Welcome to Laurel's Class Page!
For centuries, the Laurel Tree has been used to symbolise success and achievement.
The leaves were often formed into crowns and awarded to victors during Ancient Greek and Roman times. They were once thought to inspire creativity, perseverance and dedication.
Much like the Laurel Tree, we hope that the children in Laurel class will demonstrate perseverance and resilience, this year, in order to achieve their own goals!
Times table practice!
Knowledge: To improve rapid recall skills ~ 11.10.19
In Laurel Class, we are having a large focus on times tables. So far this half term, we have refined our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we have revisited the 3,4 and 6 times tables. We have create a dance to help us with recalling the 4 times table (which works very well!) and we are beginning to improve our understanding of the 6 times table.
This week, (11.10.19) we played a game on the iPads called 'Number Diving'. This game helps with our quick mental recall skills. You can find this game by pressing the 'Home Learning' star!
Our 4 times table dance!
How are seeds dispersed?
Knowledge: To investigate seed dispersal
Today (7.10.19), we concluded our Science topic of 'plants' by exploring what seed dispersal is and how different plants disperse their seeds. We started the lesson by thinking about seed dispersal and what it is. We thought carefully, with our partners, about why plants need to disperse their seeds way from the parent plant. We found out that plants disperse their seeds in a number of ways and we sorted plants into their different methods of seed dispersal.
Knowledge: To explore column addition
In Maths this week, we have started to look at column addition. We started by using dienes to create a four-digit number. We then added another 4 digit number to it. The children discussed how the hundreds, tens and ones become bigger and we thought about what would happen if we switch the numbers around (we found that our answer stays the same!). The children then explored how we use column addition to add two numbers. The year 4s had the chance to refine their understanding and then help the year 3s to check their answers. We also explored what happens if we don't line our thousands, hundreds, tens and ones up correctly!
Comparing other countries to England!
Knowledge: To identify and discuss similarities and differences between England and India.
In Geography this week (25.9.19), we looked at one of the pictures in our 'Playground' book of a playground in India. We compared this playground to our own and we then looked at the wider landscape around the school. The children noticed how 'sandy' and 'dusty' the landscape looked compared to ours, but we did notice hills in the distance, much like we have here in England.
In pairs, the children used iPads and Atlases to research different aspects of India's geography (both human and physical), such as it's climate, population, landscape and rainfall, whilst also finding out some interesting facts about England.
Light and shade
Knowledge: To explore ways to create shade when sketching
In Art this week, we explored different ways of creating light and shade when sketching. We started by experimenting with different pencils, observing the different shades they created. Some children commented on how their pencil led felt softer than the pencils they're used to and we talked about how the hardness of a pencil might affect the shade it produces. We talked about and practised techniques such as 'cross hatching' and we thought about how to create 'light' in our 2D pictures.
We then looked carefully at the plants on our table and talked with our group about where we could see light and shade. We then started to sketch them, incorporating the skills we had just learnt, to add depth to our pictures.
What is pollination?
Knowledge: To investigate pollination and how it happens.
To identify the different parts of a flower
In Science this week, we continued to look at plants, focusing on pollination and the role that a flower plays in this. We started off by thinking about what pollination means and its link to pollen. We explored the different parts of a flower and each of their properties. We came across some misconceptions that we had, such as "bees eat pollen" and we explored them further, learning some new facts along the way. To demonstrate our understanding of the parts of a flower, we created our own models using cardboard as the petals and cotton buds to represent the filament, anther, stigma and style.
To then show how pollen is transferred, Miss Beswick handed out some cheese puffs which became our anthers with pollen attached. We moved around the classroom using our hands as insects that pollinate (which we discovered were various insects (including wasps!) that land on the flowers for a sweet drink of nectar), moving from flower to flower. We then observed how the 'pollen' ended up on the 'stigma', just like it would in a real flower.
Comment t'appelles tu?
Knowledge: To explore how to introduce yourself in French
In French this week, we have been looking at ways to introduce ourselves and how to ask others what their name is. Why don't you have a go at home?
Comment t'appelles tu (pronounced: common tap el too) - What is your name?
Je m'appelle (your name) (pronounced: Juh map el) - My name is ______________
We played a game of Où est Wally (where's Wally) where we asked each other what their name is until we found the person who had been selected as Wally.
Why do plants need water?
Knowledge: To investigate how water moves through plants
In Science this half term, we are going to be looking at plants. Our focus this week was on why plants need water and how water moves through a plant. We started by discussing why plants need water and we found out that some plants need more water than others. We talked about how water starts in the soil and moves through the roots, into the stem and on to the plants and flowers. After some confusion about why leaves need water, we also thought about photosynthesis and how the tiny cells in plants need water to carry this out!
The children worked in groups to create a diagram of a plant, explaining how water will move through it and suggesting some of the reasons as to why a plant needs water.
Topic Launch - Playground
Knowledge: To explore similarities and differences. To discuss and justify changes.
We spent this afternoon (9.9.19) launching our topic for this half term, 'Playground'. This is linked to a book by James Mollison which contains different photographs from playgrounds all around the world. The children were shown a number of the photographs from the book and they then discussed the similarities and differences between these playgrounds and our own. We then thought about ways in which we would change some of the playgrounds and, working with our learning partners, we redesigned a playground, taking things such as the climate and needs of the children, into consideration.
Knowledge: Investigating place value of three digit numbers
We've started our Maths journey this year by looking at place value. Today (9.9.19) in Maths, we have been partitioning three-digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones, using dienes. The children worked creatively to demonstrate their understanding.
We hope that you all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for a fun-packed, busy year in Laurel Class!