A new half term!

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. Our topic is still 'Grand Designs' and this half term we will be focusing on the Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal and the Colosseum. We have started by looking at the Great wall of China and are writing a Chinese Myth surrounding Lunar New Year.

In maths we are looking specifically at fractions for the majority of this half term. Fractions can be a dreaded subject by many children; however, they have made an excellent start and continue to impress me everyday with their knowledge and ability to problem solve. 

All children should have received a script for the upcoming assembly which is based on our learning from the first half term on the Ancient Egyptians. We will be sending out a letter shortly to inform all parents about the specific arrangements for that assembly. 

Please continue to encourage your children to read at home and to practice any skills they may be concerned about leading up to their SATs. Each week, we are setting arithmetic and grammar practice tests for the children to complete for homework, these are excellent practice and clear indicators for which areas the children need to practice more, so please encourage the children to complete these.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks for our assembly.

 

Mr Butler

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Times tables!

All of the children in the class have now been given new log ins to 'Times table rockstars'. It has become apparent that many members of the class need to practise their multiplication tables regularly to gain knowledge and confidence. Please encourage your children to practise as often as possible (my advice would be every night at this stage). They do not need to log on for long, 10/15 minutes a night will greatly improve their multiplication knowledge and in turn make maths this year a lot easier for them as without the foundations of multiplication tables the children are likely to find it difficult as the year progresses. All children are expected to know their multiplication tables up to 12x12 by the time they reach year 6.

Thank you

Mr Butler

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Welcome back!

It is the start of the new academic year and I would like to start by saying welcome back to all returning students. I hope everyone has had a well deserved break over summer and I look forward to hearing about all the adventures the children embarked on in the coming weeks.

This term our topic is 'Grand Designs' where we will be looking at some incredible buildings around the planet. We will start by spending this half term by looking at the pyramids in Egypt and learning about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. In the second half term, we will be looking at the Great wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India. 

As this is a SATs year, I would recommend starting as soon as possible in the preparation for this. If possible, continue to practice multiplication tables and arithmetic methods regularly alongside the formal methods the children have learnt throughout their time in school. Reading regularly and answering questions consistently will also help the children when it comes to their reading papers later in the year. 

I hope to see you all on Friday morning and if you have any questions then do not hesitate to catch me at the end of the school day.

Mr Butler

 

 

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What a term! What a year!

I can not believe we are almost at the end of the year already, it has gone so quick. I hope the children are all happy with their new classes and that you all received their end of year reports.

This term we have been focusing on 'War and Peace'. We started the term looking at Ancient Greece with a focus on the Trojan War, specifically their war tactics. Next, we moved on to look at World War 1. The children were immersed into this topic through a World War 1 expert coming into the school. Through this, the children were able to handle artefacts and hear a personal account of the war. Following this, we focused on World War 2, the children were able to gain a better understanding of this topic through their visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum, where they saw many air crafts from the time period and read about the weaponry used. Throughout this term, we have written newspaper reports, diary entries, story openings, letters home and created a powerpoint presentation after completing extensive research. Alongside this, the children have also completed many art and geography activities which has enabled them to express themselves in other ways.

In maths this term, we have looked at converting units of time and measure using multiplication and division. We have also looked at position, direction, reflection and translation. The confidence the children have shown throughout this term in maths has been astounding and the progress has been incredible. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children of Kangaroo class this year and we hope they continue to push and challenge themselves next year. We also would like to wish the year 6 children good luck in their new secondary school next year.

 

Mr Butler and Mr Reeder

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Snow week!

This half term we are continuing our work on 'Extreme Earth' and are continuing to read 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. We are starting this half term by looking at survival tips which could be useful on a deserted island. The children will be creating a survival leaflet as an end product for this.

 

In Maths we are continuing to look at fractions. We are now moving on to multiplying by an integer and finding fraction of amounts. We will be moving on to decimals and percentages towards the end of this term.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you at parents' evening towards the end of term. 

 

Keep an eye on the website with any vital information regarding the weather which has been forecast for this week.

 

Mr Butler

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New Year - New Topic

This term our topic is 'Extreme Earth' where the children will learn about different extreme weather conditions and writing will be based around this. We will be reading 'kensuke's Kingdom' for our class novel and this will directly lead into the writing for this term. The children have already written a formal letter to the RSPCA explaining why taking a dog on a long voyage (something that happens in the book) is not a good idea. This week the children will be creating their own volcano and writing different forms of poetry based on this.

Maths this term will be heavily focused on fractions. We are currently still working on multiplication and division. Please encourage the use of times table rockstars at home, if the children do not know their times tables then they will struggle with their fractions also, so the more practice the better.

A quick reminder that homework has changed this term. The children have all been given homework books, they are to choose which homework they wish to complete. Their books need to be back in school on the last week before half term. It does not need to be brought in each week.

Finally, the days for PE have changed slightly for Kangaroos, we now have PE on a Monday and a Wednesday.

Mr Butler

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TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS

We have recently started using a programme in class to improve our times table knowledge. Times tables are so important, especially in upper key stage 2, as for most lessons and topics within maths will involve the knowledge of times tables. At the moment we have a high number of children who are not confident with these which is why this is now the focus. 

Times table rockstars is a fun way for the children to get excited about practising their times tables, they can practice on their own or they can battle their friends. We will also be using this a lot in class, with the aim to implement it as a whole school.

I have included the link to the website in this blog, each child should have their log on already. If you have a smart phone or tablet then download the app for free as this appears to be an easier platform.

ENJOY!

Mr Butler 

https://ttrockstars.com/login 

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Maya ruins

This week we have been using our cross-curricular approach to learning by getting the children to imagine they have discovered the Maya ruins and they have been describing this using their senses. Using figurative language, they have been able to show us, through their writing, what they have been imagining. This will lead into our next written outcome as we will be finding out about a Frederick Catherwood and his discovery of the Maya ruins.

In Maths we have been looking at prime factors, square numbers and cube numbers. 3 difficult concepts that the children appear to have grasped very quickly.

We look forward to seeing many of the parents at our assembly on Thursday.

 

Mr Butlwer

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Pok to Pok

We are now in the second week back, after half term. Last week, the focus moved away from the Maya and turned towards the Dream Giver. We watched the short video as a class and then spent the rest of of the week planning and writing a the story. I have been very impressed with the final pieces. 

 

Friday afternoon saw us take part in a Pok to Pok tournament against the Jaguars and the Lions. This week, we will be using these matches as a stimulus for writing a match report, focusing on writing in passive voice.

 

We are currently looking at factors and multiples. It has become clear how some children are still not confident with their multiplication tables, please can we make sure that all children are practising these at home as regularly as possible.

 

Mr Butler

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Week 4

Last week the children finished their Mayan myths. I was very impressed with the standard of work with some being outstanding. This week we are moving on to writing an advert for a chocolate bar. Chocolate was very important for the Maya civilisation so we will also have the opportunity to taste the way they would have had chocolate. This will also coincide with the chocolate man coming in in a few weeks time. Please remember to send in the reply slips and money as soon as possible as this will be a great experience for the children.

Thank you

 

Mr Butler

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Week 2

Last week, the children had the opportunity to enter space without leaving the school through virtual reality. The experience was incredible and all children thoroughly enjoyed it! On Friday afternoon, the children also had the opportunity to listen to the incredible Cressida Cowell talk about her new book. This was an amazing experience for the children, with many buying the book for themselves. A big thank you to all the parents who helped whilst walking to Alec Hunter, it is greatly appreciated!

 

We were looking at Roman numerals last week, the children have been very confident with this and now the majority of the class can read and write numbers up to 1000 in Roman numerals. This week we are rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 100 and moving on to look at negative numbers.

 

Our focus for writing in the next two weeks is rewriting a myth. We will be focusing on a Mayan myth called the 'Rainplayer'. We will look at the different parts of the story and the cultural language that is included before moving on to planning and writing our own.

 

Homework this week will be focusing on relative clauses and place value, this will be set on Thursday.

 

Mr Butler

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new year! The children have already been working extremely hard already this year. It was fantastic to see all the research conducted over the summer, especially those who created presentations to show the class!

 

We have been looking at all the interesting facts about the Maya this week and are in the process of writing a non-chronological report. We have been looking at using sub-headings, paragraphs, complex sentences and adding the author's voice. So far I have been very impressed with what has been produced and I am keen to see the finished products. 

 

In Maths we have been focusing on place value, looking specifically at 5 digit numbers. We have since moved onto Roman Numerals and the children have seemed to love it, their understanding has been excellent with most children able to understand and write numbers up to 1000 in Roman numerals.

 

A quick reminder to anybody who has not sent their permission slips back for the two events which are happening on Friday, please can we have them back ASAP as they are obviously needed before the event.

 

Homework this week will be focusing on Roman numerals and writing their own non-chronological report.

 

Mr Butler

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End of term!

It is that time of year again. I can not believe how quickly this year has flown by. It has been incredible from start to finish. All the children have worked extremely hard all year and have made excellent progress. I have thoroughly enjoyed being the teacher of Gorillas class this year and I wish all the children the best of luck next year in their new class and with their new teacher.

 

Just a reminder for our class party tomorrow the children do not need to bring in any party clothes or food and drink. In the coming days the children will be bringing home bits of work, however they will not be bringing home any of their books from this year.

 

Mr Butler

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Roman Shields

This week the children have been designing and creating their own Roman Shield. They conducted some research surrounding Roman armour and Roman battle formations before designing their shield. Today they have been making them using cardboard. The finished products look amazing! Tomorrow the Gorillas will be competing against the Flamingos in an epic battle.

 

In maths we have, once again, been looking at time. The majority of children are now confident with telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, to and from the hour, some children have pushed themselves to tell the time to the nearest minute! Well done. We are moving on to look at Roman numerals towards the end of the week.

 

Homework this week will be linked to maths and will be focusing on Roman numerals.

 

Mr Butler

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Roman Battle

This week the children have been learning about Boudicca's revolt against The Romans. The children gathered research about who she was, what happened and then why she may have lost. We have then been thinking about what it would have been like during the battle, using our senses and knowledge of figurative language we have planned a description of the battle.

 

In maths we have been looking at angles, lines and shapes. The children's knowledge has been outstanding, they are all confident with the different types of angles and the different types of lines. They were all able to locate the different types of lines on the school building.

 

Next week we will be looking at Roman armour, in particular the Roman shield. We will be designing and creating Roman shields. If possible, can the children bring in empty round yoghurt pots as these will be needed.

 

Homework is linked to the learning in literacy this week, the children are expected to write a description using their senses.

 

I hope to see lots of you at sports day tomorrow.

 

Mr Butler

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Welcome back!

Welcome back everybody! I hope all the children and adults had a relaxing week off and are ready to go with our new topic of 'The Romans'. I was very impressed with the standard of homework produced by the majority of children and some have made it on to display straight away, well done, this will have greatly helped the children with their knowledge of The Romans. This week the children have been placing The Romans on a timeline in relation to other topics we have looked at such as The Stone Age. We have then began to look at Julius Caesar and his attempt to invade Britain. The children have been planning and drafting a diary entry acting as if they were a Celt living in Britain at the time, explaining how they are feeling.

 

In maths this week we have looked at the dreaded topic of time. I can honestly say I was blown away by the amount the children could already tell me about time and astounded by the number of children in the class who could already tell the time. So if possible keep practising this at home as the more practice the children have the better they will become. We also held a mock election in class for a new headteacher, this is was so the children understood tomorrow's general election a little better. They loved it and some of the speeches/manifestos were excellent!

 

Just a quick reminder our trip to Colchester Castle is fast approaching so we will need the reply slips in as soon as possible.

 

Thank you 

Mr Butler

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Maths open teach!

I was so pleased to see so many parents at the maths open teach session this morning. I hope you enjoyed the lesson and got an opportunity to see how well your child is doing in this subject. I am also hoping you found this helpful and informative, looking at the different ways we engage and teach the children at this school. Thank you to all those who came along.

 

We have been focusing on addition and subtraction using column method this week in maths. The children have looked at this before so this has served as a well needed booster. We have also looked at linking this through inverse relationships (which you all would have seen this morning).  In literacy we have been focusing on the Amazon Rainforest. Our task is to write a non-chronological report on the Amazon rainforest, the children have found their own facts and grouped these using sub-headings, so far so good!

 

Homework this week will be focusing on addition and subtraction, using column method where appropriate. Continue to complete tasks on mathletics if possible.

 

Thank you once again!

 

Mr Butler

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Parent's evening!

It has been excellent seeing all the parents this week, thank you to those who have come in and those who I am still yet to see. We hope everybody enjoyed the production last week, the children were incredible so well done to everybody.

 

We have been writing a review of the production this week in literacy, the children have been thinking about their favourite parts and why they think other people would want to go and watch it. During maths we have been looking at collecting, interpreting and presenting data using tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. The children have continued to work really hard this week even after such an exhausting week previous.

 

Homework for the Easter holidays is based on next term's topic of 'South America'. Towards the end of this week the children will receive new table names which will be a country in South America. Their homework is to research this country and be ready to present their findings when we get back. The children can present their findings in any way they wish, for example a poster. The children do not have to record it at all if they can present it just using their memory, however they must complete the research otherwise they will struggle to present. 

 

I hope everybody has an excellent Easter break.

 

Mr Butler

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The show must go on!

Thank you to all parents for your support during the production, from getting the costumes in to helping on the refreshments stool, your support has been incredible and we would not have been able to do it without you. It has been amazing watching the children pull it all together and I'm sure those of you who have already seen it would say what a fantastic job they have done. If you are yet to see the production then I look forward to seeing you in the coming days!

 

Thank you once again and a massive well done to all the children involved!

 

Mr Butler

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