Saturday, 28 May 2016

Year three week ending 27 thMay

Wow! What a fabulous half term we have had. The class have worked so hard and been a pleasure to teach.

This week we have learnt:
Literacy: how to write a story full of excitement and tension
Numeracy: a mathematical project all about the rainforest - data handling, comparing the price of fair trade and non fair trade foods.
Science: how plants reproduce

You can help at home by:
Literacy: read a story from beginning to end. Write a review of the book. Introduce the book , write about what you like and what you don't like about the book. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Who would it be suitable for?
Numeracy: keep practising your times tables and check out the my maths website for any activities you haven't already completed this half term. Remember you can practise your times tables on the Mymaths website. Use the school login but don't log in using your personal username and password. You can the. Choose the activities you want to complete.

Have a wonderful , relaxing half term.
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Year 6 week ending 27.5.16

This week we have been learning to:

Literacy - write formal persuasive letters.

Numeracy - create a super athlete in readiness for Rio 2016, using measurements and timing accurately in tenths and hundredths.

Science - we have been continuing to monitor our seeds that have been germinating in different environments and designed a plant with adaptations suitable to a particular environment.

Discovery - we have sequenced the events of the Aztecs and the Tudors, looking at which events have overlapped and how.

How you can help at home:

Literacy - this is linked to our science work this week, focusing on presentation skills.

Numeracy - my maths homework has been set, please try and catch up with any that may be overdue.

Science - please continue to monitor your biome's and make your presentation for the class, to be given on 7th June 2016.  Remember, your presentation can be in any format you wish, such as a powerpoint presentation, information page, presentation board, video blog - or any other means of your choosing!

Welsh - revise your use of past tense phrases in preparation for writing a blog about an event from half term.

Gilwern - you have recently been given your letter and equipment list for Gilwern.  Don't forget the parents meeting on Thursday 9th June at 3.30pm.

Sports Day - weather permitting, sports day is planned for Friday 17th June.  Please ensure you have your kit in school for practices and the sports day itself.

Leavers assembly - unbelievably there are only 7 weeks left in school for our year 6's!  Our assembly will come around quicker than we know, words for which will be coming home shortly. 

Have a restful and enjoyable half term,
Mrs Maunder / Mrs Peacock.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 26.5.16

 

Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 26.5.16

This week we have looked at:

Maths-

Counting 'sets of' twos, fives and tens. We carried on with multiplication at the start of this week. We used vocabulary like 'groups of' and 'sets of' when looking at groups of items in twos, fives and tens. We used 2p, 5p and 10p coins too when adding up and counting in multiples of those numbers. I introduced the 'x' sign this week, we used words such as times, multiply and groups of, as this is easier for them to visualise.  When recording we, went from , 3 lots of 5, to 3x5. Most children picked it up well.

We then went on to the start of division, 'how many groups' of 2 in 10? 'How many lots' of 5 can we make from 15. They used objects to move physically, e.g use 10 cubes- move them into groups of 2- then count the groups. This was harder for them to pick up, as they kept wanting to count the number of items, rather than the groups. Try some examples at home. Some children began using the division sign.

Have a look at- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/multiplication-and-division there are a few games here that we have used.

Knowledge and Understanding

Identifying features of a place- we looked at some photos of Rio, including the coastline, the high-rise buildings, mountains, Christ the Redeemer statue etc. We talked about Favelas ('shanty towns' or 'slums'). We then began talking about how a place like Rio is different to Trellech. Perhaps they could find out some more facts about Rio over half term- currency, how many people live there etc. Talk about some differences between a city like Rio and a village like Trellech.

We will be doing some research based on a rainforest animal after half term, using the computer to type up facts and inserting pictures into the document. Perhaps they could start thinking about which animal they may like to choose and begin some simple fact finding. E.g habitat, diet, predators, colour etc.

Assembly rehearsals

The children have brought their assembly words home to learn, so if you can help as much as possible, that would be much appreciated. They are doing well with them, so hopefully won't forget them after a week off! Hopefully you all received the letter about costumes and face painting.

Have a lovely break.

 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Year Six. Week Ending 20th May 2016

This week we have been learning to: 

Calculate a budget in mathematics. Follow up homework tasks can be found on mymaths. 

Develop a narrative role play including the emotive elements in literacy. Next week we are writing letters. Identify the main features of a letter and appropriate vocabulary to be included in a letter of complaint. 

Continuing to tend for our plants for our science investigation and considering adaptation of plants 

At home try the following science investigation:





No talking homework this week due to INSET next Friday 

Don't forget we're off to the Colorfoto Studio on Thursday, we need to leave promptly at 9am...don't be late!

Last football session on Thursday afternoon with Andy Beattie, don't forget your kit! 

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 20.05.16

This week we have been

Maths - taking away objects to find out how many are left
RWInc - learning new sounds, words and writing sentences
P.E - sports day races and tennis skills
Magic writing - writing about our favourite farm animal

Activities to try at home.

Maths - gather a selection of objects, start with ten. Count the objects and then ask your child to take a number away, count how many are left. Write the sum and the answer on a piece of paper. Some children used a number line instead of objects to work out the subtraction sums. Write the numbers to ten at the top of a piece of paper and then write some subtraction sums for your child to complete, extend them if they are confident up to ten by giving them a new line up to twenty. Tonight your child brought home a sheet showing number formation. Many of the children find writing some of the numbers tricky so hopefully these sheets might help you at home. Remember it doesn't have to be on paper but in sand, paint, water and brushes outside can be great fun to help learning.

We have also been counting in twos and tens during our mental maths activities so have a go at this at home.

RWInc - use the words on your child sheets to make up simple sentences. For example, my RWInc group have learnt oo, poo at the zoo this week so an example of their sentence could be 'I went to the zoo with Ben.' or using a previous sound it could be 'The dog ran in the snow.' Both these sentences have green words and a couple of simple red words including the, to and I. Have a go at a couple of sentences and draw a picture to go with your writing. Please encourage your child to use the correct letter formation and to hold their pencil correctly.

Hope you have a great weekend.
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Year 4 w/e 20.5.16

This week we have been

Literacy- covering different grammar concepts and writing descriptively

Maths- identifying and sorting 2d and 3D shapes

Science- looking at the processes of living things and plants of the rainforest

Topic- researching ways in which the rainforests are being destroyed and how we can protect them

Welsh- writing a conversation

You can help at home by-

Literacy- keep reading and learning your spellings. Can you write a short description using accurate grammar and descriptive vocabulary?

Numeracy- my maths activities set. Keep learning your X tables. What items around the house are 3D shapes? Can you sort them into different headings like we did in class.

Topic- research further the ways in which the forests are being destroyed.

Those children who are going on the Gruffalo trip on Thursday will need a packed lunch. We will be back in time for school buses.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss.Williams

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Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 20.5.16

This week we have looked at:

Maths-

Counting in twos, fives and tens. We started the basics of multiplication this week. We used vocabulary like 'groups of' and 'sets of' when looking at groups of items in twos, fives and tens. We used 2p, 5p and 10p coins too when adding up and counting in multiples of those numbers. We then worked on some word problems involving counting in twos, fives and tens.  

Literacy-We read 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson and then wrote a thank you letter from one of the animals thanking George for his item of clothing and explaining how happy they were now with it.

 

Knowledge and Understanding

Sports day practising

Assembly rehearsals

Henri Rousseau paintings

How to help at home:

Practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. Choose 2, 5 or 10 and then roll a dice and ask them to say how many groups of that number. E.g choose 5, roll a 4 on the dice and say 4 lots of 5 are 20.  Choose 10, roll a 3 and say 3 lots of 10 are 30. Etc.

Then try some problems- e.g apples come in packs of 2, bananas come in bunches of 5 and strawberries come in packs of 10.It helps to draw a picture with the number on to help them remember what they are counting in each time.  

Example questions- If I want 10 apples, how many packs do I need to buy? I buy 5 packs of strawberries, how many strawberries will I have altogether? If I need 12 bananas, how many packs will I need? How many will be left over? Obviously, substitute the fruit for something of interest to them.

The children have brought their assembly words home to learn, so if you can help as much as possible, that would be much appreciated. The quicker they can learn them, the easier it makes things this end! I'll send a letter next week about costumes.

 

Mrs Miles Home Learning W/E 20.5.16

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Using a dictionary. Definitions. Diary entry.

Numeracy- Subtraction. Doubles.

Knowledge and Understanding- Research on Salvador Dali.

How to help your child at home

Literacy- Next week we will be looking at the language and text features of letter writing. Can you discuss with your child why letters are written and the different types of letters that we send and receive?

Numeracy- Find near doubles to 50. For eg- 21+20=   (20+20=40, add another 1 =41.

See Mymaths.

Knowledge and Understanding- Can you find out what the word friction means? Can you give me an example of friction?

Next week we will be going to Forest School on Wednesday, due to the last day being a training day.

Thank you. Enjoy the week end.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Year Three week ending 13th May

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: Describing a setting using adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs, looking at how the author creates drama and tension in a story, retelling a part of a story using drama.
Numeracy: Halving, adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100, creating and interpreting bar charts
Art: Looking at Rousseau's landscape-portrait paintings

You can help at home by:

Literacy: Continue to prepare for your presentation. We will start listening to them next week and we can't wait!
Numeracy: There are new mymaths activities. 
Art: Find Rousseau's painting entitled "Myself" . This painting depicts his aspirations as an artist. Think about what you would like to be when you grow up. Make a self-portrait based upon your aspirations, perhaps showing yourself in different clothes, or holding the objects you will need. Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Friday, 13 May 2016

Year 6 week ending 13.5.16

This week we have been learning to:

Literacy - identifying themes and plots in Michael Morpurgo novels and short stories.

Numeracy - plotting co-ordinates in four quadrants, translating shapes and identifying missing co-ordinates of shapes.

Science - we have planned our own group experiments to investigate the factors that affect germination and then planted marigold seeds. Each group will be watering and monitoring their seeds daily.

Discovery - we identified the connections between a set of photographs and then researched whether a set of statements about the history of chocolate were true or false.

How you can help at home:

Talking homework - you will be given a stimulus by Miss Williams for your talking homework.

Literacy - we will be continuing with our language and literacy topic of Michael Morpurgo. Write a brief biography of him and how he became an author did his upbringing and family life have any bearing on the themes of his novels?.

Numeracy - my maths homework has been set, please try and catch up with any that may be overdue.

Science - next week, as well as monitoring our seeds, we will be learning about plant adaptation. Research what plant adaptation is and have a go at the following quiz to test your knowledge.
http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/science/adaptation/

BBC ten pieces - don't forget that on Monday afternoon we will be going to listen to the BBC ten pieces in Newport centre, arriving back at school at approximately 4pm, traffic permitting,


Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs Maunder / Mrs Peacock.
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Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 13.5.16


This week we have looked at:

Maths-

o'clock and half past times on both analogue and digital  clocks (Some children went on to look at quarter past and quarter to)

numbers that are one more and one less than numbers to 100

We started a little maths test today, simply with 17 addition sums. Some doubles such as 3+3 and then adding on smaller differences such as 5+2. We will be doing this test every Friday now till the end of term and try to improve the scores.

Literacy-

This week in Big Write, we wrote a postcard from a trip to the rainforest. Detailing weather, what we would have seen, done, enjoyed, been scared off etc.  

Knowledge and Understanding

We have been carrying on with our topic on the Rainforest- finding about the four layers (forest floor, understorey, canopy and emergent layers) We presented our research findings back to the rest of the class.

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.

We have been looking at the artist Henri Rousseau recently and this week have been painting our own jungle style pictures. We have been creating shades by mixing colours.

How to help at home:

Practise a mixture of adding hands to an analogue clock if you write down some digital clock times for them to read. E.g 7.00 or 3.30. Then give them some examples of o'clock and half past times on an analogue clock and get them to write down the digital time.

Have a look at: http://resources.oswego.org/games/ClassClock/clockres.html

It's useful for displaying times and being able to adjust the hands.

Or- http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/on_time_game4.swf

 

 

Year 4 w/e 13/5/16

This week we have been-

Literacy
Planning and writing our own story following on from our story The Bogeymen and Trolls

Maths
Finding equivalent fractions and simplifying them

Science
Planning and carrying out our investigation involving beans and how many roots it grows over 10 days. Thank you very much to those of you who brought in glass jars!

Topic
Comparing life between the tribes of the Rainforest and modern society

Welsh
Reading and making notes about a story then writing a book review

You can help at home by-

Literacy
Keep reading and learning your spellings. Reading is really important as it helps to develop spellings and creative writing. Choose one of your favourite stories or chapters from that story and write your own version of the next chapter or next part. Remember to include adverbs, adjectives, punctuation, speech etc.

Maths
See my maths for activities. Revise perimeter, area and measuring. Can you convert between mm and cm? cm and m? m and km? How do we calculate the perimeter and area? Keep learning your times tables

Topic
What other types of tribes live in the Rainforest? How is their tribe different/similar to the tribe we looked at and modern society?

Have a lovely weekend

Miss. Williams 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Year 4 w/e 6.5.16

Thankfully the tests are over! :)

We have been-

Literacy- identifying ways we can improve out recital of our story. Completing grammar exercises of there/ their/ they're/ to/ too/ two.

Maths- reasoning activities

Topic- comparing temperature between a city and rainforest and completing a bar graph. Carrying on with our research of a rainforest or animal and using ict to find out true and false facts

Science- looking at the different stages of root growth in readiness for our experiment

Welsh- writing a poem about ourselves

You can help at home by-

Literacy- keep reading and learning your spellings. Revise the grammar we looked at creating your own sentences with the correct version in.

Numeracy- keep learning your times tables and the my maths activities

Topic- what is a tribe? What are the tribes of the rainforest called? How are they made up?

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams


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Friday, 6 May 2016

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning W.E. 06.05.16

This week we have been learning

Maths - counting on in 1s, 2s and 3s. Learning the story of 6 and 7.  Forming our numbers correctly.
K&U - discussing which foods might be sold in a farm shop.  Predicting which objects will float and which will sink.
Creative - painting pictures of different types of fruit and vegetables.

Activities to try at home

Maths - great counting skills in class this week with the addition of two numbers together.  Please take the time at home to work through the number formation of numbers from 2 - 9.  Many of the children are finding some of these numbers tricky to form or form them backwards.  Show your child how to form the number and then let them have a go - it doesn't need to be on paper but it could be outside with a wet paint brush or in the sand pit using their fingers.

K&U - get a bowl of water, a washing up bowl will do and then collect different objects from around the house (make sure you don't mind them getting wet!) Ask your child to predict if they think it will float or sink, then check it out together to see if they were correct.  Create a table showing objects which float and objects which sink.  This activity is likely to get messy so enjoy the sunshine outside.

Creative - can you draw a picture of different types of fruit and vegetables you would find in the local farm shop. Label you drawings and bring them in to show me next week.

Although we haven't had RWInc this week we have still been learning our sounds and reading green and red words.  Take some time this weekend to work through the sounds in the folders, learning to read and write the words together.

Have a lovely weekend.
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Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 6.5.16

Home Learning Dosbarth Miss Foster w/e 6.5.16

This week we have looked at:

Maths-

3D shape names and properties

o'clock times on both analogue and digital  clocks

Literacy-

This week in Big Write, we used our senses to imagine what we would see, hear, smell, feel and taste if we were in the Rainforest.

Knowledge and Understanding

We have been carrying on with our topic on the Rainforest- finding about the four layers (forest floor, understorey, canopy and emergent layers) We have been using topic books and the internet to find out what each layer is like and what animals would be found there. We built a model of the rainforest using natural materials. Hope you saw the photos on Twitter.

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:

Look out for real life items in the shape of cubes, cuboids, cyclinders, pyramids, cones, prisms etc. Can they draw and label some items, e.g tins for cylinders, cereal boxes for cuboids, oxo cubes for cubes etc. Discuss their properties, we use faces, edges and corners. E.g a cube has 6 square faces that are flat. A cyclinder has two circle faces  and a curved face.

Re cap using any clocks at home, in the car etc, o 'clock and half past on analogue and digital. Use the language of minutes, hours etc. As digital displays are new to some children, they are finding it a bit tricky, but are getting there. Practise counting in fives, as this helps them with time too.

Have a look at: http://resources.oswego.org/games/ClassClock/clockres.html

It's useful for displaying times and being able to adjust the hands.

Or- http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/on_time_game4.swf

 

 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mrs Miles Home Learning W/E 6.5.16

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Poetry

Numeracy- Directional language. Recognising quarter/half turns. Identify clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. Fractions.

Knowledge and Understanding- Identifying various forces.

How to help your child at home

Literacy- Can you find 3 facts about the artist Salvador Dali.

Numeracy- Mymaths (Fractions). Practise moving an object and describing the turns. For eg. Draw yourself and then another picture (quarter turn), again, using a half turn etc.

Knowledge and Understanding- Identify 4 different forces in your house. For eg. pushing a chair under the table, pulling the door open. Which direction is the force?

Thank you. Enjoy the weekend.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Year Three week ending 6th May

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy : How to describe settings in stories, retelling stories from different cultures
Maths: timestables, problem solving
Welsh: Clothes and colours in Welsh

You can help at home by:

Literacy: Carry on preparing your presentations - see previous blogs for more information
Numeracy: I have put a couple more tasks on mymaths
Welsh: You have been planning a fashion show in Welsh this week. Next week, you will write about your favourite outfit. Draw a picture of your favourite outfit and describe it using your knowledge of clothes and colours in Welsh. Don't worry about spelling , have a go using your phonetic knowledge. 

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock.

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