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Week commencing 1st March 2021

Celebrating work from the week

We have enjoyed learning all about the events of Grace Darling’s heroic rescue.  We have had the opportunity to watch a dramatisation, complete a sequencing and summarising activity and examine the features of a newspaper article, all in preparation to produce our very own newspaper articles.  We worked hard to ensure that we used our 5Ws (who, what, where, when and why) and created eye-catching headlines to ensure our articles were ‘print-worthy’!


In maths we continued our work on shape, specifically looking at vertical lines of symmetry, patterns and sequencing using the properties of shape.


Our science session saw us exploring the discoveries of Alexander Graham Bell as our chosen ‘Super Scientist’, during which we made our own telephones and investigated how sound waves produced vibrations.

We hope that you will enjoy looking at our art work that we produced this week.  Our portrait submissions to the ‘Great Big Art Exhibition’ were created using 2D shapes, either printed, drawn or using collage.


In PE this week we have added another station to our circuit – this week was jumping.  We worked hard and it certainly warmed us up and got our hearts pumping!


Looking forward to next week

We are so excited at the thought of being back to together as a whole class next week.  It may feel a little strange at first but we are looking forward to spending time together, getting used to new routines, hearing about our differing experiences and reigniting friendships.


To conclude our work on Grace Darling we are looking forward to a virtual visit from the RNLI to teach us all about water safety and their amazing work. We have lots of related activities to keep us busy.


Week commencing 22nd February

Celebrating work from the week

A return to school after the half-term break saw a return of better weather and even some signs of spring! 

Although it was a shorter week this week we managed to pack a lot in.  Our new maths unit is focussing on geometry which saw us busily exploring the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes - what better way to do this than making them and then eating the marshmallows vertices!

We continued thinking about shape in our art and design session where we considered how abstract artist Paul Klee used shape and colour in his work.  We hope you enjoy looking at our interpretations.

Our chosen real-life hero for our English topic is Grace Darling.  We have enjoyed finding out all about her early life and what it was like living in a lighthouse.  On Wednesday we all took part in a whole-class Zoom where we had the opportunity to ‘hot-seat’ our own Grace Darling. We were able to put our questions to her in order to find out more about her life and how she spent her days.

We were very excited to start our new Science topic all about ‘Super Scientists’, the first of which was Sir Isaac Newton. We had the opportunity to learn about gravity and try our own investigations to explore gravity and air resistance.


Looking forward to next week

We are all very keen to discover what it was the Grace Darling did that has given her hero status – we have made many predictions and are looking forward to learning more.

In maths we will be diving deeper in the properties of shape through exploring symmetry which we will then be transferring to our art and design session all about printing.

We are looking forward to finding out about another ‘Super Scientist’ and how their work links very closely to Grace Darling’s lighthouse!

In guided reading will be continuing to practise our inference skills as well as increasing our vocabulary using ‘The Snail and the Whale’ as our starting text.

The countdown has begun as to when we can all be back together as a class!


Week commencing 8th February

Celebrating work from the week

We have enjoyed a week of poetry this week where we have shared a variety of different poems all about aliens.  We have considered similarities and differences between them and how each poet made us experience different emotions.  We each chose two of our favourite verses, learnt them off-by-heart, then recorded our recitals complete with actions and amazing expression.

In maths we continued exploring money to find the difference and calculate change. We also have been working hard at solving two-step problems and using different strategies to check our answers.

We have been revising our phonics and ended our revision with a phonics disco and a musical statue whole-class Zoom. There were some great dance moves and fantastic remembering of actions!

Other work this week has included learning about food chains, maps and aerial plans, exploring the inside of a mosque, practising of tag words and we have even had time to develop of accuracy skills in PE. 

The children, both at home and at school, have worked really hard to progress their learning under incredibly difficult circumstance so we wish them all a fantastic, safe and restful half-term break.


Looking forward to next term

The next half-term promises to be packed with opportunity, challenge and fun!  We are looking forward to continuing our theme of Superheroes but this time considering real-life heroes.  We are going to be learning all about Grace Darling which will link to some exciting science investigations and hopefully a virtual school trip. 

We are also going to be learning about Sir David Attenborough and all his amazing work being a superhero to our planet, which is sure to be both fascinating and informative.

For more information about the forthcoming term please see the curriculum map on our class page which will be published during this half-term break. 

Week commencing 1st February 

Celebrating work from this week

At the beginning of the week we received a very exciting voicemail message from Fernando the Super Fox, along with some photographs, recounting a daring rescue mission that he had undertaken. Unfortunately, the photos had become muddled so we spend some time sequencing and summarising before learning all about the features of a diary.  With our new knowledge we were able to complete Fernando’s diary entry to capture his adventure and hopefully act as a warning to other Fennec fox kits that may be considering venturing into the Sahara Desert alone!

Our maths learning this week has focussed on familiarising ourselves with money, both coins and notes, and practising making the same amounts in different ways.

Our afternoons have been busy with sessions ranging from, completing our Meerkat Mail guided reading activities to, what proved to be, an extremely popular and entertaining PE session.  This week we combined our accuracy and ball control skills with developing our musicality skills of identifying and following rhythm and timing!   

By Friday we were all ready for a ‘screen-free day’ in support of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  We were able to choose from a plethora of activities, covering all aspects of the curriculum, to focus on our wellbeing away from screens, both at home and at school.


Looking forward to next week

As we approach the final week of this half term we are looking forward to a performance poetry week, which promises to be both creative and enjoyable.  We hope to be able to share our performances in our whole class Zoom call.

In maths, we will continue to explore money and apply our learning to solve ‘real-life’ problems and engage in investigative work.

We will be recapping our phonics learning in preparation for progressing and applying our understanding.  I’m sure everyone in your household will be humming the ‘Song of sounds’ tune by the end of the week – maybe even with the actions!





Week commencing 25th January 2021

Celebrating work from this week

Another week of fantastic learning both from our home-learners and children in school.  I hope you have enjoyed listening to Fernando the Super Fox’s messages and looking at his photographs as much as I have!

Mrs Kerley and I have been really impressed with the comprehension, retrieval and inference skills that have been demonstrated in the production of Fernando’s fact files and adventure report.  We focussed on applying our learning of interesting adjectives, identifying verbs and changing present tense into past tense and writing in third person for the report! This resulted in not only well-written reports, but also the discovery of some fascinating facts.  Turning the reports into news broadcasts brought out the natural performers in many of the children!

Many of us braved the wind and rain in order to go in search of mini beasts and investigate microhabitats in our local areas.  It was great to see so many different discoveries.

Please see the photos below of some more examples of our work from this week, including our art work.


Looking forward to next week

In maths we are looking forward to starting a unit exploring money where there will be lots of opportunities to practise our reasoning and problem-solving skills, as well as recapping our addition and subtraction knowledge.

We are looking forward to hearing from Fernando again next week, I believe he may even try to make us a video!

In guided reading we will be finishing the Meerkat Mail book and I know we are all keen to find out how Sunny’s quest to find the perfect home concludes.

We are also preparing for our ‘whole-class’ Zoom meeting which will be a great opportunity to all see each other, play a game and listen to class story.

Week Commencing 18th January 2021

Celebrating work from this week.

Wow, what fantastic work this week!  Everyone has worked so hard, demonstrating a willingness to challenge their learning and perseverance when tackling tricky maths problems.

In English we have enjoyed creating our own sequels to the Supertato and the Veggies of Doom story.  We have focussed on using fantastic adjectives to create descriptive expanded noun phrases, which added detail and interest to our stories.  There has been no-end to our creativity with Supertato facing tomato-pip guns, slippery banana skins and having to use his carefully packed equipment including grappling hooks, shields and swimming goggles to name but a few!

In maths we are coming to the end of our multiplication and division unit and have spend the latter part of the week applying our new learning to reasoning and problem solving.  Skills that we will be regularly revisiting.

In science we have continued looking at habitats and have taken the opportunity to look a little closer at our own environments and make new discoveries.

Our art session this week has introduced us to the work of George Seurat and we have reproduced our superheroes in his style. 

We have covered so much more, which, as you know is all on Seesaw.  Please don’t forget to check your feedback and, of course, look out for superstar points (S).

Looking forward to next week.

Next week we will be following Fernando the Super Fox as he adventures into the dessert on a fact-finding mission.  I wonder who he will meet?  I expect there will be new habitats to explore and I am sure he will need our help to record his adventure and discoveries.

In maths we will be looking at how secure we are with multiplication and division and tailoring our learning accordingly.

Our new guided reading book is sure be exciting, after all who doesn’t like a Meerkat?

We were very grateful to be able to see a real prayer mat this week and will be continuing to explore the Muslim prayer ritual next week.

Plus lots more besides! 

Week Beginning 7th December

Thank you to all those who have submitted their final piece of writing from last week on their own choice of London Landmark via Seesaw. The work I have received so far has been of a very high quality with interesting facts and some superb artwork. I am still awaiting a few pieces, so please send them in.

This week we are finishing our term's  topic by looking at home and landmarks in a non-European country and I have been fascinated myself to learn more about Japan. I hope you enjoy it too! Please find all the week's work on the following slides.

For maths I think it would be wise to consolidate ideas already covered by giving extra practice and then introduce the idea of 'difference'- another way of calculating subtraction by adding on. There are lots of sheets but keep to the simplest if these concepts are tricky and extend by completing the hardest sheets with extra challenge!

We will be decorating our class next week with some Japanese Christmas lanterns but I have posted a link below for some other craft ideas you may enjoy. Do you think you can learn some Japanese words? See the guide below for some easy words to try.

Handwriting practice

Can you learn any Japanese words?

Week beginning 30th November

Hi lovely Silver Birch class. Sorry we have to go back to home learning but I know how much you progressed in the summer and the time will pass quickly. At least you will be safe!

Here is our home learning for this week, focusing on London Landmarks. I have loved doing the research for these lessons so hope you enjoy finding out about some of the interesting landmarks in our capital city. Jessica B actually visited The Monument in half term, so knows a bit more about this landmark!

To supplement this work, it would be brilliant for you to design and create your own landmark. This could be made out of any construction kits like Lego, K'Nex, building bricks or recycled materials or even papier mache. I would love to see a photo at the end of the week of finished models. You may like to name your model and write a description of it.

I've ensured that work set requires minimal printing and anything can be copied onto paper as needed.

We have set up Bug Club for all pupils so you can access reading books but aware that the usernames are in reading records at school! Details about the usernames have been sent via Seesaw. Any concerns, please message me through Seesaw or use the Silver Birch email address.


This home learning time might provide an excellent opportunity to support your children with joined handwriting. I am happy if all those not yet joining can practise some joined writing (under parental guidance, of course!) and have found a website with printable worksheets following our cursive scheme (except letter z). The joins that are key are the horizontal ones from letters o, w, v, r.

These are referred to as the top letter joins on the following website and need lots of careful practice:

I attach a guidance sheet that we have referred to in class with those joining but it is a useful document to use for reference showing the various joins. Please use the cursive joined handwriting sheets below for practice. 

Phonics activity sheets on kn gn nn

STEM Activities

Here is a link to a website providing recorded Science lessons for children, along with a worksheet for them to complete. There are lots of different topics and could be used to fill an afternoon session if you wanted your child to access some interesting Science. STEM activities combine Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - so these activities will develop many skills for your child.

Some fun simple science that you could do at home with the whole family- check with an adult first before you start making a mess and raiding cupboards!