It is our pleasure to welcome you to our class page. We’re a class full of creative intuitive minds, passionate about learning. Most importantly, here in Leo, we value and respect everyone. This page will give you an insight into what we’ve been up to in Leo, and show off some of our amazing work.
English in Leo
We began the term by looking at instruction texts and their key features. Linking this to our book for the year, George’s Marvellous Medicine, the class came up with sets of instructions, to make some of their own. From paint to beans and most things in between, all the ingredients under the sun made it into our instructions. Having mastered instructions, we moved on to explanation texts, focusing on their similarities and differences with instructions. This was a challenge, but with help from Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross, Leo were soon writing their own explanations.
It was refreshing to see the class get so creative when we moved on to Haikus for Poetry Week. We set off on a chilly walk around to play ground for inspiration, and then wrote our own Haikus about all things related to Autumn. With maturity and originality, Leo wrote thoughtful poems, full of sensory imagery and metaphor.
With the same flair and enthusiasm, Leo have been analysing fantasy texts, identifying settings, characters and context, whilst drawing links between fantasy videos and written stories. The class recognise the ways in which authors and directors create moods and atmospheres by applying various techniques. Soon, they’ll demonstrate this knowledge by writing their own fantasies, based on the music video ‘Eye of the Storm’. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1mX8
Maths in Leo
From the first day Leo have blown us away with their ability in, and enthusiasm for Maths. Knockout times tables games are always a thrilling spectacle in our class.
Leo have rapidly progressed in Maths, beginning the term with reading and writing 4 digit numbers and ending on column addition and subtraction. The class have developed an acute understanding of place value and can apply this in various contexts and problems. Rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 posed a challenge for the class but with resilience, including attending extra lunchtime sessions, we’re generally feeling a lot more confident with it.
We’re focusing on building confidence for everyone in Maths and will continue with lunchtime sessions at 1pm on a topic basis, for those that need and want extra support. Practicing times tables at home will massively help everyone in Leo with upcoming Maths topics.
Science in Leo
This year in science, we’re focusing on biology, particularly studying the human body. We learnt all about the digestive system, each organ involved and their different functions. Leo were quickly labelling detailed diagrams of the digestive system, identifying the role and position of every section. We were incredibly impressed by Leo’s knowledge of Teeth. Without any input, the class worked together to name each different type of tooth and their unique function in the mouth. With this knowledge, the class began planning an experiment, using eggshell to represent teeth. We placed eggshells in various liquids such as vinegar, coke, lemonade and coffee, to see which would decay the tooth fastest. Leo ensured the test was fairly and safely carried out.