We have had a great few weeks back in Gwiwer class!
In English, we learnt our new story ‘The Cloud Spinner.’ The children really enjoyed learning the story through different games, and seeing who can tell the story the best – the boys or the girls! We also used lots of adjectives to describe and compare the different characters. The class were great at ‘hot seating’ – pretending to be the different characters, and having our peers ask us questions!
Here is our story:
There was once boy who could weave magical cloth from the clouds. The boy was wise. He spun just enough thread and just enough cloth to make two scarves. One was pure white to protect from the sun. The other he wore when it was cold. It was a twist and a twirl of gold and white and crimson, soft as a mouse’s touch and warm as roasted chestnuts.
One day the King rode by and his greedy eyes noticed the wonderful scarf.
The king ordered the boy to make him such a scarf despite the boy’s warning.
So, the boy spun from morning until night. The greedy king was overjoyed but he was not satisfied! He ordered the boy to weave clothes for the Queen and the Princess.
Sadly the boy was forced to spin. He spun and he spun until the clouds became fewer and fewer.
The king was delighted with his cloak but the Princess said nothing.
Day after day no rain fell from the cloudless sky and the animals and crops began to die. The villagers pleaded for help but the king said “No”.
The Princess had a plan. She stole her father’s cloak and the other clothes.
Luckily the boy was able to unspin the magical cloth to make clouds once more. Rains fell and a huge rainbow appeared showing that order had been restored and that there was hope for the future.
In our SPaG week we had a look at the different types of words such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. We now know what the definition is and how to identify them in different sentences.
We have also gone on to write our own stories, following the cloud spinner and Miss Emmett’s story of the star spinner. The children thought carefully about all of the different words they had to include and the changes they could make.
Gwiwer class have been busy in Maths learning about how to add one and two digit numbers together. We have been using our understanding of place value and adding tens and ones to find answers to big addition problems. We have also been looking at different patterns and making mathematical patterns of our own. Finally, we have been looking at word problems and working out how to solve them.
We have launched into our topic of “blown away” which the children have already shown an interest in! We have looked at some different textures, thinking about what a cloud might feel like. After that we went outside and had a look at the different clouds we could see, which we then used to make cloud pictures. The children have also been looking at different types of clouds. See below:
Cirrus clouds are the most common of the high clouds. They are composed of ice and are thin, wispy clouds blown in high winds into long streamers. Cirrus clouds are usually white and predict fair to pleasant weather. By watching the movement of cirrus clouds you can tell from which direction weather is approaching. When you see cirrus clouds, it usually indicates that a change in the weather will occur within 24 hours.
Stratocumulus clouds are low, puffy and grey. Most form in rows with blue sky visible in between them. Rain rarely occurs with stratocumulus clouds, however, they can turn into nimbostratus clouds.
Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds that look like pieces of floating cotton. Cumulus clouds are often called “fair-weather clouds”. The base of each cloud is flat and the top of each cloud has rounded towers.
Cumulo Nimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds. High winds can flatten the top of the cloud into an anvil-like shape. Cumulo Nimbus clouds are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning and even tornadoes. The anvil usually points in the direction the storm is moving.
We have also been looking at different types of weather that can happen, and why that weather happens. The children then went on to learn about the difference between weather and climate. We had a look at the globe and identified the equator and what that means. The video we watched also told us about the Temperate Regions (where we live) and also the Polar Regions (like the arctic and Antarctic.)
In PE, we are learning about how to use our multi-skills in different activities with Miss Emmett and then we played Dodge ball with Miss Toms and the Year 6 class!
Just before fireworks night Miss Emmett told us all about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate on the 5th of November. We also learnt a poem, ask us if we can remember it!
The fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason,
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
In PSHE we have been learning about manners and random acts of kindness. The children have created a great display with the different acts they could do.
In RE we have been looking at “who is Jesus” – we have been thinking about how God creates nature and controls the weather. We drew different pictures of times when we could remember the weather and how it made us feel. We also thought about how God may have been feeling.
We will post again next week!