Hilltop fun!

September 14th, 2017

Hello everyone!!

Despite the rain, hailstones and wind everyone is having a great time.

Pasta Bol and ice-cream for dinner was a big success with some children even having salad.

Yesterday we either climbed and abseiled or mountain biked and went on the Big zipper. Today are team tasks and a swap round of yesterday’s activities.

Evryone was alseep by 10.30 with no problems and the first voices heard were about 6.30. Some are still asleep and its 7.20!!

Wi – fi is a bit wobbly here but I’ll try to add some photos and another update later if I can.

 

 

R.E

March 23rd, 2017

Today we began to think about Easter. Our unit of work is based around why Good Friday is called ‘Good’. We began by thinking about what we already know about Easter and then moved onto what we would like to know. There were some very interesting questions about whether Jesus knew he was going to die, where does the word ‘Easter’ come from and how exactly do Christians celebrate Easter. We will be sharing what we discover in the Easter service on Thursday 30th, 9.30 am at the church so please come along to hear us. 

Is it alive?

March 14th, 2017

This week we began our science topic of ‘Living things’. We began by sorting pictures of various objects and deciding whether we thought they were alive or not. The discussions were brilliant, with lots of explanations and great scientific vocabulary. Some objects we thought were obvious such as a worm but others such as antlers and seeds produced some very animated discussions! We then learnt about MRS GREN or MRS NERG ( please ask us if you want to know more) before going back to our pictures and making a final decision. 

If today’s lesson is anything to go by, this is going to be a great topic! Well done class 4.

Proud of my ‘selfie’.

March 8th, 2017

At Scole, we really like to celebrate our successes and hard work. In class 4 we do this by taking a ‘selfie’ and then displaying it in our classroom. Any member of the class can choose when to take a ‘selfie’ of themselves and a piece of work they are particularly proud of. It may be something they have found really tricky but have persevered with and been really pleased with the results. It may be their best handwriting, a beautiful piece of artwork, a particularly good balance in P.E, a page of maths that they worked really hard on…. the list is endless. We are adding to our display all the time, so feel free to pop in and see what your child is proud of!

Book in a box

February 23rd, 2017

Yes, it has returned!  Year 6 have completed their ‘Book in a box’ homework and brought them in to share with us. Each child has given a presentation about their book and the objects/work they have put into their box. The amount of work which has gone into these is quite astounding! If you would like to look at the boxes, they are in the library but please be careful with them. ( Class 3, we will be sharing them all with you when year 5 have completed theirs!) 

Can you guess which books these three children chose?

 

Drugs

February 14th, 2017

Science this week has been about developing our understanding of drugs including alcohol and smoking. We began by sharing what we already knew and it became clear that there were many misconceptions throughout the class. The children took this subject very seriously and asked excellent questions such as ‘If we now know that smoking can kill you , why do people still do it?’ This prompted a lot of discussion. The children were then given the task of designing a poster about alcohol, smoking or drugs ( including medicine) to show their understanding.  Here are just two of the excellent pieces of work which were created.

An exciting week

February 14th, 2017

Bhangra dancing

One of the highlights of this week was Bhangra dancing. This is because we were able to dress up in costume, wear a bindi and learn a fast- paced routine. Everyone had great fun and lots of people said that if they had the opportunity, they would do it again. 

Maths Cafe

On Tuesday, class 4 had their maths cafe which everyone enjoyed. To start with, we did some calculations similar to the ones we do in Big Maths, which consisted of long division, short division, long multiplication, addition and subtraction. Then there was a choice of different problems to solve: The Dice Train; Rectangle Tangle; Sealed Solutions and a maths game similar to Connect 4. Lots of parents came and we all worked really hard. 

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SPaG Spotter

February 5th, 2017

This week in SPaG lessons we have been learning about hyphens. We have spotted any hyphens when reading independently and  have added them to our ‘SPaG Spotter’ display.

We’ve found more than we anticipated!

What’s in your food?

January 28th, 2017

In science we have been learning about nutrition and digestion. This week we have focussed on the nutrients in our food: carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats etc.

The children worked really hard and then used their understanding to create a food pyramid, putting in the food that they eat into each section so that they could see how balanced their diet was.

Mayan masks

January 26th, 2017

In art, the children have been learning about Mayan masks. They have designed some of their own which they will eventually make into an actual mask. Many of the children were so proud of their achievements that they took a ‘selfie’ to put on our wall.

Reading Cafe

November 21st, 2016

What a fabulous hour class 4 and parents had in the hall today. Our activities were based on biographies as we are currently writing about JK Rowling. 

We read a biography about Mae Jemison (the first African-American woman in space) and then the children created fact files about characters from stories. We had everything from Incy Wincy Spider to Mrs Trunchball ( Matilda) having planned a family tree and basic biographical facts, the children wrote quotes that their character might say and then we all guessed the character based on the quote. The quotes were so good that we managed to work most of them out.

It was great to see so many parents but if you were unable to come here is a little taster of the fun we had. img_0024img_0031img_0025img_0023

Guided reading displays

November 16th, 2016

Rather than doing a traditional book review, each guided reading group was given a display board in the classroom and the task of sharing their work and enjoyment of the book. 

They could display their ideas however they wanted but the display had to reflect the theme of the book and every child had to contribute to the display. 

They look amazing and the buzz in the classroom has been fantastic. We have definitely shown a love of reading in our class!

Our next job is to explain the ideas to each other and any visitors who come to our room. Please pop in to have a look at them in more detail. 

99 names of Allah

November 15th, 2016

We have had a great lesson learning about the 99 names of Allah. First each child drew around their hand and then we went around the room writing down words to describe our friends on their cut out hands.

There was a lovely atmosphere and the children really thought carefully about each other. We then looked at the 99 names that Muslims use to describe Allah. Each child chose one name to focus on and created a poster, describing or drawing what the word meant to them. Some of the finished examples are on our display in the corridor.

We love reading!

October 31st, 2016

As well as thoroughly enjoying our Guided Reading books at the moment, class 4 are working really hard at reading regularly at home too. We all try to read for at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week. Although this is homework, many children are coming in talking about what they are reading and how much they are enjoying their book. This is great news and perhaps some of those books will be the inspiration for a new ‘Book in a Box’ which will be beginning again soon. 

Keep it up class 4 

Big Questions in RE

October 2nd, 2016

This term’s Big Question for class 4 is ‘What do Muslims believe about God?’

At Scole we use an enquiry approach to RE, which really gets the children to think deeply about the issues they are discussing.  We began by thinking about our understanding of ‘one’. That produced a very interesting discussion with lots of very different examples of things from around the classroom and every day life. 

For the ‘Enquire’ stage of our learning, the children thought about the questions they would most like the answer to as well as thinking about what they already knew form previous lessons based on Islam.  

We are using the long display in the corridor to show our learning as it happens so it will keep changing over the rest of this half term. Please pop in to see what we are up to and to see if we have answered our Big Question. 

A walk on the wild side.

September 15th, 2016

To start our new topic of ‘Great Britain’ off in style, class 4 went for a walk around Scole. The children were set the extremely difficult task of mapping their route and adding any symbols, roads, buildings etc that they wished as they went. We stopped off in Scole Pocket Park and found the resident ‘dragon’ before continuing in a circular route back to school.

The maps the children produced were very good. Ellen’s was so good it won her a Special Mention certificate in assembly.

The following lesson we looked more closely at our maps and then compared them with Ordnance survey maps of the area. It was amazing how many similarities we could find.

We will be using Ordnance Survey maps later in the term to further develop our understanding of symbols and grid references.

 

Summer term

April 16th, 2016

What a busy first week back. We have come to the end of our class book – Holes by Louis Sachar, spent Wednesday afternoon mixing cement, sugar, Andrew’s salts and a variety of other equally messy things with water, begun some splendid story writing, translated and reflected shapes in maths and attempted Twinkle, Twinkle on the violin!

Year 6 also enjoyed a transition activity on Thursday where they heard about the amount of homework they can expect in year 7 – apparently I don’t hand out that much after all!!

Year 5 began swimming lessons and were impeccably behaved which is great to hear.

Well done class 4 – a great start to the summer term.

Moving vehicles.

March 25th, 2016

Much excitement ( and a little trepidation on the part of the adults)  heralded the arrival of the D.T trolley in our classroom this week.

For nearly three days, our room resounded to the sounds of sawing, drilling, sanding, cutting and the occasional ‘Watch your fingers!’ 

The results were amazing and despite the motors not having the strength to turn the cogs all the vehicles were able to move freely when given a bit of a push. 

Maths, science and team work were in abundance along with all the necessary D.T skills and I know the children were thrilled with their results. We all gathered in the hall for the big ‘race’ to see whose vehicle went the furthest.  Only a few wheels came off, most vehicles moved in a straightish line and there was much cheering, oohing and ahhing.  Jacob’s went the furthest, traveling approximately 3/4 the length of the hall but everyone had a good time. A display of the children’s work will be up in the main corridor and the vehicles will soon be coming home but  hopefully the pictures below will give you an indication of just how much effort, precision and focus went into their vehicles. Well done class 4


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May The Force Be With You!

March 15th, 2016

Over the past few weeks we have been focussing on forces in our science lessons.  We have carried out lots of investigations and had a great time. The children have learnt  a huge amount and really improved their understanding of how to set up and conduct an experiment.   There has been some fantastic team work and a real buzz around the classroom.

Many of the children chose to buy a ‘lab coat’ and whether it is an old shirt or a more traditional looking coat they all look fabulous.  I’ve been really impressed with you all class 4. Well done!

Diary writing based on Holes

February 15th, 2016

For the past two weeks in Big Write the class have been thinking about Stanley, the main character in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. He experiences lots of really interesting things in a very short amount of time and the book is really inspiring some great writing.

 

This week in Big Write the children had to imagine they were Stanley writing  a diary entry after his second day of hole digging. The results, even before the children have had a chance to edit them, are really good and I look forward to seeing the finished articles after half term.  

Here are just a few snippets from their independent writing: 

* Today I had to get up at 4.30 am ( I was not happy) 

* Today was my second day at Camp Green Lake. 3 words: WORST DAY EVER! X-ray had warned me about today, saying it would be the hardest, and boy was he right. 

* Second hole done and second 4 minute shower. I am, to say the least, frustrated. I found a fossil ( YEY), didn’t get the day off ( BOO, HISS). Mr Pendanski said it was ‘unexceptional.’ 

Stay & Learn Wednesday 10th February 2016

February 10th, 2016

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us this morning for our ‘Stay and Learn’ session. It was great to see so many of you there and hopefully you were able to gain an insight into some of our approaches to teaching and learning. There will be another opportunity to ‘Stay and Learn’ in the summer term.

 

 

Violin update

February 2nd, 2016

Yes, despite bridges falling off, strings snapping and a rather unfortunate breakage, class 4 are indeed making great progress with their violin playing. Not only can everyone now recognise and play the four open strings ( that means playing the string without putting your fingers on it), they can now also play 2 additional notes : e and f sharp.

There was much excitement when I put stickers on the fingerboards and despite the usual problem of violins going out of tune, the children had a great time. 

I am really impressed with how quickly they have picked up sight reading basic notes and I know they cannot wait to show you all how well they have been getting on in sharing assembly after half term ( exact date to be decided).

If you haven’t heard your child playing at home recently, please remind them about their weekly homework as you can imagine the difference it makes when someone hasn’t picked up their violin in a week!   

Growth Mindset Art

February 1st, 2016

The children have now finished their wonderful art work showing what they think Growth and Fixed mindset look like. They spent a long time planning and then creating their fabulous work.

Each child has also written an explanation of their thoughts behind the artwork. They make for very interesting reading!

I have put some up on display in the hall so please come and have a look and a read. If your child’s isn’t on display and you would like to come and see it, please pop into class any day after school – they’ll be glad to show it to you!

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Weekly Attendance 25th-29th January 2016

February 1st, 2016

Last week’s class attendance champions were Class 1 with 100%

Class 1 – 100%

Class 2 – 92.7%

Class 3 – 94.8%

Class 4 – 93.8%

Our target is to achieve over 96% attendance, so well done Class 1!

Sing Up Day 3rd February 2016

January 30th, 2016

We hope that lots of you will be able to join us on sing up day on Wednesday 3rd February at 2.15pm to learn a song with the children, conducted by Mrs Minns.

May the force be with you!

January 27th, 2016

Class 4 have begun their much anticipated topic on forces! 

The classroom has been a hive of activity as groups of children have investigated gravity and friction. Wood blocks, ramps, plastic tracks, string, 2p coins, stop watches and measuring tapes have been in abundance as the class have immersed themselves in their investigations. 

They have discovered the importance of accurate measurements, repeating tests, fair testing and careful recording of results. Tables have been drawn, predictions made and conclusions discussed.

Many of the children have chosen to wear a lab coat ( or something resembling one) and they have all looked fantastic. It has certainly added to the air of professionalism as they have worked. 

Air and water resistance next!

Holes

January 24th, 2016

Our new class book is Holes by Louis Sacher. We are using the text to improve our comprehension skills but we are also using it as a basis for some of our writing, especially Big Write. 

It is a great book and the class are really enjoying it and there have been lots of oohs and ahhs at various points when something particularly exciting happens!

 

Floods in the news

January 22nd, 2016

With all the recent flooding I thought it would be a good idea to combine real news with newspaper writing in class.  Our Big Write for the next two weeks will be journalistic writing and I hope the many pictures and news on the television and in newspapers will inspire the children. Don’t forget to look at the Big Writing board in the main corridor to see examples of Big writing from every class.

Growth Mindset and Fried Eggs

January 13th, 2016

As a class we have spent quite a bit of time thinking about Growth Mindset. As a result the children have  developed a really positive attitude towards their work and we (and parents) have seen a real boost in many pupil’s confidence.  This week we looked at the image of a fried egg. We talked about the Yummy Yolk in the middle being our comfort zone where we feel safe and comfortable in our learning. Then the Wobbly White bit where we may feel a little less confident or we are aware we are having to work much harder to really understand the work. Finally the Frazzled Fried edge- the name says it all really! 

The children loved this image so we we now have a giant egg in out classroom which we refer to regularly. Each child also made their own egg and wrote subjects and feeling on it. 

It has been great to see how this image has helped them to verbalise how they are feeling about their work at different times of a lesson.  My favourite moment so far?  When a child said ” I used to be Frazzled Fried edge for maths all the time, now I’m in the Wobbly White. I want to get to the Yummy Yolk next!”  

 

R.E

January 6th, 2016

This half term we are considering the question ‘ How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?’

We began by thinking about ourselves and whether we behaved differently when we were with different people. The children had some excellent ideas and there were some very insightful comments.

I look forward to seeing how this work progresses.

Numicon and area

December 19th, 2015

Year 5 have been working hard this week to find the area of squares and rectangles using Numicon. They have been making the link between factors and area and can explain the difference between area and perimeter.

Art

November 7th, 2015

We have now finished our fab violin artwork and shared it in assembly.  We began by sketching our violins then showing them to a friend who then suggested improvements. We then had another go at sketching the violin, making sure we included the suggested improvements. We repeated this another two times and it really made a difference to our work. We used our final sketch to help us produce the pictures below. We used oil or chalk pastels and some of us used both. We hope to put some up around the school, but as they are quite large we won’t be able to display all of them. DSCN0282DSCN0283DSCN0284DSCN0281

Book in a box

November 4th, 2015

This week 6 children brought in their ‘Book in a box’ to share with the rest of the class./  Their challenge was to read a book of their choice and then represent it in some way in a box. They needed to include information about the characters/setting etc as well as including their opinion of the book as a whole. They could make models, draw pictures and decorate their box in any way they wished  as long as it was connected to the box.

I was really pleased with their efforts and they clearly enjoyed themselves!  They shared quotes, character fact files, glossaries, reviews, pictures, and even a model of Hogwarts complete with a battery operated candle inside!

All 6 boxes are now displayed in our library for anyone to come and read and be inspired by. The next 6 children have been picked at random and are already busy with their own boxes. I can’t wait to see what they’ll produce.

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How to train your dragon

October 30th, 2015

No class 4 do not have  a new pet….instead we have been using a snippet of this fab film to write some even more fabulous letters.  We have been improving our understanding of recounts and looking in particular at how to show the author’s point of view. So we imagined we were Hiccup ( now a granddad) writing a letter to his grandson, Glugg, telling him all about meeting Toothless.  When we had finished the letters, Mrs Minns gave us each 3 or 4 things to do in our editing time which would improve the quality of our writing. When we had done that we then wrote the letter in our best handwriting. The letters are now on display down the long corridor so please come and read them.   

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Beliefs into practice

September 29th, 2015

We have had a fabulous R.E lesson today! We are going to be looking at the Sikh religion and how Sikhs put their beliefs into practice but before we do that we had a think about ourselves. We realised that although we may not all have a belief in a god we do all have beliefs.

Mrs Minns set the challenge of thinking how far would we go to prepare for an important cross country race. We then lined up to show how much effort we would put in to our preparations. Then the really interesting bit…justifying our position! The discussion was great….some of us thought about our motives – would we put in more effort if it was to benefit a charity? Some os us focussed more on our time for training, our natural ability v our desire to do well etc etc.

 

Although we look like we just stood in a line, it was much, much more!

Violins!

September 25th, 2015

Yes, we have begun our violin lessons!

We can all pluck the open strings and can recognise the correct musical notation for G,D,A and E.

We have learnt how to hold the violin correctly and how to look after it!!

Hopefully we will be able to play in sharing assembly before Christmas.

 

Place value

September 17th, 2015

In maths this week we have been working hard to improve our understanding of place value. we have been reading and writing large numbers ( up to 9 digits) and decimals. We have been ordering,  rounding and multiplying by 10.

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Hilltop

September 11th, 2015

Class 4 returned from Hilltop tired, dirty and full of exciting tales to tell. We all had a fabulous time and the children were extremely well behaved. ( So well behaved in fact a teacher from another school commented upon it!) Everyone challenged themselves to go faster, higher or further than they ever thought they could. The brand new Airjump was a resounding success and the Zipwire was enjoyed by everyone.  Due to the fab weather we managed to use the outside pool and then warmed up with a delicious evening meal.

I am so proud of class 4 and the way they behaved. Mrs Goldsmith and I cannot remember a group being so well behaved, going to bed so sensibly ( all quiet by 10 pm!) and being so consistently polite, caring and supportive. You were a pleasure to take away.

Parents, please come and look at our display – see if you can spot your child dangling, jumping or mountain biking.

Mmmm melted marshmallows....

Mmmm melted marshmallows….

Magnificent Maths

May 27th, 2015

As part of our ‘Magnificent Me’ topic we have have been using our maths skills to display and analyse data. All the children are currently working towards their athletics badges and recently measured their standing long jump distances. We thought it would be interesting to use this data to develop our graphing skills. So year 5 produced bar line graphs and year 6 worked on grouped data bar graphs, pie charts or scatter graphs. The pie charts proved to be quite challenging but the group working on them persevered and were proud of the progress they made. ( In fact Harrison gave an excellent, impromptu explanation in sharing assembly!) The group working on scatter graphs decided to see if  there was a correlation between the height of a child and the distance they jumped. We’ll let you know what they discovered.

 

We decided that although it was an interesting activity from a maths point of view it wasn’t very scientific as some children had more attempts than others. So the class decided to investigate whether there is a link between arm length and the distance a ball can be thrown. They have planned their investigation and will carry it out after half term. 

 

Science

May 6th, 2015

Today in science we worked in groups to find out what we knew about our skeletons.  After drawing round the smallest member of the group, the children drew on and labelled any parts of the skeleton they knew. At the end of our topic we are going to use the same skeletons and add on everything we have learnt!

Winter Poems

March 8th, 2015

We have been reading lots of poetry. We have found and written similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia.  Below are two examples of winter poems written by Finn and Ruby. They include some lovely imagery which the children worked hard to develop. We hope you enjoy them. If you would like to read your child’s poem please come into class to look in their English book. 

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The Winter moon glows across the land on frozen lakes.

People hope for summer to come but instead ice and snow consumes the world – for miles and miles there is no sun.

Dancing snowflakes from the sky – snow angels from heaven – bring peace to all. 

Armies of snowmen ready for war.

Blizzards trap people inside with no fire. 

The glowing moon blocks our amazing sun, the pain might kill us all.

Icicles hanging from the highest point, dangling by a thread.

Hills are now mountains of snow.

Will it end? No-one knows but we do know something – that one day that moon will be gone.

Finn

The Wonder Of Winter

Staring at the cold wonder

Her feather duster-like tail sways in excitement.

She reaches out to touch the pillow of white wonder

A snowflake touches her twitching nose,

It vanishes instantly.

The kitten inspects the ghost of the snowflake.

She stares at the white garden of fun.

Then she chases the frozen flies back to their home

Which is where she must go as the snow creeps away like a thief in the night.

Ruby

Maths, Art and R.E

March 7th, 2015

In maths we have been learning about symmetry, translations and rotations. In R.E we have been learning about Islam. We combined the two and looked at some stunning pictures of Islamic art. We could identify examples of rotational and reflective symmetry and also noticed the tessellation.  We then worked hard to create our own. The examples below are by two year 6 children who worked incredibly hard to produce such fantastic work.  IMG_0609 IMG_0610