WB 10/1/22 Learning Summary
Our first full week together completed! Another really productive one and back to a little bit of normality! I went home this evening with a smile on my face and although I'm grateful for the weekend (as I'm sure you all must be too) I'm already looking forward to next week!
This weeks Learning Summary:
In Maths, both year 4 and year 5 have been concentrating on multiplication. We've tried and tested a whole range of different methods: including the written column method, place value charts, base ten and also mentally! There has been lots of discussion about which methods suit different challenges.
In English, we have begun reading our class text for this half term, 'Journey to the River Sea,' by Eva Ibbotson. It seems like it's going to take us on an exciting adventure through the Amazon Rainforest and we have left it on a cliff-hanger for next week!
Everyone worked incredibly hard to find and present information about different aspects of the Rainforest so that we can try to imagine where the story is set and really get a feel for it as we continue reading! Well done! I really enjoyed the different ways in which you shared your findings!
In Science we refreshed our knowledge of classifying and grouping animals and objects. We discovered that classification requires skills of observation and effective questioning. Much more to come over the next few weeks!
Our Topic lesson this week focused on rivers. We used atlases and maps to find rivers on a UK and world map. Your diagrams of 'a river,' were excellent and showed a good understanding of the main features- including the source and the mouth of a river.
We made the most of the sunshine on Thursday and it was outside in the forest school area to have a go making our own knives, forks and spoons! I was very impressed with your inventiveness, skills and perseverance!
We've broken up long periods of learning in the classroom with plenty of fun brain breaks! All of which have improved our skills of listening and working together. My favourite was definitely 'class count to ten!'
Good luck to our Year 5s taking part in the swimathon on Monday- what an exciting opportunity for you! I look forward to hearing all about it!
Enjoy your weekend!
PS Happy reading!
Well done everyone: we made it through the first week (or rather three days!)
And what a week!
Firstly, I must say it is great to be back at SMCP and I feel very lucky to be able to teach and work with Barle class for the next two terms! I've learnt alot about you all so far and will continue to over the next few weeks... so DO make sure that you (continue to) show me the BEST of you and what you can do! I will try to do the same!
Learning Summary 7th January 2022
New year, new start and Art week! Our focus: Print-making.
On Wednesday we spent some time thinking about what we already knew about printing. It turns out that we all knew much more than we originally thought! Prints can be found everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes- from tyre tracks on a muddy road, to criminal finger printing, to pre-school potato printing! We made mind maps to share and explore our ideas.
We found out a little bit about the origins of printing and talked about how print revolutionised the world in terms of communication.
We then looked at how print became a popular way of making Art and focused on four Artists (from different times and places) famous for their printing. Your homework asks you to choose and investigate one of these artists in greater depth.
On Thursday, we explored a whole range of practical printing techniques by trying them out for ourselves, Bubble printing, mono-printing, press-printing, relief printing... to name but a few! This was fun, messy at times but overall very productive!
On Friday, we focused on a contemporary Brazilian Artist: 'Lobo,' and worked in his style to plan and produce our final prints for our Journal front covers.
Nothing is ever a mistake in Art. Even if things don't work out as you've planned them to, there is always something you have learnt to make your next attempt even better! I hope we have all finished this week feeling positive about the skills and knowledge we have gained!
Next week we will be back to the usual curriculum! There will be a few changes which I will explain as and when we come to them!
Art Week 5th, 6th, 7th January 2022
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