Welcome to Jet Class
Teacher: Mr McKechan
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Smallwood
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Penny
Summer Curriculum Map: Our Restless Earth
W/C 10th June
In numeracy, we have been learning about angles. We talked about the different types and spent time focussing on acute angles. We drew, estimated and measured acute angles, using protractors and challenged our partners in an angle estimating game. In literacy, we have been looking at ways to develop the action in our writing. We talked about increasing the pace gradually, using –ing sentence starters and including powerful vocabulary.
In RE, we have been focussing on how people express themselves. We listened to music and investigated art from different religions. It was interesting to hear and see things that are so different to what we are used to. In art, we have been planning our collages and are looking forward to completing them next week.
W/C 3rd June
On Monday, we enjoyed a day at the YMCA. We went bell-boating, climbing and completed the low ropes course. We worked well as a team and all challenged ourselves. In numeracy, we have been plotting coordinates in the first quadrant and reflecting shapes along vertical mirror lines.
In literacy, we have been investigating adventure stories and exploring their features. We are going to plan our own adventure stories that include a volcanic eruption. On Thursday, we welcomed our parents in to help us build 3D volcanoes. They looked fantastic and we enjoyed watching some of them erupt!
W/C Monday 20th May
We have been learning how to multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. We used our knowledge of place value to help us. In literacy, we have been editing and improving our newspaper reports for our first learning experience. We added more formal language, edited punctuation and improved our spellings. We looked to add more facts to help share information with the reader.
In ICT, we discussed ways to improve our original news report videos and completed our second attempts with improved volume and expression. We decided to stick to the facts to give the viewer the full picture. Today, we will use the Green Screen app to add the backgrounds just like they do on TV and in films. In art, we investigated collage and were set the challenge of recreating an image, using paper and a range of collage techniques, including overlapping, twisting and layering.
W/C Monday 13th May
We have been learning how to add and subtract decimals. We used counters and formal methods to help visualise the maths and had to solve reasoning problems. In Literacy, we have been looking at ways to improve our newspaper writing, using adverbials, formal language, quotes and additional use of facts.
In ICT, we have been learning how to Green screen, as part of our current learning experience, which involves presenting news reports. We wrote scripts and have filmed ourselves presenting the news. We have selected images and videos to green screen on and we are looking forward to putting the reports together later today. In qualities and values, we discussed and identified ways to lead a healthy active lifestyle.
W/C Monday 6th May
We have been learning how to order and compare numbers, using our place value knowledge to help us. We used the skills we learned to answer reasoning and problem solving questions. In literacy, we watched a video about a disfigured boy, who wished he could change a lot of things about himself. We discussed the setting, the character and how they felt in the story and were then set the task of completing an independent piece of writing linked to the story.
With the Yew Wah pupils, we completed a day of robotics, where we had to build a lego robot and then programme it to complete a number of movements and tasks. This was quite tricky but we used what we have learnt on scratch to help debug and improve our programming. We also completed a day investigating adverts and their features, before creating our own adverts for products we had invented. It was lots of fun and we enjoyed working with the Chinese pupils.
W/C Monday 29th April
We have been learning how to represent decimal numbers in range of different ways, using place value counters to help us visualise the numbers. We also explored thousandths and had to convert decimals to fractions. In Literacy, we have been planning newspaper reports. We identified the who, what, where, when and why for the story of a volcanic eruption, before collecting quotes from eye-witnesses and then identifying the main events of the stories.
We ordered the events on a timeline and added adverbials of time to help give the reader a clearer picture of what happened. In science, we have been learning about friction. We planned and completed an experiment to test the amount of friction between different surfaces and the bottom of a shoe, using a Newtonmetre. We predicted that thick, soft and bumpy surfaces would have the most friction on the shoe like long grass and the thick carpet and the surfaces with the least friction would be the classroom table. We will analyse the results today.
W/C Monday 22nd April
We have been learning how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers. We explored the different methods for each and chose the ones we were more accurate with. We used these skills to explain mistakes that people had made when multiplying fractions and then had to prove the correct answers. In Literacy, we have been learning about the features of a newspaper, which include headline, sub headline, caption, facts, main events of the story and the orientation, which is the opening paragraph.
We learned that in the opening paragraph the reader needs to find out who was involved, what happened, where it happened, when it happened and why it happened. For our new topic, Our Restless Earth, we investigated the different parts of a volcano. Some of the parts include: the flank, magma chamber, main vent, sill, dike and side vent. In Science, we learned that gravity is an invisible force that pulls everything towards the centre of the Earth. Without it, things would be very different!
W/C Monday 1st April
This week in numeracy, we have been learning how to find fractions of amounts, using the bar model. We were given a flapjack recipe and had to find different fractions of the different ingredients. In literacy, we have been learning the poem, ‘My Daddy Fell into the Pond’ ready for today’s poetry slam. We looked at its structure and thought about ways to perform it.
We talked about using expression, actions, changes in volume and different speaking groups to make it more interesting. We are looking forward to performing it this afternoon. We also finished our focus author book, Holes, and really enjoyed the story. We wrote book reviews and shared our opinions with each other.
W/C Monday 25th March
This week, we have completed our end of term assessments in reading GPS, writing and numeracy. Some of the questions were tricky but we used the skills we have learned in class to help us. In ICT, we have been learning how to use the DoInk app, which is an app used to produce videos. It uses green screen technology and we will be making videos linked to space next week.
In PE, we combined the skills we have learned in gymnastics to produce and perform a routine. We included a range of movements, jumps, balances and enjoyed performing them to the class. We gave feedback to each other and thought about how we could improve, if we did it again. This morning, we are welcoming our parents into school for our celebration of learning and are looking forward to sharing our learning with them.
W/C Monday 18th March 2019
On Tuesday, we took our completed wooden toys and Percy the Park Keeper stories into Opal class. We read them to a number of different children and showed them how the toys worked. They listened well to our stories, which included Fox getting stuck on a frozen lake, Percy having to save Mole’s family, after they accidentally built a playground on top of their house and many more.
We used the cubes and the bar model to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. When adding fractions with different denominators, we used multiplication to find common denominators. We used these skills to reason and solve problems.
W/C Monday 11th March 2019
We have been learning how to write good stories full of description, a range of sentence types and punctuation used correctly. We looked at more interesting vocabulary we could use and tried to think of words from our word day. In numeracy, we have been comparing fractions, using greater than, less than and the equal symbol. In RE, we talked about Christian beliefs and what we thought were the most important like forgiveness and kindness.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we had a DT day, where we constructed our wooden toys that we will be sharing with Opal class next week. We had to measure, cut, saw, glue, assemble and sometimes reassemble them. We looked at how to make them stronger and are impressed with the quality so far. We have continued reading Holes and are really enjoying the story.
W/C Monday 4th February
In numeracy, we have started to investigate fractions. We were set the challenge of building fractions and representing them in different ways. We also used our times tables and division facts to find equivalent fractions. For our second learning experience, we are writing our own versions of Nick Butterworth stories and building wooden toys to share with Opal children in a couple of weeks.
We have read some of his books and we discussed the storylines. We talked about the characters, the setting and have started to plan our own versions of the story. As we are making a product for Opal class children, we need to know what they want from it so we have put together a short questionnaire. We will use the information we gather to inform our designs and look forward to sharing the finish products and stories with them after half term.
W/C Monday 21st January
We have been multiplying 3 and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. We have been finding missing digits, identify errors and correcting mistakes in multiplication problems and using our reasoning skills to help us. In literacy, we have been writing our biographies of Tim Peake and have included facts, dates, fronted adverbials, key events and some good vocabulary. We have included relative clauses, semi-colons and expanded noun phrases.
For our learning experience, we have collected information about the different planets in our solar system and will be using it to create eye-catching posters. We discussed the things a good poster should have and are looking forward to producing them and sharing them with parents.
W/C Monday 14th January
This week in Jet Class we have been using our times tables and multiplication skills to multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. We have been finding missing digits in these calculations too, which can be quite tricky. In literacy, we have planned our biographies of Tim Peake and have included facts, dates, fronted adverbials, key events and some good vocabulary.
In RE, we investigated the story of Moses and the 10 commandments. We wrote story boards to represent the journey that Moses went on and we identified the 10 commandments. We talked about what they mean and discussed why they are important. In Science, we have been naming planets, ordering them from the distance to the Sun and learning about how night and day works.
W/C Monday 7th January
This week in Jet Class we have been learning how to multiply numbers with up to 4-digits by a 1-digit number. We had to use our times tables to help us and we were set the challenge of finding missing digits in calculations. We had to explain our answers and also prove them in different ways. In literacy, we have been investigating biographies. A biography is a piece of writing that about somebody else’s life.
We were introduced to our new topic, which is called ‘Jet’s Space Race’. We investigated the International Space Station and how it was put together. Each capsule was made in parts on land and then sent to space. For our WOW, we were set the challenge of making our own space stations, using paper. We had to include certain rooms and give reasons for our choices.
W/C Monday 10th December
In numeracy, we have been learning how to find the area of squares and rectangles. We learned that to find the area you have to multiply the length by the width. After that, we were set the challenge of finding the area of compound shapes, which meant we had to find missing lengths and split the shape into rectangles so we could find the area.
In DT, we made our Egyptian salads, which was a lot of fun. We selected ingredients and prepared them, using a number of cutting techniques, including the bridge and claw cut. We also had bread and honey with them, as that was commonly eaten in Ancient Egypt. We welcomed our parents into school on Thursday and shared some of the work we have done for our topic, ‘The Mysteries of Egypt’.
W/C Monday 3rd December
In numeracy, we have been learning how to measure and calculate the perimeter of squares, rectangles and compound shapes. We had to use the information we were given to help find missing lengths. In literacy, we completed our persuasive letters to Theresa May, after editing them. We were then set the challenge of writing a persuasive letter independently.
For our third learning experience, we are going to be making Egyptian inspired foods. We learned about the types of foods they ate a lot of, which included: bread, lots of fruits and vegetables and meats, if you could afford them. We also tried some figs and prunes this week, as they were commonly eaten in Ancient Egypt. We had mixed reviews for both and are looking forward to planning and making our own Egyptian meals.
W/C Monday 26th November
In numeracy, we have been learning how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We used place value charts to help us move the number. If you are dividing, you move the number to the right and if you’re multiplying, you need to move the number to the left and add place holders, if you need to.
In literacy, we have been writing our own persuasive letters that include rhetorical questions, emotive language and formal phrases to persuade Theresa May to change laws on plastic. We will be editing and improving them today. In science, we researched and created our own life cycles of flowering plants.
W/C Monday 19th November
In numeracy, have been investigating cube and prime numbers. We were set the challenge of finding the prime numbers up to 100 and we used our times tables to help us. We answered problem solving questions and had to show our methods clearly. In Literacy, we have been planning and writing our own persuasive letters to Theresa May, encouraging her to make some changes to the way we deal with plastic in our country.
We all brought our project homework in this week and most of us have presented them to the class. We made pyramids, wrote stories, created posters and booklets and much more. We really enjoyed finding out about what people got up to.
W/C Monday 12th November
On Monday and Tuesday, we spent time working with the Yew Wah students at Knowle Hall. We investigated different creation stories and were set the challenge of creating our own, which we then had to perform in front of the rest of the group. We enjoyed learning about Chinese culture and are looking forward to seeing more Yew Wah students in the new year.
In numeracy, have been investigating square numbers. Square numbers are the product of a number multiplied by itself. We built them, drew them and were set the challenge of answering reasoning questions about them. We have also been learning about persuasive techniques. We collected examples of emotive language, formal language and rhetorical questions and will use them in our writing next week.
W/C Monday 15th October
This week in Jet Class, we have been learning how to read and interpret line graphs. We looked at data on line graphs and had to answer questions accurately about it. We have also completed our assessments in reading, writing, GPS and numeracy.
On Tuesday, we welcomed parents into school for our class inspire. We sketched outlines of Egyptian landscapes and then painted them, using water colours. We have also started to investigate the process of mummification.
W/C Monday 8th October
This week in Jet Class, we have been learning how to solve addition and subtraction problems, using the bar model to support our answers. In literacy, we have been learning how to use semi-colons in our writing and have been investigating homophones.
We also completed an independent write and will be looking at ways to edit and improve them today. We will look at our spellings, handwriting and the vocabulary we are using to make them better.
W/C Monday 1st October
This week in Jet Class we have been learning how to add and subtract numbers, using column methods. We used those skills to help find missing digits in calculations. In literacy, we have been writing our recounts about the finding of Tutankhamun. We have been trying to include powerful vocabulary with words like dejected, overjoyed, hideous and apprehensive.
In RE, we have been learning about communion and why it is important. A communion is a way of remembering the sacrifice Jesus made. People share bread and wine at a communion to represent his body and his blood. We also completed our timelines linked to Ancient Egyptian history.
W/C Monday 17th September
This week in Jet Class we have been learning how to represent numbers up to 100000. We made the numbers using counters, partitioned them and wrote them out in words. In literacy, we have been investigating recounts and identifying their different features. They retell events and are written in the past tense and in chronological order.
We have also been investigating chronology and have been gathering information about key events in Ancient Egyptian history. We are going to use this information to produce detailed timelines. In RE, we have been learning about baptisms.
W/C Monday 10th September
This week in Jet Class we have been learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10000 and exploring Roman numerals and how they work. We applied this learning to ICT, when we programmed the sprite to count in Roman numerals.
We have also been learning how to write a range of sentences types, including simple, compound and complex sentences. A complex sentence needs a main and a subordinate clause. We have been investigating chronology and are starting to look at key events in Ancient Egyptian history. We investigated different types of animals and are starting to ask questions about their different life cycles.