Welcome to Beech Class - 2017
Sparks Might Fly
During the first half term the topic in class was ‘Sparks Might Fly’. Within this topic the children learnt about electricity in science and in Design Technology the children worked in small groups to make a mechanical system that will include a circuit.
In science the children were given the opportunity to experiment with circuits, working out how to get a bulb to light, what happened if you added another battery, what happened if you added another bulb and could they work a buzzer or motor? The children also tested objects around the classroom to check if they were conductors or insulators by including the objects into a working circuit. The children also thought carefully about how electricity is used around the house and whether it uses batteries or mains electricity. The children have also identified what electricity is used for, such as heating things, lighting and cooling etc.
In Design Technology the children have worked in groups to create their own mechanical systems that can be used around school. We have a range of systems from door bells to traffic lights to electric pencil sharpeners. We even had a chair buzzer made by one group so that if you swing on your chair the buzzer will go off. The children worked together to think of the ideas, design their product, think about required resources, build and decorate the system and fit a working circuit inside it.
In music, the children thought carefully about the different sounds that electrical appliances make and they produced a song or rap in small groups. The children had some great lyrics in their songs and some groups even performed to the whole school and some parents in our class assembly. They were great!
In English, the children have written explanations, play scripts and fantasy stories, relating to our topic. They focussed on explanations from 'Until I met Dudley' and wrote some crazy explanations about how our electrical appliances really work. The children also wrote some great play scripts do accompany a short film, Dangle, that didn't have any dialogue. Finally, the children wrote some great fantasy stories based on the novel The Firework Makers Daughter. We read this in class, allowed the children to extract the plot and then created their own plot.
In Maths in this half term the children have been learning about place value, 2D shapes and addition and subtraction. The children have been learning to use different methods to approach each of the topics. In particular, they have been partitioning numbers in order to double, halve and round and estimate. This has then helped them when they have been adding. Some of the children have used practical resources to help them understand why we exchange when adding. The children have been measuring the perimeter of shapes as well as the perimeter of spaces and objects around school. The children collected information about the children's favourite items and then recorded this information in a tally chart.
The Great Plague
During the second autumn half term the topic in Beech Class was 'The Great Plague'. The children thoroughly enjoyed this topic, learning about the gory details about what happened.
In history the children learnt about The Great Fire of London and how this changed London. They learnt about the plague, the symptoms of it and its catastrophic outcome. The children carried out some great research and created some excellent, informative posters about The Plague. The children also wrote a diary entry, putting themselves in the shoes of somebody that was alive during the plague. The children really immersed themselves in this and produced some great pieces of work.
In English, the children wrote some super poems about The Plague as well as writing newspaper reports about the breakout of the plague. They learnt how to read reports by adding appropriate expression and fluency to their voices. We also looked at the fairy tales of The Pied Piper and Puss in Boots. The children did some excellent preparation work in relation to this and this enabled them to write some great fairy tales of their own following the plot of Puss in Boots.
In computing, the children became familiar with purple mash to enable them to complete homework set on the program. They have also transferred their knowledge of data to transfer their findings that they recorded on a tally chart onto a bar chart using purple mash.
In maths the children learnt different techniques to help them to mentally subtract and multiply increasingly larger numbers. They then transferred this knowledge and understanding to written methods of subtraction and multiplication, using the column and grid methods. The children then used their knowledge of subtraction to complete some tricky division calculations. Some of the children divided using repeated subtraction on a number line and some children took this a step further and introduced chunking.
In science the children learnt about an independent topic of sound. They learnt all about how sound is made through the vibration of molecules sending signals to the nerves in your brain, as well as how sound is affected by distance and material.
Welcome to Beech Class - 2016
In Maths in this half term the children have been learning about place value, 2D shapes and addition and subtraction. The children have been learning to use different methods to approach each of the topics. In particular, they have been partitioning numbers in order to double, halve and round and estimate. This has then helped them when they have been adding. Some of the children have used practical resources to help them understand why we exchange when adding. The children have been measuring the perimeter of shapes as well as the perimeter of spaces and objects around school.
In Science the children have been learning about Light and Shadows. The children have explored using different light sources. We had a disco in the dark to experiment which light sources helped us to find objects in the dark. We have used different materials and objects to form shadows and looked at how we can change the shadows. The children had a competition of who could make the best shadow monster using resources outside and the sun as a light source. More recently, the children have been exploring with mirrors. They have found horizontal and vertical lines of symmetry in the alphabet, enabling them to make symmetrical words. They have also used mirrors to find their way around a maze, using just the reflection to help them, as well as using mirrors at different angles to see how this changes the view of an object.
During the first half Autumn term our class topic is 'There's no place like home'. We have been linking all our topic work to this area.
In English the children have been learning about and writing their own folk tales. We have used 'The Lancashire Giant' as the basis of our topic. The children have carried out role play of the story and verbally retold it. We planned a class folk tale story, that all the children had to write a part of. The children have then planned and wrote their own folk tale story that we will be making a class book of.
Our topic areas for this half term have been History and Geography. The children have been learning about the geographical features of our local area in relation to the world, the country and our local area. The children identified the human and physical features of St Michael's on Wyre. They also identified their local area on a variety of maps, labeling their houses and the points of interest around their village. In History the children will be learning about how St Michael's on Wyre has changed over time, in particular the school. We will have some visitors in to talk to them about how the school is different now to how it was in the past. We will also be looking at how the houses and people's lives in general have changed over time. Finally, we will be covering the Abbeystead Disaster, understanding how this happened and the affect it had on people's lives.
Second Half Term
During the second half term our topic is 'Healthy Humans'. As an introduction to the topic we went to Eureka to take part in a workshop about the digestive system and explored the 'All About Me' section of the museum, which was all very hands on. The main focus for this topic is keeping the body healthy.
In Science the children are going to learn all about keeping the body healthy through exercise, eating healthily and keeping hydrated. We will be looking at the sugar content of a variety of drinks as well as looking at the diets of different animals compared to our own. We are then going to plan our own healthy picnic which we are going to host for another class. This will include the children making the food for the picnic as well as all of the packaging. They will educate the other class on how to keep healthy. The children will also be carrying out observational drawings of fruit in Art.
In Maths the children are doing a lot of work on subtraction, both mentally and written. We will also be focusing on telling the time, to the nearest five minutes and minute on both analogue and digital clocks, with some children looking at the 24 hour clock. We will also be learning about coordinates and will be linking this with Christmas.
In English the children will be learning about Fables and will be writing their own. They are looking at animals with opposite personality traits and identifying lessons that are learnt in Fables. They will also be looking at persuasive texts and will write a persuasive leaflet or poster that will be given to another class during our healthy picnic. Finally, the children will be investigating different shape poems and will write their own relating to healthy food and Christmas.