Welcome to Wonderland's Class page.
Our staff: Mrs Wright, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Hiorns
Our Busy Week 17.5.19
This week's vocabulary: persuade, persuasion
This week in Maths, the children started work on pictograms and bar charts. we gathered information about our favourite tame animals and then made a bar chart to show this information in a different way. We also completed work on finding change when paying for things. It would be really useful if you could talk to your child when shopping, pointing out the change you get. Could your change have been given in a different way, maybe with different coins?
In Literacy, we began a Talk for Writing unit on persuasive writing. We are currently learning the text and identifying features of persuasive writing. Can your child remember any? ( eg boastful language, short sentence, alliteration, questions, important information). There is a copy of our text should you want to find these features in there.
Our Busy Week 10.5.19
This week's vocabulary: pharoah, Egyptian, artefact, teased, pale, solid, liquid and gas
In Literacy, we've continued work on our text "The Egyptian Cinderella"- we looked at comparing features of people using conjunctions such as but and although. We also did some drama work on whether Rhodopise should become Queen and marry Pharoah. The children started an extended piece of writing where they have written their own version of the story.
In Maths, we began work on money, working out what notes and coins to use to make certain amounts. We also did some Problem Solving and Reasoning activities.
Our topic work looked at the location of Egypt and what its climate is/was like. We also looked at artefacts- please look at the pictures below. Our class was very noisy when the trumpet was being blown! In Science, we began work on States of Matter. We used Cheerios to make models of the particles of solids, liquids and gases.
Our Busy week 5.4.19
This week's vocabulary: area, squared, habitat,threat
Photos and more photos! We have lots of photos for you to look at this week as we've been particularly busy doing practical activities. In Literacy, we've dona a lot of drama work based on The Jungle Book- Junaid and Ben were fantastic characters in the "hot seat" while Daisy had to think really hard about "Mowgli's" decision on whether to stay in the jungle or return to the man village. On Thursday, we had a visit from Conrad Burdekin who delivered a whole school assembly on writing poetry and then did a workshop with each class. Wonderland's theme was a description of the hideous pirate, "Captain Cut-throat". In Maths, we worked on calculating the area of shapes- Y3s counted the squares inside and drew shapes to match specific sizes while Y4s calculated the area of rectangles by multiplying the height by the width.
In Science we looked at the local habitat and considered potential threats to it. We made a bug hotel and evaluated it by thinking about what went well and what could be better.
Sadly, it is Miss Calvert's last day at Hensall. She has been a great asset to the class and has really engaged the children and furthered their learning. We wish her all the best in her next placement.
Our Busy Week 29.3.19
Our vocabulary: classification, equilateral, isosceles, scalene, right angled
This week has been assessment week and the children have been working extremely hard. We have tried to have "fun" as well- we did practical maths revision and continued making our moving Rainforest animals. We also used the Ipads to research an animal that lives in the Rainforest in order to create a fact file. In Science, we looked at creating a classification table- we had to ask questions which required a yes or no answer eg Does it fly? Does it have feathers?
Our Busy Week 22.3.19
This week's vocabulary: canopy, understorey, emergent, vertebrate, invertebrate, perimeter
What a busy week. We've been outside quite a lot this week learning about calculating the perimeter of shapes and using our knowledge about how to convert m to cm and vice versa in order to find the perimeter. Please look at the photos below to see how we did. In Literacy we completed our shared writing - Beach Adventure- and had lots of discussion about swooping seagulls, ice cream vans and turtles!
In Science we continued to work on grouping living things and answered questions about the characteristics of things living in a desert environment. In Topic we learned about the layers of the Rainforest and recreated this using ourselves- again, please look at the picture. Can you spot who were the emergent trees?
Our Busy week 15.3.19
This week's vocabulary: pneumatic, producer, consumer, prey, predator
This week the children have been doing quite a lot of grammar and text construction work- we have looked at how we group information or related ideas into paragraphs and we have revisited how to punctuate speech correctly. We have recited "Rainforest Adventure" every day and the children are really good at this now. Ask them if they can remember it without the picture prompts.
In Maths, we continued our work on measuring- we looked at applying our measuring into word problems.
In Science, we worked on creating food chains and identified what each living thing is in a food chain. We learned that all food chains start with a plant . This is the producer.
Our Busy week 8.3.19
This week's vocabulary: prey, limb, prowl
This week the children have settled well back into the run of things. We have a student teacher in Wonderland this half term, Miss Calvert. In lessons, we began learning a new text about Rainforests to tie in with our topic theme. Again, we are using the Talk for Writing approach to help us in Literacy. The children have had great fun learning about different rainforest animals.
In Maths, we have begun work on measuring lengths and converting measurements. eg mm to cm and vice versa. In Science we have begun a new topic on grouping living things. We chose different criteria to sort animals and plants.
On Friday, we dressed up as a book character for World Book Day- photo to follow!
Our Busy Week 15.2.19
This week's vocabulary: implored, venomous, muffle, denominator, numerator
This week has flown by! We started off the week by testing various materials in Science to see of we could muffle sound- please have a look at the photos. We found out that the best material was the blanket. In Literacy, we completed our Shared Writing work :"The Deadly Drummer of Hensall Town" and we then planned and wrote our Hot Task. (our assessed pieces of writing). In Maths we continued work on fractions and did some Reasoning/ problem solving linked to this. As well as all of this, we played Dodgeball and participated in a Skipping workshop ! Phew!
Our Busy week 8.2.19
This week's vocabulary: venomous, pitch
This week in Science we learned about pitch- we wanted to carry out a scientific investigation to see if the pitch of an instrument was linked to volume. Most children thought there would be a link. We investigated different musical instruments and gave each pitch a number on a scale of 1 to 10. We then investigated the same instruments' volume and then compared the data on our graphs. -we concluded that pitch and volume are not linked.
In Literacy, we completed our imitate stage of Talk for Writing on the Pied Piper and began to innovate it together in shared writing- we changed the rats to snakes, the piper to a drummer and the children to old people! We are now in the process of rewriting the story together so watch this space for our own version.
In Maths, we worked some more on dividing numbers. We introduced the idea of remainders and used what we know now to solve word problems.
Our Busy week 1.2.19
This week's vocabulary: bewildered, ferocious
This week the class have been working hard at dividing 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number- we call this the bus stop method or short division. The children tried very hard and most have got the idea as was seen in our half termly Arithmetic test that we did on Thursday. In Literacy, we started a Talk for Writing unit, based around the Pied Piper story we've read. We did some drama work where Hannah was the Mayor of the town and had to be persuaded either to do what the Pied Piper asked or not. Luckily she decide to change the town of Hamelin for the better so the children could be returned.- there is a picture of this conscience alley work below.
In Science, we had great fun making string telephones and discovering that Sound can travel through solids- ie the string. Some of our messages did get a bit mixed up on the way however!
Our Busy Week 25.1.19
This week's vocabulary: flea-ridden, overrun
This week the children in Wonderland have been working hard in Literacy at developing noun phrases in their sentences. We have added adjectives to nouns to make a noun phrase and then extended them by adding prepositions and verbs. For example, when writing about the rats overrunning the town of Hamelin, we had some sentences like:
Lean rats with beady eyes scurried out of every nook and cranny.
We came up with some fantastic descriptions- please come and read them in their books if you get a chance.
In Maths, we worked on factor pairs of numbers and began to use what we already know to answer calculations involving multiples of 10. For example, 3 x 2= 6 so 30 x2= 60 30x20= 600
In Science we looked at how humans can hear things and worked out the process of how Sound travels to the ear and brain.
Our Busy week 18.1.19
This week's vocabulary: starvation, volume, vibration
This week in Literacy we continued to read more of our text "The Pied piper of Hamelin" and we re-enacted the moment when the rats overran the town. Please see the pictures below! We worked on punctuating speech accurately, thinking about what the Piper and rats might say. we also looked at how authors help paint a picture for the reader by using adjectives, powerful verbs and similes. in maths, Year 3 continued with column multiplication while Year 4 began to multiply 3 numbers together and answer reasoning questions about this. we started our Science unit on Sound and had great fun listening to Phoebe and Jacob shout to us from different parts of the playground! We began some Art work in the style of Kandinsky by using watercolours to paint a background.
Our Busy Week 11.1.19
This week's vocabulary: scavenger, vermin
Happy New Year! This week the children have been working extremely hard- clearly, their holiday has revived them. In literacy, we began work on a text "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" , based on the poem of the same title by Robert Browning. the children looked closely at an illustration before they knew what the text was and we had a fantastic discussion. In maths, we are continuing with multiplication and division and starting to solve calculations using formal written methods. In Geography, we are learning about the capital cities of the countries of the UK- ask your child if they can remember which city goes with which country.
Our Busy week 14.12.18
This week the children of Wonderland took part in 4 performances of the Christmas production Bah Humbug! I'm sure you'll agree , if you saw one of the performances, that the children were all fantastic- singing and dancing. I'm very proud of them all. Please look at the photo below taken before the last performance on Thursday evening.
In class, we completed our work on playscripts with the children writing their own plays. Their work is now on our wall of work in the classroom and you are welcome to come in to look at it if you want to. In Maths, our Daily Challenge work this week was focused on number bonds to 100 which most children did find tricky so if you can go over this at home that would be great. Roll on another busy week next week with parties and the sing a long!
Our Busy Week 7.12.18
As Christmas approaches, the weeks are getting busier and busier! This week, the children not only were assessed in reading and maths, they also worked very hard in their hot task writing their own playscripts. In addition, we also fitted in production practises and singing. Our performances will be next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we all think you'll be in for a treat!.
Our Busy week 30.11.18
This week's vocabulary: switch, match, cross- Thinking about the different meanings of these words.
This week, the children had great fun acting out various scenes from Julius Caesar. Please look at the photos below. Jack F and Phoebe had wonderfully disguised voices and Emily had a very wicked laugh! We also did more work on multiplication and extended it into problem solving and reasoning. In Science, we made circuits with switches using things like foil or paper clips. Again, have a look at the photos below. As well as all of that, we practised for the Christmas Production and I'm sure you will love it. The singing and acting are fantastic.
Our Busy week 23.11.18
This week's vocabulary: Playscripts, Ides, tyrant, conductor, insulator
This week in Literacy we started work on a child's version of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. We retold the story using pictures and even changed the course of history in a drama session! Brutus / Ari was persuaded to NOT join Cassius and the other conspirators and decided not to kill Caesar. Ask your child if they can remember why he made this choice. Do look at the photos too of this "conscience alley". In Maths we completed our unit of work on subtraction and continued with our Daily challenge. In Science we tested different materials to see whether they were good conductors of electricity or good insulators. Our results proved that all metals are conductors although some are better than others.
Our Busy week 16.11.18
This week's vocabulary: circuit, trudge, dawdle, famished, subheading
Yet another busy week! In Maths, we consolidated our work on subtraction by doing more reasoning and problem solving activities. In Literacy, the children planned and wrote their hot task- an information text on a topic of their choice. The children did well and most included titles, subheadings, technical words, paragraphs, questions and facts. These pieces of work will soon be up on our wall so please feel free to come in to read them. In Science, we worked our how to build a simple electrical circuit and had great fun connecting all the pieces together. We then discussed why various "circuits" would NOT work!
Our Busy Week 9.11.18
This week's vocabulary: electricity, power source, battery, mains, cell
This week Wonderland started work on something the Romans did not have - electricity! We learned about the difference between battery powered and mains electricity and the dangers electricity can cause. In Literacy we did some grammar work on what makes a question and on the 2 uses of apostrophes. Ask your child if they can remember what these are or give an example. We also began our shared writing work- writing an information text or report on Hensall School using our model of Gladiators. In Maths, we began work on subtraction using a written formal layout and will continue this next week. Finally, we thought about what the Romans have done for us- roads, drains, money, buildings, numbers, words, food and much more!
Our Busy week 19.10.18
Vocabulary- gladiator, arena, Colisseum
This week in Literacy we started our new Talk for Writing work on Information texts. We are learning a text about Roman gladiators. Ask your child if they can remember any facts about the gladiators. We learnt there were lots of different types of gladiator. In Maths, we worked on negative numbers and began some work on mentally adding or subtracting multiples of 10 using what we already know. eg 7+6=13 so 70 +60=130.
In Science we continued our work on Digestion. On Thursday we visited Doncaster Museum to do 2 workshops. The children had a wonderful time and do please look at the photos .
Our Busy Week 12.10.18
Vocabulary: artefacts, strigil
This week, the children looked at Roman artefacts and worked out what things were made of or what they were used for. ask your child if they can remember what a strigil was used for. Clue: washing/ bathing.
We also did lots of work on Roman Numerals. I , V, X , L , C, D, M
Can you make up some calculations?
In literacy we did an assessed piece of writing on the digestive system and started a new unit on information report writing.
Our Busy Week 5.10.18
Vocabulary: oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus
As you can see from our vocabulary, we learnt a lot of new things in Science- about the human digestive system. We also prepared for our fabulous Residential to Castleton. Please do look at the photographs in the Gallery section. I'm sure you'll agree that the children had a wonderful time!
Our Busy Week 28.9.18
This week's vocabulary: smart- as an adjective and as a noun.
What a busy week ! We had House Team Day on Tuesday and Tag Rugby activities on Thursday- please do look at the pictures below or on the Gallery section for House Team Day. In class, we've been doing more work on The Incredible Book eating Boy, thinking carefully about adjectives and how to use them effectively. in Maths, we've counted on in steps of 100 or 1000 and tried hard to explain how we know an answer. ie the reasoning side of Maths work. In History, we completed making our Roman shields and learned why the Romans came to Britain and why the Roman army was so successful.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW YEAR 3 AND YEAR 4 SCHOOL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES:
Year 3 Madison Turner and Jacob Potton
Year 4 Daisy Wilson and Alfie Tunningley
Our Busy week 21.9.18
Vocabulary: peered, peeked, omnivore, herbivore, carnivore
This week, the children did lots of work on punctuating speech and dialogue. we used drama to help us work out what the characters might say- see the pictures below! We also looked at the difference between peeked and peered! In Science we did more work on the different types of teeth in animals while in Maths we began to count on and back in 10s, 100s and 1000s. We are particularly keen to get the children to explain how they know something- this will help them with the Reasoning side of maths as they move up school.
Our Busy week 14.9.18
Vocabulary : molar, canine, incisor, digestion, incredible
This week, Wonderland started work in Science on Digestion. We looked at the different types of teeth and worked out that humans have different types because they eat different types of food. Jack correctly said TRexs were carnivores so they would probably only have canines.
Our Literacy work will be linked to Science over the next few weeks. We began work on "Oliver Jeffers presents The Incredible Book-eating Boy"
In Maths we ordered and compared numbers using "crocodile mouths" < and > and we also began to round 3 and 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10. On Friday we started painting our Roman shields.