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Year 4/5: Fig Class Mrs Geraghty

Welcome to Fig: Spring Term 2018

 

Our theme this term is ‘Survival.’ Fig Class will become geographers on an expedition to discover how plants, animals and humans exist and survive on planet Earth whilst recognising and unravelling the ecological threats that impact us all.

Our learning will be led by our Geography topic of South American Rainforests which already has the children asking questions like… Why are rainforests hot even though it’s raining? What species of animals and plants live there? What food can you eat in a rainforest? Using maps, atlases and computing skills, the children will develop their physical geographical knowledge of the world to locate the tropics whilst creating fact files and art work about the unique inhabitants of this magical world.

As we journey across the Atlantic Ocean, we will link our learning by studying Central & South American Art and the artists, architects and builders that have influenced their designs. As the Fig class have shown with their magnificent Volcanoes last term, they love to be creative and will be inspired by Frida Khalo to produce monkeys sculpted in clay as our first project of many for the term.

The geographical theme will connect with Science and the topic ‘Living Things and their Habitats.’ The children will be able to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local environment and the South American Rainforest recognising that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

In Maths, we will be using a range of fluency and reasoning tasks with the aim of achieving mastery in Measurement, Fractions and Decimals. Measurement will focus on perimeter, area and volume. We will then begin comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions with denominators of same number multiples, recognising mixed number and improper fractions and converting them followed by multiplying proper fraction and mixed numbers by whole numbers. Later in the term we will move on to Decimals and will be able to read, write and order decimals (and as fractions) before multiplying and dividing them by 10, 100 and 1000. We will continue with the maths first daily task so that the children can continue to secure addition, subtraction and multiplication using column method consistently and accurately as well as the bus stop method for division.

Times Table Superheroes…has been a popular success in Fig Class so far and we only have a few weeks left of the twenty week cycle. Once we reach the end we will go back to the beginning with week one so that the children can see the progress that they are making by improved scores and times! The children need to keep on challenging themselves to know their times tables off by heart to develop faster recall when using factors and increasing their overall fluency in mathematics.

In English we will be developing our knowledge and application of Speech, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines. Inspired by our theme of ‘Survival,’ our first piece of writing will be a biography of Bear Grylls. We will also create survival stories inspired by Bear and later as we consider the impact of deforestation on the environment, we shall become lobbyists developing a persuasive letter to Theresa May to help the government recognise the importance of this issue.

Our Christian value for this term is Self-Sacrifice. We will be considering what self-sacrifice is, how we can give something of ourselves and the difference this can make to our home lives, community and the wider world. Hopefully, this will lead to the children developing a desire to do a chore once in a while!

In French, we will continue to learn about days, months, time, colours, numbers and artists.

Spelling will be based on ‘spelling families’ eg –cial, –tion with the children developing their understanding of vocabulary using definitions as it is important that children have the ability to use synonyms and realise the power of our language and semantics.

Please encourage your children to read a wide range of books at home and nurture a love of reading for pleasure by talking about and sharing what they are reading.

We would welcome anyone who would like to come in to school to help support children with spelling activities, practising times tables or reading with them. If you are interested, please come and see me.

http://www.maths-games.org/times-tables-games.html

http://resources.woodlandsjunior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://resources.woodlands-

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=62

Rainforests - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats/Tropical_and_subtropical_moist_broadleaf_forests

This site contains videos (some of which will be used in class) about a variety of aspects relating to the rainforests of the world

Challenge

Can you draw and label a diagram of the rainforest layers?

Do you know anyone who has visited a rainforest? What can they tell you about them?

What can you discover about the future of the rainforests?

 

Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn for all KS2 subjects

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites

Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig

Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  1 BcL500 award winners
Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  2 Enjoying Steve Bowkett's stories
Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  3 Inspired by the power of stories
Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  4 Interpreting Christian art
Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  5 Year 5 winners
Award winners, author visits and loving learning in Fig  6 Receiving awards

Welcome to Fig: Autumn Term 2017

 

       

Our theme this term is ‘Adventures in Archaeology’ where we will become historians seeking evidence, facts and information on our journey to explore the world from thousands of years ago to the present day.

Our learning will be led by our Geography topic of Volcanoes and Earthquakes which has already led to some burning questions such as: Why do volcanoes erupt? What is lava made of? How big is an earthquake? Using maps, atlases and computing skills, the children will develop their physical geographical knowledge of the world and locate the infamous ‘Ring of Fire.’

 

As we journey around the globe, we will link our learning into Art and 3D landscapes as the children work in groups to design, build and paint their own volcanoes. As the Fig class are extremely creative and are inspired to produce detailed models, they are also excited by the opportunity to enable their finished projects to erupt!

 

The volcanic theme will connect with Science and the topic ‘states of matter’ as the children build on their understanding of solids, liquids and gases. They will conduct experiments using fair testing to explore how matter changes state through heating and cooling.

 

In Maths, we will be using a range of fluency and reasoning tasks with the aim of achieving mastery in Place Value and Number. The children will be learning to understand and recognise the value of every numerical digit, to find more or less than a given number, to compare numbers and solve practical problems. We will also cover rounding, interpreting negative numbers and Roman Numerals as well as securing addition and subtraction using column method consistently and accurately.

 

Introducing Times Table Superheroes…Fig Class will be undertaking a new three minute daily maths challenge! Each week the children will focus on a particular times table (from 3-12 and sometimes two combined) to complete as many calculations as they can. The calculations can be in column or sentence format and as multiplication, division (the inverse of multiplication) or a mixture of the two. The concept is that the children challenge themselves to know their times tables off by heart leading to faster recall when using factors increasing their mathematic fluency and ability.

 

In English we will be developing our knowledge and application of Speech, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines. Initially we will begin using the film the Croods followed by the text, ‘Escape from Pompeii’ to produce a newspaper report and diary linking into the Volcanoes and Earthquakes topic.

 

Our Christian value for this term is Trust. We will be considering how central trust is to society from how it can be built between groups of people on opposing sides and as the important context that marriage is founded on. We also need to explore how we know who and what to trust which leads into R.E. and the subject of Authority.

 

In French, we will be learning about days, months, time, colours, numbers and artists. Eh Voila – c’est un fête créatif et volcanique!

 

Spelling will be based on ‘spelling families’ eg –cial, –tion with the children developing their understanding of vocabulary using definitions as it is important that children have the ability to use synonyms and realise the power of our language and semantics.

 

Please encourage your children to read a wide range of books at home and nurture a love of reading for pleasure by talking about and sharing what they are reading.

 

We would welcome anyone who would like to come in to school to help support children with spelling activities, practising times tables or reading with them. If you are interested, please come and see me.

 

http://www.maths-games.org/times-tables-games.html

http://resources.woodlandsjunior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://resources.woodlands-

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=62

Volcanoes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/earth/

This site contains videos (some of which will be used in class) about a variety of aspects relating to the earth including volcanoes and earthquakes

 

Challenge

What do you know about the catastrophic event that happened Pompeii in 79AD?

Can you draw and label a diagram of a volcano?

Do you know anyone who has visited a volcano – could you interview them and write it as an article?

 

Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn for all KS2 subjects

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!

 

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites

 

 

 

Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results)

Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 1
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 2
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 3
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 4
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 5
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 6
Making Volcanoes! (see above for the final results) 7

Author Steve Bowkett sharig techniques with Fig children

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