Class News

Reading Skill: Inference

Posted on Wednesday 01 May 2024 by Mrs Freeman

This week, we have been learning to infer.  Making an inference is often referred to as reading between the lines. It is the process of making a guess about something you don’t know for sure, based on the information available.

The children were presented with some images and they had to find clues in order to answer a question. The class were asked to explain their thinking as they worked.

  • We need to find clues to get some answers.
  • We need to add those clues to what we already know or have read.
  • There can be more than one correct answer.

As the children grow up, they will gain more knowledge and experience of the world around them (and the vocabulary to go with this) and this will help them make inferences effectively.

Discussing illustrations, photographs and pictures is a great way to boost the inference skills for your child.

Help at home by using the images below.

  • What can you see?   I can see a boy in the water.
  • What do you think? How did the boy get into the water? (inference) I think he fell out of the tree because the branch is broken.
  • What do you wonder? I wonder if the goat pushed the boy into the water.

The Goat by the Water' : Observation vs Inference (Originally named 'The Boy  in the Water') – Middle School Science Blog

Here is another picture.

  • What is the dad doing?
  • Why is the girl standing behind him?
  • Why is she dragging a kite on the floor?
  • Has she said anything to him? Does he know she’s there?
  • How is she feeling? What is she thinking?
  • Do you think this has happened before? Why/why not?
  • Why is the kite coloured bright red, but everything else is in dull colours?

aaron-becker-dad

A couple more examples of excellent inference skills.

PE- Multiskills

Posted on Monday 29 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We’ve made a great start to this week in Reception. In our PE lesson we have been working on our throwing and catching skills. First we worked on our own to bounce the ball in the hoop and then catch it. Then we worked pairs to bounce the ball to each other and catch it. It was very tricky as first but we persevered and our skills improved so much! Great work Reception!

Our Focus book this week is Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome we can’t wait to share our learning with you at the end of the week.

Living and Learning – Healthy Diet

Posted on Monday 29 April 2024 by Mr Nash

Our Living and Learning statement this week is:

This week in our Living and Learning session, we discussed the ‘5 a day’ message. We linked this to our science learning, discussing the scientifically identifying features of fruits and vegetables.

fruit – a part of a plant that contains seeds

vegetable – a part of a plant that can be eaten as food

The children impressed me with their knowledge of fruits and vegetables – we’ve some adventurous palates in our class!

We discussed the importance of fruit and vegetables in providing crucial vitamins and minerals in our diet – these help to keep our bodies and minds healthy. The World Health Organisation recommends 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

A portion is an amount you could fit in your hand.

What counts towards your 5 a day?

Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 a day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced.

Eatwell Guide

As a class, we looked at the Eatwell Guide and discussed what a healthy meal might consist of.

The children then had the opportunity to ‘prepare’ a healthy dinner.

Help at home by discussing the Eatwell Guide with your child. How does this compare to the meals you eat at home? Are there any opportunities to make healthier choices?

But he was still hungry!

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Miss Ward

This week the children have really enjoyed reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

We explored the process of ‘Metamorphosis‘ which was a really big word for the children to try and say!

Metamorphosis is the process of changing physical form, such as the Caterpillar.

Help at home: What are the four stages of the Caterpillar lifecycle? Are there any other animals that go through this process? We may have some wigglying around in our tank in Reception…

We went BIG and created our own Caterpillar lifecycle! We also made a giant Catrepillar using natural resources in forest school.

 

During our story the children asked why the caterpillat needed to go to sleep for so long. This linked nicley with our living and learning statement this week – ‘I know the importance of sleep’.

Here’s what they thought..

because it’s dark

I put my jarmas on after I’ve had a bath

I get really tired and it’s time to go to bed

When you’re tired you go to sleep

My daddy is grumpy in the morning

I have my teddies in my bed

 

This weeks sound is: ‘W’ for Wave

Rhyme of the week: 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a Fish alive

 

Notice:

Just a reminder …

Tuesday is our forest school session and library book day

Wednesday is PE day (comfortable clothes)

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Ward , Miss Harvey and Miss Feldman

Living and Learning: I know the importance of sleep.

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Mr Freeman

Our living and learning statement for this week was:

I know the importance of sleep.

As well as individual class living and learning sessions, the whole school attended our ‘Tuesday Viewsday‘ collective worship to learn more together. We discussed the role of sleep in our lives and it’s importance/lack of importance both personally and collectively (the world).

Children put forward some fantastic points of view to debate both sides of the importance of sleep – here’s some of the quotes:

‘I think sleep is important because it gives our brain a chance to rest so that we can do well in school the next day.’ (JC, Year 6)

‘Sleep is important for us to switch off and not think about things for a while. If we didn’t sleep, we would all just be tired and moody.’ (FJ, Year 2)

‘I don’t think sleep is important because it wastes time. We could be doing other things that we like instead of sleeping.’ (NE, Year 5)

‘Sleep can be important if you have a job, but if you don’t have a job or something to get up for, you’re wasting time in your life that you could use to help others or find something that you enjoy.’ (JS, Year 5)

Help at home:

Discuss the importance of sleep for a healthy, happy lifestyle with your child. Does your child know what a good amount of sleep is? Explore their thoughts on what might happen if they don’t get enough sleep, or they sleep too much!

Book Club

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Jamie Kilner

The children were busy during Book Club today producing some fantastic work in their reading records.

Class novel

Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2024 by Jamie Kilner

Our love for reading continues to grow in Year 3 and 4 as we have begun our new class novel – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

We have been enjoying the early chapters and can’t seem to put it down. We have so many questions already.

The children are developing their own views about Edward and have been finding evidence from the text to justify their impression of him.

Help at home – ask your child about the story so far. Who is Rosie and what did he do? What does Abilene do to display her love for Edward? What are their thoughts about Pellegrina and why?

Living and Learning: We know the importance of hand washing.

Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2024 by Mrs Freeman

This week, the children learnt about the importance of hand washing with Mrs Bald. Whether it’s after going to the toilet, before eating or when you’re preparing food, washing your hands with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs!

First, the class identified high usage areas where germs may build up.

  • door handles
  • toilet flush
  • pencils
  • hands
  • tables
  • carpet
  • light switches

The children put  flour on their hands and then touched different surfaces to see how easily germs spread.

But how does soap really work?

When you wash your hands, the soap breaks down the outer layer of germs which means they can’t survive. The pieces of broken down germs are then surrounded in a soapy bubble-like shield. After washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, you then rinse the soap away with water. When the soap is washed down the drain, you wash the germs away with it!

The soap and pepper experiment

The children conducted an experiment to show how soap breaks
down germs.

The class filled a bowl with water (the water represents your skin). Next, black pepper (the germs) was sprinkled onto the surface of the water.The children applied soap to their fingers and submerged them in the water. The soap reacted with the water causing the pepper to repel. This demonstrated how soap affects germs.

Mrs Bald was very impressed with the knowledge and learning attitudes shown by all of the children.

Why not try this at home?https://www.wateraid.org/uk/sites/g/files/jkxoof211/files/2021-10/wateraid-soap-pepper-experiment.pdf

Help at home by using the questions below. Can your child tell you about the pepper experiment?

Points for discussion

• When should we wash our hands? How long for?
• Why is using soap so important?
• What would happen if we didn’t use soap?

 

Times Tables

Posted on Tuesday 23 April 2024 by Jamie Kilner

As you will be aware, the Year 4 will complete a times table check in a few months. We have been working hard in school to ensure children know their times table facts and can recall them quickly.

Thank you for all the hard work that you do for the children at home. I know that they are practicing lots as times table scores are consistently strong.

Help at home

There are many websites that help children and increase the speed at which they answer:

Maths Frame – https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Hit the Button – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Times Table Rock Stars

The Bad Tempered Ladybird

Posted on Sunday 21 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

Welcome to the Summer term!! I can’t believe we are in our final term of the school year, this year has absolutely flown by so far!

This week our focus book has been The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

The children have really enjoyed this story and have had fun joining in with the repeated lines. In class we have enjoyed making ladybirds and looking at the life cycle of a ladybird. We even discovered some ladybird facts. For example a group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.

Help at home: go on a walk and look out for some ladybirds, see if you can find a loveliness of ladybirds and count how many you can find.

Our Word of the week this week was frustrated the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“I was frustrated when I was hungry and my dinner wasn’t ready so my mummy gave me a starter.”

“I was frustrated with my little brother for breaking my Lego.”

In Forest School we have practiced our drilling skills by using the hand drill to put holes in wood, this has helped us to get ready to make a Bug Hotel next week. We also did some litter picking to make sure we keep our school grounds safe for the animals that live here.

Help at Home On Monday 22nd April it is World Earth can you so something with your grown ups to celebrate our wonderful Earth.

Next week our focus book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We have our last week of Forest School this week. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman