Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hazel Maths Class

In Miss Corrales' Maths class, students have been learning about "Shapes, Lines of Symmetry and Coordinates".  We have learned to describe a variety of shapes by explaining their properties; identifying and classifying a variety of quadrilaterals; distinguishing between regular polygons and irregular polygons and constructing and classifying triangles. In addition, we have investigated which shapes have lines of symmetry by using mirrors and by folding shapes! This week, we are learning about coordinates. Did you know that coordinate grids are helpful with mapping skills?

Below are quotations from students that demonstrate their understanding of our unit thus far. 

"We have learned all about polygons. Polygons are any 2-D shape with straight sides. However, polygons can be classified into 2 sections: regular and irregular. A regular polygon is a shape that has all straight sides and where all sides are the same length. For example, a regular octagon (like a stop sign). An irregular polygon is a shape with uneven or different length sides."
- Teni

"Shapes can also be classified into quadrilaterals. Quadrilaterals have 4 corners or points. Some quadrilaterals include parallelograms, squares, rhombus', kites and trapeziums.  One of my favourite shapes is the trapezium (it sounds the coolest). Trapezium properties include: 4 corners, it has 2 obtuse and 2 acute angles, one line of symmetry and 2 pairs of parallel lines."
- Micheal R

"A line of symmetry is when a shape has identical reflections or sides. Insects can also have a line of symmetry - like a butterfly!  A square has 4 lines of symmetry. I know this because I used a mirror to double check as well as folding a square shape. I also know that if there is only one line of symmetry it is called reflective symmetry and if a shape has 3 or more lines of symmetry, it has an infinite amount of lines of symmetry (like a circle)."
- Sienna

"A coordinate grid has 2 axis - the X axis (horizontal line) and the Y axis (vertical line). When reading coordinates, we always say the X axis coordinate first, followed by the Y coordinate."
- Levan

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Year 3 Spelling w/c 25.4.16

Here are the spellings for this week. The spelling test will be on Friday every week with results given on Monday. Please encourage your child to look up the definitions of the words as some are trickier than expected. A reminder that children are expected to bring their spelling book to school every Friday.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Using the Bar Model

In Maths, the children in year 4 have been using the Singapore Bar Model to solve addition and subtraction problems. The model is a great visual for the children and has proven to provide the children with greater success when adding and subtracting. 

At the end of the session both Caitlin Bowden (Sequoia Class) and Jack Peppitt (Hazel Class) agreed, "We really liked using the bar model as it was a good visual, it helped us to see which number has the biggest value and helped us solve problems that involve addition. Also, even though the chilli challenge Miss Cook set was really hard we worked together and used the model to solve the problem!" 

Sequoia's Star Writer

Congratulations to Grace Moody in Sequoia class for being this week's Star Writer. She wrote a fantastic historical opening to 'Robin Hood' by incorporating a range of adjectives to create a 'Tell: Show 3' sentence to describe Robin's Merry Men. 

Well done Grace!

Hazel's Star Writer

Congratulations to Michael Rack in Hazel class for being this weeks Star Writer. He wrote a fantastic historical opening to 'Robin Hood' by incorporating colourful adjectives and creating 'Tell: Show 3' sentences to describe the setting. 

Below is one of his 'Tell: Show 3' sentence that described Sherwood Forest. 

Sherwood Forest was fresh, the shimmering sun sparkled into the daylight, and the ground was covered with autumn coloured leaves that had fallen from the colossal trees. 

Well done Michael!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Year 3 spellings w/c 18.4.16

Here are the spellings for this week. The spelling test will be on Friday every week with results given on Monday. Please encourage your child to look up the definitions of the words as some are trickier than expected. A reminder that children are expected to bring their spelling book to school every Friday. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Year 4 Spellings w/c 18th April

We've had another successful week with spellings, over 85% of children scored 15 or more. We are now hoping to continue this kind of success next week. Attached are the spellings for the children to learn over the weekend, fingers crossed year 4!  

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Ash Class Star

The Star Writer in Ash Class this week is Leo Whiten. His persuasive letter to 'Sea Parks', inspired by the plight of the captive killer whales, was full of emotive language and used a paragraph structure comprising a point, an explanation and evidence.

"Using varied sentence openers helps to keep your writing interesting. That's why I've tried to include as many as possible in my work." — Leo 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Year 4 Learning Challenge Summer 1

Is Planet Earth dying?

Below is the significant person, painting, piece of music and poem which are related to this half term's theme- Is Planet Earth dying?

It would be brilliant to see as many completed projects as possible in Year 4!

Learn it off by heart
Find out 10 facts about the painting/artist
Draw a portrait of the person
Listen to a piece of music
Find another poem by the poet
Produce a collage of other paintings by the artist
Produce a timeline of their life
Identify the instruments.
Create a performance as part of a pair/group
Draw a picture in similar style
Produce a poster to advertise their achievements
Research the life of the composer.
Write a short biography about the poet
Transform the medium of the painting: use collage instead of painting
Write a letter asking them about their life
Attempt to recreate the piece of music
Write your own poem inspired by the topic
Use the image as a stimulus for 100WC
Explain how the world would be without this person
A mind map of different emotions you feel at various points in the piece
Compare and contrast two poems by the poet
Describe what the painting: what it represents, how it makes you feel, what it is based on
Give five reasons for and against why they should be in ‘The Hall of Fame’
Produce a piece of art/collage based on how the music makes you feel.

Significant Person

Frank Lampard

John Constable  - The Haywain


Sing – Gary Barlow


Missing by Mike Johnson
Missing: our
one and only planet,
known to her friends as

Yes, an old photograph
when she was clothed in
gorgeous greens,
wilderness white,
brilliant blues.

Somehow, got into
bad company:
blistered brown,
gaunt grey,
faded. Jaded,

left one morning;
no forwarding address.

We just didn't think. . .
We just didn't know
what to do.

If you
have any information
that can help us trace
our beautiful planet,
please get in touch.

Please get in touch.