4KW 2019 - 2020
Welcome to our class page. Here you can access our weekly update, class spellings and homework. Our P.E. day is now on a WEDNESDAY and this will take place outside, so please send your child in with appropriate kit. The children will also go swimming on a THURSDAY so please remember to send your child in with their swimming kit and warm clothing for their walk to and from the Boys' School. Thank you!
Hello, my name is Miss Warren and this is my first year teaching which I am very excited about! After graduating with a degree in Education Studies, I completed the first half of my teacher training here at Offley and could not wait to become part of the team at this amazing school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my very mischievous dog Tyson. I also love reading, baking and travelling!
We are also very lucky to have the lovely Mrs Waters working in our class some mornings.
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
Weekly update 17.01.20
It has been another super week in 4KW!
We have been focusing on using bar models this week to help us with tricky word problems! We started the week by creating the bars practically. We read the problems one line at a time and realised how important it was to read each piece of information carefully!
We began creating a bar model when we had enough information and then started to label it every time we received more information we could use!
After that, we began solving more complex, multi-step problems by drawing the bar models and carrying out the apparopriate method to solve each one!
This week, we have read a little further in our class text 'Escape From Pompeii.' At the start of the week, the children had to write a setting description from the point of view of one of the main characters and had to include historical details, prepositional noun phrases and a range of conjunctions. Then on Tuesday, we took part in lots of discussions around what life was like for a child in Roman times before the children had to ask and answer relevant questions in their pairs about what Tranio's day would have consisted of. Later in the week, we then had to use everything we had learned about Tranio so far, to write a diary entry from his perspective, this needed to include historical details and adverbs to express time! Finally, on Friday, we were set the task of writing a speech sandwich between Tranio and Livia based on two of the pages from the book.
Speaker one speaks.
Speaker one does something.
Something happens in the background.
Speaker 2 does something.
Speaker 2 speaks.
This week in Science we have continued our work on Sound! The children loved working in groups to create their own 'Science of Sound' episode to teach others about how sound travels and the relationship between the volume of a sound and the amplitude.
By placing some rice on a drum, we found out that the quieter the sound the smalller the aplitude (size of the vibration) is. This also meant that the louder the sound, the bigger the amplitude.
The children also mentioned in some of the videos that sound can travel through solids, liquids and gasses. By leaving the room and being called back in, the children realised that although the sound did pass through the door/walls they could definitely hear better when the sound just had to travel through the air around them and therefore it travels better through a gas.
I think I speak for the whole class when I say we have loved learning about earthquakes and volcanoes so far in our Geography lessons! This week, we started by recapping what we knew so far about volcanoes and then looked at the lifecycle of a volcano and how one is formed. We also had lots of interesting discussions about how risky it would be to live near a volcano and we ended with a fantastic debate about whether or not the positives outweighed the negatives. Many children were surprised to find out so many positive aspects of living near a volcano! We also had the opportunity to define some unusual words that popped up in our Geography sessions this week, such as 'pyroclastic' and 'geothermal.'
Pyroclastic flow: A fast moving current of hot gas that moves away from a volcano.
Geothermal energy: thermal energy that is generated and stored in the earth.
Also this week
We have also started a new artist study page on Henry Moore this week in our Art lesson and spent some time experimenting on Scratch in preperation for planning our guide to living near a volcano/ living near an earthquake hotspot next week. In French, we have started designing our own town/city in French and the children have been answering the register with the places they have learnt for example: Voici le parc (this is the park).
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