You're very special people,
And I want you to know.
How I loved to be your teacher,
How fast the weeks did go!
Please come back to visit me
As through the years you grow,
Try hard to learn all that you can
There is so much to know!!
The one thing I try to teach you
To last your whole life through,
Is to know that you are special
Just because you are you!!!
Thank you class 5 for giving me the most fabulous two terms, I have loved teaching you! You really are very precious and will always mean so very much to me!! Aim high and follow your dreams xxx Mrs Marten xxx
8th July 2019
This week we have been busy creating! Using our designs from last week we have started to create our fabric work with Mrs Tariq! The children have used a variety of materials to create a range of ideas from ice creams to school logos!
We have also been working on multiplication this week, becoming more familiar with TT Rockstars, using numicon for some support.
In literacy we have been talking about and writing about our memories and have been writing thank you letters to our Foundation Phase teachers.
We have also been developing our singing and ICT however cannot tell you how just yet - it is a surprise!
We have explored the poem 'Footsteps in the Sand' in R.E and have reflected on the path our lives have taken so far and thought about where we are leading. We have also continued to think about life in year three and are all very excited!
In P.E we have enjoyed developing our bat and ball skills and have also enjoyed a class fun game of football putting Mrs Marten through her paces!
1st July 2019
This week we are continuing our work on castles and have focused on exploring the names of various parts of a castle and labelling a castle. We have also used dictionaries and iPads to research the purposes of these parts.
In numeracy we have explored division and have been dividing natural objects into sets! We have also continued to solve our castle problems and have finally found out who the culprit was who locked Owain Glyndwr in the tower of Conwy Castle!
We have started to design our fabric product with Mrs Tariq and have come up with some wonderful ideas, we can't wait to start making these next week.
We have really enjoyed listening to our friend's presentations this week and Mrs Marten has been delighted by the effort all the children have put in, we have found out so much about each other. Topics have included dance, gymnastics, lego, drama etc! Thank you for all of your super hard work. We have also reflected on our presentations and have been thinking about ways we can make them even better!
Week beginning 24th June 2019
This week we are exploring Wales and linking in our Welsh work on our topic of castles. We have read the Welsh story - Alun yr Arth yn y Castell.
We have explored Owain Glyndwr, compared his coat of arms to The King of England's. We have also looked at speech in the Welsh story and transferred speech to speech bubbles.
We have been translating the simple Welsh story into English and sorting possible events into two sets - true and false.
In maths we have been solving a problem to find out which monarch trapped Owain Glyndwr in Conwy Castle's tower! We have been thinking about adding money, finding halves of numbers, addition, subtraction, odd and even numbers to find out which monarch was the guilty suspect!
We have been matching Welsh number words to digits developing our reading and number skills.
We have used chalk to create lines on the yard and used prepositional language to find our way to the crown. Using words like right, left, forwards and backwards to navigate. We have also explored quarter turns too!
We have enjoyed exploring the Welsh fabric artist 'Josie Russell' and have created a class piece using fabric thinking about our topic of castles!
Many thanks to Jack for coming in and pretending to be Edward I! Also to Mr Jester Griffiths for our entertainment! We had a ball and found out so much more about Edward I!
Week beginning 17th June 2019
This week we have had a super treat, Mark from Hawarden Community Tennis Club has given us a taster session in school and we have been give invitations for a free events on Sat 22nd June, look out for this in our book bags!
We have been learning about Chirk castle facts and have been reading number words and matching them to digits! We have also been on a number hunt outside, matching digits to number words.
We have looked into the life of King Edward I and have been thinking about the questions we would ask him if we could!
In topic we have been writing our facts about Chirk Castle and are working on some super fact files! We have looked at a map of Wales and found castles, creating our own symbol and key.
In Welsh we have been writing simple descriptions thinking about ourselves, our families, pets and hobbies. We have also read descriptions about characters and used colours and numbers to show that we have understood the facts that we have read.
We have had a wonderful visit to Chirk Castle and found out so many facts! Mrs Marten was absolutely thrilled to receive comments from members of the public about the excellent behaviour so well done! Thank you also to Mrs Featherstone and Miss Evans for all of their help!
Week beginning 10th June
This week we are really getting to grips with our work on castles! We have been exploring coats of arms and have been finding out the meaning of symbols, animals and colours. We have also been designing our own family coats of arms using symbols, animals and colours which we feel have important significance to our families.
We have been exploring the artist Paul Klee linking our work to shape and castles. We have used his ideas and some of our own wonderful ones to recreate 2D shape castles in our sketch books.
We have been collecting data about the shapes Paul Klee has used in his art work and completed a table of our own, recapping tally marks. We have also recapped work on number halves and quarters.
In Welsh we have been recapping work on prepositions and we have been learning castle related key vocabulary, describing castle parts using simple Welsh!
In R.E we have continued to explore churches, comparing them to castles and we have also explored 'being wise', reading and discussing the story of King Solomon and the two mothers.
Week beginning 3rd June 2019
This week we are continuing using dots and dojos in class and already we have gained so many DoJos. This week it is our Health and Well-being focus week and we are exploring ways to stay healthy and happy!
We have talked about how to care for our teeth and why this is important, the function of the brain, heart and lungs and also the importance of our healthy diets! We have explored what we think about ourselves and the super characteristics we have and have found out what our friends and teachers think about us.
We have been thinking about what makes a great friend and sorted characteristics of a good friend into a diamond ranking grid, thinking about which characteristics are the most important, giving reasons why!
We have explored a healthy eating plate and linked this work with fractions! We have also designed healthy menus thinking about the balance of food types we need.
We have really enjoyed our sports day activities this week and have competed individually and as a group. Mrs Marten has really loved to see how much we praise and encourage each other. To her this is more important than winning!
We have also started exploring castles, thinking about what we know and what we want to know. We have also been designing flags, thinking about fractions of numbers. We have enjoyed sketching castles and labeling them using key words!
Week beginning 20th May 2019
This week we are thinking about year three a little more and are transitioning from using DoJos to using DoJos and Dotty Discipline (our junior system)! We will be awarding DoJos for wonderful behaviour and work but using dots when we forget our school rules and classroom routines and equipment.
In regard to Spellodrome, if you get 1000+ points in a week you will be awarded a DoJo and a MASSIVE smile from Mrs Marten! If you get between 500-999 points you will get a BIG smile. If you get less than 500 DoJos then unfortunately you will get a dot! This gradual change will prepare us for year three and as the children know that although there are consequences for dots (5 dots=1 detention) there will be exciting treats and activity afternoons in store for those children who organise themselves and remember our school rules!
This week we are thinking about data again. We will be using our tally charts completed last week to create amazing, colourful bar charts! We are also recapping work on pictograms and halving and doubling numbers.
In Welsh we are thinking about prepositions, o dan (under), yn (in), y flaen (in front), ty ol i (behind) and have been using minibeasts and plant pots to use these language patterns.
In science we have been creating our own classification diagrams, sorting minibeasts under correct questions....these have been tricky! We have also created some of our own questions. We have continued to complete these on the website Hwb too!
In P.E we have been completing our sports day activities-we can't wait for you to watch us during the first week back!
In literacy we have been continuing our 'Curious Child' stories and we have also been identifying parts of non-fiction texts, e.g headings, titles, pictures, captions and bullet points.
Week Beginning 13th May 2019 = Forest schools on Wednesday but no clothes will be needed!
What a great week and the sun is shining! This week we are focusing on multiplication, mainly the x2 and x4. We have really impressed Mrs Marten by using the numicon and buttons with different number of holes to solve mathematical problems! Wow.
We have also been creating classification keys online, thinking of questions to ask to classify minibeasts!
We have enjoyed our PSE story about the 'Cautious Caterpillar' and have linked with our year three friends talking about similarities and differences between years 2 and 3 - we are excited now! Next week we will be using our information we have collected to create some super stories!
During outdoor learning we have been on a minibeast hunt and collected minibeast cards, recording them on a tally chart - this will be similar to this week's homework challenge.
We have has a really special 'Jungle Book' treat this week for all of our hard work - we had an amazing time. We also ate a yummy cookie! We enjoyed our playtime on the junior yard too!!!
WE WILL KEEP P.E KITS IN SCHOOL OVER THE WEEKEND AS DUE TO A 4 DAY WEEK AND ASSESSMENTS WE HAVE NOT COMPLETED PE THIS WEEK!
Week beginning 6th May 2019 - No forest schools this week.
This week is national testing week. We will be completing our assessments Tues/Wed/Thurs this week! Please see link below for more information! Please remind your child how proud we are of them and that they do NOT need to worry about them!
This week we have been looking at multiplication and focused on x2, x4, x5 and x10. We have also been solving problems thinking about patterns. Doubling and having is also something we have been focusing on, using our feet to identify halves and doubles of numbers!
We have really enjoyed our spot of Welsh guided reading this week and Mrs Marten is delighted with how many Welsh words the children can read. We have also become very creative in both the music and make and do areas, creating some wonderful musical pieces and head wearing things too!
Week beginning 29th April 2019 - Forest schools on Wednesday
What a great start to our summer term! Mrs Marten has been thrilled with all of the super postcards and it's clear to see what a busy Easter break everyone has had!
We have been continuing our comprehension activities and also writing our holiday news remembering careful spellings, punctuation and handwriting!
This week we are beginning our new topic of minibeasts and have created some wonderful natural models of a variety of minibeasts, writings adjectives to describe them! We have also been sorting minibeasts into Venn diagrams, developing our number skills during our science activities!
In Maths we have been adding 10p's and 20p's to find totals and we have also been recapping our work on analogue and digital clocks.
We have had a wonderful time in the sunshine developing our running and balancing skills for our sports day next half term! It has been lovely to see strong encouragement across the year group!
Please remember to learn your lines in you have any for our assembly about 'celebrations' and send Mrs Marten a photograph of you celebrating something if you haven't already done so!