This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy writing a descriptive poem about the Iron Man. They have used descriptive language and have impressed everyone with their metaphors and similes. In Maths, the children have been revising taught methods for addition and subtraction. They have also worked hard with missing number problems. They had a fantastic film afternoon this week with popcorn and a drink.
Year 4 – have wrapped up their final piece of English work for this year by publishing their newspaper reports. As well as that, they have been brushing up on their SPaG knowledge and writing Christmas stories. In Maths, they have consolidated the term’s work with questions using all four operations. They have also created some amazing winter kitten and puppy pictures that they couldn’t wait to take home. In preparation for next term, they have begun learning about Norse Gods and Goddesses.
Year 5 – have been very happy to be back in school this week after their isolation. They have had another busy week beginning to plan and write a diary entry in English. They will continue this after the Christmas break. They also enjoyed watching some Christmas adverts and retelling the story. In their Maths lessons, they have been working out perimeters and finding missing sides of shapes, as well as using division to work out the lengths of sides of shapes when the perimeter is given. Each morning, they have enjoyed some PE activities with Mr Hawkes to get everyone ready for the busy days they all enjoyed. As it's the last week before the Christmas holidays, they have also enjoyed completing various Christmas activities, not forgetting our movie! We hope everybody has a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing each other in the New Year.
Year 6 – have continued to work hard. In English, the children have completed their non-chronological reports about owls and have found out some very interesting facts about these fascinating birds. They have completed this half term's Science topic on living things (including micro-organisms) by looking at the results to an investigation into the growth of mould on bread; and by designing their own micro-organisms. They have also finished reading their book, Skellig by David Almond, which they have all enjoyed.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have finished writing their informal letters from the Iron Man to the farmers. The children have included many writing features and have impressed us with their progress this term! In Maths, they have been revising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods taught throughout the autumn term. The children have also done a fantastic job in DT and have enjoyed making their own hand puppets.
Year 4 – have written their newspaper reports on Leon’s vanishing act at the circus from their class book, Leon and the Place Between. In Maths, they have been working on their division skills, using the bus stop method and solving word problems. They have also been busy expanding their knowledge of French numbers, places and modes of transport.
Year 5 – have continued to work hard during the online Maths and English lessons and been busy producing their own projects. Morpurgo and Kipling have been looking at multiplying and dividing fractions. Many children have participated well during the class discussions and completed the work provided showing their calculations. Both classes enjoyed practicing the Christmas signing song, the Christmas jumpers and hats were amazing! For English, the children have written a narrative about a short film called The Girl and the Fox. They created a story map then wrote expanded sentences including lots of English features. From here, the children wrote a narrative about different parts of the film. The children have even created a project on a subject of their own choice. Some children created their projects using technology and others produced their projects on paper. Well done for all your patience and hard work Year 5. We look forward to seeing you at school next week!
Year 6 – have produced some delightful descriptive writing, focusing on settings and characters. In Science the children have continued with their topic of Living Things (including micro-organisms) and have been looking at helpful and harmful micro-organisms. Their book in guided reading makes lots of reference to birds and owls, in particular, so this week the children have been having a go at sketching birds, producing some lovely pictures. They have also been researching owls in preparation for writing a non-chronological report on the subject.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have begun writing an informal letter in the character of the Iron Man. The children are learning to empathise with a character and to include features of an informal letter. In Maths, they have been learning how to find the perimeter of shapes. Their knowledge was put to the test at the end of the week when they were challenged to design a new play area for the Iver Rec! The children were very creative and have designed some fantastic play areas!
Year 4 – have been planning their newspaper reports about the incident at the circus - Magician Abdul Kazam sent Leon to the place between! They are excited to report on Leon’s discovery of the place where magic lives. In Maths, the children have been using their times tables to solve written methods of multiplication. In Science, they have finished their topic work on sound by consolidating their knowledge and producing an informative leaflet all about sound, some have even included a quiz. Both classes have also worked very hard to learn the British Sign Language signs to two well-known songs.
Year 5 – have looked at how to use modal verbs and synonyms in sentences and will be trying to use these correctly in their writing. In Maths, they have completed work about perimeter and adding and subtracting fractions that with the same and different denominators. Everybody has worked hard to complete tasks online and have adapted well to online learning again. They have looked at how the Ancient Greeks invented the Olympic Games and how the Ancient Greeks have impacted our modern day life. They are also making sure they spend time practicing their times tables, reading and learning to sign the Christmas songs! They also had the opportunity to participate in an online PE session with Mr Hawkes! The children have been keeping active by doing online sport Christmas challenges run by our sports partnership.
Year 6 – have been developing their descriptive writing skills as they write a narrative, paying particular attention to the description of the characters in their stories and to the setting. We are looking forward to reading the finished stories. In Maths, they have continued to learn about percentages and have been solving problems linked to this topic. The children have started their new Science topic this week: Living Things (including Micro-organisms) and have been learning about the classification system.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy writing a diary entry in the character of the Iron Man. The children have enjoyed imagining themselves as the Iron Man. In Maths, they have begun learning about perimeter of shapes and in DT, the children made a finger puppet in preparation of their glove puppet which they will be making soon!
Year 4 – have been investigating sound even further. They have been learning all about the different parts of the ear and how they all have their roles in allowing us to hear different sounds. They have also created their own experiment exploring which material is best at absorbing soundwaves. In English, they have finished their persuasive letters to the prime minister asking him to ban the use of circus animals and have produced some really convincing pieces of work. In Maths, they have deepened their knowledge of multiplication by finding factor pairs. Additionally, they have used their times table facts to help them solve problems involving scaling.
Year 5 – have worked hard online for the last few days of isolation. In English, they have watched a video clip about diving giraffes and have completed some writing trying to add in some relative clauses from the work learnt in English last week. They have completed some word problems related to all four operations covered so far in year 5 (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). They have also learnt the formal written method for division, with and without remainders. When Y5 returned to school, they completed work about Kindness as part of a whole school project about how we can make the world a better place if we are kind to all living things.
Year 6 – have returned to school this week after their period of home-school learning during self-isolation. It is lovely to see the children back in school; and we are really proud of the way they quickly adapted to learning through Microsoft Teams. We must say a big thank you to parents for your support in also adapting to this way of learning. In English this week the children are starting to write a narrative with a particular focus on description of characters and setting. They are moving on to learning about percentages in Maths and in Humanities they are finishing their topic on Brazil by researching the cultures of the country and producing a non-chronological report on the subject.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have solved the mystery of the half term visitor as they started to read their new class text, 'The Iron Man.' They have enjoyed reading this story together and thinking carefully about the language and illustrations used. In Maths, they have continued to work on fractions and are using bar models to find unit and non-unit fractions of whole numbers!
Year 4 – have started their investigation into sound. They have explored what amplitude and frequency do to change sounds and how they affect soundwaves. They have also investigated how we hear and the roles each part of the ear has in registering and interpreting sounds. In Humanities, they have finished the topic of 'The Regions of Africa' and have been creating booklets to showcase their knowledge. In English, they have been learning about how to write a formal letter and have begun to transfer that knowledge into a letter trying to persuade the government to ban the use of circus animals. In Maths, they have been developing their knowledge of multiplication. They have been solving problems involving multiplying multiples of 10 and 100.
Year 5 – have been busy this week with online learning. In English, they have been learning about relative clauses in order for them to use them in their writing, they are looking forward to including some in their next piece of work. In Maths, they have been learning to divide. They are using the bus stop method and will move on next week, using long division including remainders. They will use both methods when completing word problems next week. They have mainly been learning how to use Teams. Everybody has done so well to manage to logon, learn and complete tasks whilst being at home. Mr Hawkes has also uploaded some PE for everybody to keep fit whilst isolating.
Year 6 – have been embracing online learning and we are extremely impressed with the way they have adapted to this during these unpredictable times. Despite having to learn and work from home, the children have continued to learn how to do fraction calculations in Maths; and in English they have been writing diary entries in character and improving their grammar knowledge. The children have also continued with their work on our topic of Brazil, researching different areas of the country, deforestation and urbanisation.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have continued writing their newspaper reports about the mysterious visitor. The children have written excellent reports including lots of language features taken from Year 3 writing success criteria. In Maths, they have enjoyed comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions while in Science this week, they have been investigating forces and the children carried out an air resistance experiment using parachutes which they made in class.
Year 4 – have been working hard to finish their setting descriptions of a circus. They have been using their five senses to write a realistic description. In Maths, they have been finding the perimeter of quadrilateral and rectilinear shapes. In Humanities, Year 4 have completed their topic work on the different regions of Africa.
Year 5 – have been busy again this week. They have written, edited and published a character description of Odysseus from their book of the same name. They have learnt about prepositional and adverbial phrases in their SPAG lessons that they will be trying to include in their writing. Year 5 have also made and painted their Greek pots in Art, applying a base coat, then a Greek design on top as well as learning about how the Ancient Greeks lived their daily lives. For Maths, they have been learning the formal written method for multiplication.
Year 6 – have been busy completing and publishing their dystopian stories about Iver being completely cut off from the rest of the country because of flooding; we are looking forward to reading the finished stories! In Maths, the children have continued learning about fractions and have moved on to adding and subtracting fractions. Rowling class have been focusing on Computing for their topic this week and have been using coding, whilst Rosen class have started this half term's Humanities topic all about Brazil.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have had a very busy first week back! In English, the children are busy writing a newspaper report on a mysterious visitor who took metal from the school! The children were very excited to investigate and look for clues as to who this mystery metal “thief” could be. In Maths, they have worked hard to solve division problems using the short formal method while in Science, they have commenced a new topic and are looking at forces. The children thoroughly enjoyed shooting marshmallows whilst investigating push/pull forces.
Year 4 – are really excited about their new book, ‘Leon and the place between’. The circus setting has produced some amazing work in English lessons. In Maths, they have been focusing on converting standard units of measurements including mm, cm, m and km. The new topic in Humanities brings year 4 back to the continent of Africa as they explore its different regions. They have explored the countries of Nigeria and Morocco and have found out some interesting facts. Year 5 – have started a new book this half term; Odysseus, which links to the Y5 Ancient Greeks topic. They have identified the features of a character description and planned their descriptions, ready to write next week. In SPaG, they have learnt how to use parenthetic commas to add detail in sentences that they will be using in their English work. In Maths, they have learnt about prime numbers, squared numbers and cubic numbers as well as factors and multiples. They have also researched, designed and begun to make Greek pots and will continue with this next week.
Year 6 – have been working hard; most of them took part in the 11+ tests as well as continuing with their normal studies. In English, they are writing their first narrative of the year which is linked to the book, Floodland, that they read together last half term. They have started reading a new book - though they don't know what this is called yet - and already the children have a number of questions they want to know the answers to so are keen to read on! Rosen class have been taking part in Computing this week and have been using coding to design and create their own computer game - it will be the turn of Rowling class next week. Meanwhile, Rowling class have started this half term’s new Humanities topic - Brazil.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been looking at the relationship between multiplication and division. They have found missing numbers using the inverse operation and bar models. In English, they have been concentrating on reading comprehension using the Tin Forest story. We are extremely impressed at how well Year 3 have done this half term, we hope they all have a fantastic half term and manage to get lots of rest ready for the next half term!
Year 4 – have worked hard to finish writing and publish their narrative about our adventurous plastic bag. They have then been busy designing a front cover and illustrations to go with their finished work. Miss Booth and Miss Rowe are very impressed with everyone’s creativity! In science, they have been learning about tooth decay. They have written and carried out an experiment where we have been testing the impact of different drinks on our teeth. They made predictions about what they thought each drink would do to the egg (the egg represents a tooth) and have compared them with the actual results. We couldn’t believe what had happened to some of the eggs!
Year 5 – have had another busy week! In English, they have completed writing, editing and publishing a newspaper report about a refugee family's journey to safety. In Maths, they have continued to answer questions related to graphs and timetables. They have learnt a lot about the Ancient Greeks this week including Greek warfare; The battle of Marathon and The Trojan war.
Year 6 – have been following up last week's successful diary entry by writing another diary entry, but this time from a different character's point of view. They finished reading their class book - Floodland - which the children really enjoyed; they wrote their own ideas of a sequel in Guided reading. In Maths, the children have started looking at fractions. Y6 topic lessons this week have focussed on Music where the children have been learning about the history of music, looking at composers, the features of different music and various musical styles throughout history.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been focussing on multiplication. They have used bar models and arrays to represent multiplication calculations and place value grids to help them multiply by 10 and 100. In English, they have been thinking about the local environment. They have begun to write a formal letter to the local MP urging her to help protect the environment in Iver!
Year 4 – have been working hard on their addition skills. They have been adding 4 digit numbers and trying their hand at tricky missing number addition problems. In English, they have been planning a narrative based on their class book, 'One Plastic Bag'. Their narratives tell the story of a poor lonely plastic bag left abandoned on a hot Gambian path. They have also been enjoying using Times Table Rock Stars to improve their times table knowledge.
Year 5 – have been busy this week! In English, they have finished the final paragraph of their narratives, edited all four paragraphs and published their final pieces. In Guided Reading, they learnt how to answer comprehension questions that require P.E.E (Point, Evidence, Explain). They also began learning about the Ancient Greeks, how Athens and Sparta lived very differently and about Ancient Greek warfare. Kipling have competed in a tennis tournament with Mr Hawkes this week, Morpurgo will have their turn next week. In Maths, they have learnt how to use the written method for subtraction and answered multi step word problems involving subtraction.
Year 6 – have continuing to read 'Floodland' which they are really enjoying. This has led to some great discussion in class and the children are really starting to think about the characters involved in the story. In Maths, they have been focussing on division, particularly long division. The children have continued their Science topic on Evolution and Inheritance this week where they have been researching Charles Darwin and have produced some good fact files about him.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have completed their poems and have continued to show off their writing skills using descriptive language including adverbs, adjectives, metaphors, similes. In Maths, they have been learning all about money and finding change using counting on strategies. In Science, the children have carried out an investigation on water transportation in plants.
Year 4 – have been very bossy! They’ve been using their imperative (bossy) verbs to write instructions for how to turn a pile of recycling into an exciting robot! In Maths, they have focused on their 8 times tables and begun their next topic of addition. They have also been introduced to Times Table Rock Stars and are looking forward to starting their rock journeys. Donaldson class have made a start on their art projects this week, recreating their own Tingatinga animal paintings and making Benin inspired clay relief tiles. Meanwhile, Dahl class have been busy on the laptops using Purple Mash and brushing up their typing skills and publishing a piece of work. Next week, it’s the two classes will swap tasks and Dahl class will get to explore their creativity.
Year 5 – have started writing a narrative based on the book, 'The Journey'. They have been focusing on using speech and a variety of sentence openers. In Guided Reading, they have written informal letters, imagining they have to leave their home in a hurry because of war. They thought about what they would take with them and how it would feel. Year 5 have also learnt about how intonation can help with their understanding of a text. In Maths, they have looked at using the formal written method for addition and answered word problems related to this. They have also carried out an experiment in Science, learning about which materials dissolve in water.
Year 6 – have continued reading their book, ‘Floodland’ and in English have been writing an informal letter in character. The children have been revising strategies for solving multiplication calculations in Maths and have started their Science topic for this half term: Evolution and Inheritance, where they have been looking at characteristics passed down to offspring and how various organisms are adapted to survive in their environment.
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