Jaguars Class Blog



Autumn 2 - week 3 review - 19/11/21

Please note that P.E. will now be on Mondays and Fridays. 

Please bring P.E. kits to school on Monday.




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What a busy week we have had. I would like to start by saying that I am so lucky to be the teacher of such an amazing group of children. This week I have really appreciated the

resilience, strength and kindness of my class. 

This week we have completed our volcano paintings, which are now on display in the classroom and are wonderful! Well done Jaguars. We have also set up fair test investigations to help

us to learn more about freezing and melting, carefully measuring specific amounts of water with which to make ice cubes of various shapes and sizes. 

In English lessons we have been learning about fronted adverbials, have written a toolkit for an explanation text and have planned our warm write - an explanation of why the dinosaurs 

became extinct. This has involved lots of reading about dinosaurs and the class have discovered some fascinating facts this week.

In maths we have been busy with our subtraction work - this week, completing three digit calculations including exchanges and going onto four digit calculations without exchanges. 

In every maths lesson we are looking at reasoning questions and unpicking these.

In computing the class have used the stop motion app on the iPads and have begun to make simple animations - great fun!

Thank you for your continued support with homework, spellings, times tables and reading. Times tables test will be on Thursday, spelling test will be on Friday and  reading books will be 

checked on Friday.

Well done this week to Seren, who has been awarded a certificate for 100 reads and to Kaiden who has been awarded a certificate for 50 reads.

 









Autumn 2 - week 2 Review - 12/11/21

P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday

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Firstly, thank you to all of you for supporting your children with their reading, spellings, times tables learning and with the homework grid. Today I have given out the
first certificates for reading - 50 reads
earn a bronze award, 100 reads earn a gold certificate and 150 reads earn a platinum certificate. Well done to Rosie, who has earned a gold award, and well done to
Seren, Ophelia, Isabelle and Emily, who
have all earned a bronze award. Please keep reading!
Reading records are checked every Friday. Please send these into school.
Times tables test is on Thursday, spelling test is on Friday.

We seem to have had a very creative week in Jaguars. The children have painted some colourful and stunning volcano pictures. They will be finishing these with chalks
and pastels
next week and I am so looking
forward to seeing the finished masterpieces! The children have also been learning about graphic design and everyday objects. They have drawn some beautiful and
detailed
observational drawings of packages from
my kitchen!
In maths lessons the class have been consolidating their work on column addition, including adding two four digit numbers and have begun to learn more about
column subtraction.
We have also been looking more
closely at worded maths problems and how to unpick these.
In English lessons the children have been learning more about the features of an explanation text, have compared different explanation texts and have completed a
reading comprehension.
In our guided reading lessons
the class have continued to enjoy reading extracts for the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Jaguars class also took part in a school visit to church on Remembrance Day this week. They behaved beautifully and I am very proud of my class.


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Autumn 2 - week 1 Review - 05/11/21

P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday 

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This week we have started a brand new science topic and are learning about solids, liquids and gasses. We had fun examining lots of different materials and identifying their properties. A messy but highly enjoyable lesson! In computing  we are now learning about animations. This week we have been finding out how simple animations are put together and the children enjoyed making their own simple flick books. In R.E. we are continuing our study of  Christianity and have begun to learn about the life and ministry of Jesus in more detail.  Despite the changing weather, we are still managing to do P.E. outside in the fresh air. We were able to take advantage of a glorious sunny afternoon to try out different team games and activities. We have also started a new art topic and have begun to learn about graphic design. The class have enjoyed studying typography this week, writing their own name in different ways to represent different moods and feelings. The children have also written some beautiful poems about volcanoes, which will be copied out and illustrated for display next week as I am so pleased with them.

In maths lessons, the children have been learning about place value addition and subtraction, including problem solving questions, which we will continue with next week. We have also been busy learning our times tables. Every Friday we have an arithmetic lesson, looking at a different skill each week. This week we have started to learn about decimals.

COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT!

A competition is being launched on Times Tables Rock Stars at 7.30am on Monday morning. The competition runs until 7.30pm on Thursday evening, so is live for four days only. Children across the country  have been invited to spend up to one hour on Times Tables Rock Stars at home each day. There are prizes to be won for classes, individuals and whole schools, so please help your children to get involved. Minutes on TTRC next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mean prizes!

Spelling tests will be on Friday next week as usual, along with the weekly reading record check.

Times tables test will be on Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support.

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P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday

Autumn 1 - Week 7 Review - 22/10/21
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What a busy week we have had in Jaguars class!

First of all, it was lovely to meet so many of you on Monday and Tuesday at the parent information evenings. If you had to cancel your appointment due to your child not being in school, please catch me on the playground at the end of the school day to make an alternative arrangement. I am available most afternoons at the end of the school day. I also look forward to meeting with those of you awaiting alternative arrangements after the half term break.

Secondly, Jaguars have had an industrious week  completing our autumn term PIXL assessments in arithmetic, maths reasoning, reading, spelling and grammar. The children have also written their hot writes and have independently planned and written their own finding tale - with a focus on using fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs, rhetorical questions and interesting verbs. Some fabulous stories have been written. The children really have earned their half term break!

In addition, we have also managed to fit in a geography afternoon, learning all about tornadoes- how and where these form and the damage which they can cause. Jaguars have also learned about Christian symbols and have enjoyed drawing and writing about these. We have rounded off our PSHE topic about feelings with some much loved drama activities. On a more serious note, we have talked about bullying, including on line bullying, and the importance of seeking help if this happens to us. 

We have also enjoyed one of our special school celebration assemblies and have celebrated achievements both in and out of school.

Thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and times tables. Reading records will continue to be checked every Friday after half term. The times tables test will be on Thursdays and the spelling test will be on Fridays.

I wish you all a very happy and restful half term break

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Autumn 1 - Week 6 Review - 15/10/21

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It was lovely to see so many of you at the harvest festival celebration in church the children were so excited to be performing there pumpkin poem I am sure you will agree that they did an amazing job!

In maths this week we have been continuing our lessons about place value and have been learning how to add and subtract fractions. We have also started to learn how to find fractions of a number.

In English lessons the children have planned and written their warm write versions of a Finding Tale. They have amazed me with their imaginative ideas and I can't wait to see what they plan for their hot writes next week. 

In PSHE lessons Jaguars have been learning about feelings and emotions and how we express these. They have shown maturity and kindness when discussing how to react to the moods and emotions of others and have really impressed me. I have also discovered that we have some budding actors in our class! In RE lessons the class have been studying the topic of Christian festivals - always a popular subject.

The class display of stained glass window designs has taken shape and the children are very proud of their artwork. We have also had a focus on handwriting and presentation this week, have taken part in cricket activities and have been doing lots of reading in class. Most of the children have brought in their reading records this week, thank you for your support.

Next week, there will be a spelling test on Friday and a times tables test on Thursday, the children have brought these home to learn. 

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at parents evening next week.  

Autumn 1 - Week 5 Review - 08/10/21

 

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

The children need to bring their reading records to school every Friday to be checked. Thank you for your support. 

Thank you for supporting your children with the homework grid. We have already seen some super work!

We are so proud of your children this week. They have coped so well with saying goodbye to Mrs Griffin as she starts her maternity leave and have welcomed me as their new teacher. They have taken these changes in their stride. They are a credit to you all. 

This week we have been learning a harvest poem to perform at the harvest service in church next week, have been planning out our own finding tales and have completed our stained glass window designs in art. In computing lessons we have been learning about how computers and devices are linked together and had fun trying to simulate a computer network by passing multiple messages around the classroom as quickly as possible! In science lessons we have been planning fair test investigations linked to our topic about the human body, whilst in geography lessons we have been learning about tsunamis. In maths lessons we have been continuing to study place value and have started to try out the bus stop method for working out division calculations.

In addition to the weekly spelling test, the class will now also be having a times table test each Friday. There are certificates to be earned as the class work through the 'multiples marathon'. Please look on the back of your child's spelling list to find the times table which they need to learn for their test. Your support is appreciated. Thank you!

This week's spellings:

spellings week 6

 

Homework Grid

Autumn 1 - Week 4 Review - 01/10/21

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Toby, Gilbert, Faith, Holly, Owen and Annabel. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

We've had another great week in Jaguars class this week.

English: We have started exploring Finding Tales, and the children got so excited to use their imaginations to come up with a story where their character found some mysterious money and a rusty, old key...

Maths: This week the children have been looking at rounding. We have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and even 1000! Ask your child to show you the method and I'm sure you'll hear a wonderful story involving going to see our next door neighbour.

Science: In science this week, we looked at muscles. The children had a great work out and completed exercises for their biceps, triceps, abdominals, obliques, gluteals, quadriceps and calves.

Geography: Following our learning of volcanoes, we spoke this week about earthquakes; the effect they have and how they are measured.

The children also completed their Christmas Card designs this week and have brought them home. Please ensure you submit your order if you would like anything!

I wish the children all the best this year as I go off on maternity leave. It has been lovely getting to know them the past couple of weeks and I can already see the potential they all have and how much they will achieve this year! Good Luck Jaguars!

This week's spellings:

A1W5 spellings

 

Autumn 1 - Week 3 Review - 24/09/21

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

Welcome to the first Jaguars Class update! The children of Jaguars have shown great resilience the past few weeks whilst being taught by various people. They have done extraordinarily well and have still been producing some high-quality work.

English: The children have been looking at writing a discussion text. We've had lots of interesting debates being considered, including:

Should theme parks exist? Should men have beards? Should children eat ice cream before bed?

We completed the unit this week, with children writing their Hot Writes on Thursday. We are really impressed with what they have produced. All children worked really hard at including fronted adverbials, rhetorical questions and expanded noun phrases.

Maths: This week the children have been looking at 'more or less'. They have been identifying 1 more or less, 10 more or less, 100 more or less and even 1000 more or less.

Science: In science this week, we looked at skeletons. The children should be able to tell you the 3 main roles of the skeleton. We compared the different skeletons of different animals and discussed that some animals don't have skeletons - the children learnt the terms 'vertebrate' and 'invertebrate'.

Computing: We had a really fun computing lesson this week! In pairs, the children were challenged to create the same painting - one child using watercolour paints and a paintbrush on paper, the other, using the Paint app on a laptop. We discussed and compared the difference and how devices can help us perform a variety of tasks.

Geography: Volcanoes have been our focus the last 2 weeks in geography! We have spoken about where you would find volcanoes on the earth (ask your child to explain tectonic plates!) and the effect of living near a volcano. We thought about the positives and negatives based on whether the volcano is an active, dormant or extinct volcano.

Music: In music, we discussed the terms 'symphony' and 'orchestra' and discussed how composers use music to reflect an experience or enhance a visual image. Next time you watch a film at home, take note of the background music and how it enhances what you're watching!

This week's spellings:

A1W4 spellings

 

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Summer 2 - Week 5 Review

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Tai. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

The children finally got to enjoy their Sports Day! They had great fun walking up to the playing field and spending time going around the different events that were set up; egg and spoon race, bean bag throw, sack race, javelin, hoop the loop and penalty shoot out. They even got to do some of the typical running races. Well done to Isobel for getting the Best Girl award and Oscar for receiving the Best Boy award in our class! All the children did fantastically, showed great sportsmanship and determination and had a great time.

English: In English, we started our new text of a journey rescue tale! The children enjoyed discussing superheroes this week and exploring the story of Traction Man. They have worked very hard to story map the text, identify the key language features and use this to create our toolkit, as well as boxing up the structure to help us plan our own version of Traction Man! Here are pictures of our text map, toolkit, and boxing up structure:

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Maths: In maths, we continued our topic of shape. We explored 2D shapes, specifically triangles and quadrilaterals. Ask your children what the 3 types of triangle are and what's the difference between them. Also quiz them to see how many different quadrilaterals they can name (and their different properties!).

Science: This week in science we continued our learning of forces by exploring how magnets attract and repel. Here is a diagram one of the children drew to show their understanding:

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This week's spellings:

spellingsw6

Summer 2 - Week 4 Review

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Layla, Phebe, Cashton, Tai, Oscar. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

Although Sports Day was unfortunately postponed on Monday, the children still got to experience some excitement! Nathan and Lexi from our class were chosen to speak on the radio, and the children were really lucky to experience a training session with a gold-medallist Olympian this week! Andy Turner (hurdler) came in on Monday and completed a session with the children, teaching them the 'on your marks, get set, go' positions and how to run with pace over hurdles.

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English: In English, we completed our topic of newspaper reports. The children independently planned and wrote a newspaper report based on the suspense story they wrote a couple of months ago. They even got to plan the layout of their report and structure it themselves! Here are some examples from the children:

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Maths: In maths, we continued our topic of shape. We revised the 4 types of angle: acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle. We then moved on to differentiating between horizontal and vertical lines, as well as parallel and perpendicular. We also looked at lines of symmetry.

Science: This week in science we continued our learning of forces by exploring what magnets can do and which materials are magnetic. The children used fishing rod magnets to 'fish' for magnetic materials in water, then we sorted the objects into a table to show which materials were magnetic and which weren't. We discovered that only metals are magnetic, by not all metals are magnetic. The children then tested magnets to see how many paper clips they could hold in a chain, and how many sheets of paper it could hold up on the whiteboard, as well as seeing how high the magnet could make a paper clip jump up. Here are some pictures from our lesson:

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This week's spellings:

spellingsw4

Summer 2 - Week 3 Review

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Cashton, Tai, Oscar. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

English: In English, we continued our topic of newspaper reports. We completed our boxing up of the structure of a newspaper report, and we explored the key features of our model text to help us construct our toolkit:

Toolkit     Structure

The children have then been using these to write their own newspaper report about the dragon in the classroom! 

Maths: In maths, we started our new topic of shape. We started by talking about the points of a compass and thinking about directions, including turns. The children should be able to tell you that turns involve a start/end point, clockwise/anti-clockwise and how much of a turn (quarter turn, half turn or three quarter turn) - some children even managed to link these to degrees and tell me a quarter turn is a 90⁰ turn, a half turn is 180⁰ and so on. We then went on to talk about angles; the children now know the 4 types of angle: acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle.

RE: We learnt what a Shofar is in Judaism, how it's made and what it's used for. The children even got to make their own:

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Art: We created our own pieces of Orphism art this week, going step-by-step through the process together. The children should be able to tell you what concentric circles are, and how Orphism artists used shape and colour to express meaning.

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Science: This week in science we continued our learning of forces by exploring how well an object can slide on different materials. The children use their whiteboards as a ramp and tested at what height the material would make the object slide down the ramp. They even drew their own results table to show their investigation:

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This week's spellings:

Capture3

Summer 2 - Week 2 Review

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Cashton, Noah, Oscar. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

English: In English, we continued our topic of newspaper reports. The children have been looking at different examples of newspaper reports to see how the layout and structure can change and be adapted. We have looked at how we can improve sentences so they are more detailed, interesting and powerful by using fronted adverbials, adjectives and subordinate clauses. We also spent some time focusing on how to identify errors in our work and using our editing skills to improve these things. We learnt that in newspaper reports, shorter sentences can be more effective as they provide clarity and that any description we use should be to provide the reader with more information.

Some examples we looked at include:

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Maths: In maths, we finished our topic of statistics. Your children should now be able to tell you what all these ways of presenting data are: tally charts, pictograms, bar graphs, tables, and line graphs. Next week we are moving on to looking at shape.

PSHE: To celebrate My Money Week 2021 this week, we looked at what influences how we spend our money. The children played a role play activity where one person had £20 to spend and each person in their group had to play a role (such as parent, shop owner, friend, charity) and persuade them to use their money in a particular way.

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This week's spellings:

Capture2

Summer 2 - Week 1 Review

The children have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Cashton, Noah, Charlie Smith, Oscar. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

English: In English, we started a new topic on recounts, specifically newspaper reports. The children arrived on Wednesday morning to 'dragon dust' all over the floor, dragon footprints marked, chairs fallen over and general chaos. There was a video of the dragon caught on Night Vision CCTV playing on repeat on the board. Their challenge was to think about what might have happened, and act as reporters to interview each other to collect opinions. They then transcribed these into a recount of what may have potentially happened in our classroom overnight.

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Maths: In maths, we started our new topic of statistics! Your children should be able to tell you that statistics involves data, and presenting data in different ways. We have so far looked at tally charts, pictograms, bar graphs and tables. Next week we are moving on to looking at line graphs.

Art: We began our new topic of Orphism. The children were very good at understanding how art moved from Naturalism (Da Vinci) to more abstract art, including Cubism (Picasso) to eventually, Orphism! They should be able to tell you the difference between those three periods of art. Next week we are going to look at the artist Robert Delaunay in more detail.

This week's spellings:

W1 Spellings

 

 

Summer 1 - Week 5 Review

The children now have PE on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

Please also ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly.

What a week for Jaguars class! The children have shown true resilience this week as we dived back into our home learning and I'm so proud of them all for coping so well and going with the flow!

English: In English we started our new unit on Non-Chronological Reports. The children explored looking at different examples, some online and some from books. They did fantastically well at using these to help them form an idea of what may be included in our toolkit for writing a non-chronological report. They managed to successfully identify a lot of the key features writers use! We even started drawing our text map for our model text 'The Storm Dragon'. Use the picture below to test them and see if they can tell you what the introduction says:

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Maths: The children have done amazingly well at learning how to read time this week! They have really impressed me, especially considering they have learnt it over Zoom!! First we learnt how to read time on an analogue clock; we learnt how to read intervals of 5 minutes, and even read time to the nearest minute using both 'past' and 'to'. We then learnt to convert analogue time into digital time, and learnt what 'a.m. and p.m.' means. The children even managed to convert time using the 24-hour clock, using the method of adding or subtracting 12 to help them! Quick test - can your child tell you what time this clock may be showing us? (HINT: there are two possible answers!)

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Art: The children were challenged to create their own food / drink packaging at home this week. Lexi sent me pictures of her creation, take a look! Well done Lexi.

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This week's spellings:

spellings

Summer 1 - Week 4 Review

The children now have PE on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure they have a complete PE kit on these days.

These children didn't have their reading records this week: Tai, Noah, Charlie Smith, Oscar. Please ensure children always bring their reading records into school as I check them weekly. 

English: In English, the children have been writing up their own suspense stories independently. They have done really well at recognising what makes an effective suspense story and editing their work to continually improve it. To help them with their writing at home, you could check they know the structure of their story, and what features they should be including (our toolkit):

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Maths: In maths, we have started our new topic of Time! This week, we have focused on looking at years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Use our posters to ensure the children know everything they need to know!

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Geography: This week, we continued our journey around the world to find out what food is grown in a tropical climate! We discovered bananas are grown in Jamaica. We then created flowcharts to show the journey that bananas take from the Caribbean to our shops here in the UK! Here are some examples from Nathan and Izzy:

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Science: We had a very interesting science lesson this week! We completed an investigation to test how toothpaste cares for and protects our teeth. We used hard-boiled eggs and covered half the egg in toothpaste. We then put the eggs into vinegar and watched as the half without toothpaste was affected more than the half with toothpaste!

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This week's spellings:

W4 Spellings

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