Welcome to Owls Class - Y4/5
Class Teacher - Mr Kingshott
CLass LSA's - Mrs Pickering and Mrs Eyles
Topic - Potions
Welcome back! Please find attached information about the next half term, including a curriculum map. Our new topic is called "Potions"!
Class Blog - 17th November
Another excellent couple of weeks in Owls class. In maths we have learnt how to recognise equivalent fractions and how to find fractions of numbers. In English we have continued to learn the skills for story writing such as using possessive apostrophes, speech marks and different types of sentences. Next week, we will be using those skills to write our own adventure story, based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
We also investigated the properties of liquids and solids, in science. We found out that some liquids have a greater density (weight) than other liquids and we also discovered that some liquids are heavier than some solids! We used cooking oil, coloured water, golden syrup, currants, paper and pasta to investigate density. Please see the photographs below.
Class Blog - November 3rd
A great first week back in school. We have started our learning based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". We explored the use of possessive apostrophes in writing as well as the difference between simple, compound and complex sentences. In maths we have been learning how to use the grid method in order to multiply. Our science learning about materials will begin next week as will our rehearsals for the Christmas play. Well done Owls class. A great first week back! I look forward to meeting parents on Tuesday and Wednesday for parents' evening.
Class Blog 6th October 2017
Another great week in Owls class! The children really are developing a real sense of pride in their work. This is demonstrated by neat and tidy books with neatly presented outcomes and joined handwriting. In maths, we have started our work on addition and subtraction. Next week we will complete our information reports about starfish in English lessons. Overall, all children continue to make good academic progress, which is great news!
We are getting some great class reading percentages for home reading. Thank you to all the parents for your support with reading at home. It really makes a difference. Just to avoid confusion, children should be reading their school reading book at home, a few pages a night, at least three times a week. The idea is that the children read three or four pages and then get asked some questions about what they have read. There is a real emphasis in the National Curriculum on "comprehension" and a "deep" understanding of the text. When reading at home, it is therefore beneficial for the children to spend some time reading and then some time answering questions. I have attached some example questions, which parents can ask their children after hearing them read. The attachment presents National Curriculum expectations of the questions children should be able to answer about a text.
Once they have read their school reading book at least three evenings a week, the children are welcome to also read books of their choice too on the same evening or on the other two days. When the children can show that they fully understand their school reading book, they can then change it for another one. I really appreciate your support with this.
Many thanks Mr Kingshott
Class Blog Friday 29th September
We all had an amazing time when we visited the Bluereef Aquarium in Portsmouth this week. We have just started planning and writing our diary entries about the visit. We hope to complete these next week. We will then move onto writing a detailed report about one of the sea creatures that we saw at the aquarium. In maths we have completed our learning about rounding whole numbers. We will be moving onto rounding decimal numbers before learning the formal method for addition and subtraction. We are all developing a real sense of pride in our work, writing words with joined letters and presenting our work beautifully. This week, we will be developing an ability to check our work thoroughly so that is absolutely perfect! Well done Owls class.
Another great week for the children in Owls class. I am so proud of the children and progress that they are already making! We were very lucky to have Miss Shadwell (a Marine Biologist) come into school to talk to us about her diving experiences. In English lessons, we used this opportunity to write formal letters and a recount of the visit. We learnt so much great information. Thank you Miss Shadwell! In maths we have been learning about rounding. I am delighted with the excellent reading that is going on at home. It is clearly making a difference. Please also remember that spellings need to be practised, every evening too.
School Trip on Wednesday 27th September
We are all looking forward to our trip to the Bluereef Aquarium on Wednesday. We will see a variety of sea creatures, learn about sharks, whilst also taking part in a rockpool experience. Just a reminder that children will need to come to school in their usual school uniform, a packed lunch in a clearly named lunch box or bag (unless they have free school meals) and an extra bottle of drink. We will be leaving school at approximately 9:15am and returning by approximately 3:00pm. Children should not bring any money as we will not have time to visit the shop.
The children have settled in really nicely to Owls class this week and I am really pleased with their efforts. We have been learning about shape and the differences between a rhombus, a parallelogram, a rectangle and a square. In English, we have begun to learn about the oceans and Non-Fiction texts. A great first week back to school. Well done Owls class! Please find some important class information above.
It is expected that the children read at least 3 times a week. They need to deeply understand their book (comprehension) so we are encouraging the children not to finish the book too quickly as this prevents them from fully understanding the book. We will also visit the library most weeks. The children will therefore have two reading books from school. Parental support with this is greatly appreciated. Many thanks.