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Chaperon Rouge

This week, we have been writing the story of Chaperon Rouge based on the short animation of the same name.  This is a story based on the character of Red Riding Hood.  We have also designed a book cover for our story.  You can see examples of our artwork below.

Introducing Felix and Zelda

This week saw the arrival of our class pets: two Australian Stick Insects.  We have decided to name them Felix and Zelda in honour of the two main characters in the book, Once by Morris Gleitzman, which Mrs White has just finished reading to us.  We love to have them crawl on our hands.  We are learning about taking care of them: finding the correct leaves for them to eat; cleaning out their tank.

Introducing Felix and Zelda

Learning to summarise

Mrs White has been reading the fantastic book Once by Morris Gleitzman to us.  We have nearly finished this book which has inspired great discussion about what is happening and what we will predict happens next.  Today, we brainstormed everything that we knew about the main characters; chose the 5 key points; and wrote a summary for each character. On the pictures, you will see us working collaboratively.

Learning to summarise

Long Division Song (Ho Hey Parody)

A song about the steps of long division to the tune of "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers. This is a useful song to help remember the steps.

Class Assembly

Today, we did an assembly for the rest of school where we showcased the work we have undertaken this term.  We told them about keeping safe and showed some posters we have made about playing Pokémon Go safely.  We read extracts from our Mary Anning biographies and our Hobbition reports.  Mrs White encouraged us to speak loudly, and clearly, at a sensible volume.  We all tried our best and made her proud!

Class assembly

Woodworking: sawing and sticking

Today, we learnt how to saw wood safely using a hacksaw and a bench-hook.  We also discovered how joints can be made with cardboard triangles.  We will use these skills to construct our folding chairs.

Woodworking: sawing and sticking

TVA Curriculum Discovery Day

Today, we visited Top Valley Academy to sample life at secondary school.  We spent the day in special workshops learning new skills and having fun.  Some of us learnt to program Microbits; some learnt Spanish songs and pirate instructions; some learnt new skills on a trampoline; others found out about the rainforests and handled some animals; still others created artwork.  Overall, we had a great day.

Designing our folding chairs

Today, we designed our model folding chairs.  We annotated our designs with details about the materials we will use and what it will measure.  We are very excited about using woodworking tools and skills to create our models - we are due to start our constructions next week.

Designing our folding chairs

Mary Anning's biography

Linked to our Science topic of evolution and inheritance, we have been studying the life of Mary Anning.  Using a range of sources (video, vlog and book), we have built up a bank of information which we have turned into a biography.  In these pictures, you can see us hard at work on our second draft.

Mary Anning's biography

How does smoking affect our bodies?

Our PSHE this term is about choices.  We are learning about a range of subjects so that we can make informed choices about them as we grow up.  Today's lesson was about the effects of smoking cigarettes on various parts of our body.

How does smoking affect our bodies?

Saludos en Espanol

Each week, in Spanish lessons, we learn how to speak, read and write a range of phrases.  Today, we learnt how to greet each other.  We practised these conversations with a partner then showed the rest of the class.

Saludos en Espanol

Making banana sandwiches

In the book "The Boy Who Biked the World" by Alastair Humphries, Tom (who is the main character) loves to eat banana sandwiches.  Today, we followed his recipe to make our own sandwiches.  After tasting them, we evaluated our product.  Some of us loved the taste; others thought they were repugnant!

Making banana sandwiches

Designing and making folding chairs

We have begun our DT project to design and make a model of a folding chair.  First, we made annotated sketches of a range of folding chairs.  The next step will be to create our designs and learn some wood-working skills.

Designing and making folding chairs

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