4LW 2019 - 2020
Welcome to our class page. Here you can access our weekly update, class spellings and homework. Our P.E. days are Monday (swimming) and Wednesday the children will be outdoors on a Wednesday weather dependent, so please ensure that they have appropriate kit.
My name is Mrs Whipp. I have been at Offley for six years now, having initially started as a maternity leave cover for Mrs McLoughlin. Before joining Offley, I taught at a variety of schools across both Cheshire and Manchester. My subject responsibility at school is Computing, which I love. Outside of school, I live with my husband and two cats. I enjoy walking, drawing, photography and reading. As I love learning new things, I am currently learning to quilt.
You can check if a book you are reading at home has an Accelerated Reader quiz in your ZPD range by following this link and searching for the book.
We have been developing our typing skills using BBC DanceMat typing, you can keep practicing at home by following this link.
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
We have had a great first week back after the Christmas holidays. In English, we have started to explore our new text Escape From Pompeii. We started by making predictions about the text based on the front and back covers. Then, we moved on to creating noun phrases to describe the picture and extended the ideas by using prepositional phrases, for example: the towering grey volcano above the ancient village. After this, we grouped our phrases into linked ideas to help us decide how to organise our paragraphs and wrote a setting description using paragraphs. Finally, we looked at the illustration from page 1 of the text and identified what sights, sounds and smells Tranio would experience from his window.
In Maths, we have been concentrating on written methods of division. We have used the STEM sentence: partition the dividend into multiples of the divisor. The children have used their times tables knowledge to decide the most efficient ways of partitioning the dividend. For example, to solve 637 ÷ 7, we would identify that 63 ÷ 7 = 9, so 630 ÷ 7 = 90, which would leave 7 as our remaining part.
Also this week, we have discovered how volcanoes are as well as identifying their main parts in Geography. In Science, we have started our work on sounds. We discovered how sounds are made, how they travel and how we hear them. We have also used our observation skills to identify what parts of different instruments vibrate to create their sound. In Computing, we have debugged code to create a working guide to mummification. We used our previous knowledge and parts of the code that worked to decide how to fix the errors. In R.E. we have started our work on Sikhism and compared Sikhism with Christianity.
Next week, in English we will be continuing to work on our use of conjunctions and adverbial phrases through setting descriptions, diary entries and drama work. In Maths, we will be continuing to practice our written division methods and applying them to solving problems. We will also be evaluating different painting techniques for our sculpture work in Art, in French we will be learning the French words for different shops and in Geography we will be exploring why people choose to live near volcanoes when they are so dangerous.
We will be starting our swimming sessions again on Monday, so please make sure that the children have their swimming kit and warm coats for walking to and from the swimming pool.
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