Welcome to Laurel!
Welcome to our class page! Please check back regularly to see the exciting things that we have been getting up to and to see examples of the children's excellent work.
Storytelling Festival trip!
On Tuesday 16th October we had the opportunity to go to the University of Worcester to take part in their 'Storytelling Festival'. As part of this trip, we got shown around the Infirmary and we learnt all about the University Campus' past as a hospital. We then listened to the author 'Steve Cole' talking about and sharing some of his books. He had us all laughing with his tales about superheroes and how the characters in his books came to be.
This year we are starting each day with 'Active 10'. This involves us using different pieces of apparatus to get moving and to wake ourselves up ready to learn. This week we have been using ladders.
If this is the answer, what is the question?
This week in Maths we have been exploring written methods of addition, with a focus on using partitioning and the column method. Today, the children were given the answer to a Maths problem and they had to come up with what the question might be. The children worked creatively, and challenged themselves by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing!
Using personification in English
This week in English we have been looking at the poem 'Budapest' which uses personification, describing the pen as a 'strange animal foraging for grubs and insects'. Using this poem as our inspiration, we have been describing places from around the world, including Times Square, New York. See some of our fantastic descriptions below.
Making a circuit in Science.
We have had a brilliant start back to school! Over the last two weeks, we have been looking at a school-wide topic which focuses on children's rights. We started our topic by seeing what children's rights might be like in Zimbabwe, Syria, Macedonia and Thailand, compared to England. We then wrote persuasive letters to the UN, convincing them to help children who don't have the same rights as we do.
In Maths we have been looking at place value, we have estimated numbers on a number line, identified how many thousands, hundreds, tens and ones a number has and we have started to look at Roman Numerals.
In our topic lessons we have been exploring inspirational people from the past, finding out how they've affected people's rights. We've also compared Kempsey to other places around the words, as well as sketching images based on our rights.
Laurel Class Academic year 2017 - 2018
A week in Laurel Class (11.6.18 - 15.6.18)
This week in Maths we have been looking at measures and carrying out lots of practical activities. We have been estimating how much something weighs, using our capacity skills to create potions and converting measurements. To finish off the week, we took part in 'The Great Kempsey Bake Off!'. Each table was given a recipe and a set of ingredients. They needed to use their knowledge of measures to carefully weigh and measure the amounts of each ingredient, in order to produce the best cake. The cakes were then judged by Mrs Williams and Mrs Stubbs, who has a difficult job as all of the children had worked so hard.
A week in Laurel Class (4.6.18 - 8.6.18)
This week in English, we have been writing non-chronological reports on an animal, making sure that we include headings, subheadings, effective adjectives and paragraphs. In Maths we have been looking at data analysis. We have collected data and created bar charts and line graphs. We have also been answering questions about data and comparing it too.
In Science this week, we have continued to look at the plank kingdom, comparing leaves and discussing the different types of plants in the world.
In computing, we looked at how the internet works. We found out that when someone searches for something on the internet, the data is broken down into tiny packets of information which is then sent to different servers, through fiber optic cables. We discovered that the speed that this information is sent at, is so fast, that the packets of data can go to California and back, in a second. We then chose which part of the process we were going to be and we stood together to model these packets of data travelling from one place to another.
A week in Laurel Class (14.5.18 - 18.5.18)
This week in computing, we started to create a fact file all about Laurel Class using Microsoft Word. The children learnt how to open a word document, how to create a title and they then started to add text using the 'text box' tool. We also found out how to 'undo' and 'redo' and we experimented with changing the colour and font style of the text.
On Wednesday afternoon, the year 3 children in Maple and Laurel class had a visit from The Blue Cross. Jason spoke to us about how to take care of a range of animals including dogs, guinea pigs, hampsters, mice, horses, cats and many others. He spoke to us about how to approach dogs that we don't know (after asking their owner for permission), suitable foods to feed to animals and how to train a dog using a 'clicker'.
On Thursday afternoon, In our D.T. lesson, the children were given a task to create a way of transporting water and food from A to B (which was 4m in length). The children could use push and pull forces and had to transport the water or food without losing any. The children had the chance to look at the resources available and then plan their transportation. Everyone worked very creatively, using trial and error to improve our designs. We then demonstrated and explained our designs to some of the children in Elm class.
A week in Laurel class (8.5.18 - 11.5.18)
This week in Laurel Class....
The children have been continuing to practice their Netball skills in P.E. We have been using the 'overhead throw' along with the 'bounce pass' and 'chest pass' to pass the ball. The children then played mini netball games, using their passing skills.
In R.E. this week, the children learnt about Ramadan. We looked at Islamic patterns and then created Ramadan Lanterns using these patterns.
In Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. On Tuesday, we created a 'fraction museum' in the classroom, using different resources to represent different fractions. We have also been finding equivalent fractions and identifying fractions of shapes.
On Friday this week, the whole school took part in the 'Friday write'. The children could choose a room they wanted to go in to depending on which genre they'd like to write about. In Laurel class the genre was 'Space' and so the children from KS2 who chose this genre, wrote about anything to do with space, whilst a live-stream from the International Space Station was playing on the board (we saw the world from the Space Station, different parts of the Space Station and even some astronauts on a space walk). Please check back soon for some examples of the children's Friday writes.
Please find below this week's homework (Friday 11th May). Due to issues with the school's photocopier today, children will not be able to receive a paper copy of their homework until next week. The weekly letter can be found on our 'Class Letter's' page above.
A week in Laurel Class (30.4.18 - 4.5.18)
This week in Science, we tried moving jelly cubes using chop sticks. We then coated the cubes in oil to see how it effected the friction.
In Computing, the children created codes in order to make a cat follow the mouse.
We had an extra, exciting History lesson this week in which Mr Gaston taught us about the Roman Army and the children had a go at creating a Roman battle formation called 'The Tortoise'.