This half term we are looking at Crime & Punishment. So far we have discussed the types of Crime & Punishment that are currently happening and comparing them with Roman time and Anglo-Saxon times. The children are enjoying this topic and have noticed some similarities between what has gone on in the past compared to now and some very big differences. For example - If you were to sell an under weight loaf of bread during the Roman period you would have been flogged, other Roman crimes led to being killed. During Anglo-Saxon times if you committed a crime such as murder, you had to pay the victims family compensation.
We are having a French Day on the last Friday of half term - we are getting together with Year 3. During the day we will be speaking French and setting up a cafe. We will have the opportunity to speak french and sample traditional french food.
We are looking at life cycles of animals & plants - We are extremely proud of our plants so far and our beans have just started to sprout. Last week we brought some frog spawn into the classroom and have been watching it turn into tadpoles - because Elm classroom is so warm we thought it would be better to return the tadpoles to their natural habitat. We have also been lucky enough to be able to monitor the chicks in Early Years.
In R.E we are looking at the 5 pillars of Islam - this week we looked at the first pillar (which is the most important)
this is Shahadah: Muslims must sincerely recite the Muslim profession of faith. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at the remaining pillars.
Our Bollywood dance is coming on really well, the children have been split into groups to choreograph their own routines.
In English we are working on persuasive letter writing. Our mission this morning is to write a letter to Mrs Warren, to persuade her to let us go to the cinema to watch the film Wonder. Wonder is our class book at the moment, it is a story about a young boy - August, who was born with facial disfigurement, due to his condition he has been educated at home. His parents make the decision that he should start High School - the story shows the difficulties that August faces throughout his every day life.
We have been using chocolate in our Maths lessons (for problem solving purposes). We had 3 tables and each had the following - table 1 - one bar of chocolate, table 2 - two bars of chocolate and table 3 had three bars of chocolate. The children then had to work out which table they should sit at to get the most chocolate - i.e child 1 went to table 3 because they got 3 bars of chocolate, child 2 went to table 2 so they got 2 bars of chocolate, child 3 went to table 3 so they got 1.5 bars of chocolate. This process went on until all the children were at a table.
This half term in science we are looking at life cycles of animals and plants.
This week we linked up with Year 1 for our science lesson, we planted seeds and made predictions. Over the next few weeks we will be getting together again to talk about our observations.
Week 3 of Bollywood, I don't know what you think but we seem to be improving.
Morning Maths Booster
We like to get things started early in Elm.
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
On Monday 27th February we were visited by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. The afternoon was very enjoyable, they spoke to us about all aspects of their job and showed us short clips about how dangerous fire can be. We talked about making a fire action plan at home and included some role play. Whilst they were here they managed to recruit a new fire fighter!
We have been learning about Rosa Parks today. We spent part of the day watching a short clip about Rosa, then we created fact files, had a go a some role play discussing how she felt. This afternoon we produced some amazing pieces of Pop Art.
As part of the P.E curriculum we have to cover dance. Mrs. Wheeler thought it would be a fantastic idea to do Bollywood Dance, so we thought it was good idea that she joined in with us. Look who joined in at the end!
In maths some of the class have been working on a Tarsia Puzzle. The children had to use their knowledge to add and subtract fractions. This then enabled them to complete the puzzle.
For the past few weeks we have been looking at Pilgrimages, this has covered Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism and Hunduism. Our next topic is to look at Islam. This afternoon we spent time familiarising ourselves with Islamic art patterns, before we move on to creating our own geometric patterns.
BBC 500 word competition
We are all extremely excited in Elm as Rowan has written her own 500 word story. This has been entered into the BBC 2 competition. We hope you will join us in wishing Rowan every success with her wonderful story.
Friday 10th February 2017 - We have had a lovely afternoon team building. We spent time in small groups orienteering, den building & fire lighting. We ended our afternoon all gathered around the fire toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.
Thank you Mr. Ross and Mrs. Wheeler
Friday 10th February 2017
We had a visit today from a group of Year 11 students from Prince Henry's Grammar School, they listened to us read and brought us some activities to do.
In English we have been practising our formal letter writing. We had a an ideal opportunity to do this following our wonderful trip to Wagamama in Leeds.
The versatile role of the Oreo
Mrs. Wheeler arrived into school on Monday morning armed with a box containing numerous packets of Oreo biscuits. The children were really appreciative and were looking forward to tucking into the biscuits during the day. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when we were informed the biscuits were going to be used for our science lesson. Okay we thought, well tasting biscuits could be part of science. Sadly not, we were informed the Oreos were going to be stuck onto black paper with pva glue. But why? we asked. The Oreos were to be used to show the different phases of the moon. In addition to this, we have been investigating the moon, developing scientific questions and our research skills.
On Tuesday the 7th February we went on our trip to Wagamama in Leeds. It was a very early start with some children meeting at school at 7.50 and the rest joining them at Otley bus station at 8.25. We caught the X84 bus from Otley into Leeds then we had a short walk from the bus stop to Wagamama on Eastgate.
When we arrived at Wagamama we split into 3 groups, each of the groups took it in turns to:
Look around the food prep area.
Look at different foods that Wagamama use.
Make and sample juices.
At the end our visit Wagamama provided us with our lunch.
At 12.20 we caught the X84 from Leeds back to Otley, finally arriving back at Ashfield at 1.30pm.
We all had a lovely time.
Thank you to Wagamama for their kind hospitality and Mrs Wheeler for coming up with the idea.
Following the sponsored spelling test in aid of the NSPCC, we are pleased to announce that we won the award for best class participation. Thank you for your support and kind donations.
As part of our Science and Maths lessons we are taking part in a project called 'Energy Heroes!'. Over the course of 6 lessons we are going to be exploring where energy is used at home and at school. There will be a number of Home Challenges too that we hope you will be able to support your child with, unfortunately there may be some nagging to turn the lights off.
As part of our P.E lessons we are working on increasing our fitness levels. On Wednesday afternoon we started with an Aerobic workout, followed by 30 mins circuit training. Our circuit training included step ups, skipping , jogging on the spot and star jumps. Everyone appeared to enjoy the session including the staff.
We have started our work on fractions, this has involved simplifying fractions and looking at equivalent fractions.
Fractions can be challenging but by working together (peer support) we are making good progress.
In science this week we have been looking at Geocentric and Heliocentric view of the Solar System..
Friday 20th January 2017
Stops Problem Solving: In our maths lesson today we had to solve the following problem: Can you solve our problem?
Odds & Evens
You need 13 counters and a 5 x 5 grid
You can only put one counter in each space. Get an odd number of counters in each row, each column and 2 main diagonals.
Thursday 19th January 2017
Our mission: To work in groups to complete a number of tasks.
The brief: We had to create a model of the Solar System to be used to educate other children. We had to use fruit and toilet paper (yes fruit & toilet paper) to show the size and distances of the planets. We had access to laptops to research any information we needed.
We labelled the planets and identified of they were rock or gas.
We are working very hard on division in class, using resources to help our understanding of the dividing process.
In English we are looking at Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo - the children are really enjoying listening to the book. The book will inspire us to write a balanced argument by looking at different peoples point of view.
On Friday 13th January we took part in the BBC Live 500 words story writing session.
Monday 17th January 2017
Today we welcomed the N.S.P.C.C into our class. As part of the workshop we talked about how to keep ourselves safe & bullying - (including cyber bullying).
Tuesday 13th December - Otley Amateur Radio Society ran a radio station from school. We had a special ‘call sign’ which was how we identified ourselves. It was unique to us. We used High Frequency radios to try and get contacts overseas and Very High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency radios to get more local contacts. We also used the Fusion radio to reach other countries using the internet. In addition to this we had a go at learning Morse Code.
We have been practicing our Basketball skills this half term, with the help of Mr. Davies from Prince Henrys Grammar School. We have all improved our skills including passing, dribbling, shooting and also team work. Thank you Mr. Davies for your time.