Welcome to Birch class! We have settled in well to our new classroom and the children are enjoying being a little separate from the rest of the school, giving them a feeling of independence and responsibility. They are rising to the challenge, showing a great caring attitude and guidance to the younger students.
We continue looking at our big question; Do invasions change countries forever? This term we are focusing on the British colonisation of North America.
Update 15 January
The children are enjoying getting their creative juices flowing, planning their own myths and designing fantastical creatures, using lots of fabulous language in their descriptions. We are all enjoying our class book ‘Sabriel’. It is the story of a girl caught between the Old Kingdom of magic and the land in which she lives. Will she follow in her father’s footsteps and become a necromancer?
To encourage their independent reading and help them move closer to our 1000 book reading challenge target, I will be putting posters up in the classroom with recommended reads (see below). Please look at these with your children for ideas, copies of the books will be in school for them to borrow.
In PE they are having great fun learning a group dance and breaking into groups to choreograph their own sections. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Maths Challenge 22 November
In maths on Friday, I set Birch class a challenge: Could they use their perseverance, determination and logical thinking to solve increasingly difficult Teddy Town planning problems? They chose who to work with and came up with their own strategies with a lot of trial and error involved! I was super impressed with their efforts, it was a great fun session. Well done everyone!
Mosque Visit 22 November
On Wednesday we took a trip to Lincoln. We visited Lincoln Central Mosque and Cultural Centre where Imam Patel gave us a warm welcome and explained all about his beautiful building and how they worship. It was spectacular, the children were engaged and asked thoughtful questions.
After lunch we took a walk around Lincoln Cathedral. We were all blown away by the scale of the building and detail of the outside carving.
Collective Worship 15 November
On Friday 15th November, Birch class led our collective worship. They showcased the learning they did last term; “What was the impact of the Roman invasion of Great Britain?”.
It was lovely to hear the children talking so knowledgeably about the topic, presenting their research and explaining their opinions in answering this question. Please have a look at the video showing some of their great work.
Clay Busts Friday 1st November
This afternoon we ended our topic “The Roman invasion of Britain’ by finishing our clay busts. We got rather messy but it was great fun sculpting each other. We’d practised our clay skills earlier in the week including cross hatching and using slip to attach pieces together.
French Games 4 October
This afternoon, some of the class played games in French to help us remember the months of the year. We got very competitive!
Outdoor Learning 4 October
During outdoor learning this week, we created people collages using what we could find around the school field. We thought carefully about the pattern, textures and shapes of what we found in order to use them most effectively in our collages.
Column Addition 25 September
In maths, we have begun looking at column addition. When using the place value counters we could clearly see that if we had more than 10 of a particular value, we need to exchange upwards as we knew we could only have a single digit in each column.
Drawing Techniques 25 September
We have begun to explore different drawing techniques today with a focus on shading. We investigated different ways to make a mark on the page and how, by making those marks closer together, we could make it appear light or dark. We then began experimenting with different pencils to see the effect.
First day back 4 September
It has been a very exciting first day back as we have a new classroom! Mrs Jesson and Mrs Sullivan worked hard over the holidays to create a lovely environment in which we hope our eldest pupils will flourish. After exploring the displays and catching up on our holiday news, Birch class worked together to create their class charter, setting out how they would like to work together; respecting ,valuing and encouraging each other to all achieve their best.