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Week Beginning 26th April

Moonstone have worked so hard this week and we are very proud of everything that they have achieved. In Maths, we started multiplying fractions with great success and we will be continuing to build on our skills next week. In English, we began our work on persuasive texts. We enjoyed looking at various examples and learning about the key features, as well as learning how to summarise and to understand how modal verbs can be made stronger to enable a text to be even more persuasive. We will be continuing working on persuasive texts next week. In Science, we finished our evolution topic by writing and performing in our very own nature documentaries which we recorded in our grounds. Have a look on Seesaw to see the finished documentaries - they are brilliant!

This week we have enjoyed our first African Drumming lesson and we are very much looking forward to developing our ostinato patterns next week. Some of the children took turns to be the 'master drummer' and lead the rest of the class. We started our new EOW topic and the children investigated artefacts and pictures linked to Benin. They were able to understand why it is important that we learn about Benin. Next week, we will be learning about what Benin was like 100 years ago.

 

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore 

Tri Golf and African Drumming

Week Beginning 19th April

We have had a great first week back in Moonstone learning about evolution. The children have learned about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, inheritance traits and understanding how fossils have helped us to learn about how animals have evolved, particularly the horse. They know how polar bears evolved from brown bears, why giraffes have long necks and how the peppered moth had to evolve. We have read two fabulous stories, Moth and The Mollie Bird, which have helped our understanding of evolution. The children really enjoyed creating camouflaged moths linked to their backdrop. Have a look at our pictures of them and see if you can spot the camouflaged moth!

In Maths next week, we will be moving on to solving word problems with fractions and multiplying fractions and in English, we will be starting our work on persuasive texts. We will also be starting our new EOW topic about Benin and our music lesson will link to this with the children learning African Drumming on our Djembe drums. We all enjoyed our first Tri-Golf lesson this week and we are looking forward to increasing our accuracy next week.

A reminder that Reading homework has been set on Seesaw and needs to be completed by Tuesday. Our EPIC homework, linked to our African theme, has been set and is due in on 18th May.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

Peppered Moth Camouflage Drawings

Week Beginning 22nd March

We had a brilliant Red Nose Day on Friday which culminated in a fantastic Talent Show by Moonstone. Please do look at the artists in action in the photos below. It was wonderful seeing so many superheroes in our class, especially those who were dressed in support of our wonderful NHS.

In English, we have been working on writing dialogue and sentences starters all linked to our class story, Kensuke's Kingdom. This week we will be developing our figurative language skills. In Maths, we will be continuing our work on fractions. Moonstone showed excellent understanding of fractions of amounts and converting improper fractions into mixed numbers this week. For Science, we will be finishing our work on adaptations and biomes and the children will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and understanding so far of the Arctic and Desert climates.

We are looking forward to our Parent Teacher meetings on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

Moonstone’s Got Talent!

Week beginning 15th March

It has been wonderful having the children in school this week. They have worked so hard and have been very motivated in their learning.

In Moonstone, we have enjoyed a delayed book week with a fabulous ‘socially distanced’ production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and DEAR—Drop Everything And Read on Friday, The ‘Yellow Book Road’ inter-house competition was launched this week and the children are completing yellow bricks for every book that they have read over the next couple of weeks.

Next week, we will be continuing with our class book, Kensuke’s Kingdom. We have been focussing on how to convey a character’s feelings through ‘show not tell’ in our writing and this will be continuing next week. In Maths, we will be continuing our work on fractions of amounts. In Science, we started learning about adaptations and how animals have adapted to their environment. We understand now why camels have big, wide feet and long eye lashes! Next week, we will be learning about how plants adapt to their environment. We had a fabulous ‘Samba’ themed Music lesson and we will be performing our Samba rhythms next week.

Next Friday is Red Nose Day and we are looking forward to a class Talent Show in the afternoon. Don’t forget to purchase your Red Noses throughout the week.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

The Wizard of Oz

Welcome Back Moonstone!

Week Beginning 8th March

We are very much looking forward to continuing our learning with you in person and in our classroom this week. In Maths, we will be continuing with what we have learned about fractions to solve problems. In English, we will be focussing on our book, Kensuke’s Kingdom and finding out what happens next in the story. The ‘Peggy Sue’ is going to be at the centre of an amazing adventure for the family. In Science, we will be learning about adaptations and how animals have adapted to their different environments in order to survive. For our Music lesson, we are continuing to travel around the world and will be learning about Samba music. Do you know where Samba music originates from?

In Mountfields School this week we will be celebrating Book Week. We have some lovely activities planned for you and a very exciting event will be happening for Moonstone on Thursday with a Theatre company visiting.

 

Our PE and Games lessons will be on a Monday and a Thursday this term.

 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you back at school.

 

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

VE Day Celebrations in Moonstone

Music in Moonstone

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This term we have been exploring Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets Suite’. The children used their listening ears to assign graphic notation and loudometer graphs to the different planets. We all really enjoyed getting the instruments out and composing our own Planet or Galaxy. The children worked on dynamics and layering of instruments.

Music in Moonstone

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Music in Moonstone

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Week beginning 14th December

We have had a really busy week finishing our ‘Words Along Wires’ Science topic. The children really enjoyed creating their own circuits and learning what happens if you add more cells, more components or more bulbs to a circuit. They have also enjoyed learning about Morse Code and Cipher wheels, creating their own secret messages, which we played to each other in our Music lesson. In computing, we used Virtual Reality to explore WWII code breaking and learned that you had just 24 hours to crack the code before the Enigma Machine was reset.

Next week, we will be concluding our Theme of World War II where we will be learning about VE day and how the end of the war was celebrated. On Thursday, we will be holding our very own Victory Celebration day where the children will be designing and making their own decorations and playing party games. This special day will be alongside our traditional ‘party’ day and the children will be allowed to wear their own clothes — there will not be a PE lesson on Thursday. We will also be screening a virtual Panto afternoon which we know we will all enjoy! ‘Oh yes we will!’

We hope that you have seen your amazing children in their Christmas video on Seesaw. The children all enjoyed putting it together and choreographing their moves! Our Santa Fun Run was very successful and it was lovely to see how supportive the children were of each other.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

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Week beginning 7th December

The children have worked so hard this week back at school—we are super proud of them! We finished our Science topic on ‘light’ by creating periscopes and learning how light reflects off mirrors—lots of links to maths and angles. We started our new Science topic on electrical circuits and the children really enjoyed creating their own circuits. We will be learning how to draw circuits next week as well as learning what happens when you add more batteries or more light bulbs.

In Maths, the children will be moving on from perimeter to learning about area and how to find the area of regular and irregular shapes. Our final History question for our WWII topic will be investigating what VE day was really like.

We have our Christmas jumper day and Santa Fun Run on Friday so children will need to be in their PE kits on Monday, Thursday and Friday next week.

Thank you for all your wonderful donations for our Moonstone hamper! Our hamper is bursting with fabulous treats! Don’t forget to return your raffle tickets and money.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

Investigating Electrical Circuits

Children in Need

WW2 Inspiration Day

Life's Big Questions!

Using AR to explore the Solar System

Week Beginning 30th November

It was brilliant to have everyone back in class today and just in time for our Science Day! The whole school was tasked with the question; ‘Can larger hands pick up more house point tokens?’ We worked in groups to carry out the investigation; making a prediction, measuring our hand span and ensuring that the test was reliable by carrying it out three times. The children really enjoyed using a ‘claw’ hand to try and grab as many tokens as they could. In conclusion, they found that some of the children with larger hands were able to pick up more tokens but sometimes some of the children with smaller hands were able to pick up more! We also carried out another pattern seeking investigation by seeing whether older children are taller! They stood in a line according to their birth date! It was a very wavy line with some of the shorter children being the eldest, some of the taller children being the youngest and vice versa!

Next week, we will be finishing our Science topic on light by making periscopes and learning how light reflects. We will then be moving on to electricity. In Maths, we will be moving on to our new topic, perimeter and area.. In our World War II topic we will be learning about what life was really like on the Home Front.

A huge well done to the children for their amazing resilience and learning over the past two weeks. We  have been so impressed with the standard of their work. Lots of the children have worked independently on the activities but we really appreciate the support that parents have given at home too.

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

Week beginning 16th November

What a great Children in Need Day! We all really enjoyed wearing our spotty clothes and carrying out the ‘act our age’ activities. You can see some of the pictures below.

This week we have continued our learning of World War II, understanding why Britain went to war and what it was like to be evacuated. The children wrote heartfelt letters home in the role of the character that they were given. Some evacuees endured awful conditions being separated from their siblings and receiving horrible punishments, whereas some really enjoyed living in the country - seeing cows for the first time and having a proper bath!

On Wednesday, we observed a two minute silence marked by Mr Coleman playing the Last Post on his trumpet. We also completed our amazing watercolour poppies in remembrance of those who sadly lost their lives.

Next week is Science week! Our topic will be light and the children will be learning about how light travels, how shadows are formed and how a periscope works! In Maths, we will be continuing with multiplying and dividing numbers by multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 and in English, the children will be writing a biography about themselves.

We are looking forward to a great week!

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

 

Week Beginning 9th November

We had a great week last week introducing our new topic, World War II. The children experienced what life would have been like during the war and listened to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announce that Britain was at war with Germany. We also listened to air raid sirens, created our own identity cards, taped up windows and wrote a diary extract. Alongside our inspiration day, our English theme for the week was the Machine Gunners. We all really enjoyed listening to the story and learning about the main characters and how they kept the machine gun that they had found safe and hidden, as well as how the relationships between the children and the German pilot changed throughout the story.

This week, we will be focussing on Remembrance Day and will be using our watercolour skills to paint poppies. We will also be answering key questions in History about why Britain had to go to war in 1939 and why it was necessary for children to be evacuated. In English, we will be reading and writing biographies based on famous people from World War II such as Sir Winston Churchill and Dame Vera Lynn. In Maths this week, we will be learning about square and cube numbers and inverse operations.

 

On Friday, it is Children in Need so we will be raising money for this charity by wearing spotty clothes and ‘Acting our Age’!

 

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

Week Beginning 2nd November

It has been wonderful having all the children back in class this week. We have had a successful week discussing some of Life’s Big Questions for our RE week! The children showed good empathy and understanding when learning about what different religions believe happens when we die. We also enjoyed out last tennis lesson (despite the rain!) where we competed in a variety of activities. Well done to the winners of each of the activities!

This week we will be starting our World War theme. Our English will be based on the story ‘The Machine Gunners’ and we will be learning about why Britain went to war and why it was necessary for children to be evacuated. In Maths, we will be learning about factors, multiples and prime numbers. For Games and PE (Monday and Thursday) we will be starting Basketball and will be looking at different physical challenges!

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

Week Beginning 26th October

Hello Class Moonstone!

We hope that you have had a good half term break, and are ready for the exciting things we have planned for you this half term.

This week is RE Week. We will be considering how different religions help believers when times get hard. Similarly, we will explore the ideas of those with no faith about life's big questions.
 

 

In Mathematics, we will be using inverse operations to solve problems with addition and subtraction, and will learn how to calculate missing angles.
 

After reading the amazing story of Floella Benjamin's early life in 'Coming to England', we have a new class story called 'Fireweed'. This story is about two teenage runaways, who refuse to be evacuated from wartime London, and their struggle to survive the Blitz. We are really looking forward to reading this story and to find out what happens.

 

 

We want to say well done to all of you for completing your daily lessons on Seesaw before half term. You did this admirably! Visit Seesaw again this week for your homework activities. You will have both spelling and maths homework on Tuesday, which needs to be returned by Monday 2nd November.

Have a great week!

Mrs Armitage and Mrs Moore

 

Solar System Drama

Syncopated rhythms

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We have been learning about syncopation which is the off beat of a rhythm. We took our learning outside to practise our rhythms in our school environment.

Syncopated rhythms

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Syncopated rhythms

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Class Moonstone

We still have a few places left for our new intake in to Foundation Stage (EYFS) for August 2021; if you want to find out more please do contact us.
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