Autumn Term - 2018/19
This term in Mathematics, Brunel have been making further connections with numbers through taking a deeper look at place value (We even covered this in a place value song in our class assembly!). From this deeper understanding we can confidently multiply and divide numbers by 10, the next step is 100. For example if we know that 2x6=12 then we know that 20x6=120. For a few weeks, Brunel class have been learning formal methods of addition and subtraction (The expanded column method) and the children can do this confidently with big and small numbers. “If we don’t have enough in our columns we knock next door” was a line from our assembly and it has really helped to solidify the children’s understanding and has become a mantra of the classroom. We have been working on using the inverse operation to solve problems and the children have flourished while doing this. They can apply the skills learnt to word problems, which makes the learning more contextual, and the children are able to express number related facts! If we know that 5x4 = 20 then we also know that 4x4=20, 20÷4=5 and 20÷5= 4.
This term our two science topics have been rocks and soils and forces. Throughout both of the topics there has been an underpinning of teaching children what a fair test is and the variables which contribute towards a fair test. As a result of this the children are confident in setting up practical investigations and can confidently record their findings in different ways and draw simple conclusions from them. We further developed our understanding of scientific vocabulary, learned how soil was made, discussed the different types of rock and we discussed why different types of rocks are used for different jobs based on their properties. The children were fascinated by rocks and soils and it got to the point where my desk was full of rocks! It is this curiosity and enthusiasm which breeds discussion though, so despite the mess, I was very happy with the learning achieved from this topic. Towards the end of this term, we carried out practical activities to observe how objects behave on different surfaces and we explored magnets and magnetic materials. The children were really excited to learn about magnets and we carried out a practical experiment to see which materials in the classroom were magnetic or not. We also carried out an experiment to test the strength of a magnet using iron filings.
In English we have been reading the text Stig of the Dump and the children have really enjoyed the links this book has made into our Creative Curriculum work which is all about the Stone Age. Using our knowledge of the main characters we were able to write detailed character descriptions through using precise adjectives and adverbs. The children were brilliant in using expanded noun phrases to describe a character or scene so we looked deeper into descriptive language and used similes to help describe a character and scene. We explored dialogue through drama and we wrote letters to establish a viewpoint and make predictions. The children particularly enjoyed writing from the perspective of the fly on Stigs cave roof. Our work has provided us with opportunities to write in first person, use a range of conjunctions and prepositions and begin to use a comma to mark a clause. The children have been analysing different text types and we studied Non Chronological reports. As a result of this we can draft material, such as instructions, using headings and sub-headings to organise work. We can then use detail (In the form of descriptive language) to clarify information and we have also been learning to spell words with contracted forms correctly.
Our creative curriculum topic has tied in with our English work and the children have been examining cavemen. We have been putting key historical events onto timelines and we learnt a lot about Skara Brae which is a stone-built Neolithic settlement which was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC. The children have really enjoyed this term in CC as they have been able to express themselves through making a prehistoric art piece and they have learnt about other key monuments such as Stone Henge. This year, Danson celebrated Black History Month on Tuesday, 30th October. The theme this year was ‘Culture’ and, as part of this special day, the children were introduced to stories from a range of African and Caribbean countries. Each year group were given a specific story to look at and spent some time retelling it through a range of writing and drama activities. Following this, they then spent the rest of the day studying their chosen country and looking at various aspects including, geography, food, art and music.