Today, Year 5, along with some children from Year 3 and 4 have been using their plan from last week to start writing letters as if they were being an evacuee from WW1. We created a success criteria so we know exactly how to be successful in our learning and to also know what to include in our letter. Children have stopped and reflected on their learning and have already made changes which shows that writing can always get better and better. I’ve also been amazed to see that they have applied specific learning from guided reading to their letter writing.
Today Year 5 and some year 3 and 4 children have been learning about what happened to children who were evacuated during the war. They were surprised to learn that if they had lived in a busy city during the war, they would have been sent away to live with either relatives or a host family in the countryside where it was safer, leaving their grown up’s behind!
Next week they will be writing as an evacuee from their plans, see examples below, a letter home to their families telling them all about their experiences from leaving their grown ups at the train station to travelling to the countryside and meeting their new host families and joining a new school. Please ask your children to share what they have learnt so far!
To support our Literacy writing, Year 6 explored what it would be like to not have the sense of sight, like the main character in our text, The Silver Donkey. The children relied on their other senses to imagine what it would be like for the soldier who was in the woods and they are going to use there ideas to support their writing of the soldiers journey.
Year 4 are about to embark on writing descriptive sentences about the rainforest. That’s pretty hard, if you’ve never been to one! So, in addition to our experience at Kew Gardens and our class learning so far, we went outside and used our school trees for inspiration. We talked about how they towered, stretched and reached above us. Can anyone remember what you call it when you attach persoon-like verbs to an inanimate object?
Year 3 are already taking on learning challenges in Literacy.
Today, we ordered sentences linked to our new topic, Rainforests. As a team, we had to work out the different word types, match appropriate vocabulary, create our own word actions and add our own sentence ideas.
Come and ask us about our favourite sentence ideas!
Y2 have been extending their computing skills by creating folders and copying files [and putting them into their newly created folders]. They then used an outline of the Queen (to fit in with our topic) and learnt how to use the fill tool to turn them into Andy Warhol style pieces of art. We then learnt how to add text to our image, so that we could out our names on them. I am so impressed by how much Y2 have learnt in such a short space of time!
This week, a real life Antarctic explorer came to visit our Year 3 and 4 children.
It was an incredible experience to learn about this unique environment from someone who has lived and breathed it. We enjoyed experiencing a range of photographs, stories and artifacts to add to our knowledge and understanding of this magical continent.
Come and ask us what we learnt!
Monday morning, Year 6 ventured into London excited for their visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. They explored the Weller Galleries, taking notes and writing questions they wanted to explore in more detail back at school. Year 6 were blown away by the Planetarium experience and the enthusiasm and dedication of the speaker.
Year 6 –
- When and how could you use the learning from the trip for future learning in the classroom?
- What was your favourite scientific fact from the trip?
- How do you think the trip linked to our science topic of forces?
Year 5 invented their own aliens designing them to perfectly suit a particular planet. They then wrote about their first encounter with their alien. They should be so proud of the writing they have produced. They have used beautiful language and worked hard to include the cohesive elements we have focussed on.
To finish off their piece of alien writing, Year 5 voted on their favourite alien and piece of writing. The winning alien will feature in our next piece of writing.
This morning, Year 3 and 4 amazed us all with their character representations of the famous Antarctic explorer….Ernest Shackleton (and his crew). The children have been learning about a sequence of events during a turbulent voyage to Antarctica. Today, these were brought to life!
The children were able to consider feelings and emotions and how to convey these through body language and expression.
See if you can guess what is happening in each freeze frame…