Year 6 have been very busy rehearsing for our production of ‘Darwin Rocks’. In addition to this, we have: carried out the health education programme, been writing for our production programme, yearbook and leavers service, planting and growing plants that bees will love, creating bee art (for the Leaver’s Service held at the Portsmouth Cathedral next week), sports day, the list goes on…!
We are looking forward to our induction days at the secondary school, the summer fayre, our performances, and the Leavers service at St Barnabas.
After all that we will deserve our summer break!
What an exciting couple of weeks we’ve had!
Last Wednesday a group of us went to Fernham Hall to watch ‘The Sound of Music’. Many sweets were consumed during the wonderful performance! This trip has hopefully inspired our budding thespians who are currently rehearsing for our own performances of ‘Darwin Rocks!’
Despite the soggy weather we’ve been experiencing, we still managed to have a ‘bivvy’ albeit in tents on the field. We enjoyed a campfire singsong, hot chocolate and biscuits before bed.
Bright and early the next morning we were up with the birds, and after a sausage sandwich and juice for breakfast, we headed up to Captain Philimore’s Woods. A scavenger hunt and the obligatory hide-and-seek followed, then a fond farewell to our woods. We were all exhausted (adults included!) but happy.
In our first week back we have been revising how to tackle word problems in maths as well as revising arithmetic strategies.
In English, we have been going through previous SATS questions and learning how to write a report.
In other areas, we have started our Volcanoes topic in Geography, and in Science we have begun to learn about the heart.
Using our amazing experience in Wales as inspiration, we wrote a recount of one of our adventures, and thank you letters to the adults who were involved in the trips.
This week we have used the authors Roald Dahl and Gerald Durrell to compare styles of autobiographies and used these to write an autobiographical account in the author’s voice.
In maths, we have been understanding and using the notation of ratio, and learning how to divide a fraction by a whole number.
In other areas, we have been busy making fairground rides in Design and Technology and we have designed our own constellation map after researching real constellations. We look forward to showing you these projects on our open afternoon next Thursday at 3pm.
We are all super excited about our production as rehearsals continue. We are now fine tuning the acting and singing. There has been a bit of a dip when scripts were no longer allowed on stage but that is perfectly normal and we are confident the children will deliver a great show. However the most important thing has been that we are having great fun practicing for ZOOM! You should receive handmade tickets today. Thanks to you all for your support and if you are finding a suitable costume tricky please let us know.
Despite production rehearsals we have still found time to do English. The children wrote a blurb for the show which was surprisingly tricky. Perhaps you could ask your child to write a blurb for their favourite book at home (you could have a go too) and you’ll see what we mean. We have also introduced them to a little known writer called William Shakespeare and his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We love a farce in the woods.
In maths we have been deepening our understanding of multiplication and division which has also included using more formal written methods.
Year 4 team
Thank you to those who were able to come to the open afternoon. It was great to see so many of you. We thought the children danced particularly well and after watching some of the parents we could see where they got their dance move skills from. We were also treated to some quite fabulous boats this morning. Mr Watson was very impressed as were we with the ingenuity and effort that went into the designs.
In English we have completed Carrie’s War and what an adventure it was. We have written in character as Auntie Louisa, Carrie and Nick, debated the good and bad traits of Mr Evans and listened to some fine Welsh impressions from the teachers.
In maths we have continued to practise written methods for subtraction and addition. The children then applied these skills to word problems. After half term we will be looking at time so any support over half term will be greatly appreciated (what do you mean you don’t have the time).
Just a reminder Mr Hughes and Mrs Jones will both be in Wales with Year 6 after the break but both are looking forward to being back with their classes and beginning rehearsals for the production.
Have a lovely holiday.
Love Y4 team.
To finish our Beowulf unit, we have written a poem using Tier 2 vocabulary. We are also exploring characters’ voices in our Let’s Think sessions, using the text, Voices in the Park.
We have been exploring negative numbers, counting forwards and backwards through 0. We are now moving on to interpret line graphs with positive and negative temperatures.
School trip to Winchester Cathedral – Friday 1st March
Thank you to everyone who has returned their permission and payment slips so promptly. We are looking forward to visiting Winchester cathedral on the first Friday back after half term and taking part in activities related to our Anglo-Saxons and Vikings project.
Can you help? Year 5 are collecting cardboard for an exciting DT activity taking place next term. Please send in any strong cardboard boxes (not too thick as the children will need to cut them with scissors). Thank you!
Firstly we would like thank you if you were able to attend the unbelievably awesome and floss-ridden dance assembly today. I’m sure you would all agree that it was pretty special.
During our English sessions this week, we have been planning and beginning to write our own warning stories based on ‘The Caravan’ by Pie Corbett. The children have carefully considered how to blend together dialogue, description and action for effect.
In maths we have been solving word problems to do with measures involving conversion of units. Next week we shall be looking at perimeter, area and volume.
We have been writing our Beowulf and the Dragon stories, using our writing skills to create detailed description and interesting dialogue. We have tried to include various writers’ techniques such as personification, simile and special ‘imagine’ sentences.
We have been converting fractions, decimals and percentages, thinking about the skills and understanding we need to see the connections between each . We then put our skills to the test by solving some tricky word problems that really made us think.
Did you hear the news? Addie the penguin left his egg with us for safe keeping! We researched how he should build his nest, as unfortunately he did not know! After a letter written with explanations of what to do, we then researched how to feed and protect his chick.
After completing our money project, we have begun to investigate division through sharing and grouping. Next week we will begin to use the symbol for division.