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Welcome to Elm Class! We have had a busy few days back, focusing on friendship and our school values. The children have worked together to make up games to play in the playground, they have set themselves goals for the year and they have created both designs for merit cards as well as birthday cards for sharing later in the year.

We have also started writing for our book, Chalk, by Bill Thomson, focusing on writing about rain sounds (the weather was therefore very good for us today!). A topic web and a copy of the September newsletter can now be downloaded above.

Bug Hotel – Vacancies!

We have spent today making our bug hotels; first we had to learn how to tie a clove hitch and a surgeon’s knot to secure them. We made sure there would be lots of nooks and crannies, and that the outside would be waterproof. They are now hanging from the trees behind the classroom, ready to welcome lots of little visitors. Some of the children have already seen new residents making themselves at home!



Home, sweet home!

Welcome to our new topic. Some of the children have asked me to share their group writing on the website so here it is! As you can see, we’re focusing on persuasive writing this term.

7 BEDROOM DETACHED HOUSE FOR SALE      

This property is in a beautiful location near the seaside with a great view of the roaring waves.

This house will give you a gracious and spacious home for your family to relax in. It has 7 bedrooms, a party sized kitchen, a summer house and a large court yard.

When you open the bright red doors, an exquisite elm staircase with shiny banisters is waiting to welcome you. The gorgeous red carpet, leading to 7 bedrooms and 2 en-suites, will make you feel like a V.I.P.

Imagine relaxing in the beautiful garden and seeing your children riding their bikes in the courtyard where plants will brighten your day whilst you play golf. Imagine your family eating luxury food from the supermarket, just 2 minutes away, or roasting marshmallows over the warm caged fireplace.

As you know, this house is in a great location with luxury facilities, but beware… it will be gone soon!

The topic web and newsletter can also now be found attached to our page.

Beautiful Berries

Our grow topic has come to an end, but what a way to finish! This work is beautiful and I hope the children are as proud as I am! Have a lovely Easter.

Elm Class – Explanation Text

Over the past few weeks we have been writing our own explanation texts all about plants. We wanted to share our progress with you here, so each day we added our new sentences, stacked together to form a new text! Each sentence is written by one of the children.


How do plants spread all over the world?

Plants have prospered all over our planet for longer than humans have lived. They have existed, expanded and enveloped every corner of the earth. They can grow in a noisy city, the boggiest swamp and even in a dark cave. But how are they so efficient?

Powerful Pollination

It all starts with flowers. Scented flowers, beautiful flowers, blooming flowers, dainty flowers, bold flowers and vivid flowers. Some flowers smell like sweet caramel to attract butterflies but others smell like rotten meat and are slightly darker colours to attract flies.

A plant has to have pollen to succeed. As a result of shimmering, shining insects flying from flower to flower, pollen is transported. Rainbow coloured humming birds with long pointed beaks pass on pollen to each and every flower. Midnight black bats collect pollen and drop it into other plants. Inside the carpel, the pollen creates a seed and slowly turns into a colourful fruit. 

A seed is heroic

Despite being unable to move, plants have still been able to develop techniques to spread their seeds so they can flourish. This is called seed dispersal.

On the wind, a dandelion seed erupts as a volcano. The dandelion seed has become a lion’s mane, roaring through the wind, tossing, turning and leaping through the air, while gliding to the safest spot. 

Drift seeds have air within and a thick shell around a protected seed. As a result, the seed can survive the toughest waves and float shore to shore. They are like a mini raft, drifting on the ocean. 

After the hairy bittercress is touched, the seed pod explodes then the seeds are peppered everywhere. As a result, it’s easier to spread its seeds. 

Why are plants discovered everywhere?

Plants can change to suit their environment. Consequently, they can live in the most surprising places. 

Deep within a hot rainforest, leaves are gigantic and shamrock green.  Sometimes they absorb all the sunlight, leaving other plants to die. Crawling up the gigantic trees, vines are caterpillars reaching for the sunlight. Surprisingly, in the rainforest, the soil is poor therefore the trees grow thick buttress roots. 

The desert is different. Hot. Arid. Dry. 

Cacti have tough coverings on their stems, otherwise the water inside would burst out like a volcano. Some animals try to eat them, which is why they have a bitter taste, sharp spines and can camouflage as a stone. A cactus is a weaponry station with knives all around it to stop predators. 

So, how do plants fill the earth? Well, they spread their seeds and regrow in other places and they can spread in different ways. So whenever you see a flower, remember what it needed to go through to get there. 


 


g r o w

Our new topic is called g r o w – we will be entering the exciting world of flowering plants. We have already been enthralled by the world of carnivorous plants! We are also all looking forward to our upcoming trip to the Botanical Gardens.

A topic web and the newsletter are now available for download. Photos to follow shortly!

Elm Class Rocks

We have started our new topic – Elm Class Rocks! The new topic web and newsletter are now downloadable from the website. We had a great morning creating our own paint from fruits and vegetables as well as spices as they may have done in the Stone Age. We then used them to make our own ‘cave paintings’ which are now on display in the classroom.

 

Jack Frost Visits

Jack Frost arrives in the classroom

We had a surprise visit from Jack Frost, who arrived in our classroom on Monday. We still don’t know where he came from, although there were mysterious footprints leading up to where he was found!

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We read a book about Jack Frost and learned that his favourite drink is worm-juice surprise, so we made our own and wrote a recipe as a class using a web-app called Socrative.

 We also used ‘I Can Animate’ to create our own animations of the worm juice. Click the link below to see one.

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The Supermoon

Some of our class were taking part in a tag rugby tournament today, so those of us who were left in the classroom took inspiration from the supermoon and wrote some poetry. We looked at traditional Japanese Haikus and learned about the Japanese moon festival (we have also been learning to count in Japanese this term so it was nice to learn more about Japanese culture.) We then combined our creative writing with some watercolour techniques to create wonderful pieces of art.

Lego WeDo

We have been very excited to work with our new Lego WeDo 2.0 equipment this half term (thank you PTFA!). We have built a science rover that can sense motion, and used a robot in our science lessons to test how things move on different surfaces.

The Iron Man

The new topic web is now online.

We are really enjoying our story, The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. We have measured a giant Iron Man (in parts) on the playground, sketched some nuts and bolts and today we had a farmer’s meeting to decide what we should do about the Iron Man eating all of the tractors. (We decided to dig a hole, lay some scrap metal as bait and trap the Iron Man with nets and concrete!)

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Collaborative Viking Art

We all spent some time looking at Viking and Anglo Saxon artefacts and finding patterns and animals hidden within the designs. We used these designs, as well as some patterns inspired by our songs about Viking sagas, to create our own collaborative piece of art.

Click the link to see a short video:

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 Lighting up the classroom!

Our science topic has been light this half term and we have been carrying out investigations in our science lessons. We have changed the size of shadows so that we can use the same shadow puppet for both small goblins and giants in our Viking saga stories. We have also used mirrors to reflect light in the direction of a target.

What did the Anglo Saxons and Vikings leave behind?

We have had an interesting start to our new school year discovering how the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings changed Britain. We have also enjoyed a fantastic trip to Bishop’s Wood where we sailed in an Anglo Saxon longship, made pots from clay, built shelters in the woods and hammered our own copper brooches. We had a class debate where half of us were Britons and half of us were Saxons; we were able to negotiate and avoid a terrible battle this time!

The newsletter and new topic web have been uploaded for your information.

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Elm Class Pharaohs

The children have, once again, produced some fantastic artwork this week – they have styled themselves as ancient kings and queens of Egypt using photographs and oil pastels.

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We have also been learning about our skeletons and how they protect and support our bodies. We started by working as a team to construct a giant skeleton puzzle!

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Who were the ancient Egyptians?

The children have had a fantastic start to their new topic this half term (as well as an adventure packed residential for year 4). So far we have mummified oranges, escaped from a pyramid and started learning a dance representing the sun god Ra. 1515 10 6

The topic web and homework grid which were previously sent home are also now available on this page for download if needed.
Poets

We wrote some amazing poems today and I couldn’t wait until Friday to share them, so here are a few shape scent poems all about magic.

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Super Senses

This week we have been focusing on describing smells (try it – it’s really tricky!). We did so well that I thought I would share some lines from our class poem with you, with our inspiration coming from Pie Corbett’s poem “I Wish”:

I wish I could be a daffodil and smell of citrus sunshine.

I wish I could be the grass and smell of jade apple.

I wish I could be the night sky and smell of licorice moonbeams.

Let the magic begin…

The lanterns went out and in a puff of purple smoke the magic started.

Our new topic has begun magically and we are proud to present our collaborative new wall display, inspired by “Leon and the Place Between” by Angela McAllister.

Can you spot the white doves escaping from the magic tent?

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The new topic web and newsletter are now linked on the website. An exciting new homework project will follow shortly!

Masterpieces

The children have finished their food landscapes, inspired by artist Carl Warner.

They have done everything themselves – photographing the food, uploading their photos to our network, editing the photos and using them in a collage. As you can  see, the children have learned all about perspective and most of them have used a path which ‘vanishes’ as well as thinking carefully about the size of the objects in their landscapes.

Click on the photo below to get a closer look!

Elm Class Food Landscapes

Food, Glorious Food!

We have had a busy start to the term – the children have written fantastic stories about Beauty and the Beast and shared them with their reading buddies.

We used freezer bags to replicate a stomach, mixing food and adding stomach acid (orange juice) to see how it is broken down. We also started our art and computing project by taking photographs of lots of different types of food after being blown away by Carl Warner’s amazing food scenes.


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Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect

We have had a great day today. It all started when the children came in to a ragged little Christmas tree, full of feathers, fur and broken branches. We hunted for clues about what might have happened.

 

After sharing our theories, we then enjoyed a book called “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect” by Richard Schneider. We learned that Little Pine had opened his heart (and his branches) to the animals of the forest, and that although he wasn’t perfect looking as a result, he was still chosen to decorate the queen’s hall because he showed God’s love on earth.

This afternoon, we continued our learning about 3D shapes, building them from nets. We were so fond of Little Pine, that we used our shapes to decorate him for the afternoon.

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Be Our Guest!

It’s been a busy start to our new topic, Be Our Guest, but the homework grid and topic web have now finally been uploaded.

We have been learning all about settings and describing characters in English, learning some formal methods of addition and subtraction in maths and exploring healthy eating through science.

We have also had some cooking sessions, making bread and tortilla wraps – some photos of our work below.

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Solar Power

Tying in with the electricity part of our topic, we spent today working on our own solar power investigations.

We started by learning about life in The Gambia where lots of people live without electricity, before asking questions all about solar panels, which are being used more and more in Africa.

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After thinking of questions, we carried out lots of different investigations using (and linked to) solar panels. We used halogen lamps to simulate the sun and tested how long it took ice cubes to melt in different coloured tins. From this, we learned why solar panels are black – it helps them to absorb more sunlight and create more power.

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Great British Architecture

The children have been working hard on their artistic skills for the last few weeks. We have been looking at Great British architecture and we have created layered prints depicting famous buildings of Britain. I’m sure you will agree, they look fantastic!

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In science, we learned all about conductors and insulators. The children planned and carried out investigations to find out what materials would conduct electricity.

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We have also had a week of “Inspirational Maths” and have been learning about how our brains grow and connect ideas as we learn. We look forward to continuing some of this work next week!

The Lion, the Torch and the Multiple!

A few pictures from the last few weeks to share.

We have been really getting involved with our book for the topic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (by Great Briton CS Lewis) and this week has seen us hotseat the White Witch as well as role playing interviews with Mr Beaver and Mr Tumnus, before writing newspaper reports about the “Everlasting Winter”.

In maths, we have been getting to grips with multiples as well as improving our subtraction skills and science has seen us continue with our circuits work. We also had a fantastic trip to Avoncroft, looking at how buildings have changed and evolved in Britain over the last few centuries.

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Welcome to Elm Class

We have got off to a great start this year, making everything from lemon batteries to multiple towers and sharing everything from drama to our ideas for great headlines.

The children have also now taken their violins home and we are looking forward to improving together over the next year (please let us practice!!).

Photos will be added shortly – keep checking back for updates about our learning and our exciting projects. For now, please find the latest newsletter, topic web and homework grid available for download.