26th November 2020 Bonjour from 4C! For our first French lesson, we started by recapping some familiar phrases. We learned how to pronounce lots of different greetings in French, such as: Bonjour, Salut, and Au Revoir. We then moved onto asking each other how we are feeling and responding in French. Miss Conway was super impressed by our accents and we added some work into our new class book. 26th November 2020 Using 2Logo in Year 4 Our new unit in Computing involves using '2Logo' on PurpleMash. 2Logo allows us to practise basic single line Logo programming, before moving on to multi-line programming. For our first week, we learned about how the programme works, and practised controlling an on screen Turtle using a range of commands. We then inputted a list of codes to create different shapes. We were then set the challenge of working our way through a maze. 26th November 2020 Keeping Safe Online! Our first unit in Computing has been based around keeping safe when online. We have discussed personal information and we understand that this is not something that we should share, and we have also looked at using avatars so that we don't reveal our identity. We then recapped what to do if something does not feel right, and how we can report someone. This week, we created our own online safety to consolidate everything that we have learned. We have displayed these around our classroom to remind us throughout the year. 26th November 2020 Check out our Rangoli Patterns! During our R.E lessons, we have enjoyed exploring the Hindu faith. We have learned all about the Diwali festival, which they celebrate every year in November, and we have researched how they prepare for this event. We learned that Hindus create Rangoli patterns and display them around their houses, and then we decided to create our own. Check out our designs! 25th November 2020 Building Roman Shelters in Forest School Miss Conway was so excited to join her class in our Forest School area this afternoon! The children worked in teams to create a Roman shelter, using natural resources. Some groups even added some furniture and thought about adding a fire for the Romans to keep warm. Check out our dens! 25th November 2020 Joining in with Joe! The children of Year4, thoroughly enjoyed joining in with Joe Wicks to raise money for Children in Need. We completed a warm up before following Joe's routine on his live video. We then headed outside and completed our daily mile. 25th November 2020 Using biscuits to create our own earthquakes As part of our Geography topic 'Extreme Earth', we have been learning about how earthquakes are formed. We learned that the Earth's crust is split up into tectonic plates and these plates slot together like jigswan pieces. The tectonic plates move really slow and if they rub together, they cause friction, which then leads to an earthquake. Today, we used biscuits to represent the tectonic plates, and we rubbed our biscuits together to help us visualise what happens when the tectonic plates collide. 25th November 2020 The Bogeymen and the Trolls We have just finished our English unit, which was based around a poem called 'The Bogeymen and the Trolls'. Over the last couple of weeks, we have discussed the different characters in the story, and used our inferential skills to show how they are feeling. This then built up to our final piece of writing, and we created our own disaster stories, using the same characters from the poem. To finish our unit off, we then recited the poem, and performed this as a class. 17th November 2020 Reading Plus information for Parents Reading plus login Click Here 11th November 2020 The Layers Of The Earth... Today, Year 4 have been learning about the different layers of the earth. We then created our own earth using different colours of playdough. We learned additional information about the; inner core, outer core, mantle and crust, we were then able to label a picture of the earth's layers. Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow Fade-01 Home Button DHPROS Home Button2 DHPROS 9th November 2020 Positive About Negative Numbers! Recently in Year 4, we discovered that when counting backwards, once we get to zero, we then go into negative numbers. We created our own number lines to help us when counting backwards in steps of 1, 2 and 5. We then moved onto answering reasoning and problem-solving style questions. 9th November 2020 Let the Battles Commence! A huge well done to those children who are regularly accessing Times Table Rockstars at home. Learning our times tables is extremely important this year, to prepare us for the multiplication check, which will take place in the Summer term. In our latest tournaments, the boys from 4C were victorious and the girls from 4W finished in 1st place... We wonder whether this will change next time! 6th November 2020 TikTok information for parents Dear Parents and Carers, It has been brought to our attention that many children are accessing TikTok under age. The age restriction for Tik Tok is 12 years plus and if they are under 18 years of age they should be supervised by parents or legal guardians. The following information, which is attached, has been sent via the National On-line Safety for children website, please read the guidance and speak to any children at home you believe may have access. This week you may have seen the BBC Panorama programme where they investigated whether TikTok was safe for young children... 6th November 2020 What a disaster... Year 4 were shocked when we walked into a big mess in our classrooms. At first, we thought someone had been trying to steal something, but after investigating the scene we discovered that there had been a natural disaster! The children shared what they already knew about natural disasters before recording geographical questions in their books. We had some fantastic questions that we are going to answer during our new Geography unit – Extreme Earth. Year 4 can’t wait to find out more! 4th November 2020 Information for parents and carers In light of the current imminent national lockdown and the need for heightened vigilance to protect both the school and wider community, we, along with all other Gateshead Schools encourage all parents/carers to wear face masks/coverings on our site. Can we also ask that parents and carers are on time at the start and end of the school day. We have staff around school standing on gates who need to be back in school to support your children with teaching and learning so your co-operation with this would be appreciated. As always your support in helping us all stay safe is... 3rd November 2020 PHSE in Year 3 In our final week of this half term, we have been thinking about what we have enjoyed settling into year 3. We thought about hope, self-efficacy (knowing what we're good at) and being thankful. We talked to each other about the different subjects we have learnt about and which ones we enjoyed the most. I think our lovely smiles say it all! Well done year 3 for settling so well 🙂 30th October 2020 Mini Astronaut Training Year 1 have been developing their fundamental movement skills the last few weeks during our very important 'Mini Astronaut Training Camp'. The training included running, jumping, co-ordination, balance, agility and throwing and catching.. all the key skills needed to become a mini astronaut! We earned points in games such as rocket relay, shooting stars, reach for the moon and asteroid field, all whilst having so much fun! 30th October 2020 Marvelous Maths Year 1 have loved representing, comparing and ordering numbers to 10 this half term! We used concrete resources to help us before having a go at answering some questions in our books. We have used what we know to help us play fun maths games such as dominoes and cards, we even had a game of 'Play your cards right' it was so much fun! 30th October 2020 How does your garden grow? Looks like we have some green-fingered children in Year 1, as they are showing a keen interest in plants and gardening! The children have enjoyed looking at the roots of flowers and bulbs, and are looking forward to caring for them by giving them the water they need. Our garden has a range of winter and spring flowering plants, and the children have also enjoyed decorating some stones to give it some colour for now. We can’t wait to see what we grow! 30th October 2020 IT'S NOT A STICK! It's a... The story 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis has inspired a lot of our learning this half term! We loved reading and joining in with the story, and used our very own sticks found in Forest School as props for our own imaginative play! We enjoyed matching and writing labels for all the things a stick can be. Remember, it's never just a stick....! 30th October 2020 Finding our Feelings We have loved exploring the story 'The Colour Monster'! This mixed up little creature needed help to understand his feelings, and we enjoyed identifying these feelings in ourselves, too. Some of our class have enjoyed using their design skills to create feelings wheels based on the story, too! 30th October 2020 Nursery are making marks in many ways! To write, we know that it starts with making marks using our bodies as well as with writing tools. We have been doing just that by moving our bodies to music using pieces of ribbon. We talked about the shapes we were making and then drew them on large pieces of paper followed by drawing them on our interactive whiteboard. This activity has allowed us to develop our gross motor skills in a fun way. That's right - Nursery are amazing writers! 30th October 2020 Making Music in Year 1 Although we can't sing indoors at the moment, we haven't let COVID stop us from making music in Year 1! We have loved experimenting with different instruments, both tuned and untuned, creating and combining sounds. Some of our children have loved this so much, that they have created posters for the stage and given their friends tickets for their shows. Watch out for us on the stage one day! 23rd October 2020 Guess Who... Over the last 7 weeks, Year 4 have studied the work of Andy Warhol and used his pop-art work as an inspiration to create their own self-portraits. Today, the children added a range of bright colours to give their portraits the pop-art effect. Can you guess who each painting belongs to? 22nd October 2020 Staying safe online! Year 2 have been working all this half term to understand how they can stay safe online, as part of our whole-school e-safety learning unit. They can explain the different types of personal information (such as their name, address, phone number, school) that they must not share online and who they can and cannot trust. We also talked about what to do if the children are unsure when they are online and which adults that are trustworthy that can help them. The children came up with: their parents, teachers, teaching assistants, school staff, police and other members of... 16th October 2020 Marvellous musicians Well done Year 5! We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' in music and the children have honed their skills by reproducing a number of sections of the piece using musical instruments. The sound was simply melodious! 14th October 2020 Surprising Results! Year 5 had such fun comparing the size of the planets in our solar system to a variety of items of fruit. We lined up our fruit planets from the largest to smallest and we were amazed at the size difference between Jupiter and Mercury! There was lots of discussion and excitement as we revealed the results. 14th October 2020 Fabulous Picasso! Year 5 have created some beautiful Picasso-style artwork this term. The children drew self-portraits from observations and then moved on to create a representation of themselves following Picasso's cubism style. The finished results were just amazing! 13th October 2020 Oh no! A fire in London! Our history unit in Year 2 has been the Great Fire of London and we have been learning all about how the fire started (in the King's bakery on Pudding Lane), how it spread so quickly (because the houses were made of wood and were so close together) and also what the people of London did to try and put it out (they used water from the Thames and fire hooks). To do this, we have used sources such as paintings and maps. Today, we also learned from diaries that were written in 1666! We read the diaries of... 13th October 2020 Dancing to show the Great Fire of London! Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London, in 1666, in our history lessons. We have also been choreographing our own dance routines to show different parts of this famous event. First, we have choosen how to re-enact the Londoners, going about their lives and going to sleep on Sunday 2nd September 1666. Next, our music changes and we become the sparks of the fire itself! We have chosen spiked positions, using high and low positions to create our sparks. Then, the music changes again and we are Londoners once more, climbing over the rooftops to... 13th October 2020 What's your story? Today in Year 5, we started our new unit in English – biographies! We learnt all about the famous author Jeremy Strong after reading his biography. We then thought of our own questions we would ask him if we could interview him ourselves. 13th October 2020 Healthy Head, Healthy Heart As it was World Mental Health Day last week, Year 5 spent time thinking about the importance of mental health. We discussed the difference between small and big feelings and what to do when feelings can get too big for us to manage on our own. We then thought about the things we do to keep our heart, brain and body healthy and happy. 13th October 2020 Hopes and Dreams What are your hopes for the future? Year 5 spent time last week in PSHE talking about how important it is to have hope and that when you have hope, anything is possible! They then thought about their hopes for the future and Miss Ornsby and Mrs Berry were blown away with some of their lovely ideas. 13th October 2020 Getting into character... As part of our English unit, Year 4 have been reading a new text and exploring the different characters. We discussed what we thought the characters might say to eachother if they were having a conversation, we then worked in pairs and portrayed a character from our text using role play. This then helped us to understand how the characters might be feeling and from this we created our own dialogue. 13th October 2020 Powerful Passwords In Computing, we have been discussing how to keep safe online, including the importance of a strong password. We know this helps to protect our devices and accounts to avoid being hacked! We spent time thinking of clues to help us remember our password, as well as thinking about what we need to include to ensure it is a 'powerful password'! 13th October 2020 Healthy body, healthy mind! Year 5 worked very hard during PE by practicing their running skills through the daily mile. Despite the damp weather, the children were in full spirits and completed numerous laps of our school yard. They thoroughly enjoyed their own personal challenge and had a good drink of water afterwards. Well done Year 5! 13th October 2020 We love the Daily Mile! We are onto week 4 of our daily mile journey and we are loving it! The children are improving each week and enjoying the challenge. A rainbow appeared to cheer on our Year 4 children, this afternoon 🌈💙💛 13th October 2020 It's all about equality! Year 5 have been refreshing their knowledge around inequality signs in Maths. They have ordered and compared some very large numbers, deciding whether they were less than, more than or equal to each other. In addition to that, they ordered their numbers in both ascending and descending order. Such superstars! 13th October 2020 Which material is the most reflective? Year 4 are working their way through their Science unit all about light. Today, we looked at reflective materials and investigated which material would be best to use on a book bag, so that the children would be seen in the dark, when near roads. We attached a piece of card around a torch and shone the torch light onto different materials. We notices that with the foiled paper, the light shone back onto the piece of card, so we knew that this material would be the most sutiable to use. Background Yellow Poly Blue Fade-01 Yellow... 13th October 2020 The Reveal of our first History Topic! We enjoyed an afternoon in our environmental area, where we worked together to hunt for pieces of a jigsaw. After we pieced the parts together, we discovered that our first History topic will be all about the Romans. We then returned to class and discussed what we already know about the Romans and then formed a list of questions of what we would like to find out.