We have had a jam-packed week in Kingfisher Class! We started delving further into our topic for the term, the Battle of Britain, and we learnt the meaning of the key words ‘invade’, ‘occupy’ and ‘defend’ by coming up with strategies to take over Seal class! Wednesday 15th was nationally ‘Battle of Britain Day’ so Yr 5 & 6 spent the morning learning about the lead up to the Battle of Britain and what it actually was. We made paper Spitfire planes, and considered some of the experiences that a Spitfire pilot would have had. In English, we have continued to explore Shirley Hughes’ book ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’, and in maths we have practiced rounding numbers to the nearest ten. We are all ready for a well-earned rest at the weekend!
Welcome back to Kingfisher Class! We have had a fantastic week and have begun learning all about our new Topic: ‘The Battle of Britain’. It was so lovely to be able to visit Seal Class (Year 6) and find out about evacuee children during the Second World War. We have also been learning about this in our English writing where we are covering the book: ‘The Lion and the Unicorn.’ In the afternoons, we have been revisiting the JONK characters – if you don’t know what they mean… ask a Kingfisher!! Next week, we are looking forward to the Battle of Britain Day (15th September) and we shall be partaking in some activities to commemorate this.
We have had lots of fun this week learning about the Vikings. We have been very creative and have made a class Viking longboat! We have been learning about Viking songs and have learnt a song with the whole class. We have also carried on with our viking longboat collages we think they look fantastic (take a look below!).
We practised different painting techniques including cross-hatching, dry brush painting and splatters to create a seascape (we had lots of fun doing this!). We then layered different materials to create 3D waves for our longboats to sail on. We have now made a class display which we are super proud of!
In English, we have been carrying on with our story writing. We have been looking at a book called ‘Journey’ which is about a girl who finds a magic crayon and gets transported to another world. We have written some amazing sentences using excellent vocabulary to describe some of the settings in the book. We will be using this story as inspiration in the coming weeks for our own adventure stories.
This week we have been learning about Sutton Hoo. We found out that much of what we know about the Anglo-Saxons comes from graves like the one discovered at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. At Sutton Hoo, there are eleven mounds or ‘barrows’ dating back to the 7th century. In 1939 archaeologists explored the largest mound and discovered a ship buried in the mound. Fragments of a mask have now been pieced back together. With our new knowledge, we have created our own Sutton Hoo masks using cardboard and paper mache. Today we have spent the day painting and embellishing them with patterns. They look super!
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We have learnt about where they originally came from, how they impacted Britain – especially East Anglia – and we have found Anglo-Saxon place names on a map. We learnt that the ‘ley’ in Mundesley use to mean ‘forest clearing’ and the ‘ham’ in North Walsham meant ‘small village’. We enjoyed using Google Earth to find some more of these endings including ‘ton’, ‘stead’. Continuing our Anglo-Saxon learning, we completed some independent research to find out facts about different aspects of Anglo-Saxon life. We have started to make pop-up books which include a number of different pop-up mechanisms. These pop-up books are looking really good and we can’t wait to show you!
Today we finished our English unit ‘Star in a Jar’. We have produced some wonderful writing filled with adjectives, alliteration and similes. Take a look below at some example paragraphs written by us: ‘The sky began to boom, bang and fizz, it sounded like a volcano that was about to erupt. Tom thought to himself ‘Are the stars coming to get their little lost friend?’ Magically, the stars connected together to make a dazzling, glittering, glistening chain. It was as silver as metal. Down into the garden, they spiralled and danced, shining and lighting up the sky around them.’ ‘Tom launched a note into the starry night sky glittering, gleaming, dazzling. Engulfed in light, he could hear the flow of water, the rustling of trees in the light breeze and shuffling badgers. Cheerful, lively, elated, Tom knew the stars would reply. Tom knew his illuminated sign was the right thing to do.’
We have continued to enjoy our English unit based on the book ‘Star in a Jar’. We had lots of fun creating starry night pictures to help us with our own stories. We have written some amazing sentences this week and used excellent vocabulary. Take a look at our sentences below:
One morning, Tom was seeking through a bin. Bosh! Bang! Clang! He fell further and further into the bin slipping and sliding through the rubbish. Suddenly, he noticed something. He felt over the moon. He had found a new piece of treasure – a illuminating, radiant star.
In topic, we have learnt about what chronology means. We have put events in chronological order and looked at the terms BC/AD. We have also begun to look at where the Anglo-Saxons came from and how they split Britain up into different kingdoms.
In mathematics this week, we have been learning how to use the short multiplication method (column method) to multiply a two-digit number by a one digit-number. We have been solving problems related to multiplication and have enjoyed our reasoning this week.
Wow! What an amazing week we have had as a class! We have all written our very own stories based on the ‘Blue Umbrella’. Miss Croft, Mrs Hall and Mrs Calton-Patterson were so impressed with everyone’s writing that they couldn’t stop gloating to other members of staff about how amazing they were. We can’t wait to share our stories with you all soon. We have begun a brand new book this week too. It is called ‘Star in a Jar’.
We had a great first lesson learning about fronted adverbials, adjectives and onomatopoeia. Here are some example paragraphs so far:
One morning, he decided he would go rummaging through the local park bin and saw it was full to the brim. Crunch! Crackle! Clang! Tom scoured further and further into the bin until he reached the bottom. A little while later, he found something – an illuminated star. His heart almost skipped a beat in astonishment at his fabulous find.
One morning, Tom was sifting through a bin because he loved finding treasures. The bin was smelly and gross. Crunch! Scrunch! Crackle! Tom sifted through the manky, gross disgusting, rusty bin. Later that day, he found something he had never found before – a blazing, glistening, glossy star it was as bright as a sunset.
This week in maths, we have been learning about multiples of 3, 6 and 9. We spent Wednesday morning designing and stocking our own corner shops. We had to add in multiples of 3, 6 and 9 We had lots of fun adding up all our totals and enjoyed the spontaneous government updates which popped up during the lesson. On other maths news, we won our rock stars tournament against Year 3 and 5 last week. We now have to battle it out against Year 6 for ultimate champion of the school…we have until Monday morning to get jamming!
We have continued to enjoy our PE lessons and have improved so much with our attacking and defending skills over the last 3 weeks! We also learnt how to shoot and play a game with our teams. Next week we’ll be learning about the different netball positions and will begin to introduce the marking rules.
We have had a jam packed week in Year 4 this week.
We finally got to the end of our English unit ‘The Blue Umbrella’ – we all enjoyed the ending of the film which saw Red and Blue umbrella finally reunite. After two weeks of fantastic writing, we are starting to plan our own piece of independent writing based on the story. We have used some fantastic literary features so far and have become very confident when using personification, similes and alliteration. We can’t wait to share with you all our great writing next week.
In Maths, we have been learning about different x tables. This week we have been focusing on multiples of 7 and have looked at the = symbol. We have had lots of fun making our calculations the same on both side (some of us have even looked at using brackets and indices!).
In PE, we have been playing team games based on netball. We have learnt about the footwork rule and have started to learn about finding space. We definitely have potential for a fantastic netball team in the future!
This week, we have continued to enjoy our learning about Forces and Magnets. We had lots of fun playing with magnets and seeing if they repel or attract. Using the magnets, we also tested out lots of different materials to see if they were magnetic or not. We learnt about where magnets are used in real life and how they impact our daily lives. We had a go at creating a magnetic field around a magnet using iron filings which was lots of fun!
In English we have continued to write some amazing sentences based on the Disney Pixar short film ‘The Blue Umbrella’. We have discovered some amazing new synonyms and are using them independently in our writing. Take a look below at some of the children’s fantastic sentences: “Plucking up the courage to speak to her, he stuttered. “D-d-d-do you want…?” Words hung unfinished in the air as a cruel twist of fate ripped her away from him. One minute she was next to the coffee shop, then she was by the subway and finally he saw her disappear into the distance.” This week we have also been learning how to spell -ous words. We have learnt 5 different spelling rules connected to the -ous spelling pattern.
At the start of the week we planted our sunflowers and will be trying to grow them as tall as we can ready for our competition in June!