# Class News

## Autumn 1: Week 5

Posted on Friday 06 October 2023 by Mrs Wood

On Wednesday, we went on our local walk around Moortown. Before going on our walk, we used Google Earth to track our route. I was amazed at how sensible they were. Well done, Reception!

Yesterday, we had a go at drawing our own maps of our local walk.
Maths
This week, we’ve explored how numbers can be composed of 1s.
Throughout the week, we’ve been collecting groups of 2, 3 and 4 objects to help us understand that a ‘whole’ is made up of smaller parts.

Help at home: Can you make collections of objects at home? Remember the objects don’t always have to be the same!

Literacy
This week our focus was We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We’ve had great fun using actions to retell the story. Click here to watch us.
Help at home: These pictures are mixed up. Can you remember the order of the story?

Chilli challenges
In the construction area, we had to build a cave for a bear.

The Bee-Bots were very popular this week. We had lots of fun controlling the Bee-Bots around the bear hunt mat. Some children decided to make their own road!
Poetry picnic
This week’s poem is a short poem called Falling Apples. After listening to the poem, we talked about apple trees.

I’ve got an apple tree in my garden.
This apple is from my apple tree.
I have an apple tree at my Grandma’s house.

Reminders!

• Don’t forget to come to our Phase 2 phonics Stay & Learn and coffee morning next Thursday at 9am.
• Library books need to be returned every Monday.

## Marvellous Maths!

Posted on Friday 06 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This week in Maths we have been beginning to learn about addition. We have been using the language of parts and a whole. For example,  3 is a part. 2 is a part. The whole is 5. We have been drawing part whole models and writing out addition number sentences.   Below you can see some pictures of Year 1 marvellous maths work. Well done Year 1!

Help at home by investigating how different numbers are made. Remember to use the language of parts and a whole. Your child could then practise writing some addition number sentences.

## The Spider and the Fly

Posted on Thursday 05 October 2023 by Miss Wilson

This week, Y6 have been reading The Spider and the Fly – a poem by Mary Howitt. It was written in 1829 and used as a way to entertain but also to warn children about being overly trusting.

Below are some pictures of our reading lesson where we were using retrieval skills to draw the spider, fly and setting.

Don’t we look proud!

## Y6 met Liz Pichon!

Posted on Thursday 05 October 2023 by Miss Wilson

This morning, we had a surprise video call from author Liz Pichon – who writes the Tom Gates novels.

Liz talked about where she gets inspiration for her stories and how she plans out the novels before writing. She talked us through how she draws the doodles in her stories and we also had a go – what do you think of our bugs?!

Finally, she read an extract from her new book, Five Star Stories.

## Watch us while we work

Posted on Wednesday 04 October 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our watch us while we work session this week. It was lovely to see so many.

Here’s a summary of what we covered and how we are encouraging the children to become more responsible for their learning at home.

Spellings – use the spelling guide for ideas to help with learning weekly spellings.

Daily reading – we thought about some of the reading skills the children are learning in Year 2 (fluency, prosody (using expression in their voices), retrieval, interpret and learning new vocabulary). Reading needs to happen daily to build up these skills. A brief note in their reading record books is needed after reading at home. We will continue to monitor the use of e-books at home. Please alert us to any access issues.

Maths – our number tennis games included counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and number bonds to 10 and 20. Play these when you’re in the car, walking to school or making breakfast. Hit the Button is a great online game to build up the recall of these facts.

Numbots certificates are awarded every Tuesday and it’s great to see children already achieving their next levels in Year 2.

Finally, here’s the help at home section of the website.

Please get in touch if you need any further support with your child’s learning at home.

## Living and Learning: protected characteristics

Posted on Wednesday 04 October 2023 by Miss Wilson

In living and learning this week, Y6 learnt about discrimination, examples of it and its impact on the people around us.

Discrimination is the unfair treatment of people because of who they are or because they have a certain characteristic or characteristics.

Certain characteristics are protected by law and these are:

• age
• being married or in a civil partnership
• being pregnant or on maternity leave
• disability
• gender reassignment
• race
• religion or beliefs
• sex
• sexual orientation

We had lots of discussion about how those involved would feel and what could be done about it. Help at home by asking your child what they thought to these scenarios.

Challenge your child to name all of the protected characteristics without looking, if they can!

## Watch Us While We Work

Posted on Tuesday 03 October 2023 by Miss Goswami

Thank you to all the adults who came to Watch Us While We Work this morning; it was lovely to see you all in our classroom. If you were unable to make it, continue to read to find out what we got up to.

To start, we looked at different strategies to help us learn our spellings. As you know, we have 40 spellings to learn by the end of the half term and therefore, finding fun ways to learn them is essential.

Here are a few we completed in class today:

We then moved on to practise our times tables, using our counting stick and dry wipe times table worksheets. To end the session, we read this week’s reading fluency text (I wandered lonely as a cloud by William Wordsworth) with a focus on our oracy targets.

We hope to see you next time!

## Science: An air-resistance experiment

Posted on Tuesday 03 October 2023 by Miss Goswami

For the past three science lessons, Year 5 have been planning, undertaking and evaluating a science experiment all about air resistance. Our enquiry type was ‘Comparative and Fair Tests’. The question we were answering was: ‘Will the surface area of a parachute affect the time it takes to fall to the ground?’ The children decided on their variables, made a prediction and then were able to create the parachutes they needed.

Once they were created, the children then went out to test their parachutes and conduct the experiment.

Once we had the results, we were able to look for any anomalous results (a result that does not fit the pattern; in Maths, this is called an outlier). We also looked at the mathematical element of this science lesson as Year 5 could then calculate the average times for the tests.

To present their findings, they created bar charts using the calculated average times. These charts helped to show how the surface area clearly impacted the fall time.

Finally, the children were able to conclude their results. They found out that the bigger parachute had a larger surface area and therefore, there was more air resistance so it was the slowest.

## We are biologists!

Posted on Monday 02 October 2023 by Alice Needham

In science, we are biologists.

We have been learning about living things and their habitats.

On Friday, we ventured into our school grounds to investigate what flowering and non-flowering plants we could find.

Help at home by asking your child what a flowering/non-flowering plant is.

## Greater than, less than and equal to!

Posted on Monday 02 October 2023 by Miss Birch

Year 3 have been comparing numbers! We began by comparing 1 digit and 2 digit numbers using the <, > and = symbols.

Once we felt confident with this, we moved onto comparing 3 digit numbers! It can be slightly trickier when the numbers are larger so here is a few ways to help:

##### 364 ___ 362
1. Begin comparing the largest value column. This is the hundreds column!
2. If these are the same value, such as 3 hundreds, then move onto the next column.
3. Compare the value of your tens column. If these are the same, then… you guessed it! Move onto the ones column.
4. The ones value is greater in 364 than 362.

### 364 > 362

“364 is greater than 362.”

“362 is less than 364.”

Help at home by comparing amounts of objects at home.  For example, “6 apples is less than 30 grapes.”