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Hello Everyone and Welcome to Rowan Class!

In Rowan class you'll find: 

  • Mrs Duncan  (Class Teacher)

  • Miss Harris and Mrs Rose (Teaching Assistants)

  • Mixed age class Y5 & 6: 19 pupils in total

  • Itsy and Bitsy the class axoltyls

Rowan Class Update w/e 12.10.17:

Another busy week for Rowan class. In Maths, we've been learning how to add and subtract using formal written methods and we have used what we have learned to help us to solve a range on one-step and multi-step problems. We also used rounding to estimate and the inverse method to check  our answers. In literacy we self and peer assessed our dragon myths by comparing them to a marking ladder before editing them accordingly. These stories will now be written into handmade books and illustrated. Also this week, in guided reading, some of year 6 continued to read Dragon's Rock whilst most of year 5 have been looking at the poem The Magic Box. The class are now going on to look at this poem in greater detail in English lessons before writing their own version. In R.E. Rowan class have been learning about the significance of artefacts used by Buddhists during worship. In art lessons, Rowan finished their work on Chinese landscapes which were then copied and used to create gilded, Chinese lanterns (photos to follow). In readiness for next half term's sports tournaments, Rowan class practised their dodgeball and rugby skills during Wednesday's PE lesson and they continued to practise their dance steps on Friday afternoon. Finally, in music, pupils have continued to work with pentatonic scales and have composed their own pieces of work. Some photos of the class writing their musical pieces are shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowan class are enjoying their weekly outdoor learning sessions with Mrs Tickle. See Mrs Tickle's post below.

We are really starting to make a difference to the raised beds. Rowan class even planted a beautiful silver birch kindly donated by Miss Harris. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowan class update week ending 6.10.17:
Rowan class have had a busy week. In Maths the class have worked hard to finish place value. They've been counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 10, 100, 1000 etc., learning about Roman numerals and solving problems on place value, negative numbers, rounding and counting forwards and backwards. In English they have written and edited their dragon myths and continued to practise their spellings and handwriting as part of the daily guided reading carousel. In science, they've been using line graph plotting skills learned in maths to plot changes in temperature recorded as ice melts... who knew it would take so long for a single ice cube to melt! Pupils also thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor learning session with Mrs Tickle - see previous post. On Wednesday they practised their dodgeball skills with Mr Hayward and they enjoyed their street dancing on Friday afternoon. Rowan class also enjoyed learning why Buddhists meditate and practised meditating themselves. See post below for photos! In topic pupils worked independently, without adult help, to devise a series of interesting questions, around six key areas, that will form the basis of their independent topic work. Finally, pupils worked with Miss Reed to compose the oriental music in the videos below.

Welcome everyone - a busy term ahead! A curriculum overview for the Autumn term is shown below. This term's topic is 'Dragons, Myths and Magic'.

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Rowan Class Year 5/6   Autumn 2017

 

Science

 

Ø States of Matter

Ø Water Cycle

Ø Properties and Changes of          Materials

Ø Animals including Humans

History

 

Ø Shang Dynasty

 

Geography (main focus)

 

Ø China – physical/human geography

Ø use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer images

Ø use of 6/8 point compass & grid references

Ø Google Earth

Maths

Ø White Rose

Ø NC Maths programme of study 2014

Ø Place Value

Ø Number

Ø Problem Solving

Ø NRich and Beam activities

 

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Dragons, Myths and Magic

English

Ø Myths and Legends

Ø Playscripts

Ø Persuasion

Ø Non-Chronological Reports

Ø Poetry – the power of imagery

 

Music

Ø Traditional Chinese music

Ø Tan Dun composer

Ø Pentatonic Scales

PSHE

Ø Citizenship

Ø Healthy Lifestyles

 

Art & Design (Art focus)

Ø Clay dragons

Ø Dragon sketching

Ø Chinese landscapes – traditional painting

Ø Chinese calligraphy

ICT

Ø Google Earth

Ø Research

Ø Scratch

 

RE

Ø Buddhism

Ø Confucianism/Taoism

Ø Folk Religions (Shen)

PE

Ø Dance

Ø Football/Rugby/Dodge ball

Ø Fencing/Volley ball

PE is on a Wednesday afternoon: indoor and outdoor kit please and Friday afternoon: Dance indoor kit please     

Homework given out on a Friday for return the following Friday. Pupils also need to do 1 hour Maths Whizz/week

Week beginning 27.2.17:

Another interesting week for Rowan class. On Monday afternoon we had a visit from PCSO Braddick who advised the children on how to stay safe in the local environment and on-line and reminded children of the importance of always letting an adult know where they were going particularly when they were out with friends. In Maths the class were comparing tenths, hundredths and thousandths to their decimal equivalents and learning how to order and round decimals. Rowan class also had the opportunity to use their measuring and scaling skills when they were making pancakes. Our science lesson also involved pancakes - this time the children were looking at how the materials (ingredients) are changed by cooking. The class learned that dry, solid ingredients are added to liquids to make a liquid emulsion or batter which becomes a solid pancake when cooked. Rowan class also learned about the properties of solids, liquids and gases and how their particles differ. The pancakes also sneaked into our PE lesson - see the photos below of our 'Pancake Races'. In literacy we have been retelling a story from another's point of view and learning how to punctuate sentences properly to show who is speaking and what is said.

    

Week beginning 5th of February, 2017

In English this week we have been learning about the key features of diaries and practising writing diaries about what we did over the weekend. We then moved on to write diaries, in role, as one of Shackleton's crew members; some writing about being left on Elephant Island and others about 'their' journey on the 800 mile trip to St. Georgia in a rowing boat! In Maths we have being using multiplying and dividing of fractions to solve problems and finding fractions of an amount or quantity. In science, Y5/6 investigated the  hypothesis that all living things contain DNA by attempting to extract DNA from strawberries. All of the Y5/6 children successfully followed the extraction procedure and were able to remove DNA from the filtered strawberry puree. See photos below (more photos on Facebook.)

   

Meanwhile, Y4 learned about the role of magnets in the home and in industry before going on to invent a piece of machinery that could complete everyday tasks using magnetism. In PE the class finished their unit on street dance with Miss Johnson and enjoyed demonstrating their moves to the class! Outside, in tag rugby, they continued to practise their passing skills. In RE Rowan class have continued to learn about Christianity and 'special places'.

Week beginning 23rd January, 2017:

A busy week for Rowan class. In Maths we started the week by adding and subtracting fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers before moving on the multiplying and dividing and problem solving. Year 5 and 6 have also been learning how to use common factors to simplify fractions. Year 4 have been working out how to calculate a fraction of a number or quantity as well as problem solving using addition and subtraction of fractions. In English, we finished our character descriptions of the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton before writing letters of application, in role as potential crew members, hoping to be chosen to accompany Shackleton on his Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The children looked in detail at the pen portraits of each crew member and then tried to suggest qualities that their chosen character might have that would make them suitable candidates. They then had to write a letter persuading Shackleton of their suitability for the role. In science, the children had the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of last term's science topic by writing a non-chronological report on 'Reproduction'. Rowan continued to practise their street dance moves with Miss Johnson and their skills in rugby and dodge ball with Mr Hayward (despite the cold weather).

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

Welcome back! This term's topic is 'Explorers and Exploration'. Rowan class will be exploring Antarctica and learning all about the intrepid explorers and their challenges against the wildest, least hospitable place on Earth. See below for a curriculum map.

 

Medium Term Planning Overview - Rowan Class Y4/5/6 Spring 2017

Science

 

Ø Evolution and Inheritance

Ø States of Matter

Ø Properties and changes of Materials

Ø Weather

Ø Earth and Space

History

 

Ø Captain Scott

Ø Shackleton

Ø Slavery

Ø British Empire

Ø Maps

Geography

 

Ø Antarctica – physical/human geography

Ø use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer images

Ø use of 8 point compass

Ø Google maps

Maths

Ø White Rose

Ø NC Maths programme of study 2014

Ø Fractions

Ø Shape and Space

Ø Measures

Ø Revision

 

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http://discoveringantarctica.org.uk/#

English

Ø Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Ø Shackleton’s Journey

Ø Adventure stories- Just a Dream

Ø Explanation texts

Ø Non-Chronological Reports

Ø SATS revision

 

Music

Ø Theme from Antarctica – Vangelis

Ø Winter – Vivaldi

Ø The snow is dancing - Debussy

PSHE

Ø Healthy Life Styles

 

Art

Ø Watercolours of Edward Wilson

Ø Wildlife paintings of Dafila Scott

Ø What colour is a glacier?

ICT

Ø Sketch up

Ø Google Earth

 

RE

Ø Christianity

DT

Ø Shelters

Ø Designing a ‘Rover’ - CLEAPS

PE: Rugby, tennis, dance PE is on a Wednesday afternoon: indoor and outdoor kit please Homework due back by Wednesday please

 

 

 

Week beginning 14.11.16

Another busy week for Rowan class. In literacy, we continued with our work on poetry with a conservation/environmental theme. This week we studied two poems in depth: Surrounded by Noise by Ian Souter which we used to identify onomatopoeic words and From my Window by Martyn Wiley and Ian McMillan which provided similes that attempted to allow the reader to see the beauty in landscapes devastated by pollution. The children went on to write their own onomatopoeic poem about the destruction of the rainforest and have created words banks for their version of the 'From my Window' poem.  In Maths meanwhile, we've been learning formal methods for multiplication including long multiplication by two digits. The children have also been working on their times tables, mental maths and arithmetic skills. In science we have been continuing our work on life cycles: studying the life cycles of butterflies. frogs and fruit flies (Drosophila). In topic the children completed their series of simultaneous timelines showing what was happening in the rest of the world during the expansion of Mayan culture in Mexico. In PE, on Tuesday afternoon, the children continued to improve their ability to work as a team by working (in groups) to move a small ball through a series of pipes. On Wednesday, the class developed their gymnastics skills including their balance.

     

 

On Thursday morning, the children enjoyed learning about healthy eating and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet during a visit from Everyone Health. As part of the lesson, children had to learn about different food groups and how to balance them to give a healthy plateful. 

      

 

Also on Thursday morning, the children took part in a BBC 'Get Scientific' lesson - learning about electric circuits, circuit components and how electricity is conducted.

  

 

Finally, in art, the children examined different examples of Mayan pottery and chose those that they liked best to inform their own pottery designs ready for when we make our Mayan-styled 'coiled pots'.

Week beginning 7.11.16:

Another busy week for Rowan class. In literacy, in keeping with our topic The Maya and our study of the rainforests in geography, we started a new unit of work on poetry with a conservation/environmental theme. We began by looking at the poem 'Mummy oh Mummy' by Anon. The children worked with their partner to identify the rhyming words and patterns and then went on to discuss the meaning of the poem and how best to perform it. The class then used 'Two stars and a wish' to comment on each pair's performance. Meanwhile in Maths, whilst Y4 were taking part in their DLPT Sports' tournament, the Y5/6 pupils investigated factors, common factors and prime and composite numbers and used a 'Sieve of Eratosthenes' to identify all prime numbers below 100. Later in the week the children practised a variety of strategies for improving their mental maths including the use of factor pairs and other known and derived facts to multiply and divide. In science we continued our work on plant reproduction as the children discovered different methods by which plants could reproduce asexually. We also continued our study of different life cycles by observing, through time, the life cycle of fruit flies (Drosophila). In topic the children used their research notes to compile a series of simultaneous timelines showing what was happening in the rest of the world during the expansion of Mayan culture in Mexico. In PE, on Tuesday afternoon, the children had (and enjoyed) their first team building lesson by the Grafham Water coaches. Then, on Wednesday, the class were practising their gymnastics skills.  

 

On Monday morning, it was Year 4s turn to go to Winhills for the Winter DLPT Sports Tournament. The team competed in a series of games across three disciplines: football; netball and dodge ball and managed to come a very respectable 4th. Well done Y4 (and Y3) and many thanks to Miss Orakci and Mrs Griffiths and drivers for transporting and supporting the children. Later in the week, KPA had a non-uniform day for Children in Need and the children were very pleased to welcome their special guest (Pudsey bear) with a Mexican wave.

 

 

Week beginning 1.11.16:

Another busy week for Rowan class. In literacy we edited and proof read our creation myths and our Shipwrecked stories from our previous 'exciting writing'. While in Maths Rowan class continued to add and subtract numbers of 4-digits or more (including decimals) using formal methods for addition and subtraction and used their skills our to solve 'mastery level' multi-step problems. The children checked their answers using the inverse operation. In science we continued our work on plant reproduction in flowering plants as the children discovered the role of different parts of a flower are and learned what happens during pollination and fertilisation. We also began researching the life cycles of amphibians, insects and birds. In topic the children used the laptops to research what was happening in Russia, China and Europe at the same time as the Mayans were developing their cities and culture in South America. In PE the class were practising their dodge ball skills in readiness for the DLPT Sports tournament.

 

On Thursday morning, Year 5/6 went to Winhills for the Winter DLPT Sports Tournament where each team competes in a series of games across three disciplines: football; netball and dodge ball. Despite being the smallest school there - we WON! Well done team KPA for having a real team spirit and for 'going for it'! We are really proud of you.

 

 

Week beginning 17.10.16: 

Wow! What an exciting week for Rowan class. On Monday afternoon, as part of this weeks' 'anti-bullying' events, 'Tom and the Trolls' came to KPA. In this storytelling session 'Tom' and the 'Trolls' tackled the issues raised by bullying at the children's level and helped the children to realise that bullying can include social exclusion and verbal as well as physical abuse. The children enjoyed the session and it provoked interesting comments and remarks during both question time at the end of the performance and back in the classroom. Rowan class were lucky enough to have their photograph taken with Simon and his puppets at the end of the performance.

 

 

 

Then, on Tuesday morning, year 6 (and some of year 5) braved the rain to take part in a tag rugby tournament. Team KPA were great ambassadors for our school; not only were they 4th out of 14 but they also demonstrated great team spirit and excellent behaviour, well done !!

 

There was further excitement at Wednesday's celebration assembly when Head Girl and Head Boy and the House Captains were given their badges. Emily and Oliver are Head Girl and Boy and Freya, Joe and Emily are house captains for Montagu, Wingfield and Mandeville respectively.   Emily and Oliver (Head Girl and Head Boy) House captains:  Freya,  Emily and Joe.

Despite all this excitement we also found time to finish off our Creation myths in literacy and write and edit our second piece of 'Exciting Writing'. In maths we used the column method to add and subtract and addition and subtraction to solve problems. Answers were estimated using rounding and checked using the inverse method. In science we continued our work on sexual and asexual reproduction as we drew and labelled the male and female parts of flowering plants using lilies for reference. 

Rowan class' school councillors for this year are: 

 

Year 4: Jodie and Harrison

 

Year 5: Madeleine and Oscar

 

Year 6: Oliver and Joe

 

week beginning 10.10.16: 

Another busy week in Rowan class. In maths we've been reading, writing, ordering and comparing decimals up to three decimal places.  We have also been partitioning decimals and placing decimals on a number line. Rowan class have also been multiplying whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 and using their knowledge to solve problems involving place value and multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals. In literacy we have been finishing off our Mayan creation myths and editing them to ensure our sentences vary in length and structure and that we have used paragraphs to organise our thoughts and ideas effectively. In science we've been looking at sexual and asexual reproduction and the advantages/disadvantages of both types of reproduction. We have also been investigating which type of plants and animals use sexual or asexual reproduction and showing our findings in  Venn diagrams. In Topic, we learned more about the culture of the ancient Maya and place key events from their time period onto a timeline along with other major events that were happening elsewhere in the world at that time. Meanwhile, in PE, we've been practising our tag rugby skills, running with and passing the ball down the line, in readiness for Tuesday's Y5/6 DLPT Sports'Tournament in which tag rugby is one of the games played. Good Luck team KPA!

week beginning 3.10.16:

It's been another busy week in Rowan class. In maths we have been learning how to round whole numbers (2- to 7-digits) to the nearest 10, 100, 100, 10,000 and 100,000 and decimals to 3 decimal places to the nearest hundredth, tenth and whole number! We've also been solving problems involving rounding and place value and completing 'nrich' mathematical investigations. In literacy, in our Kagan groups, we read and retold the Mayan creation myth, 'To the stars by canoe' and mapped it's story structure onto a story hill. We went on to use this simple narrative structure as a model for our own stories. The children began by creating a mind map of their story ideas which they then mapped onto a story hill or 'boxed' up into sections that would become paragraphs. They considered how they would use paragraphs to organise their writing and how they could use fronted adverbials and other connectives to link their thoughts and ideas together. Rowan class are hoping to display their final, edited, stories in a class book of 'Mayan' creation myths. In topic, Rowan class learned about the structure of a rain forest and used laptops and books to research each layer (from the high emergent trees to the forest floor) and the plants and animals that might be found there. The children went on to use their knowledge of branching keys to classify the animals of the rain forest that they had researched. The rain forest theme continued in art as the children learned and attempted to emulate the style of the French artist Henri Rousseau. On top of all that we had the KPA BAKE OFF! Rowan children did our class proud... not only did the cakes look amazing but they tasted delicious too! Class winners will be announced in Tuesday's celebration assembly. Well done to everyone who baked - sale of the donated goodies raised nearly £70 for school funds.

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28.9.16 Y6 ENGLISH CHALLENGE, Bushmead Primary

Well done to the children who took part in today's Year 6 English challenge, at Bushmead, we just missed out on a top 3 position! Team KPA did however get the prize for the best strategic planning! Well done all - great teamwork. smiley

 

 

week beginning 26.9.16:

This week Rowan class have been continuing their work on Creation myths. They have been thinking and writing about the setting for their own stories - the rain forest. We've been looking at lots of photographs and video clips to help us imagine what it would be like to be there and using our senses to describe what we might see, hear and feel. The children have been using interesting adjectives to describe the scene and create noun and extended noun  phrases as well as sentences and short paragraphs. Myths are written in the past tense so we have also been looking at and practising writing in verb tenses: simple past and present tense and progressive and perfect forms. In guided reading we've been looking at the key features of non-fiction books and discovering more exciting facts about Mexico. Meanwhile in maths, we have continued our work on place value - calculating and problem solving with negative numbers in context and have investigated Roman numerals. We discovered that the number number system used by the Romans did not have a zero and that it used letters and not the digits we use today. Most children can read and write Roman numerals up to 1000 and can read the years in Roman numerals. Years 4 and 5 were also practising adding 10 and multiples of 10. In topic we have been learning about rain forests, where they are located on a map of the world, and the organisation of trees and plants therein. In science we studied the scientist Carl Linnaeus and discovered how the classification system he devised is still used to classify plants and animals today. We looked at how animals could be classified as non-vertebrates or vertebrates and how the latter could be sub-classified into: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. The children were asked to find out more about Carl Linnaeus for their homework this week.

 

In addition, our excited Year 6 children joined other Y6 children from the Trust on a trip to the ballet, to the Royal Opera House, to see 'La Fille Mal Gardee' - they had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 

 

week beginning 19.9.16

Rowan class have enjoyed another busy week. In English we have continued our study of Mayan creation myths by comparing different versions of the same story and investigating the key features of this text type. This week we have been looking more closely at the language used in creation myths, especially the rich descriptive vocabulary and exciting verbs. Rowan class have studied the use of simple past and present tenses of regular and irregular verbs as well as progressive forms of both tenses. In SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons we have been working on homophones. The children have been comparing the spelling and meaning of many of the most commonly used homophones e.g. their; there and they're. In Maths, we have been extending our understanding of place value by counting backwards and forwards through zero to include positive and negative numbers on a number line and in context e.g. using a thermometer. Some children have been using their reasoning skills to solve worded problems involving temperature - they were able to recognise the direction of change and could calculate by how much either independently or by using a number line for support. In science we investigated the seven characteristics of living things and recognised that all living things must: move, respire, be sensitive, grow, reproduce, excrete and have  and that this list can be remembered by the acronym 'MRS GREN'. Homework for this week is given below. 

Welcome back Rowan class! It's been a busy week. The children have settled well and have been working hard on their new topic, The Maya.  A copy of the curriculum plan, showing what we will be studying this term, is published below. We've already discovered who the Maya were and used atlases and interactive maps to explore where they were from. The class have also been learning about the physical and human geography of Mexico and other countries nearby. Rowan class also learned about the social structure of Mayan people and designed their own Mayan masks.The children also really enjoyed yesterday's visit from the Forest Owl (see photographs below and Gallery for more photos).  This week's homework can be found in the 'Homework' block below.

 

 

 

week beginning 12.9.16

Another busy week in Rowan class! In English we've been reading Mayan creation myths - predicting what we think would happen next in the story based on what we'd read so far - using evidence from the text to justify our point of view. We also identified the key events, ideas and characters in the story and used 'freeze-frames' to describe what was happening and how the characters were feeling at significant parts of the story. In a later lesson we used storyboards to summarise the story. In maths we've been revisiting place value - reading, writing, ordering numbers up to 10,000,000 and identifying what each digit represents. Some of the children used their reasoning to solve problems on place value. In geography, the children finished their work on the physical geography of Mexico by creating a map to show: deserts; mountain ranges; high plateaus, low lying coastal areas and dense tropical rain forests. We will go on to study rain forest habitats  in greater detail. On Tuesday, it would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday - the children celebrated by dressing up as characters from his books or wearing yellow - his favourite colour! We had a variety of costumes including: A Wonka Bar; Willy Wonka; Veruca Salt; Matilda(s); Miss Honey; Mr Twit; Miss Trunchbull; James with a large peach;  Danny from Champion of the World, The BFG & Sophie; a Grand High Witch or two; Grandpa Joe and a Fantastic Mr Fox! Well done to everyone! In PSHE, we made our own dream jars filled with 'dreams for a better world'. The children thought of others and 'dreamt for' among other things: a world without poverty and war; clean water for everyone and an education for all. Look out for them the next time you're in school (photos to follow). Rowan class have also been working hard on their handwriting - we have recently introduced the 'Nelson' scheme for cursive, joined handwriting across the school.

 

Some of our freeze-frames - the children wrote their captions in their books

 

 

Rowan class as their favourite Roald Dahl characters:

 

 some children wore yellow because that was Dahl's favourite colour!

 

 

 

Welcome everyone - a busy term ahead!  A curriculum overview for the Autumn term is shown below. This term's topic is 'The Maya'.

 

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Rowan Class Y4/5/6   Autumn 2016

Science

 

  • Earth and Space
  • Living things and their habitats

History

  • Timeline of Mayan events
  • Who were the Maya?
  • Mayan language and culture
  • Comparison with British language and culture 900 A.D.

Geography

  • World Map
  • The Americas & Mexico
  • Mesoamerica: Mayan cities
  • Rainforests

Maths

  • Y 4/5/6 Spring Term National Curriculum including:
  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Measurement – Area
  • Fractions

     The Ancient Maya

 

 

English

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Folk Tales/Creation Myths
  • Non-fiction text – mixed genre
  • Poetry
  • SATS revision

 

Music

  • Sing up
  • Ancient Mayan Instruments
  • Music of the Maya

PSHE

  • Healthy Life Styles

 

Art

  • patterns and printing
  • Pottery – vases, pots and animals
  • paintings of Henri Rousseau

ICT

  • Sketch up
  • Presentation – The Maya
  • Written booklet – The Maya/Rainforests

 

RE

  • Creation stories

DT

  • weaving
  • Food from the rainforest

PE: Rugby, football, dodge ball                      PE is on a Friday afternoon: indoor and outdoor kit please          Homework due back by Wednesday please

week ending 18.11.16:

Maths: 

Must:  I can multiply by 0, by 1 and I can multiply 3 small numbers together (e.g. 2 x 3 x 4).    18.11.16    

Should: I can multiply 3- or 4-digit numbers by a single digit using a formal written method (e.g. 534 x 4 = ?  or 5342 x 3 = ?)

Could: I can multiply a 4-digit number by a two digit number using a formal written method (e.g. 4352 x 23 = ?)

 

English:

Must: I can complete the similes given.                                                                                     

Should: I can write similes in response to an image.

Could: I can write similes and/or metaphors in response to an image.

 

Homework:

week ending 21.10.16:

Maths:

Children to continue to practise their times tables and use Maths Whizz and Mathletics.

Literacy:

Children to learn and practise their Y3/4 or Y5/6 spellings as appropriate (see grids below). Pupils should now be able to read, spell and understand the meaning of all words in Wall A for their year group; they should use a dictionary or an on-line dictionary to find out the meaning of any unfamiliar words. 

 

week ending 14.10.16:

Maths:

Must:  I can read, write, order and compare whole numbers and decimals up to 1 decimal place.

Should: I can read, write, order and compare whole numbers and decimals up to 2 decimal places.

Could: I can read, write, order and compare whole numbers and decimals up to 3 decimal places.

Literacy:

Must: I can write a list of up to 10 pairs of homophones.                            

Should: I can write sentences for 10 pairs of homophones.

Could: I can write an interesting story containing at least 10 different pairs of homophones.

 

week ending 7.10.16:

Maths:

Must:  I can round 3-digit numbers to 10 and 100.                                                      

Should: I can round 3- and 4-digit numbers to 10, 100 and 1000.

Could: I can round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000.     

Literacy:

Must: I can draw or print a picture of an animal that lives in the South American rainforest and write down at least 5 facts about it.     

Should: I can draw or print a picture of an animal that lives in the South American rainforest and write a short descriptive passage about what it looks like and how it moves.

Could: I can draw or print a picture of an animal that lives in the South American rainforest and write a short descriptive passage about it describing its appearance and behaviour.

 

 

 

week ending 30.9.16:

Science:

Must: I can find out about Carl Linnaeus who classified animals into different groups.    

Should: I can find out about Carl Linnaeus and the classification system he developed.

Could: I can find out about Carl Linnaeus and the classification he system developed and discuss why it is so important.

Maths:

Must: I can find out about Roman numerals.                                                                         

Should: I can find out about and use Roman numerals.

Could: I can research and use Roman numerals and explain how they differ from the number system we use today.

 

week ending 23.9.16

Literacy:

Must: I can write sentences in the present and past tense and underline the verbs.                   

Should: I can write sentences in the present and past tense including the progressive form and underline the verbs.

Could: I can write sentences in the present and past tense including the progressive and perfect forms and underline the verbs. 

Maths:

Must:  I can count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.                           

Should: I can read negative numbers in context and count forwards and backwards through zero, using a number line if necessary.

Could: I can use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.

 

week ending 16.9.16

Maths: 

Must:  I can partition 3- and 4-digit numbers and identify what each digit represents.   

Should: I can order and partition numbers up to 7-digits and identify what each digit represents.    

Could: I can partition, read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10, 000, 000.

Literacy:

Must: I can write a character description for someone I know well.            

Should: I can write a character description for a person that I respect.

Could: I can write a character description for a person that I respect and explain what it is that I admire about them.

 

week ending 9.9.16

Must: I can write and illustrate a report about my family.                                                              

Should: I can write a report about my family.  I will use subheadings and paragraphs help me to organise my writing.     

Could: I can write a report about my family that includes an introduction and a short conclusion. I will use subheadings and paragraphs help me to organise my writing.

SPELLINGS:

Years 5/6 Wall A:

accommodate

accompany

according

achieve

aggressive

amateur

ancient

apparent

appreciate

 

attached

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

communicate

community

 

communicate

community

competition

conscience

conscious

controversy

convenience

correspond

criticise

curiosity

definite

desperate

determined

develop

dictionary

disastrous

embarrass

environment

equip

equipped

equipment

especially

exaggerate

excellent

existence

explanation

familiar

foreign

forty

frequently

 

 

Years 3/4 Wall A:

accident

accidentally

actual

actually

address

answer

appear

arrive

believe

 

bicycle

 

breath

 

breathe

build

busy

business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

 

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

Earth

eight

eighth

enough

exercise

experience

experiment

extreme

famous

 

favourite

February

forward

forwards

fruit

grammar

group

guard

guide

 

heard

 

heart

 

height

history

imagine

important

increase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 18th July:

A quieter week for Rowan class. Year 6 were at Hilltop in Norfolk on a residential visit with the other Year 6 classes from the DLPT; Mrs Whiting and Miss Orakci  accompanied them. They were very lucky with the weather. The children enjoyed a wide range of team team building games and activities including: archery; wall climbing; crate stacking; power jumping and the zip wire!  Back in the classroom we were busy investigating what types of materials made good conductors of electricity and which did not. The children designed their own investigations, selected the materials and collected their own data. They concluded that the best conductors were metal. Materials like plastic and wood didn't conduct electricity and so they were good insulators. 

 

 

Year 6 at Hilltop:

Week beginning 11th of July:

Wow! What a busy week... Year 6 last week at KPA cool

 

The week started with a 9.30 a.m. dress rehearsal for the End of Term production 'Cinderella Rockerfella'. The cast were ready - an amazing feet given we'd only started practising the production the week before and year 6 had two transition days; but we were dealing with professionals here. Lines were learnt, costumes sourced and the singers were in good voice. This was a whole school performance and everyone was involved - it was an 'all hands on deck' production. The dress rehearsal and further matinees and evening performances went brilliantly our 'bakers' would have given The Great British Bake Off a real run for their money - lots of mixture stealing and flour flicking. Buttons kept everyone informed and her talking dog kept an eye on the Fairy Nastyboots and her naughty cat. Of course, the story had a happy ending, Cinderella - in a beautiful blue dress - finally met the man of her dreams and the Fairy Godmother promised the Ugly Sisters a makeover (the boys looked nervous at this point!) The Fairy Brigade earned their wings and the audience clapped. A fabulous performance everyone.  A huge thanks to everyone who lent a hand; not forgetting the PTA who supplied the much needed refreshments. Thank you!

 

A few photos from the performance - lots more on our Facebook pages and in the Gallery section.

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 27th of June:

Another busy week for Rowan class. In English we explored the Shaun Tan book 'The Red Tree' further. We began the week with a Philosophy for Children session (P4C). Initially children worked in their Kagan groups to share their ideas and to think of some questions they'd like to ask the author and that they thought the text raised. Their initial questions were very literal and based on the text for example 'Why are there no capital letters in your book?' but as the session progressed the children found themselves discussing the ethics of documenting your childhood in a book, faith and happiness asking questions such as 'Do you need to have faith to be truly happy?' The children found the session thought provoking and felt it had given them much greater insight into the text. Some of this work is on display in the hall. Have a look the next time you are in school. On Tuesday it was 'Transition Day'. Year 6 played team building games outside with Miss Webb whilst children in other year groups 'moved up' for the morning. Year 4 and 5 stayed where they were but became Year 5 and 6 and we welcome Year 3 from Oak class as the new Year 4.  During the children drew self-portraits of themselves and a speech bubble giving details of themselves and their aspirations for the new academic year. These will form a display outside the classroom in September to welcome the children back to school and to Rowan class. On Thursday, Chris and Grace from Rowan joined team members James and Olivia from Oak to take part in the final of the Cambridgeshire School Games competition and.... they were Bronze finalists (3/200 schools!) Well done team KPA - a huge achievement for our small school. Further success followed on Friday when our Year 5/6 Maths team WON the Longsands' 2016 Maths challenge another great achievement for our small school. What a week !! smiley

 

Children sharing ideas and deciding on their initial questions for their P4C session on 'The Red Tree'

 

 

Well done team KPA - Bronze finalists Cambridgeshire School Games smiley

 

Well done team KPA - Longsands Maths Challenge Winners 2016 smiley

 

2016 Longsands' Maths Challenge Winners - Well done team KPA

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 20th of June 2016:

This week in literacy Rowan class started to study 'The Red Tree' by Shaun Tan.  The book is based on images inspired by the experience of depression. The main character is a lonely red-haired girl. The children predicted what the book would be about by looking at a single image taken from the book and had to justify their opinions using evidence from the sparse text. They went on to produce a list of synonyms for 'sad' and in their Kagan groups rank them according to the intensity of feeling they represented e.g. sad to wretched. They then used these synonyms to write sentences explaining how the main character is feeling. Rowan class used drama to explore the text further, in particular 'conscience alley' to help the main character to decide how to overcome her sadness. At the beginning of the week Year 4 & 5 revisited place value. Children represented numbers in different ways including in words. They went on to investigate symmetry and to complete symmetric patterns and shapes. Year 6 continued with their Y7 transition work on spirals. In PSHE we were continuing our work on Democracy. After a special European Referendum assembly and a lively classroom debate the results of the ballot in Rowan class were 73% in favour of Remain and 27% wanted Britain to leave the EU. In topic, the class were researching theatre in Ancient Greece.

 

Children using 'conscience alley' drama technique to advise the red-haired girl in the book 'The Red Tree' on what she should do:

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 16th May:

SATS are over! smiley

 

Year 4 went to Grafham on a residential visit; Mrs Duncan went with them.

 

Year 4 had a fantastic time in Grafham. On Monday we had the high ropes and the climbing wall. Year 4 were really brave. Some children even made it to the top of the climbing wall! In the evening the children enjoyed the 'Grafham Challenge' - where they had to walk, blindfolded, through the woods with only a rope and each other as a guide. Children had to feel their way along the rope and give instruction to those behind. Along the way the 'naughty squirrels' dropped unmentionable things onto their heads (water mainly)- it was so disgusting! The children loved it and they got soooo dirty. Sorry folks! After that there was just enough time for some orienteering and then it was time for hot chocolate and bed. Most of the children  slept well though one or two still had the tickly cough that's been going round.

 

Next day it was up bright and early for a mega breakfast. Before heading off to Grafham water for a session on the water in the Canadian canoes. The children learned how to paddle a canoe and attach rafting planks. Then they had some team games on the pontoon before paddling to the 'beach' for a quick picnic. After lunch it was archery and bush craft. The children practised their skills with a bow and arrow before learning how to work as a team to erect a shelter and light a camp fire.

 

Last day. After a hearty breakfast the children donned their wet suits before going back to the lake for a raft building session. The wet suits were handy as it was absolutely pouring! This didn't stop the children from having a fantastic time - they got really wet anyway. After a hot shower and lunch it was time to head home... everyone had really challenged themselves, made lots of new friends and had a great time.smiley

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SATS WEEK:  Monday 9th - Thursday 12th of May.

 

Monday:          Reading paper (9.00 - 10.00 a.m.)

Tuesday:         Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Short answer paper (9.15 - 10.00 a.m.)

                            Spelling paper (10.35 - 10.50 a.m.)

Wednesday:        Arithmetic paper  (9.15 - 9.45 a.m.)

                             Reasoning paper 1 (10.35 - 11.15 a.m.)

Thursday:            Reasoning paper 2 (9.15 - 9.55 a.m.)

Friday:                NO SATSsmiley

SATs Breakfasts - Monday 9th - Thursday 12th May @ 8.15 a.m. In Hazel.

 

Monday: Hash browns,sausages & beans; cereals; toast & fruit juice.

 

Tuesday: Pastries, croissants & jam; cereals; toast & fruit juice.

 

Wednesday: Bacon 'butty', cereals; toast & fruit juice.

 

Thursday: Waffles & syrup/jam; cereals; toast & fruit juice.

Week beginning 9th of May Homework Year 4 + 5 - Thank you for all your fantastic letters! You have persuaded me... see my reply in your homework book!!

 

Forgotten to take your book home? See letter below.

 

                                                                                                                Kimbolton Primary Academy,

                                                                                                                Newtown,

                                                                                                                Kimbolton,

                                                                                                                PE28 0HY.

                                                                                                                Friday, 6th of May 2016.

 

 

Dear Year 4 and 5 pupils,

Thank you for all your excellent persuasive letters on the subject of homework.  I have considered all of your arguments carefully.

 

Firstly, you’re right – children can learn in lots of different ways – especially when they’re outside in the sunshine.

 

Secondly, it’s a great idea to get as much exercise as possible; cycling, walking and swimming are really good fun too.

 

Finally, new experiences are important in children’s development: they broaden the mind and give you lots to talk/write about.

 

With that in mind… I have decided that (for this week only) your homework is to:

  • be out in the sunshine (with a hat and sun cream)
  • ask your family if you can go for a walk/bike ride or swim
  • eat a large ice cream (or lolly)… a flavour you don’t normally choose (optional)

and have a lovely weekend with your family.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Mrs Duncan

 

Homework - Week beginning 25th of April due in Wednesday 4th of May.

Maths:

Must: I can show that I can add and subtract fractions.   

Could: I can add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.

 

English:

Must: I can write a letter to persuade Mrs Duncan to NOT give us homework.       

Could: I can write a letter to persuade children to do their homework, neatly and on time.

 

 

   

Welcome back everyone - a busy term ahead! A curriculum plan for the Summer Term is shown below. If you have any Greek artefacts, souvenirs or books that we could borrow for our display  we'd be most grateful. Please make sure any items sent in to school are named. smiley
 

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Rowan Class Y4/5/6   Summer 2016

Science

 

  • Levers, Gears and Pulleys
  • Electricity

History

  • Lives of the Rich and Poor in ancient Greece

 

  • Famous Greeks through time.

 

  • Development of Democracy

 

  • The Olympics

 

Geography

  • Greece – modern Greece
  • The Greek Empire
  • Europe
  • Map reading

Maths

  • Y 4/5/6 Spring Term National Curriculum including:
  • Angles
  • Shape & Measure
  • Measure – volume and capacity
  • Graphing
  • SATS revision

Greece – ancient and modern

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Persuasive writing
  • Formal vs Informal language
  • Debate/Drama
  • SATS revision

 

Music

  • Sing up
  • Greece folk music and instruments
  • Composing-  music for advertisements

PSHE

  • Rules, Rights and Democracy
  • Sex & Relationships (Y6)

Art

  • Greek Pottery/masks
  • Iconography

ICT

  • eSafety
  • Advertisements
  • Research Investigations

 

 

 

RE

  • Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Hellenism

 

DT

  • Levers, Gears and Pulleys
  • Greek inventions – e.g.
  • Archimedes’  screw

PE: Swimming; Athletics;  Cricket & Tennis

Welcome back - Spring is here!

 

This term our topic is a Local Area Study of Kimbolton. Some of the things we hope to do are outlined in the curriculum map below.

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Rowan Class Y5/6

Science

 

  • States of Matter
  • The Water Cycle
  • Global Warming
  • Renewable Energy
  • Habitats

 

History

  • Kimbolton and the local area through time
  • Famous residents

Geography

Ø Naming and locating countries, counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), land-use and how some of these aspects have changed over time

Ø Rivers

Ø Map reading

Maths

  • Y 4/5/6 Spring Term National Curriculum including:
  • algebra and sequences
  • Roman numerals
  • Time
  • Long multiplication and division
  • SATS revision

Local area study – Kimbolton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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English

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi novel - Floodland
  • Newspaper reports
  • SATS revision

 

Music

  • Young voices
  • Sing up

PSHE

  • Sex and Relationships
  • Rights and Responsibilities

 

Art

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi novel - Floodland
  • Newspaper reports
  • SATS revision

 

ICT

  • eSafety
  • Sketch up

 

 

 

RE

  • Local churches and their role in the community
  • Ely Cathedral

DT

  • Boat building

 

PE: Netball; Invasion sports including: football, dodge ball and rugby

Week ending 16.10.15

 

Rowan class welcomed two magistrates into school today.  The visitors, who were representing 'Magistrates in the Community', told the children about their work, discussed law and order in modern Britain and considered the effect of a criminal record on life choices in the future.  We were very proud of all the children and their sensible questions. 

This term we are studying World War 1 and 2

 

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Rowan Class Y4/5/6

Science

 

  • Forces –gravity, friction, air resistance
  • Electricity – basic circuitry

History

  • Events leading up to WWI and WWII
  • Life in wartime Britain
  • Battle of Britain
  • D-Day
  • Evacuation & Rationing
  • The Blitz

Geography

  • Naming and locating countries, counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their physical characteristics – cities affected by bombing in WWII; Europe and the Eastern and Western front. Countries involved in WWI and WWII.

Maths

  • Autumn Term from the New Curriculum  (2014)
  • place value

algebra

  • geometry
  • measuring
  • problem solving
  • number
  • adding, subtracting, multiplying& dividing

 

    

 

 

 

      World War I and II

 

 

English

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Historical Novel – Goodnight Mr Tom
  • Diary of Anne Frank
  • Play scripts -  The War horse
  • Newspaper reports
  • Guided Reading

Music

  • Musical Notation
  • Wartime songs (Sing Up)

 

PSHE

  • Getting along together
  • ‘One Boy’ – War Graves Commission

 

 

 

Art

  • World War 1 & 2 War Artists

 

 

ICT

 

  • ACE – e-safety
  • Commuter aided design (CAD) of houses and shelters

 

RE

  • Judaism

DT

  • Anderson shelters
  • Motorised vehicles

 

PE: Outdoor – Rugby – Friday pm

As part of their topic, Rowan class will be visiting the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. We will be visiting Duxford on the 16th of November to learn more about the Battle of Britain.

As part of their topic, Rowan class will be visiting the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. We will be visiting Duxford on the 16th of November to learn more about the Battle of Britain. 1

 

 

 

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