Over the course of term four, class ten have continued to focus on inventors and inventions. We have linked this learning to the book, 'Bridge to Terabithia' which the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading. As part of this term the children have made and designed bridges both in their house day and in their Science lessons. We have been using our knowledge from Term 3 about how Brunel invented the Clifton Suspension bridge to help us with our ideas.
Class ten were fortunate enough to participate in a whole school willow day. We had the tough job of starting the dome off with the forest school leaders. We had to place the tallest willow into the ground to make the basis for the dome. The children worked well as a team and supported one another.
During term three and four we are focusing our learning on inventors and inventions.
First of all we started to look at why bridges were invented. We also found out about different types of bridges. The children discovered all about beam, truss, suspension and arch bridges. Class ten have produced some brilliant magazine articles about these types of bridges and have been asking many exciting and interesting questions as they research.
We have enjoyed finding out about how they were created and now we are focusing on the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We will be writing biographies all about him, in particular his work on the Clifton suspension bridge over the next few weeks.
Around the world in eighty days
Class Ten have been set the challenge of working their way around the world over term 1 and 2. Every two weeks they have been visiting different countries by finding out about what the places are like, completing their own research to find out a range of different information, listening to music from the country and looking at a range of art. The children are enjoying finding out about Spain, Africa and Israel.
During maths lessons we have been focusing on place value and addition, they all enjoyed the work and have made a good start with their maths skills. Over the course of term 1 the children have been working hard on communicating their mathematical ideas. In our STOPs problem solving lessons the children have worked to 'act out' maths problems to help them understand what they are being asked and to solve it. We are now moving onto 'trial and error' methods. The children really enjoyed these lessons as you can see from the pictures.
Recently we have been focusing on using trial and error in our maths lessons. The children have persisted and given the maths problems a go. They have enjoyed using their act it out skills alongside this. Over the term their mathematical language has improved and they are all talking about what they are doing and working much more systematically. Well done class ten!
During Term 1 we started looking at what we could learn from artists from around the world. The children have been using these ideas in their own pieces. They have enjoyed creating self portraits in the style of Picasso and some African art. All of the class are proud of their front covers which they have produced for their own stories.
Around the World in Eighty Days Book
In class we have been writing our own versions of the classic story 'around the world in eighty days.' The children have worked hard to edit and improve their writing, they have created fantastic front covers and we then shared their stories. Every child has produced a book which will be displayed in class, so please pop in and see their work.
Since the beginning of term two class ten have been focusing on using different methods to remember and improve their spellings. We have enjoyed playing a range of games and working together to 'have a go' with new words. The children have been enthusiastic and we will continue doing this over the rest of the year.
Mile a day
Across school we are working to walk a mile a day. During the school day we are walking on the outside all weather trail for 20 minutes or seven laps of the path. We loved going out in the autumnal weather, the children are doing well this this challenge.
The week beginning the 7th November saw us focus on Armistice day. We discussed the importance of this to ourselves and other people. The children participated in a good discussion about red and white poppies. On the 11th some of us went to the war memorial for the minutes silence, all the children behaved beautifully and set a great example. As a class we created a wreath by writing our own poems in remembrance.
Class Ten have been working really hard with their homework. They are taking time to ensure that it is well presented and completed on time. The children have produced some beautiful postcards and planet posters which are being displayed in the classroom. Please remember homework needs to be handed in on a Wednesday and reading records need to be handed in on a Friday. The children are doing well to earn their reward time, they should continue to work well as a class.