Thursday, 30 April 2015

Year Three week ending 1/5/15

This week we have been learning:

LIteracy: recognising poetic devises / tools in poems
Maths: working systematically to solve problems, bar charts, two step money problems.
Discovery: The River Nile

You can help at home by:

Literacy: Choose a poem and read it carefully. What poetic devises can you find? Can you find similes, onomatopoeia, repetition, rhyme, personification?
Maths: Practise two step money problems. Work out how much you have to pay when buying items and how much change will be given. Try the following internet game - there are four different levels. Start at the sweet shop. 
Discovery: Can you find out what a cartouche and a shaduf are?  We will be making models of each next week. 

Have a lovely long weekend,
You've all been brilliant this week and I was very proud.
Mrs Schartz

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Year Four Science: w/ending ~ 1st May 2014

This week we discussed the necessary elements for successful investigation. We were then able to plan and predict our own investigations. 

We were investigating the surfaces of materials and how the friction between two surfaces can change.
Some of us enjoyed picking up jelly with chopsticks and moving them from one bowl to another and whether that was easier or harder when we repeated this when the jelly was coated in cooking oil. 
Whilst others were looking at different surfaces to use on a '2p shove' board. We planned changing the surface material and then measured the distance travelled by the 2p. We were able to identify the materials that created more friction and as a result the 2p didn't travel as far.

At home you may like to try these investigations again and explain them to your family.

you may also like to visit the following link where you can help Freddy on his track with different surfaces. 

Next week we will begin looking at air resistance,  try and research and find examples of air resistance. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Year 4w/e 24.4.15

This week we have been-

Literacy- looking at forms of persuasive writing and creating a persuasive poster for a story we read last term. 

Maths- identifying perimeter and area of shapes

Topic- looking at the geographical features of Egypt and creating a fact file 

You can help at home by-

Literacy- can you identify any of the persuasive features of any adverts in a newspaper or magazine. Does it persuade you? How else can we persuade people away from media? 

Maths- keep practising your timestables- it is evident from the learn its tests that this is an area to focus on! Remember it is about quick recall and not just writing them down correctly. 

Topic- what sort of information do you like/want to know about a place if you were to go on holiday there? What makes a holiday brochure look attractive? What information draws you to that holiday?

Have a good weekend

Miss. Williams 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Home learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 24.4.15


This week we have been learning about:


Mathematical Development-

Finding fractions of shapes and amounts

Knowledge and Understanding-

Typing a recount of their Easter holiday- using the CAPSLOCK key independently

Gym- making sequences showing a change in direction

This week we have been busy developing our role play areas of the garden centre and our rainforest. We have been designing posters, price lists, planting seeds, making signs etc. If you have any books about the rainforest we would love to see them.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Use a variety of shapes and ask them to draw on a line to show half, ask them to label them with the ½ symbol. Talk about how this means into two parts. Do the same with quarters and ¼. Highlight the need for the parts to be the same proportion.

Then continue with finding half and quarter of an amount. They are brilliant at recalling lots of half facts such as half of 8, 10 etc. But discuss the fact that that by finding half we are sharing into two equal groups.  Do the same with ¼. Most children will need practical objects to move to share into 4 groups. We have talked about a ¼ being half of a half but this was hard for them to grasp.

Have a look at

Knowledge and Understanding-

Could they find out about animals that are found in the rainforest, choose one and write down a few facts about it. We will be doing some research on this next week.

We will be looking at French artist Henri Rousseau next week too so perhaps they could find out about him and look at the style of his paintings.

Thanks for all the great costumes, our dress rehearsal went well on Thursday, so we are looking forward to Wednesday now. The assembly will begin at 9.30 am.

Year Three Homework week ending 24/4/15

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: A folktale from Botswana
Numeracy: reading timetables and working out differences in times
Science - Talking about what we already know about Forces, Pushes and pulls, what we want to find out.

You can help at home:

Literacy: Look for another folktale from Africa on the internet. Have a go reading it and compare it with 'The Enchantress of the Sands'. Is there a warning? Are the magic numbers included? What characters are there? Is there a wiseman? Is there a task?

Numeracy: Reading timetables was a challenge this week. If you go out this weekend, take a look at a bus or train timetable. Ask your child what time does the next bus/ train leave? How long will it take until it arrives at ….? Which is the fastest train? WE also looked at multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We used a partitioning method which most of the children found quite useful but they can use whichever strategy they prefer. 
45 x 2 =
21 x 3 =
24 x 4 = 
17 x 3 = 
32 x 5 = 
26 x 2 = 
25 x 4 = 
41 x 4 =
34 x 3 = 
26 x 3 =

Science: Next week we will be doing an investigation on friction. Try to find out what instrument/ tool we use to measure force in? What units do we measure force in and why? Can you find out what gravity is?

Have a lovely weekend 
Mrs Schartz

Friday, 24 April 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 24.4.15

This week we have been

RWInc - reading and writing sounds, words and sentences
Maths - counting in 2s and counting in 10s
K&U - beginning to look at our topic on holidays
Visit to Usk Farm

Activities at home

Maths - write out the numbers 0 to 10 in 2s, cut up and then mix up. See if your child can put them back in the correct order and then count in 2s. Repeat but using numbers 10 to 100, counting on in tens. Put the cards in order but miss one out. Can you child identify what the missing number is?

K&U - ask your child to draw a picture showing their favourite part of today, our visit to Usk college - was it the cows, the tractor ride, stroking the snake or cooking popcorn, there is so much to choose from! Help your child write a simple sentence to describe their favourite activity.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in information about your holidays. We have started to show where we have been on a world map. If you haven't had a chance to send anything in then it would be great to add your holiday destination to our map.

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Year Six: Week Ending- 24th April 2015

This week we have been

History: Researching Greek Gods
Literacy: studying a variety of Fables and identifying their features
Welsh: identifying the features of a recount to help prepare us for writing our own recount about our recent Residential Trip to Viney Hill

At home you may like to:

Topic: continue with your research about Greek Gods and Goddesses
Literacy: read and identify a variety of fables, identifying their morals. Consider how we can relate the morals to modern times. This will help you prepare for writing your own fable.
Maths: continue to look at the variety of work that came home prior to the Easter holiday to ensure you use the appropriate strategies when solving mathematical problems.
Talking Homework: to write a narrative piece of fictional writing that is set in Viney Hill. Consider the setting and how that changes across the site. The vicarage, church, grounds and forest may form part of your piece. Which fictional characters will you include? What will your main event be? How can you include power vocabulary to engage the reader? Create a story map in readiness for Big Write on Friday.

House Gardens: Year Six have begun to tend their gardens once again. The soil we were kindly donated last year was very rich! As a result we have a beautiful show of nettles and docks! Please could your child bring some suitable gloves for gardening to ensure they don't 'sting' themselves whilst working on the gardens!

Many thanks Mrs Maunder & Mrs Peacock

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 24.4.15

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Looking at different characters and settings from traditional tales.
Report writing.

Numeracy- Money problems. Multiples of 2, 5 and 10. Fractions

Knowledge and Understanding- Lifecycle of a Butterfly. A visit to Harold's Stones and Usk Agriculture College.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Can you find 3 facts about a famous Pirate. Perhaps you could write the beginning of a Fairy tale. (Only about 3 sentences). Use some of the interesting sentence openers and adjectives we have been using in the class.  

Numeracy- A multiple is a number which can be divided exactly by that number. For eg. 10 can be divided by 2 (multiple of 2). So can you find 4 numbers that are multiples of 2 and 10? Show your workings out.
If you have a cake and cut it into quarters, how many quarters do you have?
If you have 2 cakes, how many 1/2's?
If you have 3 cakes and there are 13 bears, is there enough cake for each bear to have a quarter of a cake? Can you show your workings out? Is there any cake left over?

Knowledge and Understanding- Next week we will be looking at local maps and coordinates. Can you make your own treasure map?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Year Four Science: Week Ending- 24th April 2015

We have continued discussing the meaning of the term 'Forces'. We focussed our learning on the term Friction. We looked for examples of friction in our everyday lives....air resistance, car tyres, our shoes and sledging in the snow!
We used Force Meters to read measurements of force on a scale in Newtons. We were very interested that our predictions were sometimes different to our measurements.
Have a look at the following link to see how much force is needed...
Next week we will be carrying out some investigations to further our understanding of the term 'Friction' using different materials.
At home look for surfaces that may create greater friction, suggest why this may happen .

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 17.4.15


This week we have been learning about:


Mathematical Development-

Counting on and back in ones from any two digit number

Ordering numbers to 100 on the bead bar

Comparing two numbers, saying which is less/more

Say which numbers come between any given neighbouring pairs of multiples of ten

Knowledge and Understanding-

ICT- Inserting 'Word art' into a document

Typing a recount of their Easter holiday- using the CAPSLOCK key independently

Identifying and observing plants and animals in our school environment


Using the story 'Rumble in the Jungle' as a stimulus to write a poem about an animal using alliteration, e.g the hungry happy hippo… or the gorgeous galloping gazelle.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Try giving them a neighbouring pair of multiples of ten, e.g 30 and 40 or 70 and 80, can they say a number which comes in between. Or if you say a number such as 47, can they say the multiple of ten that comes before and the ten that comes after; they found this harder.

Show them two numbers, get them to say which is 'more' and 'less.'

Next week we will be looking at ½ and ¼ again.

Knowledge and Understanding –

Perhaps you could observe the sort of plants and animals you have in your gardens- perhaps draw a table, then draw and label them so we can compare to what we found in school.

We have a garden centre role play in our outdoor area this half term, so if you have any old pots, seeds, gardening gloves, small trowels, watering cans etc. we would love to have them!

We have been practising for our assembly this week, most children know their words, so thank you very much for helping them to learn them. Just a reminder about costumes- if they can come in by Wednesday, thanks.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Year 4 w/e 17.4.15

This week we have been-

Literacy- writing our own ending to War Horse and completing reading comprehensions

Maths- looking at different questions similar to the National tests and discussing ways of answering them 

Topic- we have started our new topic of Ancient Egyptians. We used an atlas to help locate and plot different cities and rivers in Egypt.

You can help at home by-

Literacy- what is a persuasive text? What different ways can we persuade people when using media? Please also keep reading and practising your spellings.

Maths- keep practising you timestables and the work we have covered so far- practise questions that we cover in our warm up. Can you collect data and represent it in a graph? Can you create your own Carroll or Venn diagram? 

Topic- what are the main attractions of Egypt? What is the weather like? Population? What are the houses like? Are their schools similar to ours? 

Have a good weekend
Miss. Williams  

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 17.4.15

This week we have been learning-
Numeracy - what happens at different times of the day
Reading the clock to o'clock
RWInc - reinforcing the reading and writing of sounds, words and sentences
K&U - beginning to find out about holidays

Activities you could try at home

Numeracy - look at what things you do at the weekend. Are they the same as during the week? Do you get up at the same time or go to bed at the same time or is it different? Draw a picture or write a sentence about things you do. You could also have a go at writing the time of the activity using o'clock.

K&U - find out where you have been on holiday. Who did you go with? How did you get there? Was the country a hot country or a cold country? What did you do on holiday? How long did it take to get there? Maybe you could tell use something interesting about your holiday or have a souvenir you could show us. Bring in any facts about your holiday next week, I look forward to hearing all about it.

What a busy week we have had. Just a quick reminder about the Usk trip on Friday - could you please send in the permission slips as soon as possible if you haven't already. Also we will be taking our P.E. outside whenever the weather lets us so could all children please have daps or trainers to be kept in school, thank you.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Year 6 week ending 17.4.15

This week we have been learning to:

Literacy - identifying the features of a fable and the characteristics of the animals in them.

Numeracy - calculating the area of rectilinear shapes and triangles and practising reasoning skills.

Science - describing different terminology associated with forces and identifying forces acting upon objects.

Discovery - we have begun our new topic of Ancient Greece by learning about modern Greece, it's landscape, boundaries, climate and food.

Viney Hill - carrying out wonderful outdoor pursuits!

How you can help at home:

Numeracy - we will be continuing to practise the skills required for the numeracy procedural and reasoning tests in May. We will also be making 3D models. Using the following website, scroll down to page 69 and try competing a selection of reasoning problems.

Literacy - we will be studying Aesops fables, read a selection of his fables and identify the morals in them.

Science - we will be measuring forces using Newton meters. Read more about forces on the following website and try the quiz at the end.

Discovery - we will be identifying where Ancient Greece lies in comparison to other periods in history.

Have a good weekend after all the activities at Viney Hill!

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 17.4.15

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing a report about Pirates.

Numeracy- Subtracting by counting back and counting on. Number problems. Ordering numbers.

Knowledge and Understanding-  Identifying historical landmarks around Trellech, using a map.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Can you find 3 facts about a Pirate?
Can you design a poster advertising Pirate Pete's Cocktail Bar? Think of some names to call the drinks-  Ginger Beard, Mermaids Tears, Seaweed surprise etc. What would you price the drinks at? Try to use amounts less than a £1.00.

Numeracy- If a trip on the Pirate ship cost an adult 51p and a child 25p. How much would it cost 1 adult and 1 child? How much change from £1.00? If 2 adults and 2 children, how much would it cost? If the ship sails at 3:am and arrives at its destination at 7:am, how long is the journey?

Knowledge and Understanding- Can you find out 4 facts about Harold's Stones?

Next Wednesday we will be visiting The Harold's Stones. Please remember your wellingtons if not in school. Also the trip to Usk on Friday.