Mrs Brickwood, Mrs Barnett and Mrs Wright
Friday 26th November 2021
Another busy week in Ravens has ended on a high note, with an RE lesson which reminded me of how thoughtful the children are. In our unit 'Kingdom of God,' we have been learning about how Christians want to make earth more like heaven. We reflected upon how we could do that in our communities and thought of different groups of people we could help and how that would make the world a better place. The children all had some excellent ideas and were really clear on who they would like to help and support. They were also able to link this learning to our previous learning about the parable of the great feast, which teaches us that in the Kingdom of God, everyone is welcome and celebrated. Excellent work Ravens, well done.
We've continued our biography writing and have now finished planning, ready to write it up on Monday. Biography writing can be tricky, but I'm so impressed with the way the children have listened to feedback and edited their work to make it the best they can.
In maths, we are still studying statistics. The children have been looking at different types of graphs and charts and interpreting the information. Onto line graphs next week!
On Tuesday, we couldn't resist having a play amongst the fallen leaves. We had great fun kicking up the leaves and running around in them! The photos below show how much fun was had by all!
Have a restful weekend everyone and I hope to see lots of you at the Christmas fair on Sunday!
Friday 19th November 2021
In maths this week, we have finished our addition and subtraction work and are now moving onto statistics. The children will be looking at different types of graphs and interpreting them.
This morning, we enjoyed finding out all about Thomas Edison ready to write our biography about him next week. The children discovered many interesting facts and have started to sort them into chronological order, deciding which paragraph each fact should be written in.
We have had fun being formula 1 cars in PE on Monday, racing around the playground! That is until the ‘safety car’ came out and made them all slow down! They had to avoid the puncture zone and if they touched a cone, they had to stop and do 15 star jumps! This was all to build their stamina as part of our cross-country unit of work. Even after all that running around, they still wanted to do laps of the running track!
In ICT, we have continued to learn about spreadsheets. The children can now use formulae to calculate the value of different cells. The work has great links to maths, as the children had to calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles as part of the work.
The children also enjoyed science this week with Mrs Barnett. They were learning about electrical circuits and they had a go at making a simple circuit to see if they could make a bulb light up.
Finally, this afternoon we had a visit from the PCSO who gave them some great advice about road safety. The children listened very respectfully and asked some very good questions and found the session very useful.
Friday 12th November 2021
In Ravens this week, we have made good use of the iPads for a range of purposes. In literacy, we researched the work of Albert Einstein, ready to use the facts to innovate our biography. In science, the children used the iPads to look for electrical dangers around the home. Maybe this weekend they can revisit 'switched on kids' to view how to keep safe with electricity.
The children also had a virtual trip to the British Museum this week!. They really enjoyed exploring the Rosetta Stone on the iPads and noticed that there were 3 languages on the stone: Hieroglyphics, Demotic and Greek.
We started our orienteering lessons this week in PE and the children had great fun completing some team building tasks. Trying to get 8 children through a hoop whilst holding hands is trickier than they thought!
Friday 5th November 2021
This week in Ravens we have played musical instruments, experimented with balloons, run around the track and played benchball! I'm tired just remembering all of the activities from this week! Make sure you all have a rest this weekend and come back full of energy and enthusiasm on Monday!
In literacy, we have started our new unit of work and have studied the features of biographies. We have also learned the difference between formal and informal language and when to use each one.
In maths, we have continued our journey with subtraction and are now rounding in order to estimate and approximate.
In science, The children enjoyed learning about the effects of static electricity using balloons with Mrs Barnett.
We have started our new unit of work in RE this week too. We are now looking at the Kingdom of God. Today, the children read some parables and made inferences about what the Kingdom of God might be like.
We have also made good use of our brand new thesauruses and dictionaries. These were very kindly paid for by the Frogs! We are very grateful to have them and will make sure we use them often and look after them, thank you!
Friday 22nd October 2021
Wow, we made it! Well done Ravens for all your hard work, not just this week, but for the last 7 weeks. I am super proud of all of you for your great start to year 5. There will be a lot more learning next half term, so make sure you take this week to rest and recharge your batteries!
This week, we have completed the planning for our Ancient Egyptian adventure story and I am so looking forward to seeing them up on our display board.
In maths, we have continued on our addition and subtraction journey and are now getting really skilled at answering some pretty tricky reasoning questions.
We've enjoyed lots of sport this week, starting with bench ball. Today, we finished our unit of Netball with some mini matches. Of course, I can't forget to mention all of the super children in Ravens who took part in the cross country too. I'm very proud of you all and well done on a brilliant win!
The brass lessons are coming along well and I even ventured into the hall to hear some of it this week. I think you sound great and some other adults in school have commented on how well you're doing too.
Lastly, a big well done to Mia for being our star of the week this week. Truly deserved Mia, keep up the good work!
Have a wonderful half term everyone and see you in a week's time.
Friday 15th October 2021
This week, the Ravens have been impressing me with their maths skills. We have moved onto addition and the children are now adding 6 digit numbers with exchanges. They have worked really hard to get to the reasoning and problem solving tasks and have pushed themselves to learn more and do more. We celebrated their hard work with a bit of a longer break this afternoon in the sun!
In literacy, we have started to plan our 'hot write.' Our adventure narrative will be set in Ancient Egypt. We watched a short film about what Ancient Egypt might have been like, so they could use it for inspiration and the children have thought of some wonderfully imaginative plots. I'm looking forward to reading them all once they're finished.
We enjoyed our netball lesson today, practising pivoting and dodging. We also practised some shoulder passing, which is quite tricky!
In PSHE, we have been thinking about emotions and our emotional needs. The children worked in groups to create a character and thought about all the things their character would need to be happy and have good mental health. I was very impressed with how the children discussed this in a sensitive way and were respectful of each other's ideas and feelings.
Finally, a big well done to Matilda for being our star of the week this week.
I hope you all have a fun and restful weekend.
Friday 8th October 2021
Yet another busy week in Ravens class and the children have worked incredibly hard as always. We have had some fun along the way though! Our music lesson this week was excellent and the children are really getting the hang of playing some tricky instruments. They're sounding better every week and are enjoying the opportunity to try something new.
In science, the children have been studying the effects of various drinks on the enamel of teeth. See below for a particularly gruesome picture of what energy drinks do to them!
In literacy, we have been developing our skills in narrative writing and have started to innovate our model text with our own ideas. The children have been impressing me with their imaginations!
In maths, we have now finished our place value unit and next week we will be moving onto addition and subtraction.
Our Harvest Festival service went well at the church on Thursday and Mrs Barnett was very pleased with the confidence the children showed when speaking in church. Well done!
Finally, in RE today, the children have been learning about the work of the leprosy mission and carrying out research about it on the laptops. They then created an information leaflet from what they had learnt and linked this to the teachings of Jesus.
Have a great weekend and a well earned rest!
Friday 1st October 2021
This week the Ravens have completed their cold write to show me how well they can write an adventure story. I was very impressed with their imaginative ideas and they all used paragraphs to help structure their story. Next week, we will be focusing on some more grammatical features to make their stories even more exciting!
In maths, we have been ordering, comparing and rounding numbers to a million and next week, we're moving onto negative numbers. I'm really pleased with the way the children are pushing themselves to explain their answers using great mathematical language.
In science with Mrs Barnett, the children have been studying teeth and as you can see from the pictures, they have been getting up close to some jaws and skulls!
Finally, we have been looking at all the gory details of mummification in our history lesson. The children loved hearing about how the brains were removed through the nose with a sharp tool! They used what they learnt to ask some historical questions. They also had to sort the steps of mummification to see if they could remove the organs in the correct order!
Have a wonderful weekend Ravens and I'll see you on Monday for another productive week!
Friday 24th September 2021
This week, the Ravens have been really impressing me with their descriptive writing. We started in a pirate ship at the bottom of a dim and murky ocean and innovated the text so that we were then in a maze of dark and ominous corridors in a pyramid in Egypt. The setting descriptions have been excellent and I'm looking forward to reading the final pieces of work next week.
In maths, we have been rounding within 100,000 and comparing and ordering 6 digit number. Onto the millions next week!
We have enjoyed our outdoor netball lesson in the sun today and are starting to learn the rules of the game and how to pass effectively to members of our team.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and make the most of the sunshine while it lasts!
Friday 17th September 2021
What another busy week we've had! On Monday, we had our first gymnastics lesson of the term. I was very impressed with the balancing skills on show and the way the children put different types of balances together to create a sequence.
We have also worked hard on our skills ready to write our setting descriptions next week. We have worked collaboratively to think of the best sentences to describe a forest using the five senses. The children thought of some fantastic ways to describe it by 'showing and not telling!'
In maths we have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 and we'll be moving onto 6 digit numbers next week.
On Thursday, the children had a very interactive science lesson with Mrs Barnett all about the digestive system. The children had great fun learning how the food travels through our body. See the photo below!
Finally, we have visited the library today and borrowed books, so the children can enjoy sharing them at home.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for another week of learning.
Friday 10th September 2021
What an amazing start to the year for the first ever Ravens class! The children have really impressed me by settling into our new classroom and routines so quickly.
We had an artistic start to the week, creating Egyptian collars and having a go at writing on 'stone' tablets, all linked to our history topic this term.
We have also looked at a setting description and identified the features. I've never seen so much enthusiasm for expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials!
Our maths journey for this year has begun too, looking at place value.
We have even started visiting our reading buddies again and shared our books with children from other classes, which is fantastic! We have also visited our new library and we are looking forward to borrowing lots of exciting books.