand recounts on what it was like to be an evacuee during the war which was really inspiring!
In maths, we continued with our decimals work and focussed on dividing and multiplying decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We also had the chance to look at decimal sequences and how we could work out patterns within sequences to help us solve a number of tricky problems.
Next week we will attempt to build our very own Anderson shelters (a bit like the one below). So if you have any cardboard at home, please bring it in by next Thursday when we will start to design and make them!
See you then!
We have started our WW2 topic this week and have immediately become used to using some new vocabulary including 'Blitz', 'Evacuees', 'Blackout' and 'Rationing'. Having read the first two chapters of our new text, Goodnight Mr Tom, we have started to discuss the impact which evacuation had on the everyday lives of children during the war. We also created some amazing pieces of silhouette artwork to showcase the Blitz and how London was bombarded by German fighter planes during 1940.
In P.E we have just started lessons based around athletics to help us to become prepared for upcoming sports days and competitions! In maths, we have continued to revise decimals and have become used to using them for column addition and subtraction problems.
See you all next week!
Just a quick one to wish you all a great Easter break and make sure you come back fully refreshed for our new topic of World War 2 for the summer term. From air raid shelters to key battles, this topic will certainly be an exciting one! If you can read up on any key information about World War 2 or find out any amazing new facts, you will be sure to hit the ground running when we return to school!
There is no homework set over Easter so please enjoy your time off and I can't wait to hear the stories about what you have all been up to!
See you all in two weeks,
In our penultimate week before the Easter break, we had the chance to look at Tim Peake's journey to the ISS, and wrote our own diary recounts from the perspective of Tim himself. We therefore had to find out all about his training and jobs that he had to do when he was actually on the ISS. We managed to write some extremely emotive diary entries and discussed all the positives and negatives of what the journey could include!
In maths, we continued looking at decimal numbers and were introduced to converting between fractions, decimals and also percentages. On Thursday, we also had the chance to create our own Mothers' day cards, including some of the designs below!
This week has been a bit different to the past ones, and the children have worked extremely hard to complete a range of NFER tests during our assessment week. In the afternoons, we have had a little bit of time to continue with our Science topic and looked at air resistance and had the chance to design our very own parachutes. Hopefully we will have the chance to create them next week and even test them out!
In computing, we had the chance to continue with our storyboarding, where children have had the chance to create their own comic strips based around Space. It is free to create, so check out the below website if you want to have a go at home!
A normal week next week, so once again a big thank you for all your efforts this week.
A quick reminder that our Space visit on 5th April is coming up, so please ensure that you have returned permission slips back to your Year 5 class teacher as soon as possible.
Thank again and see you all on Monday!
Wow! This week we have seen some amazing work within our English lessons, not only based around space, which has included written pieces about black holes and meteors, but also high levels of persuasive writing. We had to produce an persuasive piece of writing to help advertise a holiday on the moon! We had to think about what training people would need to have, how they would get there, land and also what activities they could take part in when they were on the moon.
In maths, we consolidated our learning about fractions and moved onto decimal numbers. We have started to identify what a decimal number is and how to identify tenths and hundredths within numbers. Next week there will be plenty more decimal work!
Within other lessons, we have completed a range of tasks based around sleep and how much of it we actually need and how it affects us at school! We produced some top tip posters advising children about why sleep is so important and we also learnt about how we can relax our minds during times of stress.
This week has been extremely busy as it was filled with our taster day at Hall Park along with World Book Day which took place on Thursday. In English, we had an introduction to persuasive writing techniques in preparation for us to create a persuasive advert next week based on our own holiday to the moon!
In maths, we learnt how to order fractions and also became comfortable spotting patterns and sequences of different improper fractions and mixed numbers.
We had the chance to explore Storyboardthat.com within our Computing lesson this week and had the chance to create our own comic strips. The children enjoyed this so much on their taster day at Hall Park, that we brought this learning back into the classroom.
A very busy week, rest up and see you all on Monday for Science Week!
A great first week back from all the children who have really knuckled down straight away and back into routines.
We started this half term by looking at relative clauses and made sure that we are comfortable with what they are and how to use them in our writing. We then produced some detailed sentences based around a number of Space images to assist with our independent writing next week.
In maths, we have continued with fractions and recapped our understanding of how to find fractions of amounts and converting between improper and mixed numbers.
We were also able to find begin our new Science topic of Forces. We looked at gravity, and in particular all about Isaac Newton and how gravity plays such a key role within our own existence on Earth.
A quick reminder about routines for this half term. We will continue with P.E on Monday mornings with Coach Louise and Swimming continues to be on Thursday mornings up until the Easter break. Our taster day at Hall Park is this coming Wednesday.
See you all on Monday,
We have had a great final week, where we have had the chance to use our creative thinking skills and imagination to write our own short stories based around the adventures of a cardboard box! We discussed what a cardboard box might be used for and how it could take us on a magnificent adventure around the world.
In maths, we revisited fractions including mixed numbers and improper fractions and discussed ways in which they can be converted, added or subtracted. We also finished off the week by have a revision session on everything we have learnt this half term to do with fractions.
I hope you all have an enjoyable half term and look forward to seeing you all back on the 26th February!
Apologies for my current absence, I am recovering well and hope to see you all soon!
In terms of learning this week, the children will have the chance to write up their stories based around 'Cosmic' and get to use their typing skills and design skills to make their own best copies of their stories!
In maths, we will continue to develop our knowledge of fractions by adding and subtracting fractions with the same and then different denominators. We will end the week by moving onto the addition or subtraction of improper and mixed numbers - so lots of converting being involved!
Across other subjects, we will continue our lessons based around North and South America, and also have the chance to carry out a number of tasks set around Safer Internet Day which is on Tuesday 5th February. Hopefully we will have the chance to promote this by creating our own Stop Motion movies to capture the importance of the day.
Have a great week!
This week, we have finished off looking at written methods including short division which most of the class are now experts at! Moving on from this, we have started to look at fractions; in particular equivalent fractions, their meaning and how we can recognise different types of equivalent fractions.
In English, we have continued with our own versions based on the book, 'Cosmic'. We had the chance to recreate our own spaceship launch and identified what it might feel like as we were preparing for take off and also when we reached space!
In science, we continued looking at space by identifying key scientists involved with the planets and our solar system. We then had the chance to create our own fact files based on these scientists. They ranged from Newton to Galileo!
Another busy week, see you all soon!
Another week has flown by and in English we have started to write our own versions of the book we are studying, 'Cosmic'. We have used short and complex sentences to create a scene of anticipation within the car showroom when Liam (our main character) attempts to steal a Porsche. We then had the chance to describe what it would be like to drive this car out of the showroom and onto the roads!
In Maths, we continued with our understanding of long multiplication with 3 x 2 and 4 x 2 digits. We then moved onto short division by the end of the week including how to deal with remainders and convert them either to fractions or decimals. Lots of new methods, but the children have really worked exceptionally hard to gain their best understanding of how to solve these problems, so well done!
Across other lessons, we have continued researching the Solar System by creating Planet fact files. We have looked at South America within geography and how the climate differs across the continent. We were also able to compare a number of different cities within North America and look at populations, climates and position within the world map.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Welcome back everyone!
Our term has started with us reading the first few chapters of our new book, 'Cosmic'. We have found out bits about the characters within the book and the interesting situation that Liam has got himself into! We managed to complete a number of activities based around the first few chapters to test out our retrieval skills.
In maths, we have started the term by revising the grid method and now looking at long multiplication to help us multiply 2 x 2 digit numbers accurately. We also watched the below song to help us learn this method. Have a watch if you need a recap!
Across other lessons, we have looked a lot at North America this week, seeing how the climates differ across this continent and also discussed the different states of the USA. We then had the chance to label the states and the children are beginning to remember some of the full 50!
In Science, we have started our topic on Space, looking at why we think the Earth is round and not flat and how we can use evidence to prove that this statement is factually correct. We also had the chance to research our planet of choice ready to create our own fact files on these planets next week.
See you all next week!
A quick update, hoping you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and are all set for the term ahead!
Our topic this term is Sensational Space and we will be looking in depth at the book 'Cosmic'. Have a think about what the story might be about before we come back!
A quick reminder that P.E will still continue on Monday mornings, so ensure your P.E kit is in school as soon as possible. Also, Swimming will commence in the first week back on Thursday mornings.
Wow! What a busy week! We have had so many rehearsals for our Christmas performance this week and also had the chance to watch KS1 perform theirs to the whole school. In between all this, we have finished off our objectives based around area in maths, and finished off our debating lessons in English. Our final debate was all about 'Should Christmas presents for children be banned?' There were some highly strung arguments based around this, with a unanimous vote that they should not be stopped!
We also finished off our Viking topic this week in History, by looking at the final Anglo-Saxon Kings and how the Normans ended up taking over Britain. In Science, we completed our topic on Animals and Humans by looking at the life expectancy from a range of different animals and made some predictions as to how long we thought they lived for, with some interesting guesses!
Please note there is no homework this week due to the Christmas performances, so just get yourselves ready for another busy final week ahead.
See you soon,
This week we have started to rehearse a lot more ready for our Christmas production of '12 days of Christmas'. The children have all been learning their lines and the production is coming along nicely!
In English, we have started a number of lessons based around Debates. So far, we have discussed what debates are and how they work, giving everyone a chance to get their point of view across and counteracting these statements with differing arguments. We looked at some key debating topics such as 'should children be allowed to create their own school lunch menu?' and 'is it more fun to be a child than an adult?' We had some very enthusiastic opinions on these topics!
In maths, we have had a recap on how to find the perimeter of rectlinear shapes and then progressed onto finding the area of these shapes as well. We have become accustomed to using the equation (l x w = a) to help us solve a range of problems.
Notably in other subjects, we had the chance to find out about Viking crime and punishment and what they did to each other if they carried out specific crimes. We found out that they were very different to the type of punishment we would receive now such as being put in the stocks!
See you all next week!
Our final week in November has given us the chance to start rehearsing our songs for the Christmas Concert in a few weeks time. The children will all be receiving their lyrics for the songs which we need to practice today.
In English, we have completed a piece of independent writing based on a recount of the Christmas Truce of 1914. To help us write this, we looked at the Sainsbury's advert from 2014 which captured the event. We had to think deeply about the changing emotions of the soldiers as they put down their guns for that famous Christmas Day.
In Maths, we have continued with developing our multiplication and division mental skills when multiplying or dividing by 10, 100 or 1000. We will now progress with these skills by moving onto more complex multiplications which can be made easier through our knowledge of these skills.
Across other subjects, we have continued with our Viking topic and created our own Viking board games this week; we have discussed old age in Science and the changes we go through and also created our own Harry Potter sculptures out of clay.
A busy week, and see you all for the start of December on Monday!
Another week has flown by and this week we have been continuing with our Harry Potter topic by finding out all about the Potion's master - Snape! When reading the chapter we found out how Harry thinks that Snape hates him, and we then started to plan our own recounts of Harry's first few days at Hogwarts. We tried to include the use of present perfect form of verbs in our writing to capture the emotions he was feeling in each of his classes.
In maths, we have had a number of revision lessons including how to multiply by 10, 100 and 1000 and also applying our knowledge of factors, multiples, common factors and prime numbers when answering 10 in 10 questions.
Across other subjects, we found out all about 'Danegeld' in History in relation to the Vikings, looked at changes in babies growth in Science and had the chance to create our own Harry Potter clay sculptures in Art!
This week has been full of different exciting events! Firstly, we had our fantastic Viking day on Thursday and also completed a number of activities based around Comic Relief on Friday. Thankyou so much for all your efforts and enthusiasm!
In English, we had the chance this week to write up our persuasive speeches directed at the Sorting Hat to persuade it to place us into the house of our choice at Hogwarts. All the children read with such passion that there were plenty of tough decisions as to which House they should be placed into!
In Maths, we started to look at Prime Numbers, Squared Numbers and even Cubed Numbers this week. We have become aware of squared and cubed numbers up to 12 cubed and completed a number of word problems based around them.
In History, we continued to look at the Viking and in particular, two key Anglo-Saxon Kings who had a massive impact on their dealing with the Vikings, King Alfred and King Athelston.
A very busy week, now enjoy your weekend!
Welcome back everyone! This week we have celebrated the centenary of the first World War by completing a number of Artistic activities involving poppies and the soldiers which sacrificed their lives during such an important part in our history.
In English, we started to look at the Sorting Hat chapter within Harry Potter and payed close attention to the houses and decided which one we would like to be in during our own year at Hogwarts. We then started to plan our own persuasive letter using AFOREST techniques to help persuade the Sorting Hat to place us into the House which we want! We will complete these next week!
In maths, we started to look at multiples and factors and became used to key mathematical terms such as prime numbers and products.
We also started our Vikings topic this week in preparation for our visit next Thursday! A quick reminder to you all that it is a dress up day, so get your Viking clothes at the ready!
See you all next week,
During our final week before half term, we have continued to look at statistic within Maths lessons and in particular focussing on timetables and how to interpret them. We then had to apply our knowledge of time to work out the duration it took for trains to reach different stops and work out the differences in times between them.
In English, we completed our independent write this week based on a recount from the Diagon Alley chapter within Harry Potter. We were able to watch clips from the movie which showed Harry entering Diagon Alley with Hagrid and looking around all the different shops and even entering Gringotts bank! The children really applied themselves during this and completed some incredible pieces of writing which included fronted adverbials, semi-colons, relative clauses and of course a wide range of ambitious vocabulary!
In other lessons, we managed to round off our topic of living things in Science, completed a number of mini-activities within P.E, finished our topic of Anglo-Saxons by producing a powerpoint based on our knowledge of them over the past half term.
A huge thank you for all your support this half term, and it has been great seeing so many of you at parent's evening. Have a lovely half term and see you all in November!
Firstly this week, I would like to say a huge well done to all of the runners from Indigo 1 who took part in the cross country event on Wednesday. To have so many pupils doing so well, and all being from the class has made me immensely proud! So congratulations to all of you. I'm sure it must be down to my amazing P.E lessons!
This week we have continued to go in depth with our Harry Potter chapter based around Harry's journey to platform 9 3/4 and we have been able to write up our own recounts based on this chapter. We have also had the chance to look at modal verbs and adverbs and have begun to identify and use these within our writing.
In maths, we have moved onto statistics for the next few weeks and have started to look at how to interpret data from simple line graphs. We also had the chance to record our own heart rate and observe how it changes depending on different types of physical activities we completed.
In art, we finished off our Harry Potter collages and have started to now create our own fortune tellers relating to which house we could be in after half term!
See you all next week!
This week in Indigo 1 we have started to discuss recounts with the class and their key features in preparation for writing our own recount of reaching Hogwarts for the first time! We have started to discuss what we need to include in our recounts and have broken them down into detailed sections.
In maths this week, we continued revising our written methods including column addition and subtraction with numbers beyond 4-digits. The children have worked extremely hard to progress with their understanding of these methods and applied their problem solving skills to a number of tasks.
Within other subjects, we have continued with our multi-sports within P.E, continued to look at Anglo-Saxon Gods and Goddesses, and started to create our own Harry Potter Fortune Tellers within Art. We have also completed our own Marauder's Maps by applying tea staining to them. Some of them look absolutely incredible and will try and upload some to Dojo in the coming week!
See you all on Monday!
Wow, a busy week and the children have worked their socks off to complete some tests which were set this week within reading, mathematics and grammar and punctuation. Our week was nicely broken up by completing our newspaper reports about the break in at Gringotts bank and also taking part in the 'No Pens' day on Wednesday.
I was massively impressed with the analysis of different pictures we looked at and deciding how each picture can tell 'A Thousand Words'. We also had the chance to use laptops this week to create our own powerpoint presentations based on the Scientist Jane Goodall. We had the chance to watch a short video clip about her life and analysis of Chimpanzees in Tanzania. It really was an eye opener to see how these Chimpanzees are so similar to us!
I hope you all have a great weekend and are ready for another busy week starting Monday!
Within Harry Potter this week, we have started to witness Harry's journey to Hogwarts first hand, by watching a number of clips from the film and his encounter with Hagrid. We have just started to plan our own newspaper articles based on the robbery at Gringotts. We just don't know who committed such a crime - was it Harry??
We have also recapped our understanding of inverted commas this week and it will hopefully help us include a number of direct quotes within our newspaper reports next week.
In Maths, we have continued to revise our place value understanding and been able to count in 10s, 100s and 1000s from any given number. We have also used number lines to help us count backwards and forwards crossing zero. Next week we will begin to recap our understanding of column addition and subtraction with larger numbers!
Finally, we also created our own Marauders Maps this week to try and replicate the ones in Harry Potter, but adjusted slightly to match our own desired school. I will post some on Class Dojo in the coming week so keep an eye out!
See you all in October!
This week we have continued learning about relative clauses and how to use them in our writing. We then had the chance to begin to look at semi-colons and how they are used! Some of us had never heard of them or seen them before so we had to practice writing them too. We then incorporated all this knowledge into a letter written by Professor McGonagall to Harry answering all the questions he has about beginning his term at Hogwarts.
In Maths, we continued our place value understanding by looking at numbers up to 6-digits. With this secure, we will be moving onto written methods, including column addition and subtraction next week.
Across other subjects, we have had the chance to look at the reproduction of plants in Science, most notably how to use cuttings to reproduce specific plants. We have also continued looking at the Anglo-Saxons and where the names of English towns and cities originate from.
Have a great weekend!
Wow! Time is flying and we have already been able to read the first two chapters of Harry Potter together as a class. To introduce our topic, the children have been researching J.K Rowling and started to plan their own biographies of the famous author. We have also attempted to include relative clauses within our biographies as well!
In maths, we have started by ensuring that our place value understanding is secure all the way up to 6 digits. With this knowledge, we have started to round larger numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Also, we briefly recapped our knowledge of Roman Numerals and used only a small guide to help us convert numbers all the way up to 1000 into numerals.
Across other subjects, we have started multi-skills within P.E sessions, started to learn all about how the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain in history, and learnt about features of plants and how they reproduce in Science. So another very busy week!
Already looking forward to next week! Have a great weekend Indigo 1.
A great first week back at Greasley and we have been able to complete a number of activities based around key rules across English and Maths for the year. We discussed routines and expectations for the year as well.
We also had the chance to help create a display for our book corner by drawing detailed illustrations of our favourite books and writing up our own personalised book reviews!
Please note that P.E will be on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, so please ensure that your child has their P.E kits ready for next week.
It has been an enjoyable, if only short first week back! I look forward to seeing you all for the first full week on Monday!
Wow, the summer has absolutely flown by and I am looking forward to seeing you all again in a few days time.
As you can see, our class name has changed as well to Indigo 1!
When returning on Wednesday, can you please ensure that we gather all P.E kits in ready to start the new year by the end of the week. There will be lots of sorting and getting back into routines over the first few days!
Our topic for the first term is VERY exciting based all around Harry Potter. I hope you are ready for a magical few weeks ahead.
I will see you all on Wednesday, and will give a more comprehensive update on Friday when we are all back into the swing of things.