Term 5 and Term 6
Wow! Looking back at the year, we have finally reached Term 6. It has been a unique term indeed.
Where do I begin?
Starting from our new innovative way of reaching pupils due to the circumstances caused by the lockdown:
- Home Learning with guidance to lessons stating what was to be covered each day
- Zoom sessions for whole school and class assemblies
- Virtual teaching/lessons on Google Classroom with Mr Salter
This term the focus for Year 4 pupils was ‘Traders and Raiders’.
During their study of the topic, pupils had to learn whom the Vikings were, as well as when and where they raided and settled. They learnt about significant events from the Viking period and ordered these chronologically on a timeline. The children found out about the Anglo-Saxon kings, who ruled during the 'Viking Age', and pupils examined their influence and significance in British history. The children also had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of everyday Viking life. In addition to this, they also learnt about the Anglo-Saxon justice system and compared and contrasted crimes, punishments and laws with their modern day equivalents.
Cross-curricular links were made with the topic – links were made to English, Art, Design and Technology.
English: Grammar/Phonics/Guided Reading/Spellings
Lessons and resources were uploaded on Google Classroom, and virtual lessons were delivered. Along with given texts and home learning, pupils also had live lessons on a weekly basis with Mr Salter, and then had to work independently completing their tasks. Mrs Moffatt delivered planned lessons for some pupils on a daily basis, to support them with Phonics. In Grammar, there was a wide range of topics covered, such as extending sentences using subordinating conjunctions; writing noun phrases, adverbials and fronted adverbials; developing punctuation by using commas after fronted adverbials as well as correctly punctuating direct speech and using apostrophes to show possession. In guided reading lessons, pupils enjoyed reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Together with Mr Salter, pupils read extracts from some classic stories such as Black Beauty and information texts about fridges and bees. The children have been using a range of reading skills such as retrieval and making inferences to help inform their understanding of the texts. At the end of the term, pupils had to complete an end of term assessment and parents had to submit them, using the given format.
During the last week of term, the focus was Art and the themes were ‘The Natural World’ and ‘Literacy and creative writing’ across the week.
Maths: Power of Maths
From lessons sent through emails (Home Learning document) to moving onto Power of Maths live lessons – pupils were given opportunities to ask questions and to be taught on a weekly basis in the comfort of their homes. Pupils have been learning about fractions. They have learnt about the links between tenths and hundredths; pupils explored how to find equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions; they looked at fractions that are greater than one and the relationship between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Finally, African Elephants have learnt about how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and how to subtract a fraction from a whole number.
Pupils learnt about what electricity is. They identified which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. Children had to construct circuits, they started to create pictorial circuits and to conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.
Pupils recapped on previous learning and enjoyed creating their quizzes on Scratch.
In Art and D&T, pupils had the opportunity to plan and create their own Viking shield or long ship’.
One of the exciting events JPS celebrated was the chickens hatching in our school hatchery. Pupils then had to create ‘chicken’ artwork to celebrate the birth of the chicks!
This term has been another great success for African Elephants, although staff, pupils and parents have been saddened to have the term shortened, due to incidents that have occurred beyond their control and hope to return to school, when it is safe to do so.
Pupils have been writing persuasive texts about healthy eating and the need to exercise regularly, which was linked to our topic, ‘Burps Bottoms and Bile’. The class first identified features of persuasive writing. After identifying features like persuasive phrases, sub-headings, rhetorical questions, sentence openers and complex sentences; pupils planned, drafted and edited/improved their writing especially on structuring their argument and using supportive statements. As part of grammar lessons, pupils worked on using relative pronouns and relative clauses in their work.
World Book Day
The whole class looked amazing dressed up on World Book Day! Everyone enjoyed reading the ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ story, after which pupils took on the role of the King of France and wrote a letter, using their persuasive techniques acquired from their English lessons to convince ‘The Great Pasha of Egypt’ why sending a giraffe across continents was not the best idea as a gift.
In maths lessons, pupils have been working on times tables, with the focus of speed and accuracy. The class is now much more confident, using times tables and have also started playing ‘Times Table Rock Stars’, which is a fantastic way for them to practise. During lessons, pupils looked at a range of strategies to aid us with multiplication such as using the commutative method and using times tables to help us multiply numbers.
In Science, links were made with our topic, ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’. Pupils studied about classifying animals, by their living characteristics and also how food chains work, looking at producers, consumers and decomposers. Pupils also looked at herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the food chain.
Recently, pupils had a Thames Explorer Trust Workshop, learning about the Thames River and how was formed, the wildlife that live there and also about how everyone can take part in planning a healthy future for the river. This was followed by role-play to discover the history of the Port of London. The class then asked them some great questions and came up with excellent ideas about future conservation efforts.
A big well done to pupils from African Elephants and Brazilian Parrots, who took part in all of the sporting events, this term.
Everyone has continued to enjoy learning the flute and recorder. Pupils also created some interesting artwork in the style of Andy Warhol based around the ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ story. In their RE lessons, pupils looked at the theme of forgiveness and used dramatisation to make links to their day to day lives and how to reconcile effectively with each other, if they ever encounter an incident or a dispute (PSHE links made).
Well done to everyone for working so hard this term!
With the new term edging closer, pupils can look forward to their new topic,
Traders and Raiders!
This term, Year 4 have been studying ‘Burps, Bottoms and Biles”. During this topic, pupils have explored the different functions of organs such as the digestive system and the mouth. So far, pupils have learnt all about the different types of teeth, their functions, oral hygiene and the digestive system, all the different involved. I am sure your children can tell you some interesting facts they have learnt so far!
Pupil have been focusing on ‘Demon Dentist’ as a main text source. In lessons, pupils identified features of non-chronological report and have written their own guide to oral hygiene. In their grammar lessons, pupils looked at direct speech and rules that that need to be followed when incorporating it into text. Possessive and personal pronouns were studied to show how to use them effectively in their writing.
In our guided reading, pupils have been reading “Demon Dentist” and focusing on strategies for extracting information from texts, using our retrieval and inference skills in fiction texts.
Pupils have been revising a lot of key skills for different mathematical operations, exploring a range of strategies to support our mathematical thinking. Pupils have looked at number lines, rounding and bar models in problem solving. Pupils have found different ways to show off their understanding by drawing posters to show their understanding how bar models are used in visualising a word problem. Pupils have applied their skills to reasoning bubbles, deepening our overall understanding and explaining using their mathematical vocabulary.
During this term, pupils have explored the teeth and their functions. They have looked at the digestive systems and will explore food chains. Pupils carried out a comparative test by exploring the effects of liquids on their teeth (boiled egg used during the experiment). Children’s homework was also linked to DT- making 3D models of the digestive system.
In our topic, we have been looking at our local area and their history and the changes in Maidstone over period of time. Pupils compared how the local area, Maidstone, has changed and will look more specifically at the surrounding local area and how it has evolved over time.
What a varied and exciting term African Elephants have had! In our topic lessons, ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’, we explored four different types of mountains of the world and studied how mountains are shown on maps. We even drew diagrams to show the links between the shape of a hill and the contours representing it on a map. We have investigated the effects of climate change on these mountains and we will start looking at eco-tourism and the responsibilities we have in sustaining our Earth.
For Early Morning Work and homework, we have continued to learn our multiplication facts and are now taking regular speed tests, using laptops to track our speed and accuracy.
In Maths lessons, we have been studying rounding of numbers to 10,100 and 1,000 and linking this to problem solving.
In English, we are still continuing to delve more into our novel, ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ by Jess Butterworth, because of the rich use of language and our love of this text. This has given us some amazing writing opportunities, including a narrative, a biography and a newspaper recount about a sighting of a Yeti. We practised using various conjunctions, when writing a witness quotation for the newspaper article, as well as how to follow the rules of direct speech.
In science we have been learning about the properties materials and how they can change. We have planned and carried out a range of investigations, including how water changing states, focusing on keeping tests fair and using scientific vocabulary to explain observations. We also entered the Stem competition and three pupils from Brazilian Parrots were winners, who later represented our school externally, competing on the 10th of December.
They all did very well.
Our school have also been involved in a community project, ‘Salus’ in which we voted to support an environmental cause. In the New Year, we will be holding a dress up day to raise money to adopt an elephant named Jara.
We have indeed a talented group of individuals and this term a number of us have had the opportunity to represent Jubilee Primary School at external sports tournaments at Greenfields. It was a great experience to compete against other schools, with many people commenting on our impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship. We won the table cricket tournament- a truly fantastic result on our first attempt!
Everyone has settled well into the school routines and we’ve had a wonderful term learning all about mountains as part of our ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ topic.
We started off the term by looking at poetry and identified the features of different poems. We then wrote our own mountain calligram poems. Everyone produced some amazing poetry using lots of poetic devices. After this we wrote a narrative based around encountering the mythical Yeti creature. We’ve been working on using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials as part of grammar lessons and we are now starting to use these effectively in our writing. In our guided reading lessons, we’ve been reading ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ by Jess Butterworth. This book links well with our mountain topic as it is set in Tibet and the Himalayas.
In Maths lessons we have been learning to recognise the place value of each digit in a 4-digit number. We have learnt how to round numbers to 10 and 100 and have also been using number lines by working out intervals and placing numbers on the number line correctly. We then moved on to comparing 4 digit numbers using the signs for less than and greater than. We have also completed reasoning problems for the concepts mentioned above, making sure we are using the correct mathematical language.
We’ve spent the last week of this half-term taking part in Jubilee University! We’ve learnt all about First Aid, particularly about how to make an emergency call and how to treat someone who has asthma. The class produced some amazing information posters and took part in role-plays based around different emergency scenarios.
Finally, African Elephants did a fabulous job performing the ‘Harvest Celebration’. I’m sure you are proud of the effort put into this and everyone loved taking part and performing for the school and parents. A big well done to everyone involved.