Autumn Term 1
Wow, that was a busy first half term for the Tigers!
We have been settling in to life at the Junior School and getting to know our way around. We are enjoying our bright, new classroom, visiting the library and working hard to collect merits.
This half term we have been learning about the fascinating world of animals. We have been looking at predators and learning about who eats who! We can express this in the form of food chains and food webs, correctly using arrows to show the flow of energy through the food chain and we’ve learnt some brilliant scientific vocabulary – producer, consumer, apex predator and even photosynthesis! This was supported by our trip to Twycross Zoo which was perhaps the highlight of our topic.
We have designed our own apex predators and even our own carnivorous plant, the Tigers are great designers and there have been some very imaginative creations.
In PE we have played ‘predator games’ looking at attacking and defending techniques as well a practising some key skills.
During our English lessons we have been working on improving our handwriting using the school’s letter-join handwriting style and it’s really coming on. Some Tigers are working hard and I know are aiming to get their pen license before Christmas! We’ve also been learning the main word classes and can now confidently explain the difference between common and proper nouns, adjectives and verbs. We’ve been writing descriptive sentences and used dictionaries and thesauruses to help edit and improve our word choices.
In maths we’ve begun our number work and mastered the art of measuring. We have measured ourselves using tape measures and string and have put our labelled string in a jar so we can see how much we have grown by the end of the year!
Next term will be a long but exciting topic as we run up to Christmas. I am trembling with excitement and I know you’ll be erupting with anticipation.
Autumn Term 2
We’ve literally been trembling with excitement this half-term as we have learnt about
volcanoes and earthquakes. We have looked at the structure of the earth, which involved us making a model using Plasticine. We’ve smashed eggs and discussed tectonic plates as well as practised our atlas skills in order to locate some of the world’s most active volcanoes. During our learning about earthquakes we have put our building skills to good use, designing and constructing an earthquake proof structure. We are well prepared and know exactly what to do in the event of an earthquake (highly likely in Ibstock), practising our earthquake drill in the classroom (this involved a very loud siren and Miss Barton dropping dictionaries on the tables while we hid underneath!)
Our writing this term has been about the volcanic eruption which destroyed the city of Pompeii. We have learnt some fantastic sentence types. We have also written information leaflets about earthquakes.
In art we have researched Picasso and have created a self-portrait in his style. I must also say that some of the homework that has come in has been absolutely fantastic! We definitely have some brilliant budding reporters and geologists as well as some superb cameramen and camera women.
Here’s to a scrumdiddlyumptious next term!
Spring Term 1
The Tigers have devoured the learning this term and really enjoyed our Scrumdidliumptious topic!
We began our writing to entertain focus in English with some poetry writing and performances inspired by the poem 'The Best Chip'. We have chubbled chips and chomped chocolate cake and made ourselves truly hungry! We have written some brilliant stories about the adventures of Evil Escapea and courageous Supertato! We have practised adding interesting details to our writing, using 3-ed sentences and emotion word comma sentences. We have also been learning to use inverted commas and the complexities of punctuating speech correctly.
Tigers have also become 3 and 6 times table superstars this half term, we've really enjoyed chanting rhymes on our way to assembly and learning our multiplication facts as we sing, using our hands and playing timetables games. We have also looked at the grid method as an efficient way to solve multiplication calculations for more complex numbers. We have also linked our maths and topic work and collected data using tally charts. This was then presented and analysed bar graphs and pictograms.
In topic we have packed in so much learning: from discovering the nutrients our bodies need and why we need them, to food hygiene and how to pack a fridge! We have enjoyed ourselves by trying some different fruits and vegetables and have designed a healthy lunch box and our own fruit smoothies. It really has been a 'jam-packed' half term. This was culminated by a fantastic homework exhibition this week, as a year group team, all the teachers where really impressed by the amount of effort you have all put into your homework and we have enjoyed sampling some of your fantastic culinary skills! Well done mums and dads too! J
I'm looking forward to seeing if 'we can be heroes...just for one day' when we start our next topic after half term.
Spring Term 2
Wow, what a heroic half-term it's been! Our topic, Heroes and Villains, has seen us look at how to be everyday heroes, as well as the qualities we need to exhibit on a daily basis. We've learnt that we don't need to wear a cape or mask, or have superpowers, to be a hero! We've realised that you don't need to be "super" to be a hero - in fact, doing simple things like saying "please" and "thank you" can be a pretty heroic thing to do. In our writing, we have written to persuade - first, we looked to write a persuasive letter of complaint about a rather mean green bean, before we looked at designing a new Batmobile for the Dark Knight. We used lots of persuasive devices, including rhetorical questions and super description, to try and make our Batmobiles sound as appealing as possible. In Maths, we've nailed our 6 times tables and now we have also become really capable when it comes to fractions. We've worked really hard this term and we're looking forward to the Summer term, when we will be going swimming!
Summer Term 1
Homework to be in by Wednesday 3rd July