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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!
Latest letter regarding year 3 and 4 trip to Cotswold Farm Park and swimming.
Science Week! - WC 9.3.2020
For Science week this year, we carried out a 'round robin' day with the whole of year 3 and 4. In each session, we carried out a different activity which linked to this year's Science Week theme of 'Our Diverse Planet'. Each of the classes moved around throughout the day and got to experience 3 different (and very exciting) activities.
In Laurel Class we looked at cargo ships and how they carry such a heavy weight. We found out that each individual crate on a cargo ship can weigh up to 20 tonnes. The children then had to create their own cargo ships and use what we had just learnt to add the most weight to their ships. We talked about displacement and even weight distribution and thought about how carefully stacking weights in a certain way might help.
...The children explored how unique each of us are. They looked closely at their finger prints, explored what their eyes look like and measured each other's legs and arms. They also carried out a blind taste test to see how we can distinguish between different tastes such as salty, sweet and sour.
...The children looked at how water is transported through plants by putting white flowers into water with food colouring. They also explored how an animal's blubber helps to keep it warm as well as carrying out an experiment involving water and Alka-Seltzers to find out what a geyser does!
A sea of plastic - Art Day! - 25.02.2020
Knowledge - To explore why plastic is damaging to the oceans
To design and create a sculpture using single-use plastic
Today, after a couple of weeks of collecting single-use plastic, we took part in a whole-school Art day. We started our day by thinking about single-use plastic, what it is and how it's damaging for the environment. We watched a video about how plastic affects the seas and how even the rubbish that we throw away can end up in the sea.
We decided to focus on turtles, as that was an animal we had seen that was affected by the plastic. We began by sorting the plastic into piles depending on its colour and we then cut it up into small squares in order to create mosaics. We were each given a piece of the turtle's shell which we created a mosaic on. We created the turtle's legs and head, using milk bottled and bubble wrap and we covered these with scraps of green plastic.
We had a great time planning and creating our turtles and we've learnt a great deal about the effect of plastic on our oceans.
Je m'appelle monsieur Bavard! - 13.02.2020
Knowledge - To form descriptions of a person in French
In French over the past few weeks, Laurel Class have been creating descriptions of their own Mr Men characters. We've explored how to describe the different features of our Mr Men, using colours and ages.
Internet safety week! - 12.2.2020
Knowledge - To explore what 'online identity' means
To consider how to be a safe online
This week in school is 'Internet Safety Week'! So far his week, we have considered how to use the internet safely and how to identify a safe a child-friendly website. Today, we have thought more deeply about our online identities. We started by considering what identity means and what online identities we might have. We thought about how to be considerate and kind online, regardless of who you are or your online identify. We also thought about safety and ensuring that our personal details aren't shared with anyone online.
Mountain Silhouettes - 29.1.2020
Knowledge - To explore blending colours
Today, we have been exploring how to blend watercolours in order to create a sun set. We have also used and blended pastels in order to create a mountain silhouette.
Rivers and mountains - 13.1.2020
Knowledge - To identify the rivers and mountains in the UK
To understand how to find rivers and mountains in an atlas
In Geography this week, we explored the mountains and rivers of the UK. We started the lesson looking in atlases and finding the different symbols that are used to show a mountain or river. We also found out that topographical maps are used to show how tall a mountain is. After some research and investigating, we then drew our own maps of the UK showing the mountains and rivers.
Classifying rocks! - 8.1.2020
Knowledge - To identify and investigate the features of different rock types
In Science this term, we are looking at rocks and fossils. We started our new Science topic by thinking about how different rocks are formed. We learnt about the three rock types (sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous) and then explored how they're created.
It was then our turn to investigate different rocks and decide which type of rock we thought they were, based on their features, for example, we found that sedimentary rocks often have layers and igneous rocks often contain crystals. We drew out our own tables (which we discovered was also pretty tricky to do!) and recorded our findings.
A very Roman day! - 16.12.19
Knowledge - To investigate the diet of Romans
To follow a recipe to create bread
Today we wrapped up our topic of "The Romans in Britain" with a very Roman day. We started by creating our own bread rolls, following a recipe and working as a team to stir and knead the dough. After break, we created our own Laurel wreaths to wear. Our afternoon started with a Topic Homework presentation where the children showcased their fantastic home learning: we saw amphitheatres, Roman shields and Roman menus amongst many other things! Then, of course, our day finished with our Roman banquet! The children tried a range of foods eaten by the Romans such as dates, figs, pomegranate seeds, celery and honey. Some of these foods were completely new to the children and I was really impressed to see them trying different things and even finding out that they really liked them!
We did it! - 13.12.19
This week, Laurel class won the attendance cup! Well done to everyone and keep it up!
Did you hear that? - 4.12.19
Knowledge - To investigate which material is the best at insulating sound
In Science this week, we carried out an investigation to find out which material was the best at insulating sound. We started by thinking about variables and which of these we would need to keep the same and which we would need to change. We decided that we would use the same instrument each time and we would stand the same distance away from the source of sound. The children were shown the different materials that we would be testing (tin foil, newspaper, cotton wool, toilet roll and our hands) and we then predicted how well each material would insulate sound. For the experiment, we went outside and stood the same distance away from miss Simpkin hitting a drum. We took it in turns to hold each material up to our ears, listening out for how the sound of the drum changed.
Roman presentations - 2.12.19
Knowledge - To practice skills needed to create a power point
Today in computing, we were given three different aspects of Roman life that we could research further, these were 'Roman soldiers', 'Roman life' and 'Hadrian's wall'. We spent some time researching in pairs and we then created power point presentations. We learnt how to input text and then how to change the font and colour of the text. We explored how to save an image from google and add it into our presentations.
Bhangra! - 22.11.19
Knowledge: To experience dance from different cultures
Today, we had the chance to try out our bhangra dancing skills to the test. We were visited by a professional bhangra dancer who showed us some fun dances to his own song. We had a great time!
A very Roman Friday Write!
Knowledge: To demonstrate our understanding - 22.11.19
Today started like any other Friday in Laurel Class (except for our very exciting Bhangra dancing experience!). However, when we came back into our classroom after break time, Miss Beswick had a letter on her desk that a child in Maple class had found. It was from someone called Hadrian and it stated that the Romans were going to invade again unless we could persuade them not to, with our fantastic writing skills. It also said, "Let these numerals be a warning to you!", we didn't understand what this meant so we went around school looking for some Roman numerals. We found a few around the school in classrooms and on clocks, but someone suggested that we should go to the small playground and that's when we found the wall covered in huge Roman numerals. We went back to the classroom and thought about what we could write, in order to impress the Romans and stop them from invading!
Roman Pots! - 20.11.19
Knowledge: To create a clay Roman Pot
This week, in Art, we looked at Roman clay pots and we started to design our own, thinking carefully about the designs. We then planned our own clay pots, considering who it might be made for, what it could be used for and how we could create it. Today, we have been using clay to create our own Roman pots using a 'pinch' technique. The children worked well, using a range of tools in order to create and then carve their pots.
Knowledge - To understand the structure of an instruction text
This week in English, we have been looking at instruction writing. We started the week by researching about Roman roads, with the aim of creating our own instructions on how to build a Roman road!
On Tuesday (5.11.19) we followed a set of instructions in order to create our own cross-section of a Roman road. We looked carefully at the instructions and thought afterwards about why they were effective and which parts helped us the most. We also started to identify the different features of an instruction text.
The Romans in Britain - Topic launch (4.11.19)
Knowledge - To consider how we know about the Romans in Britain
To select suitable materials
We have started this half term by launching our new topic 'The Romans in Britain'. We looked at different artefacts that have been found linked to the Romans and we saw a video where a huge Roman mosaic was found buried beneath a garden in Gloucester.
We then looked more closely at Roman mosaics, thinking about the different materials and colours used. Working in groups, we then created a whole-class mosaic of our very own Roman soldier (Girafficus!). Each group was given a different section of Girafficus which they turned into a mosaic before combining all of the pieces together.
We had a great day and were very proud of our finished Roman mosaic!
Our first Friday Write of the year! - 25.10.19
Knowledge - To apply known skills, independently
We have ended this half term by completing our first 'Friday Write' of the year. This is where the children are given a stimulus which they then use to independently write anything of their choice. Today, fitting with this time of year, the children were shown an animation called 'Dia de los Muertos' based on the celebration of the same name which takes place in Mexico, every November 2nd (you can see this animation below!). The children wrote everything from newspapers and fact files to narratives and diaries.
Topic celebration! - 22.10.19
Knowledge: To practice speaking and listening skills
To evaluate and appraise
Today, the children bought in their topic home learning for 'Playground'. We gathered together in the hall with Oak and Maple classes and set out our home learning to create a museum. We walked around, looking at each other's work and explaining our own work, to children from the other classes. We were really impressed with the children's hard work and learning, everything we saw was fantastic!
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!