This Week's Learning

Nursery: In literacy this week, we have been reading the story ‘Treats for a T-Rex” and discussing the different survival tools we could take with us on a dinosaur adventure! We then designed our own invitations inviting the dinosaurs to come and visit us so that we can teach them some new tricks. In maths, we have been sorting the different sized dinosaur footprints from smallest to largest before measuring them using Unifix cubes.
Reception: In Literacy this week we have been reading the book ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and discussing what their favourite part was and why. In Maths the children have been learning about weight. We have been using scales to identify which item is heavier than another.
Year 1: In English this week, we have been focusing on our diary entries and each day we have been using our plans to write another section. We have been trying to include the conjunctions and, because and so in our writing. We have been busy problem solving this week in Maths. We have been listening to word problems, thinking about the language and deciding if we need to add or subtract the numbers. We have been recording the number sentences in our books. A few of us were lucky enough to go and plant an apple tree in the school’s new orchard.
Year 2:In English, we have been writing a news report about the big event that happen in The Polar Express – the first gift of Christmas! We have been using all of the grammar skills and writing techniques that we have learnt about in the previous weeks to make our writing the best yet. Our Maths learning this week has been focused on finding symmetry in 2D shapes. We know all about vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry and have found out that some regular shapes have lots of lines of symmetry!
Year 3: In English, we’ve been working really hard on our editing and publishing skills for our persuasive reports about the ocean threats. We have really started to notice our awesome accidents and moments where we can really up-level our sentences before publishing. We’ve worked so hard on these and cannot wait to send them off! In Maths, we have been consolidating and applying our multiplication and division facts knowledge to various reasoning and problem solving activities. In particular, we’ve been investigating the vocabulary of ‘sharing’ and ‘grouping’ and how these differ.
Year 4 : In English, the children started to write their persuasive letters to Tesco. We have been researching the rainforest and how Palm Oil is used. We are using our persuasive techniques to get them to follow Iceland’s lead and be palm oil free! In Maths, we are finding the perimeter of regular and irregular 2D shapes. We consolidated the children’s knowledge of shape and discussed their properties and how we can broaden their understanding through problem solving .
Year 5: In Maths, our focus has turned to using different strategies for multiplication and division. We have used our knowledge of place value to double and halve any given number as well as multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, including numbers with up to two decimal points. In English, we have been planning and writing reports about the social classes in Victorian England.
Year 6: This week, Year 6 have been consolidating their understanding of calculation with fractions and have thought carefully about the processes and strategies they need. We have also begun to write our one-sided sensationalist newspaper around the events of Kristallnacht.
Sycamore Class: In Literacy we have continued our learning about the ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. This week we are decorating real shoes and using language, symbols and writing skills to describe them in a letter to the elves. In Maths we have been learning about subtraction through interactive and sensory activities. Additionally, we have been practicing independent learning on the Ipads by playing subtraction games. In Science we enjoyed exploring the hot and cold sensations by melting coloured ice blocks with warm water.
Millennium Class: In English, we have been looking at making predictions on what may happen next in our story. We have been using our imagination to create some lovely ideas, and have been able to use this in our writing frames. In Maths, we are exploring Symmetry in a very practical way. We are focusing on lines of symmetry, and are sorting shapes according to the amount of Symmetry lines. We will be investigating if there are objects around our classroom that have lines of Symmetry.