Sharks, 2020-21

 

Week beginning 22nd March 2021

What a busy week!

In maths, we have been interpreting tables and exploring line graphs. We have also been able to keep our efficient calculations ‘bubbling’ by using them to work out totals and differences.

In English, we have been exploring the features of diary entries and after a shared write, we have started to write some diary entries of our own. We have tried hard to include everything we have learnt so far and Mrs C keeps us on our toes by continuously asking us to recall our previous learning.

Wednesday saw us exploring Light. During our science lesson, we were wowed by rainbow spinners and light beads and we also investigated what happens when light passes through water. We will be really digging deep into the science behind these amazing observations over our next few lessons.

We had great fun on Thursday afternoon when we learnt all about the D-Day Landings. We had no idea about the part that Brixham played in this significant World War II event. However, some of us might become your historical guides soon when we take you on a walk around the outer harbour.

Next week is Holy Week and brings our adventure through Lent to a close. This week, we have been considering what ‘sacrifice’ really means and how we can sacrifice something of ourselves each day to help others. It has given us all a chance to consider ways we can make a positive difference to the people around us.

Week beginning 15th March 2021

Another great week for Sharks.

In maths, we have been brushing up on our multiplication and division calculations. Mrs C keeps reminding us that really good mathematicians are not only able to ‘do the maths’ but also ‘explain the maths’ so we have been working on this to improve our understanding further.

In English, we have been identifying important World War II vocabulary and ensuring that we are able to use these words accurately in our writing. This has been extended into our Learning Experience on World War II, where we have written confidently about World War II leaders and the countries that they represented.

In RE, we have been continuing our journey through Lent and our new Gift Team led our Act of Worship on Monday via Zoom not only to SMC children but to Priory children too. They were a little nervous but they were totally awesome.

Comic Relief Day on Friday enabled us to wear our own clothes and donate money to this wonderful charity. We were also involved in a national Times Table Rockstars Fundraising event. Every time we ‘gigged’ and earned remote coins, we could buy Red Nose Day items in the shop. TTR then donated 5p for every item that we bought so we are really excited to find out how much we raised. We might even get to see the cheque being presented if we watch the television this evening.

Stay safe and have fun.

Week beginning 8th March 2021

What a fantastic first week back in school.

We are so happy to be with our friends again and Mrs C is really pleased to actually ‘see us for real’ rather than just on a screen.

For some of us though, being back in school seems a little strange so we have been looking out for one another and providing friendship and support wherever we can.

We have definitely been getting back into the swing of school life by working hard during our maths and English lessons as well as being totally engaged with our history, PSHE, RE and PE.

Mrs C brought her Nan’s travel trunk into school as a ‘hook’ for our new learning experience and we found that it was full of World War II artefacts. We saw, ration books, leaflets, photos, identity cards and so much more. Some of us even got to try on an army jerkin, which once belonged to Mrs C’s Dad. Hearing about the past and seeing these objects really brought this period of history to life and some of us have already brought in our own WWII memorabilia too.

A highlight of the week had to be welcoming Mr Zaki back to school to help support the teaching of PE. We have all missed him and his dodgeball PE lesson was so much fun. Don’t tell Mrs C we said that, though!

Well… we are all quite exhausted after our first week back so we are really looking forward to a restful weekend.

Stay safe and have fun.

Week beginning 1st March 2021

As you know, this week has been our last week of remote learning before we return to school on Monday. You won’t believe how EXCITING it is to know that Sharks will back together again.

In maths, we have been exploring number sequences and got to grips with some Tricky Triangle patterns too. We had to use straws to make triangular patterns and some of us were able to predict how many straws we would need for a particular pattern even without actually making it, using algebra. Wow!

In English, we have be writing poems about A Mirror of Wishes and A Mirror of Despair. Mrs C was really impressed with our choice of vocabulary and some of our poems made her laugh too.

In RE, we have been focusing on how to keep our memories alive. We had a chance to share some of our photos and keepsakes, which was lovely.

Thursday was World Book Day and we had the opportunity of tuning into a Live Lesson. It was great to hear the authors and illustrators enthusiasm towards their work and in the afternoon we completed some fun World Book Day tasks.

Next week, we are going to become historians when we get stuck into our learning about World War II. Some of us already know quite a lot and Mrs C was delighted to hear this.

It just leaves us to say A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone at home and in school for supporting our learning during the lockdown. We couldn’t have got through it without you and have a fantastic weekend.

Week beginning 22nd February 2021

Even though this has been a slightly shorter week, we have been really busy.

In maths, we have been continuing our exploration of improper fractions and mixed numbers by examining different representations for them. English has seen us beginning a new teaching sequence based on a short story called One Chance. It’s all about what happens after a wish comes true and we are really looking forward to where this could take us in our writing.

We were excited to have Mrs B lead our Computing lessons this week. She taught us all how to make a maze by inputting codes into Scratch. We absolutely loved it and Mrs C is very impressed with what we have achieved.

Photos to follow.

 

Week beginning 8th February 2021

Well, this has been the final week of Home Learning before half term and what a week!

On Tuesday, we had our Internet Safety Day and we considered who and what we could trust online. We became Internet Detectives, Agony Aunts and Uncles and also thought about the motives behind adverts. We already knew a lot but we are going to be even more careful moving forward.

Wednesday saw a ‘Break from Screen Day’. We were involved in many practical learning activities, which were designed to keep us away from our devices. Some of us loved it and others of us really prefer the live sessions and structure that we’ve come to know over the last few weeks.

We have still been continuing with fractions in maths and we have finally published our Game Stories. Many of us have really enjoyed writing these and we have tried hard to include all the language features that Mrs C has been teaching us.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at home and those in school for supporting us with our Remote Learning at this strange time. Have a great half term break and we are going to try to remember to give ourselves time away from our screens as much as possible.

Stay safe.

Week beginning 1st February 2021

Well, this week has been Mental Health week so Shark Class have been spending a lot of time ‘Expressing Themselves’.

We watched a fabulous Express Yourself live assembly with some very famous people on it and this inspired us to be expressive too. Some of us did drawings, some of us sang and danced, others played sports, others played instruments…the list goes on and on.

On Thursday, we all expressed ourselves through clothes. Bright colours seemed to dominate and we all shared why we had chosen to wear what we were wearing.

Expressing yourself is really important and vital to our mental health and we have really enjoyed sharing the ways in which we do this.

All this ran alongside maths, English, RE, Geography, Art and DT. Mrs C is particularly delighted with the way our Finding stories are coming along and she said that she can’t wait for our next instalments.

With a week to go before half term, next week we are planning to have a day away from the screen as a whole school. Watch out on next week’s overview and see which day we plan to move away from our computers. Yeah!

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Week beginning 25th January 2021

It’s been a great week of remote learning for Sharks.

We have been exploring the causes of climate change in geography, interpreting remainders in maths and have planned and started to write our own stories in English. Our computer work on Scratch is coming along really well. This week we programmed instructions so that our Sprites wouldn’t fall off the side of the screen or turn upside down and we also learned how to change their speed. In RE, we have been exploring the work of the Bishop and how he inspires and cares for the people in his diocese. Some of us have also been getting really creative with our Art and DT and others of us have been following the Getset4 PE lessons at home. Mrs C thinks that we are all stars.

Week beginning 18th January 2021

It’s been another fantastic week of remote learning for Sharks. We have been finding out about different biomes in geography, working on our understanding of division in maths and changing the mood of our writing in English. We have also been manipulating ‘sprites’ and making them move on Scratch and we have been so fantastic that Mrs C wants US to lead next week’s lesson instead of her. By exploring Jesus’ mission in RE, we have been considering what qualities are needed to become a volunteer for a charity. All in all, a great week and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with our learning, both in school and at home. Here are some photos from this week.

Week beginning 11th January 2021

It has been such an amazing week. Sharks have been really engaged with their remote learning both in school and at home. Thank you to all of you, who have been supporting them and seeing their smiling faces on the live sessions is a real tonic. Here are some photos from this week, in celebration of their wonderful learning.

Week beginning 4th January 2021

I’d just like to begin by saying how proud I am of Sharks and their Home Learning efforts this week. They have been amazing but they wouldn’t have been so successful without all the support at home.

Starting on Monday, we have the launch of our live lessons and I am really excited about this.  All Sharks need to do is get up and be ready for 9am and I will do the rest.

Really looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

 

Week beginning 7th December

This week in English, we have started to publish our letters for our Proud Authors Wall. We are making sure that we have checked our writing for spelling and punctuation errors and have also ensured that we are producing our best handwriting. We keep asking if we can go up to the wall so that we can compare our current piece of writing to our last piece. In this way, we can make sure that there has been an improvement.

Most of us have taken our Star Reader test this week for Accelerated Reader and Mrs Callaghan is really pleased with our improved ZPD scores. We just need to keep up the reading at home so that we continue to get even better.

Week beginning 30th November

In RE, we have moved into Advent and loved making our Advent wreath. We are all very excited that we are on our journey towards Christmas and are looking forward to all the preparations we need to make along the way.

 

Week beginning 23rd November

In Science this week, we have been exploring the 3 different states of water. Mrs Callaghan conducted some fabulous experiments where we observed the changes from a solid to a liquid and a gas to a liquid. We also found out how to speed up the melting process of ice by adding salt to it. Mrs Callaghan was really impressed with our scientific vocabulary and we used this well when we recorded our observations on labelled diagrams.

Week beginning 16th November

In Maths, we have now finished our teaching unit on Subtraction and have started our new unit on Multiplication and Division. This week, we have been investigating multiples, factors and prime numbers. Knowing what these are, will help us calculate and problem solve more efficiently.

 

Week beginning 9th November

We really enjoyed our Children in Need day today (Friday 13th November) and of course the opportunity to wear our own clothes. Thank you for your donations and we look forward to seeing how much we raised sometime next week.

Week beginning 2nd November

We have been really busy this week designing our Friendship cards as part of our RE unit – Belonging. We thought long and hard about the qualities we look for in a good friend. Loyalty and commitment came out top of the list but there were many others such as being honest, being kind and being forgiving. It was a special moment when the first friendship cards were exchanged – all carried out according to the guidelines outlined in our school risk assessment of course.

Photos to follow.