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Welcome to Badger Class

My name is Miss Nicholls and I have the pleasure of teaching Badger Class this year. 

We are also lucky enough to have the support of Miss Maciver and Mrs Singal. 

I have PPA on Tuesday afternoons, when Miss Rogers and a PE coach will be in class. 

I am also out of class on Wednesday mornings. Miss Rogers will be teaching during this time. 

 

PE days - Tuesday and Thursday 

 

Emails will be responded to between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Term 3 - Weeks 1 and 2

We've had a very busy start to the term! 

In English we have worked hard to plan and write our setting descriptions about a stone age character. We have included lots of different skills that we have been learning since the start of the year! 

 

In Maths we have been continuing to develop our skills in adding and subtracting. We have been subtracting 2-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers with exchanging, then we moved onto adding 3-digit numbers together. Next week we will be looking at adding 3-digit numbers with exchanging! We are looking forward to developing our skills. 

 

We have come to the end of our stone age topic and looked at food chains in our science lesson today. We learned about 3 key words - producer, prey and predator and started to create our own food chains. 

 

From next week I am going to be out of class on Thursday mornings, instead of Wednesday mornings. 

Term 2 - Week 7

We've made it to the end of the term and can finally take some time to relax over the Christmas break!

 

We've been working so hard in Badger class this week. As part of our 'Caring at Christmas' topic, we thought about different ways we could show care. We talked about different charities and what we could do in our local community to make people smile during this festive period. We decided to write letters and make Christmas cards for a local care home. In our letters we introduced ourselves, wrote about our school and we also included things that we enjoy doing outside of school. We hope that the elderly people will love reading the letters and that it will make them smile. 

 

As fantastic mathematicians this week we continued to persevere on solving very tricky maths questions that involved using column addition to add 2 and 3 digit numbers, with an exchange! Miss Nicholls is going to see if we can remember this skill in the new year after we've all had a rest and eaten lots of delicious food. 

 

Today we had so much fun watching a film, crafting and having a Christmas class party. We loved making memories with our friends. 

 

Well done for working so hard this term Badger class, I am very proud of each and every one of you. Also thank you for my lovely cards and gifts, I am very grateful! 

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, I hope you enjoy spending some quality time with your loved ones. I look forward to seeing you in January. 

Miss Nicholls 

Term 2 - Week 6

 

We've had a very busy week this week and are counting down the days until Santa pays us a visit! Today we were lucky enough to have Christmas dinner! We ate it in our classrooms with some Christmas music playing... we loved it! We made Christmas hats so that we felt even more festive while eating our dinner.

 

As writers this week we have been creating letters linked to our 'Stone Age' topic. Today we wrote a setting description about a cave and thought about what we could see, hear and feel. We made sure we included our newly learned skill - complex sentences! Some of us also challenged ourselves by including adverbs of manner, time and place. 

 

In Maths we have been adding 100s and 10s using the column method. We have started exchanging when there are lots of ones! 

 

We've also been busy practising our Christmas carols with the Year 4 class ready for our performance to families next Tuesday. We are very excited!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

 

Term 2 - Week 5

 

This week in Badger class we have had cuddles with the new guinea pigs, practising using the column method and using all of our knowledge to use in our writing. 

 

In PE we practised jumping from 2 feet to 1 foot, which was trickier than it sounds! We had different challenge stations to complete, including jumping into hoops, jumping over hurdles and running and jumping. 

 

We loved it when Miss Bennet came to teach us on Tuesday and got out the new guinea pigs for a cuddle! Their names are Buttons and Wispa and we love them so much. They are settling in well and love cuddles as much as we do. 

 

In English we wrote a setting description about the cave in the book 'The Stone Age Boy'. We've been practising using adverbs of place, adverbs of time and adverbs of manner in our writing. 

 

Have a lovely, restful weekend everyone! 

 

Term 2 - Week 4

 

What a busy week we've had in Badger class! We finished off our 'We Will Remember Them' topic by sketching an item of food that was rationed during the war and using Andy Warhol's pop art to inspire us to make our own pop art! Take a look at our pictures.

 

In Maths we've been practising exchanging using the column method. We are now all able to use the column method to subtract 2 digit numbers - hooray!! We are such excellent mathematicians and have showed great resilience because this skill has taken lots of time to get our heads around. Give yourselves a pat on the back for being resilient and hard working :) 

 

To start our new topic 'Stone Age to Iron Age' we read a book called 'The Stone Age Boy'. We worked in groups to retell the story and the class enjoyed watching each other's performances. We have been practising using adverbs of place in our writing this week. 

 

For one of our PE sessions this week we did athletics, which involved PE coaches coming in and we practised standing on one leg, jumping, throwing a ball, running, etc. We had lots of fun.

 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Term 2 - Week 3

This week in Maths we have been challenged with trying to use column method. We have been using dienes to help us understand exchanging. 

 

In English we finished writing our non-chronological reports about Land Girls and we edited and published them - take a look at our pictures! Today we have been practising how to use adverbs of manner by writing a diary entry as one of the Land Girls. 

 

For our topic this week, we looked at axis and allies for WW2 and used a world map to find out where the countries are. 

 

In French we have been learning how to the names of different animals including dog, cat and turtle! 

 

During our PE lesson we had lots of fun practising our jumping! We had different objects to jump over and between. 

Term 2 - Week 2

We have had a very busy week in Badger class!

We have started a new topic called 'We Will Remember Them', which is all about World War 2. In English we have learned about Land Girls. We started by researching the Land Girls - finding out what they wore, what they did and who they were. Please ask us about this at home! We have made a good start to writing a report about the Land Girls and are looking forward to publishing our writing next week. 

 

On Monday we carefully made poppies using tissue paper. We had lots of fun doing this! In the afternoon we also painted poppies on our pebbles. We discussed what the colour red symbolises and why we use poppies. 

 

Earlier this week we tasted a variety of food that was rationed in World War 2. Rationed means that there wasn't a lot of that type of food. We tasted ham, crackers, spam, jam, tinned fruit and oranges. For lots of us it was the first time we tasted spam and tinned fruit and the majority of us loved it!

 

Today in Maths we started using column addition to add 2 digit numbers. This was a bit tricky, but Miss Nicholls is very proud of how hard we tried! We will continue this next week.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and stay safe!

 

 

Term 2 - Week 1

To finish our Rivers topic, we made and painted models of a river using Modroc. We painted and labelled a source, tributary, meander and mouth. Take a look at our pictures! We are very proud of our work. 

Today we started thinking about our new topic (We Will Remember Them). We discussed things that we already knew about the war and things that we would like to learn about. 

 

In English we have been learning about adverbs of manner and adverbs of time and have been practising using them in our writing. 

 

In Maths we have been learning how to add and subtract 100s and 10s using exchanging. We've been using manipulatives to help us with this. 

Unit 18 - Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion

Term 1 - Week 7

We have been learning about solid, liquids, gases and how materials can change state. To help our understanding of changing state, we carried out an experiment where we melted chocolate using boiling water. The chocolate changed from a solid to a liquid. Then, we put the melted chocolate into the fridge - it turned from a liquid into a solid!

 

We have been learning about the water cycle and how important it is for our world. We created a water cycle in a bag, where we drew the water cycle and labelled the key words (evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection). We took our bags home to put in a sunny window to see what would happen. 

 

We finished and published our setting descriptions. Miss Nicholls is very proud of how hard we worked to include all of the skills we have learned. Our published writing looks amazing - take a look at the pictures to see some of our writing. We also wrote a recount about our school trip. 

 

We attended a clean air workshop, which taught us about pollution and road safety. We designed a poster to encourage children to ride their scooters or bikes (or walk!) to school to make the air cleaner. 

Term 1 - Week 6 

 

In Maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting 10s and 1s. We have used our knowledge of number bonds to help us with this. We have also been using dienes and numicon to support our understanding of exchanging. 

 

In English we have finished our setting descriptions, which we will be editing and publishing next week. Miss Nicholls is very impressed with how well we have been all of the skills we've been learning about!

 

We've been fantastic scientists this week, learning about solids, liquids and gases. We looked at a balloon filled with ice, a balloon filled with water and a balloon filled with air to help our understanding of each state. We then discussed how they can change state. 

 

On Thursday we went on a trip to see a river. We played river bingo to see what we could spot - we saw a dog, a yellow leaf, a bench, a squirrel, a crow and lots more. We saw a tributary, which is where smaller streams flow into bigger streams. We also saw a meander, which is where the river bends. We had so much fun walking upstream and got a bit soggy in the process! 

 

 

Term 1 - Week 5

We have had a very busy week in Badger class!

In Maths we have been doing adding and subtracting, including 3 digit numbers. We have used dienes to help us with this! 

 

In English we have been practising our skills of using noun phrases, compound sentences and commas in a list. Today we planned our setting description, which we will start writing on Monday. We are looking forward to using our skills in our writing. 

In guided reading we have been looking at a setting description to help us write our own. 

 

In music we have been learning a new song and have made up some actions to go with it - we are hoping to know all of it and remember the actions over the next couple of weeks!

 

For our topic of rivers, we have been learning about the key vocabulary, including 'source', 'tributary', 'meander' and 'mouth'. We are so excited to go and visit a river next week for our school trip!

A few of our Badgers decided to build a river using lego at home. We used our new vocabulary to identify different parts of the river and discussed ways to make our lego models more realistic - for example adding a source! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 1 - Week 4 

 

In English this week we have been learning about commas in a list. We can use them to list adjectives, nouns and verbs. We have been practising our previous learned skills of noun phrases and compound sentences, ready to write our setting descriptions. 

For our guided reading sessions we have learned lots of different skills, from understanding new vocabulary to summarising.

 

In Maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers. We have used dienes and numicon to help us with this! We even got to play a game of Maths bingo, which was fun. We are looking forward to moving onto adding and subtracting next week. 

 

We completed our artwork, inspired by Hokusai's 'The Great Wave' piece - take a look at our pictures! We are very proud of how fantastic they look. 

 

On Thursday we got to vote for new sports/house captains and felt very grown up when we placed our vote in the 'polling station'!

Term 1 - Week 3

 

In our topic this week we have been learning about rivers. We've learned some key terminology and lots of facts about different rivers in the world. We have also learned about a famous artist called Hokusai and used his artwork 'The Great Wave' to inspire our sketching - have a look at our pictures below! 

 

We have almost finished writing our diary entries, practising our new learned skills of noun phrases and compound sentences. We have also had a go at editing our writing - looking out for capital letters, full stops and making sure our diary entries are written in first person and past tense! 

 

In Maths we have continued our work on place value, looking at 100s, 10s and 1s. Today we were finding 100, 10 and 1 more and less of different numbers. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 1 - Week 2

This week we have started learning about noun phrases in English to make our setting descriptions sound exciting, which we will be writing in a few weeks!

We have been busy mathematicians working on place value. Today we started looking at number lines, which we are going to learn more about next week. 

We have looked at different maps to locate the UK and recapped our knowledge of countries in the UK and capital cities. We have also learned about 'physical' and 'human' characteristics and went on a hunt around the school field to identify things that are 'human' and things that are 'physical'!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone, 

Miss Nicholls 

Term 1 - Week 1

 

We have had a great week settling into Badger Class. On Monday we did lots of fun activities to help us with our transition. We wrote on our kites and had the the chance to fly them out on the field. We also wrote nice adjectives about our peers. 

We have started to learn about our first unit of work (Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion). We have been learning about countries in the United Kingdom. 

In English we have been reading a book called 'The Rhythm of the Rain' to help us with our knowledge and understanding of rivers, which links with our unit. We have started to learn about compound sentences. 

In Maths we have been learning about place value, including tens, ones and hundreds. We have been using dienes to help us with this. 

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