Saturday, 30 April 2016

Year Three week ending 29th April 2016

We have had a lovely week with the children working very hard on their Rainforest topic in Geography and Art, looking at how water is transported through plants in Science, starting a new folkstory set in Africa in Literacy and a spot of revision in Maths. We have been very impressed with their enthusiasm and concentration. We have been very busy this week and haven't managed to look at all the homework that has come in but will find more time next week to catch up. 

Activities you can do at home:

Literacy: Continue to practise your spellings, read either on your own or preferably with an adult and continue to prepare your presentation. If for some reason the date for your presentation doesn't suit, please come in and see me and we will rearrange. If you are pushed for time to prepare and would like over half term, we can give you a date after half term.

Maths: I will be putting some new tasks up on the mymaths website. if you have lost your password/ username, please tell me and i will print it out again. I am endeavouring to differentiate them now so if your child is finding them too hard or too easy please email me. 

Science: Continue with last week's investigation. Next week we will be looking at how plants make food and the life cycle of a plant. Can you find out what this process is called? What is the life cycle of a plant? What will be the life cycle of the seeds and beans we have planted at school? Can you draw the stages?

Have a lovely long weekend, get lots of rest and we'll see you on the 3rd of May. 
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock. x
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Friday, 29 April 2016

Year 4 w/e 29.4.16

This week we have been

Literacy- going over past reading papers and writing our own rhyming story

Numeracy- going over past maths papers and reasoning

Topic- researching a rainforest or a rainforest animal

Science- learning about the process of photosynthesis

You can help at home by

Literacy- keep reading at home and learning your spellings. Can you turn your favourite chapter of a book into your own version? Can you make it so it rhymes?

Maths- revise different Maths concepts covered in class and my maths activities. Practise telling the time and converting between 24 hour clock also.

Topic- what's the climate like in the rainforests? Do you think it's hotter than a city? Can you compare the temperature between a rainforest and a city close by?

Enjoy your weekend and extra day! See you Tuesday.

Miss. Williams

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Year 6 week ending 29.4.16

This week we have been learning to:

Literacy - editing and assessing our imovies and practising technique for the reading paper next week.

Numeracy - we revised the topic area and perimeter and reading and interpreting distance/time charts.

Science - we have learnt about the life cycle of plants and have begun learning about seed dispersal.

Discovery - researching and annotating maps, using skitch, about the top six countries who produce cocoa, chocolate and consume chocolate.

How you can help at home:

Talking homework - you will be finishing of writing a short story using the stimulus you have been given in school this week.

As you are aware, next week we will be conducting the National numeracy, reasoning and reading tests. The children have been working really hard towards these in school and any extra work they could do at home would be extremely beneficial. The following link will show you examples.
http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/numeracy-sample-materials/?lang=en
http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/reading-sample-materials/?lang=en

Literacy - next week the children will be designing, advertising and creating a marketing campaign for their own chocolate bar.

Numeracy - my maths homework has been set to help with topics the children have requested.

Science - we will be continuing with seed dispersal. Using the following link, read about seed dispersal and write a list of the advantages and disadvantages of each different type of dispersal.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend,
Mrs Maunder / Mrs Peacock.
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Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 29.4.16


Firstly, apologies I didn't the blog up last week, my memory stick malfunctioned! Everything that I had prepared was lost unfortunately. I'll try and combine two weeks into one!

This week we have looked at:

Maths-

Adding 10 and other multiples of 10 to single and two digit numbers.

Sequencing and patterns of numbers

Doubling numbers

Literacy-

Last week in Big Write, we looked at a lovely book called 'Rumble in the Jungle.' We used alliteration to write about animals. For example, slithering snakes, ravenous rhinos, cheeky, chattering chimpanzees.

This week we wrote an acrostic poem, using the letters JUNGLE or RAINFOREST.

Knowledge and Understanding

Carrying on with our work with electricity, we looked at appliances using either mains or battery. We created posters about how to stay safe around electricity too. For example, not leaving leads trailing across floors, not using broken plugs/sockets, not using wet hands to touch plugs or sockets. (The children were fantastic at knowing about these!)

We looked at a map of the world and talked about the equator. We found that most rainforests are situated around the equator, so we talked about what it must be like there. We used maps and atlases to find Brazil and the River Amazon. Some children used a key to label places on a map of South America. 

We have been finding out about what animals live in the rainforests, and using computers to search for photos of them.

In Welsh, we have begun to learn some common body part names and are beginning to use 'Mae.... tos da fi' to say that something hurts.  

We have begun a dance about the rainforest, exploring body movements and responding to musical stimulus.

How to help at home:

Practise counting on and back in tens on and off the decade from different starting points. Ask them questions like, 'what is 10 more than...? or 10 less than...' some children will find this hard without the support of a number square.

Try some number sequences, 2,4,6,8 or 30, 35, 40, 45... or 98, 88, 78 etc. Get them to tell you the rule of the sequences. (They found it hard to say what was happening to numbers, e.g add on two or count back in tens)

Some children are becoming confident now at doubling two digit numbers, where the units don't carry over to the next 10, so double 12, they can partition the 12 into 10 and 2, then double the 10 to 20 and double the 2 to 4, then recombine the 20 and 4 to make 24. They are enjoying the challenge! 

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 29.04.16

This week we have been

RWInc - learning new sounds, words and sentences
K&U - finding out about farm animals
PE. - learning to use a racket to hit a ball (tennis skills)

Activities to try at home

RWInc - continue to learn the sounds in the folders especially spelling words with special friends in them.  

K&U - can you name different animals who live on the farm?  Find out what the mother, father and baby is called for each of the animal you can think of.  Draw a picture and label them using the correct name for the animals.

PE. - have a go at catching and throwing a small ball.  Throw it up into the air and see if you can catch it.  Count how many times you can catch the ball before you drop it.  If you have a tennis racket at home have a go at gently hitting the ball with the racket.  

Have a lovely weekend.
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Mrs Miles Home Learning W/E 29.4.16

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Researching key information about specific dinosaurs.

Numeracy- Revising clocks, money problems and looking at patterns.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Can you find out the specific periods that dinosaurs existed. What was the earth like at this time?

Numeracy- If you buy an orange for 31p, an apple for 20p and an banana for 11p, how much change will you have from £1.00? Can you show your workings out?
If you buy 3 biscuits at 12p each, how much will you need? If you buy another biscuit, how much will you need? How much change from £1.00?
Please can you revise analogue and digital time (half past, quarter past, quarter to and o'clock).

Mymaths

Thank you. Enjoy the weekend.

Next Friday- we will start going to Forest School. So please can you child have a change of outdoor clothing, including wellingtons and a waterproof coat.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Year Three week ending 22nd April

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: Finishing our Tudor stories and learning how to scan texts and pick out specific information
Maths: problem solving using different calculations and reasoning
Topic: we have started our new science topic - Plants and Animals by looking at the basic parts of a flower, planting our space seeds and some beans. Over the next month we will be measuring and observing the difference between the space seeds and the seeds which haven't been into space. We will be observing what happens to the beans as they grow. 

You can help at home by:

Literacy: Your child was given a letter to bring home yesterday about the presentation which they will be doing at the end of this half term. It outlines what they need to think about as they prepare for it and gives them a specific date on which they will need to do their presentation. 
Maths: There are a couple of new tasks on the Mymaths website. I have just focused on adding and subtracting this week. 
Topic: Over the next couple of weeks we will be observing how the beans grow. There is a lovely experiment, called The Seed Museum, on the following website which allows you to observe how seeds grow. If you decide to do it, compare the growth of the bean at school with the seeds you are growing at home. You could take photos at each stage and bring them in to show the class, explaining what happened and why. Think carefully about what a seed or bean needs to grow. http://www.livescience.com/43560-plant-science-for-kids.html
This would make a great presentation!

Have a lovely weekend, Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Year 6 week ending 22.4.16

This week we have been learning to:


Literacy - creating imovies of our Macbeth scripts and practising in readiness for the reading tests.


Numeracy - we revised the topics of volume, ratio and fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents.


Science - we have learnt about the seven processes of life (MRS GREN) and the structure of a flower by dissecting daffodils.


Discovery - presenting our data from the chocolate survey conducted in class.


How you can help at home:

Talking homework - next week you will be writing the setting for a chocolate room, based on the extract we have used for our data handling investigation. The extract is the beginning of chapter 15 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You. An create your own chocolate work, remember to use all of your five senses and think about who is entering the room with you.


Literacy - next week the children will be writing a manifesto for the forthcoming Welsh elections. Start thinking about what you would like to improve in Wales and how you would persuade voters to vote for you.

Topic - carry out a chocolate survey with your own family / friends (using similar questions to those you used in class) and compare the results to those of the class.


Numeracy - see my maths for your maths homework.


Science - continue with the science experiment set last week. You can also find and dissect a different selection of flowers to see how they are similar / different to the daffodil dissected in class.



Have a good weekend,

Mrs Maunder / Mrs Peacock.
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 22.04.16

This week we have been

RWInc - sounds, words and sentences
Maths - Counting 10s to 100, counting on in 1, 2 and 3 from any number up to 20
K&U - learning about animals who live on a farm

Activities to try at home

Maths - continue with counting in tens up to 100 and back again, the children are getting very good at this.  We are also counting in 2s to 20 forwards and backwards.  I have put a link an activity which helps with the ordering of numbers, although not just tens.  If you have access to a computer have a go at this as some of the numbers are not sequential and the children find this challenging.  Start with the numbers to 10 and then to 20.  You can find it on the Topmarks website. 
 
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=order

RWInc - the children are coming on really well and working really hard to learn new sounds.  Continue to work through any new sheets sent home and recap with your child any previous sounds.  If you have time we are continuing to work on letter formation especially tall letters and letters which go below the line.

K&U - as part of our topic this term we are looking at farm animals and have been watching some short clips on the Cbeebies website Down on the Farm.  If possible have a look at the clip about the pigs and help your child write a simple fact file about pigs - What is a female pig called?  What is a male pig called?  etc.  Try and include an interesting fact about a pig.  If you do not have access to this then looking at books may help with this activity.

Have a good weekend.  
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Year 4 w/e 22.4.16

This week we have been-

Literacy- working through some past reading papers and memorising and reciting our story with expression and action 

Maths- looking at different reasoning questions and converting between time

Science- learning about the life cycle of a plant

Topic- identifying the different layers of a rainforest and completing our rainforest animals for our display

Welsh- discussing and using reading strategies to understand a text and answering questions about it

You can help at home by-

Literacy- keep reading and practicing your spellings. Can you memorise and act out part of a favourite story of yours? What actions will you use? Think about your expression. See if someone can record you, watch it back and see where you could improve then apply your improvements. 

Maths- my maths activities. Revise different concepts covered in class so far such as; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, money problems, time, finding the number that is half way between 2 other numbers.

Topic- research a particular rainforest animal or rainforest. How can you present it so it is eye catching and engaging. Try not to copy and paste information- read it and put it into your own words so you understand it properly. We can add it to our topic display.

Science- how are plants and animals classified? How can you present this? 

Have a good weekend

Miss. Williams 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

FW: Year Three week ending 15/4/16

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From: TRE.KSchartz
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:15 AM
To: trellech
Subject: Year Three week ending 15/4/16

Welcome back to an exciting and packed Summer term at Trellech. We have started our new topic 'Rainforests', will plant our 'space seeds' next week, go swimming, take part in sports day, do our presentations, some will take part in the Summer music concert and much , much more.

This week we have been learning about:
Literacy: We have been planning a Tudor story. Next week we will finish writing it, proofread it and edit it.
Maths: money - adding, finding change, finding the best value.
Topic: we have been discussing and writing about what we already know about the rainforest. We have been looking at the works of the artist, Henry Rousseau.

Literacy : This term all the children will have the opportunity to do a presentation in front of the class. They can choose the topic but it needs to be at least 2 minutes long. Think about what visual resources you may want to use and once you have planned it, try to learn parts of it, so that you are not just reading of a piece of paper. Again, a powerpoint presentation can be a useful visual resource but ensure you are not just reading the information from the slides. Practise presenting to your friends and family. Speak clearly and with expression and try to make eye contact with your audience. Good luck! I will be sending out a letter next week with the date your child will do their presentation to the class. ( It won't be for a few weeks) .

Maths: keep practising your my maths activities. Lots of adding and subtracting this week. Don't forget to keep practising your times table - 2,3,4,5,10 times tables. These are the ones you need to be able know how to work out, even if you are not answering rapidly yet.

Topic: We've looked at Henry Rousseau's rainforest paintings. Using the Internet, can you find any other artists who have painted pictures of the rainforest. Write down their names in your homework book and we will compare their paintings with Rousseau's in our art lesson next week.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Friday, 15 April 2016

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning 15.4.16

This week we have been

RWInc - sounds, words and sentences
Literacy - using alliteration
Maths - counting up to 30 objects, counting to 100 in 10s.
Creative Development - researching the artist Andy Goldsworthy

Activities to try at home

RWInc - continue with your sounds, words and sentences sent home in sound folders.
Literacy - we have been using alliteration to describe the things we are going 'sell' in our farm shop, we had pretty pears, juicy jam and chewy chocolate. Can you think of some farm animals and then use alliteration to describe the animals; leaping lambs, cheeky chickens? Try and think of 5 animals to draw and label.
Maths - Collect together up to 30 objects and count them. Split them into 3 groups of 10 and now count them in tens. Repeat for different numbers up to 100. Write numbers 0 to 100 in tens, 10, 20 etc. Put them in order and point to each number as it is counted. Talk about the number of tens, 10 is 1 ten, 20 is 2 tens etc. Remove one or two of the cards and see if you can work out which ones are missing. Count forwards and backwards in 10s to 100.

Next week is the Queen's 90th birthday. Using the Internet find out some interesting facts about her life; when she was born, how long she has been Queen, how many children she has etc. Bring in the information next week so we can look at it as a class.

Please remember to send in P.E. kits including trainers/daps, hopefully as the weather improves we will be taking our P.E. outside each week - thank you.

Please note that the day of our class assembly has changed to Tuesday 28th June at 9.30am.
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Mrs Miles Home Learning- W/E 15.4.16

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Recipes. Special phrases in traditional tales.

Numeracy- Time- analogue/digital. Doubles and halves to 20.

This week we have been creating a Dinosaur Museum. Can you make a list of things that we will need to make the museum colourful and interesting?

Welsh- Beth sy'n  bod? What's the matter?
Mae. pen....tos da fi  My head is aching.

How to help your child at home

Literacy- Can you find out the definitions of the words- lulled, glimpse, sorrow and despite. Can you write some interesting sentences using these words in sentences?

Numeracy- Please could you practise o' clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times. (Analogue and digital). The children are finding this a real challenge, especially quarter to times. Could you also practise counting around the clock in fives?

Knowledge and Understanding- Can you find out the main changes of a butterfly life cycle?

The children had a great time at The Wild Place and thankfully the weather didn't let us down.

Enjoy the weekend.


Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 15.4.16

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Reading and writing numbers words

Saying a number between a given two multiples of 10

Ordering a set of numbers

Number bonds to 10 and 20

Knowledge and Understanding-

Our new topic for the summer term is going to be a mix of 'Brazil and the Olympics' and 'Rainforests.' We began to talk about Brazil and what it is like there by looking at a few photos. We then talked about the Amazon Rainforest. Our new role play area will be a Rainforest so if you have any books/animals that we could use, we would love to have them as we have limited resources at school.

Feelings- in our circle time this week we talked about how we have different feelings and some people feel different emotions at different times. We talked about how we feel on different days etc. We talked about and had fun with facial expressions to guess how people were feeling.

Electricity- we started our new science topic by talking about appliances around our school and home that use electricity. We talked about plugs and sockets.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Practise writing out number words to 10. If you then write them out in the wrong order, can they write the correct number next to the word.

Ask them to give you a number that comes between a neighbouring pair of multiples of 10; so for example, tell me a number that comes between 30 and 40 or 60 and 70. If you then write down a number, say 36, can they tell you the ten before and after it, e.g. 30 and 40. (They found this trickier than the first activity.)

We recapped number bonds to 10, for those children who can now mentally recall these facts easily I extended them to look at number bonds to 20. We discussed that once you know the facts to 10, all you need to do is add a '10' to the number and then that will give you the pair to 20. For example, 3+7 is 10, so add a ten to 3-13 and then just add the 7 still. We will be doing more work on this over the term.  

Knowledge and Understanding-

Carry out some research about any of the following-Brazil, Rio, Olympic Games (past and present) and the Rainforest.

Talk about the range of electrical items you have at home. We will be discussing battery and mains more next week.

*Could you please check all your child's uniform is labelled clearly. There are a lot of items where the name is barely readable. Many thanks.*

Year Six: Week Ending- 15th April 2016

Welcome back after the Easter Break!

 

We have been busy this week starting our new topic as chosen by the pupils of 'Chocolate'

 

At home you should:

 

- Research where cocoa beans are grown.  Identify the similarities of the locations. What do they notice about the countries?

 

- Science: Complete the following experiment at home.http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/sites/default/files/plantplumbing.pdf. This will support our learning of our new area of learning about Plants.

- Maths: Please complete the division tasks on Mymaths. Following the completion of our practice paper this week this is an area we need to focus on.

 

- Welsh: Ask and answer questions about a famous Welsh Person. Respond to questions describing the person in preparation for recording our Hot Seat Activity.

 

- Football: Y6 are fortunate to have Mr Beattie attending some of PE Sessions during the Summer Term. Please ensure appropriate kit is in school every Thursday. Session 1 will be on Thursday 21st April

 

- Queens 90th Birthday: Thursday is the Queen's 90th birthday. We will complete activities during the day as well as have a special lunch. Please bring along any facts/ resources to help in this celebration.

 

Mrs Maunder & Mrs Peacock   


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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Year 4 w/e 15.4.16

Welcome back! I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter break!

This week we have been-

Literacy- identifying the main events of our new story "The Bogeymen and the Trolls next door," also identifying poetic features of the story and up levelling some of the verses

Maths- revising what was covered in Spring term and looking at questions similar to those on the National tests.

Topic- looking at where rainforests are located around the world.

Welsh- revising past tense and writing a post card about a past holiday.

You can help at home by-

Literacy- keep reading at home and practising your spellings. Are there any other stories that have the same poetic features and layout as our story? Can you turn a chapter of your favourite story into the same format as our story of the bogeymen?

Maths- a lot of children are finding time difficult, please revise this looking at digital and 24 hour clock also. There are also some activities on mymaths

Topic- what can you find out about rainforests? See if you can present in an interesting way a variety of information, in your own words, that we can display on our topic board.

Welsh- revise past tense looking at Es i i, gwelais i, prynais i, bwytais i, ces i and roedd yn. Write your own past tense paragraph using as much of the bocs bendigedig you can remember.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss. Williams

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Dosbarth Mr Green

14/4/16

Literacy - for next Thursday, practice spellings by placing in sentences. You can use a dictionary if unsure of meanings.
Practice writing lists that include commas.
Practice using sentences with colons and semi colons.

Reading - thank you very much for listening to your child read regularly as this does make a difference in class.

Numeracy - see MY Maths activities on translating and reflecting. 
The National Tests are only three weeks away for Numeracy. In preparation for them, please practice the following: finding the halfway point between numbers; rounding to the nearest 1000 and 100; calculating perimeter and area; multiplying single numbers by three digit numbers; reading scales and recognising numbers less than a half (1/2  0.5). We have been through these in class but pupils need reminding. Therefore following the Viney Hill trip we will go through them again. Thank you for your support in advance of this.


Topic: research how life was different in the 1960s compared to today. We have already recorded information on money, shopping, transport and telephones.