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Topic: Architecture

Ospreys Visit to Caerphilly Castle

On Tuesday this week we learned about how the Normans gradually replaced wooden Motte and Baileycastleswith heavily defended Stone Keep Castles, and today we went to visit one of the largest Norman castles in Britain. Caerphilly is a huge 12th century concentric Stone castle, surrounded by a double moat. We explored the towers, rooms and grounds of the castle, looking at the evidence of different defensive features that once kept attackers at bay. We saw a leaning tower, medieval toilets, portcullis, murder holes, lots of arrow slit windows, and a life size trebuchet and ballista.

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Literacy: Animal Adventure Stories

In our new topic we have been reading ‘The Hodgeheg’, by Dick King Smith, which tells of the adventures of a young hedgehog called Max. In a SPAG activity, we found animal names made up of compound words, using books from the school library to find as many animals as possible. We then switched the vowels in the animal names around, to create new words. Pupils then began planning to write their own animal adventure story, choosing an animal and thinking of a challenge it would need to overcome. We then made a word bank to collect adjectives, adverbs, verbs, onomatopoeic words and other useful vocabulary, before setting the scene in the opening sentences to our stories.

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PE: Mini-Rounders

In the Summer Term Ospreys are learning skills to play striking and fielding games, and we have been developing an adapted version of rounders, using a racquet and tennis ball. Pupils play in groups of five, each taking a turn to bat and bowl. A rounder is scored for a complete circuit of the cones.

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Literacy: Spring Rhyming Couplet Poetry

Over the past couple of weeks, Ospreys have been studying traditional poetry by the author, Robert Louis Stephenson. We have also looked at many poems about Spring by other authors, collecting descriptive phrases, metaphors and similes in a word bank to use in our own poetry. We created a plan for writing by collecting rhyming words, and then pairing them to make rhyming couplets. After drafting and editing our poems, we illustrated copies of our final finished poems in our Art lesson.

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Maths: Finding fractions of quantities

Ospreys this week have been learning about finding fractions of numbers. We have been revising our understanding of times tables and halving and doubling, and learning how to apply this knowledge to find fractions. We looked at the relationships between halves, quarters, eighths, and other equivalent fractions, and were able to use our colourful, new fractions resources to aid our understanding.

Ospreys have all made fantastic progress this week and were able to move on to adding and subtracting with unit and non unit fractions.

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Spanish

Every Friday, Ospreys Class is visited by Carolina, who teaches pupils Spanish. The whole lesson is in conducted Spanish, so Ospreys learn by listening carefully to a native speaker, responding to greetings, questions, and following instructions for their tasks – all in Spanish. Ospreys have recently been learning names for colours and emotions, to say how they are feeling, and this week learned how to express their opinion about different foods.

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Science: Investigating Magnetic Force

Ospreys conducted an investigation to see what materials are magnetic, and which are not. Pupils were given a selection of everyday classroom items, and asked to predict whether or not they would be magnetic, before testing each one with a magnet. We discussed fair testing and how we would measure if something was magnetic or not. Most pupils predicted that metal objects would be attracted by a magnet, but observed that not all metals were magnetic.

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Maths: measuring in Litres and Millilitres

Ospreys have been learning about different units of measurement. We did an activity to understand how these measurements are used in everyday life, by looking at a range of household liquid products that are measured in ml and L, and then ordering the measurements that we read from largest to smallest. Pupils also had to read measurements from various measuring jugs and cylinders.

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P.E. Kwik Cricket

In the Summer Term Ospreys are going to be developing their skills in striking and fielding games. In Kwik Cricket we practiced holding the bat correctly to strike the ball, and bowling underarm. We played a game in groups of five pupils, with each person batting to face three balls from each player.