4BM 2017 - 2018
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Welcome to 4BM's class page. Here you can access our weekly update, class spellings and homework.
My name is Miss Moulton and I am new to Offley this year. Last year, I completed my teacher training in another primary school within Cheshire East. In my spare time I enjoy walking, singing and drama. I love musical theatre and have seen over 20 different shows by both professional and amateur theatre groups.
Over the next half term, we will be answering our new Project based learning question which is the basis for our curriculum work. Our main question which will encompass geography, art and design, English, maths, history and science is: How can you prove that a stranger who lived thousands of years ago on a different continent has shaped your life? How has the Mayan past built our present? Our question covers History of an early civilisation; geography, human and natural features (South America); in art they will be designing and creating Mayan masks; and in English the children will be writing information and persuasive texts related to Mayan culture and deforestation; Maths we will be looking at the Mayan number system and calendar and finally in cooking, how chocolate is made and what it is used for. I have attached a curriculum map to give you a broader insight into the curriculum this year.
In Maths the children will be learning about equivalent fractions, simplifying and adding fractions; decimals, tenths and hundreths; problem solving and money. We will be focussing on the children’s number fluency, reasoning and application of taught skills.
PE will now be on a Tuesday with Mrs Clarkson, where possible PE will be outdoors so please ensure the children have their outdoor PE kit in school. The children will be beginning a gymnastics and dance unit finishing off this half term with Basketball.
Every week I will post an update and add spellings and homework when applicable. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me through the school office or on the playground before and after school.
Weekly update 25.05.2018:
We have had a very busy week in 4BM, I have been so impressed with how hard the children have worked. We have been completing our assessments in maths, SPAG and reading. The children all performed really well in these test, after the half-term holidays the children will have the opportunity to look through their tests. We will also be focusing on any particular areas of the tests which need revisiting before the end of the year. This week we also had sports day, thank you for coming along and supporting the children, they all had a really fabulous afternoon. Below I have attached some pictures of the day! You also may know that this week we have had parents evening, if you were not able to attend but would like a meeting to discuss your child please contact the school office and arrange for an alternative meeting.
Accelerated Reader: In recent weeks I have parents ask about our accelerated reader programme. As you may know, the children are expected to read a book at home and complete a quiz in school as part of Guided Reading. You will have already received all of the information regarding this programme and will be fully aware of its benefits. At school, we have a number of accelerated reader books which the children can choose from. If your child is struggling to find a book they enjoy you may want to visit a library or buy a book from a recommended author or an author which your child already enjoys reading. Your children can then quiz on these books in school providing it is within their ZPD range. If you visit http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/ and search for a book or author it will tell you the book level (BL) and providing it is in your child's ZPD they can use this as part of our Guided Reading sessions.
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Early this week, we continued story mapping our new adventure story, Rain Player by David Wisniewski. The children used drama and actions to retell the story. Also this week, we have been working on our own success criteria and have been recapping some of the fantastic writing features we can use to retell a story. We have particularly focused on subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, subordinate clauses, complex sentences, similes and metaphors. This has really helped improve the quality of the children’s sentence writing and should hopefully help improve their own version of the adventure story. Today we completed some freeze frame drama. The children were asked to innovate the original Rain Player story into their own version. As a class we created a new story which was based around the Mayan god 'Hun Ixim' the Mayan god of corn. We called our version Maize Player.
This week in maths, we have been learning about adding and subtracting amounts of money. We particularly focused on finding change. We used a range of methods when solving these questions; for example, partitioning the numbers using Part-Part-Whole, column subtraction and a number line. The children very quickly found the most efficient method of finding change. We then started to look at problem solving. Lots of the children had trouble understanding what the questions were asking them to do. So together we looked at the questions and represented them using a bar model. (See above for an example) we looked at lots of different types of questions. The bar model allowed the children to see clearly what the question was asking them to do. Next week, we will continue to look at strategies to solve tricky multi-step problems using a bar model and will also start to look at our next maths topic which will be linked to measure.
This week we looked at contuctors and insulators. As you can see the children had lots of fun and testing each material to see which category it went into. Next week, the children are going to continue making and designing their own electrical circuits these will be going inside their Mayan masks.
This week we have introduced our new author of the term Jacqueline Wilson. Our new class story is 'Cliff-hanger' the children are really enjoying this story so far and love Tim and Biscuits two of the main characters. In our reading area I have selected a number of age appropriate books for the children to read. Some of Jacqueline Wilsons can have sensitive subjects and the texts are for teenage readers therefore are not appropriate for the children currently. If your children enjoy reading Jacqueline Wilson I will be happy to point you in the direction of some of her texts which are appropriate reads.
This week we have completed the basic shape and added facial features such as lips, eyebrows and detail on the nose. Next week we will begin to paint the masks, ready for final details and decoration after half term.
This week we have continued with topic based around South America and the Mayans. This week the children have started planning their final project pieces which will be in the form of a television programme. The children will work in teams to present all of their knowledge which they have gathered over the last half term.
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