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Highlights of the week in Jemison: 6/6/16

 

This week in maths, we have been learning computing and graph making using MS word. The graphs that the children have created were really impressive. We have also been tackling problem solving involving cubes, and of course we have been practising our times tables and other number facts daily. We also began a ‘cold task’ audit on area, perimeter, symmetry, shape and geometry, to discover what areas we need to focus our attention.

 

In literacy, we have written one last piece of poetry to complete our poetry unit, 'The Room of Stars’. We have learnt about abstract nouns, common nouns and proper nouns, so that we could create some abstract and amusing poetry, such as the ‘river of knowledge’ the ‘house of ears’ and the ‘field of dreams’. We are beginning our next literacy unit of the year, which is non-fiction - biographies.

 

This week’s homework is a fun task about identifying famous faces from the present day and from history. Children need to research the photos they have brought home by asking adults, searching through books and the internet, and then record their findings neatly in their homework books. This will lead on to learning about biographies early next week.

 

In other subjects we have learned about the life cycles of mammals, insects, birds and amphibians. We have watched exciting videos, which we have discussed, and learned lots of new key vocabulary from them. We know, for example, that metamorphosis is not a stage that humans go through when they grow up!

 

 

We also conducted an investigation for Evolution Megalab, searching for, documenting and recording, banded snails of many varieties. We then entered this data into Word, using the graph/chart tools.

 

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 23/5/16

This week we have been busy editing and working to finalise our hot task nature poems. What a fantastic achievement from everybody. We shared and celebrated these in class with each other, performing some aloud, trying to use our best expression and receiving constructive feedback. We have been practising using watercolours and have gone on to paint our own picture to compliment the imagery of these poems.

We have been learning a new method for division (short division) in class to equip us with lots of strategies to tackle this tricky calculation. We have also plotted data we have collected from the plants grown in class and have demonstrated our refined skills drawing a line graph.

 

We have ended the week with a special NSPCC assembly and years 5’s have taken part in a workshop to help us share information with your child about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. As part of the PSHE curriculum, year 4 and 5 children will be receiving sex and relationship education next term and therefore you may want to discuss this with them over the half term holiday in preparation.

 

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 16/5/16

We have made the most of the early summer weather, and have been outside as much as possible this week. On Monday, we continued creating our habitats. The indoor D and T group making bat boxes and nesting boxes were really proud of their constructions too, for some children this is their first experience of using hammers and nails. Other groups made bird feeders and continued to dig and build homes for the wildlife creatures at Dussindale Primary School.

 

In literacy, we have been writing descriptions of our sensory experiences outside, using poetic verse. The task involved children using their newly learnt poetry writing skills to the full. They used sensory imagery, figurative language, and descriptive vocabulary. The results were very impressive! We will be continuing to express our creative impressions of the world around us, particularly the natural world, by painting and writing an accompanying poem next week.

 

This week’s homework is in preparation for this literacy work, as we are practising and developing our art skills.

 

We have continued to collect and represent data in maths, using a variety of different graphs and charts.

The children also continued to collect data from their growing plants. They are recording the size of the leaves and height of the plants, as well as counting the amount of leaves on each plant. Several children also collaboratively completed classification keys.

 

 

Apart from all of the above we have also completed tests in reading, spelling, grammar and maths this week, so all the children will have earned a relaxing weekend.

 

 

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 9/5/16 

An action-packed week following our assembly last week.

Well done to all the children for excellently performing and sharing all our hard work with the school.

 

Leading on from our statistics unit, we have collected data from the class, asking questions such as; ‘How long does it take to say the alphabet?’ ‘How many hops can you complete in 30 seconds?’Which is your favourite 2D shape?’ Once we’d collected our data we conducted a cold task, trying to plot a tally, pictogram, bar chart, line graph and a pie chart (some brave souls may even try to make radar graphs). We will look at why some of our attempts need to better labelled and measured to represent the data more clearly.

 

In literacy, we have been thinking about imagery, listening to poems and being inspired to draw from their words. Our focus poem was ‘Aquarium’ by Mick Gowar, we recognised nature as a predominant theme. We’ve also been looking at figurative language and have looked at examples of similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, idioms and personification, creating a display of examples we’ve looked at. We are building towards a hot task and have considered all these different types of poem. How many do you recognise?

 

Getting outside, we went to find an interesting starting point for writing poetry. Inspired by nature, we thought about using our senses to describe something of interest to base our poem around. We will be editing and sharing these next week, and fashioning watercolour pictures to show the imagery we have created.

 

Outdoors we have begun to build our wildlife habitats, some of us working on bug hotels, hog homes, hibernaculum’s, toad holes, wormeries, bird homes and bat boxes. We’ve looked at where our habitats need to live, began clearing, digging, sheltering and building our homes. It was great to use our DT skills and our knowledge of animal’s needs to provide a rich environment for many future visitors. We’ll be continuing to work on our habitat homes and keeping an eye on how they fair over the coming weeks.

 

 

We have looked at much more detailed classification keys in class this week, working collaboratively in groups to categorise animals. We have recapped vertebrates and invertebrates. How many of these classification groups can you name?

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: Short week but still lots to do! 13/5/16

  • We have delved deeper into understanding poetry this week, trying to recognise more about a character through what they say and do. We watched several short animation clips and discussed character’s reactions, expressions and gestures to describe how this showed their feelings and emotions. We have tried to work on choosing words and phrases to express emotion within our own writing.

 

  • This week in maths we have looked at interpreting data, focussing on bar charts and line graphs. We have all learnt to carefully read charts, graphs and tables by looking at all the information and reading along and then up the x and y axis.

 

  • We have challenged ourselves to look more deeply at graph ‘stories’ created by different patterns, discussing decline and inclines in graphs. For example: look at a graph showing ‘Heart rate’, the quickening pace of the runner, the levelling constant speed and the decline in the final minutes. Can you spot any graphs which show you a pattern like this?

 

  • We have built on all our work from Strumpshaw Fen last week and used a sunny afternoon to get outside and pot sprouting plants. We will be observing their growth over the next few weeks, collecting data to show their growth rate. We hope that they will make an excellent addition in our wildlife/pond area to be used as a small insect’s habitat as well as inspire us to write some nature poetry.

 

  • Mr Barber spent the afternoon with Jemison and taught us how to use algorithms to create intricate patterns and swirling animations on Scratch.

 

  • We’ve had lots of fun watching videos on animal classification. We went on to assemble a key and ask specific questions to help us identify and sort different creatures – it wasn’t easy and took lots of resilience! This is also your homework this week. We look forward to seeing how creative you can be.
 

 

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 25/4/16

 

  • Year 4 and 5 had their fantastic trip to Strumpshaw Fen. While there we were led by brilliant rangers and volunteers to help us conduct all manner of scientific inquiries, ranging, but not limited to:
  • Hunting for insects, crustaceans, arachnids, annelids, arthropods and molluscs.
  • Sketching and observing animals and creatures, defining their body structures and communicating observations to partners
  • Wading onto a water meadow, jumping to feel the sodden underfloor and the vibrations beneath us
  • Reciting W.H Davies ‘Leisure’ poem to the Highland cows in the fens
  • Pond dipping, classifying our catches and close study of the amazing creatures caught.
  • Playing predator/prey games
  • Looking at the skeletons, skulls, droppings and sizes of different inhabitants of the woods and fens
  • Watching water birds and predatory birds over the broads, using binoculars to view them and discussing their behaviour

 

  • In maths we’ve been really getting to grips with time, time tables and statistics. We’ve also played with proportionality on numberlines and revised the fraction work from last week’s homework.
  • In literacy we have been performing poetry, such as ‘Cinderella’ by Roald Dahl, reading lots of nature based poems and concentrating upon our comprehension of poets intentions or hidden meanings within poems. We’ve also looked at synonyms, played games with a thesaurus and up-levelled adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
 

We put our computer skills to good use, producing write-ups that incorporate photographs from our trip, carefully positioned text and formatted images.

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 18/4/16

  • This week we have had a go at writing our own poem as a cold task, thinking carefully about different poetry conventions to use. We have performed our learnt poem for homework last week, using our text maps to help us. We have also explored similes, coming up with a class monster which we used similes to describe. As a class we learnt practised how to perform W.H Davies ‘Leisure’ poem, reciting it to text maps, text acting and finally, outdoors! We’ll be reciting it in the fens and meadows at Strumpshaw on Monday! We’ve concluded the week performing and reading lots of famous poems to get us excited about reading, writing and understanding poetry- not as easy feat!

 

  • Lots of work on fractions this week, recapping how to add and subtract fractions, including missing fraction inverse problems, mixed and improper fractions which led us to simplifying and finding equivalents fractions. We’re really proud of all our problem solving this week and have even had a go at multiplying fractions.

 

  • Our habitat topic has led us to record information all about ponds, their denizens and the types of adaptations these creatures have to help them survive their. Some of us have researched our own particular interests, others have built food chain mobiles or played games involving ants nests.

 

 

It’s really helped us learn and remember lots of animal and plant names. We’ve gone on to explore British habitats and have discussed our local area and have illustrated different habitats, adding pictures of all the animals we are likely to find inhabiting that area.

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison: 11/4/16             

  • In literacy we have focused upon poetry and the conventions used by poets in their writing: Alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme, verse, simile/metaphor and personification. We have tried identifying these conventions in poems and tried using them ourselves in our own verses.
  • In maths we have been looking again at properties of number, specifically fractions of amounts, decimals, percentages and primes. We have used many ways to get a firm grasp of these areas, modelling, colouring, using ICT and cubes. We have also played with word problems using fractions and percentages.
  • Jemison have made a huge display about the creatures whose habitat is the Norfolk Broads – in conjunction with researching and investigating these creatures we illustrated them and placed them upon the background.

We looked at the rivers of Norfolk, identifying them on maps and drawing our own copies of them.

 

Highlights of the week in Jemison:14/3/16

                       

  • It’s been that ‘Rising Stars’ time again… lots of grueling tests in Spelling, punctuations, grammar, mathematics and reading comprehension. We’ve also had a second go at our own calculations audit, to see if we are more secure with our methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • We’ve continued reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, scanning the text for specific information and extracting key points to explain our ideas. This has of course involved lots of reading aloud in character, something the children of Jemison are very good at!
  • Sports Relief took place on Friday with the children (and the adults) walking a mile around the mugga.
  • In maths we have been learning about stocks and shares, We bought fantasy shares from a starting £1000. We bought stocks in various companies and over the next few days watched them rise and fall. We calculated their new value and our profit or loss. Great fun!
  • We have made maps of The Isle of Berk, from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, using sketching pencils, illustration skills, lots of patience and even more tea bags! They are looking nicely aged and ready for further detailing next week.
  • It being national ‘Shakespeare Week’ Jemison class had a look at ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’, one of the more madcap and comic of his plays.

In science we have begun studying habitats, starting by looking ‘Pole to Pole’ with the help of Sir David Attenbourgh. We listed many of the worlds habitats and discussed the various adaptations that allow creatures to survive in harsh or hostile locations.

Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve continued to work with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, by completing our ‘Hot Task’ writing, recounting an event from the book, but told through the eyes of another character. We used lots of the techniques that we have been practicing, re-ordering, editing, up-levelling the vocabulary, improving punctuation, etc.
  • Reading comprehension has been a major focus. We’ve been spending
  • In maths we’ve been working hard to consolidate our calculation strategies and finding fractions of amounts by dividing the number by the denominator, then multiplying by the numerator, such as 4/5 of 20 = 20 ÷ 5 = 4, so 4 lots of 4 (4x4) = 16… Therefore 4/5 of 20 = 16.  We’ve also been going through past papers and trying to correct mistakes made. On Friday we will do an audit to check if we’ve remembered what we have learnt!
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued by studying the artefacts associated with the archeological finds. We’ve asked thoughtful questions and applied our knowledge to try to work out possible answers.
  • In science we have been looking at irreversible changes, mixing warm milk with vinegar to make plastic and combining vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create CO².
  • Books! It is world book day soon, and we shall all be dressing up on Thursday 3rd March as characters from literature. Who will you dress up as? Matilda? Harry Potter? Poppy Long-stockings? Mr Stink? Mr Tickle? Hiccup? Charlotte? One of the children from Narnia?

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: Extreme reading: Can you get a photograph of you reading in a crazy or extreme place? (Make sure you ask parents first!) Bring it in for next week!

 

Homework: Shang Dynasty artefacts.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve continued to work with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, by completing our ‘Hot Task’ writing, recounting an event from the book, but told through the eyes of another character. We used lots of the techniques that we have been practicing, re-ordering, editing, up-levelling the vocabulary, improving punctuation, etc.
  • Reading comprehension has been a major focus. We’ve been spending
  • In maths we’ve been working hard to consolidate our calculation strategies and finding fractions of amounts by dividing the number by the denominator, then multiplying by the numerator, such as 4/5 of 20 = 20 ÷ 5 = 4, so 4 lots of 4 (4x4) = 16… Therefore 4/5 of 20 = 16.  We’ve also been going through past papers and trying to correct mistakes made. On Friday we will do an audit to check if we’ve remembered what we have learnt!
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued by studying the artefacts associated with the archeological finds. We’ve asked thoughtful questions and applied our knowledge to try to work out possible answers.
  • In science we have been looking at irreversible changes, mixing warm milk with vinegar to make plastic and combining vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create CO².
  • Books! It is world book day soon, and we shall all be dressing up on Thursday 3rd March as characters from literature. Who will you dress up as? Matilda? Harry Potter? Poppy Long-stockings? Mr Stink? Mr Tickle? Hiccup? Charlotte? One of the children from Narnia?

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Extreme reading: Can you get a photograph of you reading in a crazy or extreme place? (Make sure you ask parents first!) Bring it in for next week!

 

Homework: Shang Dynasty artefacts.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve continued to work with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, collecting nouns from chapter 3, summarizing the story in that chapter and using drama to help us imagine the situation (it’s a very exciting dragon chase!). We’ve already begun drafting out our retelling of this scene, but our versions will be from the viewpoint of another character, a dragon even!
  • In maths we’ve looked at further at fractions, decimals and percentages,  such as 3.11 = 3 + s + t. 0r 3/4 is equivalent to 75%, or 0.75. We’ve played with rounding large numbers and creating physical representations of decimals.
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued by painting our Terracotta warriors. This took a very steady hand and great attention to detail – they’re looking superb already!
  • We had a trip to the Norwich Buddhists Centre, where we learnt more about the Buddha’s life, Buddhist beliefs and we participated in some mantra chanting and mindfulness exercises. This was largely thanks to the PTFA who funded the majority of the coach trip, meaning it only cost each child £1.00. Thank you PTFA!
  • Jemison have been using their Word skills to promote the ‘Stranger Danger’ message using posters, these will be placed around the school.
  • Our Rugby ‘Tackling Numbers’ lessons have continued, this week games about wall defence, skilful manoeuvring and tactics.
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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Books! It is world book day soon, and we shall all be dressing up as characters from literature. Who will you dress up as? Matilda? Harry Potter? Poppy Long-stockings? Mr Stink? Mr Tickle? Hiccup? Charlotte? One of the children from Narnia?

 

Homework: Reading comprehension

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve continued to work with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, writing emotional letters from the main characters viewpoint and using the text to search, find and use nouns. We’ve been reading the book ‘in role’, with different children playing different characters as we go.
  • In maths we’ve looked at area, perimeter (both quadrilaterals and triangles), looked closely at fractions, decimals and percentages and their relationship to each other. We’ve also learnt about fractions of decimals, such as 3.11 = 3 + s + t.
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued with an exciting day sculpting Terracotta warriors from clay. These were very difficult to make and took a lot of resilience!
  • We’ve looked at expanded noun phrases in SPaG, played with our Spanish days, months and years and worked on our times tables.
  • In computing we’ve been learning the various functions of Word, inserting text boxes, picture box and wrapping/formatting.
  • We also had the Police in to explain the ‘Stranger Danger’ scheme, a message Jemison will now promote using their Word skills on posters around the school.

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: Stranger danger – most people are good, so most strangers are good, but there are also people who might try to hurt children. What do we need to consider to stay safe? Who are safe strangers? Firemen? Police? Bus Drivers? Have a discussion at home about this.

 

Homework: Fractions

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve continued to work with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, writing emotional letters from the main characters viewpoint and using the text to search, find and use nouns. We’ve been reading the book ‘in role’, with different children playing different characters as we go.
  • In maths we’ve looked at area, perimeter (both quadrilaterals and triangles), looked closely at fractions, decimals and percentages and their relationship to each other. We’ve also learnt about fractions of decimals, such as 3.11 = 3 + s + t.
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued with an exciting day sculpting Terracotta warriors from clay. These were very difficult to make and took a lot of resilience!
  • We’ve looked at expanded noun phrases in SPaG, played with our Spanish days, months and years and worked on our times tables.
  • In computing we’ve been learning the various functions of Word, inserting text boxes, picture box and wrapping/formatting.
  • We also had the Police in to explain the ‘Stranger Danger’ scheme, a message Jemison will now promote using their Word skills on posters around the school.

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: Stranger danger – most people are good, so most strangers are good, but there are also people who might try to hurt children. What do we need to consider to stay safe? Who are safe strangers? Firemen? Police? Bus Drivers? Have a discussion at home about this.

 

Homework: Fractions

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We’ve been working heavily with chapter one of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell, answering difficult questions about the text, practicing our test skills and trying to scan, find and infer from the text.
  • Our efforts to up-level/improve our sentences using a variety of ‘Pie Corbett’ techniques have proved very effective. We have trimmed, added, dropped-in, re-ordered and changed paragraphs in to dialogue.
  • In maths we’ve been measuring angles using protractors, calculating angles in triangles, describing the properties of 2D shapes (such as the number of lines of symmetry, regular/irregular, sides, vertices, etc.) and looking at reflective symmetry in four quadrants.
  • Aviva have continued the ‘Tackling Numbers’ program, combining a weekly math lesson with a practical lesson of rugby by a professional rugby coach.
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has continued with a look at the Shang Dynasty, Emperors and the Terracotta Warriors. We have drawn these figures in preparation for sculpting them from clay next week.
  • In science we have learnt about dissolving and investigated which materials are soluble and which are insoluble.
  • We also showed of our dragons that we created for homework. All of year 4 and 5 toured the classrooms, commenting and looking at the fantastic dragons.

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: The tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China! It is still sealed and won’t be opened until a safe way can be found. According to writing from the period, it is full of totally stupendous treasures, traps and terrible tales of the thousands who built it and were then shut inside alive!

 

Homework: Punctuation (plus an extra project for those who are interested….)

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • Since our last Learners Log we have begun our new class reading book, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. Many children have been able to provide their own copy of this book, which has been very helpful (and will continue to be as the term goes on).
  • The children wrote their first ‘cold task’ of the term, an unguided descriptive story where their protagonists befriend a dragon.
  • We’ve search for, recorded and played with imperative verbs (catch, hold, teach, etc.), adjectives (sinister, wild, hairy, etc.) and adverbs (dramatically, dizzyingly, amazingly, etc.). We have begun to describe our own dragons and we are trying out a tool kit of ‘Pie Corbett’ techniques to improve our sentences.
  • In maths we’ve been looking at 2D shapes, angles and triangles. We’ve been estimating them and measuring them using protractors.
  • Aviva have initiated a ‘Tackling Numbers’ program, combining a weekly math lesson with a practical lesson of rugby by a professional rugby coach.
  • Our history enquiry on ‘Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty’ has started with a close look at modern China – its geography, location, facts and statistics and its amazing cities. To compliment this we’ve been trying our hand at saying some Chinese words and writing Chinese characters using calligraphy.
  • Spanish lessons have begun this year for Jemison class with Mrs Miles-Bagshore.
  • The children have also been learning about a great new app that counts the sugar content of food by scanning barcodes with a smart phone – part of the ‘Change4life’ scheme, called ‘Sugar Smart’. We were astonished how much sugar is in Cocoa Pops!
  • FINALLY… each child has been provided with a Reading Record book. This is to record when they read aloud with an adult. Further info is inside the cover.

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: How good are you at times tables? A new ‘Bronze/Silver/Gold challenge soon awaits! We have provided a copy of the bronze to practise on…

 

Homework: Create your own dragon!

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • Since our last Learners Log we have been very, very busy! (And not just the tests!)
  • In maths we have perfected our multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 or 1000, even with decimals!
  • In literacy we have written persuasive paragraphs about child poverty and written explanations for the fantastic Viking helmets we made.
  • We’ve had our Viking day, involving quizzes, games, discussions, stories, shield training, weapon demonstrations and a battle at the end!
  • The Year 4/5 Christmas performance was on Thursday and we recited a poem by Kenn Nesbitt called ‘Dear Santa’, sang Christmas songs and generally got ourselves in the Christmas mood.
  • We’ve constructed beautiful cards, hats and head bands and learnt about ‘Colour Theory’, painting colour wheels and mixing colours from the three primary colours.
  • We have practiced our computer coding, made delicious quiches in cookery and completed our Viking topic. Phew!

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: The poem you have learnt, your brilliant performances and how hard you are working to improve your spellings and times tables (you are, aren’t you?).

 

Homework: Spelling homework based upon the ‘Read.Write.Inc’ work we’ve done this term.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been working on balancing multiplications, understanding that the ‘=’ sign means ‘the same as’, finding factors of numbers, rounding integers and decimals, reading scales in the negative, using all four operations, practicing our test skills AND we had a maths café on Monday with parents! PHEW! What a brain workout!
  • If that wasn’t enough maths, we then had a maths test on Friday!
  • In literacy we have been organizing and arranging persuasive text for maximum impact and writing our own persuasive paragraphs.
  • Our Viking helmets have been sprayed, drawn on and details painted. Most are ready for battle!
  • We’ve been studying the Viking gods, such as Loki, Odin, Thor, Tyr and Freya.
  • In cooking we’ve been making vegetable soups (and eating it).
  • We have also done a Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) test and a separate spelling test.
  • Decorations for the classroom have started to be made, a few are up and more will follow.

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Making Viking costumes!

 

Homework: Finish your Viking costumes, ready for next Friday! Friday 11th December is Viking Day.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been working on our written methods for calculations, primarily multiplication and division. We’ve worked with decimal in multiplication using Numicon to visual the process and counters for division.
  • In literacy we have finished our ‘Hot’ tasks. We have also been ‘text mapping’ exemplar texts of persuasive language and learning these by rote to help us write our own later.
  • Our Viking helmets received a top coat of newspaper using decoupage, layering thin, accurately placed pieces on top of each other for strength. They are looking amazing! We also drew Longships in our Learning Journey books.
  • We watched a recreation of the first Viking raids made upon the monks at the Lindisfarne monastery and thought about the reasons behind the Vikings lifestyle.
  • We have been conducting investigations into materials and their properties, learning lots of new language to accurately describe these properties and trying to conduct fair tests.
  • In computing we made a Viking animation using the Scratch programme, following code and putting in dialogue.
  • We had an RSPCA day on Monday, with visitors from the charity and all the children dressed as animals!

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Homework is all about Viking Runes. What other secret methods of communication do you know about? Can you think of codes and cyphers that are used today?
What will you do for Viking day? How will you dress up? What will you make?

 

Homework: Viking Rune puzzle and challenge.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been working on our written methods for calculations, primarily addition and subtraction. We’ve worked with numbers that have two decimal places and numbers in the millions.
  • In literacy we have been working on our ‘Hot’ tasks, this time creating an advert to persuade families to go to Santa Claus' Hometown of Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland. We have tried to use the devices that encourage and entertain, all the while keeping our focus upon persuasion.
  • Our Viking topic took an interesting turn this week when we began the construction of our very own Viking helmets. We had to measure the circumference of our heads, inflate balloons to the appropriate size and use Modroc to create the first base shapes. So far, so good.
  • There was an opportunity to continue our research on Vikings and to study how swords were crafted, how shields and helmets worked and to think about the impact the first Viking raids made upon the monks at the Lindisfarne monastery .
  • We also learned about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We celebrated this on Wednesday with our Hindu children and made fantastic Rangoli patterns, learned about the story of Rama and Sita, and about the Goddess Lakshmi.
  • We observed two minutes silence for Remembrance Day and considered the sacrifices made by men and women over the world.

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: How do people navigate at sea? When you can’t see land, how do you know where you’re going? How did the Vikings do this without compasses?
What adverts work upon you? With Christmas approaching and the bombardment of Christmas advertising, what devices can you identify in the adverts?

 

Homework: Reading comprehension on Viking Longships.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • We have had a week of inspirational math, using resources prepared by ‘Youcubed’ and run in classrooms around the world, all on the same day! We have looked into visual representations of number, number patterns, paper folding, played with area and explored how we see numbers - all to help improve our mathematical understanding and to make connections between different methods and subjects.
  • In Literacy we’ve been examining advertising and persuasive devices used to help sell products. We have done our own cold task and examined old fashioned adverts to pick out these devices. We finally went back and looked for these devices in our own work.
  • We have completed our fold-out Fact-files on the Solar-system, showing our research for each of the planets and other interesting features of space.
  • The Vikings have also invaded! Our history topic this half-term is all about invaders and settlers and we have begun learning all about these fascinating people. We have done an overview of our prior knowledge, abolished some misconceptions and identified areas of study that we want to pursue.
  • In science we have begun looking at materials and their properties, starting by trying to make the ‘perfect’ sandcastle. We measured small quantities of water and added them gradually and sequentially to our sand to observe at what mixture our sandcastles were most successful. It was a lot of fun!

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: How do you see numbers? Do any numbers have a colour? How would you draw five without using the digit? How many ways can you draw 8?
What do you know about the Vikings? Can you collect strong, sturdy card for the costume making that will be coming your way? Yes, WE WILL BE DRESSING UP AS VIKINGS IN EARLY DECEMBER!

 

Homework: Maths homework about visualizing numbers..

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been playing with money, trading stock and reselling. We have been using column addition to add up large totals. We also began a short look at the amazing Fibonacci sequence. We looked for hidden Fibonacci numbers in bananas, pineapples, Romanesco cauliflowers, sunflowers, wild flowers and ferns. We have tried to reach high Fibonacci numbers through addition and drawn spirals using the mathematics.
  • In Literacy we have begun writing our draft Traditional Tales, using ‘Lazy Jack’ as the model text and substituting events, characters and settings from our own imagination. We are trying hard to meet our personal Literacy targets at the same time.
  • In art we continued our project to construct model solar systems.
  • We have continued working on Word to create Fact-files on the Solar-system, researching each of the planets and other interesting features of space.
  • We have studied the water cycle and created illustrations to demonstrate our knowledge.
  • There have also been a series of end-of-half term assessments. Sorry children, but we have to do these tests!

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Where our water comes from. How much is the household bill for water? Do you know how expensive it is? Can you save water?
Can you find Fibonacci numbers in nature? How many petals on the plants at home? Spirals and shells also have it hidden within.

 

Homework: Grammar homework.

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been looking further at place value, solving puzzles and coded jigsaws and working hard to improve our doubling and halving skills. We have also ‘played’ with money to consolidate our place value knowledge.
  • In Literacy we have really got to grips with speech punctuation and dictation. Our drama has provided us with opportunities to model characters speech and try to record it. We have also modelled writing alternative beginnings of traditional tales, up-levelling our verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
  • In art we continued our project to construct model solar systems. We’ve used coloured tissue paper to cover polystyrene balls to look like the planets in the solar system. Still more to do, but we’re very nearly there!
  • We have been working on Word to create Fact-files on the Solar-system, researching each of the planets and other interesting features of space, such as stars, nebula and supernova!
  • We have also watched the moon landings and the studied the ‘Space Race’ between the USSR and the USA, culminating in the joint venture to construct and manage the International Space Station.
  • We also celebrated the Harvest Festival with a special assembly and a gathering of donated food.

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: What extraordinary things are in space? Do you know what the Horse Head Nebula is? What is ‘dark matter’? Galactic Cannibalism? Neutrinos? What bizarre and truly amazing things can you become knowledgeable about? (Magnetars are pretty scary)

 

Homework:  Reading comprehension – answering questions on a text.

Try to use REAL money this weekend. Can you pay for something and count the change? Can you add the cost of a shopping trip together as you go around the shop and know how much it will cost BEFORE you get to the till?

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been doing assessments to find gaps in the childrens knowledge. This has led to work on place value and writing out really huge numbers – identifying what the digits in those really huge numbers represent. Can you say what the underlined numbers are?  578,063?   91,783,900?   67,920,095?
  • Text Box: My model!In Literacy we have been looking at Traditional tales, retelling ‘Lazy Jack and text-mapping our versions of the story. We have been substituting details, characters and events to create our own. We’ve also been looking closely at our personal targets and the use of conjunctions, speech punctuation and handwriting.
  • In art we continued our project to construct model solar systems. We’ve used coloured tissue paper to cover polystyrene balls to look like the planets in the solar system. More to do, but we’re nearly there!
  • In Geography we have continued to look at rivers and the ‘importance of rivers. We looked at reservoirs and damn and built our own models of the river system outside, labelling them to show the different features.

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: Can you name all the planets in our solar system in order? Can you invent your own mnemonic to help you remember? My Very Easy Method Just Simplifies Understanding Natures Planets.

 

Homework:  Punctuation practice – the children have selected their own challenge level.

Try identifying the value of digits in REALLY BIG numbers. Can you write a hundred billion?

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Highlights of the week in Jemison:

  • In Maths we have been exploring the bar method to help organise information in problem solving questions. We have worked hard to identify the ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ parts in problem solving questions. We have recapped using the number line to subtract and have refined our presentation skills.
  • In Literacy we have been looking at Traditional tales, leading on from the excellent homework this week, and have retold the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as a class. This set us up to write our first cold task, ‘Can I write a Traditional tale?’ We’ve all put a lot of effort into showing off our best writing styles and have taken the time to look at one another’s work and talk about what we could improve in our own writing when we come to writing our hot task.
  • In Science we explored the orbits of the Sun, Moon and Earth in relation to one another. We drew diagrams as accurately as possible, but realised even if we drew a very small Moon and Earth on the page the Sun would be bigger than the book alone drawn to scale.
  • In art we started our project to construct model solar systems. We used coloured tissue paper to cover polystyrene balls to look like the planets in the solar system. This is a major construction effort and we will have to return to our modelling next week.
  • In Geography we have continued to look at rivers and read all about the journey of a river. We have identified World Rivers and some of us researched a river of our choice in order to make class top trump set.

 

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Rounded Rectangular Callout: Tell someone at home about the orbits of the Moon and Earth.
Have a look on google Earth - can you find some of the World Rivers we’ve been looking at in class?

 

Homework:  Have a look at the animal habitat research this week.

Try rounding numbers to the nearest, ten, hundred, and thousand. Can you have a go with decimal numbers?

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Highlights of the week:

  • We have learnt about Mae Jemison, the astronaut whom Jemison Class was named after. She has led an extraordinary life!
  • Our studies have begun with a quick look at the size of planets, moons and stars in relation to each other. We have watched the first steps taken by Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the moon’s surface and our investigation of Earth and space will really get underway next week when we will look at the moon and its relationship to the Earth.
  • In maths we have revised telling the time, playing with clocks, digital read outs and even constructing our own ‘Space clocks’, based upon the words of a poem called ‘Moonwalk’. We intend to use our own clocks to help teach years 1 & 2 to tell the time next week. We have also been investigating Cuisenaire rods, using bar models to solve problems.
  • Handwriting has been a major focus this week, as has our new spelling strategy, Read Write Inc.
  • In art we improved our colouring skills by practicing shading and by using 2D templates to create images that looked 3D by use of clever shading.
  • We have watch Tom Lehrer sing the Elements song, discussed the Periodic Table and watched Commander Chris Hadfield sing ‘Major Tom’ from on board the International Space Station.

 

Talk about:

Rounded Rectangular Callout: THE MOON: What do you know? What can you see if you use a pair of binoculars to look at it at night? How far away is it? What’s the ‘dark side’ of the moon?

 

Homework:

In class we have been working on the 6 and 12 x tables. Have a go at practicing over the weekend to be become secure with these.

See worksheet on finding as many ways to make a given number going home with your child today. Work through appropriate challenges.

New Vocabulary:

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