Welcome to Orca Class
Mr Cain teaches in Orca class this year and Mrs White and Miss Goodwin work with different children in Orca class. Mrs Clarke and Mrs Stone teach in Orca class on a Tuesday afternoon and Mrs Hazel teaches in Orca class on a Wednesday afternoon.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday afternoons so please ensure PE kits are in school on these days.
Keep visiting this page for regular updates about our fantastic learning.
Hello, I hope you have a great weekend. For home learning this week children need to use TT Rockstars, read for pleasure and learn the following spellings ready for our speed spell on Monday morning:
Next week is Matheletics week at school so please make sure that you use Mathletics daily to earn lots of points!
Our spelling pattern we have looked at in our RWI spellings sessions is words ending in the suffix -able. What is the most unusual word you can find that ends in this suffix?
For our teaching of reading sessions this week we have looked at Chapter 2 of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The reading strategy we have been focusing on is looking for words inside words to help us read them and understand them. We have learnt about character's motives for their actions e.g. 'Why was the Faun nice to Lucy?' and have also used questions to improve our understanding.
In our English lessons we have been learning more about 'pestilence'. We have used figurative language (including personification) to describe pestilence. We have also researched The Black Death and recorded notes about the causes, symptoms and treatments of this. Finally, the children created a timeline looking at key dates and events of the Black Death.
During our maths lessons this week, we have been revisiting our learning about long multiplication, factors and short division. Here our the methods we have taught the children to use with long multiplication and short division.
For our topic lessons we have been learning about 14th century book covers and the children have started to design their own 14th century book cover about peasants, princes and pestilence. Also, the children have learnt about 14th century calligraphy script. We practiced forming calligraphy style letters. The children showed great perseverance during this, have a look at the attempts below:
Here are some examples of the medieval choligraphy on our peasants, princes and pestilance journal front covers:
Week 10th to 14th June 2019
What an exciting week for the class this has been!
It started off with an enthusiastic introduction to our topic, Peasants, Princes and Pestilence with some wonderful dressing up and fantastic hot seating. The children demonstrated fantastic enquiring minds through their great questioning abilities - enjoying interrogating each other in the hot seat and while studying various pictures of the 14th Century.
Vision Week w/c 3rd June
This week we have been learning about our school vision 'Making a difference for good, with each other, everyone, in our community'. We have focused on the 'in our community' aspect and how this links to Ephesians 3:15 'from which every family in heaven an on earth takes it name.'
The children learnt and talked about what a community is, what different communities there, how we feel in different communities and ways in which we could make a difference in our community. The rest of this half term we will be using Friday's to make a difference in our community. Keep checking for updates on this.
Our Topic for this term is 'Blood Heart'.
Our 'Teaching of Reading' text is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
Awesome Orca Learning week commencing 20th May
Thank you all for sharing our 'Blood Heart' Topic showcase with us on Friday 24th. The children thoruoughly enjoyed sharing their learning in their books with; also showing you how to measure your resting heart rate and after doing an activity; and they also loved singing Adelle's 'Make you feel my love'. Hope you have an enjoyable half tem. See you after half-term for our values and vision week.
Awesome Orca Learning week commencing 13th May
Hello, I hope you have a great weekend. For home learning, the children need to complete 'Mathletics' tasks, use TT Rockstars, read for pleasure and learn the following spellings:
We have been looking at words containing the silent 'b' letter in our RWI (Read Write Inc) spelling sessions. Some of the above words for home learning contain a silent 'b' . Can you think of any other words containing the silent 'b' letter?
During our Science lessons, we have been learning about working scientifically. We have planned a new heart rate experiment by identifying three different types of variables: independent variable (the variable that changes in the experiment), dependent variable (the variable that is measured) and the controlled variable (the variable that is kept the same to ensure a fair test). We then created a results table to record our heart rate during different physical activities. These results were then put into a bar graph and were interpreted to inform our conclusions.
In our Maths lessons, we have been learning about angles. We have compared acute, obtuse and reflex angles; and have drawn and measured angles using a protractor. We have also learnt how to tranlsate (move) and reflect shapes.
We look forward to welcoming you to our topics showcase on Friday 24th May at 2:00 p.m.
Awesome Orca Learning week commencing 6th May
Hello, I hope you have a great weekend. For home learning, the children need to complete 'Mathletics' tasks, use TT Rockstars, read for pleasure and learn the following five spellings:
In our English lessons this week, the children have spent the week writing their non-chronological report about the heart. The children have included a variety of features including: subheadings and bullet points, technical vocabulary, labels and diagrams, graphs and captions as well as a glossary explaining technical vocabulary. It was a real pleasure seeing the children peservere with writing and editing these reports; therefore, these will photocopied and put on the 'Look how far we have come...' writing display in our classroom.
During our maths lessons, we have been learning about shape. We have looked at identifying 3D shapes from their nets; identifying regular and irregular 2D shapes; and finding the perimeter of composite, rectilinear shapes (shapes with straight lines and right angles).
We have continued to learn to sing Adelle's 'Feel my love' song. Also, we looked at how to use search engines to answer questions about the heart in computing, and made heart collages.
It has been great to see the children learning lots about 'Blood Heart' at home, so please continue to show me the fantastic home learning you have been doing.
Awesome Orca Learning week commencing 29th April
First of all, I hope you all have a restful bank holiday weekend. For home learning, the children need to complete 'Mathletics' tasks, use TTRockstars and read for pleasure.
This week in Orca class we have continued to learn about the heart. During our English lessons, we identified the structure and langauge layout of reports about the heart; learnt how to punctuate and use bullet points; used appropriate vocabulary to label parts of the heart; used cohesive devices to explain how the heart works and planned the content of our heart non-chronological reports in preparation for writing them next week.
In our maths lessons we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. We have learnt how to compare decimals up to three decimal places (thousandths); round decimal numbers to the nearest whole number and one decimal place (nearest tenth); solve problems involving measures and decimals; identify fraction, decimal and percentages equivalences as well as solve problems by finding percentages (%) of amounts.
During our Topic lessons we have started to learn to sing the the song 'Feel My Love' by Adelle. We have also researched facts about the heart to help inform our non-chronological reports about the heart. Last week the children planned their heart rate experiments, and this week the children showed great enthusiasm in completing their experiments by working scientifically to measure and record their heart rate results.
Week Commencing 23rd April
For our impact day, on Tuesday 24th April, we looked at and handled lamb's heart to get an understanding of what hearts looked and felt like.
In our English lessons this week we have been learning all about the heart. We have looked at information texts about hearts and precised (summarised) these. Also, we answered comprehension questions based on a heart text. Finally, we found definitions for vocabulary linked to the heart and circulatory system.
In maths, we started the week by measuring our heart rate after doing different physical activities. We also planned a heart rate investigation in science. During other maths lessons, we looked at fraction and decimal equivalences, as well as ordering decimals up to three decimal places.
'Blood heart' was also evident in our art lessons, where children drew and painted their very own abstract hearts with various shades of red.
This week we are coming to the end of our 'Scream Machine' topic and we will be focusing on the innovate stage.
During our English and Topic lessons, the children will be creating an 'egg-siting' ride that is fun, safe and eco-friendly. If you have any 'egg-stra' eco-friendly items that the children could use please bring them in on Tuesday 2nd April and Wednesday 3rd April as this is when the children will be making their 'egg-selent' rides. You will have the opportunity to see these 'egg-straordinary' rides in action on Friday 5th April at 2:00 p.m. We hope you can make it.
In English this week, Orca's have been writing stories based on the mystery animation 'Road's End' (https://www.literacyshed.com/roads-end.html). Throughout the week the children planned, wrote and edited their stores. The children have created excellent stories where the mysterious man causes havoc in a theme park!
In Maths this week, we have been looking at different measures. We have converted metres to centimetres and kilometres; as well as centimetres to inches. Other measures we have looked at are estimating volume and capacity. On Friday we solved problems invovling measures by scaling recipes.
During our afternoon lessons we have be creating dancers emulating theme park rides and have looked at which forces are in operation during a roller coaster ride.