Welcome back to the start of a new and exciting term in Beech class. I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and New Year and wanted to thank you for the kind Christmas presents.
This term we are learning about transport and the Jurassic coast. Please see curriculum overview for information. There are a few timetable changes and as Mrs Hood is now on maternity leave Mrs Butcher will now be covering planning and preparation time on a Wednesday afternoon. (Please see updated timetable for details).
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for your ongoing support.
We've had a great start to the year. We have started our topic on transport by looking at lots of boats. We read the story of Treasure Island and wrote our own endings, then learnt about Antarctic explorers and how they travelled. We wrote diary entries for a day to Antarctica and are now reading 'Shackleton's journey' and writing a log of his adventures.
In maths we have been learning about methods of multiplication and division. We have linked this to our place value work. Please have a look at the image below to see how we used place value knowledge to answer 84 divided by 4.
In Science we've started to learn about rocks and soils which will help us when we go on our Jurassic Coast trip.
We are looking forward to a peaceful half term where we can read lots of books to help us with the reading challenge.
The Jurassic Coast
We are very excited about our up and coming trip to the Jurassic Coast. Mrs Rawson is being joined by some year 5 children to do a question and answer session with us and Mrs McEwan is coming in a few times before our trip to help us learn how to relax and enjoy ourselves. Hopefully lots of us will be getting our kit together over half term.
Mrs Crompton says if we have any questions we just need to let her know.
On Wednesday 8th February we had a visit from local author, Julia Edwards. Her latest book is called 'Slaves for the Isabella' and links with our topic on transport and boats. It was amazing being able to hear extracts from the book and find out about how she researches her characters and plots.
February has been an exciting month. We finished learning about Earnest Shackleton and his epic journey and started to learn about Mary Anning, who was one of the first palaeontologists. We have written some brilliant biographies about Mary. We also looked at the bus stop method for division and how to work out the area of a shape. In Science we've been looking at rock types and how fossils are made.
We were a little disappointed that our Jurassic coast trip had to be postponed due to bad weather, but we went on an expedition to Figsbury Rings instead and still have the Jurassic Coast to look forward to in April.
World book week 5-9th March
We started the week off brilliantly with a visit from Mike Brownlow who explained the process of creating a picture book and got us to create our own robot from his book Little Robots. It was really interesting and we drew some fantastic robots.
In class we have been studying the picture book The Real Boat, which is a beautiful book and links perfectly with our transport topic. We have used this to write settings and improve our writing as well as creating our own pages to go in the book.
On Wednesday we joined in with the rest of the school and looked at A Dark, Dark Tale. We wrote our own mini books in a similar style to this as well as performed dance and drama linked to the story.
On Friday we dressed up as characters from books and looked amazing in our creative and imaginative costumes.
To finish the week we had a whole school assembly to share our work and successes.
We've had a great end to the term. we performed brilliantly in our end of term show 'The Selfish Giant', we put in a lot of work into the production; we learnt songs, lines, dance moves, acting skills and made all of the props ourselves. All of this hard work really paid off and Mrs Carter will be posting photos of the production to the website.
In English and Topic have been learning about the Wright Brothers and have written newspaper articles about the first ever flight. We experimented with aerodynamics and how to make paper planes go further. In Maths we've been learning about fractions and will move onto decimals at the beginning of next term.
We're really looking forward to our postponed trip to the Jurassic Coast on the first week back.