Our Learning Exhibition

Today was the big day when the children showcased their learning to their parents and visitors from the Enquire Learning Trust and Governors. I was very proud of how they practised their presentations of their learning journey and their finished products – they all enjoyed talking to their families and showed they understood about the rainforests and the animals. After standing for over three hours there were a lot of tired legs!

The children thought of questions they may be asked and used these as ideas to prepare their talks. They decided themselves how to lay out the classroom and how to arrange their work. The skills of teamwork, collaboration, Science, Geography,  reading and writing were all evident.

Well done Leopards.


Another busy week

The children are busy preparing for their KS2 exhibition next week, and are currently creating a book on the computer about the flora and fauna in their rainforest. As the deadline approaches, it is getting a little hectic. The book goes to print on Friday and then they are going to make their shoebox rainforests. Some of the groups are staying in at breaks to ensure that their group will be ahead of schedule – I like to see this kind of dedication to their learning.

Discussing their research
Making decisions for their topic book

I showed the class how to insert a caption under their pictures- a new skill for everyone.

Inserting a caption in Word

In Maths, we are learning to recall square numbers up to 20 squared and prime numbers up within 100. Today, we started to learn cube numbers and use mini cubes to show our understanding, linking it to calculating volume.  It was tricky for most of them. Imogen and Abigail listened to my teaching tips and did a really good job.

The first three cube numbers

Also in Maths, the class had a go at answering some reasoning questions from past SATs paper; they found it tricky to understand the efficient methods to answer these expected standards questions. I will be sending home reasoning questions every week to help them. Can you calculate the answer?

Solving SATs questions

Classifying animals

Today the children worked in their topic groups to discover the features of different animal species. By the look on their faces, there was a lot of discussion about what the features were. They had a deadline of 1.5 hours to sort all the cards, then research the correct features and re-sort before gluing their final answers. They also looked up some new vocabulary such as cartilage skeleton and  hemolymph.

Did they get all the answers correct? They will have to correct them in their next lesson, but they won’t be told which ones are incorrect, only how many!

Next they will create a visual and written piece of writing to explain thee features, plus creating diagrams of the species’ life cycles.

In Maths, we are working on comparing and ordering fractions with different denominators and we will be simplifying fractions, finding equivalents, converting mixed numbers and improper fractions plus  adding and subtracting fractions.

The Maths is Fun site is very useful to help with this.

 

Our class project

The class are getting ready to begin their learning for their November  Exhibition product. We are focusing  on the different animals and plants that can be found in the different layers of the rainforest, and the class want to learn about the life cycles and different classifications of animals. Using their homework as inspiration, each group will create the rainforest layers using shoeboxes.  Thank you for all of the boxes – the children had to work together to find the right size ones and now have to solve the problem of getting them to stand up together without them toppling over!

We look forward to seeing you all on 23rd November when the children present their learning.

All project groups have a best Topic book, where they choose which work goes in and make up the pages themselves. There was a lot of shaky hands whilst placing the pieces of work! These books are added to as we progress through the term and will be on display in the classroom for all visitors to look through.

 

The class looked great on the final day dressed as animals. Thank you for your support on the day. 

 

Learning times tables links

It is really important that the children know all of their times tables facts up to 12 x 12. They need to know them by the end of Year 4. They must know the multiplication and division facts, and be able to answer them at speed e.g. 7 x 8 is 56; 56 divided by 8 is 7.  The aim is they can hear the question and answer within 3 seconds, without the use of fingers to count on.

The children need to do daily practice at home as well as the learning we do every day in school. There are many websites and games to use, plus using pen and paper methods.  We test each other against the clock.

The following sites are great and the children have enjoyed playing it in class. It can be used on the IPad. The last link will generate printable tests.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.mathsisfun.com/timestable.html

http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm

 

Rainforest animals

This week, the children had the opportunity to meet some animals from the rainforest and from the desert. They learned about where they came from and had the chance to hold them. The children had a great time and we are using the day to inspire our project.

The children are busy  drawing different frogs in different media, along with researching the frogs. 

A visit from a special creature…

On Wednesday, Alfie brought in his pet bearded dragon lizard to show the class. Lizzy (nicknamed Superwoman due to her ability to leap off her branch) was a very well-behaved and chilled out visitor who happily allowed the children to look closely at her. Alfie spoke very confidently about her and taught us a lot, asking the many questions we had. The majority of the class now want one as a pet!

We then abandoned the planned lessons and spent the day working in groups, undertaking an enquiry into bearded dragons. They learned how to present their work to others, mount work and use the paper trimmer (under adult supervision!) The pupils used an enquiry rubric to guide them and they came up with some interesting products, such as a play, a story about Lizzy, a booklet and some quizzes. They worked well to the deadline and presented to another group, who gave them feedback using our peer critique BE KIND, BE SPECIFIC and BE HELPFUL sentence stems.

Enquiry Rubric Click here to see what the rubric looks like – it helps the children to reach or exceed the standards required.

 

Collaborative learning

Since the beginning of the new term, the class has worked hard to work together to learn and create products linked to the topic of ‘Rainforests’. Bringing together children from two different classes can sometimes be a challenge so we have been working as teams and with new learning  partners every week. 

They have created a world map as a team showing the different biomes and are currently growing rainforests on the map after sowing cress on moistened cotton wool.

 

These are some of the rainforests in boxes the class created over the holidays – a lot of hard work went into them. Thank you. The children want to create the different layers of the rainforests, with added written information and QR codes, in stacks of boxes so are taking inspiration from the holiday challenges. We will be learning about life cycles of the different animals and looking at adaptation.

 

An inspiring visit to Tropical World

The children had a great time at Tropical World in Leeds. They really developed a great understanding of the humid climate, with us all getting hotter and hotter. We learned a lot about the different creatures and plants, and had a brilliant time spotting birds lurking amongst the forest floor and canopy layer, with giant snails hanging off the underside of leaves and waterfalls pouring into pools filled with fish. Butterflies of all sizes flew close to us and even landed on some of us.

The trip has inspired us to discover more – the class are busy working in design teams to create ways to recreate the plants and creatures as 3D models in our cloakroom plus summing up the trip in tweets.

We will be focusing on the layers of the rainforest and become experts on particular animals to be found there, looking at adaptation and life cycles.

Here are just some of the photos – more will be to view soon in the classroom and cloakroom.