Mechanics 

Autumn Term 1

 In the Mechanics class this term we have been busy getting to grips with life in the juniors – and we are really getting the hang of it! We really enjoy our brand new classroom and exploring the school – especially the trim trail!

This term our project has been ‘Tribal Tales’, and we have been finding out all about prehistoric life, from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age Celts. We have created human timelines to show when things happened, and collaborated to make cave paintings to retell what we have done. In our writing we have focussed on our description and recount skills; describing prehistoric creatures and describing a day in the life of a Stone Age version of themselves.

However our real highlight this term has been our terrific trip the Beaumanor Hall to take part in an Iron Age Celt experience day. We had an amazing time and worked hard together to learn about daily Celtic life (the roundhouse was very cool!), Celtic writing – including a very exciting ‘Rune Treasure Hunt’ and Celtic warrior training. For the Mechanics, the highlight was probably charging across the battlefield to attack the vicious Roman invaders (well…Mr Robinson).

Next term we have some more Scrumdiddlyumptious learning coming up! Watch this space…

Autumn Term 2

Two terms in and the Mechanics are really starting to sink their teeth into Ibstock learning. This term we have been chomping our way through our exciting project ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ (try saying that with a mouthful of marshmellows). This tasty topic was all about food – where it comes from, how our bodies use it as well as the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. In our writing, we served up tasty morsels linked to ‘Supertato’ – a terrific tale about a super potato (I’m sure you worked that out…), and the children wrote their own adventure stories about Supertato’s next great challenge. Additionally, we looked at instruction writing in our topic sessions – culminating in a super smoothie making day where our parents got to (bravely) try our creations…yum! Finally, for desserts, we listened to, read, wrote and performed some entertaining poems about food. CHOCOLATE CAKE! Mmmm…

In maths this term, we have been cooking up a storm with addition and subtraction, as well as practising our 3x tables – go on, test us if you like! The children have enjoyed using a variety of resources to help them in their maths adventures, and have made great progress so far – I can’t wait to see what more is to come after Christmas.

I hope you manage to enjoy our cracking carol concert with Year 5, and from all of us Mechanics…Merry Chirstmas!

Spring Term 1

Mechanics Class - Heroes and Villains

 Where have all the good learners gone? And where are all the glue sticks? And is there a streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds? Well yes there is, and the good (in fact, brilliant) learners are in Mechanics class! And the glue sticks too…

We have been holding out for a hero in the shape of our ‘Heroes and Villains’ project, and we’ve had to be strong and fast with our skills this term to make some excellent progress. Plus we have really enjoyed ourselves along the way finding out about Superheroes and Villains as well as creating our own.

In our English work this term we have been focussing on persuasive writing, through writing a letter of complaint about some very naughty behaviour from some very naughty vegetables (yes you, Miss Mean Green Bean!). We were even visited by Mr Banana whole told us about his terrible experiences at the market. Luckily, Supertato lived up to his name and eventually managed to save the day – what a hero! As well as persuasive letters, we have also been studying adverts and how they can be persuasive, by coming up with adverts for gadgets for superheroes. Need a new utility belt for Batman or a hammer for Thor? Then come and see the Mechanics. We even created adverts for the Batmobile! Holy amazing writing Batman!

In our P.E. sessions we have moved with the grace and elegance of our Olympic heroes in our gymnastics unit, showing some amazing body control and poise when making our own routines. Some future gymnastic stars (or should that be ‘heroes’) in the making I think!

We have been heroes in lots of other areas of learning too, from learning about multiplication and times tables in maths – as well as introducing fractions through smarties – through to making our own ‘success jackets’ to help us with our inner confidence and self-belief. For Safer Internet Day we helped Year 3 write a song to teach people about staying safe online and sharing respect – see the school Youtube channel soon to listen to it!

We have had some amazing hero homework in this term too – thank you to all the home heroes (Mums, Dads, Grandparents and other family members) for helping your child be the hero that they are!

I wonder what will happen next term. I’m sure it will be…wild…(hint)J

Spring Term 2

There was something out there waiting for us…and it turned out to be our exciting project all about the world of weird and wonderful animals. Predators! We have crammed an amazing amount of work into five short weeks, and the hard working pupils in the mechanics class have certainly earned their Easter break.

In our maths learning, we have been furthering our understanding of multiplying and dividing, finding out what happens when we multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We have also been learning new methods to solve multiplication problems using the ‘grid’ method, as well as mastering our 6x tables – feel free to test us anytime! We have got a real good attitude…

In our writing, we had to get to the chopper and fly high with our story writing skills with our ‘defeating the monster’ tale. We learned a range of stories; edited and improved them before writing our own exciting adventure to entertain our readers. Pupils used a range of techniques to do this, including short sentences and exciting openers, as well as making the action heart-pounding and relentless. Mr Robinson had us pushing lots of pencils!

Our topic learning helped us to really enjoy our trip to Twycross Zoo, where we explored some amazing creatures and learned about the variety that predators can come in. Our brilliant parent helpers braved to cold and the wind to make sure we had a fun time (we ain’t got time to shiver…), and the pupils enjoyed getting up close and personal with ‘Kellogg’ the corn snake and a very friendly ‘hissing’ cockroach.

Back indoors, we used our knowledge of predators to play and design some ‘predator games’ in our P.E. lessons – taking on characteristics of predators to hunt down our opponents and win (even though it’s the taking part the counts.). As well, we have been exploring programming and computer coding in ICT, laying the foundations for creating our own computer games after Easter – watch this space!

Have a great Easter everyone, and good luck hunting those Easter eggs – embrace the spirit of the mongoose (an excellent egg-hunting predator).

I’m trembling with excitement about our next topic…J

Summer Term 1

Is it hot in Mechanics class? Or is it just the fact we have been busy finding out about earthquakes, the structure of the Earth and volcanoes? Either way, the pupils have been turning up the heat on their learning and getting to grips with geology. It rocks!

 

In our English learning, we have looked at the thrilling story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ based upon the events of 70AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted. The pupils uncovered lots of fascinating facts to create their own news reports, and will soon be recording these as ‘live’ breaking news stories – think 6 O’clock news, only 2000 years ago!

 Maths has lead us on a journey into Fractions and division skills, where we have explored lots of hands on resources and pictures to help us represent our thinking. We are really developing into mathematicians and are beginning to explain our reasoning clearly. Next, we are looking at shape and measurement – not to mention telling the time!

The explosive nature of volcanoes and earthquakes has led to some excellent research in the form of our homework, and I have been amazed at the standard of work coming in. We have been uncovering how our planet is made up, and had a lot of fun making Plasticine models of the Earth – although a few were disappointed it was not life size…In addition, our map skills have really improved, and we have located various earthquakes and volcanoes across the globe. We are presenting all we have found out in a handy leaflet – including life-saving information on how to survive and earthquake! Perfect for Ibstock…

With 5/6 of the year gone, there is still 1/6 of the year left (good fractions skills there). I wonder what will be next for the Mechanics. It’s a myth-tery…

Homework

Homework due on Friday 6th July