River Walk

Class Two enjoyed a fabulous river walk in Oxford last week, starting in St Ebbe’s and finishing at Christchurch Cathedral. Along the way, we made notes on what we saw, to aid our creative writing back at school. As a result, the children have done some outstanding descriptive writing. In addition, we stopped to put our learning about Monet and Impressionism to the test, by doing some watercolour paintings of the river scene. Here are some photos of our day:

Chinese Cookery

On Tuesday we had a fantastic afternoon of Chinese cookery. Thank you so much to Mrs Gibbs, who came in and made dim sum with the children. We also made fortune cookies with Mrs Lappin, for which we wrote our own fortune messages. At the end of the afternoon we sat together and tasted our fare.

 

Compton Verney

We had a fantastic day at Compton Verney learning more about the Shang Dynasty. First, we spent time in the gallery learning about and drawing artefacts, in particular the different types of pots and vessels and their significance. Next, we were able to handle real artefacts to get a closer look at the details and how they were made. After lunch, we made our own clay pots and vessels using the knowledge we had gained.

Here are some photographs of the day:

Welcome to the Summer Term
We have started Term 5 like a train!  I am amazed by how much many of the children are reading.  They are hitting some really ambitious weekly reading targets!  Your support at home is making such a difference to the children’s progress.
Our topic, “The Shang Dynasty” is proving popular and the kids are really getting stuck in to some interesting learning.  Please do not forget our trip on 8th May.  We shall be doing some Chinese cooking later on this term and learning about Lady Fu Hao, a quite formidable woman.
Reading Questions and Prompts
Please find below a copy of the reading prompts document, mentioned on the class news page, which was sent home at the start of the year.
Mr Long

Sample Reading Questions:

We really try to encourage the children to read at home at least 4 times a week, with a parent/guardian if possible.

To really help the children to comprehend and understand the text they are reading, it is very worthwhile asking some questions during and after you have heard them read.

The following are some sample questions of the sorts of questions you could use:-

-What voice would the character use? Why?              -How would the character say…?

-What happened to…..?           -What happened after……?                 -Who is/was….?

-What was…..doing when…..?            -What does (a particular word) mean?

-Which words tell you how big/small….?        -How did…..?

-Why did….say/think/do …..?  -Why was…..sad/happy/surprised/excited?

-What do these pages/paragraphs tell you about?      -Why is…… an appropriate title/sub-heading?

-Why is the text arranged in this way?            -What is the heading/sub-heading for?           

-Why is there an exclamation mark/question mark/colon/bullet point?

-What connectives have been?            -What has the author tried to do?

-Which was the most exciting part of the story?  Why?

-Why did the author choose (these words) to describe….?

-How would you describe this story? (traditional tale, myth etc

-Have you read anything similar before?  Why is it similar?

*These are a selection and obviously you don’t need to ask every question at the end of every read.  Asking these questions is particularly effective when your child has finished a story/book.*

 

 

Town is by the Sea

We created our own role play versions of our text Town is by the Sea to develop our speaking voices and acting skills. We had to carefully use our inference skills to invent appropriate dialogue and facial expressions to help tell the story. You can click on each photo to enlarge it.

 

Christmas Baking

We enjoyed making our own mincemeat and mince pies before Christmas.

Hello and happy New Year to you all.

I would like to begin with a huge thank you for all the cards and presents that I received- I comfortably ate my own body weight in chocolate over the festive period!  I am bursting with excitement for our new topic: A Local Study of Stanton Harcourt.  We will also be comparing a village (Stanton Harcourt) to a city (Oxford).  There will be loads of interesting cross-curricular learning to enjoy and I for one can not wait to get cracking!

During terms Three and Four, we shall be swimming, at the Windrush Leisure Centre, every other Friday.  We shall be swimming TOMORROW: 5th Jan.  Then, on 19th Jan2nd Feb23rd Feb9th March23rd March.  Our other PE session will be on Tuesdays, as usual.  Children will need a towel, swimming costume/trunks and a swimming hat.  If your child needs to wear goggles, please ensure you have written a letter to give formal consent.

As ever, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat.

Kind Regards

Mr Long

Viking Visitor

We had a wonderful day with our viking visitor as you can see from the photos below:

Parents- thank you so much for ensuring your child had their favourite book in school on Thursday 12th Oct.  There was much enthusiasm for our book choices (me included!).

 

Mrs Hemming and I were immensely proud of our Year 3/4 football team.  They put in a huge amount of effort and did very well to win three out of the four matches.  However, we were particularly impressed by their superb behaviour and levels of sportsmanship, ensuring they represented the school in an extremely positive way- well done!!

 

Vikings Topic Web

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