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The Cove

Welcome to The Cove

New this year is...The Cove. This space used to be our school library but now we have developed the opportunity for reading in our learning zones in KS1 and KS2, plus our reading areas in the classrooms. Therefore, we have created a space where small groups of children, with Mrs Sewell, will be working, supporting the teaching and learning.  Then, in the afternoons Mrs Sewell gets to teach the Year 4s for the foundation subjects - PSHE, History, Geography, Art, DT, RE etc.

A picture paints a thousand words.

Check out some of the learning...

DT - investigating vegetables

Year 4, have been tasting Harvest vegetables in preparation for making their own Autumn harvest Stew, which they have planned in their groups. As part of our discussion, we talked about what people in the 1600s typically ate because we've been study the Great Plague and in Science, we've learnt about our digestive system and our teeth and the importance of healthy eating.

Maths - subtracting 1 digit from 3 digits

Some of the children from Garrido Class worked with Mrs Sewell in The Cove this week, as they moved onto learning more about subtraction this week - what it means, how to use resources and what strategies to help them. The children used Base 10 resources and/or whiteboards for number lines to solve subtraction calculations in order to complete a subtraction puzzle.

Science - Plaque Attack

Year 4 planned and completed an investigation to see how well they brush their teeth. We used disclosing tablets to see the plaque that was on their teeth so they could see quite clearly the areas they need to concentrate on, so they can improve their oral hygiene and protect their teeth.

Maths - using base 10

Some of the children from Garrido Class have been working with greater than and less than, using symbols to compare thousands numbers. The children used base 10 to create their own numbers and compare them with their partner and explain why. 

Worship - Prayer Wall

In 'The Cove', we have a prayer wall. In worship, the children often like to share and ask for us to remember a member of their family who has passed away. We listened to a song called Heaven and shared the Ascension story to remind ourselves of Jesus being back at the right hand side of his father. Year 4, then had the opportunity to add a ribbon on the prayer wall to represent a prayer they shared with God about someone they've lost. 

History - The Great Plague

Year 4 are really enjoying their History topic about The Great Plague - so far we have compared London from then and now, looking at how it's changed and why. Today, we discussed the symptoms of the Plague and what happened to a victim. Molly, Olivia and Violet shared information they knew about the nursery rhyme 'Ring a Ring a Roses' and we discovered what they lyrics meant.

Computing - Coding

To begin our work on coding, we recapped on the vocabulary linked with Coding and being able to match the vocabulary to their matching definition.  Individually, we explored the different backgrounds and objects available in Free Code Gibbon. When we had created a scene, we planned what will happen on a storyboard planner or interactive whiteboard.  Use 2Code to implement your plan and create your computer program.

English with Garrido Class - using a thesaurus

This half term, Mrs Sewell is supporting the teaching and learning in Year 3/4 (Garrido Class) with Mr Gregory. The children this week have been learning what a synonym and how to use a thesaurus to find alternative synonyms.

R.E - using Bible references

The Year 4 children began their topic on The Bible in R.E by looking at different Bibles, discussing what they remembered about the Bible. Mrs Sewell was very impressed with what they could remember of our work in Year 3 and then we moved onto using Bible references, to find specific messages, promises or stories. 

The Year of St. Joseph

This year, Pope Francis declared that it would be The Year of St. Joseph, where we would learn about the simple, yet holy life he led as the father, on Earth, to Jesus. The children studied paintings of Joseph, in which often, he was working and Jesus would be by his side. The children discussed what they could see, symbols that were used and how the people might be feeling at that moment. After this, the children responded by drawing their own picture of Joseph and Jesus together.

Computing - Purple Mash

Year 4, to start of the year, have logged themselves onto Purple Mash, which is resource we follow to teach our computer scheme. The children had an explore reminding themselves of how to use the website, practice some of their computing skills and check out some of the resources to help them with other areas of the curriculum - art, maths, reading and so much more.

Take a look inside...

The theme for The Cove was already establish with art work that was painted about 8 years ago by Naomi Lynch, when the library and intervention room was created. Mrs Sewell has built on that theme and she has developed a small reading corner, had new display boards added, created a worship area and have new tables and chairs of a slightly different style to traditional classroom tables.