Monday, 30 April 2018

Fun with FRACTIONS!!!

Is there a better way to learn all about fractions.......In Maths we have used a range of PE equipment (bibs, cones, hoops, bean bags) to investigate and understand fractions, specifically a half, and a quarter.

The children have been working exceptionally hard to understand this concept, and we are beginning to feel so much more confident with fractions of amounts.

Some of the discussions we have had, either in pairs or as a whole class, have been so unbelievably beneficial! Who ever thought that a set of cones and beanbags would be so much fun???

Well done everyone :) Fantastic effort!!!!

Sports Day is on the horizon!!!!

As always, during the summer term, the weather is now on our side (most of the time), and we can take every opportunity to get outside in the sunshine, and promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle! However, was raining, therefore our PE had to be inside (thanks weather!) Yet, as a class who absolutely love PE, being inside did not matter, we were all ready and raring to go, and to continue with our preparation for sports day! Today was all about running!!!!!!!

Our warm up today, was solely based on teamwork and keeping active. The game was called......The Equipment Monster......someone, (the monster), had left a load of PE equipment very neatly in the middle of our school hall. Now the children's job was to collect this equipment as a team, one at a time, and only one piece of equipment at a time. You may think, how were the children active when it was only one at a time?? Well, the answer to that, is the fact that the children were without a doubt, jumping up and down in excitement to collect the next piece of equipment. Why so excited you ask? Well, each piece of equipment was worth points, from 1 point, all the way up to 1000 points! What a competition we had!!!! The children loved it!!! Once the time was up, the children had the opportunity to add up all of their pieces of equipment.....we do love Maths as well, so what better way to practise our mental arithmetic skills!!!!

After our fantastic warm up, we learnt about stamina and its importance during physical activity. As well as one of our whole school values of perseverance. The children were then tasked with beginning some long distance running training by running continuously for 1 minute. After this was achieved, we had a short break, and then ran continuously for 2 minutes. Then after another short break, we ran continuously for 3 minutes. I can honestly say that every single child in our class was able to run non-stop which was not easy. They showed fantastic determination, and were really made me proud. Challenge for next continuously for 5 minutes!!

Well done everyone :) 

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Habitat Walk vs. The Brixham Monsoon

Today, the whole class (and the two other Year 3/4 classes) went on a local walk to investigate different habitats as part of our Science learning, and our topic this term.....Animal Kingdom. We planned to investigate a beach, a woodland and a meadow, however, during the walk, something drastically changed.......the weather!!!!!!!!

We started off, by having a 10 minute walk to the meadow, which Miss Shears had previously explored to ensure it was still there!!!! Miss Shears kept telling us that we were nearly there....after the fifth time of her saying it, we started to not believe her, however, after what seemed like we had been walking for most of the day (it was only 7 minutes), we saw the meadow!! Such excitement roared throughout our class!!! We were there......finally!!!!!!

We spread off into our groups, and found the best places to lay out our quads. We were proper scientists today.....we had nets, pooters, magnifying glasses, and used these to see what different types of plants and animals we could see in our quad.

We recorded as much information as possible, and then all of a sudden we heard Miss Shears and Mrs Hall excitedly talking to each other about what they had seen......a buzzard!!!!!

After 15 minutes of investigating the meadow, it was time to move onto our next habitat (in the spirit of fair testing!!) We walked through a fair bit of woodland, and then decided on the best place to lay down our quads. Some more fantastic investigating by everyone.

However.....something was wrong!! Something was very wrong!!!

Mrs Hall began looking up to the sky, and Miss Shears was starting to wonder around as if she was looking for a place to hibernate! Before we had chance to take our next breath, the heaven's opened, and it was like we were in the middle of monsoon season!!!!!! As locals to Brixham, we are all very much used to being caught in a shower (at this point we are very glad that Miss Shears wanted us to wear our coats!!) We began to shelter under trees, which was not at all helpful, as it just ran off the branches, onto the leaves and eventually on us!!!! 

In front of our very own eyes, we could see our quads getting ruined!!! Water and paper does not mix well!!!!! It seemed we were sheltering for a long time (15 minutes apparently), and the rain still was not showing any signs of slowing down! Luckily, it did, so we all started to make our way to the meeting point, in the hope the other classes had also found some kind of shelter, which at this point, we think we would have been drier if we had gone in the sea for a swim!!!!!!! 

Even though we had to cut the habitat walk short, and we didn't manage to make it to the beach due what we can only describe as a monsoon, we are lucky to be part of a fantastic group of 3 classes all of whom were willing to share their investigative results from each habitat! Such fantastic spirit by everyone!! Ultimately, we all enjoyed the walk, and we look forward to our next trip!!!!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Tennis Superstars!!!!

As part of our PE learning this term, we have started our first summer sport of tennis. Today we learnt how to hold the tennis racket, how to set up the tennis nets as well as the forehand drive. We started by getting used to what it feels like having a tennis ball on the strings, and seeing if we could control the ball successfully on the strings. This involved several mini class competitions, as well as working on our fitness and movement with the racket itself.

For some of our children, this was the first time they have ever held a tennis racket, so I was very proud of all them for giving 100% effort to try a new sport (which is now all they talk about!!!) We continued to practise striking the ball with the racket, either with a partner or against the ground just to get a feel for the sport! The children absolutely loved it!!!

We eventually progressed on using the net.....we made it clear how it was not how powerful they could strike the ball, but that the ball landed within the court markings. I want the children to feel confident with the tennis racket, developing the skill of striking the ball confidently, and then within the next few weeks, we will begin to develop the power behind each of our strokes! After several practise shots of hitting the ball over the net, the children were put into small teams and we began to play Kings and Queens of the court. The children loved this, and we could all see how everyone thoroughly enjoys playing this amazing sport!! 

Next week, we will be reiterating the importance of the 'ready position' and the 'backhand stroke' as well as playing the game FREEZE JAIL......we look forward to continuing developing our tennis stars of the future!!!!

The Digestive System - experiment

We had great fun this afternoon learning all about the digestive system. We learnt this by showing it practically.....which definitely was gruesome, had us all in complete stitches, yet we learnt so much about the process, it was without a doubt one of the best science lessons ever!!

We began by sharing the resources and the equipment we needed, which included: a banana and some cream crackers - what a lovely combination! We represented eating these glorious snacks, but putting them in a bag which represented the stomach! We then added some water (which was saliva), and some orange juice (stomach acid). Now came the first gruesome part......we had to squash this together (as if it was being digested in the stomach.) Such a fun part of the lesson, the children were roaring with excitement, 'squeezing' the banana and crackers together.....definitely disgusting!!!

We then used half a pair of tights (which represented the small intestine), and we poured the contents of our stomach (what was in the bag), through the small intestines (tights)! Now this was the part, where we started to get our hands dirty! We were physically moving the food through the intestine (with our hands), and representing what happens inside our body when we eat. Lots of us had a good go at pushing the food through the intestine, and we could see what our body is unable to digest.....we all wondered what will happen with this!!!

It wasn't until someone in the classroom called out, "well, we go to the toilet don't we?" Such a perfect response, and even more excitement exploding around the classroom because of what is about to happen!!!! We then practically showed what happens to the food at the end of the digestion process....which was all about going to the toilet!!!!

Such a fantastic afternoon of learning!! Well done everyone!!!