Whale class

Class information 

Whale class is the lower key stage 2 class at Cambois Primary School. We are taught by Mr. Routledge.

In a morning we usually have a maths and literacy lesson, followed by phonics/spelling session each day. In spelling we are taught in small groups in order to help us make the most progress. We follow a creative curriculum in the afternoon.

Snowie the class pet
 
This year Snowie joined the class as our class pet. 
Planning
 
Our topic for the summer is based on the Tudor period.  We will explore the timeline of the Tudor period, the legacy of the Tudor figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, Henry VIII and the impact on modern Britain.
 
 
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Roman racing chariots
 
We designed and built Roman racing chariots. 
Literacy
 
In literacy we have been looking at the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We are using this as an example of effective story openings to describe settings and characters.
 
The coming of the Iron Man
 
We went to the beach to look for the remains of the Iron Man. We discussed questions and predictions we had about the Iron Man. We thought that this could be the Iron Man's child or brother because the parts were smaller than the description. We also discussed which parts could be the Iron Man's different body parts and we tried to put him back together.
 
Persuasive writing:
 
In literacy we have been looking at persuasive writing. We read and learnt a model text about joining the Roman army. We are using the model text as an example to help us write our own text. 
Baking
 
Today (13/2/17) we made chocolate crispy cakes for the Valentine's disco. 
Beach School
 
Despite the weather, we had a fantastic day at Cambois beach. Working in groups we had to think of a way to get 6 branches, a bucket of rope and some tarpaulin down the stairs without carrying them down or dropping them. After that we used our equipment to make a shelter. 
 
 

Literacy

As part of our talk 4 writing unit on the papaya that spoke, we were all wondering what exactly a papaya was. So Mr. Greenwood brought in a papaya for us all to try. 

Wriggly teeth

Today (30/11/16) we have been learning about dental hygiene. We have learnt how to keep our teeth healthy by brushing regularly and avoiding sugary foods. We also learnt about the different names of teeth and their jobs. 

Newcastle United

This term we have been working with coaches from Newcastle United. We have been learning about healthy eating and keeping fit. We have also been playing a range of games including football. 

 

 

Science

In science we have been learning about forces and magnets. We have conducted different experiments to investigate friction, gravity and magnetism. We have made predictions, formed hypotheses and have discussed how to make fair tests. We have evaluated our experiments and thought about how we could change them in the future. 

Roman shields
 
In our D&T lessons we designed and made Roman shields. We took inspiration from our class trip to Arbeia. 
 
 
Arbeia Roman Fort
 
As part of our topic this term we went to Arbeia Roman Fort. We learnt about how roman soldiers lived and also we got to dress up. We had a fantastic day learning about life in Roman times.

Topic art

As part of our topic on climates, we studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy to create our own art using nature. We used natural materials that are typical of autumn such as conkers and acorns. 

 

 

Non-chronological reports

In literacy we have been learning about non-chronological reports. We have used talk 4 writing to help us rehearse and act out our work before we write it. We were alarmed to hear about the scary Cambois flat-back dragon that was on the loose in the area. However, after doing some research we found that it was harmless. This gave us the idea to invent our own rare species of animal which we have collected in our own information book.