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Spring Term 2022

Week Beginning 17th January 2022

In Science this week, Robin class practised using thermometers to measure the temperature of water. We used the vocabulary melting point, freezing point and boiling point to describe how water can 'change its state' from being a solid, liquid or a gas. They were all very sensible!

In computing this week, Year 3s were recording and editing sounds using Audacity. Year 4s where solving problems by splitting them into smaller parts (called decomposition) using the program Lightbot. They enjoyed their lesson this week!

Week Beginning 10th January 2022

Here are our final pieces of artwork, inspired by Matisse and Klimt. Well done Robins, they will look excellent displayed in school for everyone to see!

Year 4s have been working hard on their multiplication and division facts this week. We have been learning about factor pairs and their products!

Wow! What a fantastic two days Robin Class have had. They all worked so hard throughout all lessons and enjoyed the afternoons being creative. Year 3s have been learning about Gustav Klimt - writing a biography in English and recreating our own versions of his painting 'The Tree of Life'. Year 4s have been learning about Henri Matisse - they wrote a biography in English too and created their own artwork inspired by his method of collage. I am looking forward to our learning next week!

Autumn Term 2021

Week Beginning 12th December 2021

In our Forest School session, the children built dens, climbed trees, played in the mud kitchen and ate apples baked on the fire. We had a lot of fun! Well done this term Robins - you have worked so hard.

Week Beginning 6th December 2021

Most of us completed our DT sewing projects! Do you like our little Christmas ornaments? We'd like to hang them on our trees at home! I am really impressed with everyone's sewing efforts - well done Robin Class!

We investigated what materials are best for muffling sound in Science. We planned our own investigations in a group and we all contributed our ideas. Robins also practised using data loggers which we could use to record the decibels of the sounds created.

Week Beginning 29th November 2021

During our Music session this week, we listened to and appreciated the song 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Edvard Grieg on BBC Ten Pieces. We identified the different instruments we could hear, learnt about rhythm and tried to recreate the tune using a variety of musical instruments.

Robins have been completing a DT (Design and Technology) sewing project making a stuffed robin decoration! Although threading a needle is difficult for some, we have all persevered and worked hard to complete the first few stages. I am really impressed by everyone's effort and concentration. They are really excited to bring them home to share with you soon!

Week Beginning 22nd November 2021

In Maths, we have been introducing multiplication by making arrays. The children could identify what repeated addition number sentences were represented as well as the multiplication number sentences. They also explored what arrays (and multiplication facts) the could find using a certain number of cubes. Great work this week!

During English this week, we created newspaper reports about Lady Agatha going missing in the Himalayan mountains. (We used The Abominables book for inspiration!) The children did a fantastic job presenting their work and they should all be proud of what they achieved. Well done Robins!

Week Beginning 15th November 2021

We were celebrating 'Anti-Bullying Week' so lots of our learning was based around what makes a good friend. We created posters inspired by a book called 'Grumpy Frog' and we also created our own Anti-Bullying superheroes.

We have had a wonderful time learning about how sound is made by vibrations and how it travels through the air particles as waves. The children explored this by doing lots of different investigations. We had fun making cup telephones to finish!

Week Beginning 8th November 2021

During DT, we started practising different stitches including 'running stitch' and 'blanket stitch'. We are in the planning stages of our sewing project.

We took part in a hip-hop 'Street Dance' workshop to inspire us to dance more and have fun! We got to learn new moves and walk around in the space with attitude and purpose!

Week Beginning 1st November 2021

We had fun creating our firework themed artwork this week using soft pastels on black paper. Stay safe if you are out enjoying Guy Fawkes celebrations this weekend!

In our Maths lessons this week, we have been learning different strategies for mental subtraction and we have begun learning written methods to solve more difficult number problems.

Week Beginning 18th October 2021

We have been painting our canopic jars in Art this week. We learnt in History that Egyptians liked 'order' so keeping this in mind, we used appropriate colours and patterns to cover our jackals!

In Maths, we have been working hard on written methods for addition. We used place value counters to learn how column addition works with exchanges.

Week Beginning 11th October 2021

During Guided Reading this week, we predicted what might happen next in our story using information from the text as evidence. We wrote down our thoughts and will compare it with what actually happens in our next session.

We learnt all about food chains and food webs in Science this week. Working collaboratively with their learning partners, the children matched the different key words with their definitions. We learnt that the arrows in a food chain/web represent the energy transferred. Good work Robins!

Week Beginning 4th October 2021

We have been learning all about our emotions in PSHE and English. Everyone feels ALL of the 'Zones' and every emotion at some point. We enjoyed making faces, talking and writing about experiences we have had linked to different emotions. The children are now gathering strategies/tools they can use when they are in different zones or feeling a certain way.

During our Science lesson this week, we recreated the digestive system and talked through the function of the different organs along the way. It brought our Science alive and allowed the children to visualise the process of digestion. It was rather messy and fun!

Week Beginning 27th September 2021

In English, we have been writing letters as Mole from The Wind in the Willows. We had to describe the events that have happened so far to Mother Mole. Toad, Ratty and Mole got themselves into a bit of trouble on their travels...

We have been doing some Harvest inspired painting, during our Art lessons. We looked into an Artist called Paul Cezanne to inspire still life, observational drawings. We then used watercolours to paint our vegetables. We look forward to sharing them next week.

Week Beginning 20th September 2021

We set up a scientific enquiry to investigate how different liquids (mostly soft drinks) would affect an egg shell. We used eggs because they are made of similar mineral to the enamel of our teeth. We made observations of the results and they were very surprising. We decided that high sugary drinks and acidic drinks like orange juice should be drunk in moderation. Milk and water are the healthiest choices for our teeth!

In Computing, Year 4s learnt how to alter algorithms to change the size of a shape using the program Turtle Art. Year 3s learnt how to program a sequence of instructions in Scratch to create visual effects. We enjoyed our Computing as usual!

Week Beginning 13th September 2021

Here are our finished pharaoh hats! What do you think? We are really pleased with how they turned out and we enjoyed using oil pastels.

This week in Science we planned and carried out a comparative test. We investigated different types of toothpaste and compared their ability to 'scrub', their colour, taste and smell. We enjoyed doing this investigation!

Week Beginning 6th September 2021

In Art this week, we have started enlarging our pharaoh hat designs. We used oil pastels for the first time and had a go at smudging! Our fingers got very messy...

Robin Class played some games to make sure they knew everyone's name. We got to know our class mates and what they like too. We used our class mascot - 'Rocky Robin' - to take turns talking and listening to each other!

Week Beginning 30th August 2021

Robin Class should be so proud of how well they have settled into their new classroom and routines! We have enjoyed doing lots of different activities but our favourite was definitely designing our very own Pharaoh hats! We can't wait to make them into a piece of artwork.

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