I hope you had a great half term. This half term we are going to be looking at Sound in Science, Biomes in Geography and Multiplication and Division in Maths. We are also going to be exploring Poetry in English. PE is now going to be on a Wednesday and Friday so please can you make sure you have a PE kit in school on these days!
Homework will be set on a Friday on Purple mash just like last half term.
Well done to the girls who won this battle! Harry and Alba were the most valuable players for their gender and Callan and Jessica were close behind them! Well done to our two rock stars!!!
I really hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. We have made a flying start in Beech class. In Maths we have been practising formal subtraction and counting in tens through 100. In English we have been practising using fronted adverbials and conjunctions to improve our sentences. This term we are going to be learning about the Saxons in History. In English we are going to be reading Anglo-Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman. In Science we are going to be learning about the Digestive System including teeth. We are really starting to increase our rehearsal time for Young Voices also.
PE will continue to be on Wednesday and Thursday, however as we will be working with Silver Birch to prepare for our Gymnastics competition we may do PE on other days also therefore PE kids need to be in every day. Homework and spellings will be set on a Friday as usual, and due in the following Wednesday. Unless I send anything home then this will be set on Purple Mash. Please also continue to do 10 minutes daily on TT rockstars (there is a battle currently taking place!) and 10 minutes reading daily also.
Looking forward to the term ahead!
We have had such a busy week in Beech Class. On Monday we had a DT day, where the children had to design and make a flood proof house for communities living on a island. Each group had a different community to cater for, who also had different skills and materials available within their communities. It was such good fun and I was really impressed with the problem solving skills the children displayed. We then flooded them in our class assembly and to our amazement they all 'Beat the flood'
We have also had an RE day, where we had a visitor, Ruth Gill the Children's Pastor at Above Bar Church, Southampton. We learnt all about the Trinity and its significance in Incarnation. The children then interviewed Ruth about what the Trinity means to her.
On Friday we took part in a 'Play in a Day' where we learnt a play called 'The Present' in our house teams. We had to practice our parts, make our props and costumes and perform to our parents all in one day! Thank you to Alba's Mum and Phoebe's Mum for helping us!
We had an amazing week in Beech Class. We have been writing information texts about flooding using paragraphs to organise our writing. We have also been continuing with our addition and subtraction topic in Maths. We learnt about the lines of Longitude and Latitude using globes and atlases.
In science we took a break from our light topic to dissect owl pellets. It was amazing what we found and the children were absolutely amazed and Miss Dewey loved hearing the gasps of amazement from within the classroom.
Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term. It has been a rather strange start to the half term. This half term we will be moving on to Addition and Subtraction in Maths and in English we are going to writing our own magazine articles about flooding and the importance of natural flood defences such as the Wetlands we visited before half term. In Geography we are going to be looking at locational global geography such as the location of the poles, the significance of the equator and why we have time zones. In Science we are going to be looking at Light, and in RE we we will be asking the question - What is the Trinity? On a Friday afternoon, we will be continuing with our STEM project for the Eco-Triathlon. All the Knowledge Organisers are under the header at the top of the page.
PE days remain Wednesday and Thursday and homework will still be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Please remember to do 10 minutes of reading, 10 minutes of TT rock stars or times tables practice and 10 minutes of Spelling practice every day. I will be posting homework on to the website also.
We have been so busy in Beech class over the last few weeks. We have been looking at solids, liquids and gases in Science and the children have also been looking at the importance of Peace for Buddhists. The children related this to their own lives and we wrote about times when we found Peace, whether that be when reading or in Church.
Children have been working hard on their TT rockstars battles. Year 4 children also have an additional task to complete on TT rockstars. When your child log on they will be asked to complete the OUMTC (Officially Unofficial Multiplication Tables Check), this will help them prepare for the Multiplication Table Check which they will do in the Spring. Please can you ensure your child completes this by 20th October.
We have a busy few weeks ahead too. Harvest Festival, the disco, the whole school trip to Arundel Wetlands Centre and also the house team mental health day tomorrow. Tomorrow, children can wear comfy clothes which they can exercise in.
We had a great trip to Butser Farm as part of our Stone Age to iron Age Topic. The weather held off until just before we left so we managed to fit in some really lovely activities including wattling, chalk carving and pottery. We also enjoyed a site tour and were able to go into the stone age and bronze age houses. It was a very memorable day.
What a week we have had in Beech class! We have been continuing with our stone age to iron age topic, introducing new terms such as Neolithic and Mesolithic. We have also been writing about our class text Stone Age Boy. In guided reading we had a debate asking the question - Is it ok to eat meat? The children offered some really good reasons for all their opinions and debated in a very respectful way, taking it in turns to talk and respecting others point of view. We have had lots of visitors to Beech class this week and all of them commented how lovely and friendly the children were. I am very proud of them all. One of the visitors was Jordan Whylie MBE, extreme adventurer, author and TV personality who launched our new Eco project - Tower Power 2024.
Next week we have our school trip to Butser. At the moment it looks like we might have some rain so please dress suitably for the weather including a waterproof coat. As a result of the trip we will have no PE on Wednesday but we will do PE in Thursday.
We are looking forward to a quieter week in Beech class this week!
PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday. Please note..... Children need to come into school in uniform, bringing their kits and getting changed IN school. Boys and girls will change separately.
PE Kit is as follows:
A named P.E. Bag
Plain white non baggy tee-shirt
Plain black or red football shorts or cycling shorts
Plain Tracksuit (bottoms and jumper/sweatshirt)
It is so exciting to start the new term in our new classroom! I really hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and you are rested and excited for year 3 and 4! It was lovely to see the wonderful postcards sent to school over the summer holidays and to also see some lovely Summer Challenge homework pieces coming in.
This half term we are going to be learning about the Stone age to Iron Age period and we will be reading Stone Age Boy in English, in preparation for entering BBC 500 words later in the term. In Maths we will be beginning with Place Value, before moving on to Addition and Subtraction. In RE we are going to be looking at the concept of Peace and how this is significant in the Buddhist tradition. In Art we are going to be looking more closely at Stone Age cave paintings and how we might create art work in the same style. We will also have a trip to Butser Ancient Farm. Those of you who know me well will know I cant start the term without some exciting eco news, so watch this space for updates!!!
Homework will be set as last year on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. I have set up TT Rockstar account for all the children (see link above) and a letter was sent home on the first day with up-to-date logins. Times table homework will be set on this from now on so please log on and practice when you can. This particularly important if you are in Year 4. We have some exciting times table battles coming up - the first one starting this Friday! Boys Vs Girls!!!
Spellings will be common exception words, which are posted above and you will have 8 to learn each week from the list so please practise at home. We will be focusing on Year 3/4 spelling rules in school :-)
As always if you have any questions or concerns please catch me on the playground, email or call the office.