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Week 7

We have rocked this week! The children all made such an effort with their dressing up and in particular their passion for learning times tables. I think we are starting to see clear steady progress for all children., so it would be great if they could continue this learning over half term. I have sent home paper copies of times tables and all have TTRS log in. In science we completed our learning of plants. The children ran two experiments to look at transport within a plant and what a plant requires for growth (you will be glad to know all plants survived) followed by dissection of a flower. Swallowtails have been studying UK, county and local maps to locate human and physical features. Poetry has been our area in English, with children learning 'Where do all the teachers go?' by Peter Dixon. The children will be sharing this with Emperors and also in Celebration Assembly. We visited Admirals to share our persuasive writing about saving water. The children were all very enthusiastic and could talk about the features of a persuasive write. In maths, we finally perfected estimation. It has been a busy but rewarding week. Have a fabulous half-term.

Week 6

Swallowtails have worked really hard this week and show great perseverance with all their learning. We are continuing our science experiment, looking at factors that affect plant growth. In maths, we have returned to addition and subtraction as our focus. The children have been finding with resource and method can help them. Our persuasive poster has nearly been completed, ready for us to share with KS1. We hope the posters will persuade everyone to save water. IN PE the children have enjoyed having all the gym equipment out and have worked well to safely and effectively use movement and balance on the equipment. Swallowtails have recognised Mental Health Week by using our breathing to control our emotions, the children tried frog breathing as a class - which definitely raised everyone's moods. They have also produced a balloon to show everyone who they can rely on and also how they can support others. We have been learning about hemispheres in geography and answering the question 'How do we know the earth is a sphere?'

Week 5

Happy New Year of the Tiger! Swallowtails had a fantastic local walk last Friday, the children were using maps and compasses to locate features and directions, this ran alongside a treasure hunt to find the next clue. The children were incredible, drawing the map - with features- into their geography books. In Science, the children have begun their investigation into plant growth, no plants will be harmed during this experiment! Geometry has been our maths focus, looking at angles, properties of shapes and symmetry. We have started our new English unit and at present are learning about facts and opinions. In computing the children became presenters, recording themselves using iPads. It has been a very busy week, so hopefully you will enjoy a relaxing weekend.

Local Walk using 8 compass points and map reading

Week 4

Where does the time go? Swallowtails have completed their Nelson Mandela biographies, they all produced incredible writing and knowledge about Mandela. In Geography, we have been exploring the oceans and continents - this has led to much discussion about the world. The children have been asking some fantastic questions about our earth and are really making great links with their own lives. We have all been practising using a compass which will be really useful on our local walk. Gymnastics has seen the children work on their balance, movement and co-ordination skills to produce a routine using some gymnastic equipment. Fractions have been our focus in maths, revisiting unit fractions, fraction families and fractions of an amount. Looking forward to next week, where science leads to an investigation, English is a new unit and maths we revisit geometry. Have a relaxing weekend.

Gymnastic Festival

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Gymnastic Festival

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Gymnastics Festival

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Gymnastics festival

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Week 3

Perseverance has been our focus for the week. As we are looking at 'The Learning Pit' as part of our learning, never giving up is really important in Swallowtails. In maths we have progressed to length, mass and capacity. We have definitely had to persevere with converting units of measurement. Chronology has been the focus of biography writing. PE has seen us submit a gymnastics sequence to the Hampshire festival, the children were very focused but also incredibly supportive of each other, plese see the videos on our class page. You may get an ear-bug from the children's reciting the continents song linked to out topic in Geography. The world has provoked a lot of discussion in Swallowtails, I think we have many geologists within the class. Plants are our focus in Science, with an interesting experiment about to be investigated.

 

Week 2

This week has been a whirlwind! The children have worked really hard with their learning, using their new knowledge of time to tackle some tricky time challenges in maths. In English, we have continued to study Nelson Mandela alongside the life of Martin Luther King Jr. We are preparing to write our own biography next week. RE has seen the story of 'The Good Samaritan', using Jesus' values - 'Love thy neighbour as you would yourself, and love the Lord your God with all your heart'. We used a conscience alley to decide which path we would choose. The children looked at Christian organisations that help people all over the world. Movement and manoeuvre were used in outdoor PE this week, using our throwing and catching skills. In music we are learning to use the voice as an instrument.  We reviewed our learning of History from last term using a hexagonal book, it's amazing what they can remember. Looking forward to starting our Geography next week in our Explore term.

Week 2

Happy New Year! The children have been incredible this week, I think we all welcomed the Christmas break. So, we kicked off our new term learning about 'the learning pit'. The children were tasked with completing a complicated paper trick, we listened to the words the children used, "This is impossible", "I can't do it", "I'm rubbish at folding". We looked at the words they had spoken and we agreed how negative they were. We now have new phrases to use, "I can't do it yet!", "I will try a different way". The idea is that the children understand if their learning is too easy, they aren't actually learning. A challenge is a good thing and means we are learning new skills. Maths has seen us continue to learn time, using analogue clocks. In English, we have started our new book 'Long Road to Freedom', an autobiography of Nelson Mandela.  We are learning a sequence of gymnastic moves in PE and are looking forward to learning netball skills next week. During RE we have shared experiences of good neighbours, and what a neighbour can do for us. We have also looked at people who inspire us, who have made a real difference to the world. It has been lovely to be back with these amazing children.

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