Lower School News W/E 21.10.16

 

The week has been full of exciting things as we arrive at half term.

The children have been busy finishing off Design and Technology work. The year 4s have been making Pneumatic Moving Monsters which look very realistic as their mouths gape open. The Year 3s have been using clay to create fabulous Scarab Beetles which they will be glazing and firing in the kiln as soon as possible.

Also, the Lower Juniors have continued to look   Animals including Humans in science. They have looked at the digestive system of creatures and identified the various organs that make up this system. They have looked at the importance of teeth to digestion and have started to create models of teeth. They will finish this investigation by looking at food chains and the role of   producers and consumers, prey and predators in such chains.

In French they have started their preparation for The French Café. The year 4s will again be the waiters and the Year 3s will be singing to the café. They will start in earnest next half term and will have a couple of weeks before they need to be word perfect!

But the highlight of this week has been the whole school trip to St Marys Church for Harvest Festival. Many parents were there to see their children sing the songs of harvest beautifully. The Rev Chris officiated and the Lower Junior classes presented their ideas on regional produce. The classes talked about apples, peas, carrots, watercress and vineyards with a strong theme of local produce. The church was full and it was lovely to see so many parents there supporting the event.

As we end this first half term, we wish everybody a restful week and look forward to family consultations on Tuesday and Thursday of the week we get back. You can book your time to see a teacher via the internet and we look forward to meeting you all then.

 

English

This week the children have looked at report writing. They have identified features of report writing and have looked at different types of report including newspaper articles. When they return they will continue to look at the language of reports with the intention of writing their own report on mummification.

Maths

In maths this week the classes have looked at multiplication and division. They have looked at ways to check their answers and have been doing some investigations and puzzles involving division and multiplication. Next term they will start by looking at investigations based on logic.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week the year 4s have been set a maths puzzle. The Year 3s have also been set homework to bring in descriptions of their perfect sandwiches. And they can independently look on Education City for many fun activities.

The Year 3 s and 4s will also be bringing home spellings and tables this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Lower Junior News week ending 14.10.16

Lower School News W/E 14.10.16

The penultimate week of the half term has been very busy again for the Lower Juniors. The children in Year 4 have continued to build on their knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians. They have been looking at how life was for the common people in Egypt. What types of job they did and what their housing was like. They have imagined themselves back 4000 years and thought about all the things that were different then – no television or Game Boys!

In year 3, the children have started looking at The Stone Age – and have been trying to understand the importance of placing The Stone Age in an historical context. They have looked at how The Stone Age was prehistory and before even the Egyptians. They have discussed what happened during the last Ice Age and how Britain was attached to the continent before the ice melted and the English Channel formed.  The digs at Petersfield Heath continue to turn up artefacts and evidence of how people lived from this period in time.

Elm have continued with their fabulous horse riding skills. And have been looking at solving problems in maths.

As the week finishes, the children have been doing a sponsored walk around the school grounds. They have walked for one and a quarter hours non-stop to raise money for charity. As they walked they looked at all the trees being represented as a class in the school. It was fascinating to see how many different tress our school grounds have.

English

This week the children have used their knowledge of Cinderella stories from around the world to write their own. The have planned and started writing stories. And have looked at improving them by editing. Next week they will look at a different genre, report writing and will be working on writing a report on Mummification.

Maths

In maths this week the classes have been looking at multiplication and its inverse division, and have been practicing their calculating skills. Different methods have been used to multiply 2 or 3 digit numbers by 1 digit. This coming week they will be looking at division.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week the year 3 and 4s have been set comprehension homework and Ed City maths. The Year 3s have also been set homework to bring in examples of Instruction texts.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Spellings week 10.10.16

Spellings 10.10.16

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Lower School News W/E 7.10.16

 

What a busy week it has been in the Lower Juniors. The Year 4s have been enjoying the wonderful rhythms of Samba as they beat out sounds on a collection of drums. The Year 3s, at the same time, have been looking at the musical patterns and tempo of In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg.

This Friday a team have gone off again to represent the school in a cross country competition. Good luck team!

In History, the Egyptians continues to fascinate the Year 4 classes who have been looking at the lives of the ordinary people during the time of the Pharaohs over 3000 years ago! While the Year 3s have been looking been further back into history. To aid their understanding of the chronology, the year 3s are starting with all things Stone Age. They have started to look at the timeline to position the Stone Age in history. They will look at the lives and culture of Stone Age dwellers. Fascinating!

The year 3s have also been starting their Art project of creating scarab beetle clay works. They have been looking at images of scarab beetles and how they have been represented historically. They will be making clay models of them.

All week the classes have been looking at what we mean by Values. They have discussed them in their School colour groups, and have looked at the main Liss Values in class. We hope to be able to say definitively what the values of Liss Junior School are at the end of the investigation.

 

English

This week, the children have continued to look at versions of Cinderella stories for around the world. They have been looking at the language and structure of these stories. This coming week they will be writing their own Egyptian Cinderella story using many of the writing skills they will have learnt this past two weeks.

Maths

In maths, the children have continued to look at addition and subtraction and have worked on number problems and puzzles. This coming week they will be looking at multiplication and its inverse division, and will hone their calculation skills before looking at investigations involving these operations.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week they have been set ICT homework which encourages them to practice their touch typing skills.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Lower Junior News Week Ending 30th September 2016

Lower School News W/E 30.9.16

As we finish the fourth week of term, running seems to have been a theme of the past couple of weeks. The school cross country team are preparing today to take part in an interschool challenge at Portsdown Hill. WE all wish them good running!

It has been another busy week in science, with the children looking at the exciting world of the digestive system. The classes have been looking at the human digestive system and its importance for giving energy to the body. They have started to identify parts of the system and explain their function.

Also this week, the year 3 classes have started their topic of The Stone Age. They will be looking at life more than three thousand years ago when stone tools were the key to survival.

In year 4, the classes have started again their Ancient Egypt topic by looking at the lives of the different groups in Ancient Egypt. They have been looking at the roles of different people and what each

In French, the children have been learning to greet each other with a Bonjour and ask each other how they are Ca Va? They are even beginning to ask each other their names in French – comment tu t’appelles?

 

English

This week, the children have been looking at stories from other countries based on the Cinderella story. They have explored different versions of the story and compared each. They have also been looking at sentence construction and punctuation including the use of apostrophes. This is working towards writing their own version of one of the stories based on Cinderella.

Maths

In maths, the children have continued to look at number puzzles and investigations and look at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work. They have worked on strategies for subtracting numbers and have tested number lines to see how they can help. This coming week they will be looking at puzzles and investigations involving multiplication and division as well as consolidating their addition and subtraction.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week they have been set homework to describe characters in a picture based on the Cinderella story.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

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Lower School News w/e 23.9.16

Lower School News W/E 23.9.15

Well, we are already at the end of our third week of the Autumn Term. The week started in an exciting fashion with reports back from the Butser Hill Challenge. Lots of the Lower Juniors took part in the run and, despite it being very steep, they were able to complete the course in great style. During the week children have been busy working on their countries for Country Fortnight. The Lower Junior Classes have been exploring all sorts of different landscapes and features as they have built a detailed picture of their countries. We have countries such as Beech Land and Jwomababa, full of exotic creatures and with rather strange anthems. The children have been practising anthem music and traditional dances, as well as investing national games such as biscuit Frisbee! Today each class has presented to the LJs their idea of a new country with its own rules and parliament. It was an exciting afternoon.

Also this week, Elm have been investigating maps and looking at how we use them. They have also been working hard to improve their horse riding skills. The Year 4s have started their Listen to Me programme for this term. They are learning the rhythms and beat of Samba music and will be playing percussion instruments to great effect at the end of the term.

 

 

English

The children have continued to read The Arrival this week as well as explore themes of Pet care and new arrivals to countries.  They have been writing Guides to Pet care, and have chosen some of their pets from Countries fortnight to illustrate the point. They have also been working on a Guide to My Country for new arrivals to the country of their choice. Using conjunctions and commas they have been able to generate some fabulous sentences describing these countries.

Maths

In maths, the children have been looking at number puzzles and investigations and looking at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work. They have worked on strategies for subtracting numbers and have tested number lines to see how they can help. This coming week they will be looking at puzzles and investigations involving multiplication and division.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Lower School News W/E 16.9.15

Lower School News W/E 16.9.15

It has been an exciting week in the Lower Juniors this week. The children have been hard at work creating countries for the Countries Fortnight Topic. They have thought of many fantastic and fanciful names for their countries. They have looked at the climate and the landscape that their countries have and what types of creatures might live there. They have designed flags and clothing and thought about the types of food they might eat. And there have been many discussions about what the culture of these peoples might be. How they have organised their social systems and how they govern themselves. Next Friday the classes in the LJs will present to each other their country with all aspects of its creation.

The Lower Juniors have also started to learn how to use Makaton, a type of sign language. They will learn new signs every week and I am sure they would all like to show the families how to sign too.

This weekend many of the children in the LJs are taking part in the Butser Hill Run. We all look forward to hearing how they get on.

 

 

English

The children have continued to read The Arrival this week. The book is wordless and so they have been interpreting the images on the page to understand what story is being told. They have looked at the plight of those people forced to emigrate. They have followed a father who has gone looking for a better life for his family. They have inferred how all the people in the story might be feeling and made inferences about what is happening. They have taken notes on the story and improved their written work by trying to write with subordinate clause. Next week they will finish reading the story and will be writing a country guide based on some of the features of the book and linking into Countries Fortnight.

Maths

In maths the children have been looking at place value and adding and subtracting numbers. They have explored ordering numbers and using more or less in describing this. They have looked at number lines and mental addition and subtraction. This coming week they will be looking at further number puzzles and investigations and looking at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s have been asked to do homework from this week. The Years 3s to do a cover for their Topic Book and the Year 4s to find out some facts about the smallest and largest cities in the world and these sheets are due back this coming week. They will start their tables this coming week. They will start spellings after the Countries Fortnight.

All classes will be set times tables challenges which they can do throughout this term. They will be bringing these home each week but times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Assembly

Our class assembly went very well and we are all proud of ourselves for performing so brilliantly.

Well done to all the children for putting in so much effort and work into producing such an informative assembly.

Thank you to all those parents that were able to come and watch, we hope you enjoyed it and maybe even learnt a bit about the time of the Ancient Greeks!

 

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Daffodil competition

Congratulations to Ella who grew the best daffodil this year.

Because of this achievement,  EJ are the proud owners of the shield! We will definitely look after it with care.

040 Well Done Ella!

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Year Three Spellings W/C 18.4.16.

Here are the year three spellings for this week.

Year 3 Spellings Week 2 Summer 2016

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