This week the children have been exploring poetry with a focus on poetic form and effective language. This work will culminate in the production of a rainforest animal poetry book for their fun partners.
The children have been showing and developing and understanding of all things ‘place value’! This has included finding 1000 more and 1000 less of a given number, counting on in 6,7,9,25 and 1000 and recognising the place value of each digit in a four digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones).
The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!
During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’ We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’ The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story. They came up with many interesting ideas!
This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value. We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column. Our homework this week reflects this work. We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit. In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.
Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!
We have now completed our newspaper report drafts and are busy editing, reviewing and improving them before we publish in the appropriate format.
This week, the children have been focusing on statistics and data handling. They have been extending their skills, knowledge and understanding of tables and graphs interpreting reasoning and problem solving.
Year 2 enjoyed a very successful art week. The children explored a range of clay snails deciding which one they preferred and presenting their ideas in a creative way. Then they designed their own snail, identified how it would made and finally they made them!
The following art focus was studying the natural sculptures created by Andy Goldsworthy. The children loved his use of materials and were excited to experiment with natural resources as they created their own sculptures in the school grounds. Our parents Open Afternoon was a gallery of Goldsworthy inspired art.
Finally, we explored the medium of collage. The children critiqued a range of collages then studied a picture called The Snail by Henri Matisse. Their finally task was to create their own snail collage in the style of Matisse.
It has been a busy week and a well deserved one after a year of hard work. Well done Year 2 ☺
We have enjoyed a number of different activities over the past two weeks. Our Enterprise project on sports day was an enormous success, raising an amazing £164.00. The children had fun cooking and decorating shortbread biscuits as well as making fruit kebabs. The whole year group took part in advertising our products during the Infant Sports Day, resulting in a complete sell out. We would like to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who helped us achieve such a brilliant result.
Other English activities have be led by our class book, The Abominables. We have read on to find the Yetis travelling to England and have taken the opportunity to link their adventures to written work on newspaper reports, as the journey of five Yetis inevitably brings adventure!
In maths the children have been busy revising the written methods we have learnt this year and have been completing our end of year assessments. It has been interesting to look back through their books to see the journey they have made through the year, and the different methods they now feel confident to use when solving problems.
Year 5 have continued their work on ‘The Tempest’ with the writing of a news report about the return of Prospero and Miranda to Milan. The children have been expected to work increasingly independently using language and sentence structures they have encountered during the year. They have become much more confident about using ADDSPICE and other resources to support their writing.
In Maths we are finishing the term with revision of perimeter and area before working on scale drawings.
An update on Enterprise : Year 5B raised a total of £56.05 with their sale of mocktails and cookies. The total for Year 5S will be announced very soon.
May we all take this chance to thank all of Year 5 and their families for this year of hard-work, smiles and many happy memories.
We have been learning about people who made a great difference around the Victorian period. We planned and carried out a scientific experiment with paper aeroplanes and wrote compound sentences in our planning/reviewing of this.
This week we have been looking into the history of Florence Nightingale and writing questions that we can find the answer to.
We have been focusing on our number skills with numbers to 20, looking at the inverse operation and all related number stories.
Over the past month year 6 have been practising our production. This year we will be performing ‘Pirates of The Curry Bean’. We’ve enjoyed making our way through the production and getting into our role. We’ve also been finding out about our costumes, actions and props.
We’ve also enjoyed writing and listening about the famous Shakespeare play – Macbeth! We surprised ourselves and acted out a scene from Macbeth.
Previously we’ve had our bivvy camp in the woods! Everyone and good time and loved it! Everyone gathered around the campfire and sang songs. We then arrived back at school and said our final goodbyes to Captain Phillimore’s woods.
We now need to practice and practice for the year 6 production and make ourselves ready for the next stage up in year 7 and say another goodbye to Swanmore Primary School soon!
- Build a wall in the river at Wales
- Cooking on Greek Day
- Our day at Intech
- Greek food
- Cooking greek meals
Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks.
We’ve been busy looking at our new book study ‘The Abominables’ in English and revising our number and place value work in maths.
However, the Year 3 Pirate Camp has to be one of the highlights, with the children taking part in a range of pirate tasks. The evening activities included flag designing, boat floating, clay coin making and treasure collecting. Mrs Woodman and Mrs Smith kindly led us through a campfire singing session, with some very catchy tunes that the children are still singing in class today! After the children had some sleep, they cleared out their tents and enjoyed a sausage sandwich or three for breakfast.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and then pack down all of the tents, meaning the year 3’s could carry on with more pirate activities in the morning.
If a pirate sleepover wasn’t enough excitement, we were very lucky to have Mr Watson join us the following Friday morning for a special science experiment. Take a look at this video to see the end result:
Lolly stick explosion!
If you have some lollypop sticks and a lot of patience, then do try it at home!
In English we have continued our work on ‘The Tempest’ with the children writing in role and developing a very good understanding of the plot, characters and the setting. Some particularly impressive work from the children describing the magical feast and the effect this had on the characters present.
In Maths we have worked on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers. We have moved onto working with decimals up to 3 decimal places.
Our topic this term on Coasts is now reaching its climax with the children using all the information they have gathered on coastal formation, erosion and sea defences, as well as fieldwork data from the residential trip to Swanage. They are designing their own seaside resort- this includes creating a detailed map, advertising poster and information leaflet.
Thank you to all those who supported the Enterprise project – the children showed great enthusiasm and teamwork skills. We will let you know the final amount raised when the Office have finished checking all our calculations – all money raised will go to St George Foundation.