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ROWAN CLASS 2021.2022

SPRING TERM 2022

Week Beginning 10th January 2022

WB 10.01.22

 

What a brilliant first week back! Rowan class began this week diving into FArTHER by Graeme Baker-Smith in English. We used our inference skills to examine the characters and evidence from the txt to justify our opinions.

In Maths, Years 4 and 5 began work on fractions by identifying and comparing fractions, while Year 6 worked on using decimal numbers up to 3 places.

In Science, Rowan worked on the topic of forces. We learned that levers allow us to use a greater amount of force with less effort, and investigated the effect that moving the fulcrum would have on how effective a lever is.

On Friday we began our dance unit in PE, learning a short motif and thinking about how we could use movement to express our ideas on the topic of bullying.

AUTUMN TERM 2021

During Creative Week, Rowan class took part in a wide variety of expressive activities based on our text- The Promise by Nicola Davies. We created artwork and maps, and used creative writing to examine how we can use green spaces in our local area. We also went for a walk outside of school to see how outside spaces are used in Kimbolton.

WB 13th September. Floodland! Our new text is Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. Rowan class have really enjoyed diving into the story in our English lessons.

"I liked the first two chapters because she was running away from marauding gangs. I also liked that she was hiding a boat in a shed. I like the adventure in the book." Zak Year 4.

 

"I quite like the book so far, because it seems to be quite a mystery. Also it looks a lot like there is some sadness in the story. Zoe acts like she's not scared, but she's nervous deep down." Rosie Year 5. 

 

" I like the book because it starts with action with Zoe running from marauding gangs, chasing her round Norwich. Also that she hid a boat and used it to get away from them and left." Stanley Year 6. 

WB 20.09.21 This week Rowan class continued our learning about rivers by studying the work of Claude Monet. We used watercolours to recreate his series of works overlooking the Thames and the Palace of Westminster.

WB 27th September

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In our music session, we practised a well-known 70's hit.

WB 04.10.21

W.B. 04.10.21 This week in Rowan class we have continued our study of Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. Trapped on Eels Island, should Zoe be a lone wolf, or put her trust in the Eel’s mysterious leader, Dooby? Rowan considered their opinions and wrote Zoe a letter to advise her on her next move.

In maths we began subtraction, beginning with using jottings and working our way up to column method. We also took part in problem solving activities. The class were able to explain their thinking really clearly!

In topic, Rowan have begun to explore the different ways that rivers are used by people, including for recreation, industry and transport. We considered the long term impact that humans might have on our waterways.

Rowan class also took part in National Poetry Day, performing poems they had committed to memory for the class, as well as performing a poetry reading during harvest festival.

Finally, we continued developing our Tag Rugby skills in PE. Remember, no forward passes!

WB- 11.10.21

This week in English we continued our work on Floodland, planning and writing a story to explain the backstory of our antagonist, Dooby. The children were able to explain really effectively how events in his life turned him into a villain. In Maths, Year 4 and 5 worked on estimating, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 in order to find the approximate answer. Year 6 consolidated their knowledge of factors and multiples, as well as order of operations (BODMAS).

In Science, Year 4 continued their work on changing states of matter, and Year 6 investigated refraction and the visible spectrum of light, and how this affects the way we see colour.

In Topic we continued our learning on the topic of rivers, examining how water erodes the land and changes the shape of a river. Finally, we took part in a geography field day alongside children from Saturn class at Great Staughton Primary Academy. We studied the River Kym and collected data from Kimbolton high street, then returned to KPA to complete practical activities related to our work on erosion and deposition.

Geography Field Day 14.10.21

WB 01.11.21

As a class we read ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiessman. We took on the role of police investigators and interviewed each other in character about the mysterious events of Tuesday night. We presented our interview notes in the form of a play script.

In maths Year 4 and 5 have started their work on multiplication and division, we have introduced number link boards to make links to our known number facts.  This week they have been looking at multiples and general times table facts.  Y6 have calculated division using short and long written methods. 

In other subjects, Rowan class concluded their work on rivers in topic, ready to begin a study of local history. We also began our unit of Netball lessons with our fantastic PE coach, and took part in creative activities related to Diwali.

On Friday Year 6 visited the Royal Opera House to see Giselle. The story was performed entirely through music and dance. We are sure this will be a trip the children will remember for a long time!

 

WB 08.11.21

This week in English Rowan summarised the evidence they gathered to write a police report, detailing the strange occurrences of Tuesday night. They focussed on using formal language and reported speech.

In maths Year 4 and 5 continued their learning in multiplication and division, using place value to multiply and divide by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 and to find factors of numbers. Year 6 concluded their work on the four operations and began to study fractions, including simplifying fractions and using common multiples and factors to compare and order fractions.

On Monday afternoon in forest school, Rowan class worked with Ash class in forest school. They really enjoyed spending time acting as role models for the younger children.

In science this week we began to investigate our new topics for the half term; Year 4 will be learning about sound and Years 5 and 6 will be learning about electricity. We continued our local history report by researching historical figures with links to Kimbolton; Catherine of Aragon, Harold Godwinson and Geoffrey Fitzpiers. On Friday afternoon we continued our art learning about Monet by painting as he would have done, 'en plein air'. 

WB 15.11.21

This week Rowan continued their brilliant learning in English by learning about some of the features of journalistic writing- passive sentence construction and semicolons. We also read a variety of news reports, and discussed which ones we found the most informative or entertaining.

In Maths, Year 4 and 5 continued their learning about multiplication- Year 4 exploring multiplication and division facts for the 9 and 7 times table while Year 5 tackled common factors, square and cube numbers. Year 6 worked on adding and subtracting fractions, as well as multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers.

This week was Anti-bullying week, and we have taken part in live lessons, discussions and creative work on the topic of friendship and bullying. They discussed how important it is to be a ‘defender’ and what to do if you see something that isn’t right.

Finally, on Friday we took part in Children in Need day. It was great to see so many colourful socks in school!

WB 22.11.21

WB 22.11.21

Well done to Rowan Class for completing their first Assessment Week of the year. We completed papers in reading, grammar, spelling and maths skills. The children worked very hard and showed great perseverance.

In Science this week, Year 4 continued their study of sound by examining instruments that make high and low pitched sounds. Year 5 and 6 studied how voltage affects the way circuit components use power.

In our topic learning, Rowan class continued their study of the local area by researching what life would be like in Kimbolton in centuries past.

Finally we celebrated Inter-Faith week by investigating and comparing different world religions.

WB 29.11.21

WB 29.11.21

In maths this week, Rowan class examined their assessment papers from last week and worked together to correct any mistakes. Years 4 and 5 moved on to division, using long and short written methods. Year 6 have been multiplying fractions and dividing fractions by whole numbers.

In English, Rowan planned and wrote a newspaper report based on the ending of Tuesday by David Wiesner. They focused on using passive sentence construction, formal language and direct and reported speech in their work.

In science, Year 4 continued their work on sound by creating string telephones to transmit sound across a distance. Year 5 and 6 planned an investigation into how the length of the wires affect the amount of energy carried to the bulb in a circuit.

Rowan continued their work studying local history in topic, examining historical pictures of Kimbolton and looking for evidence of things that have changed over time.

WB 06.12.21

WB 06.12.21

 

This week in English, Rowan class began work on poetry, examining poems on the theme of the sea. We examined the poet’s use of alliteration and onomatopoeia and wrote verses in a similar style.

In maths, year 4 and 5 began work on drawing and interpreting data from different types of charts and graphs. Year 6 have studied finding points on a coordinate grid, in addition to drawing, translating and reflecting shapes using coordinate information.

In science, years 5 and 6 continued their work on electricity by conducting a test to determine if the length of their wires would affect how efficiently a circuit would work. We evaluated our tests and discussed how scientists must be able to trust their data. Year 4 tested different materials to see which ones absorbed the most sound, and would therefore be useful for soundproofing.

On Thursday, we joined the other KPA classes to celebrate our Christingle service. Rowan sang beautifully and the year 6 pupils performed a short reading.

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