Seal Class update

This week has been assessment week in Year 6 but that has not stopped us from having fun! In PE, we focussed on the dance technique ‘stillness’ and performed in the dark (using torches) to Pink Floyd’s song ‘Is there any body out there?’ Our ideas were really creative and everyone showed great collaboration when performing our class dance.

In science we have been learning about the classification system and how to use keys to identify different animals and in PSHE we have thought about the word ‘Peace’ and the qualities people need in order to create peace around them. We have displayed our ideas in class and the classroom is starting to look amazing!!!!

KIND REMINDER: This week is our last swimming lesson- as half term starts next Friday!

Kingfisher Class update

It’s been assessment week at MJS, and all the children in the school have been working extremely hard. Despite that, we have still been having lots of fun in Kingfisher class finding out all about the classification of animals. We discovered that some creatures have backbones and others don’t, and we started to explore how we can classify animals according to this feature. Miss Pettifer even showed us a whale’s vertebrate and we all had a go at picking it up, and it turns out it is rather heavy!

In English, we have continued to find out about evacuees in our book ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, and in Maths, we started a new unit on addition and subtraction and have been practicing the formal (column) method by adding 4-digit numbers together.

Swan Class update

Firstly, I would like to say a massive well done to all the children in Swan Class for working extremely hard this week. We have been completing tests this week and the children have all been trying their best and showing off how great they are! This week, we also created our own flash cards as a class for all the times tables up to 12 x 12 which we are going to be using all of the time from now on! We have been looking at the rule for the 11 times table and now we know that 11 x 11 = 121 and 11 x 12 = ? (I wonder if you can remember?!).

In topic, we have finished our Stone Age Axes by adding on the rope using our knotting skills – I’ve seen children use square knots and figure of 8 knots all on their own – I’m really impressed – scouts and guides Swan Class is coming for you!

Hedgehog Class update

We have worked extremely hard this week and I’m so proud of all the children. We have been doing assessments this week and the children have shown great resilience and determination when completing them- well done!

In class this week, we have also finished making our Stone Age axes. We added some string to the axe head and handle as a finishing detail. We have also finished our writing on ‘The First Drawing’ this week. We have been using a range of features in our writing including, repetition, similes and alliteration.

Seal Class Update

In maths this week, we have been incredibly busy exploring the multiples of four, practising formal written methods for division and discovering how useful bar modelling can be to help us to solve word problems. Everyone has worked extremely hard and I am delighted with the progress made!!

In topic, we have been learning about the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and how to give 4 figure and 6 figure grid references. We also had great fun learning about morse code and ended the session by sending messages to each other using light flashes. Later this week, we had the opportunity to experiment with colour mixing, masking and different painting techniques and we have produced some amazing ‘Blitz’ pictures (which we hope to show next week).

In PE this week, we focussed on the dance skill ‘gesture’ and worked in pairs to create and perform dances to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Great collaboration, great creativity and above all …great fun!!

Kingfisher Class Update

This week, Kingfishers have been delving further into our new English unit, ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, and learning about some of the main features of writing a recount.

We were introduced to negative numbers in Maths and practiced adding and subtracting numbers below zero, before having a look at using Roman numerals!

In topic this week, we have been putting our art skills into practice by creating paintings of the Blitz, adding silhouettes of London to colourful backgrounds. Mr Nearney also introduced us to reading four-figure grid references on large scale maps of our local area, which we really loved!

Swan Class Update

We have been busy with our Design and Technology project this week – creating Paper Mache axes! It has been messy and has required lots of coats of Paper Mache to make them extra strong but we have enjoyed this! Our next phase is to paint them and then add the rope using our knotting skills from last week.

In English, we have been lucky to take part in two experience days! We designed our own ‘Stone Age’ inspired rocks and when the weather brightens up (hopefully soon) we are going to hide them around the school grounds- a bit like Norfolk Rocks. We’re calling them: ‘Mundesley Rocks’ I wonder what wonderful rocks you can spot?!

On our second experience day, we researched Stone Age animals and created fact files on them. It was very interesting to find new and interesting species – we were very curious. In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of rounding to 10 from last week and we are now learning to round to the nearest 100 and nearest 1,000. Keep up the great work Swan Class – well done!

Hedgehog Class Update

In Hedgehog class this week, we have carried on with our story ‘The First Drawing’. As part of our writing we have had some experience day’s where we painted Stone Age animals onto rocks and researched them to make fact files.

This week in maths, we have been on Times table Rockstars and carried on with place value.

We have getting creative too this week, making Stone Age axes! We had lots of fun using Paper Mache (made of newspapers and glue) to make our axes, now all we need to do is paint them. Watch out next week for more details of the finished articles!

Seal Class Update

In topic this week, we have walked around Mundesley to find out the impact that WW2 had on our local area. We walked to the church to look at the war memorial and visit the grave of the unknown soldier. Mrs Shanahan gave us a very interesting talk about her family member, Jack Shanahan, who was sadly killed whilst learning to fly a Lancaster Bomber.

Following this, we then walked to the Mundesley Coastal Battery to learn about how Britain was ready to defend itself from an invasion by sea and finally, after a long walk along the beach, we looked at the bomb memorial in the centre of the village, dedicated to all those who lost their lives due to the landmines that were placed in the cliffs- another form of defence from invasion. This trip brought home the reality that the War had an impacted everyone!!

In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers and also formal methods of multiplication. You have totally amazed me Year 6- just remember to keep learning those tables!!!

Kingfisher Class Update

This week, we had the exciting opportunity to go on our first school trip in quite a while! As part of our Battle of Britain topic, we headed into Mundesley to explore how the local area defended itself during WWII. We looked at the gun batteries on the cliffs, the unexploded German bomb which now forms part of a memorial on the coast, and visited the grave of the unknown sailor at All Saints Church. We also heard the story of Jack Shannahan, a pilot (and grandfather of a former member of staff at our school and great, great grandfather of one of our pupils) who died defending our local area.

In English, we have started a new unit focusing on Emma Carroll’s memoir, ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, and explored the experiences of child evacuees. In maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers to one million which has involved lots of fun place value games!