4LW 2018 - 2019
Welcome to 4LW
Welcome to our class page. Here you can access our weekly update, class spellings and homework. Our P.E. day is Tuesday and the children will be outdoors weather permitting, so please ensure that they have appropriate kit. Our swimming day is Thursday and the lessons start again on Thursday 10th January. Please remember to bring your swimming kit and warm clothes on Thursdays, as it can be quite chilly walking to and from the swimming pool.
My name is Mrs Whipp. I have been at Offley for five years now, having initially started as a maternity leave cover for Mrs McLoughlin. Before joining Offley, I taught at a variety of schools across both Cheshire and Manchester. My subject responsibility at school is Computing, which I love. Outside of school, I live with my husband and enjoy walking, drawing, photography and reading. As I love learning new things, I am currently learning to quilt.
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I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. We have had a great first week back in 4LW.
In English, we have learnt an example of an explanation text – How Does Sound Travel? Once we had learnt the text, we then boxed up our example. This is where the children identify the purpose of each section, or paragraph in the text and find the features which make it a good explanation text. The children also looked for transferable features; words or phrases that they can use in their own writing. For example, in the paragraph below, the words/phrases in bold were chosen to be used in our writing next week:
What’s the Speed of Sound?
Interestingly, there is no such thing as one ‘speed of sound’. Sound travels at different speeds through different substances, but it travels through air at around 1230 kmph.
In Maths, we have been exploring how to break division questions down into simple steps. We used the STEM sentence: Partition the dividend into multiples of the divisor. This helped us to remember that we can’t always partition a number into its place value columns. When we were solving 48 ÷ 3, we realised that this could not be partitioned into 40 and 8 because neither of them is a multiple of 3. We therefore explored alternative ways of partitioning 48 using only multiples of 3.
In our Topic sessions this week, we have started to work towards our new BIG question: Romans Vs Volcanoes: Who won? We have found out what a volcano is, what causes a volcano to erupt and labelled a cross-section of a volcano. In Science this week, we have started to explore sound. The children investigated different instruments to discover how the vibrations were started, which are passed from one molecule to the next as a sound wave. They also created their own compression wave by queueing up close to the person in front and passing a gentle push from one end of the line to the other. We were very lucky in P.E. this week to have a cricket coach come to work with us. The children enjoyed learning different techniques and playing pavilion cricket. In addition to this, the children also started work on their own HTML webpage.
Next week, in English we will be innovating our learnt text, this will involve using the transferrable features that we identified this week to create our own explanation texts about the digestive system. In Maths, we will be completing our work on division strategies. This will include looking at how to choose efficient methods to partition the dividend, how to divide a dividend that leaves a remainder and applying our knowledge to word based problems. In our other work, we will be: locating some of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth, as well as finding out about the Ring of Fire; exploring sacred texts linked to different religions; continuing to create our webpages applying different HTML code; and exploring how changing the dynamics of a piece of music changes its overall effect with Mrs Clarkson.
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