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In the summer term, we have become artists. We will be learning how to develop ideas, how to master techniques and taking inspiration from great artists. 

As it is the Queen's Jubilee year, we started our project with painting portraits of the Queen. We analysed the portrait we were going to paint and looked at tones and textures and light and shadow within the portrait. We then learnt to master a range of techniques that we would use when painting our portraits, such as mixing colours, different brush strokes and how to create tone within a painting. 

After practising in our sketchbooks, we painted the Queen using all of the techniques we'd mastered and developed our ideas to create the Queen. We used watercolours and a range of thicknesses of brushes and sponges to create our portraits. 

We then took inspiration from the great Andy Warhol to create Pop Art versions of the Queen. 

We can't wait to share our portraits with you on our Jubilee celebration day. 

Fencing

We had 'Little Musketeers' visit for a Fencing experience. After completing a warm up, we were shown the different movements needed for fencing and taught some new vocabulary such as 'en garde' and 'retreat.' We then talked about the rules of fencing and played against a partner. 

Outdoor Classroom Day

What a fantastic day we had! We started our day with Mrs Cooney in the forest school area where we got to make pancakes on the fire and build dens. We didn't let the rain dampen our spirits, that's for sure!

We then went hunting for leaves and used those we had collected to create leaf prints. 

We enjoyed a picnic lunch outside and then spent some time reading in the quiet area. 

The day finished with a whole school worship around the fire where we explored the theme of gratitude and shared what we were grateful for on Outdoor Classroom Day. 

Cook, Cook, Cook!

We had great fun with Darren from Roots for Food helping us to make Japanese Teriyaki! In teams, we chopped vegetables using the bridge and claw technique, used spices and flavourings to marinade the chicken or Quorn and used the steamer and electric wok to bring the ingredients together to make this delicious dish!

English: In writing we have been writing adventure stories using paragraphs, fronted adverbials, adverbs and inverted commas for direct speech. 

Science:  In Science we have been learning about States of Matter. We started by discussing our prior knowledge of solids, liquids and gases, then we conducted an experiment to explore how long it takes chocolate to melt and the temperature at which this happens. We understand how solids, liquids and gases behave and showed this in the movement of our bodies. We then moved onto the water cycle and have revised lots of vocabulary including precipitation, condensation, and evaporation. We understand the main stages of the water cycle and how this is a continuous process.

Maths: In maths we continue to focus on learning and revising our times tables. We have learnt how to read, write, order and compare decimals and find halves and quarters of numbers. We are developing our understanding of money by converting between pounds and pence, estimating money, adding and subtracting money and giving change. 

In summer 2, we will be developing our understanding of time and properties of shape. 

Reminders

PE days are Monday (Cricket) and Thursday (Tennis).

PE kit : White Layer de la Haye logo top, Navy blue sport shorts, trainers 

 

Homework 

Reading: Children are expected to read at home 5 days a week minimum, either with an adult or on their own. Please ensure children bring their reading journal and reading book to school every day. 

Times Tables Rock Stars: Children should access Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week at home. Being able to recall times tables is essential to success in Mathematics and underpins many mathematical concepts. Children should know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.

Spellings: Spellings will be set for homework on a Monday. Spellings will then be tested on a Friday.

Times Table Rockstars

Times Tables Rock Stars: Children should access Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week at home. Being able to recall times tables is essential to success in Mathematics and underpins many mathematical concepts. Children should know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.

The Multiplication Tables Check: The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools. The purpose of the MTC is to check whether children can recall their times tables fluenty, as this is essential for future success in maths. It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Children will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check and they will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. 

We have a three week window from Monday 6th June to adminster the check. 

Children are regularly playing Times Tables Rockstars at school and it is expected that they play at least 3 times per week at home for 5 - 10 minutes. 

If you have any questions about the MTC, please feel free to contact me. 

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