Welcome to Buttercup Class. Our teacher is Mrs McMillan and she is supported by Mrs Coldicott.
Mrs Davies or Mrs Coldicott takes our class when Mrs McMillan is having her planning time and her Assistant Headteacher release time.
www.primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/Maths (fun maths related games)
www.topmarks.co.uk (amazing for general practice through games)
www.sumdog.com (fun maths related games)
www.grammar-monster.com (for all your grammar needs including tests and definitions to help understanding)
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f (good all-rounder)
www.topmarks.co.uk (good all-rounder)
www.primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/English (fun English related games)
Spirit Of The Wild - Reported by Keira, Chloe and Millie
On Friday 21st September 2018, the whole school took part in the spirit of the wild workshop.an animal expert came in to show us some exotic animals from all over the world!
First, we saw a rare golden eagle, two lucky year 6 pupils got to hold this fascinating bird of prey. They have impeccable eyesight that allows them to read a newspaper from the length of a football pitch.
Next, from the arctic circle, a snowy owl was introduced to us. we heard a lot about what types of features it had and it has a remarkable skill to camouflage it’s self beneath the snow.
Afterwards, we came across the colour-changing chameleon. This extraordinary reptile has a reinforced tail that can wrap around anything.
Finally, we saw an adorable baby fruit bat and its habit of spitting out the bits of food that it doesn’t need is disgusting.
This week in English we have been using intonation, volume and emphasis to act out a scene from Macbeth in a Reader's Theatre style performance. Not only have we been getting into role as Macbeth and Banquo, we have been writing diary entries as Lady Macbeth, plotting King Duncan's death! We worked really hard on using words and phrases from the pre-twentieth century in our writing.
In Science we have started our new topic on Forces. We looked at the different types of forces and researched as to whether they were balanced or unbalanced.
We have also started our new module in IPC on Invaders and Settlers. We have been completing lots of art based activities around the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. We even took Viking style pictures and designed our own helmet, we enjoyed putting the pictures together and decorating our classroom with them.
This week in English we have started our new unit of work on Shakespeare. We have been studying the very complex play of Macbeth! To help with our understanding, we created story maps/ timelines that retold the play in our own words. We also imagined we were walking through The Heath and used musical instruments to create a soundscape on what we would hear. We then went on to write setting descriptions.
This week Buttercup class have been very busy writing free verse poems on Easter which we shared in our church service on Thursday. We worked hard on building up our vocabulary, creating imagery and using personification to make our readers experience our Easter spirit!
In Science we have been working towards creating our own field guide on classifying organisms found in our local habitat. We went on a walk around the school field searching and identifying the different plants and animals in the school ground.
We were also very lucky to take part in a K'Nex Challenge. We worked in pairs to design and create a crane that lifted a weighted bucket up on to a box. We tested our cranes and our class winners were Millie D and Olivia. We had great fun becoming engineers for the afternoon!
This week Buttercup class have been reflecting on their year in 2017. We have been thinking about how we can make the new year a successful year and have been setting ourselves challenges and making New Years Resolutions for both at home and school.
In English this week we have been reading 'The Boy in the Tower' by Polly Ho- Yen to continue with our Suspense and Mystery unit. We have been analysing the relationship between the main character and his mother. We wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Ade and have started to write a newspaper report on the strange events that are happening. We will put our newspaper reports together to make our own class newspaper!
For Maths we have been looking at Fractions. We have been finding the equivalent fractions and have been converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.
In Science we have started our new unit of Classifying Living Things. We have been pretending that we are zoo keepers by classifying the animals which will help us when we design the layout of our very own zoo!
This week for English we have been comparing the different Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. We used a concept map to organise our comparisons. We then started to plan our own story in the style of 'Just So Stories'.
In Maths we have been learning to complete addition and subtraction calculations using the column method. We put our knowledge into practise and answered some multistep number problems.
For Science we have been planning for our new scientific investigation which involved researching what the best biscuit for dunking into tea was!
In English this week we have been completing our Just So Stories. We made our own success criteria and peer marked our work to ensure that we had included all elements of our criteria. We then performed our stories to Year 1 children. Here are some examples of our stories:
Maths this week we have moved on to a new unit of multiplication. We have looked at multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers with 1 and 2 digit numbers, using short and long multiplication.
In R.E we are looking at the different festivals that Christians celebrate and have focused on Easter and Christmas.
Year 5 have also enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit by making their class danglers!
This week in English we have been looking at Classical Fiction with a focus on Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'. We have been working on realistic dialogue and have been writing our own realistic dialogue through role play.
In Science we looked at movement of the moon. We made a model of the solar system and wrote an explanation on how the Moon rotates around the Earth. We then used Oreo cookies and removed the frosting to help us name the different phrases of the Moon.
In Maths we have been revising and evaluating the different strategies for answering addition and subtraction calculations.
This week in English we have been looking at observational poetry. We went outside and produced a painting based on our observation of the sky. We then used our paintings to inspire our writing and wrote some great poems!
In Maths we have been identifying the multiples and factors of a number. We then moved onto identifying prime numbers and prime factors using our factor beetles and trees.
In Computing, Buttercup class have been designing their own algorithm and have been programming this in order to create a new maze game.
This week we have been working in English to produce exploration booklets for an explorer. We are aiming to help them to survive in a jungle.
Here are some examples of the booklets we produced: