3SM 2019 - 2020
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2019 - 20
My name is Mr Mason. I have been at Offley for over sevenyears and I have been teaching for nearly 20 years. During this time I have taught across schools in Kent and Cheshire. I am a member of the senior leadership team as Assistant Head and I currently run the Lower Keystage 2 team; I am also the Assessment and Curriculum coordinator. I am married with 4 children, I keep fit and love reading. My favourite genre is historical fiction, though I love reading all types of history.
This term our project will be Geography based and will focus around Rainforests. Our big question that we have to answer is: Why do we have to look after the Rainforests and can we live without them? This week we will be identifying our Author for the term and researching facts about them. We will be thinking about our individual targets and what we want to achieve this year. In maths we are starting the year looking at place value. Our science is about plants and we will be looking at the layers in the Rainforests. In geography we will be looking at South America and identifying the countries and their flags. In French, we will start off with simple greetings.
It has been a very busy week with the children have working hard. A big well done to Aliisa Mae and Charnley for achieving Star of the Week for their hard work in class and their excllent attitude towards learning.
In Maths this week we have been looking at addition. We have explored three different ways of adding vertically. We have used partitioning, then the ladder method and finally the contracted method. The children have found this difficult, so I have put some examples below to help. This will be in the next set of homework coming out.
|Partition method||Ladder method||Contracted method|
In English the children have made a timeline of the story, used this to plan and write a letter from Tom to his grandad telling him of his expoilts through the story. The children have done a fantastic job and have been using paragraphs, prepositions and noun phrases in their writing. At the end of the week we have been focussing on proof reading and spotting spelling mistakes in our writing.
In guided reading, we have been reading Gary's big adventure. The children have been inferring information from the text and they have answered a set of inference and retrieval questions from the text.
In science the children learnt about the life cycle of plants and how species reproduce. They had to learn what each part of the cycle entailed and then order them. Can you do it?
We also continued with our support of MentalHealth and the children have had two sessions of meditation in class.
The children have also continued Hockey with Mrs Clarkson. Mrs Clarkson is also working with the children regarding having a growth mindset and how to approach problems and issues with a positive attitude.
In art this week the children have learnt to make different shades of the same colour. They then sketched a part of a Ruth Gardener's picture ready to be painted next week,
In IT the children discussed how to keep safe online. Next week we will be doing more work on this and talk about stranger danger online. I would encourage you to watch the online e-safety video below.
The Curriculum map for the year is attached on this page.
To help the children I have linked some fantastic phonic resources which can be found here, including interactive games and printable sheets.
As parents you can access your childs reading here at the Accelerated Reader website - HomeConnect
In French we have been learning about basic greetings. This website can help you at home: French with Alexa.
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