Welcome back to the second half of the Summer Term!
Our topic this term is called 'Beast Creator'
This topic has a Science focus which teaches the children about the life cycles and habitats, body parts and functions of different minibeasts in the locality and beyond. At the heart of this project the children will learn how to write narrative fantasy stories on the theme of minibeasts and develop additional skills in note making, scientific and technical language and recording and explanation skills.
In the Innovate Stage children apply their skills and understanding by creating their own super minibeasts.
In this project the children will learn:
• About the characteristics, life cycles and habitats of a range of insects and minibeasts;
• How to collect and present scientific and mathematical data using ICT and multimedia;
• How to use and apply scientific knowledge to design a unique minibeast based on what you have learnt about minibeast body parts;
• To use design technology skills effectively to make a model;
• How to write exciting fantasy narrative stories.
Monday 4th July - Friday 15th July
This fortnight the Year 6 children that are going to Michaelston Federation had a really successful transition day and enjoyed meeting some of their new teachers and getting to know the school a little better.
They are now very busy rehearsing for their leavers ceremony. We are nearing the end of term and the children are now very excited about all the celebrations ahead. Please remember to come and collect your 2 free adult tickets for the ceremony on Monday 18th July.
Monday 20th June - Friday 1st July
The children who went on our educational visit to Kingswood had a fantastic time! They were all very well behaved and are now all very tired. This week we have been looking at underwater creatures as part of our topic 'Beast Creator'. The children used the internet to research different deep water creatures and their specific adaptations to this difficult environment. They found some really strange looking creatures! They then worked in groups to design, name and describe their very own creature. They can to consider its adaptations and how it would survive in this harsh environment.
The children had a fantastic sports day. Luckily the weather stayed dry for us during the morning and it was great to see so many parents there supporting the event. Thank you to you all for coming.
Monday 6th June - Friday 17th June
This fortnight the children have been introduced to their new topic of 'Beast Creator'. They have used the internet to research questions based on mini beasts and have begun to create a presentation based around the topic. The children who went to Kingswood on our educational visit had a fantastic time and were all very well behaved. We hope that they will now bring some of their new team work skills back into the classroom.
If you have not yet completed the permission slip for your child to go to Porthkerry Country Park on the 11th July, please do so with the correct payment as soon as possible.
Welcome back to the Summer Term! Hope you have all had a great Easter break.
Our new topic this term is called 'Energy'. This project has a focus on science and teaches children about the different types and sources of energy. The children will learn about the social, environmental and economic impact of energy sources. They will use there skill of persuasion to debate the positive and negative impacts of renewable energy. At the heart of the project the children will be creating their own micro wind farm and write letters to organisations with explanations and scientific recordings and observations of their models.
• How to write letters in a formal style.
This fortnight the children have been very lucky to have some amazing visits and visitors! Last Monday the children attended a Multi Sport day at Cardiff University where they took part in team activities such as hockey, football, gymnastics and judo. They all had a fantastic day and Pencaerau won the most points and were awarded a trophy! As part of our topic 'Energy' the children had a very interesting Energy workshop where they learnt all about the causes and effects of Global Warming. They also took part in a Red Cross workshop where they learnt basic first aid skills.
This week we have been very busy, especially during our Science lessons. Miss Dicker's class have been looking at and exploring animals and classification. They have used keys and flow charts to identify a variety of animals. Miss Woolley's class have been exploring air resistance. They have designed and made a variety of paper aeroplanes that they have tested and investigated for air resistance.
We have had a very busy first week back! The children have been introduced to their new topic of energy and have had some great ideas of things they'd like to learn about and do during the topic. In our English lessons the children have been busy writing playscripts of famous tales, scenes in films and adding a script to an animation.
The Gallery project has an art focus and explores the artwork of a variety of artists from different periods of history.
Monday 29th February - Friday 4th March
This week we have had lots of fun celebrating St David's Day. We performed our Welsh Sketch and enjoyed watching the performances from all the other classes too.
This project has a geography focus and teaches children about
rivers, rainfall, soils and the impact of water on the local community
and communities. At the heart of this project the children will learn
to write poetry on a rivers theme and develop additional skills in
persuasive and report writing.
In this project the children will learn:
• About significant rivers of Wales;
• To use a range of geographical skills to investigate the physical
features of rivers, including the water cycle, and to consider the
impact these features might have on the landscape over time and
in specific locations;
• To use ICT and other sources to find, record and present
• To respond to a stimulus in a creative way, developing skills in the
• To write poetry on a theme using descriptive and expressive
• To present a balanced argument, based on factual information.
Monday 1st February - Friday 5th February
We have been working hard again this week. During our mathematic lessons we carried out an investigation to help Mr Young work out the amount of flooring he would need for his new kitchen by calculating the area of the room and then we had to work out how much it would cost him. He was very grateful for our help! For our topic work we have been looking at continents and countries around the world and locating the largest rivers. The choir children enjoyed working with other schools on their visit on Friday and are looking forward to their next performance already.
Monday 25th January - Friday 29th January
We have had another busy week writing short stories and explanation texts using short video clips as a stimulus. We have been working hard on our comprehension skills, looking at different techniques to help us find information quickly.
Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January
This week we have continued with our work on rivers. We have begun to research the River Taff that runs through Cardiff, finding some interesting geographical facts about it and how it has changed and developed over the years. In our mathematics lessons we have been converting times from analogue, digital and the 24 hour clock. We have used this skill in practical situations and to solve word problems. Don't forget to check the 'Active learn' website for maths homework and games!
We have continued to work hard this week learning even more about rivers. We have used the internet and information texts to gather facts about the lengths and depths of different rivers and have input this data onto tables and graphs.
We have also enjoyed using the technique of collaging to create images of landscapes that feature a river.
We have had a busy first week back at school after the Christmas break. In Science we have been learning about the Water Cycle.
We've also started to think about the journey of a river. We've learned a lot of new words this week. For example, tributary, mouth, source, confluence, delta, ox-bow lake, flood plain and meander. Maybe you could test your child to see if they can remember what any of these words mean!
We have also written some poems about rivers and have been trying to use personification to help us give human qualities to a river. We will upload some of our work onto here very soon for you to see.