It has been Anti-bullying week and we have tied it into Celebrating Differences, looking at what it is to be different, how we are different, and why it is great to be different! In Fir we created Jigsaw pieces which celebrated how we were different in our own ways- we were then able to put it all together to show us complete as a class!
The other big event has been Bikeability this week. Two thirds of the class took part, and although it made teaching rather difficult, we got through! The instructors were very impressed with the children, so well done!
English has seen us work on our new sentence types, and the children have been fantastic at implementing them. Fractions in maths hasn't been quite as successful, but we got there eventually! Every week we are discovering more and more that we need to have better times table knowledge, so please encourage them to work on it at home!
It's been another eventful week in Fir class! In maths we have been tackling the dreaded division, but to the children's credit they have really stood up and faced it head on... with great results! So full credit to them. That brings an end to our look at the column methods- next stop Fractions!
FINALLY the children have been allowed to start reading The Arrival, and imagine their surprise when they realised it had no words! This has really put to the test their inference skills, and they are starting to make some excellent connections in the text.
In art we have begun creating our blitz masterpieces, in which the children created the backgrounds using oranges, reds and yellows to create a fiery sky. We looked at the word 'gradient', as well as how to focus our brush strokes.
Thursday afternoon saw all the children in the school take part in a Guiness book of world records challenge to do with speed stacking (of cups)- it was a riotous half an hour, so don't be surprised if children start asking for cups from Santa!
And finally... we got to finish the week off with popcorn and a film because we came joint first in the attendance race for Autumn 1. Let's keep that going and win two in a row!
Starting back after half term can always be a tricky one, but the children have really excelled themselves. In maths we have been tackling the tricky column multiplication method, but by the end of the week everyone seemed secure in the method... it's just those pesky times tables we need to be practising!
English saw us begin our new book, but of course we don't get to find out what it is just yet! The children had to imagine they had woken up in a room. The door was locked, and when they opened the curtains... a bizarre city scape met their eyes. That vision was brought to life using coloured card. Advancing the story, once we were finally out of the room, we came across a strange creature, which seemed to be a combination of different animals! The children had great fun designing, making and painting these.
Maybe, just maybe, we'll find out what the book is next week...
The final week of the half term saw us take on personification in war poetry. The children were set the task of personifying the blitz and a city under attack, and what an incredible job they did! Some really creative ideas were used, and the children performed them at the end of the week.
Maths saw us take on column subtraction, and by the sound of the week everyone was sailing through their questions. We also finished off our 'Forces' science topic by learning about levers, cogs and pulleys, and inventing our own machine.
Have a fantastic (and relaxing) few days off, and see you all in a week!
This week Mr Tull forgot to take any photos, but we have still have had a good week! Never has there been so much excitement over Column Addition, and by the end we were being detectives and spotting the red herrings in word problems!
English saw us finally finish our stories on Rose Blanche, and we produced some fantastic work- the focus was slowing down the story and being descriptive, and some lovely sentences were written.
We also managed to squeeze in parachute building to find out about air resistance (this would be a great opportunity to show pictures if there were any) and practised our sketching skills. Next week is our final week before the half term and our well deserved break!
The final week of September saw Fir class take on D + T week in style. Over the course of the week we learnt about the Blitz and the Anderson shelter, and this progressed onto us designing and then of course finally building our own model Anderson shelters. The most impressive aspect of this week is that the children had to take responsibility for their own design and building; at no point were the children given instructions on how to build one, they had to do it all themselves. They were encouraged to problem solve all by themselves, and even managed to work together the whole time with no distractions and no arguments! The clean up operation was rather extensive, but we were rewarded with the golden broom award, which has now triggered a fierce rivalry between the classes (but mainly the teachers).
Fir class had a very proud (but rather exhausted) teacher at the end of the week- here are a collection of photos from our week, although of course make sure you come along to the market place after school on Monday to see everything in all its glory.
Finally, a big thank you to all those of you who donated recyclable materials. Without you this project would have been very different and a lot less fun, so thank you very much!
This week saw us really start progressing our writing. We were armed with a variety of ways to write interesting sentences, such as the good ol' "As_Ly", which we used to great effect, producing some fantastic writing along the way!
In Maths we have been learning a variety of mental methods for addition, and had to put it all into practice when we went number hunting around the school. It turned out harder than expected when we started discovering the phone numbers though...
This week saw us begin all our new topics. English certainly brought a great deal of mystery, as the children were tasked with making predictions on our new story, based off of the front cover and other images. Eventually they were read the emotional story of 'Rose Blanche' and had the opportunity to freeze frame the key scenes from the book. It was really interesting to see independent groups arrive at similar imagery, and we certainly have a class of very able actors!
The story is told from the perspective of a young girl whose German town sends its men off to war. Meanwhile, she discovers a concentration camp on the edge of the town (not that she knows what it is), and does her best to help the children there. Eventually both the town and camp are taken by the Allies, but unfortunately for Rose... well, I'll let the children tell you!
Welcome to the start of a new year in Fir class!
This week we have done a whole host of activities, mainly based around being creative, to ease everyone on. Some cracking artwork has been produced, and will definitely add extra sparkle to our classroom. Lots of group activities have allowed us to build on our team work skills, and an improvement can already be seen!
Here are some pictures of us discovering all the different maths games we have access to in the classroom!