Badger Class – Term 1 – September 2018
A very warm welcome to all those who have joined the Badger Class this year! The Badger class has made an incredible start to the year and we are already learning so much. The Badger Class is far more than a class – we are a team!
Below are some of the topics that we have already started to cover in lessons;
English – Myths, legends and fables.
Maths – Place value.
Science – Light and Shadows.
Topic – The Groovy Greeks.
Music – Rhythmic patterns.
PE – REAL PE (Balance).
French – Conversational language.
We have also been practicing our handwriting skills in the continuous cursive style and have developed our reading skills daily. We have also already enjoyed 2 sessions of PE with IGNITE sports.
As requested, a weekly update on the more specific learning that will be going on in the Badger Class and these will be found at the bottom of the page starting next week (week beginning 24th September). If you have any questions about any of the learning that is going on within the Badger Class then do not hesitate to ask!
Thank you to all the parents/carers for all the support you have given to the Badger Class so far this term. There is lots of learning and even more fun to be had this year and I can’t wait for the Badger class to make lots of happy memories together.
Here are some of the happy memories we have already made;
Thanks for reading!
Weekly overview of learning – September 2018 onwards.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 Jan, 2nd Feb, 23rd Feb, 9th March, 23rd 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.
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!!