Week five has been assessment week. All the children have demonstrated great persistence and determination to try their hardest in all the tasks set.
In Science we have been applying our knowledge of Evaporation and Condensation in the Water Cycle. In Art we have been adding water colour to our volcano landscapes. The children have been enjoying experimenting with different brush strokes and blending colours. In preparation for our Carol Service we continue to learn our songs.
During week four, we have started our to develop our multiplication and division facts in Maths. The effort that the children are putting in with Timestable Rockstars is starting to be evident in their learning.
In English we have been focusing on our story telling. For the first time ever, the children are typing up their story continuation on their iPads. Everyone is learning so many new skills. In Art we have been sketching our volcano landscapes, which links in nicely with the Geography topic of Volcanoes and Earthquakes.
In music this week we added percussion to the Sea Shanties we have learnt, as well as lots of singing in preparation for the outdoor Carol Concert.
During our third week back, we have been learning about perimeter, including finding missing sides and an investigation involving dinosaurs! We have been focusing again on some tricky aspects of grammar, particularly punctuating speech, recapping adverbs and prepositions of time, and present perfect tense.
We are continuing to enjoy our story, Lob, which has had some emotional developments. After learning all about earthquakes, we have begun to design our volcanic landscape in art and used the rule of thirds to make sure we have composed our work artistically.
It has been another busy week and by the time you read this we hope to have spoken to you all during parents evening about the progress that your son/daughter has been making. Times Tables Rockstars is starting to get exciting, with children working hard to earn coins and move up the leader board. Well don!
As you know, we have been focusing on our grammar and it’s lovely to see many of these features in their retelling of the Lob story. In maths we have been looking at distances and converting between different units of measure. During science, all the children have enjoyed learning about solids, liquids and gases as well completing an investigation all about ice. Our understanding of volcanoes is growing all the time with so many amazing facts and questions coming from the classes.
Finally, this week we have looked at some anti-bullying work and used our iPads to explore how to create posters!
Times tables are essential mathematical skills and we teach them in some form every day. With a sound understanding, children are able to progress their numeracy skills and become more confident with numbers.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. We would like to ask you to help your son/daughter with some times tables practise for 5 minutes a day. There are many websites specifically set up to help children make rapid progress and build their confidence. Here are three that you can use:
When all children have access to their own iPad we will be providing them with a number of additional websites and apps to support their progress. More details will follow. In the time being, you can use a pen and paper, do verbal practise or even sing them.
Any time you can spend supporting your child to improve their times table will make a big difference.