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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Welcome to Jet Class

Teacher: Mr McKechan

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Smallwood

 Spring Term Curriculum Map

W/C 11th June

On Monday, we made our way to the YMCA to complete a number of fun and challenging activities. We went climbing, bell-boating and completed a low ropes obstacle course. The aim of the day was for us to try some new activities, challenge ourselves and to step out of our comfort zones. We all tried extremely hard, showed great teamwork skills and resilience and we communicated effectively to complete tasks.

In literacy, we have been writing and editing our own mystery stories. We used editing stations to improve our spellings, vocabulary and our sentence starters. In numeracy, we have been learning how to estimate, measure and draw angles accurately with a protractor.

Photos: Bell boating, climbing and low ropes obstacle course at YMCA. 

W/C 4th June

This week, in literacy we have been planning and writing our own mystery stories. We have included short sentences, questions and lots of description. We also tried to keep things a secret from the reader to add to the mystery. We have also planned our toys that include a CAM in DT and are looking forward to building them soon.

In numeracy, we have been learning how to add and subtract decimals with the same and different decimal places, as well as adding and subtracting decimal numbers from whole numbers. We made sure to layout out calculations accurately by adding place holders, when necessary. We also spotted and explained mistakes in calculations and problem solving questions. We loved the Step into Sport days, where we developed and improved our skills in the following sports: cricket, archery, tchoukball, ultimate frisbee and boxercise. 

 Photo: Jet Class getting stuck into Boxercise!

W/C 21st May

This week, we spent two days with the Yew Wah students. On one of the days, we went to Carymoor, where we had a fun day exploring the ways of the Crafty Celts. We built mini roundhouses, cooked bread over an open fire and learned about some of the animals that would have been around at that time. On the second day, we investigated the artwork of Ben Newman. We were given the task of creating our own masks inspired by his work, using bright, bold colours and large shapes.

In numeracy, we have been learning how to add decimal numbers accurately. We used place value counters and our place value knowledge to help us. We also solved reasoning and problem solving questions that involved adding decimals. In literacy, we have been learning how to use metaphors to improve the description in our writing. 

W/C 7th May

This week in numeracy, we have been learning how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and finding fractions of amounts. For both of these skills, we used practical resources and the bar model to help us. In literacy, we have investigating the features of mystery stories through a text called The Mystery Man. We identified the following features: short sentences, questions, description, the character's feelings and keeping things a secret from the reader to create mystery. 

For our second learning experience, we are building toys that have a working CAM. A CAM is a rotating mechanism that moves something in a certain direction. In our inspire, we explored different CAM shapes and built them with cardboard. We discussed how the shape would make the CAM follower move and started to think about who we are going to design our toys for and why. 

W/C 30th April

In numeracy this week, we have been adding and subtracting fractions, using the bar model to help us. We explored different methods and had to choose our favourite one. After that, we learned how to multiply fractions by whole numbers in two different ways; we used the bar model again to support our answers. In literacy, we have been learning about the different types of past and present tense. There are lots of combinations so we tried to spot the clues that help us sort them out. 

We have been finishing our 'Volcano' Powerpoints and presenting them to the rest of the class. In science, we learned about how sedimentary rocks are formed. Small bits of rock travel to the sea via rivers and end up on the seabed. Over time, the layers of rock build up and they compact together. Over time, salt binds the bits of rock together, making sedimentary rocks. 

W/C 23rd April

In numeracy, we have been learning how to compare different fractions. We made the denominators the same, using multiplication and we compared the fractions, using the greater than, less than and equals symbol. We also started to look at adding fractions together. In literacy, we have been writing stories that include a volcanic eruption. After planning and writing the stories, we used editing stations to improve our work. We made changes to some spellings, added vocabulary and improved our sentence structure. 

In geography, we have been creating powerpoints about volcanoes. We are including information about the different types, their different parts and how they are formed, as well as famous eruptions from around the world. We discussed how to present the information carefully and we are looking forward to presenting them to the rest of the class. In tennis, we improved our rallying skills further. 

W/C 16th April

In numeracy, we have been learning how to convert mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa. We used our skills to solve problems. We also used cubes to help us count up and back in fractions and we used them to help us compare fractions, using the greater than, less than and equals symbol. In literacy, we have been writing our stories that include a volcanic eruption. We had to describe the setting, introduce the characters and use lovely handwriting. We are going to finish them off today. 

In science, we have been investigating different types of rocks. We learnt about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. In geography, we have been learning about how volcanoes are formed. Pressure builds up in the magma chamber under the Earth's crusts and forces its way up. The layers of ash and rock build up over time and create the shape of the volcano. 

W/C 9th April

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning how to find equivalent fractions, using our multiplication and division skills. We also solved problems involving equivalent fractions. We also started to learn how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers. We used concrete resources and drew the mixed numbers to help us. In Literacy, we have been exploring description. We collected descriptive words and phrases that we are going to use in our stories. We tried to think about our senses to give us ideas. We also started to develop our main character. 

For our new topic, Our Restless Earth, we investigated the different parts of a volcano, during our WOW day and created informative and colourful posters to show our learning. Some of the parts include: the flank, magma chamber, main vent, sill, dike and side vent. In PE, we have been learning how to play a forehand in tennis. We completed drills and played a small game that encouraged us to use that skill. 

Photo: Jet Class on the court.

 

W/C 19th March

This week, we have been completing assessments in numeracy, GPS, reading and writing. Some of us really enjoyed doing them and some of us weren't so keen. In Science, we investigated different forces, including gravity, friction, water and air resistance. We completed experiments linked to each of the forces and then had to produce an informative A3 poster about them all. 

On Thursday, we welcomed our parents in for our Celebration of Learning. We shared the things we have learnt and they had the opportunity to look at some of our work. We showed them our biographies, forces posters, science books and much more. 

 Photo: Members of Jet Class representing the school against Woolavington in some friendly football matches.

W/C 12th March

In numeracy, we have been learning how to calculate the perimeter of shapes, including regular and irregular polygons, as well as composite rectilinear shapes. We used the bar model to support our answers. In literacy, we have been learning how to use modal verbs, apostrophes for contractions and inverted commas accurately in our writing. Modal verbs indicate possibility. For example, could, might, will. We were then set the challenge of including those things in our writing. 

As part of our new learning experience, we are investigating different forces, including gravity, friction, air and water resistance. We measured the friction between different surfaces and toy cars. We found out that the surfaces that were bumpy, uneven and soft stopped the car from moving. In contrast, the surfaces that smooth and hard allowed the cars to move more quickly and over a longer distance. Today, we are going to be investigating air resistance. 

Photo: Jet Class investigating forces. 

 

       

 W/C 5th March

This week in Jet Class, we have been drafting our biographies about Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong. We worked in pairs to edit and improve our work, using the Year 5 criteria. We improved our work by adding in some year 5/6 words, adding semi-colons, relative clauses, parenthesis and much more. We also identified words we didn't think we had spelled correctly and then changed them.

In Numeracy, we have been learning how to use short division with remainder and decimal answers and using that method and the bar model to solve problems. In RE, we discussed the importance of forgiveness. We identified things we would find easy, difficult and impossible to forgive. In PE, we learned how to throw in a range of different ways, using a range of equipment, including bean bags, tennis balls and handballs. We enjoyed performing 'There Was An Old Woman' in the poetry slam on Wednesday. 

Photo: Jet Class' performance of There Was An Old Woman

W/C 26th February

This week in Jet Class, we have been learning how to use short division to accurately divide numbers.  We used this method to give answers with and without remainders. Next week, we will be learning how to use short division with decimal answers. In Literacy, we have been writing biographies for Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. We wrote our first versions of them but we realised we could improve them so we spent time editing and adding things in to increase the quality. 

On Thursday, we celebrated 'World Book Day'. This year, we focussed on JK Rowling and explored some of her work. We wrote our own suspense stories set at Hogwarts, using characters from the Harry Potter stories or ones that we created ourselves. In addition, we designed our own wands, after we visited Mr Ollivander's shop in Diagon Alley. Finally, we looked at how they sort pupils into their houses at Hogwarts. We discussed the types of people that end up in each house. We were set the challenge of creating a fifth house and had to design the crest, come up with a slogan and share information about the house and the types of people in them. 

Photos of us from World Book Day

 W/C 19th February

This week in Jet Class, we have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, using place value grids to help us. In Literacy, we have been planning our biographies of Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong. We had to gather information about their lives, including key achievements, childhood, growing up and any setbacks they may have encountered in their careers.

On Tuesday, we welcomed our parents for our inspire session. We explored how things moved through the air and were set the challenge of making 3 paper rockets to test how aerodynamic they were. We found that rockets with a length of around 10cm and with 4 fins travelled the furthest so were the most aerodynamic. In PE, we completed circuits in health and fitness and looked at ways of moving with different balls in multi skills.

A photo of us, after our multi skills PE lesson on Thursday.

W/C 5th February

This week in Jet Class, we have been using long multiplication to solve worded problems, find missing digits and identify errors in calculations. We used true or false statements linked to multiplication and had to work out if they were true or false and then explain our answers. In literacy, we have been learning about biographies. We found out that biographies are books written about someone by someone else and autobiographies are books that people write about themselves.

We have been exploring subjectivity and objectivity linked to biographies as well. Objectivity means factual information and subjectivity means opinions. You need to have a balance of both for a good biography. In reading, we have been answering inference and retrieval questions linked to our text The Garden of Doom.  

Photos of pupils working small groups to perform a range of different poems. 

W/C 29th January

This week in Jet Class, we have been learning how to multiply numbers by 1 and 2-digit numbers, using column multiplication. We have realised how important our times tables are. We have been using Book Creator to develop our non-fiction books about space. We spent time adding information in different ways and will be finishing them off today. We have included contents pages, images, fun facts, quick fire quizzes and much more.

In Science, we have been looking at Concept Cartoons and discussing comments made about different areas of science. The cartoon said that clouds make it cooler in the winter so we discussed this as a class. We knew that this was incorrect because winter is caused by the Earth spinning on its axis and leaving us further from the Sun in winter.  We have been singing Adele’s song Make You Feel My Love in music.

Photos of pupils using Book Creator to create non-fiction books about space. 


W/c 22nd January

This week in Jet Class we have been learning how to identify square numbers. Square numbers are the product of a number multiplied by itself. We are going to be solving problems, using square numbers today. In Literacy, we have been investigating non-fiction texts and planning our own Space Books that we are going to create on ‘Book Creator’.

We have also been looking at the planets in our solar system. We found out that the four gas planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) all have rings around them. We are gathering information about the planets to go into our space books. We also investigated the different phases of the moon and found out that it is all down to the Sun and what we can see from Earth. Some of the types of moons are called: crescents, gibbous and quarter moons.

Tuesday 23rd January - A busy lunchtime painting planets for our class display!

W/C 15th January

  • Meeting Yew Wah students from Ling Gang in Shanghai. We completed drama and creative writing activities about different creation myths. We investigated the Chinese creation myth and compared it to our own. We also welcomed the students to Puriton, where we made and launched rockets and worked in teams to present information about a certain planet, moon or star.
  • Investigating factors and finding common factors, using venn diagrams. Venn diagrams are used to help sort information.
  • Answering inference and retrieval questions from ‘The Boy Called Mouse’.
  • Identifying research questions we want to answer for our topic.

W/C 8th January

  • Learning about the different planets in our solar system for our new topic ‘Jet’s Space Race’
  • Learning how to use prepositions and prepositional phrases in our writing. A preposition tells the reader where something is or where something happened.
  • Investigating factors and multiples in numeracy.
  • Answering inference and retrieval questions from ‘The Jewelled Jaguar’
  • Learning a range of passes to use in basketball, including the bounce pass, chest pass and overhead pass.

W/C 4th December

This week in Jet Class we have been:

  • Writing a range of poems about a winter scene, including Haiku, diamante and cinquain poems.
  • Learning about the different stages in a human’s life and how the body grows or changes, as we get older.
  • Reading and interpreting data found in different tables.
  • Attending a STEM festival with Year 6 pupils at Bridgwater College. We made windmills, circuits and coloured lip balm. We also used VR headsets, a 3D printer and completed other fun activities.
  • Watching the KS1 performance, which was brilliant.
  • Investigating stories from the Bible in RE and spoke about why they are important.

W/C 27th November

This week in Jet Class we have been:

  • Learning about the life cycle of a non-flowering plant in Science and representing it in our own way.
  • Writing similes and metaphors to prepare for poetry writing.
  • Learning about democracy in Qualities and Values.
  • Learning about communion
  • Drawing line graphs and interpreting the data.

W/C 20th November

This week in Jet Class we have been:

  • Learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant in Science and representing it in our own way.
  • Reading and interpreting line graphs; we have started to draw our own line graphs and plot the data accurately.
  • Learning how to use parenthesis in literacy. Parenthesis is extra information that is placed between brackets, dashes or commas.
  • Painting our Egyptian sarcophagi, which have turned out really well.

W/C 6th November

This week in Jet Class we have been:

  • Learning how to find missing digits in subtraction calculations and using the inverse to solve problems.
  • Planning and writing our own newspaper reports about Howard Carter’s amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.
  • Learning about the different stages of mummification in our topic work.
  • Talking about the importance of different types of relationships in quality values.

W/C 30th October

This week in Jet Class we have been:

  • Learning how to subtract numbers accurately and solving problems involving subtraction.
  • Exploring the features of newspaper reports and writing detailed orientations about a number of different news stories.
  • Answering inference and retrieval questions linked to an extract from ‘Stormbreaker’.
  • Learning about baptisms in RE.
  • Creating life cycles of different animal types in Science.