Barum Spring Term 2022

08.04.22
 

This week we have continued our learning about Judaism, we have learnt about Shabbat and enjoyed experiencing Shabbat, we tried the Jewish bread ‘Challah’ and some grape juice, then played the Jewish game ‘Driedel’.

In maths, we finished our unit on fractions. We have started by making equal parts then finding a quarter of shapes and amounts of different objects. The children have shown a good understanding of a quarter being four equal parts.

In History, we have continued our learning about Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria we have looked at what both Queen brought to England during their reign.

01.04.22
 

This week we have been learning about Judaism, we have looked at different precious religious objects Jewish people have in their homes. We have learnt about the Shema, one of the most important prayers for Jewish people and about the Mezuzah, which Jewish people have on every door frame in their homes.

In maths, we have been learning about fractions. We have started by making equal parts then finding half of shapes and amounts of different objects. The children have shown a good understanding of half being two equal parts.

In History, we have learnt lots of facts about Queen Elizabeth I and recapped our knowledge of Queen Victoria. The children have started to think about similarities and differences between the two queens.

25.03.22
 

In English, the children planned and started their final write of their own version of the Dragon Machine story. I have been really impressed with their use of past tense verbs, noun phrases and prepositional phrases in their writing.

In maths, we have continued our learning of division completing calculations and word problems dividing by 2, 5, and 10 and representing the calculations using bar models.

In PE, the children enjoyed practising catching and throwing with a friend and we all had a go at juggling with bean bags.

Barum class enjoyed creating some observational drawings of flowers using pastels for their Mother’s Day cards.

18.03.22
 

This week the children have been artists! They have really enjoyed completing their final paintings inspired by Kandinksy’s circles.

In English, we have started to change the ‘Dragon Machine’ story. We have changed the machine to a dinosaur machine and began writing our own version of the story by changing the character, the machine, the verbs and the noun phrases.

In maths, we have been learning to divide by sharing into equal groups and grouping. We have used counters to help with our sharing and have represented the division by writing calculations and using bar models to show the whole amount and the parts.

Today has been a fun day of dressing up in aid of Comic Relief. We have learnt about the Comic Relief charity and thought about how our donations help those in need.

11.03.22
 

The dragons from our English text visited our classroom on Tuesday evening, they got up to all sorts of mischief! We wrote some fantastic adverbial phrases about all the mischievous things they did.

In Maths we have been making, drawing and using arrays to help us solve multiplication problems and using our counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s.

In Art this week we have planned our final piece deciding on what tools and materials to use for texture. We have chosen a colour palate themed on a chosen season and experimented mixing paints from only the primary colours and have practised painting the concentric circles inspired by the artist ‘Kandinsky’.

04.03.22
 

In English we started a new story writing unit ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward. We will be learning to use noun phrases, adverbial phrases and powerful verbs.

In Maths we have started our new unit learning multiplication and division, we have been identifying equal and unequal groups, using repeated addition and multiplication calculations to represent the groups.

We have continued our Geography learning about the weather and climates all over the world, we have thought about what we would pack for a Mediterranean and a Mountainous climate and what activities we would do in those types of climates.

We have had lots of lovely activities through the week to celebrate world book day, the children looked fantastic in their costumes! We have enjoyed sharing stories with our friends and having Lundy class reading to us. The school book share was a great opportunity to choose a different book and the children were really pleased with their new books.

17.02.22
 

In English, Barum class finished their independent writing of instructions. They all used imperative verbs to start their instructions and used subordinating conjunctions ‘after’, ‘while’, ‘if’ and ‘when’ in their introductions and extra information.

In maths this week we have been learning about statistics, creating and interpreting tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams.

In music, the children had a go at creating their own graphic score; drawing symbols and pictures to match the sounds they wanted to make for their piece of music.

11.02.22

In English we made our rain catchers and have been learning how to recognise whether a sentence is a question, command or a statement. We have learnt how to use conjunctions to extend sentences and ‘bossy’ verbs to start commands.

In Maths we have been learning to count in three’s and using this knowledge to solve problems.

In music we have been learning about writing a graphic score, we have used symbols to represent different types of weather. The children enjoyed making body percussion sounds to represent rain, wind and thunder and lightning.  

Our Geography learning has been about the weather and climates all over the world. We have talked about the difference between weather and climate. The children were able to match the names of climates (polar, temperate, Mediterranean, mountainous, arid, tropical) to their descriptions. We explored the types of houses people live in to suite the climate.

04.02.22
 

In English we have started our new unit on instruction writing. Our new book is ‘Outdoor Wonderland’ by Josie Jeffrey. We will be learning to write instructions, using imperative verbs, subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions.

In Maths we have been learning to recognise odd and even numbers and have completed an investigation to find out what happens to the total when you add two even numbers, two odd numbers or one even and one odd number together. We have also been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and using this knowledge to help us solve problems.

We enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year, we wrote our favourite fact we had learnt, made lanterns and tried a fortune cookie.

28.01.22
 

In English we have finished writing our own stories based on the Three Little pigs, the children have written some fantastic stories.

In Science, we received an email from Humpty Dumpty asking us to investigate which materials would be most protective and comfortable in case he falls off the wall again! First we predicted which material would be best then we conducted our investigation. We found that the bubble wrap was most protective material for Humpty Dumpty to wear.

In PE we have been learning gymnastics, we practised and performed sequences using a balance, a roll and a movement.

In IT we used paintz.app and learnt lots of new skills using the track pad on the laptop and created some amazing work.

21.01.22

We have continued our learning on The Three Little Pigs. We have been learning to write expanded noun phrases and sentences using onomatopoeia. We have thought about what we would change our characters to ready to start writing a new story together next week.

In maths, we have practised adding different amounts of pounds and pennies, selected which notes and coins we need to make given amounts and have solved addition money problems.

In Science, we have started our learning about materials. We sorted different objects according to the material they were made from and looked for what different objects in our classroom are made from. The children loved building houses out of different materials and investigating which materials the Big Bad Wolf could blow down and which would be waterproof. We simulated the Big Bad Wolf by using a hairdryer!

14.01.22
 

We have continued our learning based on The Three Little Pigs, retelling the story using actions and expression. We have been learning about onomatopoeia (words that are sounds for example; bang, crash, whoosh) and writing sentences using onomatopoeia.

In maths, we have practised recognising coins and notes as well as adding coins and notes and decided which coins to use to match a given amount.

We have finished our science unit Animals and Humans, sorting different foods into food groups and drawing a healthy plate.

In PE we continued our gymnastics unit. In pairs the children explored different ways we can balance using varying numbers of points of balance.

07.01.22

It has been a lovely first week back, the children have enjoyed seeing their friends and sharing their news from their Christmas holidays.

In English we started our new story unit using the text ‘The three Little Pigs’ by Mara Alperin and Ag Jatkowska. We will be learning to use noun phrases, onomatopoeia and verbs in the past tense by writing our own version of the story.

In PE, we have started our gymnastics unit and have practised different ways to move.

In Science, we have been learning about the importance of being healthy, we have conducted an investigation to find out what happens to our heart rate when we do different types of exercise.