Welcome to Jupiter 2018/2019!
Jupiter Class Update
The last full week in Jupiter Class has been super busy. To start the week off we recapped our knowledge of time by creating their own analogue clock using resources around the classroom including multilink cubes. The children practised reading the time correctly using their knowledge of the fives times tables. They created 12 groups of 5 and this was where they began to see the link between the minute hand and the number of minutes past the hour and to the hour the time is. By creating their own clock the children were able to see links explicitly and progressed from telling the time in 15 minute increments to 5 minute increments. This practical lesson certainly helped the children understand the concept of time!
On Monday we were lucky enough to have Mrs Fowler come into our Science lesson to discuss our bodies largest organ – our skin! We learnt about the importance of looking after our skin and how using sun cream protects us from UV rays. Alongside this, we learnt about the different layers of our skin and what they are called. We then had a go at drawing a diagram of our skin, ensuring we included the different layers - epidermis, dermis and fat! Whilst we were doing this, we took it in turns to have a look through the microscope at a skin sample. It was super interesting to look at the cells and experiment focusing the microscope on the sample.
This week has also been ‘Art Week’ and we celebrated by including two days of artwork into our busy schedule! The children explored the work of the famous artist Pablo Picasso and focused particularly on his cubist portraits which they then used to create their own. The children liked the fact that Picasso’s work was abstract which celebrated differences between them as individuals. As a class we discussed and understood how we were going to create own our cubist portraits first. Then the children sketched two portraits, before using oil pastels over the top to make sure their features stood out. The children followed Picasso’s ideas by using colours that gave meaning to how they felt. Once they had created their two self-portraits, they cut them up and placed them back together to create an abstract effect. The children enjoyed working in the style of Picasso by arranging the facial features in unusual ways.
We finished off the week by saying goodbye to the Year 6 leavers, Mrs Chapman and Mrs Bullimore! We will miss them very much but know they are all entering new, exciting chapters! Also on Friday afternoon the children had the opportunity to show off their Humanities homework to the rest of the school. I was so impressed with the hard work that the children put into their projects and it was wonderful to see such a range of topics studied!
Have a wonderful weekend; see you on Monday for the last three days of this academic year!
Jupiter Class Weekly Update
Wow! What a super busy week we’ve had with the Key Stage 2 performances for Year 3, Music Festival for Year 2 and our usual lessons. In English the children planned and wrote their own newspaper article for Tobago Times. Following our class text ‘Gregory Cool’, the children took on the role as news reporters and wrote their own article informing the local people about how a young boy mistakenly confused dolphins as sharks! The children understood that their articles needed to be factual, yet descriptive, and the sentences needed to be relevant and appropriate for the audience. I was amazed with how the children wrote in this different style of writing! There were many brilliant headlines but particular favourites that the children came up with were ‘Dolphin causes chaos in the Caribbean’ and ‘Shark attack?’
In Maths the children have taken some time this week to concentrate on their written methods for multiplication and division. For multiplication the majority of the class focussed on the grid method and we spent time identifying the need to partition numbers correctly first in order to multiply effectively. The children saw the link to place value here and they knew if they hadn’t grasped that element first then this would be extremely difficult for them to do. For division, Year 3 practised their ability to group using the bus stop method (long division). They enjoyed creating their key facts box first using multiplies of the divisor to make the process easier. This method builds nicely onto chunking on the number line which Year 2 used to answer their division questions. I was particularly impressed with the presentation of the children’s work too!
In Topic this week the children explored what life is like for the Kayapo tribe. They learnt that the Kayapo people are a tribe of about 8,638 indigenous (native) peoples who live in the Amazon Rainforest. They like to call themselves Mebengokre, meaning 'the men from the water place'. The Kayapo tribe live alongside the Xingu River in several scattered villages ranging in population from one hundred to one thousand people. The children were amazed to learn about their culture and couldn’t help but compare it to their own in terms or clothing and housing. Once they had a greater understanding the children used their learning of diary entries in last week’s English lessons to write a diary entry from a Kayapo Indian. They all managed to step into role brilliantly.
Our dwarf sunflowers are growing nicely outside and the children are continuing to measure these weekly. I think the tall roots demonstrate just how much the children have learnt this term about plants as they are caring for theirs perfectly!
Well done Jupiter Class, have a lovely weekend.
This week in Jupiter Class we have worked hard to stay focused on our learning as the end of term is close in sight. In English, we continued to base our learning around the fiction text Gregory Cool as the children have enjoyed it so much. To start the week we sequenced the events in chronological order using appropriate illustrations, descriptive sentences and adventurous vocabulary. This helped us with our learning later on in the week as Year 2 used their understanding of the text to role play specific scenes to demonstrate a specific characters thoughts and feelings. Towards the end of the week, the children applied their learning about Gregory by stepping ‘in his shoes’ and writing a diary entry from his prospective. The children managed to write in first person and the past tense consistently throughout and it was clear that the previous work in the week helped them fully understand how he would be feeling as some pieces of work had real emotion.
In Maths this week the children have finished learning and exploring the measurement of mass. They have compared mass using comparative language and symbols, completed work on adding and subtracting mass and solved a range of problems, using different operations. Many of the children confidently converted mass between grams and kilograms and they were able to compare different amounts with mixed measures. We finished the week by solving a range of problems and this is where we recapped the RUSAC method to reiterate to children the steps for success.
In Science this week we have continued our learning of plants and studied how water is transported through them. The children learnt that like all living things, plants need water to survive. They were amazed to learn that nutrients in the soil are dissolved in water and used by the plant to stay healthy. As a class we set up an experiment using celery and coloured water to study if and how the tiny xylem tubes transport the water up the stem. Although the tubes were hard to see without a magnifying class, we proved our predictions rights as some of the tubes had changed colour demonstrating that the water had been absorbed correctly. We have also continued to care for our dwarf sunflowers this week by giving them frequent, gentle watering the children were thrilled with how much they have grown already!
In Topic this week we have continued our learning of the rainforest habitat and completed our own fact files based on an animal of our choice. In pairs the children researched key pieces of information about their chosen animals diet, weight and preferred location within the rainforest. On Friday whilst Year 3 completed transition work with Mr Nelson, Year 2 carefully sketched their chosen animal using a mirrored effect. Year 3 will complete these before the end of term.
Have a good weekend,
Jupiter Class Update
Phew! What another busy week in Jupiter Class! This week we have been lucky to have lots of sports activities to keep us super fit and active and the weather has been perfect for it! On Tuesday morning we had our weekly swimming lesson, on Wednesday Year 3 visited Winhills for the DPLT sports event, we had sports day on Friday morning and on Friday afternoon we finished off the week with a PE session with Mr Franco who is Sports teacher for the schools within the trust.
Alongside our Physical Education lessons this week, we have managed to squeeze in some Maths, English, Science and Topic lessons. In English, we have continued to base our lessons around the fiction text ‘Gregory Cool’ and this week the children had to create a character description of Gregory on the basis of what had been read. They used adventurous vocabulary to describe how he was feeling at the beginning of the story and used a range of conjunctions to justify why he was feeling this particular way. I was also impressed that some children chose to challenge themselves further by writing their character description with a clear comparison between Gregory’s feelings and his cousin Lennox.
In Maths, we have explored the measurement of mass and weight in grams and kilograms. The children started the week by measuring and recording mass before moving on to compare different measurements using comparative language and symbols. We will continue to work on this area of learning in our Maths lessons next week, where the children will get the opportunity to add and subjects different measurements and solve problems using what they have learnt.
In Topic this week the children started to explore the different animals in the Amazon rainforest in preparation for our lesson next week. As a class the children listened to key facts about the rainforest habitat and discussed what animals live there and why. They explored how the animals are adapted to their environment and at which part of the forest they live. In pairs, the children had to choose an animal that they will research further next week. This week they began to identify key facts about their chosen animal, including their average life expectancy and their preferred prey.
Our week was finished off perfectly with a rounders PE lesson this afternoon with Mr Franco. He was so impressed with how much the children learnt in such a short amount of time and we couldn’t believe how many children managed to hit the ball with an official rounders bat. At the end, Mr Franco commented on the children’s wonderful listening skills and positive attitudes which was fantastic so well done Jupiter Class!
Have a lovely weekend!
Jupiter Class Update
This week it has been assessment week for Year 3. They all did brilliantly and should be extremely proud of their achievements. Year 2 continued their learning in all areas with Mrs Chapman and they managed to produce some wonderful work. In English they continued to explore the fiction text ‘Gregory Cool’ with a particular focus on vocabulary. They identified words containing suffixes such as –ment, -ness, -ly, -ful at the beginning of the week and they then used their new vocabulary to describe an illustration of Gregory playing happily in the water because of his excitement. Towards the end of the week the children identified words in the text that they were unsure of and used discussions with peers and dictionaries to clarify the meaning of new vocabulary. They were extremely keen to use the vocabulary initially and now they know their meanings, I look forward to seeing them within their writing in the next couple of weeks!
In Maths Year 2 have practised their skills of adding and subtracting using formal written methods and many of us had a great attempt at the expanded column method. They were extremely enthusiastic about the method and with support they managed to present it accurately. The presentation of the column methods can be challenging and I was impressed with their perseverance. With lots of discussions about remembering to look at the digits and the values they represent the children recognised the pattern and started to become more independent by the end of the week.
In Science the children have planted their own dwarf sunflower seeds this week. We have planted them outside and made sure that the conditions were good enough to ensure they have the best chance in growing healthily. The children also wrote their own predictions about what they thought would happen to their sunflower and why. All the children were confident their seed would germinate successfully because they would ensure they give them the right amount of water and sunlight.
In Topic this week the children have been learning about the Inti Raymi Festival. The Peruvian Inti Raymi ceremony is a 9-day celebration that worships the sun and it’s the largest festival on the South American continent. In celebration of the festival the children designed and created their own sun mask which followed the Peruvian origins. The children followed their plans well and many chose to use bright colours to represent the sun.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Jupiter Class Update:
We’ve had another wonderful week in Jupiter Class this week. In English we have continued to explore the non-fiction text ‘Gregory Cool’, looking closely at the illustrations and discussing what it happening and how they make us feel. We studied the image of Gregory and Lennox playing in the Caribbean sea and looked at the enormous waves that surrounded them. As a class we listened to audio clips of waves crashing onto the shore and the children wrote their own expanded noun phrases to describe and specify. We came up with a range of fantastic adjectives and adverbs. Some of the class even managed to includ similes without any instruction! Towards the end of the week, the children used their expanded noun phrases to write their own poems about the waves. Whilst some children opted to use the scaffold with repeating literacy language, others were up for the challenge of writing their own free verses.
In Maths we have continued to learn about measurement of length and height. We started the week by adding different lengths together, using our understanding of measurements to convert between them first. On Tuesday we measured the sides of simple 2D shapes and Year 3 calculated the perimeter by adding all the sides together. Towards the end of week the children used their learning from the last two weeks to solve problems involving length and height. Next week Year 3 will be completing assessments for assessment week and Year 2 will be consolidating their methods for adding and subtracting correctly.
In Science this week we ordered the life cycle of a plant and discussed how it is similar and different to the other life cycles we have explored in the past. The children identified the key stages and in pairs they discussed what they thought the correct cycle was before identifying the correct cycle as a whole class. This lesson came at the ideal time in our learning sequence because when we discussed the five key stages of a plants cycle, the children already had a good amount of knowledge. It was great to see Year 2 making links between seeds falling and new seeds sprouting and Year 3 identifying what germination, pollination and seed dispersal is and where they fit in the life cycle.
In Topic this week the children have explored the different types of settlements including cities, towns and villages. They identified the different features of each settlement and made comparisons between them. As a class we managed to use geographical vocabulary to describe the features in detail and by the end of the session we were able to give valid reasons as to why we would choose to live in a particular settlement. Some children chose to compare the similarities and differences between a settlement in the United Kingdom and a settlement in South America. It was a great chance for the children to use their research skills to investigate the same type of settlements can vary drastically in different countries.
On Monday we were lucky to work in small groups with Mr Cornell who is a freelance artist and a familiar art teacher for the trust. He will be working with us for the next two Mondays, creating a project for display following our Topic of South America.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Jupiter Class Update:
We have had a great four days back after the week off last week. In English, we have started reading our new fiction text ‘Gregory Cool’ and the children predicted what they thought the text might be about. As the story is about a young boy from America who visits his grandparents in Tobago, it gives the children the opportunity to explore a different culture and compare it to their own. As a class we discussed our opinions on the text so far and made links to other books we had read. Towards the end of the week, the children researched Trinidad and Tobago where Gregory visited his grandparents to find out a little bit more about the beautiful twin-island. They then used their research to write a description of the setting using facts, as well as descriptive language.
In Maths this week we have explored measurement of length and height. The children first recapped what they had learnt previously to build on their prior knowledge. Whilst Year 2 focused mainly on measuring and recording length in cm, and m, Year 3 focused on cm, m and mm. We then used our understanding of measurement to convert between the measures and compare lengths using comparative language and symbols. The children especially liked when we went outside on Thursday to measure different objects in different measures.
In Science this week we have had a lot of fun! We continued our learning of plants by finding out all about the parts of a flower and how they contribute to pollination. We started the lesson by exploring the different parts and what a better way to do this then dissecting a flower ourselves! This was a great way to learn about all the different parts and the children were extremely enthusiastic. Once we were sure we knew the parts of the flower, we had to think about their jobs in ensuring pollination happens. The children were amazed to learn that it actually happens accidentally and we carried out an experiment using cheese balls to demonstrate! The children loved acting as bees. They each ate a cheese ball and then they weren’t allowed to lick their fingers. Using the orange colouring left on their fingers, they had to fly over to an image of a lily and rub it. Once all the children had finished, it showed a bright orange stain demonstrating just how pollen is carried by insects!
In Topic this week the children have explored the climate in South American rainforest. First, they used their research skills to find information on the laptops and in books. Once they were happy with their information they found, they wrote it in their own words and into the style of a weather report. In pairs the children carefully prepared their report so that it was presented similarly to the ones on the television every day. They enjoyed finishing the week off listening to everyone’s weather reports and luckily everyone agreed that rainforests generally have a hot, humid tropical climate with rainfall expected most days!
Have a great weekend
Jupiter Class update:
A great end to a busy first half of our Summer Term in Jupiter Class. In English this week, we finished the fiction text ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. As a class we spoke about the ending and recognised what happened after the man left the rainforest could be interpreted in many ways. With this in mind, the children then worked in pairs to map out their ideas for a possible sequel. This gave them all an opportunity to carefully create a beginning, build up, climax, resolution and ending to their narratives instead of finishing them too soon. Towards the end of the week, the children used their written plans to write their sequels and I was very impressed with the realistic ideas, sentence starters and powerful adjectives.
In Maths Year 2 and Year 3 have been practising their problem solving skills involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions. They had to use the RUCSAC method to ensure they answered the questions correctly, particularly remembering to check their final answer. This was also a good chance for children to practise their written methods within word problems. Whilst Year 3 worked on their formal column methods, Year 2 used a written number line to prove their answers were correct.
In Science this week the children have continued their learning of plants. On Thursday they gathered the results from their comparative experiment to identify what plants actually need in order to grow to their full potential. The children measured the height of the cress from the 4 different locations and then they recorded their results by writing descriptive sentences and creating a bar graph. They were amazed that the cress grew despite some of them having no access to sunlight or water and this gave us the perfect opportunity to discuss the role of carbon dioxide.
In Topic this week Jupiter Class have finished their colourful and vibrate artwork in the style of the famous artist Henri Rousseau. Once they had painted their large, varied leaves using different tones of green paint, they then used pencils and pastels to add finer details and depth. At the end of the lesson everyone had created their own piece of artwork and a mixed media masterpiece!
We finished our busy week by taking our learning outside with Mrs Tickle. We thoroughly enjoyed studying the outdoor environment and investigating life outside the classroom. We even found one of the baby newts from previous months!
Have a great half-term holiday,
Jupiter class update:
Another great week in Jupiter Class this week. Despite Year 2 completing some of their KS1 assessments this week, we have made sure it hasn’t made any disruption to our foundation subjects in the afternoon and we also managed to have a few days with our normal English and Maths lessons as a full class.
In English we continued to explore ‘The great Kapok tree’. This week we have written our own arguments discussing whether the man should cut down the tree using both sides of the argument. Also, we have stepped into role as the young man in the rainforest with the tricky dilemma and wrote a letter and diary entry. The children all managed to write consistently in the past tense using first person and I certainly believed that it was the character writing, as opposed to them!
In Maths, Year 2 and Year 3 have been recapping their fractions skills this week. They have identified fractions of shapes, objects and quantities and Year 3 even managed to identify equivalent fractions. I was very impressed when both Year 2 and Year 3 found non-unit fractions such as 2/5 or 2/3 of a given quantity by using their division and multiplication skills.
In Science, Year 2 and Year 3 have continued their learning of plants. On Thursday we carried out our own comparative experiment to identify what plants actually need in order to grow to their full potential. The children planted cress seeds into 4 different locations and each pot will be given different amounts of sunlight and water to create a comparison of results. The children will use this experiment to investigate the accuracy of their own theories and predictions so by the end of the topic they fully understand what plants need to grow.
In Topic, Jupiter Class have studied the work of the artist ‘Henri Rousiusa’ this week. We spent some time exploring his colourful and vibrate artwork and looked closely at his techniques to help us. Once we felt confident with how to replicate his ideas and methods, we began sketching and painting our own rainforest filled with huge leaves. The children first created a golden sunset backwash, before painting different size leaves with a mixture of green tones to give a nice variation of colour and depth to their artwork.
Wow, what a fabulous week! Have a good weekend.
Despite losing a day to the bank holiday, Jupiter Class have been just as busy! In English, we have continued to explore the fiction text ‘The great kapok tree’ and the children have enjoyed answering questions based on what has been observed and read. They have made plausible predictions about what they think might happen and have also identified character’s thoughts and feeling through appropriate inferences. This week we have also used the book to discuss and debate about deforestation. The children identified the different prospectives first before taking on the role of one of the animals to write a persuasive letter to the man asking him to stop cutting to tree down.
In Maths, Year 2 and Year 3 started the week by using their understanding of the times tables to answer mathematical statements. Whilst Year 2 focused on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, Year 3 worked on their 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Towards the end of the week both year groups have been focusing on slightly different subject areas. Year 3 used their understanding of multiplication to complete division questions using the bus stop method. They laid the numbers out carefully to ensure each digits place value was correct and they created their ‘key facts box’. This certainly helped work out when a 3-digit number was divided by a 1-digit number. Year 2 finished the week by developing their number bonds and place value understanding. We have worked hard to improve our rapid recall as knowing the number bonds really help strengthen other mathematical concepts. It was great to see children recognising the links between number bonds and using known facts to support further learning.
In Science, Year 2 and Year 3 have continued to learn about plants and this week we have studied how seeds and bulbs mature into plants in preparation for our investigation next week. The children identified key facts about seeds and bulbs and they identified the different parts whilst also explaining their functions. Year 3 explored the concept further by identifying what germination is and how it is important when seeds and bulbs mature.
In Topic, we have managed to link our English learning by discussing in further detail what deforestation is and why it happens. As the children learnt that deforestation is permanent destruction of forests, they were extremely inquisitive as to why this happens. We discussed the reasons why it occurs and recognised many ideas for example poor farmers needing land to grow their crops. We also referred to the English text to recognise how wildlife might feel when this is happening to their home.
Have a great weekend
Jupiter Class Update
We had an extremely busy start to the week this week with our visit to the Priory Centre for our Modern Foreign Languages poetry event on Monday morning and our first swimming lesson of the term on Tuesday morning. Whilst we started the week with wonderful learning outside the classroom environment, the rest of the week has consisted of lots of brilliant classroom learning. In English we have continued to explore the fiction text ‘The great kapok tree’. The children have used their prior knowledge of the setting to ask and answer questions and make predictions based on what has been read. Towards the end of the week the children have used their knowledge of the rainforest to write their own poems. They used recurring literacy language along with their own ideas to describe exactly what they would see when exploring the beautiful Amazon rainforest. To end our literacy learning this week the children presented their poems to an audience to showcase their wonderful poems which were rich in adventurous vocabulary.
In Maths this week Year 2 and Year 3 have developed their knowledge of reading and recording time as well as comparing time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours. The children used their understanding of turns to read when the clock was showing quarter to, quarter past or half past the hour. Whilst some children developed their understanding of reading and recording the time in 15 minute increments, many managed to use their knowledge of the 5 times table to read and record the time in 5 minute increments. I was amazed to see some children even managing the extra challenge of reading and recording the time in 1 minute increments! We also discussed when we read the time as past the hour and to the next hour. It was be great if this learning could continue at home by asking the children to tell you the time at different points in the day.
In Science this week the children have learnt about the parts of flowering plants. First they recapped the different parts before they developed their understanding further by explaining the function of each part. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning how the stem carries water and nutrients to the leaves and that the leaves make food for the plant using sunlight and carbon dioxide from the air.
For our Topic lesson this week the children worked in pairs to research a South American. As the homework task for the holidays was to research our new topic, many children came into the lesson with lots of wonderful facts already! The children had to use research from the internet and in books to create a fact file about their chosen South American country. They were intrigued to learn the meaning of new vocabulary such as currency and at the end of the week the children had the opportunity to present their findings, resulting in everyone learning something new about a South American country.
Have a lovely, long weekend and I will see you all on Tuesday
Week commencing 23/04/19
Jupiter Class update:
We’ve had a wonderful first fours day back after the Easter break. We have jumped straight back into our learning and have spent time discussing changes for this new term. In English we have started to read ‘The great kapok tree’, which is a tale about the Amazon rainforest and the impact of deforestation. This links in nicely to our topic of ‘South America’ as the rainforest is located within nine of the continents countries. Before the text and setting were revealed, the children listened to audio clips of the rainforest to visualise what they could hear through drawings. Then they wrote predictions about what they thought it might be like in the rainforest, thinking carefully about its climate as it is close to the equator. To end the week the children explored adventurous vocabulary used to describe the non- fiction setting and used them to create a setting description. The children managed to include fantastic, descriptive sentences about the rainforest’s climate, canopy, waterfalls and wildlife.
In Maths both Year 2 and Year 3 started the week learning about position, direction and movement. We explored the link between turns and angles and used the correct vocabulary to navigate our partners over taped lines in the hall (Year 2) or from our own series of instructions (Year 3). Year 2 also completed work on 2D and 3D shapes this week and understanding how right angles and lines of symmetries are properties of shapes too. Year 3 continued their learning of angles and thoroughly enjoyed learning about obtuse, acute and right angles through practical investigations.
In Science this week we introduced our new focus of ‘Plants’ for both Year 2 and Year 3. As a class we shared what we know already about them and I was extremely impressed with how much the children had remembered from previous years! They then wrote down individual things that they wanted to know and learn about by the end of the summer term.
In Topic this week we have introduced our topic ‘South America’ and similar to Science, the children shared what they know already and what they would like to learn. The children knew so much about the topic and this really is because of the brilliant research homework that was completed over the holidays. I was blown away by the effort that a lot of children have put into their home learning and it certainly has had such a positive impact already! We have also managed to make a great display from the wonderful, creative ideas so a massive thank you to the children for their hard work but also a big thank you to parents/carers for facilitating their learning!
Have a lovely weekend,
Jupiter class update
The final week of the spring term has been a great one in Jupiter Class. In English we shared the fiction text ‘Dragon Stew’. The children worked hard to use adventurous vocabulary to describe the dragon’s physical appearance, along with his interesting personality. We focused a great deal on powerful adjectives and remembered to use commas to separate our adjectives within our phrases and sentences. Once we created a bank of rich and appropriate vocabulary to describe the dragon, the children used their ideas to form sentences and an overall character description. I was extremely impressed with the range of sentence starters and conjunctions used which made the children’s writing even more descriptive!
In Maths this week we have been learning about measurement with a particular focus on measuring mass and capacity. We explored how mass measures the weight of solid objects, whilst capacity focuses on the measurement of liquid. To push the children into using higher order thinking skills, we also explored the definitions of capacity, volume and kilo to help them when answering further questions. During our activities the children learnt how to convert between millilitres and litres and grams and kilograms correctly. They also used their understanding of these measurements to estimate what everyday objects would be measured in (kilograms or grams and millilitres and litres). Another key learning point this week was learning how to read scales where some of the increments are missing. We then put this to practise with our baking of oat cakes for our Topic lesson on Thursday!
In Science this week the children have identified how fossils are formed from sedimentary rocks. The children identified the five stages of fossil formation and learnt how the cycle takes thousands of years for the sea to recede and the fossils to be revealed. We learnt about the different types of fossils, focusing mainly on trace and chemical. This week the children also completed their KWL grids for everyday materials (Year 2) and Rocks and Soil (Year 3). It was a great opportunity to see everything that they had learnt, demonstrating how their questions from the start of term had been answered.
In our Topic session this week the children baked Viking and Anglo-Saxon oat cakes. As previously mentioned, they used their skills learnt in maths to measure the ingredients and read the scales correctly. This practical activity brought our topic to a nice end and I know the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Vikings and Anglo –Saxons this term!
This week was brought to a lovely end with our Easter service on Thursday afternoon. The children all did a wonderful job and I was very proud of their poem and prayer performances. Today, we’ve had a well-deserved reward day in celebration of our hard work this term.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter break!
Jupiter Class update
Phew! What another busy and super week in Jupiter Class. In English this week the children have moved onto non-fiction texts and identified the features of non-chronological reports. They started the week by planning their initial ideas for their reports before creating a finished piece of writing. The children used their reports as an opportunity to demonstrate how much they have learnt during our Topic of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings this term and I was super impressed with the factual and informative sentences they wrote. They even managed to include stylist devices such as paragraphs and subheadings to enhance their writing.
In Maths we have revisited some of our prior learning of place value, addition and subtraction. The children have used their understanding of place value to round 2- digit and 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10 and/or 100 and they all remembered when we round up or down. We have also practised our methods for addition and subtraction this week. Some children focused on written columnar methods, using the expanded or compact method and others chose to use a number line to show their working out. I was very impressed when some of the children managed to exchange tens into ones and hundreds into tens in order to complete the subtraction given.
In Science, Year 3 studied the properties of rocks using careful and systematic observations. The children studied each rock and used its properties to describe and classify them appropriately. Before we started our investigations, the class discussed what each word meant and the children used their observations to compare the rocks using water and their physical senses. By the end of the lesson, they had learnt the different vocabulary used, compared different rocks and identified whether they were permeable, durable, dense, hard or soft.Year 2 have also been super busy in Science. They discovered how new materials are invented using regular everyday, natural materials. They studied the work of inventor John McAdam and identified the name of the new process he invented. The children investigated how his work has impacted on life today and in pairs they collaboratively created a fact file about John McAdams’ life using interesting facts about him. In pairs, Year 2 then presented their fact files to the rest of the class, highlighting what they had learnt and found most interesting.
The children have also been completing some music lessons with Mrs Passan on a Wednesday afternoon. They have been following rhythms appropriately and used their voices carefully to create the correct tone and pitch. I was very impressed when I popped in to hear the children attempting to sing using a cannon in their song. They have also been practising a French poem over the last few weeks which we will perform after Easter. The children have worked really hard on their pronunciation of the French vocabulary and next week we are going to add in some actions too!
Have a lovely weekend,
Jupiter Class Update
In English this week we started the week by writing a book review about Arthur and the Golden rope. The children used their opinions to state what they liked and disliked about the text and created reasons as to why/why not they would recommend the book. I wasn’t surprised when everyone said how much they loved the fiction text; they really have been so engaged with it this term and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! Following on from this the children created their own poems using repetitive language which they then had the opportunity to perform in front of the class. Whilst both classes used expanded noun phrases to describe exactly what they would use their golden rope for, some children went even further and used similes, metaphors and personification!
In Maths this week we have continued to explore money. The children have practised adding different amounts to find totals in a range of practical activities, compared different totals and subtracted different amounts in pence and pounds to identify the correct change. The children have been using their understanding that one hundred pennies go into a pound to convert between the two and this has made finding the total amount of change a lot easier. Once the children mastered theses skills they then moved onto solving problems in order to apply their skills learnt.
In Science this week, Year 3 have continued to learn about rocks and fossils. On Monday we were lucky enough to have Mrs Hampson watch our lesson and she was so pleased with how much the children had learnt about the different types of rock. The children used their understanding of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock to explain the cycle in detail and they created their own cycles to demonstrate just how much they had learnt and understood. Year 2 have continued to learn about everyday materials and this week they identified materials which are recyclable and non-recyclable. They had to sort the items that they believed could be recycled and then using their knowledge learnt they recreated the cycle that materials go through in order to be recycled properly to help protect our environment. This followed on perfectly to our recyclable monsters that some children created for Red Nose Day last week!
In Topic this week the children have learnt about religion during the Anglo-Saxon and Viking times. They learnt how often Anglo-Saxon and Viking people were pagans which meant that they believed in many gods, as opposed to Christianity where there is only one god. Luckily, our text this term has helped us understand the Viking gods in greater depth so the children came into the lesson with lots of prior knowledge. Some children then managed to compare it to their own beliefs!
Hope you have a lovely weekend
Jupiter Class update
We have had yet another great week in Jupiter class and have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating British Science week at every opportunity! In English, the children have retold the mythical story from Arthur’s point of view. They started by creating a written plan to support their initial ideas and then wrote descriptive sentences using wonderful vocabulary. It was great to hear and see the children using language from the text which really demonstrated that they had read and understood it. Following our theme of ‘Journeys’ for British Science Week, in exciting writing this week the children had to write a narrative about Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The children used their experiences of the wonderdome last week to support their ideas and combine fiction with non-fiction.
In Maths this week the children have developed their expertise with handling and understanding money. We have studied pence and pounds and converted between the two. The children kept reminding themselves that one hundred pennies are in one pound and this made the conversion simpler. Once we were confident identifying pounds and pence the children had an opportunity to find the totals and we even looked at giving the correct change. We also identified how there can be many ways of making up a given value and Year 2 especially worked on this. We will continue this area of measurement next week as well.
If you hadn’t guessed it already, this week is British Science week and to celebrate Jupiter class have completed a variety of activities. One of the experiments we completed was making oobleck. This is essentially slime and the children loved getting super messy. However, I wanted the children to really understand the science behind the oobleck and the reasons why it is so fascinating. We learnt how it is a non-Newtonian fluid because its viscosity (thickness) can be changed when a force is applied to it. The children were amazed to see how a fluid could change between being a liquid and a solid so quickly. It was also super easy for the children to make because all we needed was corn flour and water! We also carried out an experiment which tested the flight time of paper aeroplanes. Similar to the oobleck activity, this experiment was suitable because it linked in well to Year 3’s previous Science topic of forces but also the week’s theme of ‘Journeys’. The children created their own planes and using a stopwatch they measured the time it took their plane to drop in comparison to the scrunched up paper. The children learnt that this is a result of the forces generated by air pressing on and moving over the surface of the paper.
In Topic this week the children have been identifying how modern day children share similarities and differences with Anglo Saxon/Viking children. Using themselves as a model, they identified key facts about their lives. For example where they go to school, their living arrangements and what they eat. Using research from books and the internet, they then identified these key facts about Anglo Saxon/Viking children and used the information collected to create a comparison.
Have a restful weekend
Jupiter Class update
Another super busy week in Jupiter Class this week! In English the children have continued to explore the fiction text ‘Arthur and the golden rope’ and we are still thoroughly enjoying it! This week, the children have stepped into role as Arthur and wrote a diary entry about the series of events that have taken place so far. They used fantastic adverbs and adjectives for extra description and a range of sentence starters to entice the reader in. The children have also developed their understanding of the different word class by identifying nouns, verbs, adverbs and prepositions within a sentence. They then used this understanding to create a description of a setting and we even managed to include similes for extra description!
In Maths the children have been learning about statistics this week. They have been interpreting information from tables and constructing simple tally charts/frequency tables. They have explored a range of tables including pictograms, block charts and tally charts. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed asking Reception children questions to construct their own tally chart at the beginning of the week. Towards the end of the week, the children used their understanding to solve problems involving the range of tables and charts explored in previous lessons.
In Science this week, Year 2 have used their understanding of bar charts to make their very own! They used the statistics created from their experiments last week and created a bar graph to show their results. The children enjoyed linking both their Maths and Science learning together and it was certainly clear that they had learnt a lot! Year 3 continued to learn about rocks and soils, specifically focussing on the 3 different types of natural rock this week. We identified how rocks can be classified as man-made or natural but how they can also be grouped further into igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The children learnt about the similarities and differences between them and they were amazed to learn how rock is formed both inside and outside the Earth’s surface.
In Topic this week the children have continued to learn about Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. They shared their understandings of settlements as previously explored with Mrs Passan and then the class learnt about Viking place names. We discussed how evidence of the Vikings can be found all around us, from ruins to precious objects, but perhaps most surprisingly in the names of the places we live. In small groups, the children used an atlas to try and locate places which have Viking words in them. They were shocked to learn that there were so many!
Thursday and Friday this week have been super exciting in Jupiter Class. On Thursday 7th, Jupiter Class (along with the entire school) dressed up for world book. I was so impressed with the outfits and the children loved parading around the hall and sharing their books with each other. On Friday 8th, we were lucky enough to experience a ‘Wonderdome’. It was amazing and told us so many wonderful facts about Space. Once inside the dome, we learnt all about space travel, the planets and the famous astronauts who have landed on the moon or visited the space station in the past. We left feeling extremely lucky to have seen something so informative and realistic.
Have a lovely weekend,
Jupiter Class update
The first week back after half term has been a busy one! In Maths the children have practised multiplying and dividing numbers, using known facts from their times tables to help them. Whilst some children focused on multiplying 1-digit numbers together and finding related division facts, some children have explored multiplying and dividing two –digit numbers by one digit numbers. The children have used mental and written strategies for these types of questions and all the different approaches have been shared as a whole class.
In English this week the children have continued to read and explore ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. On Monday the children learnt how Arthur chose to go on his quest to find Thor and they had to discuss and write their opinions about what he should take with him. As we read more of the fiction text, we thought it would be a good idea to predict what we thought might happen next. All the children had wonderful ideas about what they thought Arthur would get up to and they managed to use fantastic adjectives, sentence starters and adverbs!
This week the children have also completed some assessments in English and Maths to identify which areas we know really well and the ones we need to learn and practise more.
On Tuesday this week, we started our PE sessions with Mrs Wisbey. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting outside in the sunshine and more importantly, practising their racket skills. They developed their ability to throw and catch, before progressing onto using the tennis rackets with control and care in team games scenarios. These sessions will take place every Tuesday afternoon until the Easter break (end of term).
In Science this week, Year 2 have continued to explore ‘everyday materials’ by investigating what objects change shape and why. They had to use their understanding of materials to create reasons why a particular object could/couldn’t change shape. Next week to link in with our mathematical topic of statistics, the children will convert their findings onto a bar chart to present their results. This week Year 3 have finalised their learning of forces and magnets and begun investigating their new topic of ‘rocks and soils’. The children discussed what they know already and what they want to know by the end of term to be as successful as possible.
Have a lovely weekend,
Jupiter Class Update
This week has gone by in a flash and we have been as busy as ever with the run up to half term. In English we discussed the importance of having our own opinion in relation to a text, whilst also valuing other people’s opinions. As we had learnt previously how Arthur’s Icelandic town had been destroyed by a monstrous wolf, it was up to Jupiter class to discuss reasons for or against Arthur going on a quest to find Thor (the god of the skies). Using evidence from the text, the children came up with brilliant reasons supporting or disagreeing with Arthur’s plan to find Thor and save his Icelandic town. These ideas were then transferred into a formal letter to the Town Mayor to encourage him to listen to their views. Despite some of the children’s best efforts, Arthur did decide to go on his quest and Jupiter Class are all very excited to find out what happens next after half term!
In Maths the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We started the week by really unpicking the vocabulary used to address any misconceptions and to ensure the children fully understand what words mean and how these help us name shapes correctly. The children identified the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes and then used their understanding to reason and problem solve. We discussed the number of faces, edges, vertices and lines of symmetry each shape had and compared their similarities between the two. The children quickly noticed that their understanding of 2D shapes helped them when studying 3D shapes as each individual face is a two dimensional shape.
In Science this week we took our learning outside and combined it with Mrs Tickle’s outdoor learning. Year 2 identified how some everyday materials can be manipulated in different ways for particular purposes and this was interesting when watching how fire is created and Year 3 used the different forces of pushing, pulling and twisting to build their own obstacle course. This afternoon, Year 2 built their own boats following their plans. They were so excited to see whether their predictions were accurate and whether their boat did indeed float or sink.
In Topic this week Jupiter Class followed their designs carefully to create their own illuminated letters. The children chose whether to use pencils, pens or pastels and all used sketches beforehand to create their final piece.
I hope you have a great half term holiday!
Jupiter Class Update
We’ve had another busy week in Jupiter Class this week. Year 2 started the week by completing some English and Maths assessments to help practise the skills learnt in class. They all did a wonderful job and I was very impressed with how hard they all tried!
In English, Year 3 started the week by creating a story map for one of the other adventures that Professor Brownstone talks about in Arthur and the Golden Rope. The children had to choose whether to create a storyboard and write a narrative on Eleanor Brownstone’s great discovery of the crystal kingdom or Eric Brownstone’s epic battle with the hundred-headed snake king. Year 3 came up with some fantastic ideas and they were extremely imaginative and descriptive. Both Year 2 and Year 3 recognised adverbs within their writing this week and they practised writing them in context to describe Arthur and the monstrous wolves actions. In exciting writing, the children became journalists, writing an article for the local Icelandic newspaper. They wrote factual sentences and gripped the reader by using adventurous vocabulary!
In Maths, Year3 have continued to work with fractions. They started the week by adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, before moving onto practising their expanded methods for both addition and subtraction. Year 2 have also been focusing on their addition and subtraction skills but through real life problems. We finished our Maths session today with our weekly times table challenge and it was wonderful to see such improvements in so many children.
In Science this week Year 3 investigated the force of different magnets (ring, horseshoe and bar). Following on from our research session last week, the children had the opportunity to be ‘hands on’ with the magnets, sorting materials into magnetic and non-magnetic piles. Once they had a deeper understanding of the magnetic force and the different strengths each magnet had, they then predicted and carried out their own investigation. They had to see how many paperclips each magnet would hold, therefore demonstrating which magnet had the greatest force! Year 2 continued their work of Everyday Materials by proving why their planned boat was most suited for travelling across water. They all used the materials properties to convince Year 3 why theirs would be the best and I now have a shopping list full of materials that we need to collect in order to make these boats and carry out our investigation!
This week, we have also recognised and celebrated two annual events, Safer Internet Day and Chinese New Year. The children created their own news round style videos to promote internet safety and showcase what they had learnt. We even learnt a chant which you may have heard at home already! ‘Before you tap and click, you need to stop and think and tell someone’.
Today, we were lucky to take part in a whole school assembly about Chinese New Year lead by a member of the school community who has Chinese heritage. The children learnt about Chinese culture, the ways they celebrate New Year and the Chinese Zodiac calendar containing the 12-year cycle of animals. All of the class were interested to learn which animal signified the year of their birth. We had rabbits, dragons and tigers in Jupiter Class!
Have a wonderful weekend,
In English this week Jupiter Class have continued to explore the fiction text ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. As one of the characters in the text (Atrix) is a storyteller, the children started the week identifying the difference between storytelling and reading. As a class they listened to Miss Connor retell the story the Norse myth ‘Sif and her golden hair’ using a story map. The children loved the illustrations and actions and were extremely enthusiastic about creating their own. Once they had finished their story maps, each pair performed their story to another using their drawings and key phrases to guide them. I was very impressed with the descriptive language that the children used and it was brilliant to see the impact on the quality of writing later on in the week.
In Maths this week the children have continued to develop their understanding of fractions. They have been involved in practical activities finding fractions of quantities, compared and ordered fractions and found equivalent fractions. The children were impressed when they could find so many fractions that were the same as a half!
In Science, Year 2 have used what they know about everyday materials and suitability to design their own boat that can carry a lego figure across water. They had to explain why their design was suitable using scientific vocabulary and many came to the conclusion that plastic would be the most appropriate because it is light, firm and waterproof. Year 3 had a scientific enquiry to investigate this week. Following on from our learning of forces, the children identified how magnets create force. They had to research what magnets are and how they create a force. The children had the option to present their findings how they wished and everyone chose to create a poster. As you can tell from the photographs, they are extremely informative and the children loved teaching the Year 2 children everything they had found out!
In our Topic lessons, the children have investigated how archaeology has impacted on what we know about history. We researched Sutton Hoo and the children were fascinated to learn that it is an Anglo-Saxon ship burial from 620AD. They couldn’t believe that the site was excavated in 1939 and that it revealed some incredibly important artefacts which has helped us to understand Anglo-Saxons even better. They were extremely impressed to learn that buried with the ship were weapons, clothing, coins and valuable gold and silver. I think this information certainly made the history more real for the class as going back thousands of years is a tricky concept to grasp! If you want to find out more or the children wish to access more at home, the Espresso website is a fantastic resource for the children! The children have all been sent a letter home about accessing this.
Have a great weekend,
In Jupiter class this week we’ve had some great learning taking place! In English we have continued to explore Arthur and the golden rope. To start the week, the children identified how Professor Brownstone’s most cherished possession was a set of books. To highlight the value of books and reading in general, the children created their own poems using a repeated pattern to support their ideas. As we discovered that the main character Arthur was born in Iceland, the children used their research from their homework to write powerful, persuasive scripts which had to encourage tourists to visit Iceland - they were wonderful!
In Maths, the children have started to explore fractions. We have created our own fraction museums, demonstrating what halves, quarters and various other fractions look like to us before moving onto fractions of given amounts and quantities. We have specifically focused on what fractions actually mean, understanding that it is equal parts of a whole and discussed the numerator and the denominator. Towards the end of the week, the children have become more confident in identifying the relationship of division and fractions and some children even managed to quantities of non-unit fractions such as 3/5 and 2/3.
In Science this week, Year 2 have applied their knowledge of everyday materials to identify the suitability of materials for different objects. They used their knowledge of properties such as transparent, firm and waterproof to prove why certain materials are used and why. Year 3 have investigated fiction this week! They loved exploring the pushing force applied to objects and experimented how the amount of friction is dependent on different surfaces. In pairs the children completed their experiment using toy cars over different surfaces and measuring the average distance they traveled when a pushing force was applied.
In Topic this week, the children have learnt about Anglo Saxon and Viking settlements. They explored what attracted the families to settle in certain locations and discussed the positive and negatives of each location/settlement. We have combined our Topic, English and Art lessons this week as we created our own version of the Northern Lights on Friday afternoon. The children were so impressed with how simple the technique was in relation to how effective it looked!
Finally, on Wednesday, Jupiter class were also lucky enough to take part in a music workshop. Jupiter class learnt about rhythm and timing and had lots of fun learning to play syncopating samba style rhythms with a variety of instruments.
Have a great weekend
Jupiter class update:
We have had a busy first full week back in Jupiter class after the Christmas holidays. In English, the children have continued to explore the fiction text ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We haven’t read too much of the story yet but what we do know is that Professor Brownstone has a secret family vault which is filled with wonderful artifacts and precious treasures. The children received an advertisement from the professor stating that he was going to select some individuals to enter his vault. It was therefore their job to plan and write a formal letter to Mr Brownstone, persuading him that they were the ideal person to visit! They used fabulous adjectives to describe themselves and backed this up with clear evidence. To quote “I am the right person because I am so clever, astonishingly, I even correct Miss Connor sometimes!” 😃
In Maths, the children have continued to learn about measurement, particularly focussing on length and height. They have converted between the different units of measure through fluency and problem solving style questions and have thoroughly enjoyed the practical lessons. This involved measuring the length of sides in a range of 2D shapes, which linked nicely onto investigating the perimeter. While this was actually a Year 3 objective, the Year 2 children loved the challenge!
In Science, Year 2 have continued to explore everyday materials. This week the children went outside to find objects made from the materials discussed and they had to prove they were correct using the properties of each material. They also recognised that a material can be used to make a number of objects and one object (like a car) can be made by numerous materials. This week Year 3 have explored what a force is in more detail. They have identified forces that need physical contact such as pushing, pulling and twisting and those which require no physical contact. Next week they will be exploring friction and how this can change due to different surfaces.
In Topic, the children have enjoyed learning about the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. Once they had identified what they wanted to find out during the next term, the children explored the timeline of events from over 2000 years ago. The children were interested to know that the Anglo- Saxons invaded before the Vikings and whilst both invaded Britain because they wanted land, their beliefs were very different.
This afternoon, we finished the week off nicely with a PE session which focussed on improving our throwing and catching skills but also our ability to work well in a team. Some children forgot their PE today so please can these be in school on a Monday ready for the week.
Thank you and have a great weekend
Jupiter Class Update
Jupiter Class have had a busy first week back after the Christmas holidays! After returning to school on Wednesday from their Grafham Water trip, the children have jumped straight back into their learning! In Maths we have explored measurement, with a particularly focus on measuring lengths and height. The children have learnt about the different units of measure and have worked hard, using their skills to convert between them. In English, we have started to explore the mythical text ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. The children have predicted what they think the story will be about and they have written expanded noun phrases to describe the objects inside Mr Brownstone’s secret family vault! I was very impressed with how some children managed to include fronted adverbials and similes in their writing! In Topic this week we introduced the Vikings and Anglo Saxons. The children were very excited to learn about the past and they all came up with some fantastic questions. Hopefully, we will answer all these as we learn more about the Vikings and Anglo Saxons! In Science, whilst Year 2 have started to explore everyday materials, Year 3 identified what they knew and wanted to know about forces and magnets. The children already know lots about their scientific areas, which gives us a great foundation to build on.
Have a great weekend.