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16th - 20th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another amazing week of learning in Class 4.

In maths, we began our next block of learning on multiplication and division by looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children have been drawing place value grids in their work to help them work out calculations. We will continue with multiplication and division after half term.  

In English, we wrote autumnal Kennings for the Harvest Festival. The children were very creative with their ideas. See below for some fantastic examples. Can you guess what the children were writing about?

         

 

On Wednesday, some of the class went to Richard Lander for a tag rugby festival which was a culmination of our six week tag rugby programme (run by the Pirates Rugby Club) that we have been taking part in. The children showed great sportsmanship and resilience throughout the matches they played against other schools. They represented Blackwater wonderfully!

We have come to the end of the first part of the autumn term. The children have bonded greatly and have become a Class 4 family (including adults). We have all worked really hard and deserve a well-earned rest over the half term.

On the first Friday back after half term there will be a revision spelling test to see how the children apply the patterns we have been learning about this term. A list of the patterns will be sent home with the children to revise over the half term. Any of these words could be in the test. There is no other home learning set.  

City of Lights Workshop reminder

In the first week back after half term we have our City of Lights workshop on Wednesday 1st November. Anyone that is available to come in and help make our lanterns will be greatly appreciated and biscuits will be provided! It is an all day workshop, but any time that can be spared by you will be fab! Thank you to those parents who have already contacted me to offer a helping hand.

Have a lovely break and see you all refreshed and ready for the rest of the term on Tuesday 31st October.

 

9th - 13th Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fab week it has been!

The year sixes have sat mock SATs this week. They have shown great determination and resilience. Once all the papers are marked, they’ll be sent home for parents/carers to see how well their child is doing and work on some of the weaknesses that the papers have identified. A really big well done to all the year sixes!

While the year sixes have been out in the mornings, year five have been working with Mrs Mannion and Mrs Ward. In maths, they have been carrying on their work in addition and subtraction by looking at multi-step problems. The children have been using their reasoning skills to reason where they have gone wrong. It’s been a great learning process.

On Tuesday morning, both years were out of class. The year fives had a fantastic morning at Richard Lander taking part in music workshops. It was a great experience where they were able to experience life in secondary school and develop a love for music.

The year sixes went to Camborne College to begin their five week programme in The Writer’s Block. It has already made a difference to children’s enjoyment and creativity in writing. Check out some of the photos taken from week 1. (below)

Home learning for this week:

Year 5 - Workout 3 in their English books. Maths - multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000.

Year 6 - Pg 6 and 7 in their grammar books. Pg 7 and 8 in their arithmetic books.

Next week’s learning:

In maths, we will begin our topic of multiplication and division by revising multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also be looking at multiples and factors of numbers.

In English, we will be writing autumnal poems in preparation for our Harvest assembly on Thursday afternoon.

In the first week back after half term we have our City of Lights workshop on Wednesday 1st November. Anyone that is available to come in and help make our lanterns will be greatly appreciated and biscuits will be provided! It is an all day workshop however, any time that can be spared by you will be fab!                                      

Monday 2nd - 6th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great start to October in Class 4.

In maths, we have focused on using rounding and estimation to check calculations. We spoke about real life situations where rounding can come in quite handy!

In English, we have revised how to use inverted commas in speech. The Year Fives were introduced to relative clauses e.g. The boy, who was happy, played outside. Later in the week, we began our newspaper articles. Some examples will be up on the website next week.

In science, we carried out our experiments that we planned last week. There were five different groups experimenting with different drinks and Mentos which followed on from our science experiment the other week. Each group set out to answer a question they came up with. It was interesting to see the different reactions between the variables used - particularly fruit Mentos and Irn Bru (a better reaction than mint Mentos and diet coke). The children then looked at their results to work out whether their hypothesis was correct or not.

              

We came to the end of our topic ‘What’s Happening Now?’ where the children looked at the protection and procedures that countries, which have frequent natural disasters, utilise to prevent or minimise any damage. Next week we will begin our new topic ‘Who is taking control?’ with links to electricity in science.

Next week will be a change to our usual timetable in Class 4. The Year 6s will be having a mock SATs week in the hall to give them some experience of the tests they will sit in May. We will be able to see where children are strong and where there are weaknesses and work on these in lessons thereafter. While this takes place, the Year 5s will be in class with Mrs Mannion, our HLTA, taking the lead for maths and English. 

On Tuesday next week, the Year 5s will be attending a music festival at Richard Lander. A consent form has been sent out and needs to be returned as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. The children will need a drink and a snack and will be back in time for lunch.

On the same day, the Year 6s will be heading to Cornwall College in Camborne to begin their five week programme with creative writing at the Writer’s Block. A consent form has been sent out and needs to be returned as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. The children will need a drink and a snack and will be back in time for lunch.

It has been great to see so many children completing and returning their home learning on time. We’ve already had one person who has sat on my chair for the day as they landed on a Community Lunchbox in Homeworkopoly. Home learning for next week will be sent out with children on Friday. Year 5s will continue onto Workout 2 in English and will have a maths activity linked to addition and subtraction. Year 6s will need to complete pg 3 and 4 in both their grammar and their arithmetic books.

I’m looking forward to another productive week next week!

25th - 29th Sept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great week for Class 4!

This week in maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction.

The year sixes have been working on multi step problems where they had to add and subtract within the same problem. They really loved the challenge and groaned when it was time to finish maths for the day.

The year fives have been beavering away with column addition and subtraction. There was some great reasoning happening in lessons where children could relay the rules for using the column method: make sure you set your workings out clearly so each column lines up for place value, remember to add your mini mes (ones), and make sure you are carrying out the right operation (+ or -).

Next week we will be looking at using rounding and estimation to check the answer for our calculations as well as continuing our work with word problems with addition and subtraction.

In English this week, we have been working towards writing a newspaper article about the devastation that Hurricane Irma left behind. We have practised using capital letters and full stops as well as learning about brackets which show parenthesis (extra information that can be taken out of the sentence which will still make sense without it). We have also looked at noun phrases and prepositional phrases where we had fun using Where’s Wally to give specific descriptions. For example, Find the grumpy man with the bushy eyebrows under the straw roof.

Next week, we will be writing our newspaper articles using what we have learnt in the last two weeks: fronted adverbials, noun phrases, prepositional phrases and brackets.

In science, we have planned our own scientific enquiry linked to the reaction of Mentos with liquid. Each group of children have thought of a question that they will answer using a scientific experiment.

In topic this week, we have learnt about volcanoes. We drew diagrams to show the key components of a volcano and found out how volcanoes are formed.

Home learning for this week is to continue reading at home, spellings and separate task for the year 5 and six linked to English and Maths.

Monday 18th September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What another great week full of learning!

In English we revised our use of apostrophes (possession and contractions) and looked at fronted adverbials in preparation of writing newspaper articles linked to Hurricane Irma next week.

EXAMPLE SENTENCES

Finley wrote: ‘Wondering how much destruction was later to come, everyone braced for impact.’

Great use of a comma after the fronted adverbial!

Kian wrote: ‘Like an empty grave yard, silence fell from the sky.’

A fab simile used for his fronted adverbial.

In maths, we revised rounding numbers - remembering that if the number is 5 or above, we round up, and if the number is 4 or below we round down. We also looked at negative numbers which the children were whizzes with! We then had a fun lesson looking at roman numerals. Next week, we will begin our next block of learning: the four operations. There will be a main focus of addition and subtraction.

We had a fantastic science lesson this week where we experimented with diet coke and mentos. We learnt about nucleation (the reaction caused when the coke and mentos react with each other). We wanted to find out the number of Mentos which make the highest geyser of diet coke. We concluded that 7 would be enough as when we tried 9, not all of the mints went it!

In topic, we carried out research about Hurricane Irma in preparation for our newspaper articles next week. We also learnt about Earthquakes and watched some news reports about the powerful earthquake that hit Mexico on Wednesday.

Home learning for this week will be spellings, English and maths. English and maths homework needs to be returned by the next Thursday to ensure a turn in homeworkopoly.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 12th September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a fantastic first full week back. We have been very busy in Class 4. In maths, we began our work on place value where we have achieved our objectives: to read, write and compare numbers up to 10,000,000. Next week we will be focusing on rounding numbers up to 10,000,000, negative numbers and roman numerals.

In English, we developed our assessment techniques by giving helpful, specific and kind feedback to our peers. The children have great positive attitudes to their work and were able to identify what was great about their partners writing. They then chose one aspect that their partner could improve on to make their writing even better. Next week we will be focusing on newspaper recounts linked to our topic. In SPaG, we will focus on fronted adverbials and revise apostrophes. A SPaG area for the website is in the works where there will be definitions and examples of terminology that you may not have come across before!

We began our topic ‘What’s happening now?’ by talking about what a natural disaster is (causes a natural event such as flooding or earthquake that causes great damage and destruction). We looked on a world map and identified areas that natural disasters are more likely to occur in. We then focused on hurricanes - understanding how they are created and what damage they cause by watching reports about the recent Hurricane Irma.

On Thursday, we had a fab day with Class 3 at Plymouth Aquarium taking part in STEMfests Giant Squid Challenge. When we arrived, we went upstairs to a large room to take part in our first activity: designing a squid tank. During this time, we all had a go on a Virtual Reality (VR) headset and got a Polaroid picture as a keepsake. It was the first time some of the children had ever used one before. 

Our second activity was perhaps the best part of the day for most. We dissected a squid! Using tweezers and a pair of scissors, we carefully cut up a squid to discover the different parts of it.

 Inside the squid was something called a ‘pen’. It seemed to be made out of plastic and, when cut out of the squid, was in the shape of a quill. We then cut into the squid’s ink sack and wrote with the quill and ink! What an experience it was!

After lunch, we met some surveyors who helped us take measurements of an area where a giant squid tank could go. Funnily enough, the area wasn’t big enough for a giant squid!

 We then went inside and got to explore the different tanks. The sharks were amazing! A fantastic day was had by all!

Home learning for next week comprises of spellings, maths (negative numbers) and a SPaG mat for English. Please keep reading to get enough reads at home to get a prize from the prize bucket!

 

 

6th - 8th September 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello and welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope you have had a fabulous summer holiday and are feeling refreshed from your break.

It has been fantastic to see our new year fives and sixes this week. I have been amazed at how quickly everyone has settled back in to school life.

This week, we’ve become more familiar with each other and our daily routines. We have played some exciting maths games which have started to develop our reasoning skills. In English, we have recapped word classes and their definitions. We have also written a recount of our favourite time in the holidays.

Next week in maths we will be focusing on place value up to millions. In English, we will continue our work on recounts by writing a non-fiction newspaper recount based on the current weather fronts in the USA. This will begin our first topic of the year: ‘What’s happening now?’ which links to natural disasters

Spellings will be coming home today and will be tested next Friday. We will be learning the patterns at school, but it would be great for the children to continue their learning at home.

There will also be home learning for English and maths which need to be returned by Thursday 14th September.

Below is a letter that was sent out on Wednesday with some important information about Class 4 this year.

 

Week beginning 6th September Class Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th - 30th June

The children have been working on Volume. They really enjoyed making the cubes using squared paper, rulers, scissors. Increasing the size from 1cm - 2cm - 3cm - etc. 

 

What a wonderful morning Yr5 children had on Wednesday 24th May.  Mrs Morris and I (Mrs Chapman) accompanied Yr5 children to Truro Prep School for a morning of Robotics. Greeted by Mrs Jane Ellis we joined the Yr5 children from Truro Prep school. We were proud of Blackwater Yr5’s at the way they paired up with other children they did not know and worked together in a new environment. I, Mrs Morris and the staff at Truro school all expressed how much we enjoyed our time together. It is hoped that another joint event will be arranged again next year.

S, Chapman

 

13th - 17th March

 

 

 

 

Fraction division by a whole number below.

 

 Animal reports have been produced by class 4 children this week. They have enjoyed searching for the information needed. Finley and I (Mrs Chapman) turned one report into a video report. We first recorded the report as a short video using a green background, then added some pictures using green screen app on an I-pad. Good work Finley.

 

10th March 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th February and 6th March

It has been a fantastic two weeks in Class 4. We have been very busy with our learning; showing great diligence.

In English, we have looked at two different genres: non-chronological reports and persuasive writing. The children have produced some excellent pieces of writing. 

In maths, we have continued to focus on fractions. It has been great to see everyone’s confidence grow within this and hear the children’s excitement when we mentioned maths. We’ve particularly been focusing on our reasoning skills within maths where we are trying to explain our answers and reason why that is the answer. 

In topic, we have focused upon the life cycles of birds and mammals. Next, we are going compare the similarities and differences between the classification life cycles that we have been learning about this term. Next Thursday, we are going to finish our topic by a visit from Hendra Farm. We will have the opportunity to meet many different creatures (some of which we have been learning about) and possibly handle some.

Home learning for this week is spellings, reading and times tables. Maths focuses upon finding multiples and prime numbers. English focuses upon punctuation for parenthesis.

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

Parenthesis...

a word or phrase inserted as an explanation or afterthought into a passage which is grammatically complete without it, in writing usually marked off by brackets, dashes, or commas.

 24th February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back for another half-term of lots of hard work. The children have come back from their break raring to go and eager to learn!

In English, we have looked at some new punctuation marks: semi colons, colons and dashes (;, :, -) which we will include in our writing to make it more exciting. We have begun research on our topic, Round and Round (Life cycles), where we are going to collate the information into a non-chronological report. On Tuesday, we had a look at lots of different non-chronological reports to identify the features that are involved. With this knowledge, we are going to write a report about life cycles.

In maths, we have begun a unit on fractions. This week we have focused on equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. Have a look at the web links if you would like to see the strategies that we have used to find equivalent fractions and simplify fractions. The children have been fantastic in maths this week by having such a resilient attitude towards their learning. It has been great to see everyone develop a ‘can do’ attitude towards maths.

We are really gripped by our topic: Round and Round. This week, we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog. Because of this, we have some new members of the class. It will be interesting to observe the life cycle up close and gain a first-hand experience of complete metamorphosis. It has been amazing to see how quickly the frogspawn has developed and are wondering how long it will take for the first tadpole to emerge.

 

Home learning for this week is spellings, reading and times tables. English is a sheet linked to the punctuation we have been learning about this week and maths is linked to equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions on paper.

Have a fab weekend!

 

February 3rd    

 

 

 

 

 

                                              

BBC Bitesize KS2 English Grammar

There are some great little quizzes and you can up your

game by following KS3 links.

Maybe have a go at the Maths as well. 

 

 

 

Example of a quiz 

Weeks  9th and 16th January

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last two weeks in English we have been focusing on writing narrative stories. Last week we wrote a story titled ‘The Night the Bombs Fell.’ The children used dialogue to convey their characters to the reader and used some fantastic similes to help the imagery of their story. For example, Daniel used ‘the sirens howled like a pack of wolves.’ Once their stories were written we completed a peer assessment on someone else’s work. We had to read through and identify certain language devices such as used of complex sentences. We then gave two things we liked about the piece of writing and then one piece of advice to improve it.

This week the children utilised the skills they learnt writing their story last week and have written a story independently based on a video called Baboon on the Moon. Our stories are set before Baboon came to the moon and how he came to live there. The children have had some fantastic and original ideas.

In maths, we have been working on our multiplication skills. We have reminded ourselves of the method and how to set out work out clearly. It has been a really fantastic week for learning in maths. Everyone has worked hard to achieve. On Wednesday we had Mr Collinge, who is the maths department leader at Richard Lander, visit our maths lesson to explore year 6s learning in maths. Afterwards he commented at how every child in the room was enthusiastic about their learning and how there was a really positive atmosphere in the classroom.

In topic, we have looked at how light travels in straight lines and is reflected off objects into our eyes.

Baboon on the Moon           

W/B Monday 2nd January 2017

 

 

 

 Homework Set

 Class 4 homework to be completed by 13.01.17.doc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back and happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a good rest. It has been a fab start to the year where we are raring to go and have transitioned back into the school routine with ease. We have already found out so many facts about our new topic ‘The Battle of Britain’ and are eagerly looking forward to developing more knowledge about this important historical event.

In English, we have begun our topic by reading extracts from different stories based upon WW2 and have identified effective language that the author has used. We are going to use this to help us write our own story next week titled ‘The night the bombs fell’.

In Maths, we have been looking at very large numbers extending into the millions. We’ve developed our knowledge of place value and utilised this when writing large numbers. We have also looked at greater than and less then (>, <) remembering it is like a crocodiles mouth which likes to eat the bigger number. We are now going to be looking at negative numbers and link this to temperature.

In topic, we have spoken about how WW2 came about and identified the counties involved on a map of the world including ally and axis territory (you could ask one of us what this means). We looked at a timeline of the key events in the war and found out the names of the leaders of the main countries involved. We also had a brief introduction to the first two years of the war and discussed Germany invading different countries in Europe. We listened to Winston Churchill’s famous speech from 1940 announcing that the Battle of Britain was about to begin. This was when fighting took to the skies. We’ve also had a bit of fun listening to air sirens and diving under tables for safety when we hear them. We’re really looking forward to finding out more in the coming weeks.

Home learning for this week is times tables, reading daily, spellings, and an English worksheets looking at embedded clause. Maths homework can be found on active learn.