On Monday, Riverside class celebrated Earth day by creating some pop art and writing about why Earth Day is important and how we can help. In maths, we have looked at the place value of decimals and how we make decimals using our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10,100 or 1000. On Wednesday we said goodbye to our Year 4s who went on their first residential to River Dart- we hope you all had a fantastic time! In science we have started our new unit 'Living things and their habitat'. In our first lesson year 5 looked at the process of sexual reproduction in animals and how a human baby develops in the womb. Some great discussions happening.
In Riverside class, we have begun our new maths unit: decimals and percentages.
We have begun looking at what decimals represent and being able to read and interpret their place value. We have specifically looked at what a tenth, hundredth and thousandths are.
In DT, the children had planned their designs and wrote their instructions. This week they have created their jars using clay and thought carefully about the design purpose. They showed perseverance when moulding and creating them- well done everyone!
We have now finished our history unit on Vesuvius. the children have learnt a lot about the destruction it caused and how it affected the people of Pompeii- they were able to show great empathy.
In Riverside Class, they have begun writing their final task in English using the text model ‘Where my wellies take me’. They have been applying what they have been taught thinking carefully about vocabulary and sentence structure. In science the year 5s had chosen a question they wanted to investigate. We had a range of questions wanting to be investigated: does a circuit still work if the battery has been submerged in water? Can fruit or vegetables be a power source? How many wires can a circuit have without effecting the light bulb? The children planned and carried out their experiment with interesting results. In history, the children have continued to look at the structure of Mount Vesuvius and what it produced when it erupted.
In Riverside class, we have had another excellent forest school session in the sunshine. The children created bug houses, rope swings and den building. In history, they have been looking at the events during Mount Vesuvius’s eruption and placing them on a timeline. In maths, with have continued to work on fractions with the year 4s looking at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and the year 5s have been adding and subtracting fractions with denominators that are multiples of each other.
The children have been busy this week in Riverside class. One moment they are creating dens and birds’ nests in forest school to creating canopic jars out of play dough. The children were able to use some of the skills they had learnt: coiling, rolling, joining and patience! The children were honest when stating they found it more difficult than it looked. This stage of the design process will help them to make decisions in what they will choose to do for their own canopic jars which they will make out of clay. The children really enjoyed the silly science workshop this week: asking lots of questions and getting stuck in. Well done!
In Riverside class, we had our first forest school session on Monday. The children loved exploring the woods, building dens, bug houses and creating grass bombs. They really enjoyed the game ' The floor is Lava'. In Music this week they have been learning how to hold the beaters when playing the steel plans. They practised playing on the rim then playing one of the notes, gradually getting faster and faster. In PSHE, they have learnt about the different emotions we may go through when their bodies begin to change. They had some really great discussions!
In Riverside class, the children have produced a poster explaining the use of different types of maps and their uses. They had to think about the layout and the language used so all audiences were able to learn something. In English, the children are writing the class story 'The Ice Fox' following the structure, language and effect of 'The Ice Bear'. In maths, we have started a new topic- Fractions. They will be learning this week about what fractions are and what they represent.
In Riverside class we have been looking at our fictional text 'The Ice Bear'. We have looked at the fantastic vocabulary Jackie Morris uses to convey meaning and imagery. We have shared what we liked and disliked about the book- clearly expressing our views with reasoning. In maths, we have begun looking at what the term perimeter and area mean and how to work them out. In geography, the children have been looking at aerial and thematic maps and learning about their uses. They were able to use aerial maps to answer questions based on what they could see. Within RE, the children have been learning about synagogues. They have looked at their purpose, what can be found inside one and why they are so important in Judaism.
In Riverside class this week, the children have been learning how to use six grid references when looking at maps. They were able to follow the clues of a treasure hunt using their knowledge of grid reference to locate different letters which then spelt an anagram. Within PE, the children have continued to practise their skills of volleyball and begun applying it to game situations. Within English, we have now started our new narrative block' The Ice Bear'- a fantastically written story by Jackie Morris. The children will be looking at the different features of the text and the vocabulary used for effect. In maths, we have been looking at measure and the different units we use- cm, mm, m. We have been converting between several units and have begun to apply it to addition and subtraction problems.
Another busy week in Riverside class. At the beginning of the week the children were learning about contour lines: their purpose, how to recognise them on a map and what information they tell us. They were then able to create their own contours. Within Athletics, the children have been looking at how to vary speed depending on what they are doing. The class has been learning how to crop, adjust and arrange different compositions with images- thinking carefully about the purpose. They have created some great images!
This week in Riverside class, they have been baking marble cupcakes in cooking- which were delicious! In PE, the children have been learning how to do a dig- shot within their volleyball lesson. It required good hand-eye coordination and aim. Within geography, the children have continued to look at maps but this week they have been practising their skills of using grid references to state where something can be found. We have been learning how to do short division within maths and now that we have begun to master it we are applying it to a range of contexts.
In Riverside class, the children have begun their next unit in English- non chronological reports. We are studying a beautifully written and illustrated book called 'Dragonology'. They will become dragonologists studying everything dragon! Within music, the children have been learning the different parts of the steel drum and begun to play a rhythm. In French, they have been listening to stories and picking out vocabulary they have learnt.
The last week of term has been a busy one in Riverside class. They have worked extremely hard with their final stories in English. Their stories had to be about overcoming a monster and needed to include all the grammatical elements we have learnt throughout the unit. They should be really proud of themselves! They have also enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit with their beautiful singing in the carol concert, making decorations, enjoying a yummy Christmas dinner and a visit to the secret present room. It has been a super busy term and i would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
This week in DT, Riverside class have been creating hydraulic propagators. The had to work in teams of three to begin the making process. They worked collaboratively to overcome any issues that arose. In English, they have continued to explore the story of Beowulf. We have been exploring why we use paragraphs in writing and identified why a new one had started in the text. The children in pe have been doing tag rugby. We have already learnt how to throw a ball correctly and how to use the space to keep momentum going
Riverside class, have begun the multiplication and division block in maths. They have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 10,100 or 1000- thinking carefully about the place value of a number. We have also started our new english block- Beowulf. We have been reading the text which is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters. We will begin to explore the language and grammatical features of the story whilst applying them to our own work. Within french, the children have been learning to count and applying it to different contexts.
In DT this week, Riverside class have been looking at the difference between hydraulic and pneumatic systems using syringes and tubing. The had great fun learning the difference between the two systems. In PE, the children have been learning about tag rugby and what skills they need for this sport. We had a focus on ball handling and throwing. In English this week they have begun writing their recounts using their experiences on the trip and applying all the grammar they have learnt throughout the block. Another busy week- well done Riverside class
Riverside class have had another busy week. In English, the children have been learning about sentence structure- simple, compound and complex. They have been creating a variety of sentences whilst using a range of conjunctions. Within DT, the children researched different objects which used either pneumatic or hydraulic systems to operate. Well done Riverside Class!
This week it has been art week! Riverside class have been learning the history of the clay pits and their importance. In science, they have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes. They could think of lots of things for each and explain using their understanding. Children have been busy using clay this week to create bricks. They had to mould the clay into shape using some force and then they imprinted a design into the side of the brick- taking inspiration from Banksy
In Riverside class, we have now moved onto subtraction within maths- still using column method. They have been practising their mental arithmetic to help them add and subtract larger numbers. Within RE, the children have been reflecting on what they have learnt about Muslims and their islamic faith. A great first half of the term Riverside class!
This week, Riverside class have begun to create a PowerPoint presentation about volcanoes. Thinking carefully about the information they want to share and the design of their presentation. In maths, with have started out new block on addition and subtraction- looking at how to use column method correctly for addition.
Week Ending 8th October 2021
In Riverside class this week, children have been continuing to use their place value knowledge to help them round numbers upto a 1000 (Y4) and upto a million (Y5). This week in literacy, they have begun to write their stories based on the Tear Thief book. Already they are sounding brilliant! In science, children have created their own animals to suit a specific environment (Y5) and in geography they have explored how volcanoes were made.
In English, we have begun to innovate the story 'The Tear Thief' to our classes version called the 'Blush Thief.' Children are using expanded noun phrases, adverbial phrases and speech with their writing. The children have been learning about how mountains are formed and have created informative posters about what the have learnt. A fact that surprised us all was that Mount Everest continues to grow! Within maths, we have been learning all about rounding and why it can be useful.
Week Ending 24th September 2021
In Riverside class this week we have been doing NFER tests. These are used as a baseline to see where our children are at the moment. The children have shown great perseverance when completing them! In geography, we have been looking at OS maps and locating Mount Snowdon. The children were really good at using the key to identify physical and human features e.g. camping site. In art they have continued their work on Cubism and have really thought about different perspectives of the same object. Well done!
This week in Riverside we have been studying the book The Tear Thief. We have discussed our thoughts about it and have begun to learn the story. We had our first swimming session this week and the children have been fantastic-really conquering any worries. I'm already looking forward to next week. In art this week, we have been focussing on different perspectives of an object with a real focus on detail.
Riverside class have had an amazing start to the week. It was great to see all their smiley faces! We have been learning about Mental health and how to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
We have a 'Look at who has been caught reading' wall. If you spot your child engaged in a book please could you take a photo and send it in. If you don't have a printer please send it to the school email.
What a wonderful last week in Riverside class. In science, we learned about sound. We experimented with how sound travels by making paper cup telephones and tested them in the park. After this, we listened to the pitch of different levels of water in glasses and explored musical instruments and how their size, shape and materials can change the volume and pitch they emit.
We finished all our units and then celebrated with a class party.
I am extremely proud of Riverside and all of their hard work this year. It has been a challenging year for everyone but the class has adapted so well.
I will miss teaching you all! I wish you a wonderful summer holiday and I am sure you will have an amazing time in Years 5 and 6.
A wonderful week in Riverside! We are so happy to have the sunshine back for our penultimate week of Summer term.
In English, we have been writing poems inspired by Grace Nichols, we have used possessive apostrophes, expanded noun phrases and personification to great effect. This week, we have completed our maths unit on measure by exploring capacity and volume. The class estimated how much liquid was in a container and worked out how to convert between different units of measure.
In science the class learned all about sound and conducted a variety of experiments including making paper cup telephones!
We are all looking forward to lots of fun activities next week!
It has been a great week in Riverside Class. We have completed our Unfolded Classic and told the entire story of Charlotte's Web on ten pages or less!
We have continued learning about measure in maths looking at metres, centimeters and millimeters, converted between these and explored how to find the perimeter of shapes.
In science, we continued learning about light and in design and technology we tested our rubbish collector designed to collect rubbish and protect the environment. Our PE lessons have included swimming and sports day too.
Super work Riverside!
This week Riverside have completed making their rubbish collectors in DT. We look forward to testing them out on our top playground next week to see how well they work before evaluating them over the next few weeks.
It has been a busy and productive week in Riverside. In English, we continued looking at 'Classics Unfolded: The Secret Garden'. We used inverted commas, reported speech and adverbials in preparation for writing our own book based on a classic story next week.
We looked at time including analogue and digital and both Year 4 and Year 5 converted different units of measure.
Science was all about light this week with Year 5 continuing to look at electricity and Year 4 learning about how to stay safe in the sun.
We all enjoyed practising our forest school skills, this included whittling wood and pressing flowers. The class even had a special treat made with cookies, marshmallows and icing!
Great work this week Riverside!
This week Riverside have been very passionate about designing their own rubbish collectors. They have come up with lots of unique and well thought out designs, to keep our school and playgrounds clean. They have also loved learning to tell the time to 5 minutes and completed a watercolour pointillism piece of art, of our school.
Riverside class has had an exciting and busy week! On Monday, we went back to forest school. We built dens, a swing and explored our natural surroundings.
On Tuesday, we all walked up to the leisure centre and did some super swimming.
We have been busy finishing our unit on writing explanation texts and 'Until I Met Dudley' where we have looked at both the grammatical features of the text and started thinking about our own exciting inventions to write about.
In maths, we are completing our decimal and place value unit and will be starting our new unit next week.
In science, Year 4 continued learning about light. Year 5 learned about circuits and did an experiment where we checked whether more cell batteries would make the light brighter.
We designed a community project in RE which included a range of activities including sponsored runs and cake sales.
It has been another exciting week for Riverside! On Monday we went to forest school. We enjoyed exploring our natural surroundings and there was even some sunshine! We worked as a team and used tarpaulins to build shelters.
Our diary entries from the perspective of Flossie in World War 2 are now complete and we are looking at the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’. We learned a story map about how a toaster works which included fire-breathing dragons! After half term we will write our own explanation text based on an invention of our choice. In PE we have enjoyed our own mini Olympics with premier sport and worked on our tennis skills in class.
We wish you all a wonderful half term.
Another exciting and busy week in Riverside! We are now finishing our final drafts of our diary entries inspired by 'My Secret War Diary'. Our own VE Day celebrations helped us to write accounts of the end of the war in Europe and the parties which followed. We continued to explore decimals looking at multiplying and dividing by 10s, 100s and 1000s. In PE we learned about ground strokes in tennis and worked on our athletic skills with Premier Sport. In science we continued to learn about plants in year 4 and year 5 tested the water resistance of different shapes. We are looking forward to our forest school classes starting next week
It has been a lovely week for RIverside. We had a fantastic time with Premier Sport working on our athletics skills including running. In maths, we looked at decimals. We divided two digit numbers by ten, subtracted one decimal from another (including with money) and in geometry we looked at a range of 3D shapes, drew them and created them using lollipop sticks.
In RE, we continued looking at what Jesus would do and learned about Christian prayer. In computing, we drew fantastic diagrams showing a school computer network. In music the class enjoyed listening to 'Like a Prayer' and used their musical knowledge and listening skills to find the pulse. Healthy eating was the focus in PSHE and we designed our own healthy lunchboxes. For our science lessons, year 4 created models of plants and year 5 continued investigating forces.
Super work Riverside! I hope you all have a great weekend.
It has been a busy and exciting week for Riverside. Last week, we had the fantastic opportunity to visit Dewerstone and completed many activities. The activities included a mudslide, abseiling and climbing a rope ladder that stretched high up into the trees. At the river, the class went across the water on a dinghy and used a zip wire to go across in the other direction. They showed amazing teamwork and bravery!
In school, we continued learning about tenths in decimals and the Second World War ready for writing our diary entries. We also learned about composting and had a visit from an expert who showed us many of the ways in which composting can help the environment.
This week, Riverside have continued looking at the Second World War. We explored timelines of events to help inform our writing. In maths, we have been looking at decimals and explored tenths and hundredths as fractions.
In our geography lesson, we learned about the water cycle and conducted an experiment with a mini water cycle. We could see the water condensation showing the water had evaporated. In RE, we looked at the parable of the wise and foolish builders and experimented by building bible stands and standing them in different materials. In science, year 4s continued looking at plants including the nutrients they need. Year 5 looked at forces, we made parachutes changing variables in order to see what factors might influence the speed in which they reach the ground.
We wish you all a fantastic bank holiday weekend!
It has been a lovely sunny week and great to see everyone back after the Easter holiday.
In Riverside, we have been looking at the second world war in more detail for our Secret War Diary project . We have looked at the start of the second world war and how to shift our levels of formality. We studied and compared a formal newspaper article and a diary entry version. In maths, we have started our new unit on decimals and will be developing and applying this knowledge throughout the next few weeks. We explored the concept of tenths using fruit and wrote the value of the slices of apple onto place value charts. We explored the concept of tenths using fruit and wrote the value of the slices of apple onto place value charts.
In PE, we are working on athletics with premier sport. In our class PE lesson, we have been working on our accurate catching in preparation for fielding . Wonderful work this week, Riverside.
This week, we have made beautiful spring pictures using oil pastels and paint. We were inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and looked at flowers close up. We explored how we can create different effects with a range of mediums. We wrote different types of poems including haiku to present with our pictures to celebrate spring and Easter. In English, we wrote postcards from the perspective of WW2 evacuees to explain how they felt after their journeys to the countryside. In PE, the class enjoyed multi-skills games with Premier Sport.
We wish you all a very Happy Easter!
This week, Riverside have been concluding and presenting their science practical work to the class. We also made time to play with Fudge and Truffles before lunch which is always a fab session!! Who doesn’t need a bit of guinea pig cuddles in their life!!
In English, we have been looking at 'My Secret War Diary' and did freeze-framing to act out different parts of the story. In PE the class have been practising multi-skills and demonstrated these in their Premier Sport lesson on Tuesday.
In science this week, Riverside have been mixing baking soda and vinegar together to observe the reaction which takes place. In one experiment, we caught the CO2 waste product to blow up a balloon and in the other experiment we made an eruption on the bottom playground.
This week in Riverside, we have completed fantastic work both at home and at school.
In Maths, the class made posters explaining the relationship between multiplication and division. We presented the posters and found evidence and examples to demonstrate.
For English we finished planning and started writing our own fairy tales with a twist. The class finished their design and technology projects and made viaducts. In science, year 4 continued to learn about living things with a focus on their changing environments and adaptation. Year 5 continued to explore properties and their materials.
It was great to see the costumes for world book day and we enjoyed a world book day quiz.
This week in Riverside we finally started making our real viaducts. We worked hard as a team in school to help one another out while we were building. We also had a practical science week, looking around our school environment in Year 4 for spot dangers to habitats, and using comparative testing in Year 5 to test which material makes better thermal conductors.
This week in Riverside, we have completed so much fantastic work both at home and in school. In English, we have been analysing the text 'Straw into Gold'. We looked in detail at the character of the hob and wrote a diary entry by him. After this, we tried hot seating in the class in character as the hob. In maths, we have been looking at our spring multiplication and division unit. Year 4, went on bug hunt for science and year 5 experimented sieving, filtering and evaporating. In class we cooked some cheese scones.
Amazing work! We wish you all a wonderful half term.
There has been so incredible work this week, both at home and in school.
In design and technology the class reviewed our prototypes of viaducts and started work on our new designs. For science, year 4 looked at the characteristics of living things; year 5 continued to investigate the properties of materials and looked at the states of matter. The class cooked falafel and tried it with salsa and wholemeal pitta bread.
We completed our fractions unit and our final write in English. We are now looking at fairytales with a twist and have started to learn our new text. Wonderful work Riverside!
This week, there has been some incredible home learning and work in school too. We tested our viaducts for our design and technology project, tested how well coffee, flour, salt and sugar dissolve and baked some scrummy ginger cake. There were fantastic bar charts to help work out addition and subtraction in fractions and in English we wrote haikus. Today, we are finishing our research and will be writing our final haiku and information texts next week.
Well done Riverside for a super week!
This week we have completed super work at home and at school. In English, we have been looking at haiku poems incorporating personification and expanded noun phrases. Our maths lessons have involved looking at fractions and we have been focusing on equivalent fractions and fractions above one. Year 5 continued exploring the properties of materials in science and year 4 looked at food chains. In design and technology, we have been making prototypes for viaducts out of various materials. Well done to you all and I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.
This week Riverside have worked extremely hard at home and school with lots of different lessons. Some of our favourite lessons in school were learning our body parts in French, carrying out scientific investigations in science and having an art afternoon to create scenes from Noah and the Ark.
This week, Riverside Class have been working on a mirroring dance routine in gymnastics. In English, they have been hot seating characters from their text. We have started writing dialogue between characters in preparation for writing our own stories. In maths, we have been working systematically to complete problems using our multiplication skills. In music the class demonstrated fantastic posture when learning how to project their voices for singing. A great week!
This week in Riverside, we looked at musical notations and the order of musical notes. We then created our own note order and tested the sounds out on a keyboard.
Riverside Class have also continued working on their biographies unit. They learned about J.K. Rowling’s life and used this information to start their own biographies about her. For maths, they have concluded their unit on addition and subtraction using various methods and problem solving skills. At the end of a busy week, the children were able to meet Fudge and Truffles!
Week Ending 16th October
This week Riverside have been trying out different skills to use in basketball and football. They enjoyed their weekly Premier Sport lesson and worked really well in teams. In science they learned about nutrition. In literacy they wrote a biography about the exciting life of Usain Bolt.
We have also started to conclude our Creation unit in RE. The class particularly enjoyed writing letters to Adam and Eve to express why they made poor choices when they ate the forbidden fruit. Within science the whole class have been learning about our bodies and have learnt a lot about food groups and choices. In music we have started to compose our own class piece, which includes singing, Djembe drums and tambourines, which we will video next week.