Monday, 27 June 2016

Year 4 Spellings: June 27-July 1

Below are the Year 4 Spellings for the week of June 27 to July 1.

Try finding the meanings in a dictionary and using the words in sentences. Many dedicated children have already received multiple merit stickers! You can too!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hazel Searches for Pirate Gold in ICT Class!

Hazel students practiced how to make a game where they had to collect all the pirate's gold and use variables to count the coins. It was an entertaining and challenging task as students had to figure out the right code to move the variables.

"I really enjoyed this activity because I had to be strategic where to place the pirate (up, down, left, right) in order to get the coins". -William

"There were a lot of trial and error mishaps in order to finish the task. Jack and I worked well together because we communicated clearly and figured out how to overcome the obstacles". -Martin

Hazel's Star Writer

Congratulations to Abbie for constructing balanced arguments as to whether students should or should not wear uniforms. She worked hard to independently think of her reasons and to write them down in complete sentences by beginning each sentence with a capital letter and ending them with appropriate punctuation. Abbie also reflected on how she will improve next time: "I wrote my big write in one giant paragraph and now I know why I need to separate my ideas in different paragraphs. Writing in one giant paragraph looks disorganized and its hard to read my different ideas. So next time I will skip a line after each viewpoint".

Monday, 20 June 2016

Year 4 Spellings: June 20-24

Another fantastic week in which many students practiced their spellings and achieved higher scores! More students have been receiving merits for finding the meanings of their spellings and writing them in sentences. Tia from Hazel proudly exclaimed, "I never knew what the word 'inevitable' meant but after finding its definition I will try to use it on a more regular basis".

Below are the spellings for this week: June 20-24.

Here is a challenge: What does the suffix "less" mean? Seedless, speechless....What do you think? Did you know that adding -ous usually changes the word from a a noun to an adjective? How does ending a word in -ous change its meaning?

Good Luck!

Using money in Year 3

This term, as part of the Financial Curriculum, Year 3 have been working hard to learn how to use money in practical contexts. They have investigated all the different ways to make amounts of money and have played customer and shopkeeper!

Here you can see children using a range of mental strategies to find different amounts of change.

"It was really fun and interesting to learn all about what using money actually meant in the real world. I now feel confident to go shopping and use money myself!"

Sacha, Willow class

"I really enjoyed playing shopkeeper, it helped me understand how important it is to give the right amount of change."

Olivia, Willow class

Well done Year 3, make sure to keep practising using money at home!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Tale of Perseus and Medusa

Today, the children of year 4 were extremely lucky as they were provided with the opportunity to watch a theatre company. As the children are studying Ancient Greece, the company performed the Greek Myth, Medusa and Perseus. The staging, props and characters were fantastic and the children thoroughly enjoyed the performance. 

My favourite part was when Perseus took the eye from the scary looking witch because it was comical. - Levan (Sequoia)

Medusa's head was my favourite prop because even though it was spooky it made me laugh. - Jack (Sequoia)

Medusa's head looked very realistic, it brought the myth to life. - Arhaan (Sequoia)

By watching the myth it told me more about the characters. It told us what they were like and what it was like during the Ancient Greek times, they certainly dressed different to us! - Sienna (Sequoia) 

I liked how the actors changed characters by using different voices and facial expressions. It made the performance even more enjoyable. - Bradley (Hazel)


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Practice Makes Perfect in Math Class

In Miss Corrales' Maths class,  students have been practicing all of the operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and now division. We have been challenging ourselves by being able to recall facts quickly and efficiently. Alfie has demonstrated perseverance by being able to confidently solve subtraction questions by borrowing and carrying numbers and by also double checking solutions by using the inverse method: "I used to have difficulty subtracting because I kept on forgetting to borrow and carry digits. Now, when I use the column method and focus on place value - it all makes sense!!!  I even can double check my answers using the inverse method".  

Below are students reinforcing their math skills and having fun by applying their skills through: tarsia puzzles, a role the dice multiplication game and a subtraction target game!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Year 4 Spellings June 13-17

We are proud to announce that over 80% of the Year 4 students received 90% and higher on last weeks spellings! Practicing spellings does improve scores and we encourage students to keep up their hard work because it is definitely showing!

Below is the spellings for June 13-17. Remember, if you can write the last 5 words on your list in a sentence you will receive 2 merits and you can even get another merit by finding the definitions of the words!  Jack Peppitt from Hazel class has been finding all of the definitions of his spelling words and has been writing them in sentences: "I work hard to look in the dictionary because the meanings help me create my own sentences. It is hard work but it makes me feel better knowing that I do understand my spelling words".

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Year 3 Learning Challenge Summer 2

Who's the greatest women of all time?

Below is the significant person, painting, piece of music and poem which are related to this half term's theme - Who's the greatest women of all time?

It would be brilliant to see as many completed projects as possible in Year 3!


Significant Person
Jessica Ennis Hill 

The Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol (1962)


‘Respect 1967’ by Aretha Franklin


J.K. Rowling – Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn,
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.