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.