Swan Class weekly update

This week, we have began writing for our new English unit: The Jungle Book. This unit, we are focussing on including dialogue, adjectives and more precise verbs. We have written some great sentences such as: ‘Hurtling from one vine to another, Mowgli was ejected into the air. As he was floating in the sky, his legs jiggled mid-air.’

In maths, we have finished our unit on perimeter and have been finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes! I wonder if you can remember what a rectilinear shape is? We will be moving onto multiplication next week.

In our topic, we have been understanding time zones and why we have them. We have spoken about Greenwich Meantime and also how when we’re awake, people who live in New Zealand are probably asleep. We did an experiment where a torch acted as the sun and a ball acted as Earth. This allowed us to understand why we can’t have the same time in every country. We have also moved onto understanding human and physical features of Mundesley compared to a country in South America: Rio de Janeiro. We are all looking forward to next week!

Swan Class weekly update

Welcome back to Swan Class!

We have had a lovely week back. We have been recapping our knowledge of perimeter this week and measuring objects to work out what the perimeter is. We have also been partaking in perimeter investigations – we had 6 rectangles with the same perimeter and had to rearrange them to create different shapes. Once we had made shapes with them, we then calculated the perimeter of these shapes. It was lots of fun! We have also been introduced into our new topic: Resourceful Rainforests. Please find knowledge organisers and homework sheets on Google Classroom. We have been busy learning about our new topic already by understanding countries in Europe and also what lines of latitude and longitude are!

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A very Christmassy end to 2021 and to the end of the Autumn term. We have enjoyed a Christmas Craft Day with Year 3. We completed 4 activities which involved chocolate reindeers, creating Christmas trees, foldable snowmen and also glitter Christmas cards. We also participated in a Christmas Quiz – did you know that in Japan their traditional Christmas meal is KFC?! I couldn’t believe it either – who would swap a roast for KFC? We also loved our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day on Tuesday! This week we have also been learning about perimeter and length and using this knowledge to measure the perimeter of pieces of paper to create paper chains. Mr Wall introduced us to our Go Go Dinosaur! This is a dinosaur which as a school (MIJS) we are designing. This will be part of a larger trail amongst schools and communities. Over the Christmas holidays, Mr Wall will be considering the designs to create our own!

Swan Class weekly update

What a fantastic week! We have enjoyed editing our independent writes on Monday. We have also been investigating the inverse and understanding how they are interlinked. We can’t forget to mention our Science Day on Wednesday – we had so much fun! We had two special scientists skype us. One of them was a palaeontologist and the other was a petrologist (I wonder if you can remember what these types of scientists do?). They told us some facts about fossils and also rocks. We spent the day with the Year 3s and participated in lots of different activities. We firstly looked at the three different types of rock: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. We then created these in the form of food. Igneous rock is made from hot lava that has cooled – we watched this process when our lovely teaching assistants showed us how to make honeycomb! We looked at the layers of sedimentary rock by making sandwiches. Miss Bugg’s favourite was the metamorphic rocks as we learnt that these change when they are heated so we made rock cakes – which definitely changed when they were heated in the oven! I know that sounds busy but there’s still more… We also participated in making fossil art and then unfortunately (due to weather conditions) did a virtual rock survey of Mundesley via Google Maps! It was still fun! To end the week, we are going to go to the DINOSAUR PARK! How exciting!!

Swan Class weekly update

We have had yet another jam-packed week starting our Science topic on Rocks and Fossils! We have been investigating and looking at describing, classifying and grouping different types of rocks. We have used the magnifying glasses to inspect different rocks closely – this was super fun! At the end of the week, we took part in the national rock survey around Mundesley and looked at different types of rocks in the village (pictures will be posted next week – stay posted!), We have been working hard on consolidating our knowledge of subtraction using column method when an exchange is involved. Last week, a few of us were in the pit but this week we have all come out of the pit and we’re really starting to get the hang of how exchanging works!

Swan Class weekly update

Happy wellbeing week! This week we have been looking at what wellbeing looks like across the whole Coastal Federation. We enjoyed partaking in an assembly where we learnt laughing yoga! We have also enjoyed a treasure hunt outside where we had to unpick the meaning of the riddles to work out what the outside object was. This week, we also went on our first trip of the year to North Walsham High School to listen to the 2 Johns talk on e-safety. It was really interesting and they gave us some really good, realistic tips on how to stay safe whilst we’re playing online. We have also been becoming masters of reading. We now should all know what fluency in reading means and how we can show if we are fluent readers (fingers crossed!). You could test the Year 4’s at home to see if they remember… the pressure is on!! In maths, we have been using equipment to see how we exchange in subtraction. We have then transferred this skill into a formal subtraction column method. We are really starting to get the hang of this and understanding why we exchange! Well done Year 4s – a jam packed week, full of fun and learning!!

Swan Class weekly update

We have had a busy week this week in Swan class! We have been writing our explanation text on the Street Beneath my feet; where we’ve also experienced two experience days! One learning about animals that ‘burrow’ and the other learning about fossils and creating our own! In guided reading, we are really thinking about what makes a good reader. Is it just someone who can decode all of the words in a text? We have decided no and that actually if we sound like robots when we read, maybe we are fake reading! We have been thinking about metacognition – what are we thinking about when we read? We have all participated in lots of activities to get us thinking about how we think when we are reading. We now all know that good reading is reading + thinking! In topic, we have been finishing off our cave paintings by using all of the oil pastel techniques that we have learnt! We have created another ‘WOW’ page in our topic books to show this off! In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of using formal methods to add and we have moved onto formal methods to subtract!

Swan Class Update

Welcome back Swan Class.

It has been lovely to hear about all your October half term antics and I’m glad that you all enjoyed yourself. This week we have moved onto learning about formal methods to add 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. In English, we have been discussing the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts because we are now starting to write a non-fiction text. Our non-fiction text will be an explanation based upon the book ‘The Street Beneath my Feet’. It will explain what is underneath the ground from cables to sedimentary rock. We have spent some time using resources to help us explore different types of rocks. In topic, we have started to learn different techniques in using oil pastels ready for us to produce a cave painting!

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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!

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!