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Eddy Merckx Class

Welcome to Eddy Merckx Class

2022-2023

Our classes this academic year are named after athletes. Édouard Louis Joseph Baron Merckx 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is among the most successful riders in the history of competitive cycling. His victories include an unequalled eleven Grand Tours (five Tours of France, five Tours of Italy, and a Tour of Spain), all five Monuments, setting the hour record, three World Championships, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, and extensive victories on the track.

Explorer Day

Today, Merckx Class had an explorer in who began our day with a whole school assembly and then we had our session with him where we used compass skills to map read and locate different places on the playground that were on the map.

 

 

Black History Month - studying the life of Martin Luther King Jr

The children in Merckx Class, as part of our work on Black History Month discussed what it is and why we have it. We looked at the life of Martin Luther King Jr - what he believed in, stood up for and his actions. We discussed words like protest, segregation, boycott and assassination and then linked these to MLK's life. We watched and read his 'I have a dream' speech and then the children had the opportunity to write their own 'I have a dream' speech based on a topic they wish to no longer exist, like what MLK wanted for racism.

Our Baptism Photos

In our RE topic this half term, we are learning about The Christian Family. As part of our work we are learning about the Sacrament of Baptism - what this means and how to live a Christian life. Some of the children, in Merckx class, who have been baptised brought in their photo and we played a game of Guess Who. We are going to continue discussing this special event as a class, what happens at baptism and those children who have been baptised to share information about their special day.

Studying Van Gogh's paintings of real life objects

As we continue with our enhancement week, the children continued to study the art work of Vincent Van Gogh with looking at real life objects, as Van Gogh did with 'Sunflowers'.

RWI Spelling

Our children are enjoying our Read, Write Inc spelling sessions with a new spelling focus each week, using spelling and grammar vocabulary as well as working independently, as a spelling group or in partners doing dictation work.

Finding Synonyms

We worked in our groups to carousal around the room to ‘up level’ a word we had thought of in our hot seating task, as the character of Robbie. We used the word wheels and thesaurus’ to find alternative synonyms which could be used in our writing.

Counting in 50s

As the children have continued their work on place value, we moved onto being able to count in 50s. We worked with a partner to do some problem solving that meant we needed to count in 50s. The children found missing numbers and used their knowledge to solve questions on money and weight.

Is the material reflective?

Year 3/4 are enjoying their Science topic on Light. Today after recapping on different types of light sources, we tested different materials: wood, tin foil, paper, metal and fabric to test whether it was reflective and if so how much. We discussed the scientific terms: transparent, translucent and opaque to support our explanations and begin to link in shadows.

Comparing and ordering 3 digit numbers

In today’s maths lesson we compared 3-digit numbers. We practically made the symbols of greater than, less than and equal to. We then checked we were correct by saying the number, symbol and number (246 is less than 873). We then completed some in our books using the <, > and = signs. The children grasped the concept quite quickly so we moved onto ordering 3-digit numbers. 

Up levelling vocabulary in English

After role playing a character from 'Cool!' by Michael Morpurgo, we extracted key words we used when performing. We then used a thesaurus to find synonyms for each word. We discussed the meaning of each word and how some words can have more than one meaning. We each chose our favourite word which we will then use in our writing next week. 

Role playing a character

In English, we have been thinking about the thoughts and feelings of Mum in the story. The book is written in the perspective of Robbie so we wanted to think about how Mum will be feeling during certain events that take place. We role played Mum and used key vocabulary that conveyed how Mum would be feeling. The children did remarkably well and some of them definitely deserve an Oscar for their performance! 

Values Ambassadors Election

Today we voted for our year 3 and year 4 Values Ambassador for the school. The children wrote their own speeches to persuade the class to vote for them. The children talked about how they would be a great role model to others, help children around school and promote our values. The class then voted for one year 3 child and one year 4 child. We have counted the votes and will find out who is elected next week during assembly!

Year 6 Head Boy and Head Girl Speeches

On Friday, we gathered in the school hall to listen to the year 6 children give their speeches on why we should vote for them to become head boy and head girl. We then voted for who we would like to become the next St Mary's Head Boy and Head Girl. We will find out the results next week. A huge well done to all the year 6 children. You all gave excellent speeches and we are all very proud of you. Good luck!

PE

Today in PE with Coach Jake, the children were practising their chest and bounce passes. They worked in teams to pass the ball and then played a mini game of netball. 

 

Place value

We have been exploring 2-digit and 3-digit numbers in maths this week. We have learnt the value of the digits in a number and began to partition the numbers and show what each digit represents. 

Cool! By Michael Morpurgo

Our book for English this half term is 'Cool!' by Michael Morpurgo. We began by predicting what we thought the story would be about from the front cover. We then began reading the book. We listened to Miss Charnley, Mrs Sewell, Mrs Griffin and each other read parts of the first chapter. We discussed the authors use of punctuation and vocabulary choice, picking words for our WOW chart that we wanted to know the meaning of. We then completed comprehension questions based on what we had read so far. 

Place Value

Today in maths, we have been identifying the place value in two digit numbers. 

English

Today in English we began looking at diary entries. We read a text and had to guess and then explain which genre we thought it was. We then had to read different diary extracts and guess who the author was. We highlighted key words and phrases that helped us to find out which traditional tale character each diary extract was written by. 

RIP Queen Elizabeth II

Today we have been remembering all the qualities that made Queen Elizabeth a fantastic Queen that was loved and adored by everyone. We discussed what great things she had accomplished in her life and that she will be missed by all. The children wrote their own letters to Queen Elizabeth which we hope she reads in heaven. 

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