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10/11/19

 

First of all, my apologies! It has been a while since I posted anything! We have, of course, been incredibly busy, so I will give a brief summary and some pictures of what we have been up to!

 

Most important news, is that there is a new Times Table Rockstars challenge launching! It begins tomorrow at 7.30 and ends next Saturday at 7.30. The aim of the game is to earn as many points as possible! The more points, the more chances of winning a certificate (if you are one of the top three challengers in the class), a small prize (if we are the winning class in the school) or a bigger prize (if we are the winning school nationwide!!!). Only points earned between 7.30 am and 7.30 pm will count towards the competition (so no playing all night!!!). Please encourage your Dolphin to play as much as possible! All points count and we would LOVE  to win the class prize!!!

 

Also, don't forget we are swimming on Tuesday again! Last one this week (but I am hoping to book some more slots in the pool...watch this space!).

 

Thanks!

 

Mrs Shields

Our debate in Parliament Week!

Investigating sound in science

11/10/19

 

We have had some more fabulous fun in Dolphins this week!

 

Maths - Monday saw us start to think about subtraction in Maths, which lead to some fairly tricky maths questions involving renaming later on in the week! Not sure what I'm talking about?! As your Dolphin how to complete the following:

 

               2 6 5 7

            - 1 2 4 8

I'll pop the answer further down this page!

 

English - we have started to think about poetry, concentrating our thoughts this week on simile and syllables. Have a look on here next week to find out how our writing goes!

 

Science - we have continued to think about our digestive system and we wrote up our investigation from last week.

 

RE - in RE we thought about how Jesus' messages are carried out today, having a look at the Christian Aid website and designing a poster showing what they do.

 

History - in History we looked at Alexander the Great and is conquests.

 

PE - we continued looking at balances in gymnastics

 

C4L - we thought about our rights and responsibilities. 

 

Music - we finished our music unit by improvising to Mamma Mia

 

Take a look at our pictures below!

 

Mrs Shields

 

 

Maths answer

Maths answer 1

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04/10/19

 

Well this has been a crazy week in Dolphins! Don't take my word for it, look below at some of the amazing things we have done!

 

Mrs S

Our new, all singing, all dancing, whiteboard!

Our new, all singing, all dancing, whiteboard! 1

Hollie won the Golden Award for her poem in RE

A poet named Neal Zetter came and performed for us!

We acted out the parable of The Good Samatritan

We played 'Jacques a dit' (Simon says) in French

We played 'Jacques a dit' (Simon says) in French 1
We played 'Jacques a dit' (Simon says) in French 2

We recreated the digestive system in the classroom!

We played along to Mamma Mia as well as sang it!

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30/09/19

 

We have just had another super week in Dolphins class! Just because the weather has been miserable, doesn't mean we have been - far from it!!!

 

English - in English, we have continued our look at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and at persuasive brochures. We have looked at The requirements of persuasive texts and thought a little about how they are written, and how we can mirror this in our own versions.

 

Maths - we have continued to look at place value, with the emphasis being on rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. This has been a real challenge, but we have managed to get there and we are now nearly ready to move on to addition next.

 

Science - we have continued to look at animals, including humans, this week focussing on our teeth, and the names of the different types of teeth we have.

 

RE - in RE we thought a lot about the kind of world Jesus would want us to live in and wrote poems about Jesus being our friend and the qualities he has.

 

French - in French we have continued to learn greetings and extending this to be able to ask someone how they are and respond to this.

 

C4L - we have started to think about diversity and how important it is - look below at us showing acceptance of each other and us celebrating diversity in our classroom.

 

History - we have thought about what the ancient Greeks have done that we still use/are aware of today. DId you know the first marathon was run in ancient Greece ?! Your Dolphin should be able to give you a little background of the story!

 

Have a look below at us in action and we can't wait to tell you about what we get up to next week!

 

Mrs Shields

A gold star winning poem for RE

A gold star winning poem for RE 1

Celebrating our diverse classroom

Greeting in French

French greeting!

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Dolphins TT Rockstar summer challenge winners with Miss Scane!

Dolphins TT Rockstar summer challenge winners with Miss Scane! 1

Or first golden award goes to...Liam M!!!

Or first golden award goes to...Liam M!!! 1

20/09/19

 

What a busy week we have had!

  • English - We have continued to look at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but also the structure of persuasive texts. We have been thinking about AFOREST features. Can your dolphin remember what this stands for?!
  • Maths - we are looking at place value, number patterns and counting in 6's, 7's and 9's. Please also make sure you are keeping up with TT Rockstars as practice of this at home!
  • Science - we are looking at food chains, and thinking about a producer, a primary consumer, secondary consumer and tertiary consumer!
  • R.E. - we are thinking about the world Jesus would want.
  • History - this week we looked at what it was like to live in Ancient Greece, both in Athens and in Sparta. The class then wrote a diary as if they were a child of this time.
  • French - we continued this new language by learning to say hello and goodbye, as well as Mr and Mrs.
  • Music - we have started our music lessons by looking at the song 'Mamma Mia' and learning about its structure. PE -  we are thinking about gymnastics and this week we started by practicing balances, next week we will see if we can turn these balances into a short routine!

 

Have a look below at some pictures of us all in action!

 

Mrs Shields

Text map of our WAGOLL text

Text map of our WAGOLL text 1

French learning!

French learning! 1 Saying Bonjour!
French learning! 2 Saying Au revoir!

Mamma Mia! Singing and clapping along to the pulse

Mamma Mia! Singing and clapping along to the pulse 1
Mamma Mia! Singing and clapping along to the pulse 2

Hi parents!

 

I hope you are all well and are settling into the new term well.

 

I just wanted to touch base with you all and ensure you are looking at times tables with your child regularly. These are so important and it is essential we get them nailed asap! It doesn't have to be a big thing, just a quick quiz in the car, reciting them from the front of your homework book or even putting on one of the songs we use in class for your child to sing along to. It all helps!

 

Of course, please also ensure your child is playing TTRockstars regularly too.

 

Here are the songs we are using:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVyBQ5uTbo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ4ooLN7Bmo

 

There are also plenty others, so have a look around and see if there is a better one for your child!

 

Thanks!

 

Mrs S.

Dolphins! Here we all are!

Dolphins! Here we all are! 1

09/09/19

 

We started to look at our new English text today, by getting to sample some chocolate! We imagined we were Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and thought about how amazing chocolate would taste if you only got one bar a year!

 

We then created some freeze frame family photos, including the characters who live in Charlie's house with him - Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Mr and Mrs Bucket and Charlie himself. Can you work out who is who in our pictures?!

 

We then used instruments, our bodies and even chairs to create a soundscape of what Charlie's house might sound like as 'freezing cold drafts' blow around the house.

Our Charlie family photos - can you tell who is who?!

Pictures of us creating soundscapes

WOW Day

 

On Friday 6th September, we held our WOW day for our new history topic of Ancient Greece. We had a wonderful, creative day! First, we made some Greek headdresses, which were dry and ready for us to wear in the afternoon. Following this, we researched our new table names! We discovered that they are all names of characters from Greek myths. So we researched the myths, both in books and on line. We then wrote fact files about our characters. The characters are Icarus, Midas, Persephone, Pandora, Orpheus, Theseus and Heracles. In the afternoon, we created some beautiful stained glass Greek vases to decorate our windows! Have a look at the pictures of our work!

03/09/2019

 

Hello Dolphins!

 

I am so excited for the start of this year and I'm sure you all are too! We have some wonderful things planned, so there is a lot to look forward to!

 

In English we will be looking at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our focus text - which is one of my favourites! 

 

In Maths, we will be starting the year thinking about place value, and I'll add more detail about that as we go through the unit so you can support your Dolphins learning at home.

 

In History, we will be looking at Ancient Greece (and having a WOW day for this on Friday!).

 

In RE we are thinking about what kind of world Jesus would want.

 

Our PE day will be Tuesdays, so please make sure your child has their PE kit with them on Tuesdays.

 

If you have any questions, queries or worries, please don't hesitate to speak to me.

 

Thanks, and see you on Thursday!

 

Mrs Shields 

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