Saturday, 12 December 2015

Year Three Week ending 11/12/15

This week we have been learning:

Literacy: How to write instructions and finishing off our retelling of 'The Man in the Moon' in the first person
Maths: Working out which Xmas presents we can buy when we have a certain amount of money 
Measuring the length of presents and working out how much wrapping paper they will need
Welsh: reading in Welsh about how Hannukah is celebrated

You can help at home by:

LIteracy: Over the Christmas holidays, keep reading and practising your spellings. I will post your Big Write for the first week back nearer the time. 

Maths: See the mymaths website where you will find a few tasks to complete over the Christmas holidays. Please keep practising your  2,3,4,5 and 10 timestables as we will be having a test the first week back.  

WElsh: Can you remember the food they ate on Shabbat? Draw a picture and label it with the Welsh name. (If you have forgotten the Welsh name, you can use an online Welsh dictionary). 

Most importantly, have a wonderful Christmas break. Get lots of rest and have lots of fun. We look forward to catching up with you all in January.

Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock 



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Friday, 11 December 2015

Year 6 week ending 11th December 2015

First and foremost, a huge congratulations to all of our year 6 children for two outstanding performances in our Christmas play, A Ghost of a Chance.  Every child gave 100% effort and enthusiasm and we are extremely proud of all of you.

 

This week we have been:

 

Numeracy - maths has taken on a real life aspect this week with a Christmas twist.  As a class, we created our ultimate present wish list.  It was then up to the children to try and buy all the items on the list, spending as little as possible.  This meant comparing prices, trying to find 3 for 2 offers and not forgetting the postage and package.  The children really rose to the challenge!

 

Literacy - as part of genre week, we have focussed on instructions.  All the children wrote a set of instructions on how to make a good Christmas.  We loved seeing what was included!

 

Christmas plays - we have watched the Foundation Phase play, and participated in our own dress rehearsal and performances.

 

Welsh - we have been rehearsing our oracy recounts ready for filming.

 

How you can help at home:

 

Numeracy - my maths homework has been set, continuing with the theme of finding the best buys.

 

Talking homework - next week there will be no big write due to our trip to the Pantomime and toy day on the last day of term.

 

Literacy - try writing a short story using the title "A nightmare just before Christmas".  Use the following as the start of your story, then continue with a scenario that could possibly ruin Christmas.  It is up to you whether you want the ending to be a happy one or not and how humorous you want to make it!  Please bring your stories in to share with us.

 

"A nightmare before Christmas"

It was another beautiful frosty night December night in the North Pole.  A frozen blanket of snow lay deep and crisp on the ground.  Jack Frost had visited every home and had etched magnificent spiral patterns into every glass window.  it really was the harshest weather that anyone could ever remember and it was only two days until Christmas.

 

Santa Claus was extremely busy adding the finishing touches to his Christmas preparations. He was shortly about to deliver thousands of wonderful presents to many excited children all over the world.  His elves were beginning to load masses of shiny gifts onto his sleigh and his brave reindeer were practicing their final manoeuvres before the big day.  Every was coming together nicely and Santa was very pleased with his team.  Then....

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

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Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 11.12.15

This week we have been

 

Recapping our sounds and learning to read and spell green words

Beginning to use bossy verbs to write simple instructions

Learning what makes us feel happy and sad

 

Activities to have a go at home

 

Continue to learn the sounds in the sound folders including the sheets with words.  Encourage your child to use fred in your head when reading the words and then only saying the word out loud.  We have been trying this out in class and they are getting very good at it.  Also continue to develop the handwriting of the letters ensuring your child is forming the letters correctly, starting and finishing the letters in the right place.

 

Have a go at writing some simple instructions using bossy verbs such as cut, make, mix, pour - you could make it a Christmas theme and draw pictures to illustrate your instructions.  We will be writing more instructions next week.

 

During circle time the children discussed things which make them feel happy and things which make them feel sad, ask your child what makes them feel happy or sad and ask them to draw a picture to show how they are feeling.

 

Thank you for your continued help with the reading at home and the sound folders, even though the children have not had new sounds we continually reinforce the sounds with the children each day.  A little time each day at home really does make a difference. 

 

A little reminder to send in a cereal box covered in Christmas paper with your child's name on next week for your child to take their Christmas gifts home. (Please leave one end of the box open so we can put the things inside.) Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Year three week ending 4/12/15

This week when been learning:

Literacy: WE have been watching the Man on the Moon (john Lewis advert) and answering questions on the characters' feelings and planing a retelling of the story. Next week we will be writing the story in the 1st person and looking at the features of instructions. 

Maths: halving and doubling 2 digit numbers and subtracting on a number line. 

You can help at home by:

Literacy: Keep reading and practising your spellings. The Big write next week is to write a set of instructions explaining how the man in the moon can get to Earth. You can be as creative as you like. Perhaps Lily will send him a spaceship, perhaps he will use magic moon dust or perhaps his shed can zoom down to Earth. I'm sure you will have better ideas. Think about the features of a set of instructions. Will you use numbered steps, what materials/ items will you need, will you need to use any pictures? Which time connectives will you use? Could you use adverbs to explain how something is done?

Numeracy: There are two tasks on the my maths website linked to this week's maths work. If you are having trouble accessing the website or the tasks, please let me know. I will be checking the website each Friday afternoon and those children that have completed their mymaths hw will be awarded extra housepoints. 

Our dress rehearsal will be next week so can all remaining costumes be in on Monday. Many thanks for all your help. Have a lovely blustery weekend.
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Year 6 week ending 4.12.15

This week we have been:

 

Literacy - Being able to justify our opinion by using evidence from the text Varjak Paw.

 

Numeracy - categorising shapes according to their properties and tessellating shapes.

 

Science - writing scientific conclusions.

 

We have also been rehearsing our Christmas concert ready for performances next week.

 

Numeracy - you will find homework on my maths relating to the shape work we have been doing this week.  You can also try the fourth part of the lesson on tessellating shapes where you draw your own tessellating patterns.

 

Science - you can practise writing the remainder of your science conclusion at home, using the success criteria written in school.  We can then edit this in school.

 

Welsh - practise using your story map to orally retell your recount in readiness for being recorded this week.  Your story map should provide you with prompts to help jog your memory.

 

Talking homework - next week you will be writing a poem about either Christmas or advent (your choice).  Try thinking about all the things that remind you of Christmas.  You could then use this to write a contrasting poem about outside and inside at Christmas.  You could also link the themes of outside and inside, for example trees being bare outside and Christmas trees being laden with baubles inside.  Alternatively, your poem could be humorous or focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Please could all costumes be in school by Monday 7th December in readiness for our dress rehearsal on Tuesday.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

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Year 4 w/e 4.12.15

This week we have been

Literacy- writing a book review and presenting our research of Patagonia using ict

Maths- finding lines of symmetry and drawing reflections of shapes

Welsh- looking at prepositions and planning ideas for an oracy task

We have also been practising our Xmas concert.

You can help at home by

Literacy- identify the features of instructions ready for genre week next week. What can you make instructions for? Keep reading and learning your spellings

Maths- my maths activities but also can you create your own shapes and reflections? How many shapes have 2,3,4,5,6 etc lines of symmetry?

Topic- what else can you find out about Patagonia? Practise your Welsh ready for recording next week.

All costumes to be in by Monday please for dress rehearsal Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss.Williams

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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 4.12.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Counting on and back from any number, in particular bridging a multiple of 10

1 more/1 less

2more/2 less than numbers

Knowledge and Understanding-

Uses of materials and why they are suited for those particular jobs/uses

The names and functions of some Victorian household items, e.g a mangle, bed warmer, chamber pot and washboard.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Either make a number line together for 1-20 or use http://www.ictgames.com/numberlineJumpMaker/index.html

Practise jumping on and back and relate this to +1 or -1, we also did +2 and -2. We worked on some sums such as 7+2= and 7-2= so they can see the relation between more/less and adding/subtracting.

 

Knowledge and Understanding-

The children enjoyed talking about the old fashioned objects. Perhaps they could draw the old object and the corresponding modern one. E.g a chamber pot and a toilet!

On this interactive website, we looked inside a Victorian house, and met some characters who would have lived and worked in the Villa. We talked about the furniture, rooms, decorations etc and compared them to our own houses. Have a look at-

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/learning/walk-through-a-victorian-house/walk-through/

Thanks for the costumes, they look great. Monday afternoon is our dress rehearsal.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 3.12.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Using different types of punctuation. Writing a story ending to The Invisible Clothes.
 
Numeracy-Number pairs to 20. Finding missing numbers. Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.
 
Knowledge and Understanding-Looking at sources of light that help people in their work places.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Literacy- Next week we will be looking at different types of instructions. Can you find anything you have at home that has instructions? What sort of language is used? Can you write some down?
 
Numeracy- If you have some number cards 1-20, pick 1 and discuss what needs to be added to it to make 20. Record the addition sum. Also discuss what would be left if this number was taken away from 20. Record the subtraction sum. Repeat with 5 different cards.
 
No more swimming now. Just a reminder about Christmas costumes ready for next week.
 
Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Year 6 week ending 27.11.15

This week we have been:

 

Literacy: we have been continuing with our studies of Varjak Paw, analysing the characters and how the author (S.F.Said) builds up tension, movement and feeling in his writing.

 

Welsh: extending our sentences to help with our recount writing in the past tense.

 

Numeracy: most of the class have completed a brain academy mission on factors and multiples.  Some have been learning to calculate the circumference of circles, semi circles, quarter circles and compound shapes involving circles?

 

Science: drew line graphs from the results of our science experiment.

 

At home...

 

Maths: my maths homework has been set and involves practising some reasoning questions on the concept of time.  There is also some challenge work for those who were learning about the circumference of a circle.

 

Talking homework: in class the children have written reports about Patagonia and created a success criteria for this.  Next week they will be writing a newspaper report about the Christingle service where they will need to use the ICT skills they have been learning to publish it.

 

Welsh: using the story map you have, practice retelling the story orally.  You can also write down questions that you could ask a partner about their recount.

 

Science:  we will be writing our conclusions from the science experiment.  Write down a check list of all the things we need to create a successful conclusion, such as reflecting on our prediction "er" statement etc.

 

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Christingle service on Wednesday.

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

 

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Year There week ending 27/11/15

This week we have been learning about: 

Maths: adding using a number line and using this strategy to solve a problem
Literacy: developing our own ideas in a story
Welsh: Planning a brochure about Monmouth

You can help at home by:

Maths: completing the my maths tasks. If you are having trouble finding your username and password please contact me and I can give it to you again. 
Literacy: Continue to listen to your child read and encourage them to practise their spellings. 
 Next weeks Big Write task is: Watch the John Lewis Christmas Advert- The Man in the Moon. (Year Three – we will be watching this in our Literacy lessons this coming week and completing some work on it)

https://www.literacyshed.com/manonmoon.html

At the end, it says "story to be continued". Can you write another chapter for this story? What will the man see through his telescope? Will he communicate with the little girl again? Will he return to earth? Will someone join him on the moon and how? 

Remember to think about how your characters are feeling. What words will you use to describe their feelings? Will you split your story into paragraphs – an introduction, middle and ending? Think about what sentence openers you might want to use?

Welsh: Practise writing sentences about Monmouth. e.g. Mae siopau uno. Mae bont mawr yno. Mae parc yno. Dw i'n hoffi chwarae pel-droid gyda mam ac tad yn Monmouth. Dw i'n hoffi Monmouth achos mae'n gret. 


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock.


PS If you are in choir please remember to learn your words for the Christingle on Wednesday. 

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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 27.11.15

 Continued- For our 'Big Write' we wrote instructions for how to make a Christingle. Have a look at any recipes at home, we talked about a title, list of equipment and numbered steps with bossy verbs.
See what recipes you can look at together.

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 27.11.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Recognising and naming 2D shapes

Describing properties of 2D shapes

Sorting 2D shapes, using a Venn diagram and charts

Knowledge and Understanding-

Sorting materials into groups according to their properties

Giving instructions for moving around a course, using forward, left turn and right turn. We used a program on the I Pad called A.L.E.X which requires a code for making a robot move around a course.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Identify 2D shapes in items around the home, talk about the features of the shapes, e.g a square has 4 straight edges, a circle has one curved edge. We used 'edges' rather than 'sides', and I introduced 'vertices' rather than 'corners.' Play a game where they have to draw the shape that you describe.

I introduced them to a Venn diagram (two overlapping circles) to sort the shapes. I labelled one circle 'red' and one circle 'rectangle.' Children had to sort the shapes into right circle, and if they had a red rectangle it would need to go into the overlapping section.

Try http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ShapeSorter/  

Knowledge and Understanding-

We used square carpet tiles, but any bits of paper or mats will be fine. Lay out a course of 4/5/6 squares and ask your child to give you instructions for moving around, e.g forward 3 steps, turn right, forward 2 steps. There is an app on the I Pad called A.L.E.X (which I think is free) which we used where they can program in the commands for a robot to move. This is the early stages of coding, which is a big part of the ICT curriculum now for Primary children.

On this interactive website, we looked inside a Victorian house, and met some characters who would have lived and worked in the Villa. We talked about the furniture, rooms, decorations etc and compared them to our own houses. Have a look at-

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/learning/walk-through-a-victorian-house/walk-through/

Perhaps they could choose a room and compare how it is different to the same room in your house. They couldn't believe that the children's rooms had no toys!

 

Year 4 w/e 27.11.15

 This week we have been-
 
Literacy- comparing the film and book version of Fantastic Mr Fox and creating a new farmer
 
Maths- finding fractions of amounts using known table facts
 
We have also been practising our Christmas concert- keep learning the words and dance movements.
 
You can help at home by-
 
Literacy- look at the features of a book review in readiness to write one on Monday.
 
Maths- fraction activities on Mymaths and also learn your timestables.
 
Topic- what can you find out about Patagonia for our topic board?
 
Have a lovely weekend
 
Miss. Williams

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 27.11.15

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Designing a poster. Spelling words woth oa, ow and o-e (as
in phone). Letter writng.

Numeracy- Subtracting 10, 11, 20 and 21. Recognising different
meanings for subtraction. (Take-away, difference between etc).

Knowledge and Understanding- Identifying different sources of light.
Making a London scene and a minion who visits the various landmarks.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Can you find some interesting words to describe fabrics. For
eg. exquisite, diaphanous etc.
Write a blurb for your favourite story. Make it really descriptive to
entice us all to want to read the book.

Numeracy- Choose 6 numbers between 30-100. Then subtract,10 from these
numbers. Record the number sentence. For eg. 45-10= . Repeat with
taking away 11,20,and 21. Also mymaths-Number bonds.

Knowledge and Understanding- Try to make some shadows at home.
Experiment with how you make them bigger/smaller.

Thank you. Have a fab weekend.
Last swimming next week.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green

Week ending 27th November 2015

Literacy - see homework book for spellings. Please look up their meanings and write in sentences.

Numeracy - practice times tables from x2 to x10

Mr Green's Numeracy group - use the My Maths homework set

Friday, 20 November 2015

Year Six Week Ending: 20th November 2015

This week we have been...

Literacy: continuing our study of Varjak Paw and using our reading of the novel to develop our skills to apply in our own writing

Welsh: completing our story map and begin our recount of our trip to Blaenavon.

Maths: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing negative numbers

Science: completed our science experiment

Discovery: comparing weather in Wales and Patagonia and drawing graphs using this information.

At home...

Maths: complete my maths task set this week

Talking Homework: identify features of a report in preparation to write a report giving an account of the first Welsh settlers making the decision and journey to Patagonia

Science: next week we will be putting our results from our experiment into a line graph. You may like practice by going to the following website: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/8394/3/00133-2008fly-en.pdf

Welsh: use past tense phrases to write sentences in a recount. How can you use BB words to extend the sentences?

Continue to learn your words for our Christmas production,

Mrs Peacock & Mrs Maunder
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Year Three week ending 20/11/15

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: The structure of a story and sequencing it
Maths: Working out the perimeter of a shape and adding using a number line. 


You can help at home by:

Maths: There are two new tasks to complete on 'my maths'. 
Literacy: Continue to read with and help your child to practise their spellings. 
Next week's Big Write is:

This week we will be writing to Father Christmas to persuade him that we deserve to have presents this year. Think about the persuasive language you might want to use (see below for some ideas) and how you set out the letter. If you need your address , make sure you write it down in your homework log book. What reasons will you give Father Christmas for why you deserve your presents this year. In your last paragraph you might want to give him some ideas of what to give you.

Most people would agree that…

Only a fool would think that…

A sensible idea would be to…

We ALL know that…

Doesn't everyone know that…?

It wouldn't be very difficult to…

The REAL truth is that…

Are we expected to…?

Naturally I feel that…

The fact is that…

EVERBODY knows that…

Surely you would agree that…

Here are two reasons why…

This clearly shows that…

We can see from the evidence that…

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Year 4 w/e 20.11.15

This week we have been

Literacy- using illustration to represent a scene and creating emotions charts for Mr Fox

Maths- calculating change from amounts and comparing costs from retailers

Science- planning our experiment to see if the length of wire affects the brightness of the bulb.

Welsh- using the third person and expressing opinion

Topic- comparing weather in Patagonia and Wales and representing it through a graph.

You can help at home by

Literacy- keep reading and learning your spellings. You should have used a dictionary and written sentences to show their meaning but if not please do this. Is there another story which has a similar theme to Fantastic Mr Fox? What are the similarities and differences?

Maths- new activities are on the my maths website. Please also explore the other activities to further your knowledge and understanding. Keep at your X tables- now focussing on 6,7,8,9.

Topic- what links are there between Wales and Patagonia? What can you find out? This can be displayed on our topic board

Your child will have come home with a letter for their costume for the Xmas concert. If there are any concerns please contact me.

They will have also had a letter regarding the watching of Mr Fox- please ensure this letter is returned and signed by Monday.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams

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Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 20.11.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Language/text features of a poster/leaflet.
Using speech marks and question marks correctly.
Writing a short story about Rama and Sita.
 
Numeracy- Finding numbers quickly on the number square. Facts about numbers. Adding 11, 20 and 21 to a 2 digit number.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- To know that light sources are used in different ways.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Literacy- Use speech marks to write a sentence that Rama might have said to Sita when he was eventually reunited with her. Write a question that Hanuman might have asked Rama. (Perhaps you could use speech marks too).
 
Numeracy- Can you tell me 5 things about these numbers-   34   67   21   20   26 and 42?    For eg.   34 is even, it is a multiple of 2, it comes in between 33 and 35, it is underneath 24 on the number square and if you half it you have 17. Also mymaths- number bonds.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Make a list of natural/ artificial light sources.
 
Have a lovely weekend. Swimming next week.
Also, if you have any empty cereal boxes, could you bring them in. Thank you.
 

Message for Year 1 parents

Apologies, I forgot to give out the costume letters. They will come home on Monday instead!
Miss Foster

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 20.11.15

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Doubling numbers to 10

Odd and even numbers

Knowledge and Understanding-

Materials-names of common materials- what materials we have around our class/school and describing their properties, e.g hard, rough, strong, transparent, flexible etc.

We also had a go at sorting a collection of materials into two groups. The children had to guess the ways in which they were sorted, e.g shiny/not shiny, transparent/not transparent, flexible/solid etc.

Welsh clothes, using 'dwi'n gwisgo...' The children have remembered a lot of names now for items of clothing/accessories.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Practise recalling doubles of numbers to 10, some children can do it mentally, some at this stage will need to get objects to count. If you had dominoes at home, these are useful to look at to help them count as well.

Have a look at- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=dartboarddoublesandhalves

 We talked about odd and even numbers and practised counting in twos to 20 (even numbers only) We looked at how we can share even numbers equally into two groups (sharing objects) and how there is  one left over if it is an odd number. Practise pairing up some socks/shoes to help demonstrate this.  

Try http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/oddandeven.html

Knowledge and Understanding-

Talk about materials at home, begin to talk about their properties using technical words, so for cutlery being metal you could say it is shiny, hard, smooth etc. Play a guessing game where they have to describe a material and you guess it. They sometimes wanted to describe the object rather than the material, so keep an eye out for that.  

Have a look at- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/sorting_using_mate_fs.shtml

If you have any old catalogues/leaflets at home, perhaps they could cut out some pictures of clothes and label them or create a picture and use 'dwi'n gwisgo...' to say what they are wearing.

A letter came home tonight about costumes for Christmas performances; let me know if there are any problems or questions. Thanks.