"We are the champions!"

Wondering who is part of the team?

In Purple class we have: Beau, Lewis, Freddie, Bradley, Marcus, Malakai, Dylan, Riley, Alfie, Harry, Miss Baghurst, Gemma and Katie! 

There is lots of learning that takes place in our class, and here you will find some of the highlights through pictures and captions from the children!

In English, we have been exploring Roald Dahl and have been writing a diary entry from the viewpoint of Charlie Bucket. Many of the children had seen the films, but never read the text and they really enjoyed following the story and discussing their opinions on the text.We have been extremely lucky to have been visited by a Pantomime, where we then wrote an independent diary entry about our experience. In Maths we have been revisiting our place value knowledge and then applying this to understanding fractions and decimals! We can now recognise that they are part of a whole number. 

We have introduced some new approaches to learning:

 Mathletics enables us to answer 25 mixed maths questions every week where we are ensuring that we revisit our previous learning and continue to apply this (so that we do not forget it!) and we try really hard each week to beat our scores. They are impressively increasing each week. 

Grammar Hammer is 25 mixed questions that are GPS focused- grammar, punctuation and spelling. This way we are continually learning new things about our grammar and the boys are beginning to apply this into their writing. 

As the weather improves, we have been gardening on Thursday afternoons, preparing our school field ready for the upcoming farm that will be built. We have been working very well as a team, sharing roles and communicating important messagges to one another. On another note, music has taken over at WPS! We have found that happy music allows us to feel happy in ourselves and so we have been beginning to sing and dance every morning to ensure that we begin our day feeling HAPPY!

Check out our different headings to follow our learning!

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English

Do you want to live forever? A question we began the term with. And what a response from the boys. We have explored key themes to a text including: ageing, mortality and forever. We then debated our opinions in class about reasons WHY we would want to live forever, using key vocabulary which enabled us to write an engaging monologue convincing Hades (The Greek God of the underworld) to enable us to/ to not allow us to live forever. The writing was gripping, used engaging vocabulary and was written with fantastic skills including: capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, rhetorical questions, conjunctions (just to name a few). This term the boys have excelled in writing and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the concept of ‘forever’… in Summer 1 we will be exploring the text ‘How to live forever’ with some very exciting writing coming up!

 

Below are some examples of our fantastic learning over the last six weeks!

 

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Maths

What time is it? We now know! We have explored learning to tell the time to a 12 hour clock. We can now recognise, say and write the time on a digital and analogue clock, and can even recognise numeral numbers. We know how important it is to continue to practice the time, so how about you ask us what time is it? Also, this half term we have explored decimals and can recognise the value of tenths, hundredths and thousandths! So take a number like 3.467 x100=, we can solve using a place value chart! The most important thing to remember with decimals, is to not move the decimal point! To finish off, we applied our place value knowledge and recapped the value of different numbers to ensure our knowledge has depth!

Below are snippets of the children's work over the last six weeks... which will enable you to really explore our learning!

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Science

 “The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone, the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone, now shake dem skeleton bones!”

 

If you haven’t already guessed it, our topic was ‘Moving & Growing’ where we explored the skeleton structure of our body and understood how they are all connected with one another to enable us to move and grow! The children already knew some fantastic facts e.g. a baby has more bones than an adult- 305 to be exact! We really enjoyed learning about how our bones help us to stand and move, and this fun song was just one way we can remember our different bones!

 

After this, we made comparisons to animals e.g. insects. We were visited by Zoo Lab who allowed us to meet some different types of reptiles e.g. a snake, a wild slug, stick insects and even a SCORPION (Do not worry- we did not touch it- phew!)

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Topic

We travelled back in time to 8BC exploring life as an Ancient Greek! We compared the similarities and differences to life using our researching skills! We then learnt about the Greek alphabet and created secret messages using this alphabet. I wonder if you can read any of their messages? To really sample life as an Ancient Greek we transformed into Ancient Greeks, where we designed our own Greek god, and then created headwear that an Ancient Greek would wear… this got us fully in character for Greek food tasting- YUM! We sampled a variety of foods including: warm pitta breads, hummus, taramasalata, Greek yoghurt, feta cheese, halloumi and stuffed olives. The children had very mixed opinions on the foods and gave great reasons why!

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Music!

On Monday's, we experience a group music session... sometimes with Mr. Bacon, and sometimes with Miss B.

In this time, we create music to different beats usiing our voices and instruments. We have been really enjoying our music sessions and the boys have taken a keen interest to Ed Sheeran... "Shape of you". The talent that the children have shown is spectacular!

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Gardening

 As the school farm is slowly taking shape, the boys in Purple class have enjoyed weekly gardening sessions. We kit ourselves out in overalls and wellies, and get ready to get stuck in to the mud! We have use team work skills to make a pathway across the field using woodchips. This was slightly tricky as we had to transport the woodchips into a wheel barrow, and effectively communicate together to get the woodchips into the correct place on the path and spread evenly! The boys thoroughly enjoy gardening and it has enabled them to build stronger relationships with one another.

World Book Day

Have you ever walked into school, expecting your normal classroom to have been transformed into Hogwarts for the day? On the 7th of March, we celebrated World Book Day (it was a little later than usual because of the snow). The children thoroughly enjoyed being sorted into different house teams by the sorting hat, and then embracing team spirit throughout the day as a wizard! Of course the boys loved to hear snippets from the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone… they also designed and created magical potions and then wrote a set of instructions explaining how to make your own one at home!

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PSHE

On the 21st March, we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by ‘rocking our socks’ and learning Makaton. As a class we were respectful to understanding about each other’s differences and enjoyed participating and spreading awareness that we are all different in today’s society and it is important to embrace this as opposed to judge it.

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Woody Wells!

Over the course of the last 6 weeks, our Woody Wells sessions have been tailored around the children, where they have been working in small groups with their peers playing and building different things within the forest. The boys have shown that they can manage to work effectively and safely together, and were given the opportunity to explore. We had a range of exploration shown, but some examples include: clay found deep within the ground and a collection of worms rescued and put into a worm hotel in class. Gemma leads our Woody sessions, and every week we have great fun, so a big thank you to Gemma!

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Lexia

Lexia is a new APP that we use every day for 30 minutes where we practice our phonics, spellings and reading. In Purple class, the rule of Lexia is to be comfortable, so we find a comfy area in the room, we can take our shoes off if needed, grab a cushion and we relax and read. This has helped the boys to feel happy to read and it has engaged them!

 

Each week we celebrate our 'Lexia Legend' AND give out the certificates for children who have completed a whole level on Lexia. Since September, the following children have been awarded their certificate for completing a whole level:

AUTUMN

4th October- Dylan

10th October- Lewis

31st October- Dylan

 

8th November- Malakai

8th November- Riley

8th November- Dylan

14th November- Lewis

14th November- Beau

15th November- Dylan

28th November- Lewis

29th November- Dylan

30th November- Freddie

4th December- Riley

5th December- Malakai

5th December- Alfie

6th December- Lewis

6th December- Beau

SPRING

9th January- Bradley

16th January- Lewis

16th January- Malakai

17th January- Dylan

24th January- Freddie

25th January- Alfie

26th January- Lewis

31st January- Marcus

 

22nd February- Beau

27th February- Bradley

27th February- Malakai

27th February- Alfie

2nd March- Lewis

5th March- Riley

14th March- Riley

20th March- Beau

28th March- Bradley

 

SUMMER

16th April- Lewis

16th April- Alfie

8th May- Marcus

8th May- Riley

11th May- Lewis

22nd May- Beau

 

 

Well done to you all, as you work exceptionally hard on Lexia... Watch this space for many more names to appear

 

Coming up...

Now that Summer is here with us, we will be very busy growing as learners socially with our peers and adults, and of course with our learning. In Summer 1 we are travelling far and wide to Space where we will learn all about the solar system! We will continue to explore ‘forever’ in English, looking at a key text and beginning to delve deeper with our writing using different language features. As it is Summer, and the weather is going to be brightening up, we will be exploring our local area in greater detail through gardening sessions, where we will be planting, and monitoring the growth of different vegetables! The children have some fun enrichment activities coming up too...

 

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