WELCOME TO ELM CLASS!
Teacher: Miss S Blethyn
Teaching Assistants: Mrs K Moss (am) Mrs S Hickman (pm)
Welcome back to a new school year in Elm class!
I hope you've all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the new year as much as I am!
We have had a super couple of days practicing our team building skills with lots of fun activities including being guided through an obstacle course BLINDFOLDED and working in small teams to make strong and sturdy spaghetti and marshmallow towers!
Exploring Roman Artefacts
We were lucky enough to borrow a Roman artefact box from a local museum this term to allow the children to have a 'hands on' learning experience. The children took great care with the objects and were extremely inquisitive about the variety of items that we had. We had many discussions about how we could describe the objects, what they might have been used for and whether they were REAL or REPLICAS.
Take a look at some of the children's descriptions of the different objects. Can you work out what they are?
Trip to Wantage museum
On Wednesday 18th October, Elm class had a trip to Wantage museum to help enhance their learning about the Romans. We had a wonderful day full of activities including exploring REAL Roman artefacts, presenting their own findings to the rest of the class, playing Roman board games, designing and making their own Roman coins and to finish an exploration of the rest of the museum. The children were extremely well behaved and showed off how much they already knew about the Romans!
Take a look at our photos below
Gymnastics at Berinsfield!
Last week, Elm class started their 7 week course with Abingdon Gymnastics club in Berinsfield. Their first session was fantastic and the children have a brilliant time practising their balancing, positions, jumping, grip and swinging and basic gymnastics skills! I think that after these 7 weeks we might have some gymnastic pros rolling around St Michael's.
Maths - WB 13th November
This week we have been looking at SHAPES and their properties. We spent a lot of time recapping 2D shapes using the 2D shape song to help us remember. After that, we worked together to identify the properties of the different shapes looking at the sides, corners, angles and lines of symmetry. Once we had identified the properties the children sorted them into Venn diagrams.
SHHHHHHHHHH - learning all about sound!
This week we started our new topic of Sound in Science. Together, we went on a sound walk where we walked to different parts of the school to listen carefully to the sounds all around us. If the children couldn't identify the source to the sound they were asked to describe it - high, low, bell, squeak, whistle etc...
In the following lesson we started to think about how sound travels to our ears. We used string telephones to demonstrate this. The children were able to explain that the sound travelled from the sound source as vibrations to our ears. Take a look at how much fun we all had!
Cogges Manor Farm - Friday 17th November
We went back in time to the Anglo Saxon period on a school trip to Cogges Manor Farm!
We had great fun living life like the Anglo Saxons. The children had to use natural resources to build shelters that would protect them not only from the weather but from any animals lurking in the nearby bushes, they had to grind wheat to make bread to survive on, they sat around the campfire and listened to an Anglo-Saxon myth whilst their bread cooked over the fire, dressed up in similar clothing to the men and women focussing on why it was so important for them to wear layers and to finish they looked at Anglo Saxon runes and their meanings. They each made a clay rune with the symbol 'travel' on it to symbolise their journey through Anglo Saxon history.
It was a fun (yet chilly) day all round and the children had a brilliant time learning more about the Anglo-Saxons!
Term 4 - BLUE ABYSS
This term we are diving deep into the depths of the water to find out about life in the world's oceans!
The topic has been a huge hit with the class so far and they are keen to find out about the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the different layers of the ocean. Blue Planet has opened our eyes to the complexity of the ocean ecosystem and we are ALL keen to learn more!
We have already written personification poems about the creatures or beasts of the ocean. Can you imagine a graceful starfish laying still on the ocean sea bed watching life go by?
We are now looking at the word's coral reefs with a focus on The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Did you know that it is danger and that there are many threats which could reduce its existence to nothing?
Well, Elm class do and we're going to do something about it!
We are going to persuade the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to do more to save one of the world's greatest beauties!
Science - Classification keys
We've been looking at living things and their habitats. Specifically, we have been looking closely at how we classify an animal based on their characteristics e.g. colour, size, pattern, where they live, what they eat etc..
Before we moved on to sea creatures we had a go at creating a classification for liquorice all-sorts. They worked in small groups looking at the shape, size, colour and layers so that they could come up with a successful classification key.
The groups then moved around so that they could test each others keys. Some errors were identified but it helped when we were classifying sea creatures!!
Term 4 - POTIONS
Grab your wands, trunks, cloaks and magic dust and get down to Platform 9 and 3/4 - we're going to HOGWARTS!
We will be working hard to show Hogwarts what it is missing by designing our own ULTIMATE witch and wizard who could blast the socks of anyone. Even Harry Potter!
This topic is primarily science based and we will be looking closely at the States of Matter with a focus on the properties of solids, liquids and gases, irreversible and reversible changes and the role of evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.
Science lesson - Exploring different materials
The children were given a number of different materials to explore and to try and group into solids, liquids and gases. They briefly discussed what they thought made each of these materials and then used these ideas to classify.
Once they had done this with simple objects they were given: sand, jelly, shaving foam and cornflour and water and discussed which group they would be classified under. It encouraged lots of scientific discussion and the children came up with lot's of interesting ideas!
World Book day fun!
Another year, another World Book Day full of fun reading based activities. We paraded in the hall to show off our costumes, had time to read lots of short stories and poems individually and together, we shared a story with children from another class and St Michaels hosted its very first POETRY SLAM which was a complete success! It was great to see so many children from across the school finding the confidence to stand up and recite poetry!
This year our school focus was on poetry and each class focussed on a specific poet.
Elm class were looking at the wonderful work of nonsense poet Edward Lear and we had lots of fun reading his weird yet wonderful poetry. Specifically we looked at his limerick poems which follow a specific set of rules to create a a short and snappy snippet into the life of a a random 'somebody.'
The children worked really hard to write their own limericks and worked in pairs to come up with their own random ideas.
Watch this space to see the wonderful poetry that they have written.
Term 5 - Road Trip
Pack a bag and get yourself to Heathrow - we're heading to the USA for an epic adventure exploring the states of America!
You have already been on a state hunting mission matching the abbreviations with the full state names and their associated tribes and identified which states are the homes to some of the most famous landmarks including: The Statue of Liberty, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Walk of Fame and so much more!
Next it is time to explore the cultures of some of the Native American tribes!
On Friday the 11th of May the children of Elm Class performed their class assembly to their parents and members of the school. They shared their learning about the Blue Abyss through a drama piece and had everyone laughing with their crazy ideas!