Welcome to the Yellow Class page!
Yellow Class is for children aged 8-9 and is taught by Mrs Harwood in the mornings.
April 5th 2019
In Yellow Class we have been reading ‘The Eye of the Wolf’ by Daniel Pennac as part of our guided reading sessions and English work. We have enjoyed researching information about wolves and also learning about the Wolf’s story in this mysterious tale. He becomes friends with an African boy and we are about to learn his background too and what brings these two characters together. In maths we have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. In science we have been able to link our work on Wolves with studying living things and their habitats. The children have been learning how to create their own classification keys around animals too. Finally, we are at a very tense moment in our class book ‘The Legend of Podkin One Ear’ and hope to finish it before the Easter holidays!
Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all !
At the end of last term, we finished reading ‘The Iron Man’ in our guided reading sessions and enjoyed comparing it to the film ‘The Iron Giant’. We also wrote newspaper ‘front pages’ about the Iron Man’s challenge, focussing on the structure and language techniques of a journalistic report.
This half term, we will be studying poetry; looking at particular poetic devices such as alliteration, simile and metaphor and how to include these in our own poems. We shall also be performing some poetry in class !
Maths will focus on multiplication and division methods over the next few weeks with particular emphasis on times tables and division facts linked to these.
‘States of matter’ is our topic for science, looking at solids, liquids and gases and how these may change due to heating or cooling.
Our value this half term is ‘Trust’ and Yellow Class will be reflecting on and discussing people who we trust, as well as how we would feel if these people then let us down.
November 16th 2018
In English, Yellow Class have been learning about ‘The Unknown Soldier’ and listening to extracts from ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo as part of our World War One focus. We have taken an illustration from the story and written descriptive passages, thinking about powerful adjectives, adverbials and similes to make our writing varied and interesting. In Maths we have been working on column subtraction with more than one exchange and have also looked at other efficient subtraction methods we could use when problem solving.
In science, we have finished our topic on Sound with some very interesting junk modelling around our own musical instrument designs. The children really enjoyed this and learned how to adapt / improve their designs to ensure they could play it loud / soft and even at a higher or lower pitch.
September 28th 2018
Yellow Class have been reading a dilemma story in English and learning about the consequences of actions. We have also created a second chapter of the story with a new dilemma. In maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 as well as looking at 1000 more or less than a given 4 digit number. Learning about pitch and how we make sound has been our investigation in science so far this term. We have also learnt about the artist Kandinsky and how he persevered with his love of abstract art and his belief that you should paint ‘how you feel’ through shape and colour. We listened to three pieces of music and painted how it made us feel too.
May 4th 2018
We have started our new topic, ‘It’s a Wonderful World.’ Did you know that on April 22nd it was World Earth Day, where people of the world work together to think about creating a more sustainable world to live in? We have made posters to explain some of the statistics – bet you didn’t know that every second, 160 000 plastic bags are used around the world!
We are also going to investigate how we can make a difference to our environment, through recycling and reusing our waste. Year 4 and 5 have created a fantastically large painting based on a work by Henri Rousseau. He painted images of lush, green rainforests and jungles. In literacy we have been reading ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. It is a beautifully illustrated book and ties in with our artwork.
In maths the children have been learning about decimals – how to read them, order and round them.
March 23rd 2018
Yellow class are having a great time –our chocolate ‘WOW’ day went down a treat with KS2 children, who have been discovering all about chocolate and the Aztecs this term. 84 children got to make hot chocolate, eat tortillas around a camp fire, taste test bars of chocolate, play an Aztec game and most excitingly watch… …Birdie’s mum, Ray Farr, demonstrate how she makes chocolate for her own business. It was a truly scrumptious day! Then last week we had a trip to Cadbury World. We have been learning about the Cadbury family in our guided reading sessions. We have also said a brief goodbye to Mr Rickman, who has been teaching some fantastic lessons recently. We will see him next week to give him a proper send-off.
February 16th 2018
Year 4 and 5 are in the process of completing their giant Aztec plaques. They should be really effective when displayed. We have been investigating primary and secondary sources in history and have watched an amazing new discovery on Channel 4 revealing the extent of the Maya civilisation through using aerial lazer scanning techniques. In maths we have been working hard with multiplication and division facts and in literacy we have just finished some wonderful stories about The Bogeys and The Trolls.
February 2nd 2018
Yellow class have been working hard in maths this term, looking at factors, arrays and multiplying larger numbers. In geography we have located the area where the Aztec and Maya civilisations came from, investigated the features of Mexico and learnt how chocolate is made. This week we have designed plaques featuring gods, serpents and Aztec designs ready for an ‘Art attack’ next week.
Yellow Class have written recounts of their holidays and have been working really hard at using paragraphs effectively. Publishing work will be our next focus. In maths we are investigating perimeter.
Our delicate sculptures based on the figures of sculpture and artist Alberto Giacometti are now finished. The children took great care to add the detail.
We are all very enthusiastic about this term’s topic: chocolate! Watch this space.
This will be an exciting term for KS2 as all the classes are covering the same topic – World War Two, through a child’s perspective. Year 4 and 5 in our class have looked at the reasons for why the war started and have investigated the flags and locations of the many countries involved. The year 4 children are thoroughly enjoying the class book ‘Sophie’s time train’ and our forthcoming ‘Evacuee day’ in November will be a great way to step into the shoes of a child during the 1940s, especially as the children will get the opportunity to dress up and be creative.
Yellow class have been investigating poetry, in particular Haikus – Japanese poems – and Kennings. National Poetry Day has given us the opportunity to share our favourite poems, which the class read beautifully. We will be writing about evacuees and link lots of ideas to our topic.
In maths we are covering place value at the moment and really getting to grips with problem-solving and reasoning about numbers, which is not as easy as it sounds!