Mrs Heaton: September 2017
We've had another fabulous week in Base 3 this week, the children are working extremely hard and are really engaged in their learning.
In Literacy, we have started looking at our new book The Sandal by Tony Bradman. The children started off by exploring the clues that had been left around the classroom: various sandals, fruit, vegetables and Roman coins. They examined them all thoroughly and then wrote noun phrases to describe them. Miss Hindmarch and I were extremely impressed with the quality of their vocabulary choices and how they were really expanding their learning by adding addition prepositional phrases to the end of their descriptions. This then led onto looking at the setting of the book where we further explored the use of prepositional phrases leading to quality sentence such as 'around the waterfall and over the stony road there was a small boy walking with his father'. Next week the children will be applying this knowledge to a full setting description.
In Maths, we have continued to look at place value. We have explored how the value of a digit changes when you place it in a different place value column; the children have been really focusing on their reasoning and problem solving this week showing that they are more confident with the concept of place value. They faced some really tricky questions and were not daunted by them — they showed resilience in their learning and resourcefulness as they helped each other find a solution.
Brass lessons have continued this week, it's so lovely to see the children so excited and fully embracing this wonderful opportunity. Thank you to all of you who made sure their instrument was with them on Thursday — they will continue to need their instrument every Thursday for the foreseeable future.
Mr Booth, their PE teacher from Sportscape, put them through their paces this week testing their strength, stamina and flexibility. They all rose to the challenge!
We investigated the spread of the Roman Empire. The children were SO excited to watch the map change — we even managed to get some Maths in as we worked out how many years it was between each map as we tracked the timeline. They were really thinking like historians by working out that because the Roman had conquered countries in North Africa that that must mean they had developed ships. Also they were able to imagine that on the boundaries of Roman land and Celt land the people must have lived with the constant fear of war. We then mapped this out all ready for their Learning Journey books.
Mrs Clarke delivered a super exciting RE lesson this week — the children have planted a bulb for hope. These will come home next week for them to nurture and hopefully see grow in the spring.
Finally, Year 4 had a fantastic afternoon completing their Level 1 bikeability. They were all very proud of themselves. The behaviour and effort was exemplary.
Please excuse the orientation of the photos, I'm still learning how to upload them!
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