This week in Kingfisher class, we have been busy in our Maths lessons finding the area and perimeter of compound shapes. In English, we have been writing about a sustainable alternative to plastic straws: the Stroodle, which is made out of pasta! We have been putting our advertising skills to use by writing a persuasive advert all about the stroodle. In Topic, we have been learning about biomes by discovering about the diversity of different parts of the planet and the animals that live there. In P.E. we have begun a new unit: hockey. We suspect there may be a few future hockey pros among us…
We have had a jam-packed start to the term! We have been introduced to our topic, ‘Guardians of the Planet’, by learning plastic pollution and its impact on the environment in our English; in topic, we considered how we can make a difference by working together as a collective. In Maths, we have begun a brand new unit and have been learning about perimeter by drawing and measuring our own 2D shapes.
We have had a lovely last week of the term in Kingfisher class! For English, we have focused on the poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’. After discussing the poem, we then wrote our own versions of it, except ours were set at Mundesley Junior school! Some of our poems were really fun and we all had a good laugh enjoying a few of these together. Another activity for the week has been making beautiful wreaths out of paper plates, which we painted before attaching individual cut-out holly leaves and berries. They really do look very impressive. On Thursday, we all enjoyed a festive quiz with prizes up for grabs, and on Friday we enjoyed a ‘pool party’ at Victory swimming pool. A highlight of the week was our candlelit carol service on Wednesday evening – we hope all the parents had a wonderful time too.
This week, we have been very busy in our Science lessons and have been finding out all about adaptation and evolution. Firstly, we looked at Darwin’s discovery that finches on the Galapagos Islands had different beaks, which showed they were adapted to eating different foods. We did an investigation on this using different objects shaped like beaks – clothes pegs, tweezers and clips – to see how well suited these were to picking up different foods. Next, we found out about the evolution of different animals. It turns out that the prehistoric ancestors of the whale had legs and walked on land! In English, our story took a dramatic turn as we found out Rose’s fate as she tries to help save her Jewish friends. In maths, we have been set the tricky task of drawing our own line graphs. We have worked incredibly hard this week and been absolute superstars!
We have had a jam-packed week this week in Kingfisher class! In our topic, our sewing abilities have truly been put to the test as we have been making sock puppets as part of our learning about ‘Make do and mend’. It was quite a challenge, but with a lot of patience and perseverence, we did a fantastic job and learnt some brand new skills! In English, we have been carrying on with our story ‘Rose Blanche’ in preparation for our independent write next week. In Maths we have begun our unit on statistics, and have been practicing reading and interpreting pictograms, bar charts and line graphs.
We began this week with a trip to North Walsham High School to attend a talk given by the Two Johns all about how to keep ourselves safe online. We began a brand new English unit focusing on the book ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan, and we even did some role playing, acting out dialogue between characters in the story! In Topic, we have been finding out all about the wartime campaign ‘Make do and mend’ and we have thought about how reusing materials is still relevant today as it can help to protect the environment. In Maths, we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction, and next week we will be finding out about statistics.
This week we have been out and about lots! On Wednesday we went to Gressenhall for a WW2 experience day. We learnt about the role of the Homeguard, Rationing and new recipes, what it was like to be a part of the Women’s Land Army and the precautions put in place in the event of an air raid. We had great fun and a true Living History Experience! On Thursday, we were invited by the Royal British Legion to join with them at Mundesley Parish Church for a Remembrance Service. We felt really grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such an important day and to show our respect for the British soldiers, especially those from the local community. On Monday next week, we are going to visit North Walsham High School to join with other schools to learn about internet safety.
We have had a very busy week returning to school after half-term. We have finished our English unit on ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ and have completed our independent writing focusing on recounts. In Maths, we have delved into subtraction using the column method, and we have been practicing our 6 times tables throughout the week. For our topic lessons on the Battle of Britain, we had two very interesting lessons in which we learned all about rationing and ‘digging for victory’, and even got to venture outside to plant some vegetables and find out about seasonality of foods, before returning to the classroom to sample a homemade wartime recipe – pumpkin soup! In Science, we learnt how to use a key to classify different living things.
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.
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!