Welcome to Owls Class - Y4/5
Class Teacher - Mr Kingshott
Friday Teacher - Mrs Shaw
Class LSA - Mrs Pickering
Welcome to Owls Class 2018/19
Class Blog Friday 16th November
I am becoming more and more proud of the neat, tidy and outstanding outcomes that the children are producing. Well done Owls! They are making great progress in their learning. Early next week, we will be completing our learning of addition and subtraction in maths. We will then start to learn about fractions: my favourite area of maths! In English, the children have been learning the skills to help them to plan and write their own explanation text about volcanoes. We will be starting these, this week. Once the children have written their explanation texts, they will begin to plan, design and make their very own exploding volcanoes! This will form part of their learning in design and technology. The children have also created a front cover for their very own disaster book, on the computer. As a part of their computing learning, they learnt various word processing skills and how to publish an appealing front cover. We will continue to develop these books over the next few weeks.
Class Blog Friday 2nd November
A great first week back after half term. In maths, the children have been learning about perimeter. In English, the children have now all completed their space stories and they are amazing! We have started to talk about and explore our new topic called "Awesome Earth". It's great that the children seem enthusiastic about the topic and they are clearly looking forward to creating their very own disaster book. Next week, we will begin our English learning using our new text driver (The Hot Book). In maths, we will be learning about area and how to add and subtract using formal method. This week, your child/ children should have brought home a letter with their Times Tables Rock Stars username and password. Please keep up with the online maths learning and reading at home as they are making a real difference. I look forward to seeing parents at parents' evening next week. Have a great weekend.
Mr. Kingshott and the team.
Class Blog - Friday 19th October
Firstly, a huge well done to everybody in Owls class for their efforts in the first half term back. Everybody in the class is making good progress! A huge thank you to parents too, for their support with reading, spellings and other homework. I have set a short assignment on Prodigy for children to complete over half term, if they get any spare moments. Please keep up with a little bit of reading too, where possible. Other than that, please have a lovely half term break. A new topic letter and curriculum map with details of our new topic for the next half term will appear on the website soon. Some photographs of our recent planet painting are found below. After half term, please look out for an Owls Class Solar System display, showing the children's amazing work! Have a great half term!
Mr. Kingshott and the team
Class Blog - Friday 12th October
Please find below some photographs of some of the learning we have been doing this week.
Class Blog - Friday 5th October
I am pleased to say that we all arrived back to Earth safely after our trip into space, leaving from Winchester Science Museum yesterday! The children had a wonderful time and were clearly enjoying themselves when interacting with all of the space-related exhibits. I really enjoyed the day too!
In maths we have been learning to round. Next week we will finish off rounding by rounding 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. For example: 3456
To the nearest 10 = 3460
To the nearest 100 = 3500
To the nearest 1000 = 3000.
In English next week, we will be writing a recount of our trip. The final written outcomes will appear on the website as soon as they are complete! Photographs of our day are found below.
Class Blog - Friday 21st September
This week we have been completing our non-chronological reports, explaining how humans can survive in space! We aim to write these up next week so that we can take them on our trip! In maths, we have continued with our learning of place value. In particular, we have been learning to recognise different representations. I have attached two example maths questions (above) to demonstrate some of the learning we have been doing in class. Can your child tell you the numbers and answer the questions?
A huge thank you to all the parents who have supported their children at home with signing their log book, listening to them read and helping them to practise their spellings. Research suggests that extra reading and spelling practice at home massively improve progress!
Times Tables Rock Stars
This week, the children were introduced to a new and engaging maths programme called "Times Tables Rock Stars". All of the children have a login and password for this. The children will be given time in class on this, once a week. Although this is not officially "homework", children will be able to do this at home too, if they so wish. Children are able to challenge each other to tournaments whilst also playing solo. They earn coins for correct answers which enable them to go shopping! The more coins they earn, the more shopping they can do! I have set each child with specific times tables questions. In the first instance, the children should only play in the "Garage" and "Arena" sections. These sections are "teacher set", meaning that the children will only be tested on the times tables that they are working on. I have attached a guide below.
Class Blog: Friday 14th September
Another good week in Owls class! We have continued with our learning of place value in maths. In English, we have began planning and writing a final non-chronological report about how to survive in space! The idea is that we can take our finished writing to Winchester Science museum, to hopefully be displayed, informing visitors all about life in space. In art this week, we have produced some outstanding chalk planet pictures. These will be displayed in the school corridor very soon!
A huge well done to the children who have completed all of their designated homework so far with logbooks signed and completed. I very much appreciate the support of parents on this. Any child who has had difficulty logging into Prodigy and / or Read Theory, please let me know as there are a few children yet to complete the tasks set this week.
Class Blog: Friday 7th September
A really good first week back. The children have all shown great enthusiasm for our space topic and they have all demonstrated a fantastic learning attitude. I am very impressed! In maths, we have started learning about place value. In English we have started learning the necessary skills to write a non-fiction report. Overall, we are currently working on presenting nicely in our books with neatly joined handwriting so that the very highest standards are reached. Now that the children are in a year 4 / 5 class, these are aspects the children need to develop as quickly as they can! A great start to the year and I am really optimistic about the children in Owls class making some great progress this year. Very Promising!
Class Blog June 15th
This week we have began to retell the story called "The Adventures of Odysseus". We have had lots of discussions about whether Odysseus is a hero or villain! In maths we have been learning how to use the formal method to multiply. In art lessons, the children have been using collage to create some abstract hero and villain pictures. As a part of our science lessons, we have been learning about plants and the different parts of a flower. Please find attached some photographs above. I have also attached the spelling lists for the rest of the term. These spellings are the year 3 and 4 expected words that the children be should learning and using. Many thanks.
Welcome Back! June 8th
I hope you had a fantastic holiday.
This term our topic will be "Heroes and Villains". In English, we will be using the text "The Adventures of Odysseus" to drive our learning. In maths we will be learning about hundredths, tenths, multiplication and division. In art lessons, the children will be learning to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, using collage to create some realistic hero and villain pictures. In science, the children will be learning about plants and life processes. We hope to invite a hero into school too, to talk to the children about their work.
Class Blog - 27th April
This week, we have been learning how to add and subtract fractions, using models and images. In English lessons, we have planned and written a recount of our wonderful trip to Milestones museum. It was a great learning experience. We took part in lots of hands-on activities, helping to bring the Victorian period to life. Photographs of our trip are found below. As a part of our learning in design and technology, we also started to research the different types of bridges. I n order to help us with this, we have been learning about the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to inspire us to design and make our very own lolly stick bridge!
Welcome Back! (April 2018)
Well done to all of the children in Owls class. They have settled back really well after the Easter break. This week, we have begun our learning in English, using our text driver "Street Child". Over the next couple of weeks, the children will continue to learn the skills necessary to write their own story, set in the Victorian period. In maths lessons, the children have begun learning about fractions. This unit will take place over a couple of weeks as the children will be learning to find fractions of number and fraction / decimal equivalents. We are very much looking forward to our trip next week, when the children will learn all about the Victorian period. Photographs of the day will appear here next week!
Class Blog - 23rd February
I hope that you have all enjoyed your half term break. Firstly, a huge well done to all of the children in Owls class. I am so proud of the progress being made by every child. They really are doing so well. The work being produced is absolutely amazing! We have had a very busy first week back! We have started our learning about telling the time in maths. We have also began learning the skills necessary to write a successful biography. In order to help us write our final outcome (a biography of Her Majesty The Queen), we have written to Her Majesty, asking for some information that could help. We look forward to a reply.
Reading: It was great to have started the term by achieving a class reading percentage of 85%. Please keep this going as extra reading at home makes such a difference.
A curriculum map about our topic "Great Britain" is found below.
Class Blog - 26 / 01 / 19
Well done Owls class! A really good first few weeks back after Christmas. We have been learning about multiplying and division in our maths lessons. We have completed our newspaper reports in English. They are amazing! Our English books are so neat and tidy. What great news! We will turn our attentions to story writing for the remainder of this half term, using the text driver: "The Roman Mysteries". We look forward to our visit from "Portals to the Past" this Monday. I will post photographs of the day later in the week. I am continuing to assign tasks to children on Prodigy Maths. Please encourage your children to complete these tasks each week as a part of their homework. They should also be answering questions on "Read Theory". Please find below the spellings for this week. Many thanks for your continued support.
They made a difference!
Welcome back! We begin with our first topic of 2018 called "They made a difference!". The children will learn more about the Romans, the Celts and in particular, how these people from the past have shaped our lives today. All of our English learning for the first couple of weeks will be based on a great text called "Escape From Pompeii". In maths we will complete our learning relating to angles. Please have a look at the curriculum map below, detailing all of the learning that will take place during the topic. You will also find a list of spellings for the first week back.
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 Friday 8th December
We are quickly approaching Christmas, so not long to go! We will be completing our work on instructions this week, making our own potions and then writing instructions for how to make them. We will also complete our work on statistics. Last week the children completed some amazing Christmas and winter decorations as a part of our sewing design and technology unit. They are amazing! I have set an assignment on Prodigy maths, so please do complete this. All costumes for the Christmas play should now be in school ready for our performances next Tuesday and Wednesday. Our final list of spellings to learn are found above. Many thanks.
Class Blog 1st December
Another great couple of weeks in Owls class. We have written and produced some amazing stories based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. They were a joy to read. Well done children! We have continued with our learning about fractions, finding fractions of numbers and adding fractions. We now focus our attentions on learning the skills to write instructions, based on our text "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". Next week, in maths we will be learning about statistics, in particular interpreting bar charts and pictograms. In science we have progressed with our learning relating to solids, liquids and gasses. We discovered that golden syrup was the liquid to melt in the quickest time, after being frozen! We felt that it was perhaps something to do the thickness of the liquid or the amount of sugar it contains. This week we will be investigating how carbon dioxide is released when bicarbonate of soda is mixed with vinegar!
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.