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Welcome to our Class Page. This page will be updated each Friday and will share the children's learning and achievements with those at home.
Willowclass@manea.cambs.sch.uk (Mr Lenton)
Ashclass@manea.cambs.sch.uk (Miss Turner)
Literacy: This week in Literacy we have finished writing a letter to David Walliams. The children have come across many skills and techniques to really persuade him to come and visit!
Year 3: we have been looking at fractions. Our confidence is really coming along and we are able to add and subtract fractions well. We are now going to focus on solving problems involving fractions over the next few days.
We have been so lucky this week. We had a music group come and share their instruments with us and the children really enjoyed it! We were also lucky to have a dance coach come and teach us a dance. The children have been amazing!
We have had yet another busy week this week - with lots of preparations taking place for our upcoming production. We have had our dress rehearsal, all ready for next week.
In literacy this week we have been learning all about Pride. The children then used their ideas of a Pride festival to write a poem!
This week we have been planning our own story based on The Proudest Blue. We have been retelling the story from the perspective of Asiya. We are so proud of our amazing story writing.
Year 3: This week we have continued to explore time and focussing on the duration of events. the children have worked so hard to use a number line to support them and should feel very proud!
Year 4: We have been revisiting our learning on money. We have been looking at amounts of money using decimal notation for pounds and pence. We have looked at rounding money to the nearest whole pound and solving problems using the four operations.
We have been working very hard on preparing for our production. All the children are excited to show you all of their hard work.
We have also been learning our bodies in PSHE. The children have been wonderful at asking questions and using the scientific terms.
In Literacy this week we have continued our sentence stacking lessons based on The Proudest Blue. We have been developing our different authorial techniques including using similes, metaphors and personification.
In Year 3 Maths we have been working on time this week. We have revisited telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes on an analogue clock. Please test us at home by asking us to read the time!
In Year 4 Maths we have been working with decimals. We have looked at dividing one and two digit numbers by 100. We have compared decimal numbers with up to two decimal places and ordered them. We have looked at how to round decimal numbers to the nearest whole.
Our topic lessons this week have been all about our Art unit which is based around famous buildings. We have found out about lots of famous buildings from around the world including St Paul's Cathedral, St Basil's Cathedral and the Taj Mahal. We have looked closely at the patterns and shapes we see in these buildings and compared them. We have used different media including sketching pencils, oil pastels and pens to recreate some of the patterns we have seen.
We really enjoyed Sports Day on Wednesday. Thank you so much for all of you that showed your support. Please see the weekly news page for photos.
Year 3: This week in maths we have been revisiting fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions. This has been super tricky but we have worked hard and overcoming a few challenges.
Year 4: We have been recapping our fractions work finding equivalent fractions and fractions of amounts. We have been looking at common fractions and finding their decimal equivalents.
We have started our new text The Proudest Blue. We have learned about the importance of the hijab in Muslim culture and made predictions based on the illustrations. We have begun writing our own paragraphs using lots of new skills and sentence structures using sentence stacking.
This week we finished designing and making our sandwiches. Take a look below to see what we have been getting up to!
Wow what a week we have had in Ash and Willow Class this week!
We have been celebrating our Science week this week exploring our topic States of Matter.
We have focused our Literacy learning on The Water Cycle this week, linking to our Science week theme. We have written some fabulous explanation texts about the stages of the water cycle. Ask us all about it!
In Year 3
In Year 4 Maths we have been looking at volume and capacity. We investigated the volume of our classroom and how we could make different shapes with the same volumes. We have also been looking at adding, subtracting and comparing capacities and converting between measurements of capacity (ml and l).
We have had so much fun in our Science lessons this week, doing lots of enquiries into States of Matter. We have explored lots of different materials and how we can classify them into being solids or liquids. We have explored how we can prove that gases exist and also investigated temperatures around our classrooms. We have learned how to read a thermometer and compare temperatures in different areas. On Friday, we conducted our own investigations into evaporation, coming up with our own questions and ways of investigating them. We were also lucky to have a visit from a Science teacher from our local secondary school in which we took part in lots of Electricity investigations and were blown away by the Van de Graaff! We were very proud to show our work to parents and carers at our Science marketplace on Friday afternoon.
This week we also had visits from a local artist. We helped with the whole school project of creating felt banners. Please see the weekly news pages for more photos!
This week we have been finishing our work with adventure stories. we have also started our next unit of work all about explanation texts. We have looked at features and even attempted to write our own.
Year 3: We have been using the outdoor area to recap addition and subtraction. We then continued with our shape work and used items we found to create minibeast hotels. We had to describe the shapes that we created using the correct vocabulary.
Year 4: We have been doing lots of outdoor learning in Maths this week and we have had such an amazing time! We started the week learning about symmetry and creating symmetrical patterns with natural resources. We have also recapped the different types of triangles and learnt the names of quadrilaterals. We have worked hard on using the correct vocabulary for different angles and lines.
In topic this week we have started our DT project. We are designing a sandwich to eat at a Jubilee street party. We have started by tasting existing products and learning all about the eatwell plate.
This week in literacy we have been looking at the features of an adventure story. We have planned and have started to write an adventure story of our own!
This week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have identified key properties of these shapes and have also explore the differences between a prism and a pyramid!
In Year 4 Maths we have been looking at using grids to find coordinates. We have learned how to read coordinates of points and shapes, and we have practised creating shapes using coordinates. We have also learnt about translating shapes and points on a grid, and using directional language to describe translations.
This week the children have used their walk from last week to create sketch maps of our journey. The children have also been able to use lots of geographical skills to complete different challenges in the classroom.
Some of the children have also done amazing work in completing their bikeability course!
Literacy: This week we have looked at describing characters, writing events from a different point of view and refining how to use speech on our writing. We are looking forward to using these skills next week to start planning our own adventure story.
Year 3: This week we have been focussing on how to use a number line to help us divide. We then explored how we could do this more effectively, especially when working with larger numbers.
Year 4: This week we have been focusing on our division skills. We have recapped the chunking method for division and explored dividing 3 digit and 2 digit numbers. We have then applied our learning to solving multi-step word problems.
This week we finished our learning in R.E by writing an interview between ourselves and a child who is Muslim. It was wonderful to see what the children could remember from the previous lessons. We have also started our Geography topic of our locality by going for a walk around Manea. We have been exploring human features as landmarks in the village.
In literacy this week we have been reading the story Ali Baba. We have written our own setting descriptions and have explored different devices of figurative language such as metaphors, similes and personification.
Year 3: This week we have been looking at the grid method to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit. We have then used this knowledge to solve scaling problems. Please find a video below about the grid method.
Year 4: This week we have looked at finding factor pairs of numbers and looked at some new methods of multiplication. We have looked at how to use the expanded method and compact method. We have applied our learning to solving problems and reasoning questions. Please find a video below of the expanded method for multiplication.
This week our focus has been R.E. We are learning all about what Muslims believe and how the five pillars guide their day to day practices.
Literacy: This week we have been looking at the features of persuasive writing. We have been using different features to sell different items each day. Next week we are putting all our learning together to write a persuasive advert.
Year 3: This week we have been looking at measurement. We started by adding and subtracting lengths. This went well but we have some work to do when converting between mm and cm. We ended the week by looking at perimeter and the children really enjoyed themselves!
Year 4: We have started our topic of decimals. This is a completely new topic to the children and they have been pushing and challenging themselves everyday. We have done some work outside with the large place value counters to help us divide 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10. We have been working hard on representing decimal numbers containing tenths and hundredths.
Topic: This week we have focussed on our R.E work. We have been learning about the Easter story and why this is important to Christians.
In Literacy this week we have been working on our formal letter writing. We have been planning and writing a letter to the queen congratulating her on her Platinum Jubilee. The children have worked so hard on their writing. We are all really impressed and proud of their formal language and beautiful presentation.
This week we have continued our work on fractions. we have looked at ordering them, comparing them and adding them! They have been fantastic. The children really enjoyed making fraction walls using natural resources too!
We have been continuing our work with fractions this week. We have learned about finding quantities from fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We used multilink cubes to show our learning and drew bar models on the tables to help us.
This week we have had so much fun in our topic lessons! We have been creating our moving posters using our knowledge of mechanisms, linkages and levers. They look amazing! Take a look at the photos below. We were also lucky to take part in a West End in Schools theatre workshop, based around the book Where The Wild Things Are. We had a great time creating dances to act out the story!
In Literacy this week we have continued our work with performance poetry. The children have had great fun collecting vocabulary, planning and writing their monster raps. We have been so impressed with their performances! You could ask your child to give you a little taster at home!
Year 3: This week we have been looking at fractions. we started by identifying fractions of amounts and recapped the key language that we were taught in Autumn. We have ended the week trying to find equivalent fractions.
Year 4: This week we have been looking at fractions. We started off looking at equivalent fractions. Then we have looked at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
This week we have started our DT project for this term. We are looking at mechanisms, specifically linkages and levers. This week we have looked at our design brief which is to create a moving poster about Viking warriors and how they travelled suitable for Year 2 children. We have investigated different mechanisms and started to design our posters.
This week the children have been looking at performance poetry. The children have really enjoyed performing a range of poetry. They have looked into how we can use percussion instruments alongside reading poetry outloud. They have also worked hard on being able to offer feedback to their peers in the form of two stars and a wish.
This week the children have been revisiting their place value knowledge. they have worked hard to order and compare 3 digit numbers. The children have also been counting in steps of 50 and have amazed us with their effort this week!
This week we have been recapping some of our place value knowledge. We have been practising rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have also investigated negative numbers and thought about how we can apply this in real life situations like reading temperatures on thermometers.
This week the children have continued their learning in Geography to compare and contrast Scandinavia with the United Kingdom. They used their knowledge of physical and human geography to create a poster about visiting a Scandinavian country or city!
In Literacy this week we have been writing our newspaper reports about the frightening wolf attack in our key text - Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have written quotes from witnesses of the event, drafted, edited and published our newspaper reports. They are a very interesting read! Ask us about our exciting writing this week if you see us around school.
Year 3 Maths
This week we have worked hard on using the column method to subtract a 3 digit number form a 3 digit number. The children have found this really tricky and have impressed us with their perseverance.
Year 4 Maths
This week we have been recapping our subtraction methods. We have looked at the column method for subtraction including exchanging in more than one column. We have also looked at using rounding to estimate our answers to calculations and exploring how we can use inverse operations to check our workings out.
This week we have celebrated Children's Mental Health Week. This years theme is 'Growing Together'. We have completed activities including speaking about how we can ensure we have good mental health, how we have grown this year and who can support us to grow. On Tuesday, we celebrated Safer Internet Day, and we discussed relationships and respect online. We looked at some different scenarios that we might find ourselves in when interacting with others online. We spoke about and discussed the best ways to react and who we can trust when we are online.
This week we have started to look at newspaper articles as we will be reporting on an important event from the text that we are currently reading. The children spent time looking for key text features using a feature spotter!
Year 3: This week the Year three children have started to look at addition and subtraction and many golden stars were handed out for their efforts!
This week we have been preparing for the Winter Olympics that will be starting this week. Please read the weekly news for more information!
We have also been continuing with our Art learning. The children are now using their plans to create their very own wall hanging.
This week wee have been exploring features that help to build suspense in our writing. the children are continuing a Norse Myth that they have been learning about in class.
Year 3: In maths this week we have been measuring length. We have been looking at the relationship between mm and cm. We have then also looked at the relationship between cm and m,
Year 4:This week we have been learning about the chunking method to divide. We also looked at remainders!
This week we have started our Art block. We have been looking at weaving. The class are so excited to design and make their own next week!
Spring week 3: W/C17/01/22
Year 3: We have continued our learning with multiplication and division. we have used place value charts and part whole models to help us! The children have blown us away this week with their PARTY attitudes!
Year 4: In Year 4 we have been working on our division methods. We have been looking at how to use number lines to help us. We have also been learning about what happens when we have remainders after dividing.
In Literacy this week we have been exploring Norse myths. We have learnt about what a myth should contain and the features we need to include. We have also learned the story of 'Thor and the Stolen Hammer' and acted out some alternative resolutions to the myth. We started planning our alternative endings using a story map.
In science this week we have been exploring the forces of push and pull. We carried out two investigations this week to find out the impact friction has on a toy car on a ramp and how strong different types of magnet are!
Spring Week 2: 10/01/21
In literacy this week we have been writing a script for an advert We have been trying to persuade people to go to Iceland for a holiday. Then on Friday we investigated a character by role on the wall method.
Year 3 Maths: This week we have been working really hard to use related number facts to answer other facts. We have then started to learn how to multiply a two digit number by a one digit number.
Year 4 Maths: This week we have been working on our times table facts for the 7, 11 and 12 times tables. We have also started to look at some written methods for multiplication including using a number line and grid method. We are learning how to choose methods which make our workings more efficient!
This week we have continued our History learning about The Vikings. We have researched and created fact files about Viking gods and beliefs. We have found out about one of the most famous Viking raids on the Lindisfarne monastery and re-enacted the scene. We have discovered how the Anglo Saxons reacted to the Vikings invading Britain and taken on the role of an Anglo Saxon King. We have learned about Viking long ships and created junk-models showing the different features we have learned about.
Spring Week 1: W/C:03/01/22
Literacy: In literacy this week we have been exploring the text 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. We have been exploring the illustrations from the first few pages of the book. The children have been busy writing letters, describing objects and writing poems about books!
Year Three have been busy looking at different ways that we can represent data. We even have been able to interpret information from looking as these representation. We have also been able to collect data. We stood and watched Station Road for 15 minutes and used a Tally Chart to note down what we saw.
Year Four have been learning about different ways to represent data. We have looked at creating and interpreting pictograms, tally charts and bar charts. We have also learned about a new way of presenting data - in line graphs. We measured the temperature of our outside area during one of our Maths lessons then plotted a line graph to show our data.
This week we have introduced our new top of the Vikings. The children have been exploring who they were and where they came from. We have looked at different sources that prove statements about the Vikings and how they lived in Britain. We have also learned about the raid on Lindisfarne, and got to re-enact a Viking raid!
Autumn week 15 WC:13/12/21
This week we have been looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world. We gathered information and created non-chronological report.
This week we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. We have been able to describe them using the correct language.
In the afternoons we have been busy creating our Christmas crafts.
Literacy: This week we have applied what we have been learning into writing a set of instructions. the children have worked hard and have produced some great instructions all about how to wash a woolly mammoth!
Maths: This week in Maths we have been looking at some key knowledge for our new topic of shape. We have looked at lines and angles including right angles, obtuse angles and acute angles, and looking at pairs of parallel and perpendicular lines.
Topic: This week we have started to create our pillows using our designs. the children have prepared their resources ready to assemble!
Autumn Week 13 WC 29.11.21
Literacy - In Literacy we have been preparing to write our instructions for How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. We have followed some example instructions to make our own Woolly Mammoth models. We have looked at and identified the key features of instructions in lots of examples and begun to plan to write them next week.
Maths - In Maths this week we have been continuing our work on multiplication and learning some more key facts for our times tables. Year 3s have been focusing on learning their 8 times table and applying their knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables to solve problems.
Topic - We have started our new DT project this week, which will involve us designing, making and evaluating a pillow for Ug. We have looked at our design brief and investigated some existing products. We have used our success criteria to evaluate existing products and talked about what we like and do not like about them. We have gathered some great inspiration for beginning our design stage next week.
Maths: In Maths this week, we have been continuing our work on our multiplication skills. Year 3 have been focusing on their 3 and 4 times tables. They have been using their knowledge to problem solve. Year 4 have been applying their skills of the 3 and 4 times tables in mastery challenges, and beginning to learn their 6 times tables. We have had great fun playing Hit the Button to help us with remembering our times tables and competing with each other to beat our scores!
Literacy: This week we have started to look at instructional texts using 'how to wash a woolly mammoth'. We have collected imperative verbs by cleaning some toys using a range of tools.
Topic: In science we were looking at how soil is created and we have created our very own wormeries to observe of the the next couple of weeks.
We have also started our geography work. we have looked at what needs need to be met in settlements and how our location can help that. We have also started to look at counties and cities from around the UK.
Literacy - In Literacy we have been putting together our ideas for our Stone Age stories based on Stone Age Boy. We have been thinking about using amazing vocabulary to make our stories really interesting for the reader. We have started writing our beginning and middle of our stories.
Maths - In Maths this week the Year Four children have been looking at using a place value chart to multiply two digit numbers by 10 and 100.
The Year Three children have been revising their 2 times table and have started to learn their 3 times table!
In our Topic lessons this week we have been exploring rocks. The children have learnt all about the fossilisation process. They have also been busy creating trailers for the story of Roger Rock which explains the the process of how rocks form part of our soil.
Take a look at the picture below. Tell your parents what we predict might happen!
Maths- As part of maths week we looked at place value using the story 'The Warlords beads'. We created our own abacuses and created stories. The children had to make sure that they other people could represent numbers on their abacus through the story.
This week in Literacy we have been continuing our work looking at the story Stone Age Book. We have looked at the different parts of a story and their purposes, including the beginning and middle of the story. We have started collecting ideas in planning for writing our own Stone Age adventure stories. We are looking forward to finishing our plans and writing them next week.
In topic we were able to take part in a Stone age day! We dressed up as people from the stone age and created dens using set criteria. We created our own stone age names, created spear heads and looked at useful tools. We also created Stonehenge out of biscuits and icing sugar!
In Literacy this week we have started learning about our new focus text Stone Age Boy. This links really well with our Topic Rock and Roll! This week we have been focusing on writing conversations between characters and learning the correct rules when we are writing speech in a story. We have written a conversation between Om and Boy when they first meet. We have discussed the different ways we can put adverbs into our writing and make it sound interesting to read.
This week in maths we have been looking at subtraction. The year 3 children have been working hard to understand the column method and are getting more confident with it. The year 4 children have also been looking at subtraction. They have been using the column method to subtract a four digit number from another four digit number. They have also began to think about the most effective method to solve a problem.
This week we have started our Science topic of Rocks and Soils. We have really enjoyed two outdoor learning sessions as a part of this. We have learned about identifying different types of rocks, their properties and uses. We have created Stone Age tools using our knot tying skills and have built fires to make our own hot chocolate.
Autumn Week 8 W/C 18.10.21
This week we have been thinking about and celebrating Harvest in Ash and Willow Class. We had chats about things we are thankful for, and the types of things that we thought of and associate with Autumn and Harvest. We planned, wrote and neatly edited our Kenning Poems about Harvest. We are really proud of our amazing writing and are so happy to share our poetry with you.
In literacy this week we have been looking at Kenning poems. We have been writing Kennings about different animals and objects. We have started planning our Harvest/Autumn poems using a Kenning structure. We can't wait to share them with you next week as part of our Harvest celebrations!
This week we have started our new topic of Fractions. We have been thinking about what a fraction is and how we can recognise unit and non-unit fractions. Then we moved on to think about the different methods we can use to help us count in fractions, including number lines and bar models. We have also explored recognising and counting in tenths.
We have finished our cave paintings this week by adding the final details. To show off our amazing artwork we had a mini exhibition in our classes where everyone got to give each other feedback on the skills we had used. We have also begun our RE topic this week, where we are learning about the Christian faith. We have been learning about why Jesus is such an important figure in the Christian faith, and we have been exploring symbols, images and representations that are associated with Jesus.
In literacy this week we have been looking at the story of Ug and writing a recount from his perspective. we have been looking at the features of this text type and identifying them in examples of a diary extract. We then boxed up our ideas for each of the events we were looking at. We then wrote our very own recount.
This week we have been looking at the column method to support our calculations with addition and subtraction. some of us have also moved onto using this method to help us solve word problems.
This week we have continued to build up our skills with paint and some sketching. We also researched cave paintings to help us generate our own ideas for creating our own. We then used our skills to create our own cave painting!
In literacy this week we have continued to look at descriptions. We have described setting and we have started to describe characters from the story of Ug. We have looked at metaphors and similes to power up our descriptions.
This week in maths we have been looking at subtraction. some of us have been subtracting from 3 digit numbers and 2 digit numbers and some of us have been subtracting from a 4 digit number. See below of some examples of the column method this will help with homework!
In art this week we have been learning how to tint and shade a colour. in PSHE we have been discussing the emotion of 'calm'. We created our trust tribes to remind us of people that can help us find our calm.
In Literacy this week we have started our new writing genre looking at setting descriptions. We have been looking at the book Ug by Raymond Briggs and imagining the settings that Ug lives in. We have begun to plan our setting descriptions, and have been thinking of lots of exciting and interesting vocabulary that we can add to them!
In maths this week we have been looking at addition. Some of us have been looking at our number bonds to 20, adding two three digit numbers and also looking at adding 4,digit numbers. We have started each lesson by recalling our 2,5 and 10 times tables to help us answer questions involving these facts a little quicker.
This week we were lucky to have some adults join us to run a challenge your self event. We had loads of activities where we had to beat our previous score.
This week we have also been writing information leaflets all about Skara Brae. Skara Brae is a Stone Age settlement!
We have also started our art work and we began by learning how to mix powder paints correctly.
This week in literacy we have continued to look at Non-chronological reports. we have learnt about some of the different animals that were thought to be around during the Stone Age period. We have also been looking at using fronted adverbials and the possessive apostrophe for singular nouns.
This week in Maths we have been continuing our learning with place value in 3 and 4 digit numbers. We have explored using number lines and comparing 3 and 4 digit numbers using inequality signs. We especially enjoyed our work on Friday using place value counters and base 10 to represent our numbers. And we were allowed to write on the tables!
Our focus for our history learning this week has been dwellings. On Thursday Ash class and Willow class joined up to create a Stone Age house using items that we foraged for on the school field. The children amazed us with their creativity and team work skills.
What a wonderful first week! We have really enjoyed welcoming back the children and settling them into class.
This week in Literacy the children have been learning about Non-Chronological Reports. We have identified features, asked questions, created subheadings and learnt some useful grammatical skills in preparation of writing our own next week.
In maths this week we have been looking at place value. The children have been looking at how to create numbers using a range of representations. Some children have been looking at numbers up to 1,000 whilst others have been looking at numbers past 1,000. They have worked hard to explain their reasoning and solved some pretty tricky challenges!
This week we have been focussing on our History topic. We are studying the Stone Age this half term so we introduced the topic by using a roll of toilet paper! The first square of the toilet roll represented the past 5,000 years. The next square represented the next 2,500 year and was the final period of time of the stone age. The remaining squares on the roll symbolised the time all the way back to early human life!