It has been a week of letter writing in Crab Class this week. The children wrote to their new teachers in order to introduce themselves and they also wrote letters of support to the England football team. The content of these letters shows what kind and thoughtful children we are lucky enough to have in Crab Class. In maths we continued our work on time and we also studied some pictures of Leigh from the past in history. It was fascinating to see how things have changed over time in our local area.
Creating artwork inspired by Paul Klee in art, penalty shootouts in football and football themed limericks in English-it’s been a week of celebrating England’s success!
In English we have enjoyed looking at humorous verse and writing our own humorous poems. We even had a visit from a sparrow who wanted to join in... luckily it didn’t stay for long! In history we continued our work on castles and looked at the history of Hadleigh castle. We also continued our work on special books in RE and started a unit on time telling in maths.
This week Crab Class finished their super non-chronological reports about the rainforest, continued their work on fractions in maths and enjoyed Now Press Play in history- all about castles.
In English we have been using our mind maps from last week to start our non-chronological reports about rainforests. I’m so impressed with what the children have produced so far- photos of the finished results to follow next week! In maths we have been continuing our work on fractions and in science we were looking at habitats. We went outside to see what insects have used the playground to create their habitat. We also enjoyed some yoga in one of our PE lessons.
Crab Class have been learning all about the rainforest this week. They worked collaboratively to create their own ‘rainforest in a box’ and started to research and record lots of facts in mind maps ready to create their own non-chronological report about the rainforest next week. In science we looked at habitats and got creative by creating some ‘bird scarers’ to protect the plants in our allotment.
Crab Class have continued to work hard this week. They have made posters showing appreciation in PSHE, written acrostic poems about the rainforest in English and continued our work on 3D shapes in maths. Have a wonderful half term!
Looking at shapes and symmetry in maths, writing instructions to grow cress in English and learning about the rainforest in geography- it’s been another busy week in Crab Class!
Crab Class have continued to work hard this week. They created games in English and used their knowledge of instructions to teach the rest of the class how to play, used their measuring skills to measure the length of the roots of our beans in science and looked at schools in Kampong Ayer- they are surprisingly similar to ours!
Improving our multiplication and division skills in maths, writing alternative versions of Jack and the beanstalk in English and analysing results from our seeds experiment in science- it’s been another busy week in Crab Class!
We took part in some hot seating in English this week - interviewing the characters from Jack and the Beanstalk and Jim and the Beanstalk. The children asked very thoughtful questions and they were answered in an equally thoughtful manner. We continued with our work on sliders and leavers in D&T, making a lever for Jack to climb the beanstalk, and even planted our very own beans in science... time will tell if they are magic beans!
Crab Class have had another busy week of learning- planning alternative versions of Little Red Riding Hood in English (including some fantastic descriptions of their bad characters), learning about related facts in maths, continuing our unit of plants in science and learning about the water village, Kampong Ayer, in geography. Have a restful weekend Crab Class-you deserve it!
Monday 12th April - Friday 16th April
Interviewing the characters from Little Red Riding Hood in English, observing plants in science, solving number problems in maths and sports day too- it’s been a busy week!
Monday 22nd March-Friday 26th March
The highlight of this week was burning the houses the children made during our ‘Great Fire of London’ day last week. It was amazing to watch and it really helped the children use their sensory language to create some fabulous diary entries. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!
Planning diary entries in English, measuring in centimetres and metres in maths, learning about healthy eating in PSHE...and the highlight of the week, learning even more about the Great Fire of London. It’s been a busy week! We had a virtual visit from a fire officer from Essex Fire Service who spoke to the children about how the fire service has changed since 1666. He told us that the hoses on modern fire trucks are up to 60 metres long. We put our measuring skills to the test but found the KS1 playground wasn’t quite wide enough (42metres!). We also learnt that to put the fire out in 1666 communities had to work together, collecting water from the River Thames and pass them along in a chain. We had a go at this by completing the ‘bucket challenge’. There was some great team work (and several wet toes)! Thank you for a wonderful week Crab Class.
What a wonderful first week back we have had! I have been so impressed with how quickly the children have adapted back into our daily routine. It’s been a busy week full of learning and working together. They worked in pairs to design and create marble run mazes, completed a maths trail quiz on the playground and travelled back to 1666 at the time of The Great Fire of London in a Now Press Play session. It’s great to have you back Crab Class!
In English this week we continued our work focusing on instructions. Father Christmas found out about this and sent us a letter asking us to help him catch his naughty reindeer that had escaped onto the Leigh North Street playground! Luckily, the children came up with a very cunning plan to catch the reindeer. We acted out the instructions to ensure they were clear and easy to follow, before writing them up, ready to send to Father Christmas.
I hope you all have a wonderful, restful break.
Christmas has officially started! Crab class enjoyed their Christmas dinner on Wednesday and were very excited to receive a (socially distanced!) visit from Father Christmas. They made some wonderful Christmas decorations and finally discovered what is hiding behind the mysterious mini door in the classroom... some cheeky elves were caught on camera! The children have enjoyed writing letters to them during their early morning work.
What an exciting week we have had in Crab Class! The children came in after play time to find the classroom in a bit of a mess. At first Miss Scott was rather worried about who had caused this damage, but after a bit of detective work the children helped her realise that it was the crayons. They were fed up with being treated badly and even left a book full of letters to explain why they were so unhappy. Luckily, the children have learnt a lot about letters recently so were able to write back, persuading them to return. A mystery miniature door has also appeared in Crab classroom but more on that next week…
We have been busy planning our letters to Florence Nightingale this week. The children had some great advice for Florence on how to improve the conditions in Scutari. We have also been decorating our Diwali diva lamps and celebrating light over darkness.
Crab Class have enjoyed being journalists this week in English, practised using directional language in maths, learnt about some significant historical women in history and created some poppy paintings in art. Well done for another week of hard work Crab Class!
Reenacting the gunpowder plot in English, column addition and subtraction in maths, some yoga and melting chocolate to make edible sparklers in science...it’s been a busy week! Well done Crab Class!
In art this week we continued creating paintings inspired by African American artist Alma Woodsey Thomas. As part of ‘Black History Month’ we looked at the role Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King played in ending segregation between races and wrote our own dreams for the school, community and world. We will continue looking at significant people from a range of cultures throughout the year.
Have a wonderful, restful half term.
Crab Class became poets this week. The children created senses word banks to describe the seaside and, after writing one as a class, wrote their own super senses seaside poetry. I was very impressed to see that the children used lots of sophisticated literary devices including onomatopoeia and alliteration in their poems. In geography we continued our work on continents, finished our world maps and completed a continents cross word. Well done Crab Class for another successful week of hard work and learning!
We’ve come to the end of another busy week in Crab Class! In RE we were learning about the mosque and what Muslims do when they are there. I was very impressed by the children’s ability to apply previous learning to ask some thoughtful questions. In art the children were painting Leigh-on-Sea in the style of Monet and in science the children used their investigative skills to test the best material for a waterproof coat.
In maths we continued our work on place value and played a game to consolidate our learning. We wrote stories in English, based on ‘The Queen’s Handbag’, and edited these with our purple polishing pens. On Wednesday we looked fabulous dressed in yellow for the wonderful charity Gold Geese. Thank you for all your generous donations.
This week in English we continued reading The Queen’s Handbag and, after going on a hunt for a lost toy, started planning our own version of the story. We used a thesaurus to help us think of exciting adjectives to use in our writing. In science we were testing materials to see which ones were the best at absorbing water.
Well done Crab Class for another week of hard work! We’ve interviewed characters from the book ‘The Queen’s Handbag’ in English, continued working on place value in maths, carried out a fascinating science investigation and discussed the qualities of a good leader in R.E. I was very impressed with the children’s wonderful ideas about the qualities of a good leader.
Wow! What a busy week we’ve had in Crab Class! I am so impressed with how hard the children have worked in their first full week back. In science we started looking at everyday materials and their properties. The children did a great job at sorting various materials and identifying their properties using scientific language such as ‘transparent’, ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’.
Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Friday 4th September 2020
Welcome back! It was wonderful seeing all the children’s smiling faces and looking very smart. We have really enjoyed seeing the children communicate and support each other during our ‘Learning to Learn’ days and it is great to see our ASPIRE values in action! We have been particularly impressed at how quickly the children have settled into the new routines and are looking forward to a lot of exciting learning this year.