It's been another busy week for Talland Class. We have been learning all about our mouth and more importantly, how our teeth help us to eat our favourite foods. Next week we will find out what happens to our food once we have swallowed it and that the journey it takes doesn't always finish in our stomachs! Our second Ukulele session went well and the children are really getting to grips with the instrument. In P.E., we have developed our striking and fielding skills and played a game of Cricket which we thoroughly enjoyed, as well as completing a 'Summer Flow' sequence in Yoga. We have become very skillful in flowing from a Downward Dog into a Cobra pose!
We have recognised what would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore's (101) birthday today by finishing off with a fun challenge. We were estimating what objects in the class might be 100cm long. Flynn and Jazz were the closest!
As next week begins with a Bank Holiday, we only have a four day week. We will be looking into the Digestive System for our Enquiry, finding change and multiplying money in Maths, planning and first-draft writing a detailed explanation text in English and yes, it is our 'poop' experiment week, conducting a digestion experiment...
This afternoon, Talland began to design a picture to enter a Royal Mail, nationwide competition. It is to design a new stamp with a picture of their favourite Covid Superhero. It could be a doctor, nurse, keyworker (shop assistant, delivery driver, teacher) or anybody they think deserves to be recognised. The closing date isn't for a while so we will take our time and perfect our entries over the next few weeks. The winning children will get their picture made into an official postage stamp - authorised by Her Majesty the Queen herself! Exciting times.
As mentioned in a letter from Mrs Hillman, I have attached a Homework Grid - or in Talland's case, a Working at Home Grid. This is designed, not to give you any additional work to do but to provide you with a range of activities you can do with your child to support their learning outside of school. We do not require these to be brought in however, if your child would like to show off their learning, then please email me a picture so that I can put them on a powerpoint and show the rest of the class. See the links to some fun science experiments about our bodies! As always, please continue with times table practise and daily reading to boost fluency and stamina.
Thank you, as always, for your support and enjoy your extended Bank Holiday weekend.
See you on Tuesday!
Well, my body is pretty tired after our first week back!
In English, we have been focusing on our SPaG: identifying word classes and understanding when to use 'a' or 'an' before a noun or adjective. For Maths, it has been all about Money and we have progressed to applying our skills in column addition to find a range of amounts in both pounds and pence. In PE we have been Striking and Fielding and have progressed steadily to play a cricket match. The weather was kind and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We have also painted our pots and they are now drying over the weekend, ready for taking home on Monday. Our first Ukulele lesson went well this week and we hope to see a lot of happy, smiling faces as they progress over the coming weeks.
As you can see from the title, our new enquiry is, How Does My Body Work? During the next few weeks, we will be finding out about ourselves as humans by: learning about our teeth and their function, what happens to our food after we have swallowed it, the importance our heart is to our body, as well as finding out some interesting facts. Elisia wants to know why we get shooting pains, Peyton would like to find out why we blink, Bowie wants to know how our tongue and taste buds work and Jazz wants to know how our brain remembers our memories! These are all amazing questions and only a handful of what Talland Class want to find out.
Next week will be full of new learning. We will continue to add and subract money, finding change and familiarising ourselves with the decimal system. In English, we will be familiarising ourselves with the features we will need to write an Explanation text based upon the Digestive System - yes, we will be finding out where our 'poo' comes from! Our Enquiry will begin with our mouth and we will be exploring the different types of teeth we have and their functions.
As always, please continue to read with your child daily as this greatly improves their fluncy and stamina. They are continuing to learn the key vocabulary and technical words needed for their learning daily, however please can you plod on with the currilculum spelling words for their Year Group as it really makes a difference to their reading and writing.
Anyway, the weather is looking good (albeit windy) so have a lovely weekend and I will see you all Monday morning!
Another week in Talland class is over and it has been fun-packed to the end! We have been writing up our best copies of The Tin Forest and completing a book review, investigating equivalent, improper and mixed number fractions, playing Cricket and performing Yoga poses in PE and delving into the history of chocolate and how it is made. We had a taste-testing experiment Friday afternoon and we all agreed that dark chocolate was by far the most bitter but we couldn't decide whether milk or white chocolate is the sweetest. What do you think?
So there is only four days to our final week and we are not going to waste a second of it! We will begin our new area of Maths on Monday (Money), create a book trailer for English/ICT based on The Tin Forest, learn about the importance of Easter to certain faiths (and the significance of Easter Eggs to us) and complete our enquiry for this half term designing plant pots for take our seeds home in. As you can see, we are watering our experiments daily and are keeping a 'Seed Journal' which we update weekly. This will carry over into next half term, running side by side with our next enquiry.
Parents, just a quick note to say thank you for the lovely parent consultations this week. It is always a joy to speak to you all and discuss your child's wellbeing. Any issues then I am always on hand to talk - just contact Mrs Joslin and I'll get back to you.
Anyway, time to enjoy the weekend.
Take care and see you next week!
Another week has passed, and this week brought with it some lovely weather. Talland made the most of it and spent much of our learning time outside. We did Guided Reading outdoors, learnt to identify Fractions in Maths whilst soaking up the sun as well as learnt the skills to play an awesome game in PE.
As you can see, we have been busy planting up as part of our enquiry in to "Do you need to sow it to grow it?" and we have created numerous experiments. We have learnt that plants need sunlight, water and soil to grow so we are investigating whether plants will still grow if one of those variables are substituted for another. Instead of water, we are hydrating the seeds with coke, orange juice or milk. Instead of soil we have tissue paper and instead of sunlight, we have one seed growing in the dark.
This week, we will look into whether carrot tops can produce flowers if put into soil, whether a hydrangea bulb will root without soil or being immersed into water, and if coffee grounds support healthy plant growth. In Maths we will be continuing with Fractions, building up or understanding of equivalent fractions, and in English we will be edting, improving and writing up our best copy of the Tin Forest before moving onto writing a book review and creating a book trailer using ICT next week.
It is such a joy to have all of the children back in school and life seems to have resumed back to the way it was before Chritmas and Lockdown 2. Many thanks, as always, for your support and I look forward to seeing/speaking to you individually during our parent consultations via TEAMS this week (check your emails for information).
This is the enquiry question on Talland's lips this half term!
We have had a jam-packed first week back. We have learnt the class story, The Tin Forest by heart, began to change aspects of the story to make it our own and begun to plan our big write for next week.
In Maths we have recapped some of our understanding of addition and multiplication and learnt some new methods for calculating these problems. Mrs Gibbins taught Talland's Enquiry on Wednesday - looking at farming around the world and we thoroughly enjoyed Mrs Butlin's singing session on Thursday. In P.E we are focusing on our wellbeing by learning some Yoga poses as well as brushing up on our Striking and Fielding skills outdoors. This will continue throughout the rest of the half term.
Next week we will be writing our own version of The Tin Forest in English, going back to Fractions in Maths (finding equivalent fractions/adding fractions) and learning about the importance of Photosynthesis for life on Earth and delving into the origins of chocolate as part of the historical aspects of our enquiry. I will be sending a letter home on Monday to ask permission for Talland to have a 'chocolate sampling' session so please could you let me know (via the form's return) as to whether you give permission for this. All food will be wrapped and unopen when bought and I will be wearing the correct PPE to distribute it safely.
No other news from me except me wishing you a well deserved, relaxing weekend and get ready for another busy week in Talland class!
Take care, Miss Randle
You have all worked incredibly hard over the past few weeks of remote learning and I am so proud of the way we have all come together. We have experienced many technical issues (glitches, logging in and out and printing problems) but have managed to weather the storm and come out the other end.
We are all looking forward to seeing you in school on Monday where we will all reconnect with each other and settle back into school life.
"Have a lovely weekend and Miss Randle, Mrs Evered, Mr Bishop and Mrs Thomas will see you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning!"
We have made it, Talland. Our last day of remote learning! It has been quite a journey but I know that together we have learnt so much.
The final learning grid and resources are attached. Please take the last part of Friday afternoon to prepare your work for Monday and add to it any pieces you are proud of or want me to see. If you have not yet created a 'tin' flower then please try to do so as it will look fabulous on our display. Mrs Thomas and I have worked hard on it and I know you will all love it!
The list of work is below and I have added to it. I would like you to bring in all of the Tin Forest work you have done as it is an ongoing unit for English, as well as the afternoon work from this week as again, it is ongoing.
It's World Book Day, Talland Class!
We have a host of exciting activities lined up for you today , starting with our online learning at 9:30.
We are looking forward to seeing you all dressed up as a character from one of your favourite books - any ideas which characters Mrs Thomas and Miss Randle will be dressed like? The clue to Miss Randle's outfit is in the picture and for Mrs Thomas, just think 'lost and found!'
Walliams, it is your guided reading afternoon so please make sure you log back on at 1pm for our next instalment of The Hodgeheg.
The grid and resources are attached below. For the afternoon, we have created a grid of suggestions for you to do either on your own or with your grown ups - choose which you'd prefer and we will make time on Friday to share our creations.
Please make sure that you have with you your book character and favourite book to share with the class when we log on at 9:30.
See you then,
Miss Randle and Mrs Thomas.
It's mid-week already! Thank you for another lovely morning, Talland Class. I'm getting excited now to see you guys on Monday. Check out Flynn's 'tin flower' for our classroom display. Isn't it lovely! Can you create one to hang up in our Tin Forest?
So, just a couple of notices:
1) I forgot to mention that you need to bring in your Success Criteria books from home to transfer your notes into your school version.
2) Mrs Hillman's writing group have a session at 1pm (Wednesday 3rd) - an invite should be with you already.
3) This is the last afternoon for you to prepare your book character for Thursday so please take time to ensure they are ready to show. We will be sharing your favourite book too so make sure it's ready.
4) There is no singing this week, so Thursday's GR group (Walliams) will be normal time (1:00 - 1:30pm) with Miss R.
The learning grid and resources are attached.
See you at 9:30!
Miss R and Mrs Thomas
HEY TALLAND CLASS!
I thoroughly enjoyed our learning this morning. I hope that you have created some amazing World Book Day characters - Walliams, you will have chance to finish off this afternoon whilst the Dahls and Seuss' have their guided reading with myself and Mrs Thomas.
Below is the list of work that I would like you to start collecting up to bring into school next week. Don't worry if you haven't got a particular piece, just bring something else in for that subject.
Tuesday's learning grid and resources are attached.
POLITE NOTICE: CAN I PLEASE HAVE THE ENGLISH AND MATHS IN FOR TODAY SO THAT I CAN MARK THEM. NO EXTENSION MATHS ANSWERS ON BLOG AS I WOULD LIKE THOSE IN AS WELL. Thank you!
See you at 9:30.
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