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Welcome to Oak Class!

 

When you visit Oak class, you will be welcomed by Miss Orakci, the class teacher, and Miss Reed, our teaching assistant. We are a class of 18 Year 3 and Year 4 children. 

Week commencing 13th November 2017


We have had an exciting week with both Year 3 and Year 4 going to sports tournaments to compete against the other trust schools in dodgeball, netball and football. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and showed great teamwork skills. We took part in a live BBC lesson with the royal school of ballet, where the children learnt some motifs and created their own based on these. In dance, they are continuing to learn and practise their Christmas routine with Miss Jones. It is looking great!
As it is anti-bullying week, we have been discussing friendships and kindness. The children made some kindness promises with Mrs Tickle which they wrote on leaves during their outdoor learning sessions. We also looked at a range of bullying scenarios, which the children discussed in groups to put in order of most serious. They had some really interesting conversations and showed great empathy. 
We have been working on our growth mindset too. Year 3 watched a clip of what happens in the brain. They then thought about the effects on the brain of having a growth mindset and what it might look like. Year 4 came up with things people with a growth mindset might say and things people with a fixed mindset might say. They also thought about how they feel when they make a mistake and how they can overcome any fixed mindset feelings.
In Maths, the children have been learning about multiples and factors. They used their times tables knowledge to support them with this and created factor bugs. We have continued practising our quick recall skills through times table games such as hit the button and board games. We have also been learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 using place value grids. Year 4 have started looking at decimals too!
In Literacy, the children have written their own non-chronological reports about a chosen sport they had researched. They have been able to use sub-headings to arrange their writing, as well as writing in the past tense and third person.
The children have continued learning about the digestive system and what each of the organs do. They made some predictions about what they thought each part’s role was and then we looked at path our food follows.
Homework has been set. Please don’t forget Mathswhizz and reading. It’s important that the children read aloud to you, as well as doing some independent reading.

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Week commencing 6th November


This week we have been preparing for the sports tournaments that are happening next week by developing our Netball skills. The children learnt and practised different types of passes and built up to mini games. They quickly picked up the rules and have worked on their attacking and defending.
In Maths, we have been working on worded problems involving addition and subtraction. We looked at key words which give us clues about the calculation needed and have continued practising the column method to solve these. We have also looked at 2 step problems and made sure we understand the question to be able decide what we need to do to solve it. The children have worked on explaining how they know what to do and what information each calculation gives us. 
The children have been researching a chosen sport to plan an information text, which they’ll write next week. They used a planning frame to structure their ideas and plan their headings and paragraphs. We have been discussing what an information text needs to include and what they key information about each sport is. The children have enjoyed sharing what they have found out about these sports. 
In Topic, the children have chosen an area about the Victorian times that they are interested in learning more about and have started a research project on it. They are all making great progress with using the internet to find information and deciding whether things are relevant or not.
We have started learning about the digestive system in Science. The children learnt about which parts make up our digestive system and where they are in our bodies. The children quizzed each other to see how many parts they could remember and in groups they decided where to put the organs on our body poster. 
Have a great weekend! Keep up the reading and Mathswhizz. Please let me know if there are any questions about the homework.

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Week commencing 30th October

We have had a busy first week back. The children have got stuck into our new Literacy unit on non-chronological reports, where we have been reading lots of reports about a range of sports. We have learnt some interesting facts about some sports as well as the features that non-chronological reports need to have. The children were able to find these features in the text and have practised changing a past tense piece of writing into present tense to make it a formal report. We also revised the parts of a sentence and the children looked for examples of these in a text.
In Maths, we have recapped using the column method for addition and subtraction consolidating our understanding. We also looked at different methods for subtraction, where the children practised using a variety of methods to see which ones were easiest for them and if it depended on the question.
We have been learning about the British Empire during the Victorian times and the importance of trade agreements. The children used atlases to name the countries in the empire and then researched some of their key exports.
We have enjoyed writing firework acrostic poems, creating Halloween paintings and drawing haunting houses. The children also wrote amazing descriptions to go with their haunted houses.
Homework and spellings have been set. I am pleased to say that spelling test results have gone up recently so keep up the great work! Please also continue with Mathswhizz and reading.

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Week commencing 9th October
This week in Maths we have moved onto addition and have been learning how to use the column method.  This is completely new to Year 3 but they have taken this in their stride and have used their strong understanding of place value to support them with carrying numbers over. Year 4 have reinforced their understanding of using this method and have been able to complete missing number questions. We practised some mental Maths strategies to help us add quickly such as making a whole 10 and near doubles.
In Literacy, we have been learning how to add tension to our writing through short sentences and key words. The children have also practised using ellipsis and describing sounds to develop their writing. We have revised our knowledge of speech ready for our story writing next week and have been able to write great speech using different words for said, adverbs and even including extra information. We have been learning about interesting ways to start our sentences and the children have come up with some great examples. They planned their own story based on street child, which they'll write next week.
We have had an exciting science lesson learning about the water cycle and have used our knowledge of the different states to understand all the processes. The children learnt a song to help them remember the meaning of the words and then danced along to another water cycle song. We even created our own water cycle in a bag, which you can see on our classroom window. The water has already begun evaporating and condensing on the side of the bags.
In PE, the children moved onto playing a small game of hockey. They are able to use the skills they've been learning to control the ball in the direction they wish, work as a team to get the ball towards their goal and have even been able to intercept the ball from their opponents. The children have also continued their dance sessions. I saw them practising their leaps today.
In Topic, we learnt about Victorian schools in preparation for our Victorian school day next week. The children were shocked to see how different the classrooms looked and that boys and girls had some different lessons to each other. They were very interested in the discipline in those times.
Homework is to write an acrostic poem about something Halloween based and Mathswhizz. Please continue reading and learning the next set of spellings. The test will be on Thursday as Friday is a training day. We already have a few children, who have reached the first flag on our reading race so keep up the great reading! 
Don't forget Monday is Victorian school day and we would like the children to join in with the dressing up in role. Miss Reed and I will be role too!

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Week commencing 2nd October

 

This week has been a busy week for Oak class. They are thoroughly enjoying learning about the Victorians and sharing what they have found out. The children researched Victorian clothing and were able to see the differences between what the poor and rich wore. We discussed how fashion has changed over the years and the children designed their own Victorian inspired outfit. We were also very lucky to have Mrs Traynor come in to share information about her hous...e, which was built in the Victorian times. The children were very interested in the sash windows and asked lots of questions.
In Maths we have continued working on place value and deepening our understanding. We have been working on reasoning and problem solving questions using our knowledge of place value. The children also looked at patterns in multiples to help them learn their 50s and 25s. They were able to complete missing number sequences and explain their answers.
We are continuing to read Street Child in Literacy and have been using drama to understand the feelings and motives of the main character. The children came up with for and against arguments for whether Jim should escape the Workhouse and why. They then tried to convince Jim, played by Miss Reed, of their argument. We also looked at examples of diaries and the children then wrote their own diary as Jim about being in a Workhouse.
In Science, we looked at the processes melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation. We demonstrated how water changes state through these processes and the children developed their explanations of what happens to the particles.
Have a great weekend!

Week commencing 25th September 


We have had another busy week working hard and learning lots. On Thursday the whole school celebrated Harvest Festival at the church. They donated food, sang beautifully and each class shared something they had prepared.
In Maths, we have been learning how to add 10, 100 and 1000 to numbers as well as how to round them to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. The children have quickly picked up the rules and were able to use their understanding to explain reasoning questions. We are continuing to practise our times tables using hit the button.
We are continuing to read 'Street Child' in Literacy and we have been looking at how to write setting descriptions. We watched a scene from Oliver to help us visualise what a Victorian Workhouse would have been like. The children came up with some exciting phrases to describe what could be seen, heard and smelt. We also spent some time editing our writing to improve it using exciting sentence openers and stronger adjectives.
The children investigated the melting temperature of chocolate in Science and decided that warmer temperatures melt it quickest. Before the investigation, they had considered that 30/40 degree heat in Spain, Cyprus and other Mediterranean climates causes chocolate to melt so they already had a good inkling. We then enjoyed using the chocolate to make crispy cakes.
In PE, we have continued developing our hockey skills. The children are getting very good at controlling the ball and have developed some speed. They have continued enjoying their street dance sessions.
We have been learning about Victorian toys in Topic and were lucky to see some Victorian dolls that a few girls brought in. We discussed how toys have changed since the Victorian era and what toys are still just as popular. The children were able to spot differences in what they were made from and noticed that there were no electronic devices, which I'm sure made them appreciate today's technology!
Homework has been set today and is due on Tuesday. Please encourage children to spend a good length of time writing and checking their work. Mathswhizz, spellings and reading are to be done as well please to support their learning.
Have a good weekend!

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Week commencing 18th September
This week we have been developing our understanding of place value in Maths. The children used their understanding of the value of digits within 3 and 4 digit numbers to help them compare numbers using more than and less than. They were also able to order numbers and explain their answers. We explored some mastery challenges that really made the children think about the possibilities.
In Literacy we have continued reading 'Street child' and used drama to explore the characters feelings and motives. We have been looking at examples of persuasive writing to identify key features and any strong vocabulary we could magpie.
The children have been learning about gases in the environment and discussing whether they weigh anything. They learnt that carbon dioxide creates the bubbles and fizz in fizzy drinks. We then investigated which fizzy drink had the most carbon dioxide in by shaking them to remove the gas. The children really enjoyed that part!
We have been learning about the artist William Morris, who created imaginative and colourful designs in the Victorian times. The children looked at his style using nature and bright colours and created their own design inspired by this.
As part of their outdoor learning, the children explored making art using their surroundings and nature. They really enjoyed choosing what to use and working together.
In PE the children have developed their hockey skills further and enjoyed building up to defending and attacking. 
Homework has been set and is due Tuesday. Please encourage your children to spend at least half an hour on their written piece and to check their work afterwards for errors. Mathswhizz is also all good to go now so the children should be using that weekly to practise their Maths. Spellings is the week 3 list and there will be a test next Friday. Please keep up with reading too :)
Have a lovely weekend!

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Week commencing 11th September 
This week the children have got stuck into place value and reading numbers. The children investigated different ways of representing numbers and estimated where to place numbers on a number line. As part of Roald Dahl day, we also revised our problem solving skills based around his stories.
In Literacy, we have started reading Street Child which is set in Victorian times. We have already found out some facts about what life was like in those times especially for poor people. The children have been making inferences about characters in the book and learning to find evidence in the text to back up their thoughts. 
We delved into Victorian homes in Topic and did an interactive tour through a rich person's home. The children discussed how their homes were similar and different to the Victorian home.
The children started their outdoor learning with Mrs Tickle this week and did a great job clearing our patch. We look forward to growing lots of produce.
During Roald Dahl day, the children wrote a description of their own chocolate factory. We watched a clip of the film to develop our ideas and discussed how to make our factory sound amazing. The children shared their favourite Roald Dahl books and what they liked about them.
We have started our Science unit on States of Matter and the children discussed what makes a solid, liquid and gas. They even acted out the particles in each of the states.
The children developed their hockey skills further in PE this week. They were able to dribble the ball around and stop the ball. We worked up to a small game where attackers had to steal the ball. The children had great fun trying to stop this and have developed some great skills.
Homework is to write a prediction about our Literacy book in detail and spellings are week 2. A bigger copy has gone home today so please put this up so they can practise daily to help them remember these. We will be starting Mathswhizz soon but in the meantime please keep up the times tables practise.
Have a great weekend!

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Week commencing 4th September 2017

 

We have had a great first week back at school and have had fun starting our new topic on the Victorians. We were very lucky to have some Victorian objects to look at which the children used to develop their ideas about life in that era. They inferred that they had no electricity or lights because there were candles and a heavy iron without a plug. We discussed how life has changed since then and new things that we have at home that make our lives easier. The... children worked on their sketching skills by drawing some of these objects. We looked into silhouettes and the children have created some amazing portraits of themselves in this style. The children looked at some key events during Victorian times and chose the ones they thought were most significant and plotted them on a timeline.
In PE Mrs Marriott from Hunts SSP introduced us to hockey. The children developed their control and practised using a hockey stick to move the ball. We also played a game of steal the eggs. Later this week the children enjoyed a street dance session with Miss Jones.
We have been focusing on our timetables and playing lots of games to make it enjoyable and hopefully easier to remember. We have used times tables races to beat our times and have had great success already!
The homework is to create a front cover for our topic books on the Victorians and learn spellings ready for a test next Friday. These are at the back of their homework books and is labelled according to the weeks. Mathletics isn't quite ready yet so please practise times tables instead.
Have a lovely weekend!

Medium Term Planning Overview - Oak Class 3/4 Autumn 2017

History

  • Life in the Victorian times – school, work, home
  • Queen Victoria
  • Using a timeline to order events and understand chronology
  • Inventions – telephone, stamps, postbox, photographs
  • Famous Victorians – Dickens, Nightingale
  • Victorian role-play day at school

Geography

  • Victorian exploration and Empire
  • The United Kingdom
  • European Union
  • Collecting weather data – rainfall, wind speed, temperature

English

  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  • Recounts – Diaries and Newspapers
  • Persuasive letters
  • Non-chronological report
  • The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells
  • Narrative writing
  • Poetry
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Drama role play

 

RE

  • Religion in the Victorian period
  • Discussions around Christianity
  • Religious celebrations such as Diwali and Christmas

Science

  • States of Matter – solids, liquids, gases and processes for changes
  • The Water Cycle
  • The Human Digestive system
  • Teeth
  • Exploring Scientific questions and setting up investigations

Victorians

Maths

  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Using written methods such as column method and chunking
  • Times Tables

 

Music

  • Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”
  • Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”
  • Comparing and contrasting composers and styles

PSHE

  • Friendship/Anti-Bullying
  • Sharing
  • European Languages Day

Art

  • Silhouette portraits
  • William Morris and printing patterns
  • Sketching Victorian objects

Computing

  • Online research
  • Using everyday programmes

PE

  • Dance coordination & balance
  • Team games-Hockey & Netball

DT

  • Designing and making a peg doll
  • Stained glass windows

Week commencing 10th July

We have had another busy but fun week. Yesterday we had an amazing trip to Kidszania where the children earned money through role playing a variety of jobs and had to manage their own money. Oak class did some buddy reading with Ash class and were able to ask them comprehension questions as well as helping them with their reading.
In Literacy, the children organised their research about the countries in Europe into an information text using subtitles and formulating the facts into paragraphs. Next week we will be sharing our information with the rest of the class and learning what each other found out.
We had our last golf session in PE this week and the children were able to put all their skills together to complete a circuit of activities. They used putting and chipping and were able to aim into a target.
In Maths, we have been revising measurement. We looked at different types of scales and how we can read them accurately. The children used balance scales to compare the weights of objects in our classroom as well as trying to balance the scales using several of one of the objects to equal the other.
We enjoyed a team building afternoon with Tillianne, who will be joining our class in September. The children worked in groups to plan how they would build a tower using paper and tape. They developed their discussion skills and were able to decide on a strategy as well as amending their plan as they went along. We had a competition for the tallest tower and the strongest tower.
Have a lovely weekend! No written homework this week but it would be lovely if the children could start a diary at home to practise their writing and record key events as well as their feelings.

Week commencing 3rd July

Oak class update:
This week in Science we have been exploring the habitats on our school field and the children practised their sketching skills to sketch a range of living things that they found. We discussed why certain creatures or plants live on our field and how they survive.
The children have written some great diary entries as the Beast in Literacy and were able to describe their day as well as their feelings using some great vocabulary. They also enjoyed writing an information text for the new reception children telling them all about KPA.
We have been practising our times tables through a range of games as well as singing and shouting them out loud to help us remember them. Please encourage your children to say or write the whole number sentence such as 2x8= 16 to help them recall the facts later on. 
In PE, we continued enjoying golf. The children have been learning how to chip and were very successful in getting the balls over the 'river'. We even pushed ourselves further to aim to get the ball in the 'channel' which was tricky but we had some good successes. The children have developed great perseverance in PE this year and are determined to improve further.
Homework is Mathletics and spellings. If they would like, they could research their country further as we will be doing our writing up next week and starting to share our learning with the class.

 

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Week commencing 26th June

We have had another busy week with lots of learning and fun. Oak enjoyed a dance lesson by Linda Allen, who gave us a taster session of some ballet as well as modern dance. The children enjoyed learning some of these skills and were able to complete a routine really well (video to follow). They even did some meditation to unwind at the end! 

The children continued developing their golf skills with Karen Tyers from Hunts sports partnership. Despite the drastic change in weather since last week, the children were just as enthusiastic and showed some great skills. 

We have started reading 'The lonely Beast' in Literacy and considering how the main character feels. We looked at diary entries and some of the children wrote a diary entry about their weekend while the others rehearsed for the end of year show. We planned what we may include in a diary if we wrote as the Beast and the children came up with great vocabulary. We also played some great spelling games such as Battleships to practise our spellings.

We continued learning about Islam and the festival of Eid which was this earlier this week. The children made biscuits to celebrate and have produced some lovely work for display. They have been able to make comparisons between Islam and Christianity and have been really interested to learn about other religions. The children made the biscuits in groups by following the recipe themselves and measuring the ingredients out with a little help.

In Science, we continued learning about the different types of habitats and their environments. We looked at what types of plants and animals live in each and how they are able to live there.

As part of our topic on Europe, the children have been given a county to research and they will present what they've learnt to the rest of the class. Half of the children started their research this week and have made great progress using the internet for research to find out about capitals, landmarks and food as well as much more. Their homework is to continue their research.

Please continue with Mathletics and Spellings as these are still important to grasp and develop before they move into the next year.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Week commencing 19th June

This week we have been enjoying the glorious weather and learning more about being safe in the sun. The children have taken great care of themselves by wearing their hats, staying in the shade and drinking plenty of water.
In Literacy, the children have been writing their own adventure stories using the videoclip 'Taking flight' as inspiration. We looked at how we structure and develop stories so we wrote a different section each day focusing on what was needed. The children learnt about leaving endings open for sequels or throwing in a shock ending. They have worked hard to include all the things they've learnt this year and have been working on their editing skills to check and improve.
We have revised our knowledge of homophones and the Year 2s enjoyed writing some of these as well as their common exception words in the playground.
We also wrote letters to the Paralympian Alastair who visited us last week to say thank you for visiting us and to tell him more about ourselves.
In PE, we have continued learning about golf and putting in particular. The children worked on their control and force, varying the distance from where they putted from.
We have been discussing other religions, in particular Islam. The children used books to find out about the religion including their beliefs, special holidays and places of worship. They were able to make some comparisons between Christianity and recognised similar values.
Homework this week is to research an author and write about their books and life. Spellings are to continue learning their word walls and any they aren't confident with. It would be lovely to see more Mathletics certificates next week too!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the school fete tomorrow. Come try juggling and plate spinning at our stall
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Week commencing 12th June

This week we have enjoyed being outside in the lovely weather. We have started learning about living things in Science so we explored our field to see what we could find. The children looked for things that were living, dead or had never lived and were able to explain why using the 7 processes. We used MRS NERG to help us remember these processes.
In Literacy, we have been looking at setting descriptions and how we can more detail when describing settings. ...We watched the videoclip 'Taking Flight' and the children wrote wonderful setting descriptions about the jungle. They used the 5 senses to help them consider more than just what they can see. We also inferenced how the boy in video was feeling at different points and explained how we knew. The children were able to retell the story verbally as well as writing it in detail.
We have worked on our reasoning skills in Maths to develop our understanding of Fractions. The children looked at different ways of representing fractions and developed their explanations of how they knew what fraction it was. We also looked at words problems and calculation fractions of amounts as well as finding the missing number.
In Topic, we have been doing lots of atlas work to find out about Europe. We looked at countries that are in Europe, their capitals and their flags. The children chose a flag to paint for our display. We have some very detailed ones!
I have not set homework this week in the hope that the children will use that time to do more Mathletics and learn their spellings. They need to know their word walls so weekly tests will be on a selection of those words from now on.
Next week is the school fete and Oak class will have a plate spinning stall. We would be very grateful for any donations for prizes.
Have a great weekend!

Week commencing 5th June
We have had a busy first week back. In Literacy, we have started reading Mr Gum and making predictions about what might happen in the story. We looked at how the author described Mr Gum's character and identified what had been used. As there were a lot of similes, we chose to write some of our own to describe him and built up a collection of adjectives and noun phrases too. The children then used these to help them write their own character descriptions about him.
We also wrote a recipe for a teacher in Exciting Writing. The children had fun thinking what makes a good teacher and were able to use lots of interesting vocabulary.
In Music, the children have started learning a song which links nicely with our topic. They have included actions as well as using instruments. Perhaps you might see it at the Soiree next month.
We have been learning how to find fractions of an amount in Maths. The children were able to apply their understanding of what a fraction is and what each part of a fraction means to help them do this.
In PE we started our Golf sessions with a Hunts Sports Coach this week. The children really enjoyed learning the skills needed. It seems we already have some keen golfers!
Homework and Mathletics have been set. Spellings are to revise the whole of their word wall as these should now be embedded. Their test next week will be a selection of these words.
Have a lovely weekend!

Week commencing 15th May

Even though the Year 2s have had their SATs this week, we have managed to have lots of fun too! I was very proud with the children's attitude towards the tests as they all took them in their stride and kept trying even when they found parts tricky.
The Year 3s have been learning about coordinates. They can use axes to read the location of points as well as plotting points to complete shapes. They have also looked at turns and right angles.
In PE, we have been doing some gymnastics. We tried out different ways of travelling across the room and worked individually as well as in groups using our bodies to create shapes. 
In Literacy, we have been reading "The day the crayons quit" and discussing the purpose of the letters in the book. The children chose an object in the classroom to be and wrote letters of complaint about how the class have been treating them. They really enjoyed getting into character and used great emotive language to get their point across.
We have been looking at pointillism in Art and have linked this with our Topic to create paintings of areas around Kimbolton. We looked at examples from the artist GeorgeSeurat to help inspire our paintings. 
The children looked at ordinance survey symbols and matched them up with what they thought they meant. They used these as well as some of their own symbols to design their own town.
Homework has been set and is due on Tuesday. Have a lovely weekend!

Week commencing 8th May
This week we received letters from our penpals across the country. The children really enjoyed reading these and finding out about them. We have written book reviews recommending our favourite books to send back to them so we hope we will persuade them to read them. We looked at examples of book reviews to figure out what we needed to include which has helped us write brilliant reviews. 
In Maths we have been revising ready for the Year 2 SATs next week. We recapped the four operations, time, fractions and measurement. We practised lots of problem solving questions in these areas to deepen our understanding. 
We have continued looking at plants in Science, in particular the life cycle of a plant. We are continuing to observe our sunflowers to see under which condition they will grow the best.
In swimming we worked on our backstroke: developing our arms and kicks to use minimum effort but go further. 
Oak class made some amazing cakes, cookies and brownies for today so thank you to all the parents who helped out with this. They were yummy! 
Homework has been set but there are no spellings this week. Please continue reading with your children and developing their comprehension skills as these are really coming on :)
Have a lovely weekend!

Week commencing 1st May
We have had an exciting week preparing for our poetry festival which the children loved being part of yesterday. The children worked in groups to write a verse for our class poem 'The Home-time Rush" and we made up actions together. I was very impressed with their poetry writing. 

Whilst we were on our trip, we also visited the museum and the library to learn about the history of St Neots. The children loved exploring old photos, looking through books and seeing artefacts.
In Maths, we have been learning about statistics and different ways of presenting results. The children have used bar graphs, tally charts, pictograms and tables to read information and answer questions. We have worked on finding differences and totals as well as lifting information. They practised using a tally chart to record class favourites.
We have continued learning about plants in Science and looking in particular at the process of pollination. One of our sunflowers has started to grow so we have been discussing which conditions have enabled that. 
As part of our topic, the children wrote their own questionnaires to find out about where people live and their thoughts about the area. They have drawn tally charts so they can record several responses. Their homework is to ask at least 10 people their questionnaire.
Homework and Mathletics have been set which is due on Tuesday. The children have spellings to learn as well for a test next Friday. Please also continue to read as much as possible and ask them comprehension questions to develop their understanding.

Week commencing 24th April
This week, the children have been writing letters to their penpals at other schools across the country. They have introduced themselves and our school, as well as asking a series of questions. These have been posted today so we look forward to the letters we will receive next week.
We have been learning the poem "The Morning Rush" for the poetry festival next week. The children enjoyed making up the actions for the poem and have been rehearsing these with enthusiasm. 
In Maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes: recognising them, naming them and describing their properties using vocabulary such as edges, vertices and faces. We also revised measurement by investigating myths. The children worked out whether it is true that height is the same length as armspan, face is the same length as hand and if forearm is the same length as a foot. 
We have planted some sunflower seeds to find out what plants need to grow. The children will be testing this by leaving each pot under different conditions and keeping an eye out for how they grow. They have made predictions based on what they think the plants will need.
We have started our swimming lessons this week. The children have been practising floating on their backs, pushing off and gliding as well seeing which stroke is best for swimming longer distances.
As part of our topic, we've been researching facts about our local area so that we can tell our penpals more about the area we live in. The children have been using their computer skills and internet search engines to find out information.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. I am pleased to see that the children are spending more time on Mathletics. This is reinforcing their learning. Spellings have been sent home today. Please reinforce the importance of learning these to improve their writing.
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!
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Week commencing 18th April
We have immersed ourselves straight into our new topic: Home and Away. The children discussed whether Kimbolton is a village, town or city and how they know this. We looked at features that villages, towns and cities have and whether some can be present in more than one. We have been looking at where Kimbolton is located in our country and learning a pneumonic to help us remember the points of a compass. The children have pen pals at other schools in the country which we will be writing too so they are really excited to tell them all about our school and area. We have already thought of some questions we'd like to ask them.
This week we have started preparing for our poetry festival by learning the poem 'Pillow talk'. The children have been practising performing poetry with intonation and tone as well as using actions to help them remember it. We have also been revising our spelling rules for plurals and suffixes.
In Maths the children have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes and how to sort them into vein diagrams. We have been looking at sides, edges, lines of symmetry, right angles and parallel lines.
We inspected the results of our mummified tomatoes. The children loved getting stuck in and were feeling and smelling the tomatoes to describe how they had changed in the past 2 months.
We started looking at plants in science. The children were able to label the main parts of a plant and we learnt about the roles each part have.
Homework is to design a front cover for our topic books about our new topic: Home and Away. The children can choose the title based around our topic where we will be learning about our local area, the U.K. And Europe. Spellings this week are the slip that has been sent home.

Medium Term Planning Overview - Oak Class Y2/3 Summer 2017

Science

  • Plants – labelling parts of a plant and understanding their functions, life cycle, observing stages of growth of a plant
  • Habitats – range of habitats, animal needs, food chains, sources of food

History

  • Researching how our local area has changed
  • Comparing historical figures from different countries

Geography

  • Understanding symbols for and using ordinance survey maps
  • Locating countries and capitals in Europe
  • Comparing and contrasting cities
  • Identifying features of villages, towns and cities
  • Understanding why people live where they do

RE

  • Islam – Ramadan and Eid celebrations

Maths

  • Shape – 2D and 3D
  • Statistics – drawing graphs and interpreting information
  • Revision of all four operations
  • Problem solving

Study of Local Area

and Europe

English

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Narrative writing
  • Recounts
  • Informative leaflet writing
  • Reading comprehensions

Music

  • Rehearsing for the Music Festival “I love Music”
  • Mozart
  • Composing their own piece

PSHE

  • Internet Safety
  • Emotions
  • Friendship

Art

  • Pointillism in the style of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac

Computing

  • Using everyday programmes
  • Online research

 

PE

  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Ball games

DT

  • Making food from European cuisines
  • Junk modelling to create famous landmarks

 

Week commencing 20th March

This week we had our class assembly. The children were so proud of what they've learnt and enjoyed showing their work. It was lovely to see so many parents there.
In Maths, the children used a variety of resources to help them understand how to find a fraction of an amount. They worked in pairs to share objects fairly, recapping on their previous division work. They understand what each part of a fraction tells us and moved onto working these out without resources. We have also been looking at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, which the children have quickly picked up. We used circle puzzles cut into different fractions to help us visualise what this means and how it works.
The children have been considering how the pharaoh in our book is feeling and have been writing all four sentence types to show what he might say. We then looked into features of diary writing and they wrote a diary entry as the pharaoh with some excellent descriptions of what he'd been doing and his feelings.
In topic, we looked at Egyptian artefacts that may tell us about the past. The children used these to write a newspaper article about a stolen artefact.
We used our learning about magnets in Science to make compasses. The children have developed their understanding of how magnets react with each other to help us find direction. They used this to help them find their team's hidden treasure.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. There will be no spellings test next week but after Easter we will be doing a test on any of their word wall words which they learnt so far. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great weekend!

Week commencing 13th March

This week we have continued to learn about fractions. The children have been investigating the size of fractions and comparing them to other fractions to find out which is biggest. They even came up with a rule to help them remember without having to build, make or draw them each time. We also looked at equivalent fractions as we realised that if we looked at several pieces, it could still mean the same size.
We have been learning about Mummification as part of our topic and the children researched the actual process of how this was done. They made notes using the internet and we used these to write some instructions. The children already knew how to write instructional pieces of writing from earlier units so were able to use these skills to write a detailed set of instructions.
On Tuesday, we had a Science day and investigated change. We looked at how the seasons change throughout the year and went outside to look for signs of Spring. This helped us to write a class poem which each child wrote their own line for. We also looked at how we could change the pitch on instruments.
We also finished our Death Masks this week so they look now amazing with colour.
GenR8 came in to give us an assembly about Easter and the importance of forgiveness. They were very enthusiastic and the children loved the story and all the actions.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. Spellings for Year 2 is the column starting with 'behind'. Year 3 spellings are the columns starting 'medicine' and 'mention'. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Class Assembly on Tuesday.

Week commencing 6th March

This week we used papier mache to build up our Ancient Egyptian Death Masks. The children were very good at carefully applying the layers on without bumps and enjoyed getting messy in the process! We have been developing our ball skills in PE to progress into playing team games. The children worked in teams to pass the ball around without the opposite team getting the ball and have started working on how they can get the ball to the other side to score. We discussed the skills they might need to use and how they could get the ball from the other team. In Science, we have been investigating magnetic items. The children made predictions then used magnets to test whether they were magnetic. We discussed what types of materials are magnetic and how magnets actually work. In Literacy, the children wrote persuasive paragraphs to the characters in our book, There's a Pharaoh in the Bath, to persuade them whether to open the coffin or not. The children have been helping each other edit their writing this week. They have worked together to re-read writing and look for which areas that need improving.
Mathletics and spellings have been set. Year 2 have the column starting 'mind' and Year 3 have the columns starting 'library' and 'material'. Written homework is for the children to write some exciting sentences to practise their spellings. They can go back over previous columns to check these have been learnt.
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Week commencing 27th February

We have had a lovely week with a lot going on. We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day yesterday by dressing up and enjoying sharing our favourite books. There were lots of amazing outfits so well done for making such a great effort! Oak class wrote book reviews about their favourite stories and told the class why they enjoyed them so much.
As part of our topic, the children have started making their Ancient Egyptian death masks. They used masks and cardboard ...to create the shape that Egyptian Pharaohs' masks were so a big thank you for all the cardboard that was sent in. The children were very good at drawing their own shape, cutting this out and carefully attaching the pieces together. We will be working on these for the next few weeks so I am looking forward to seeing the final product!
In Maths, we have started learning about fractions. The children have been able to use the vocabulary numerator and denominator to explain how many pieces a shape or length needs to be split into and how many of those pieces the fraction is referring to. We have shaded in shapes to show our understanding, written fractions to show what part is shaded and matched these together.
We have began to read a new book in Literacy called 'There's a Pharaoh in our bath'. The children discussed how they would feel if they met a Pharaoh and what questions they might ask them. They also developed their reading skills by reading a text about Pharaohs to find key information to help them write a non-chronological report about Pharaohs. The children wrote excellent descriptions on how the Pharoah Mummy in the book rose up out of the coffin. We considered how the characters in the book might be feeling when they found the coffin and discussed whether we would have opened it or not. They have been learning about for and against arguments so have started considering reasons for and against whether the characters should open the coffin.
We investigated the effect of different surfaces on movement in Science. The children tested cars on four surfaces and measured how far the car travelled each time.
In Music, the children have continued learning bout pentatonic scales and pitch. They even played an interactive xylophone on the whiteboard!
Homework, Mathletics and Spellings have been set. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I am very proud of how well the children have been learning their spellings and can see the great improvement it is making to their writing. Next week's spellings for Year 3 are the next two columns starting with learn and length. Year 2's spellings are the column starting with kind.
Have a lovely weekend!

Week commencing 20th February
Oak class have had a busy first week back. We have been learning about Ancient Egyptian Death Masks and the children have used these to design their own versions, which we will be making soon.
In Literacy, we planned and wrote our own endings to the story of Flat Stanley. The children worked in groups to make several predictions for how Stanley could trick the baddie he had been helping. They considered these in detail and together we mapped out the structure for how to write the rest of the story which they wrote independently. I look forward to reading these this weekend!
We have continued learning about Time in Maths. The children were using TV guides and Football statistics to work out how long programmes were on for and how long into the game a goal was scored. Please continue asking your children to work out periods of time as it is something that needs practice. We also learnt how to use stopwatches to record length of time. The children recorded how long it took their partner to do several activities such as star jumps, writing their names and reciting their times tables.
We have started learning about Forces in Science and how objects are moved using a push or pull force. The children worked in groups to create freezeframes of them moving an object and the rest of the class had to work out what they were doing and which force they were using.
In Music they have been busy using a variety of instruments to play along to a version of Old Macdonald. See below for a video of this.
The children are continuing with Dance this half term and improving their coordination by learning routines. They are using their creativity to adapt them into their own routines too.
Mathletics has been set as well as spellings. Year 3 have the next two columns on their word wall starting with island and knowledge. Year 2 have the next column on their word wall starting with find.
Week commencing 6th February
This week we mummified our tomatoes!!! We discussed why the Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead and how they did this. We replicated the process on tomatoes. The children had so much fun cutting open their tomatoes and scooping out all the insides. We then cleaned them using an antibacterial wash to kill all the bacteria. After that we filled them with Natron to preserve. We will leave them for a few weeks and observe what has happened to the tomatoes.
In... Maths we have been learning to tell the time. We revised our o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to and then moved on to looking at telling the time to 5 minute intervals. The children went around the room reading the time on each other's clocks. We practised using clocks to show a range of times and the children could tell me what time I was showing them on my clock. Please ask your children regularly to tell you what the time is to support this learning.
In Literacy, we have been learning how to punctuate speech correctly. We acted out conversations that we thought the characters in the book Flat Stanley might have and practised how to write this up using inverted commas. We have also been looking at different words for said and showing how the characters are feeling. The children have learnt how to TRaMP all over their sentences to improve them by using adverbials to express how, when and why.
We have been learning about the importance of recycling in Science and which materials we can recycle. The children looked at the process of how a plastic bottle is recycled and how it can be made into something new.
This week in PE we used the skills we've been learning to complete a range of activities in a circuit. The children were able to throw beanbags and balls through small hoops as well as accurately throwing them to a target. They managed to knock cones over using a range of balls.
Homework and spellings have been set. These are the next 2 columns for each year group. Please also make sure that Mathletics is done as this is part of the homework. Could the children please also practise their joined handwriting. Their lowercase letters need to sit on the line with the ascenders rising and descenders coming down. Remember we don't join after a b,g,j,p,q,x,y or z in the scheme we are following.
Please ask if you have any questions. Have a great half term!
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Week commencing 30th January

Oak class have had an exciting week in school. We have been learning more about the world. I was pleased to see that the children could identify the United Kingdom immediately on an unlabelled map. The children used atlases to find out where the 7 continents are and to label the oceans. We also discussed some of the countries in each continent.
The children used oil pastels to add colour to their Egypt God drawings. These look brilliant!
In Science, we have investigated whether we can change the shape of objects. We tried stretching, bending, squashing and twisting them. The children made their own decisions on why the object was changeable or not.
In Maths, we have been working on our problem solving skills. The children understand what multiplication and division mean and have used this to learn how to know which calculation is needed to solve a problem. They have been practising the different methods for multiplication and division that we have been learning over the past few weeks. As a class, we came up with a good rule to help us decide when to use each method to make sure we are accurate but also fairly quick.
We have developed our agility and coordination skills further in PE by learning to control balls. The children have practised rolling and throwing a ball to a partner. They also played beat the ball as they had to throw the ball and run around the circle before the ball got back round.
Mathletics and Spellings have been set. I have not set any written homework this week so that the children can focus on their Mathletics. This is a great way to consolidate the work we do in school. Spellings for Year 2 is the third column of their wordwall starting with poor. The Year 3s have columns 8 and 9 starting with arrive and believe.

Week commencing 23rd January

 

This week in Maths we have been learning how to solve harder multiplication and division questions using written methods such as numberlines and the grid method. The children have also been looking at the relationship between numbers and using number facts to help them solve bigger numbers.
In Literacy, we are continuing to read Flat Stanley and have been learning about how to write non-fiction information texts. We practised our note taking whilst watching ...video clips and reading about life in Ancient Egypt. The children were able to pull out key facts and write their own information text about Ancient Egypt.
We have been looking at timelines in Topic and practising putting dates in order. We have been learning about the key events during Ancient Egyptian times and making our own timelines to show this.
In Science, we have been investigating whether materials are waterproof. The children have been learning to use the correct vocabulary when talking about waterproof or absorbent materials.
We have continued working on our agility in PE and have added the use of balls. We have been practising how to control balls including catching and stopping.
The children brought in their baby photos for us to guess. The children really enjoyed guessing who it was and loved showing their friends photos of them. It was lovely to see so many adorable photos of Oak class so thank you for sending those in! I gave them back out on Wednesday so hopefully they have come home safely.
Homework, Mathletics and Spellings have been set. The spellings are a list of homophones so the children need to be able to know which spelling is needed for different contexts. We have discussed these already but please work with your children so that they know which spelling to use in their writing.
Have a lovely weekend!

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Week commencing 16th January

 

This week the children have been investigating the commutativity of multiplication and division. They wanted to find out whether it mattered which way round the numbers went in their number sentences and they found out that we cannot divide small numbers by a bigger number! The children used counters to represent arrays and grouped them to work out multiplication sentences. We had great fun dividing our class of 18 into smaller groups to learn about dividin...g and remainders.
In Literacy, we have been looking at the features of a letter and discussing when we need to use formal or informal language. They have written a letter to a character in the Flat Stanley book we are reading to find out some more information about Stanley's upcoming trip.
In PE, we have been working on our agility skills. The children practised moving whilst balancing beanbags on different parts of their bodies. We worked on changing direction and moving beanbags around us.
We have been learning about Ancient Egyptian Gods in our Topic lessons and the children have been learning how to draw a picture on a bigger scale by looking closer at what is in each square of the grid.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. Please make sure that Mathletics is being done as it is part of their homework.

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Week commencing 9th January


This week Everyone Health came in to make mini vegetable quiches with the children. They enjoyed making their own food and discussed what their favourite vegetables were. We took part in the Big Schools' Bird Watch yesterday. The children waited quietly and listened out for the birds. They were able to identify lots of birds using the pictures they were given.
In Literacy, we have started reading the story Flat Stanley and the Great Egyptian Grave Robbery. T...he children discussed what they thought would happen in the rest of the story and acted this out in groups. We wrote a character profile about one of the characters using our inference skills to describe their personalities.
In Maths, we have been practising our times tables knowledge and learning doubling rules to help us with the harder ones. The children have been learning how use arrays to show what multiplication is.
We have started our new Science topic on Everyday Materials. The children shared their knowledge on different types of materials and were able to group pictures of objects based on what they are made from. We also looked around the classroom to identify other objects made from each of these materials.
In PE, the children practised their balancing, skipping and throwing skills.
Homework, Spellings and Mathletics have been set. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Week commencing 2nd January

 

Happy New Year! Oak class have had a busy first week back exploring our new topic, Ancient Egypt. We looked at a timeline to see how long ago they lived and discussed what life might have been like back then. We learnt about the Ancient Egypt Creation Story and practised our sequencing skills then retelling the story. The children also developed their comprehension skills by answering questions based on the Creation Story. We learnt that in Ancient Egypt, p...eople wrote on papyrus paper in Hieroglyphics. The children made their own papyrus paper, which was quite messy, and learnt to write their names in Hieroglyphics.
In Maths, we have started learning about multiplication. The children know what the symbol means and have started looking at groupings to work out the answer.
The children have written their New Years Resolutions for 2017. There has been a lot of willingness to improve their work and attitudes towards healthier eating, which was great to hear!
Homework, Spellings and Mathletics have been set. This is due Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Medium Term Planning Overview - Oak Class Y2/3 Spring 2017

Science

 

  • Everyday Materials – uses, suitability, recycling
  • Forces & Magnets – push/pull, attract/repel

Geography

Ø Continents & Oceans of the World

Ø Human & Physical features of Egypt

Ø The River Nile & its importance on trade

History

  • Egyptian Gods, Tutankhamun, mummies
  • Plot significant events onto a timeline
  • Key achievements of Ancient Egyptians
  • Compare & Contrast with life today

RE

Ø Religion in Ancient Egypt – Creation story

Ø Easter, Lent

Ø Chinese New Year

Maths

Ø Multiplication – arrays, number line, grid method

Ø Division – grouping, chunking

Ø Fractions

Ø Time

                    Ancient Egypt

English

Ø Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Ø Newspaper articles

Ø Comparing texts

Ø Stories from different periods of time

Ø Reading comprehension tasks

Music

Ø Symbolic notations

Ø Timbre & texture – tones of music

PSHE

  • Internet Safety
  • Emotions

Art

  • Writing in hieroglyphics
  • Canopic Jar
  • Death Mask

Computing

  • Using everyday programmes
  • Online research
  • Scratch programming

PE

  • Developing balance, agility and coordination
  • Dance

DT

  • Papyrus Paper
  • Egyptian recipes such as falafel and flatbread

Year 2 Spelling Word Wall

Year 3 Spelling Word Wall

Oak class update Week Commencing 12th December 2016


This week we have been getting excited about Christmas. The class made and decorated their own hats, which looked wonderful! They wore these for our Christmas dinner. Everyone had a great lunch so thank you to Mrs Breed for cooking and for the PTA for the great crackers. The children loved the jokes and all took their cracker gifts home. 
In Maths, the children have been working on their problem solving skills. They questioned each other and discussed what the calculation should be then explained how they could prove the answer was right.
In Literacy, we have been writing Acrostic poems based around Christmas. The children planned and wrote their own poems, including brilliant sentence openers and noun phrases.
As part of our Tudor topic, the children played musical instruments along to Greensleeves, which was written by Henry VIII. We also learnt about the Tudor explorers Columbus and Drake.
We have been doing buddy reading for the children to practise reading and listening to each other. They also helped each other work out the words they didn't recognise and discussed the books they were reading.
In PE, the children had the task of flipping over a sheet they were standing on without any of them coming off. This was very challenging but the children were resilient in keep trying and were very close to solving it.
Just a reminder that Monday is reward day so the children can come in their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag or blanket and a teddy with them.

Week commencing 28th November

This week has been a lovely week as we have been getting excited for Christmas. The school is looking very festive and our Christmas lights switched on after the children wished really hard for it to be Christmas. Our class elf, Buddy, has been up to all sorts and brought the children an advent calendar to share. They have been writing him letters to thank him for this and to find out more information about him. The children have been rehearsing for their play and learning all the sings. They are excited to perform to their families next week.

The children have been using the laptops to research Anne Boleyn in order to find a fact file about her. They are improving their IT skills as well as how to use internet search engines to find information.

We have also been doing some assessments in class. I am very proud of how well the children have got on with these. They were able to sit quietly through the tests and focussed on giving their best. It is great to see what the children have learnt already this year.

Homework has been set. This is due Tuesday. Please ask if you have any questions. Don't forget that Monday is Christingle and the children will need to bring an orange to school with them for us to decorate.

Week commencing 21st November
This week in Literacy we have been writing our own fairytales inspired by those that we already know. The children discussed how fairytales are structured and what generally happens in each part of a story before they planned and wrote their stories. They have been learning to check their writing for grammatical errors and how to make improvements as well as giving each other feedback.
In Maths, the children have been learning about measuring mass/weight. T...hey explored weighing objects on scales; played interactive games reading scales; organised objects from lightest to heaviest; and have been learning to convert between grams and kilograms. We have started looking at problem solving and deciding which information and calculaion we need so we can work out the answer.
We were very lucky to have a specialist art teacher come in to teach the children how to use clay to make a Tudor rose. The children had a great time and followed the instructions well. The Tudor roses look brilliant! We will be painting these at a later date so I will share the photos then.
In Science, the children explored light further by finding out whether light can be reflected and which types of materials reflect light the best. We discussed when and why we would need reflective materials.
In PE, the children have been learning to read a map to complete an orientation task. The children loved following the map to find the necessary numbers and work out the answer. Thank you very much to the Grafham Waters team!
We also discussed the origins of Thanksgiving and how it is celebrated every year. The children all reflected on things they were thankful for and we had some lovely suggestions.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. This is due on Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Week commencing 14th November 
This week we have been learning about conjunctions in Literacy. We have been looking at how to use join two simple sentences together by choosing an appropriate conjunction and how to use subordinating conjunctions such as when, while & because to add more detail to our sentences. The children also discussed different words for said and practiced saying dialogue to fit the alternative word for said.
In Maths, we have started learning about measurement. This week we have looked at length and the children have been measuring objects in the classroom using rulers and tape measures. They have also been learning how to measure each side of a shape to calculate the perimeter.
The children carried out an investigation in Science to find out which objects let light through. They used the words transparent, translucent and opaque to describe the materials.
We also revised our knowledge of healthy eating and the five food groups as the 'Everyone Health' people came in to work with the children.
In PE, the children developed their team work skills by using a drainpipe to get a golf ball from one side of the playground to the other.
We were also very lucky to have Miss Bleakley's rabbit, Daisy, in school so the children visited her.
Homework and mathletics have been set, as well as new spellings. Please make sure all homework is completed each week.

Week commencing 7th November

We have had a very exciting week which started with our Year 3s entering the DLPT Sports Tournament on Monday. We also had a non-uniform day to raise money for Children in Need  on Wednesday which was made even better when Pudsey bear turned up! In Maths we have been learning about money: the value of each coin and how to make amounts. It would be great if you could reinforce this with your children when shopping. Let them practice finding the right value in coins and work out how might change they should get. We have been learning how to punctuate speech in Literacy and thinking of alternative endings for well-known fairytales. In Science, we have started learning about light sources and how they help us to see. The children have been using the laptops to research what life was like for Tudors and comparing the lives of rich and poor people. We explored silhouettes in Art by painting sunsets and creating silhouttes. The children chose their own images based around Remembrance.
Homework has been set and is due Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Week commencing 1st November
This week we have been learning how to solve worded problems involving addition and subtraction. We have been able to work out what calculation we need to do by looking for key words such as altogether or difference, then using our number lines to work out the answer.
In Literacy, we have started a unit on traditional tales and have been looking at what we need to write a story. We have been brainstorming ideas on what makes a hero and a villain and ordering villains from scariest to least scary while explaining our choices.
We created fireworks in a jar in Science and discussed why oil sits on top of the water instead of mixing in. We looked at what happened when we added colours and noticed that some of them mixed together to make new colours.
In topic, we found out about the Tudor Artist Giuseppe Archimboldo who was known for his portraits using fruit. The children drew and coloured their own portraits using fruit and vegetables.
Homework has been set and is due Tuesday. Could I please remind you that Mathletics is part of this homework and needs to be done. New spellings have also gone home today for a test next Friday.
Week Commencing 17th October
This week we have been investigating the effects of different liquids on our teeth. We used hard boiled eggs as a substitute for teeth and made predictions about what might happen to the shell. The children were surprised to see that the shell had disappeared on the egg which was left in vinegar.
In maths we have been looking at different methods for subtraction and deciding which method is quickest depending on the calculation.
The children wrote and performed their own revolting rhymes in Literacy. You can watch the videos I posted yesterday.
We visted Kimbolton castle to find out about Catherine of Aragon, who used to live there, what the castle was like in Tudor times and what has changed since then. We were very lucky to have Mr and Mrs Butler give us a wonderful tour and we learned lots of interesting facts.
We also had a visit from Tom and the trolls, who gave us a fantastic assembly making us think about the effects of bullying.
Homework slips have gone home. Children should be practicing their times tables, learning the next column of their spellings and practicing addition and subtraction on a number line.
I hope you all have a fantastic half term!!

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Week commencing 10th October

 

This week we had a visit from Stan the Man and Mrs Garland. The children loved seeing a 3D skeleton and being able to label the bones with the scientific names. We also had a look at a Horse's and a Frog's Cranium so the children could see the difference between different animals.
In Literacy, we have been learning about Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and started writing our own rhyming couplets and using alliteration to describe animals.
We have started working on addition and subtraction in Maths and understanding what these words mean. The children have been trying different methods for calculating including number lines and partitioning.
Next Wednesday, we will be going on a trip to Kimbolton School to find out more about our Tudor Topic. Please make sure everyone has coats as it will most likely be cold.
Homework and Mathletics have been set. This is due on Tuesday.

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Week commencing 3rd October

 

​This week the children used an atlas to locate the countries within the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We also used google maps to explore our local area. The children were able to explain the location of towns and cities to other places using North, South, East and West.

In Literacy, the children have written their own marvellous medicines based on the George's Marvellous Medicine book. We discussed how a recipe is set out and they all used adjectives to describe their concoctions and used imperative verbs to instruct on how to make it.

We explored place value further this week in Maths by completing a range of activities and challenges. The children used their knowledge to give explanations.

In Science, we have started looking at the Skeleton and are learning the scientific names for the bones. The children used pictures of individual bones with the scientific name to help them find which bone it was on their skeleton. We look forward to having Mrs Garland in on Monday to learn even more!

Week commencing 26th September

 
​This week Oak class have been learning what imperative verbs are and how to use them. The children enjoyed a game of Simon says to practice giving instructions using the imperative form of the verb. They also enjoyed pointing out everytime I used the imperative in class!

In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of numbers and using our knowledge of place value to compare numbers using greater than and less than symbols.

We have been finding out about key events during the Tudor times and learning how to order these in chronological order, which has strengthened our knowledge of place value.

On Wednesday, the class enjoyed the Harvest Festival at Church; they sang beautifully and read the poem well.

Homework and Mathletics have been set and are due on Tuesday.

Week commencing 19th September

 

​This week we have been revising our knowledge of place value and partioning numbers up to 1000. The children have been learning the value of each digit within a number and finding ways to represent this with maths equipment or drawing.

In guided reading, we have been discussing our opinions of characters and the children are developing their explanations for their choices.

In Science, we moved onto looking at the basic needs of a human and how we source these needs.

Homework and Mathletics have been set. These are due on Tuesday. A huge well done to Oak class last week as everyone completed their written homework! Please don't forget about Mathletics though as it is still part of their homework and is a great way to consolidate their learning.

Week commencing 12th September

 
This week Oak class have enjoyed a History off the Page day, where they were immersed in life in the Tudor times. We also celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th birthday by making our own dream jars and had a draw a long with Quentin Blake!

In Literacy, we have started our unit on George's Marvellous Medicine and the children have been writing character descriptions.

In Maths, we have been learning how to use maths equipment to help our learning and how to tackle problem solving.

Homework and Mathletics have been set, which are due on Tuesday. Please ask if you have any questions. Our class friends, Duke and Duchess, have gone home with the first child this weekend. I am lookng forward to reading all about your adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

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Week commencing 5th September

 

Oak class have had an exciting first week back and have all settled in well. We have been learning about the five food groups and why it is important to have a balanced diet. The children have discussed what they already know about the Tudors and what they want to learn about them in preparation for our Tudor day on Monday. The class has also got our Roald Dahl unit off to a great start by writing wonderful acrostic poems about some of the characters. See below for photos of our exciting day on Thursday den building, learning about owls and making clay masks.

 

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Medium Term Planning Overview - Oak Class Y2/3   Autumn 2016

Science

 

  • The human body – skeleton & muscles
  • Healthy eating & a balanced diet
  • Light & Shadows

Geography

  • Continents & Oceans
  • Capitals of England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales
  • Map reading and using an atlas

History

 

  • Tudor period – how people lived & the Tudor influences on our lives today
  • Henry VIII, his wives & children, war of the roses
  • Plotting key dates on a timeline
  • Shakespeare
  • Explorers - Columbus and Drake

RE

  • Religious changes during the Tudor period
  • Religious celebrations such as Diwali and Christmas

Maths

 

  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Measurement

The Tudors

English

 

  • Roald Dahl books
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Diary writing
  • Persuasive letter writing
  • Instructional writing – recipes
  • Free-verse Poetry

Music

  • Rhythm & beat
  • Greensleeves
  • Writing & reading music

PSHE

  • Friendship
  • Keeping clean

Art

  • Self-portraits in the style of Arcimboldo – using fruit

Computing

  • Using everyday programmes
  • Online research

PE

  • Developing balance, agility and coordination
  • Tudor folk dance

DT

  • Tudor doll – designing and choosing suitable fabric for their outfit
  • Tudor soup
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