Thursday, 28 April 2016

Week beginning 25.04.16

It’s been a busy start back to the new term!
Our new topic for the summer term is ‘Harpenden-Our Local Area’. We have begun by looking at the wider area: The children have been using atlases to study maps of the World and the United Kingdom. They have been introduced to terms such Equator, Longitude and Latitude. The children were able to identify different counties in England and describe their location in relation to each other using compass directions. This week the children were exploring a map of Harpenden and using grid references to identify landmarks such as St. Nicholas Church, the Railway Station and even St. Dominics Primary School! Later on in the term we will study the History of Harpenden.
In Literacy this term we have been studying poems by Grace Nicholls, John Foster and Valerie Bloom. The children have produced a range of different poems throughout this unit including shape poems, choral poems, haikus and cinquains.  They never fail to impress me with their ability to write fantastic poetry. They have been working hard to include figurative language in their poems, such as similes, metaphors and personification. Next week we will begin our fiction unit ‘Iron Man’.
In Maths this week we have been practicing our times tables! We have also been using the vertical method to multiply 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers, 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers and amounts of money. The children have been estimating first by rounding to the nearest 10 or 100. Next week in Maths we will be using Roman Numerals and calculating the area of complex shapes.
Our new topic in Science this term is ‘Living Things’. I have been amazed by the children’s prior knowledge of this particular topic; it is clearly something that interests many of them. We have been busy identify the habitats of animals and classifying them using branching diagrams. We hope to go on a nature walk of the school grounds next week-weather permitting!
Just a reminder that swimming lessons will be starting next Friday 6th May at 9:30am. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume (girls) or swimming trunks (boys). They will also need a swimming hat but goggles are optional. Thank you to those parents who have already handed in the money and reply slip, Mrs O’Mahony is busy arranging a rota for those parents who are able to walk to/from the pool.