Class Two are starting their times table challenge this week. Year 4 children are hoping to learn all their times tables up to 12 x 12! Year Two children have been using counters to make arrays to help develop their understanding of multiplication and the times tables.
Year 1 have been busy with our new maths program RM Maths. RM Maths is proving to be a fantastic way to learn and consolidate skills learnt in maths lessons at school. The children have been learning how to log in to their maths page on our maths program. They can enjoy daily maths practice in school and can also access their page at home using their log in which all children should now have.
We recognise that there are many parents who like to plan in learning around topics in school and thought we’d give you a sneaky peek of some of the learning in classes next term…
In Class 1, the children will be learning all about toys children played with in the past and comparing them to the ones we enjoy today. We will also be looking at the materials they are made from.
In Class 2, the children will be studying the Polar regions of the world. They will find out about the climate and animal life and will question the effect of global warming on these areas. Within their history lessons, they will research the great explorers who traveled to these remote regions. Class Two will also study life in the Stone Age and will be making their own Stone Age shelters!
In Class 3, the children will be learning about Earth Matters including volcanoes, earthquakes, climate zones and biomes. The children will learn about the features of volcanoes, their formation and discover how they are distributed around the world. They will create models, artwork and ‘David Attenborough’ style commentaries and much more.
More information to follow in Class letters at the start of term.
Father Christmas set Class 1 a challenge to build him a new sleigh! What fantastic designs they have come up with. Monty said ‘I made a little bridge house for Santa. Its got a tiny window and a tiny door.’ Joff made a super sleigh with the wooden blocks and wanted it to be pulled by reindeer. As we don’t have any toy ones, he decided to use the horses instead. “It was really hard because they (the horses) kept falling over!” Autumn made a “ski-ing sleigh with a steering wheel.” Casey and Kaedon worked together to build a sleigh with the Duplo. They made sure that that it had high sides so that Father Christmas wouldn’t fall out when he flew through the air. Well done everyone!
Two great sessions this week with both classes building dens out of natural materials and tarpaulin with rope. Some good thinking involved in what makes a good structure and good team skills, listening to each other’s ideas. Some children in class 2 also planted some saplings in the field including oak, birch and crab apple. Well done everyone!
In Class Three the children made their own pasta salads, trying food they hadn’t tried before.
Class 3 mathematicians showed off their number skills on Thursday morning, coming 1st and 3rd in the ECC Maths Challenge. They tackled a range of complex problems with some great answers: buns eaten, goals shot, time taken, numbers in classes and chairs required. Round 2 was a relay: charge across the room when you have finished to tag the next problem solver! The children demonstrated good manners, enthusiasm, endeavour and sportsmanship. We are very pleased to announce that we are through to the final after Christmas. We can’t wait! Watch this space…
Yr 6 have become experts on all things to do with FRACTIONS: adding them, subtracting them, converting them and, today, multiplying them! A jigsaw fractions puzzle and tricky word problems kept them very busy! On to dividing them next…
This half term’s value is Trust and once again we will be using an acrostic poem to explore this value in detail.
Taking someone at their word
Relying on someone to support you
Showing that you can be trustworthy
Treasuring good friends
As part of this focus on the value of Trust value we will be exploring knowing our friends will support, knowing Jesus is with us in stormy times, standing on God’s promises, being trustworthy and not gossiping, Anti-bullying Week, trusting God and believing God has a plan for our lives , as well as ending the term with our Christmas celebrations. Once again, we believe that this focus on values will continue to have a positive impact on all areas of the school.
The Home Values sheet as provides family with an opportunity to discuss some of these areas at home by talking together about people who you know that are trustworthy, practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy and why it is important to be able to trust others when working together as a team. Click the the link on the school website and visit the school office for more details.
Well done to the Libby, Ella and Brooke who all displayed great thinking in maths today! From adding three and two digit numbers together, counting in steps of ten and understanding equivalence in calculations, all the children displayed a growth mindset and we’re proud of what you achieved today. Great job everyone!