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Week beginning 16.06.14

Highlights of the week:

  • This week we wrote up the science experiment we had done the week before on insulators and conductors. We had to remember the correct format and language of a science experiment, carefully explaining the method, prediction, results and conclusion.
  • In Maths we had a whole week learning about fractions. We focussed on finding fractions of an amount or number. We began the week by making a fraction display, using lots of different material and resources to represent different fractions. These included playdough, pipe cleaners, number lines, cubes and counters. We then moved on to making the connection between division; finding a single fraction of a number (for example 1/4 of 16) then a higher fraction (¾ of 16.) Some of us really challenged ourselves by learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions too.
  • In Monday’s literacy lesson we had a story telling workshop, taking inspiration from Rik Mayall’s energetic rendition of George’s Marvellous Medicine. We talking about what it means to be a good storyteller. Then we put this all into practise on Tuesday when we went into Caspian class and read our fantastic Mr Benn stories to the children!
  • We enjoyed a fabulous day at the castle on Wednesday, and spent Thursday and Friday writing character profiles and drawing character portraits of the 4 characters we met on the day. We also had lots of in depth discussion about the character’s motivation and talked at lengthabout what prison life might be like.

 

The trip to the Castle; discuss the four activities your child took part in, what did they learn about the Victorians?

 

Perhaps do a little research into Norwich Castle and its uses during Victorian Times.

 

Can you find out anything about the British Empire during the time of Queen Victoria’s reign?

Talk about:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other ideas

Watch the rest of Rik Mayall’s reading of George’s Marvellous Medicine on You Tube – what makes it so interesting to watch?

Week Beginning 12.5.14

Highlights of the week:

  • This week we stepped back into our story and discovered more about Mary Maguire and her big secret! Mary faces a dilemma, should she leave her job in the big house and marry Arthur or should she stay in the job that supports her family?  We plan to explore the options open to Mary should she decide to leave her life in service. Can she get another job in the Colman’s Mustard Factory or will she end up in the Workhouse?
  • To help us understand more about the structure of a story we have been enjoying listening to the adventures of Mr Benn. In these stories, Mr Benn tries on different fancy dress costumes and enters a land in which he has to solve a problem before returning to his ordinary house on Festive Road. We have begun to think about creating new Mr Benn adventures and have made story cubes to help us generate new ideas. One cube has a different fancy dress costume on each face and the other cube has a different problem. The children have been rolling the cubes and making up new stories.
  • We have begun to think about Victorian homes and the way they were decorated. We have looked closely at the designs of William Morris and selected parts to recreate in our sketchbooks.

In maths we have been working with money. The children have been solving two step problems where they have to calculate totals and work out change.

Talk about:

If you could wear any fancy dress costume and have an adventure in that costume, what would you choose to wear?

What sort of place would you end up in?

Who might you meet?

Would you have any magic powers in your new costume?

Try to tell your story, remembering that it will need an opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.

 

Other ideas

Visit the Norfolk and Norwich Festival website to get details of the free events happening in the city this weekend.

nnfestival.org.uk

There will be a garden party in Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday and Sunday featuring Puppet Theatre workshops and circus acts.

Week beginning: 3.4.14

Highlights of the week:

  • As you know, it was Book Week this week. Each class has decorated their door with their favourite book. We chose the ‘Demon Dentist’ as we have been reading it in class. We had lots of ideas for what we should include on our door. Here it is!

  In mathematics we have continued our focus on angles and 2D shape. We looked carefully at different shapes and identified the right angles as well as learning about different types of triangles and their features. We learnt (or were reminded!) of the words equilateral, isosceles and scalene.

  • The children that sang at St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday sang absolutely brilliantly. We were so proud of them and their fantastic achievement, singing some very tricky music. We did feel that the adjudicator was quite a harsh marker this time, but have been able to be resilient about it! As ever, the children were a real credit to the school and behaved impeccably.
  • We have continued our Iron Man animation, using oil pastels to create our backgrounds. We have made extra props that will move and have drawn a story board for our scene, making important decisions about the movement in each scene and how to transition from each shot.

In Outdoor Learning, children have been looking at signs of spring

Talk about:

• Names of plants / trees etc that you see out and about. Many children were unsure what crocuses and daffodils were. We know they used to know it, as they learnt about it in Reception, but they need reminding!

Your favourite books and favourite characters. Why are they so good? What does the author do to make them so wonderful? Could you make your own book together?

Other ideas:

 http://www.worldbookday.com/cool-stuff-games/games/ There are lots of games here related to World Book Day which look fun.

 

There are also some videos here http://www.worldbookday.com/wbdtv/primary/ in which authors explain how they make people laugh, or build a character, or build suspense. Interesting and useful viewing!

Week beginning: 24.2.14

Highlights of the week:

  • In Literacy we looked at a poem by Pie Corbett called Story Time. Each line of the poem started with an adverb (a word that modifies the noun). We have collected adverbs and powerful verbs to use in our writing. We have written our own poem about the iron man, using Story Time as a starting point. We have also redrafted our work, working on the premise that our first idea isn’t always our best idea.
  • In Maths we have been looking at angles. We have reminded ourselves about what a right angle is (most of us had forgotten!) and learnt about obtuse and acute angles. Some of us have been learning how to use a protractor to measure angles. We have also carried out a shape investigation using equilateral triangles to make some different 2D shapes.
  • In Science we made Iron Man soup!  Our challenge was to find out the ingredients in the soup the farmers’ made for the Iron Man (to stop him eating their tractors!) The children were given a sieve, a bowl and a magnet and had to work out how to separate all the different ingredients in the soup. At first, we thought there was only rice, paper clips, split pins and water in the soup, but Mrs Black told us there was a hidden secret ingredient! After lots of discussion about what this could be, we discovered it was salt. The filtered soup is now on the windowsill so we can check out what is left after the water has evaporated.

We have continued our work on animation. We know which groups we are working in now and we have decided which event from the Iron Man story we will animate. We have drawn the background for our scene in our sketch books ready for drawing in oil pastels next week.

Talk about:

Animation!

Discuss with an adult at home the cartoons/films/animations they enjoyed as children. How have they changed from what you watch today?

Which films/programmes do you know which use stop motion animation?

Other ideas:

Have a look at http://www.drawastickman.com/ to create your own online animation – great fun!

This weekend there’s a lambing weekend at Easton College. It was really lovely last year so might be worth a look? http://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/news-events/events/2014/03/183/

Next Thursday is world book day and we will be celebrating all week. Have a look at the website for lots of fun things to do! http://www.worldbookday.com/

If you would like to join in the fun and come into class at some point on Thursday afternoon to read a short story to the class or a small group if you feel happier with this, then please let us know through your child’s contact book. Perhaps you would like to read an extract of your favourite book as a child, or a book in your home language if you speak another language at home, or perhaps an extract of your child’s favourite book.

 

Week beginning: 10.2.14

Highlights of the week:

  • In Literacy we continued our work based around Ted Hughes’ novel The Iron Man.  We came up with our own very inventive ideas about how to trap the Iron Man. We then wrote instructions to explain how to dig a pit to catch him. (the method used by the villagers in the original story) We tried to use imperative verbs and precise language in our writing.
  • In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We had fun playing fraction games and folding paper strips into different fractions such as 1/3, ¼, 1/6, 1/10 to show our understanding. We also designed our own 'Fractions' page for a maths dictionary. We explained the new vocabulary we have learnt such as numerator and denominator (the top and bottom numbers of a fraction). We learnt the rhyme 'Ned Sits on the Donkey to help us remember which one was which.
  • We finished our lovely pictures of the Iron Man this week – adding a collage of him to our beautiful painted seascapes we have already done. We used tinfoil and other metal objects to create the collages. You will be able to see them when you come for open classrooms. OUR OPEN CLASSROOM DATES ARE

We have also been busy continuing with our animation of the Iron Man. We designed and began to make the figures of the Iron Man that we will use in our scenes. They were amazing as we did such careful, imaginative drawings!

Talk about:

  • Tuesday was 'National Safer Internet Day' We have spent some of our community time this week learning about the importance of staying safe online.  Test your internet safety  knowledge  on the CBBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
  • or try the Think U Know website : www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8-10/

Other ideas:

 

There are absolutely loads of Dragon Festival activities on in over half term. Find comprehensive details here

http://www.sprouts.co.uk/whats-on-february-half-term-2014

but some of the highlights are:

 

'Dragon Heart Beats' at the Forum. Sat 15th Feb 2pm and 5.45pm  Part of the Dragon Festival.An explosion of music,pyrotechnics and a 5m long dragon!

 

The Garage family fun day at Chapelfield North Norwich on Feb 18th. 10-2pm. Admission free.

 

Have a great half term!

 

 

Week beginning: 3.2.14

Highlights of the week:

  • In Literacy we continued our work about the Ted Hughes novel The Iron Man. We met a new character, a farmer’s son called Hogarth, and did some drama work about the first time he saw the Iron Man. We wrote a letter as if we were Hogarth telling a friend what had happened. We tried really hard to use powerful verbs and adjectives to add atmosphere to our writing.
  • We have begun thinking about how to make an animation about the Iron Man. We watched a video in which a split pin figure was used to make the Iron Man moved. http://hallyd.edublogs.org/2011/12/17/the-iron-man/
  • Over the next few weeks, we will work towards making our own version of the film we saw. This week we practised making a stick figure move, photographing our figure after each tiny movement and then watching the pictures one after the other. We found if scrolled the pictures quickly enough it looked like the stick man was moving! There are several apps for the iPad which enable children to animate, such as Animation Desk, Animation Studio and Toontastic. You could also try a very simple animation here http://www.flickerblox.com/#
  • In Maths we carried on our money work; solving 2 step real life problems and practising our methods for finding totals and working out change.
  • We had great fun learning to use the powder paints this week. We learnt lots of different brush techniques first, then put these into practise to paint the seascape setting from The Iron Man. We had to learn how to mix colours to make our own orange and brown for the sand and green for the sea. We will be adding the Iron Man next week using collage.
  • In Spanish we have been learning how to talk about our pets.

Talk about:

  • Hogarth and his family’s reaction to the Iron Man. What do you think they should do next? Why?
  • This week has been national storytelling week. If possible share some stories together this weekend. Read to your child and ask them to read aloud to you. Perhaps share a story you remember from your childhood.

Other ideas:

Monday sees the start of the Norwich Dragon festival – which has events running until 23rd February.

Find out more at: http://www.heritagecity.org/events-festivals/norwich-dragon-festival.htm

Raveningham Gardens Snowdrop Season

Raveningham Gardens opens for the snowdrop season from Sunday, February 9 to Sunday, February 23 (closed Saturdays). See drifts of snowdrops in the main garden – open 2 – 4pm

www.raveningham.com

 

Week beginning: 27.1.14

Highlights of the week:

  • In our Science work, we have continued learning about materials. We have been focussing on developing new vocabulary such as rigid, absorbent, transparent etc. We learnt that materials are chosen for use according to their properties. We have also been on a materials walk around the school to discover which materials were used in the building of our school and also looked at some photos of our school when it was under construction. The children were fascinated by this!
  • In Literacy we have begun some work about the Ted Hughes’ novel The Iron Man. We have started to learn the first section of the story with actions. We have done some drama work about this as well as considering the language used, including similes. We have also begun to write a letter from the character, Hogarth to his friend about when he first saw the Iron Man.
  • In Maths we have been working with money; totalling amounts, finding change and solving problems involving money.
  • We have also begun some art work about the Iron Man. In music we learning about scales and pitch in music as well as starting to learn to read music.

Talk about:

Similes – Remember this means comparing something with another similar thing, using the word like or as. For example, ‘The Iron Man’s helmet guarded his thoughts like armour’

Or, ‘The night was as black as coal.’

See how much of the first section of the ‘Iron Man’ your child can remember.

Have a go at playing the ‘Blob Choir’ – it’s all about recognising the notes which have the same pitch. http://www.echalk.co.uk/tasters/taster1/taster.html

• There are performances of Liang and the Magic Paintbrush on at the Puppet Theatre tomorrow. Details here http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/puppetry/liang-and-the-magic-paintbrush641224663 Ties in with Chinese New Year. There’s also a Chinese Dragon puppet making workshop on too. It looks like there are still spaces.

 Find out some more about Chinese New Year – maybe try some Chinese food and have a go at using chopsticks?

Have a go at speaking Mandarin here http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/mandarin/

 

Week Beginning 13.1.14

Highlights of the week:

  • In Maths we have been applying maths in a real life context by solving word problems. This is a very challenging area of maths so we have been helping ourselves by crossing out the irrelevant information and picking out the important numbers and the words that help us work out what operation we need to do.
  • In Science we have been thinking really hard about what a scientist is and what they do. We drew pictures of our initial thoughts – which featured lots of (mostly male) mad scientists in lab coats with exploding potions! As the week has gone on, and we have been conducting our research, we have discovered that there are many different types of scientist. We have also been learning about some famous scientists and how their work has changed the world.
  • We have also become scientists ourselves! We carried out an investigation into whether cornflour and water is a liquid or a solid. See the talk about section for more information.
  • In Literacy, we have been learning how to write up a science experiment. The children had a go at “cold writing” first, writing the experiment up by themselves and have now begun to learn an example by text mapping it, which they will then learn to recite off by heart by adding actions. This will help them internalise all the language they need to successfully write their own.
  • We have also been working very hard to understand what our targets are in Maths and Literacy, so we know what to do to improve our work and make progress.

Talk about:

  • Your discoveries during the cornflour experiment.
  • How were the results different to your prediction? Were you surprised?
  • Can you explain to someone at home what you observed (what happened) and can you explain why?

Other ideas:

Look at the following websites to find out about some “real” scientists and some slightly more well-known scientists!

http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/scientists/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/scientists.html

Imagine you were a very accomplished scientist. What would you research/invent and why?

 

Week Beginning 6.1.14

Highlights of the week:

  • Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas. Thank you so much for the lovely cards and gifts we received – they were very much appreciated and enjoyed.
  • We've had a very exciting start to the new term. On Wednesday we visited Strangers Hall to learn more about what life was like for the people of Norwich in the years after Kett's Rebellion. We got the chance to talk to a 'rebel' from Kett's army and to meet 'Mayor Codd' who showed us some interesting Tudor artefacts, including an early watering can! We also did some weaving with Marjorie a local weaver. Mayor Codd was very impressed when we helped him lay the table for a feast and Marjorie said we could all get a job as Tudor weavers! Perhaps the highlight of the trip was when Mayor Codd discovered the rebel hiding in the cellar and chased him out of the building!
  • In History we also found out more about the 'Strangers' who gave the hall its name and discovered their link to Norwich City Football Club!
  • In Literacy we've been busy writing a newspaper report about our visit to Strangers Hall.
  • In Maths we have been learning about time. We made a 'slit clock' using two paper plates. It was harder than we thought but we found it very useful when we carried out some investigations.

Talk about:

Our visit to Strangers Hall.

What fascinating facts did we learn about life in Tudor Norwich?

Can you find out more about the textiles/weaving that Norwich was so famous for?

After listening to the stories of the rebel and Mayor Codd which side would you support in Kett's rebellion?

Other ideas:

There’s a star gazing activity run by Norwich Astronomical Society at Thwaite St Mary on Saturday night. It’s from 7.30pm onwards and costs £3 for adults and £1 for children. Apparently the views of Jupiter are amazing at this time of the year. Details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/stargazing-live-extra-time-from-seething-02/occurrence/334422

 

 

Week Beginning 17th November 2013

Highlights of the week:

  • This week we continued our topic on the history of Norwich by stepping back into the past to learn about the events that led to Kett's Rebellion. We imagined what it would have been like to live in Norfolk in the 1500s before common land was enclosed. We then thought about how our lives would have changed when local landowners such as John Flowerdew of Wymondham began enclosing their land and charging locals more rent. We really entered into the spirit of the times and had very strong views on the actions of men like Flowerdew!
  • In maths we have been learning about data handling. We collected data using tally charts and frequency tables and then used a computer program to turn our data into a bar chart. We ended the week by looking at examples of different graphs and answering questions about the data they contained.
  •  In Literacy we have started to learn about how to write an effective newspaper report. We read a report based around the story of Red Riding Hood and text mapped the story so that we could learn it off by heart. We also learnt to identify the '5 W's ' (Who? What?Where?Why? and When?) that should feature in the opening paragraph of a newspaper report.
  • In Art we used sketching pencils to draw some of Norwich's famous historical buildings such as the Cathedral,Castle,Dragon Hall and Guildhall. We shall be adding them to our class map of Norwich.

Talk about:

Newspapers!!

Have a look at some newspaper articles (First News is a children’s newspaper you might find useful - http://www.firstnews.co.uk/) and discuss the ‘5 Ws’ – can you spot all 5 in the opening paragraph?

Other ideas

Kett’s Rebellion happened in 1549. What can you find out about what life was like in England at that time?

• Practise the words for the carols that have been sent home. If you enter each carol on Youtube you can sing along with other singers.

• There is an open day at Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday from 11-4pm. There is a performance for younger children which needs to be booked and paid for. But for children of this age there are plenty of really interesting sounding free, drop in activities. Might be worth a look?

http://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/luna/ scroll down for details of the drop in activities

 

Also discuss the headline – what makes it catchy? How does it introduce the article?

 

 

 

Week beginning: Monday 4th November

 

Highlights of the week:

  • This week we stepped into a new class story set in Medieval Norwich. In our story two children were discovered in woodland by a group of villagers. Remarkably, the children had green skin! In role as the villagers the children had to decide what they should do with the green children. Some of the villagers were very suspicious and others wanted to help. In the end they took the children to the local landowner ‘Sir Richard’. Our story is based on the folk tale The Green Children of Woolpit. The children wrote a diary entry, imagining they were one of the children, one of whom had adapted to their new life better than the other.
  • We have also begun to look at what Norwich City centre was like in medieval times. We compared a modern map of the city centre with maps from the past to see how the city has changed.
  •  As many people celebrate bonfire night at this time of year, the children watched a short clip of a fireworks display and thought of adjectives to describe what they could see and hear. They then went on to create a fireworks shape poem with the words.
  • In mathematics we have been working on measuring in cms (including half and decimals) and mms.

 

Talk about:

When we looked at the old maps of Norwich city centre we noticed that The Castle, The Guildhall, The Cathedral and Dragon Hall all featured.

What can you find out about these important historical buildings?

What were they used for in the past and how are they used now?

When were they built?

How have they changed over the years?

 

Other ideas

We looked at time lines this week and have put significant periods

from history in order. For example, dinosaurs, cavemen, Romans, Saxons, when Norwich Castle was built, when Henry VIII was King and so on. Perhaps you could make a timeline of your family history and significant events? Maybe your child could explain the events they can remember and you could find out about another event or time period to add to our class time line. If you bring in a picture, we could put it add it to the one on the wall.

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Week beginning: Monday 14th October

 

Highlights of the week:

  • This week we’ve continued working on our chocolate theme. We’ve designed packaging for our chocolates and are looking forward to making them next week.
  • In mathematics we’ve done some investigations with dominoes, looking at spotting patterns and continuing them.
  • We’ve been working on looking at the parts of a sentence – particularly focussing on identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives. This is so we can use these types of words in our own writing to make it more interesting for the reader.
  • The last group has been cooking this week and have made pinwheel pizzas which everyone enjoyed tasting.
Talk about:
  • Start a collection of adjectives when you’re reading and talking together. The children were amazed at how many adjectives there were that could be used instead of the word ‘big’. Perhaps you could make a bookmark for adjectives that you find and you could look at every time you read.

 

Other ideas:

Gressenhall have an Apple Day at the weekend. Might be worth a visit? You can identify apples, press them and taste them – as well as the usual lovely Gressenhall activities.

Or how about going apple picking at White House Farm on Blueboar Lane? There are lots of varieties. If you’re taking part in the National Trust 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾ then picking an apple and eating it straight from the tree is one of the things to do. (If you haven’t come across this yet, the booklet is free from any National Trust property.)

We’ve read the part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when Charlie and the other ticket winners enter the chocolate room for the first time. We drew what we thought Charlie would have seen and then wrote our own description as though we were Charlie, trying to use as interesting vocabulary as possible – especially adjectives.Week beginning: 07.10.13

Highlights of the week:

  • Having planned their own version of “Little Red Riding Hood” the children wrote their stories this week. We thought about our language choices, trying to include interesting adjectives and magpie good language from the original story.
  • In mathematics we have been working on 3D and 2D shape. We constructed our own 3D models using plasticine and straws. We then had to describe the properties of our shape using the correct mathematical language. We also learnt how to sort 2D shapes using a venn diagram. We practised our written methods for subtraction.
  • We have continued to learn about chocolate this week. We sequenced the process from bean to bar and drew diagrams to illustrate this.
  • The children celebrated Harvest Festival in assembly on Friday.
  • In ICT the children learnt about the importance of keyboard skills and had a go at touch typing. For further practise at home go to: - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

We continued our weekly carousel of R.E, outdoor learning and Spanish.

Talk about:

1. Find out about the traditions of harvest. Why and how do we celebrate it

Find out about how the school year is still based around harvest time

2. We have been focussing on using rich language in our writing and will be introducing a word of the week…this week’s word is – hideous!

Find out what it means, put it in a sentence and see how many times you can    use it over the weekend.

Please see the letter sent home today for details about open classrooms sessions – next Wednesday 16th October 3.30 – 4.00pm and Thursday 17th October 9.00 – 9.30am.

Other ideas

Play this shape game to consolidate the learning in class this week: -

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/longshape3d.html

Also, there is a free family fungus day event at the John Inness centre on Sunday 10am - 4:00pm http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2013/October/funfunghi

Week beginning: Monday 30th September

Highlights of the week:

  • As the children are very familiar with the language and structure of the well-known fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ they have begun to ‘innovate’ this story.  They have borrowed the basic plot but changed the characters and setting. They had fun this week thinking up their new main character; we had some imaginative ideas, such as ‘Big Black Boots’ and ‘Little White Onesie!’
  • In mathematics we have been working on addition strategies. The children were able to use their knowledge of place value to increase numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.  We have also looked at strategies for adding 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers as well as finding the difference between various numbers.
  • We have continued to think about chocolate in our art lessons.  The children made very careful observational drawings of chocolate packaging. They then learnt how to use a view finder to select an interesting part of the design to enlarge. 
  • We used the research that children had done in the Learner’s Log and found out that cocoa beans grow in hot, humid conditions within a belt 10 degrees from the Equator. This includes countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ecuador, Togo and Indonesia (as well as Ghana which we found out about last week.) We watched a video about how Cadbury Dairy Milk is made- from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. It was really interesting!
  • The next group of Ericson children enjoyed a cookery session this week. They brought back some delicious cheese and broccoli tarts for us all to enjoy.

Talk about:

As the children have planned their own fairy tales based on Little Red Riding Hood, can they have a go at telling you their new stories?

Children-remember to try and borrow some of the language that we learnt from the original story.

Once upon a time…

Moments later….

It wasn’t long before…

From that day forward..

We wondered how many Cadbury chocolate bars are made per minute? Could you find out?

Other ideas

Many of the children enjoyed taking part in the Norwich Gorilla trail over the summer. Sadly the gorillas are now gone but a special show is taking place in the Fusion Gallery (Norwich Forum) looking back at the summer trail and exploring gorillas in the wild.It might be worth a quick look if you are in the city on Saturday.
Mon 30 Sep - Sat 5 Oct from 10am-5pm
 

 

Week beginning Monday 23rd September

 

Highlights of the week:

  • We’ve been very busy in Ericson class again this week!
  • We’ve been busy learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood by heart so that we can recite it.
  • We had fun trying different flavoured chocolates as part of our chocolate theme. Very necessary market research! The children completed an analysis chart in which they had to describe the taste, texture and appearance of each chocolate. Chocolate and honeycomb was the favourite flavour and dark chocolate with sea salt the least favourite.
  • We’ve begun to think about where chocolate comes from and found out that cocoa beans grow in Ghana and Cadbury source their cocoa beans from there. We began to find out a little about Ghana.
  • We are focusing on drawing skills in our art lessons. This week we explored how you can vary the tone of colouring pencils and blend colours.
  • In maths we have been rounding and comparing numbers as well as working on a variety of addition strategies.
  • We have had our second music lesson in which we learnt about the string family of the orchestra and listened to some music by Bach, Pachelbel and Iannis Xenakis. We thought the more modern piece was very weird!

Talk about:

Could you find out some more about Ghana to share with the class?

Could you find out the name of another country which exports cocoa beans?

Have a look on some packaging and see which foods contain cocoa. You might be surprised!

 

Other ideas:

Have a look at this website –http://vimeo.com/22262367 -  it shows you some of the actions we use in our story to help us remember it. See if your child can recite the part of the story we have learnt so far.

There’s an event at the UEA on Saturday celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Have a look at their website http://www.uea.ac.uk/50years/festival-weekend for an overview of the activities taking place.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning Monday 16th September

 

Highlights of the week:

  • Another great week in Ericson class! We began our story telling focus with a familiar tale to get us going. We listened to several versions of the traditional fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. We discussed how we could successfully retell the story and made a large class story map to help with this. The children then made individual story maps and had fun retelling the tale to their friends. The next task was to write the story using the story map to help them trying to remember everything about writing they learnt last year as well as writing in their beautiful handwriting they have been practising!
  • We have been learning about place value in maths – revising the value and position of each digit in a number. We have also been practising number bonds to 10, 20, 100 and 1000, using these facts for both addition and subtraction.
  • We were really lucky to be one of the first classes to start cooking sessions. We really enjoyed tasting the cheese and spinach muffins that some of us made. Some more of us will get the chance to cook something different next week which we will all taste and will bring the recipe home for.
  • We used oil pastels to draw our self-portrait trying very hard to make them as life-like as possible!
    We began some outdoor learning, investigating the different types of trees that our in our grounds. The children were surprised to find we actually have quite a few – hawthorn, rowan, alder, birch, holly and beech to name a few!
     
    Talk about:
     
     

    Do you have any trees in your garden or grandparent’s gardens? What are they? Use the leaf identification sheet here http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/download/hunt_leaves.htm to help you.

     

    Tell your family the Little Red Riding Hood story. You could try passing the story round the family. You could start, and then pass the story on to your child, who passes it on to their brother or sister or Dad or Grandma… You get the idea!

     

    Try cooking the spinach and cheese muffins. Can you follow the steps in the recipe? Do you like them? In class, we were quite surprised that you can’t really taste the spinach!

     

    Other ideas:

    Play some interactive games to help you practise the maths we have learnt in class this week.

    Go to the following website http://www.topmarks.co.uk and type place value into the search engine. Have fun!

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

Week beginning Monday 9th September

Highlights of the week:

  • We are delighted with how well the children have settled into Ericson Class! We have spent a lot of time thinking about the sort of class we would like to work in and have all agreed to adhere to our class contract so that we are all happy, safe and can learn.
  • We have participated in several team work activities in which we had to collaborate and solve problems. One challenge was to build the tallest tower using only one packet of midget gems and one packet of cocktail sticks. The towers had to stand up by themselves and all the children in the team had to be fully involved in the design and construction of the towers.
  • The children have been working hard on making their work look absolutely beautiful. We have been practising our handwriting every day and creating fabulous front covers for our books so that we can produce work that we are really proud of.
  • This week we have been learning the poem ‘I want it now’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The children have learnt the poem off by heart and were able to perform it with actions during Friday’s assembly on Roald Dahl Day.

 

The children have decided that their classroom groups should be named after their favourite chocolate. As the children have expressed an interest in chocolate and we are currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our class book we have decided to find out more about this sweet treat!

 

Do you know where chocolate comes from and how it is made?

Can you find out any fun facts about chocolate?

Can anybody in your family remember the chocolate factory that used to be in Norwich city centre? Maybe somebody you know used to work there?

Talk about:

 

The children have decided that their classroom groups should be named after their favourite chocolate. As the children have expressed an interest in chocolate and we are currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our class book we have decided to find out more about this sweet treat!

 

Do you know where chocolate comes from and how it is made?

Can you find out any fun facts about chocolate?

Can anybody in your family remember the chocolate factory that used to be in Norwich city centre? Maybe somebody you know used to work there?

 

 

 

Other ideas:

Visit the official Roald Dahl website to find out more about the famous author.

www.roalddahlmuseum.org

 

In preparation for our upcoming work about Buildings in the Community you could check out some of the activities taking place in Norfolk this weekend for the Norfolk Heritage Open Days. There is LOADS of choice of things to do. Have a look on their website http://www.heritagecity.org/hods/ and click on the link to download the heritage open day’s brochure. If you visit any interesting events or buildings, do record your visit in this Learner’s Log so that your child can share their experience with the rest of the class.