Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Willow Class Blog 2023/2024


Term 1 Week 4

We learnt about the water cycle this week in geography and revised the term evaporation, condensation and precipitation.  We created storyboards to describe each stage and we worked together to create a water cycle display too!  In maths we completed our place value unit by rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred and the year 4s rounded to the nearest thousand too.  We continued our slideshows in computing and learnt how to add animations and transitions between slides.  We enjoyed a sunny afternoon playing netball.  There was some great team work on display! 

Term 1 Week 3

We wrote our first Big Write of the term in English this week: an action sequence based on our class book, 'The Journey'.  We discussed choosing powerful verbs and including some short sentences for drama.  I very much enjoyed reading them all.  In our place value work we worked on adding and subtracting 1, 10, 100 and 1000 to and from numbers.  We started our batik squares in art with Mrs Lovegrove and we look forward to adding to them in next week's art lesson.  We even managed to get outside between the rain showers and enjoy a netball match!

Term 1 Week 2

Our river work continued this week with a geography lesson using 'follow me' cards to revise the features of rivers and then using atlases to find the main rivers of the U.K.  We had a wonderful art lesson with Mrs Lovegrove looking at the patterns made by water before creating a collaborative piece of river art which looks amazing in our outside space.  Our English lessons focused on the book Journey by  Aaron Becker.  After looking at the first few pages, we used our inference skills to predict what might happen next,  we wrote dialogue between characters and we planned  and wrote a setting description.  In maths, we did lots of work placing, ordering and estimating numbers on a number line.  

Term 1 Week 1

Welcome back!  I have been so impressed with the way the children have settled back to school and are all ready to learn!

We got stuck straight in with our new topic, 'A River's journey'.  We explored  the journey a river makes from source to sea, learning lots of geographical language on the way.  We looked at two different river poems in English and wrote our own poems using metaphors to describe the river.  We had a lovely, sunny PE lesson learning about different passes in netball and we had our first go at shooting practice. We also had our first swimming lesson of the year at the Oratory.  Everyone said the pool was very cold but also very refreshing!  

On Wednesday next week is our class parent information meeting at 9am in Willow Class.