Maserati Class-Spring Term 1, 2022

Please find out topic web for this half term below:

Week beginning 14.02.2022-18.02.2022

This week, we had a wonderful time completing our topic. We had a fantastic Greek day where the children came in dressed as Greek people, or Greek gods or goddesses, and they even had their name places in Greek on their tables.

The children did a fantastic job of decorating the classroom for this day. They turned the reading area into a reading temple with symbols for each of the gods and goddesses they enjoyed, as well as creating symbols for the gods and goddesses around the classroom. One group created some vines that we hung from the ceiling and then another group made some columns to go on the walls.

On our day, we explored some of the Greek inventions which we still use today – we even found out that the original automatic door was made by the Greeks! We did some running in spirit of the Olympics and learnt about the origins of this great sporting event. The children practised their Greek letter writing and even practised saying some Greek words.

The children also had their class reward and watched Hercules which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Week beginning 07.02.2022-11.02.2022

This week, the children completed their English unit exploring myths and legends by considering paragraphs and where we could use them. The children then wrote up their draft versions neatly. Using details from their stories, they then drafted the designs for their story pages and then created their final presentation pages. These have been turned into a class book for our reading corner and it is a fantastic read!

In Maths this week, we continued our work on length, perimeter and area. Some of the children explored various aspects of area, thinking about what it is, how we could find it by counting squares and how we could use multiplication to find areas for rectangles or squares. The other children finished exploring measurement and moved onto exploring perimeter. We used string to measure the lengths around 2D shapes and then used rulers to help us measure how long the string was. We also thought about how we could use side lengths we have already been given to find areas of shapes.

As part of our PSHE lessons this week, we finalised our designs for our garden project – thinking about how we could create a garden that would benefit someone who faces a specific challenge – and thought about what a good way to open the gardens would be.

Linking to learning we did at home last week, we re-considered the Greek gods’ and goddesses’ family tree and thought about our own god or goddess creations. We created a list of information for each of our own characters which we will use next week in our Computing work.

In Music, we listened to a melody which used only three notes and practised playing this on tuned percussion instruments. We then looked at, and discussed stave notation, before working with a group to create our own melody using only three notes which we notated on a blank stave.

Week beginning 31.01.2022-04.02.2022

Even though we were home learning this week, the children did some absolutely incredible learning. They created some wonderful stories about different characters they created from the royal families of different animal species. They researched the Greek deities’ family tree and then thought about where the gaps in powers and skills are. The children then created family trees for their own families which showed their family’s super powers, and conducted a science experiment into the effect that heat has on different materials.

Week beginning 24.01.2022-28.01.2022

We have done so much fantastic writing in Maserati this week!  The children each planned their own myth based off of a character from the map page of the Myth Atlas, thinking about our 4W’s for our character introduction, and created a story map to show the events of their story.  From this, the children wrote their myths over two writing sessions and then – after helping Miss Coole edit and improve her own writing – they edited and improved their own myths independently.  On Friday, we wrote up our myths in neat and then used this to help us create a myth story page just like the ones in our Atlas!

In Maths this week, we have been completing our multiplication and division unit.  Some of the children finished dividing 2-digits by 1-digit and moved onto consider scaling and how we could combine objects from two different groups in a range of ways.  Other children completed their learning on dividing a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number and followed this up by exploring correspondence problems.  The children have been resilient in maths this week, even when we have found things tricky the children have kept going and persevered.

As part of our Guided Reading this week, we explored a new scene from our playscript linked to the story of Odysseus and the cyclops, Polyphemus.  We considered how important expression is when delivering lines from a script, or in our everyday reading, and we practised creating a range of different expressions with our partners and then used this to help us when we read aloud the playscript as a class.  Some children even had to try and read all their lines using only one expression, while the other children tried to guess which expression they had chosen.

In PSHE this week, we have begun to consider how an outdoor space, such as a garden, can be beneficial for those who face challenges such as limited mobility or those who have no outdoor space.  The children have been split up into teams and, over the next few weeks, will be designing gardens for someone facing a specific challenge.

During our Italian lessons this week, we have been practising how to say the names of different shops we might need to know and in Computing we explored the online world of Interland – a virtual world created to help us learn about online safety.

Week beginning 17.01.2022-21.01.2022

In English this week, we continued our journey through myths.  At the beginning of the week we focused on our use of fronted adverbials and worked on editing writing to ensure we are writing in the past tense correctly and consistently.  Then, as a class, we have worked on creating our own myth story which includes one of our favourite Greeks of the moment – Hercules!  We created an exciting myth and re-told it as a story map.  Following this, we started writing the myth as a group so we could collaborate and share ideas and then the children then finished the myth independently.

For maths, we have continued to work on our dividing skills using manipulatives to help us with dividing and exchanging.  We have practised using our Base 10, and other resources, to help us with our sharing to divide and then using these to exchange and find remainders.

In our topic work this week, we have delved into the story of the Trojan horse and the events which led up to this devastating war and cunning moment of military strategy.  The children have used their research skills to discover more about the Olympian gods and learn facts about key moment in the Ancient Greek timeline.

As part of our PE, we have been exploring stamina and endurance.  The children discussed what these words meant and why they were important for athletes. The children then completed a series of short bursts of activities with rests in between and then, during their outdoor session, worked on running for a sustained period of time.

In Music, we have begun to explore the concept of pitch and how we can use hand gestures to conduct a performer’s pitch.  We have also begun to discuss and practise some songs linked to our learning behaviour of resilience.

We have also enjoyed exploring our independent challenges in our Science area and reading corner. We have been sorting materials into the correct states of matter and using playdough to create particle diagrams for Science. For our topic-themed activities in the reading corner, we have been using playdough to re-create the faces of gods or goddesses and have been using sticks and other materials to build temples.

Week beginning 10.01.2022

This week the children really immersed themselves in our new class text for English, which is called the ‘Myth Atlas’. It explores a range of different cultures and myths which are important to them. We began by exploring a myth map and discussing what we might be able to notice about a culture from that map. From the Polynesian map, we noticed that there were lots of colours and images with links to the four elements and so we thought this might be important to Polynesian people. Then, we looked at a range of character introductions and used what we learnt to create our own information for a character introduction using the 4W’s – who, what, where and why. After this, we learnt a myth from the Polynesian culture all about Maui and we realised that on each myth page there was a message from the story; however, this message was a popular phrase given a funny twist. We worked as a class to identify the key parts of the story and then the children worked in pairs to create an action for each events. Then, we worked to put all these actions together to help us re-tell the story. Finally, we used what we knew about Maui’s myth to help us explore and identify key parts of myth structure. We used this to help us identify key parts in a myth involving a giant chicken!

In Maths, we started our new unit on multiplication and division and explored different methods we could use to multiply digits together. Some children worked on using lots of methods to multiply a 2-digit number b a 1-digit number, especially using a place value grid to help us do multiplication through repeated addition. Others worked on extending their learning to multiply 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and had to make sure they were doing their exchanges in the right columns to get the correct answers.

In Guided Reading, we started exploring a playscript called ‘Odysseus and the Cyclops’ which tells us about Odysseus and his men returning from Troy and the one-eyed mythical creature they faced. The children really enjoyed taking the script and working in groups to act it out. We started by doing a table read of the script to familiarise ourselves with the story. Then, we had to consider our expression and use of voice to help us bring the character to life. The children then really engaged with their creativity and used their resources in class to help them act it out – using bean bags as rocks for the opening of the cave and pencils as wood to throw on the fire!

For our Science this half term, we will be focusing on the three states of matter. This week we looked at identifying what the states of matter are – solid, liquid and gas – and thinking about how the particles in each state of matter behave. To help us understand this, we even played ‘Solid, Liquid and Gas’ where the children had to behave like particles in the state of matter that was called out.

As part of our topic, we discovered the story of Icarus, Daedalus and the Minotaur’s maze. We learnt the story and then looked at a range of maps of the island of Crete. We explored the maps carefully and then discussed what we noticed about the features of the island from the map – such as mountains, rivers, etc. We then chose where we would decide to build the Minotaur’s maze and explained our choice and some children even designed their own Minotaur’s maze.

For our art work this week, we used a picture of a bull to sketch what we though a Minotaur’s head might look like to help us with our art project for this half term. We will be creating our own Minotaur heads out of papier mache and so will we use these designs to help us with our creations!

We have also been enjoying our in-class fine motor skills challenges this week. One challenge was to use scissors to cut out a given shape and then fold it to create a paper helicopter. We were then able to experiment with dropping them from different heights to see what happened! Our other challenge was to cut out the template for a fortune teller out of paper and then fold it to create the fortune teller shape.