Miro Class

Week commencing 11.02.19

Monday, 11th February, 4:28 PM

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English

Writing

This week, we will be writing with a focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling. We will specifically be focusing on using apostrophes for possession, speech punctuation, proof reading for a purpose and editing and improving a piece of work.

Reading

This week in reading we will be focusing on the reading strategy of evaluating a text by looking at four different short stories. These are called:

  • ·         The Boy and the Tiger
  • ·         Pumpkin
  • ·         Regrets
  • ·         Impossible Escape

Maths

In Maths, we will be learning about fractions. This week we will cover these objectives:

  • ·         To identify equivalent fractions with and without diagrams.
  • ·         To recognise fractions greater than 1.
  • ·         To be able to sequence fractions on a number line.

Science

This week in Science, we will be following on from our work last week where we were discussing the difference between an invertebrate and a vertebrate and also, our work on classification keys. We will be learning how to specifically identify and classify different types of invertebrates by some of their key features. We will also be going on an invertebrate hunt outside in the school grounds to see if we can find any invertebrates. We will be labelling different invertebrate specimens in our books with some of their key features.

Topic

We will be using our notes from last week to make a tourist information leaflet, persuading people to come and visit India. We will be able to use our learning about persuasive language from Writing lessons to help with this too!


Home learning opportunities


Week commencing 4.02.19

Monday, 4th February, 3:48 PM

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Just a note to say that we had a great trip to Tilgate Nature Reserve last week, despite the cold weather! The children were well behaved and learnt lots of interesting facts about Tilgate’s animals during their Science workshop.

English

Writing

This week, we will be writing guidebook entries for one of Astroland’s attractions. We will use mainly facts (but some opinions) and lots of persuasive language to persuade families to visit the intergalactic resort.

Reading

We will be finishing our class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. Our focus strategy for the week is ‘Summarising’ and we will particularly focus on ensuring our summaries are clear and concise, containing only the most important bits of information.

Maths

In Maths, we will be learning about fractions. This week we will cover these objectives:

  • ·         To recognise fractions from diagrams.
  • ·         To identify equivalent fractions using diagrams.

Science

This week in Science, we will be discussing what we learnt in our Tilgate workshop and will be remembering what the difference is between an invertebrate and a vertebrate. We will learn the key features of the different vertebrate groups (mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, reptile) and we will learn how to use classification keys to sort these.

Topic

We will be using our notes from last week to make a tourist information leaflet, persuading people to come and visit India. We will be able to use our learning about persuasive language from Writing lessons to help with this too!

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Write a review of our class text, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it? What were your favourite/least favourite parts? Who were your favourite/least favourite characters? Why? How many stars would you give it out of 5?
  • Create a poster about fractions. What are they? What are equivalent fractions?

Week commencing 28.01.19

Thursday, 31st January, 11:44 AM

w.b. 28.1.19 - apologies for the late blog this week!

Just a reminder that our swimming lessons this week are on Thursday and Friday (Miro class on Thursday and Monet class on Friday). The children should bring their swimwear, googles and towel in a separate bag (e.g. a drawstring bag) and must make sure they have their coat with them to wear for the walk to K2.

Please ensure PE kits are in all week, as PE days are subject to change.

Please be aware that the children are not able to use the hairdryers at K2 so it is recommended that any children with long hair wear a swimming hat to keep their hair dry (especially with the cold weather).

Reminder we are going to Tilgate Park on Wednesday afternoon, please ensure your child has a coat incase the weather is cold.

English

Writing

In Big Write, we will be continuing to write our own space adventure story. We will be focusing on writing about a problem they will encounter as they enter Astroland and how it will be solved.   In addition, we will be looking at guidebooks for tourism for around the UK to inspire us to write one for Astroland.

Reading

We will be continuing to read our new class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. Our focus strategy for the week is ‘Questioning’ and we will be focussing particularly on creating questions which give us more insight into the characters and the story.  

Maths

We will be completing our unit of Multiplication and Division. The objectives that we will cover this week are:

  • ·         Solving correspondence problems

  • We will also be finding area in rectangles and rectilinear shapes.

Science

This week in Science, we will be visiting the Tilgate Nature Centre to take part in an animal classification workshop.

Topic

We will be exploring our new topic further by learning about some popular tourist attractions in India e.g. The Taj Mahal and The Himalayan Mountains. This will start our research ready to create a tourism leaflet encouraging people to visit India.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Can you find out what herbivore, carnivore and omnivore mean? Can you find some examples of each? Try and look for some more unusual animals – are there any that surprised you?
  • Could you find the area of your bedroom? How could you do this? What equipment might you need? Could you estimate the area first? Would you measure this in mm, cm or m?

Week commencing 21.1.19

Monday, 21st January, 4:57 PM

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Just a reminder that our swimming lessons this week are on Thursday and Friday (Miro class on Thursday and Monet class on Friday). The children should bring their swimwear, googles and towel in a separate bag (e.g. a drawstring bag) and must make sure they have their coat with them to wear for the walk to K2.

Please ensure PE kits are in all week, as PE days are subject to change.

English

Writing

In Big Write, we will be writing our own space adventure story. We will be focusing on writing about a setting and creating our own character using descriptive language.   In addition, we will be looking at guidebooks for tourism for around the UK to inspire us to write one for Astroland.

Reading

We will be continuing to read our new class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. Our focus strategy for the week is ‘Inferring’ and we will be particularly focusing on inferring characters thoughts and feelings, thinking from the viewpoint of the author.

Maths

We will be continuing our unit of Multiplication and Division. The objectives that we will cover this week are:

  • Dividing two digit numbers by one digit numbers (practically)
  • Dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers (including remainders).
  • Dividing 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers.

Science

This week in Science, we will be using Venn and Carroll diagrams to sort living things and we will be finding out what defines something as a living thing (MRS GREN- movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutrition).

Topic

We will be exploring our new topic further by comparing urban and rural India and deciding on the benefits for living in each part of India.

 

Home learning opportunities


Week commencing 14/1/19

Saturday, 12th January, 5:27 PM

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Our first swimming lessons were a success. The children have been put into their swimming groups and are looking forward to their first proper lesson with their swimming teacher this week.

Please be aware that the children are not able to use the hairdryers at K2 so it is recommended that any children with long hair wear a swimming hat to keep their hair dry (especially with the cold weather).

English

Writing

This week, we will continue our writing mission called ‘Space Tourism’. We will be preparing and writing a positive review for an intergalactic holiday resort called Astroland. We will use facts and opinions to persuade travel agents that Astroland is a place that children would love to visit!

Reading

We will be continuing to read our new class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. Our focus strategy for the week is ‘Clarifying’ and we will focus on clarifying key ideas and whole sentences rather than just individual words so that we are ensuring that we understand the whole text.

Maths

Our Maths this week will focus on using formal written methods for multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. We will use the grid method and the expanded form of short multiplication.

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Science

This week in Science, we will be looking at the results of our evaporation experiment. We will use a table and then bar graph to present these results and then analyse them to decide which conditions are best for speeding up the rate of evaporation.

Topic

Last week, we discovered that our new topic is about India!

This week, we will begin to learn about Indian music and dance and we will also be learning about the geography of India – using atlases to identify its main physical features.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Read your reading book and note down any words that you do not understand. Use an adult, older sibling, a dictionary or https://www.dictionary.com/ to find the meanings of these words and write them down to help you remember. Can you make up your own sentences containing these words?
  • Tell your family all about Astroland – what can you do there? Why would you want to visit?
  • Set up your own evaporation experiment at home – how could you record your results?
  • Research our new topic, India. Can you use the internet to find out more about the geography of India? Draw your own map and label the key features.

Week commencing 7.1.19

Saturday, 5th January, 3:47 PM


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Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break.

Just a reminder that our swimming lessons begin this week (Miro class on Thursday and Monet class on Friday). The children should bring their swimwear, googles and towel in a separate bag (e.g. a drawstring bag) and must make sure they have their coat with them to wear for the walk to K2.

English

Writing

Last week we began our new writing mission called ‘Space tourism’. We have started to look at review writing and how we can link facts with opinions to justify our views. This week, we will be writing a letter to review a place we have visited or an experience (such as a theatre show). We will be choosing who the recipient of our letter will be and focussing on how we can ensure our letter is appropriate for our audience.

Reading

We will be continuing to read our new class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. Our focus strategy for the week is ‘Making Connections’ and we will particularly focus on making connections with other texts.

Maths

To begin this term, we will be continuing our unit of Multiplication and Division. The objectives that we will cover this week are:

  • Multiplying together 3 numbers (e.g. 3 x 7 x 4)
  • Finding factor pairs
  • Using partitioning to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers.

Science

This week in Science, we will be planning and setting up an experiment to find out how different conditions affect the rate of evaporation of water. We will have to identify the independent and dependent variables for this experiment and consider what we will need to keep the same in order to make it a fair test.

Topic

We will be introducing our new topic this week with help from a special visitor! We will discuss what we already know about our topic and what we would like to find out.

Home learning opportunities




Week commencing 10.12.18

Monday, 10th December, 4:59 PM

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We will be doing lots of practise for our Christmas sing-along over the next week. Please make sure that you are practising your words at home too!

In Year 4, we have started sending home spellings each week. We will send them out on Wednesdays to be learnt before our tests on Mondays.

On Friday this week, we will be having a Christmas bazaar in the hall. All children will participate by working in groups to design a game or activity to run as a stall at the event- please remember to bring in anything you need for your stall.

 

English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. We will be learning about how to write a persuasive advertisement to sell our board game Chalice Chase. We will be looking at the features of an advert and apply these to our own adverts for our board game - Chalice Chase. 

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on clarifying. We will be clarifying words and phrases that we are unsure about using the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be revising fractions focusing on:

  • Counting up and down in tenths and hundredths
  • Showing fractions of shapes
  • Exploring equivalent fractions
  • Finding fractions of amounts.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button or https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check to help you practise.
  • With the sing-along-a- Christmas coming up this week, please ensure you are practising your song lyrics and words (if you have a speaking part).

Week commencing 3.12.18

Monday, 3rd December, 4:15 PM

3.12.18

We will be doing lots of practise for our Christmas sing-along over the next 2 weeks. Please make sure that you are practising your words at home too!

 

In Year 4, we have started sending home spellings each week. We will send them out on Wednesdays to be learnt before our tests on Mondays.


English


Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. We will be learning about how to write a persuasive advertisement to sell our board game Chalice Chase. Also, using our knowledge of the text ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, we will be writing diary entries in role of Charlie Bucket in our Big Write this week.

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on questioning. We will be asking questions about the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Our focus will be on asking open-ended questions that will require us to think more deeply about the text.


Maths

In Maths this week, we will be working revising the following objectives:

  • Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Using rounding to estimate (and then check) our answers to calculations.
  • Using the inverse operation to check our answers. E.g. checking a subtraction calculation using column addition or vice versa.

 

Science

We will be looking at the results of our freezing experiment to see which of our six liquids have frozen and which have not. We will be evaluating if our predictions were correct or not and why.

 

Topic

We have been researching the Mayans to help the Natural History Museum with their Mayans exhibition. Now that we have finished this research, we will be sharing our findings with the rest of the class and then creating non-chronological reports to present our new knowledge in a clear and interesting way.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button or https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check to help you practise.
  • Choose your favourite toy or game. Create a persuasive advertisement to persuade other children to buy the toy/game. Can you use rhetorical questions and exaggerated language? Think carefully about how you could present your advertisement.
  • Imagine that you could interview one of the characters from your reading book. What questions would you ask them? Could you pretend to be that character and answer the questions in role?