Saturday, 18 February 2017

Year Two week ending 17th February

This week we have been learning:

Maths: gathering data and recording it in tables and charts
Literacy: writing poems and looking at spelling algorithms
Topic: preparing for the Eisteddfod

You can help at home by:

Maths: Continue to help your child to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. You will find data activities on the Mymaths website. 
Literacy:  You will also have taken home a copy of the poem we will recite for the Eisteddfod. The children will have the opportunity to perform it individually to the class. Think about tone of voice, possible gestures you might want to use and the pace at which you will perform your poem. If your child is slightly anxious about performing on their own, please reassure them that they can do it in a group if they wish. 
Topic: Continue to prepare for your presentation two weeks after half term.

Have a wonderful half term. We look forward to seeing you refreshed and relaxed on the 27th February,
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Year Five: Week Ending 17th February 2017



We have had a busy week completing many tasks linked to our work on The Titanic. We particularly enjoyed our numeracy working reading the temperatures of the 'icecap' 

Over half term have a good break but don't forget to...

- complete your Eisteddfod Homework Entry. You should design a new Welsh Flag in any medium no larger than A4 in size. Please bring back on Monday 27th February in readiness for judging and displaying. 

- rehearse your recital of our poem ready for judging on Tuesday ready for the results on Wednesday. 

- consider any costumes/ props needed for our Dance that the winning house will perform during our Eisteddfod. 

- Refer to your Welsh place-mat in preparation for work after half term. how can you extend the sentences? how would you describe your friend or members of your family? 

- in ICT we will continue our work using spreadsheets, try to use the skills we have already used in your own sheets. After half term we will use a blank spreadsheet to input and manipulate data. 

- Don't forget Friday 3rd March is our World Book Day. We will carry out a range of activities linked to literacy/ characters form relevant texts. Don't forget your costume of a character from around the world!

- Reminder: please ensure any outstanding payments for our forthcoming residential to Viney Hill are paid asap after half term in order for the final arrangements to be completed. 

Have a great break

Mrs Peacock & Mrs Maunder 


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Year 1. Home Learning W/E 16.2.17

This week we have been learning about-

 

Literacy- Welsh Myths and Legends. Writing an episode from the Afanc using interesting sentence openers. Describing how this sea monster looks and moves.

 

Numeracy- Matching numbers to number names. Identifying missing numbers. Using centimetres to measure accurately.

 

Science- Identifying properties of materials.

 

Humanities- Writing about St Valentine and the origins of sending cards.

 

How to help your child at home-

 

Literacy- Next term we will studying the artist Henry Rousseau. So perhaps you could find out a few facts about this artist.

 

Numeracy- Perhaps you could ask your child some maths questions- which number comes before 30? After 35? What number is 1 less than 25? 2 More than 16? etc.

 

I hope you all enjoyed our Class Assembly. I was so very proud of their performance. Thank you for your support and enjoy the half term.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Y6 w/e 10.2.17

This week we have been

Literacy- writing our playscripts to represent guilt
Maths- reading timetables
Science- investigating waterproof materials

We have also watched the Tales of Wales performance which your writing competition entry, acting and art entry is based on. Remember to practice your act at home as well as in school as time will be limited.

You will be writing your own tale based on the Harold Stones. Research the myths and tales already about based on the Harold stones and see which direction you want to take your tale. Will you use the same idea or create your own plot completely?

Have a good weekend
Miss Williams

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Dosbarth Reception Mrs Phillips Home Learning W/E 10.2.17


 

Mathematical Development-

Weighing items using a weighing balance, e.g which is heavier or lighter

Estimating how many of something (cubes, bottle tops etc) weigh the same as an object and then counting to find out exactly how many

Read Write Inc

Keep practising with the sounds and words in their sound folders. If you do ask them to spell any and they write them down please remind them about tall and short letters and letters that should go beneath the line, e..g a y, p, y, g.  

Knowledge and Understanding-

This week we have started some activities ready for Eisteddfod which is the first Wednesday back after half term. We have been learning a welsh song, handwriting and designing a mythical sea creature in readiness for a story about it next week. This is based on some Welsh mythical stories we heard from the visiting theatre group on Tuesday.

In Welsh this week, we have been practising our counting and using the question 'sawl un?' which means how many? Some groups went on to look at the Welsh number words, e.g un,dau, tri and how we can use the same sort of skills that we use in English to help us read and order them.

We have been looking at the story of Valentine and the background to the day itself, which the children were really interested by. Perhaps you can get them to tell you about it.

As it was Internet Safety week this week, we had a little chat about staying safe online, which is a bit hard for them to grasp at the moment. I taught them a little song that goes.. 'before you click, click, click you need to think, think, think and tell someone… they seemed to get the idea that its always best to check with an adult if you are not sure about something that may pop up while they play any online games etc.

 

 


Home Learning. Year 1. W/E 10.2.17

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing reports about a Rainforest animal. How to research safely on the internet. How to use the index and contents page in a factual book.
Identifying language and text features of a report. (headings, sub-headings, use of simple connectives, simple technical language such as mammal, reptile etc).
Recapping sounds- er  air  ew  ire  ear  and ure as in pure.

Numeracy- Measuring objects using non-standard and standard units. Number formation.

Science- Sorting materials according to their different properties.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Could you share with your child some factual books. Ask your child to find out which page for eg you will find information about something specific. Hopefully you will have a contents or index page that will support your child. Its important that your child understands that you haven't got to read the whole book to find something out.
Next week we will be reading/writing some aspects of a Welsh Myth. Perhaps you could find some really interesting words or phrases that we could use in our writing. For eg. Many moons ago there lived.............. Perhaps you could draw a mythical creature (use your imagination), and write some key descriptive words.

Numeracy- The children were finding it a challenge to distinguish between width and length. So perhaps you could show them a few objects which they could draw and then label width and length. We have talked about a metre stick being the same as 100cm. So perhaps they could measure themselves. Some of us have done this already. So have we got the same measurement? Continue with number formation. Counting to 50. Counting back from 20.

Science- Can you experiment with creating shadows. Can you make your shadow smaller, bigger? What are you doing for this to happen?

Don't forget our Class Assembly on 15.2.17.
Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Year Two week ending 10/2/17

This week we have been learning about:

Maths: Addition and subtraction using numberlines, times tables
Literacy: Writing instructions and researching for a fact file about Egypt
Topic: the geography of Egypt, playing a group piece on the glockenspiel

You can help at home by:

Maths: There are two new differentiated activities set on the mymaths website
Literacy/ Topic: Research, create and practise your presentation for after half term. 

Have a lovely weekend, 
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Dosbarth Reception Mrs Phillips Home Learning W/E 3.2.17


Apologies for the lack of a 'home learning blog' over the last few weeks, I was under the impression the school website was out of action, but it appears to be fine now!

I'll back track a few weeks with what we have been up to.

 

Mathematical Development-

Recognising and continuing a repeating pattern using colours, shapes, pictures etc.

Understanding the term 'symmetrical' and identifying symmetry in pictures. Creating our own symmetrical patterns.

Adding two collections together to find 'how many altogether.' Using the + symbol in a number sentence. Counting on in our heads to find the total, e.g. 5+2, put 5 in our head and count on …6… 7.

Subtracting and take away. Starting with a number of objects and taking away some and counting 'how many are left?' using real life stories… I had 6 cakes and I ate 2, how many are left? Relating this to a number sentence, e.g. 6-2

Using 1p, 2p, 5p, and 10p coins to pay for an amount at the shop- some children only used pennies.

Literacy and Language

We are now working hard to blend, read and spell words. Some children who are more confident with their sounds are now writing sentences with focussing on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Knowledge and Understanding-

Re-capping our Welsh colour names

We have carried out an investigation this week to find out which ball is most bouncy. We kept it fair by dropping the ball from the same height each time. We all made a prediction and tested to find out the answer.

We have used the Bee-Bot (which is a small programmable bee!) to develop our use of positional and directional language. The children had to input commands to make the bee travel to different positions. There is an app on the Ipad that we used too with Bee-Bot.

The children enjoyed finding out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and some of the traditions associated with it. We created a 'lion dance' and tasted some delicious food.

We have been continuing to find out about the Arctic- including weather and animals. We have been doing some fact finding this week ready to write a simple report about an animal next week. We continue to be in contact with Eddy the explorer through video links and emails! (I hope no one sees Eddy in Llanishen!)

How to help your child at home-

Practise any of the above maths- a lot of it is practical, so with adding/subtracting use lots of different items/objects, so…'If I have 3 sausages and you have 2 sausages, how many altogether?' etc.

A lot of children found the coins tricky, so I suggest using coins at home to find amounts, keep them below 10p. Play some shop games where they have to get the right coins to pay. Some children will use pennies, but make them aware that not all coins are just 1p.

Use these websites-

Patterns- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=2

Symmetry- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

Subtracting- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=TakeAway

Money and coins- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

 

 


Friday, 3 February 2017

Y6 w/e 3.2.17

Literacy- planning our own playscript scene for The elephant in the room but representing the emotion of guilt.

Maths- reasoning to price up a new carpet for the classroom using our measuring skills, written and mental calculations and ability to work systematically

Science- planning our investigation to find the most waterproof materials

Welsh- role play conversations about a past event/ day out

Humanities- researching to answer questions about the Titanic to complete an information page.

You can help at home by-

You will have had a letter for the homework competition for the eisteddfod. Think about your design carefully and what you might put on it. Remember it is to be a4 size but made however you wish.

Please keep learning your xtables as these are needed in a lot of our Maths. The more confident you are with them the easier you will understand and complete the work.

Who were the suspects for the cause of the sinking of the Titanic? What can you find out?

Don't forget your 3 soft toys for Monday- all of a similar size and your 3 different material choices enough to cover the soft toy completely. If these aren't in for Monday you won't be able to carry out the investigation.

Big write for next week will be to write a poem for the eisteddfod based on one of the stories from the Tales of Wales sessions on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend
Miss. Williams
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Year Five: Week Ending 3rd February

Literacy: we have been looking at the features of recounts in newspaper reports. Over the weekend look for reports in newspapers and identify the features. Next week we will be writing our own reports aimed at a younger audience. Consider how the language will change. 

Don't forget to bring any Pokemon cards to help with Maths next week!

ICT: We have continued using spreadsheets this week. Try to use the symbols we investigated this week to solve your own problems. can you remember what we used the symbol * and / for? 

Humanities: At home research Captain Smith or Bruce Ismay and their role in the sinking of the Titanic. 

Don't forget we do not have swimming on Tuesday as we have our 'Tales from Wales' performance. We will be completing activities based around this in preparation for our Eisteddfod. You will have a letter for the homework task in preparation for the Eisteddfod. Please design a new Welsh Flag using any material, no larger than A4 in size. These should be in school for Monday 27th February ready for judging!

Viney Hill Meeting: Thursday 9th February at 3.40pm 


Mrs Maunder & Mrs Peacock

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Year 2 Week ending 3/2/17

This week we have been learning about:

Maths: Adding money and finding change, working logically when answering reasoning questions. 
Literacy: How to write a set of instructions. 
Topic: Finding and reading clues so that we can answer questions about the geography of Egypt. 


You can help at home by:

Maths: I have added two new differentiated activities on the mymaths website. Please continue to practise your 2, 5 and 10 times tables and quarter past, half past and quarter to on analogue and digital clocks. Once you are confident with these, start to practise five, ten, twenty and twenty- five minutes past and to the hour. Work out how many minutes is until the hour or how many minutes it is until you have to leave the house in the morning? 

Literacy: Next week we will be using our knowledge of instructions to help us write a set of instructions on how to make an Egyptian Cartouche. Find a set of instructions at home. It might be a recipe, how to play a game or how to make a lego model. Decide whether you think it is a good set of instructions or not. Does it have a clear title? Does it have a list of equipment. Are there any pictures to help? Does it use numbered bullet points? Can you find the bossy verbs and the adverbs?

Topic:Using the country you have chosen to do your presentation on, find out about the geography of that country. What is it's capital city? How big is the population? What are the main geographical features and can you name any of them? e.g. mountains, rivers or deserts? Is your country surrounded by other countries or a sea? How big is the count try?

Your presentation will be in the week after half term. I will be sending out a letter next week with  a bit more information and the exact day. 

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock 
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Year 3 - maths

If you are looking at the blog and notice the digits are not lined up correctly for the maths sorry, unfortunately when I sent the email it must have changed slightly.  You need to line up the hundreds, tens and units to ensure your add them correctly.  If your still unsure then let me know.  Thanks.

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Year 3 Home leanring w.e. 03.02.17

This week we have been

 

Literacy – learning about explanation text.

Numeracy – adding 2 and 3 digit numbers using the expanded method.

Science – creating tables and graphs to show different materials, properties and their uses.

Humanities – using Britannica on HWB to create fact files about pollution in Britain.

 

Activities to try at home

 

Literacy –find examples of different explanation text and diagrams.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of text and diagrams.  Create your own chain diagram using pictures e.g. a simple food chain. 

 

Numeracy – using a dice create two 2 digit numbers.  Write them down and then put them into tens and units e.g. 42 + 24 =    40   2

                      20   4

                      60   6  = 66. 

Repeat for 2 digit number and then progress to 3 digit numbers including numbers which bridge the tens e.g.

113 + 218=           100   10   3

                                200   10   8

                                300   20   1

                                          10      = 331

 

It is really important that you write the numbers in the correct column to ensure they are added up correctly.  If possible use squared paper to help with this.

 

Science – using the data collected last week create a graph showing the different materials used to make different objects.  Which is the most commonly used material in your house?

 

Humanities – how much rubbish do you recycle?  How many tons of rubbish are thrown away in Britain each week, month, year?  Find out interesting facts about rubbish and recycling in Britain.  Create a chart showing the amount of different types of rubbish you throw away throughout the week – cans, cardboard tubes, paper etc.  How could we reduce the amount of rubbish we are throwing away?  Next week we will be designing posters to encourage others to reduce the amount of rubbish they throw away and recycle more.  Find out interesting facts to include in your poster.

 

Remember to learn your spellings for Monday – look up the definitions of the words and put them into sentences.  Also we will be having a time tables test including 2,3,4,5,9,10 and 11 times tables.  Hit the Button on Top marks is a good website to help you learn your tables or you can use the games on mymaths.

 

Have a good weekend.

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