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Week Commencing Monday 2nd November 2020.

Halloween Party: SCU 6 had a Halloween Party on the first day back as a celebration of our first day back after the half-term break!

Halloween Candy Hunt: As we were in our Halloween costumes/non-uniform on our first day back, we went for a ‘trick or treat candy hunt’ outside, searching for sweets in our separate teams.

H.E. – Designing chocolate apples: We were able to design our own chocolate apples, melting chocolate and decorating them with different sweets.

Guided Reading: We each read our differentiated ‘Bug Club’ books, completing our individual activity written sheets to match. We worked quietly and sensibly, asking for support as necessary.

Social Activities: We begin each day with some social activities as we arrive in the class as a way of settling into the day and developing our social communication skills.

ICT – Designing a monster: We took part in a computer-based activity where we were to create our own Halloween monsters, typing about our designs in detail, writing about their personalities, appearance, occupations, hobbies and more.

Numeracy – Budgeting: We were learning about budgeting, along with income and outcome expenses. We took part in an activity that required us try to earn a certain amount of money to pay for our house repairs after an earthquake. We were to roll dice, and look at the outcome of our dice roll by reading a chart that told us whether we should deduct or add money to our starting income given to us to pay for house repairs. Thus, we were using the column method to add and subtract large sums, showing our calculations throughout.

Literacy – Diary entry and story planner: We heard a story called ‘Pompeii – Buried Alive,’ which looks at the well-known Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. From this, we moved to our tables to complete a Literacy task, where we were to write a diary entry, describing what happened on the day of the eruption as though it were experienced first-hand. We were tasked with writing in the past-tense, writing about our feelings, what we heard, saw and smelt, along with including the most important events throughout.

Topic – Tectonic plates jigsaw activity: As our new Topic is ‘Extreme Earth,’ we have been learning about earthquakes, the structure of the Earth, and tectonic plates. Thus, we took part in a jigsaw activity where we were to piece the tectonic plates of the Earth together to make the map of the world.

Literacy – Nouns, verbs and adjectives: We discussed what nouns, verbs and adjectives are, and it was our task to find the nouns, verbs and adjectives within a book of our choice from the class Library. We were then to write our own creative sentences using the nouns, verbs and adjectives we had found.

Art – Tornadoes: We researched and discussed tornadoes, discussing where they come from and how they are formed. From this, we moved on to an Art lesson, where we followed a step-by-step process in order to create our own tornado drawings.

Numeracy – Multiplication Tasks: We were to complete ‘multiplication and division hurricane wheels,’ thus testing our times tables knowledge, along with our ability to form accurate calculations to work out division and multiplication questions up to the 12 times/12 division tables.

ICT – Budgeting tasks: We took part in an on-line game aimed at teaching how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. This initiative comes within the 2006-2007 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School”. We were learning how to Budget throughout the game as well, thus coinciding our Numeracy learning with our ICT and Topic work.

P.E: For our P.E, this week, we were using balloons to partake in a number of activities to strengthen our balance and co-ordination skills.

Week Commencing Monday 12th October 2020.

Park and ice-cream treat: We walked to the park and had some ‘end-of-the-half-term’ celebratory ice-cream! This was a reward for our hard work and super efforts. This was followed by some time in the nearby play park.

Pumpkin carving: We worked together to create our own decorated pumpkins! We each were provided with a pumpkin, along with a pumpkin decorating kit, which we used to decorate our pumpkins, using our artistic minds to create some brilliant faces, carving out the pumpkin ourselves.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt: We moved outside for a ‘Halloween’ scavenger hunt, where we were each to look for 20 numbered pictures related to Halloween in the playground, writing the names for each picture when we found them on our recording sheets.

Art – Harvest Collages: We learned about an artist called ‘Giuseppe Arcimboldo.’ (Arcimboldo was an Italian artist who was born in 1527, who was famous for painting pictures of different fruits, vegetables, meat and fish together to make portraits of people.) We discovered that we would be creating our own portrait collages, using images of fruit and vegetables, thus emulating the style of Arcimboldo, and designing our own ‘harvest’ art pieces! This also reminded us that, just like the art portraits were all very different and unique, that we too are all different from each other, and such differences should be celebrated.

Guided Reading: We each read our differentiated ‘Bug Club’ books, completing our individual activity written sheets to match. We worked quietly and sensibly, asking for support as necessary.

Literacy – Pronouns: We were looking at ‘Pronouns,’ for our Literacy, along with ‘Personal Pronouns.’ We took part in a few interactive activities, providing examples of pronouns and thus demonstrating our understanding of what we have been learning. We then moved around the classroom where we were looking for ‘Halloween Pronouns’ stuck to the walls, and we wrote out different ‘Halloween sentences’ using the correct pronouns needed for each sentence.

P.E. – Movement skills: We practiced different jumps and movements skills for our P.E. with Mrs Curry.

Topic - We heard a Halloween/Animal Kingdom story called ‘A Monster Surprise,’ where we were to listen to the story and work to decipher what morals we can learn from the story. With this, we were able to design our own monsters, by rolling a dice and looking at the ‘monster chart’ we were given, where we were to draw the body, arms, hair, eyes, nose and mouth respectively, according to the picture that our dice pointed us to for each body part. This was followed by writing in descriptive detail about our monsters, using interesting adjectives and adverbs.

ICT – Halloween jigsaws: We took part in interactive, online jigsaw activities, where we were required to try to spot the Halloween object hidden in each picture.

Literacy group-work: We gathered together to listen to a poem that contains the five senses – (sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste.) We were asked to decipher each sense within the poem, and then we were able to each have a go putting our hands into a large bag and feel different fruit and vegetables, (since we have been learning about the importance of harvest.) We were then to describe how each item felt using similes. (E.g. ‘The pineapple is as prickly as a hedgehog.) We learned that this would inform our Literacy lesson later.

Literacy follow-up written work: We recapped what we had learned from our group-work activities earlier, and we discovered that the focus of our lesson would be to develop our skills of description through simile work. Thus, using the five senses, we were to create a poem about one of the fruit/vegetables in the bag with similes.

Science: For our Science lesson with Miss Lowry, we watched a few short clips of ‘super cars,’ and discussed the features and elements that are required to design a powerful, aesthetically pleasing car. We then designed our own ‘super cars’ on paper, labelling our designs accordingly.

Social Activities: We begin each day with some social activities as we arrive in the class as a way of settling into the day and developing our social communication skills.

Week Commencing Monday 5th October 2020.

Social Activities: We begin each day with some social activities as we arrive in the class as a way of settling into the day and developing our social communication skills.

Numeracy – Plotting Co-ordinates: We studied the ‘X axis’ and ‘Y-axis,’ learning how the horizontal axis is called the x-axis and the vertical axis is called the y-axis. We discovered that the point where the x-axis and y-axis intersect is called the origin, and that the numbers on a coordinate grid are used to locate points. We moved back to our tables to complete some differentiated ‘animal co-ordinates’ work, where we were to locate the animals on our different grids and write the co-ordinates required.

Literacy – Rhyming couplets: We listened to a story called ‘Stop Telling Fibs,’ which is an animal story that focusses on rhyme. We discussed the rhyming couplets within the story, followed by moving to our tables to create as many rhymes as we could about different animals, followed by turning our rhymes into constructive and detailed sentences.

Guided Reading: We each read our differentiated ‘Bug Club’ books, completing our individual activity written sheets to match. We worked quietly and sensibly, asking for support as necessary.

Daily Mile - Park: Each day we have 15 minutes to walk our ‘daily mile,’ as part of our daily exercise. Some days we are able to stop at the park for 5 minutes on the way back from our walk.

Music – Experimenting with pitch: For our Music, we were continuing to look at composition, with a focus on pitch, discovering how different levels of pitch in Music can evoke different emotions and thoughts.

Music -Pitch

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Music - Pitch

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Numeracy – Calculating mass: We turned our focus to measuring the mass of different animals in kilograms - Comparing, adding and subtract their masses. Thus, we were aiming to solve different addition and subtraction problems involving kilograms.

Science – Squirrel Investigations: For our science lesson, we were studying the squirrel – We began by going outside and observing the behaviours of a couple of squirrels that we found (along with having a little time to relax and enjoy the good weather,) and then we created our own squirrel hats in the Science room with Miss Lowry.

Literacy – Similes and metaphors: We recapped what we have heard so far in our class novel, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ along with discussing what we have learned about similes from our poetry lesson last week through the poem ‘It’s as easy as.’

Numeracy – Co-ordinates Board Game: We took our knowledge about plotting co-ordinates and applied it to a board-game, called ‘Zoo Co-ordinates,’ where we were to team up, roll dice, move counters and answer grid questions in order to win the game.

ICT – Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs: We had a computer-based Literacy activity, where we took part in an online activity that focused on ‘adjectives, nouns, adverbs and verbs,’ where we read two ‘Halloween’ e-books called ‘The Sea Cave,’ and ‘The Haunted House,’ and we were prompted to improve the story by suggesting better synonyms for the verbs, nouns, adverbs and adjectives provided in the story.

Literacy – Figurative language: We gathered together to discuss more of our Class Novel, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ followed by discussing different forms of figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, idioms and hyperbole. We were then tasked with writing about different characters within the story using figurative language.

Numeracy – Word Problems: We listened to a Halloween/animal story called ‘Magical muddle,’ and then we were tasked with searching around the classroom for different ‘Magical Muddle Word Problems’ cards, which asked us addition/subtraction and multiplication/division word problem questions, depending on our abilities, and we were to use our knowledge of place value to calculate our answers to the questions.

Literacy – Book Review: We gathered together as a group and gave a recount of our now completed class novel, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ providing our opinions on the book and characters within. We then moved to our tables to give a book review, where we wrote about whether or not we would recommend the book and why, who our favourite/least favourite character was within the story and why, a brief synopsis of the story and more.

Art – Tangrams: We discussed ‘tangram puzzles.’ The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat polygons, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. We were looking at the different shapes of animals that we could create with such shapes as a group, and then we were able to continue to have a go ourselves, creating different animals with our tangram shapes.

Week Commencing Monday 28th September 2020.

Social Activities: We begin each day with some social activities as we arrive in the class as a way of settling into the day and developing our social communication skills.

Numeracy - Venn Diagrams: We used the interactive whiteboard to sort different animals into their correct category, and then we were able to use hoops and plastic minibeasts in order to create our own physical ‘Venn diagram’ on the floor, working as a collective group to sort the minibeasts into their correct categories. We then moved on to learning about animal diets, (herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.) We combined the two aspects of learning by creating our own Venn Diagrams to sort animals into their correct dietary categories in or own separate tables.

Guided Reading: We each read our differentiated ‘Bug Club’ books, completing our individual activity written sheets to match. We worked quietly and sensibly, asking for support as necessary.

Trip - Forest Scavenger Hunt: We were able to go for a walk to the nearby forest, ‘Crommellin Wood,’ which is only 5 minutes’ walk from the school! Once there, we were given scavenger hunt sheets, where we were to search for different carvings of animals in the wood. We then were tasked with gathering some dry, decayed leaves to take back to the classroom in order to create our own art pieces.

Art - Leaf animals: We were given different templates of animals, which we were to colour, and then use the leaves we had gathered to decorate! (Sticking leaves onto a lion’s mane, a squirrel’s tail or an owl’s wings, for example.)

Topic - Food Chains: We discussed how a food chain works, along with what producers and consumers are, along with recapping on predators and prey. We had a number of cards containing pictures, and we were to work out how many different food chains we could make with the cards we were given, remembering to begin with a producer. We then moved to our separate tables where we were to create as many different food chains as we could within a certain time frame, using the cards to help us. We then wrote in some detail what a food chain is, along with giving definitions for different words such as producer, consumer, predator, prey, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, habitat and more.

Literacy – Poetry: Within poetry, we were focussing on rhyming and similes. We read a poem called ‘It’s As Easy As,’ which was a poem using sarcasm and similes to describe something that is very difficult to do. (For example, the first line reads: ‘It’s as easy as walking with your feet in the air, or trying to cuddle a big grizzly bear!’) We then came up with a list of animals, and together we gathered ideas for something that each animal would struggle to do, or find impossible, (for example, asking a cat to bark.) We then moved to our tables to create our own spider diagrams containing different animals and examples of things that they would find either improbable or impossible. This was followed by beginning to create our own ‘It’s As Easy As’ poems, using our spider diagrams to aid us!

Class Novel: Each week we hear more of our class novel, which currently is ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl.

Literacy - Creative Writing: We recapped together what has happened so far in our class novel of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’ We then moved to our tables in order to complete some Literacy written work based on the novel. Our focus was ‘creative writing,’ and our task was to create our very own marvellous medicine, using the strangest/most interesting/funniest ingredients we could think of as our ingredients, designing a method as to how the medicine should be made, and writing down the effects of said medicine if administered.

Numeracy - Factor Bugs: We began to work on ‘factors,’ using ‘Factor Bugs’ and whiteboards. (The ‘factor bugs’ are a visual tool to help us understand factors. The bugs have a target number in the centre, and we were to give the bugs ‘legs’ which are pairs of factors. The first pair of legs are always 1 and the target number – So if the bug only has one pair of legs, it is a prime number.) Some of us used counters to help us with our working out. We then moved to our tables to complete differentiated individual written work on ‘factors.’

Topic - Display Board: This is our Topic display board, which shows a range of our Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and PDMU work, all based around the topic of ‘The Animal Kingdom.’

ICT - Fact Files: We took part in a computer-based comprehension activity, where we each chose our own insect booklets, depending on the insect we wanted to study, and we completed the online animal fact file templates we were given by answering the comprehension-based questions provided.