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Talk Homework: What bones of the body do you already know? Do you know their names and where they are?
In English this week we have carried on with the story of Arthur and the Golden Rope. We had a debate to decide if Arthur should go to the Land of the Gods or not. The result was inconclusive – 8 people said he should go and 8 said he shouldn’t! In the book, he does go. we’ll be finding out about his quest later.
In Maths we have been working out word problems. Some people found them hard because we had to work out whether to add or subtract. But everyone is pretty good at them now. We have even done some two-step word problems!
Our new topic this term is the Ancient Greeks. We have learned the story of Heracles and his 12 deadly tasks. We also know that they built temples, and one that’s over 2,000 years old is still standing today: The Parthenon.
Some of us have been up to the allotment and worked on the school patch. We have done some weeding and digging and next we will plant beetroot and cabbages. Some people haven’t had a chance to go yet, but will by the end of term.
This term we have also started doing brain breaks. We focus on our breathing and they help us forget about things that are distracting us.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Amelia, and last term’s Honours awards went to Eirian for writing and Archie for reading.
Talk Homework: Tell your Norse story to someone at home.
In English this term we have been looking at a new story called “Arthur and the Golden Rope.” We don’t know much about it yet but it’s about a boy called Arthur in Viking times and we’re really enjoying it. We’ve been inspired by the book to learn some new Norse myths and on Monday we’re going to retell them from just our memories! (Mr B really likes Norse stories.)
In Maths we’ve been learning a new method for multiplication: the grid method. Everyone has worked really hard, and people who have found it difficult have asked for some extra time to practise so that now we’re ALL really good at it.
We’re also doing a lot of play practise. We had our first rehearsal on the stage today and it was great. We’re not telling you anything about it though, it’s a surprise 😛
Our Learner of the Week this week is Amelia.
Talk Homework: Tell someone at home what happens in your story.
In English this week we have been really enjoying planning our adventure stories. We have made up our own islands that our characters will discover and have thought about how our stories will end. We are looking forward to writing the stories next week.
In Maths we have done a lot of fraction work this year and we really impressed Mr B. Now we have started learning about perimeters and know how top find the perimeter of a shape. We enjoyed playing on this website: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessonLauncher.html?lesson=lessons/12/m3_12_00_x.swf
We have also been learning about plants this term in science. We think we already know about what a plant needs to survive, but we are doing an investigation to see if we are correct.
Our Learners of the Weeks this year have been Corbyn, Henry, Charlie and Eirian. Oscar I and Ya Ting have both got their first Big Maths certificate too.
Talk Homework: Practise singing Joy to the World beautifully. And practise other carols. Over and over and over again 🙂
In Maths we have been doing division with a number line. We have been using our times tables to help. We started learning this without Mr B to help! When he came back he was very impressed with how well we knew the method.
In English we have written our letters to our favourite authors. Next Monday we are going to write the neat letters that we will send. This week we have planned them, written a first draft (which were already pretty good – Mr B), edited them, and written a second draft today.
In Music we have been practising Joy to the World ready for the Carol Concert on Thursday 14th December (at 6 o’clock). We have also been practising some other carols, like Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Oscar B
1/12/17 – The Christmas countdown has begun!
Talk Homework: What are you going to say to your author in your letter?
In Maths this week we have been learning a new way to multiply by tens. We now know that you don’t just add a zero, you shift the numbers over to the next place value column.
In English we have been getting ready to write our letters to our authors. We’ve been researching stuff about them on the iPads and thinking about what questions we’re going to ask them. Some of us have got favourite authors who are dead, so we’re going to ask questions to museums or fanclubs.
Today in RE we’ve been learning more about the Trinity. We have performed presentations to demonstrate the Trinity. We explained how the Trinity is three things combining to be one thing all at the same time, even though they are different. We used examples like: gluesticks, rulers and pens are all plastic; ice, steam and water are all water; wood, leaves and water make a Christmas tree; front cover, back cover and pages make a book; biscuit, caramel and chocolate makes a Twix (Mr B’s favourite!); and even, pichu, pikachu and raichu make an evolution family.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Bea.
Oscar I got an Inspiration award for his amazing improvements in Big Maths Beat That. He got 1/24 in the first 2 weeks, and now has 23/24! We hope he’ll get full marks soon…
…He did it! So did Ya Ting! Well done you two, hopefully this is the first of many full marks in Big Maths 🙂
Talk Homework: What would you ask your author (about their books) if you could chat with them?
In Maths we have been learning how to do smile multiplication. There are videos you can watch about it on this website: https://buckdenschool.co.uk/curriculum/maths/
In RE we’ve been learning about Jesus and how he is both Joseph’s son and God’s son – which confused some of us. Then we learned about the Trinity when we found out that Jesus is Joseph’s son, God’s son, AND part of God too. We did some amazing pictures of the Trinity.
In Science we’ve been investigating which rocks are best for building a house. We came up with our own experiments and conclusions for which would be best. We got lots of different answers, but we all agreed that none of them were perfect.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Archie.
Talk Homework: Who is your favourite author? Which is your favourite book by them? If you have a copy of the book already, can you bring it in?
In Maths we have been learning how to draw bar charts, tallies and pictograms. We came up with a question, asked the whole class, then recorded the data into charts. Now we know: how many brothers, sisters and pets everyone has; people’s favourite subjects, countries and sports; what month people were born in; we even know who has the best pencil case in the class (Archie).
In English we have written to Mrs Anderson to say thank you for teaching us Spanish. At first our letters were a bit rubbish, but then we learned how to structure a good letter and had another go. Now they are MUCH better!
In History we have finished with the Stone Age and now started the Bronze Age. Do you know what the first metal used by humans was?
Our Learner of the Week this week is Harvey.
Talk Homework: Talk about different words that could describe water. How do you think water is important for Christians?
In Maths we have been looking at statistics – including bar graphs. We’ve got really good at reading information from bar charts and pictograms.
In English we have been talking about why we like or don’t like books. Mr B read The Gruffalo and then we spoke about if we liked it or not and why. Most of the class didn’t like it. (I was really surprised by that! – Mr B)
Our Learner of the Week this week is Maya.
Talk Homework – What makes a good cuddly toy?
In maths we’ve been learning how to steal…. We have also been learning how to do column take-aways. We are starting to get very good at it.
In English we’ve been researching, planning and writing Non-Fiction Information Texts (NFITs). People did different topics: animals, making tools, food, art and shelters, but all of them were to do with the Stone Age. Everyone worked hard, but some of us learned that we need to put in full effort right from the start of the week.
In DT we are starting a new project. We will be making cuddly toys! They will all be in the shape of Stone Age animals and we will need to sew them ourselves.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Amelia.
“Talk Homework” – Relax, spend time with your family, and have fun! 🙂
In Maths we have been telling the time. (I have been really impressed with everyone! – Mr B) We finished by making massive Stonehenge clocks. We coloured them, cut out stones, stood the stones up, and put in hands with a split pin. We had fun and they look AMAZING!
In English, I mean Historlish, we have been learning about Stonehenge. Did you know that the people who started building it never saw it finished. They had been dead for about 1,000 years when it was done!
On Thursday we did they Key Stage assembly for all of Key Stage 2. The theme was “Be happy with what we have.” We said a prayer, acted out stories, some people played the recorder, made a powerpoint, and Ruby and Maya played the drums and violin solo, in front of everyone!
We had Honours Assembly today:
The award for effort went to Cara.
The award for high quality went to Charlie.
Talk Homework: Practise the poem “30 days has September” – A LOT!
In Maths this week, we’ve been learning about ordering time. We had lots of fun timing our friends in small groups with iPads and putting the times in order to work out who came first, second, third and fourth. We also worked out how many seconds are in an hour! Do you know? (The answer is at the bottom.)
We’ve done some History and English mixed together – Historlish! We’ve been learning about Stonehenge and also looking at non-fiction information texts. Next week, we’ll write our own non-fiction writing about Stonehenge.
In gymnastics we’ve been doing, balances, movements and travels. We’ve watched lots of videos of famous British gymnasts (and Simone Biles) and are trying to copy some of their routines. Mr B has said we’re absolutely amazing and he’s really impressed. It’s been fun doing some of it outside to get more space.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Cara.
Talk Homework: See what shapes you can find around your home. Can you identify any acute, obtuse or right angles as well as any parallel, perpendicular, vertical and horizontal lines?
In Maths we were learning more about shapes. We’ve seen how some shapes can be put together to make new shapes. We’ve also discovered that a square is actually a type of rectangle! This is because it has 4 straight sides, 4 right angles and two pairs of parallel lines. An oblong is also a type of rectangle.
This week in English, we have made our own Stone Age stories. We’ve had lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, runaway children and animal attacks. (Not all in the same story though!)
In Science we helped Mrs Tarpey with Gardening Club. She didn’t know what type of soil to use because she had three different types: gravelly, sandy and loamy soil. We did an investigation to find out what type of soil was best for keeping water in so that her plants would have water to grow.
Our Learner of the Week this week is Ya Ting.
Talk Homework: What might happen in your own Stone Age story?
We’ve been learning about shapes in Maths this week. We’ve been learning about right angles, acute and obtuse angles. We’ve also learned about vertical, horizontal, parallel and perpendicular lines.
In English we did an amazing Stone Age, palaeolithic story. We had Oscar Isaac as Daddy Crumble and his family who went looking for a cave. We won’t tell you everything that happened, but… Daddy Crumble did kill Ruby the Cave Bear.
In science we cut an egg open to see how many layers there were inside, because we were seeing what layers there are inside the Earth. The shell was like the Earth’s crust; the albumen was like the mantle; and the yolk was like the outer and inner core. It was really smelly!
We have also been enjoying playing on Lightbot in computing lessons. It makes us think like computer programmers. http://lightbot.com/flash.html
Our Learner of the Week is Ruby.
Talk Homework: Explain the different types of erosion.
In Science this term we are learning about fascinating rocks. We have seen if we can scratch rocks with nails and coins to see which rocks are the hardest. We discovered that marble and granite are very hard, but chalk is quite soft!
In our History Topic we are finding out about the Stone Age. We have learned about Skara Brae, where Stone Age houses have been found. We were surprised by this because we thought they only lived in caves! There were only 8 houses, but 50-100 people lived in them.
In Maths we have been learning how to use column addition. By the end of the week, over half of us were able to add trillions together! Can you get it right?
4,328,460,321,123 + 4,125,312,849,123 = ???
Our first Learners of the week have been Seb, Bea and Logan.
Our Buckden Parliament members are Oscar I and Eirian; our Collcetive Worship Council representatives are Ruby and Logan.