Jaguars Class Blog

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:

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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:

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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:

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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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