Weekly Update

Beech class have had a brilliant time learning about the Anglo Saxons over the last few weeks!

Last week we wrote about Anglo Saxon brooches for our ‘Liss Museum’ to describe the brooches we made on Friday. We wrote in great detail about who wore it and where it was found.

This week we have been writing Anglo Saxon diary entries, just like the one Miss Duncan borrowed from a museum. We wrote about what we would have done if we were Anglo Saxon children.

 

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 16.12.16

 

Well here we are at the end of the Autumn Term. It has been a long but productive time for the children. They have enjoyed immensely their topics of Ancient Egyptians and The Stone Age. We have seen fantastic Egyptian scarab beetles as well as designs for Stone Age felt purses. The children have covered both wonderful dances and poised gymnastics in PE and have turned their hand to some brilliant French as the Year 4s have served at the French Café and the Year 3s have sung for their audience. The Year 3s have been looking at the sounds and melodies of Hall of the Mountain Kings and the Year 4s have been working really hard at their Samba for the Listen to me Concerts.

The climax of the term has been the wonderful Panto Crime pantomime and the Listen to Me Concerts. The children performed so well in both they were a credit to the school.

As we reach the end of this term, we say goodbye to Mr Costello who is leaving us. He has been with Liss Junior for 4 years and has enjoyed every one of them. He extends his very best wishes and thanks to all the parents and children that have worked with him these past 4 years. Thank you.

 

English

This week the year 3s have been finishing their Dragon poems and looking forward to starting a fresh genre in the new term.

The year 4s have been finishing their work on the stories of Roald Dahl. Next term they will be studying Diaries and recounts.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at puzzles and problems relating to Christmas. Next term they will again be looking at numbers and number problems and will be sharpening their strategies for solving both. The years 4s have been producing some great weather reports. Next term they too will be looking at numbers and number problems and will be looking to use appropriate strategies to check and find solutions for both.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday. They will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables each week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 9.12.16

 

The penultimate week has been a very busy and exciting week. The classes have been finishing off the clay scarab beetles with glaze and have fired them in the kiln. They have then evaluated the process of making them, looking at the design and production of the clay beetles. They look great!

The classes have also been finishing off their termly topics. The year 3s have been looking at Iron Age settlements and investigating what life was like three thousand years ago. The year 4s have been looking finally at life as it can be interpreted from the artefacts left behind from Ancient Egypt. They have been comparing such different lives as those of scribes, noblemen, priestesses and Pharaohs.

But the main focus of the week has been the Christmas production of Panto Crime.  The children have been busy rehearsing for the performances later in the week. They have been rehearsing the songs that accompany the play. And those members of the Lower Juniors lucky enough to have been cast in the production, have been busily rehearsing their lines. As we come to the end of the week, the dress rehearsal on Wednesday to the adults who volunteer in the school, was a great chance to see it for the first time. And on Friday, many LJs will be coming back to school to sing, when it is their turn to entertain their parents and carers to a wonderful production.

English

This week the year 3s have been writing about dragons. They have studies Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris and have written their own stories in the same style. This coming week they will be looking at Dragon poetry.

The year 4s have been looking at stories by the author, Roald Dahl. They have looked at the language, content and style of the stories. This coming week they will look at extracts of these stories and will be writing in a similar style.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at lines and shape. This coming week they will be looking at Christmas money problems. The year 4s have been looking weather data. They have looked at temperature and sunshine records of Liss and Kafuro as well as recording data from our own weather station here at Liss School. This final week, they will be presenting and comparing data in a variety of ways and producing their own weather reports.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday. They will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables each week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 2.12.16

 

With two week before the end of this first Autumn term, the Lower Juniors have been working hard preparing for all the end of term activities. The year 4s have been working hard to prepare for the Listen to Me concert on Tuesday 13th December. The theme is Samba and we are all looking forward to hearing those South American rhythms.

They have also been working hard to perfect their performances for the Christmas Panto, Panto Crime, which will be performed to the school on Wednesday 7th December and for families and friends on the evening of Friday 9th December. Book your tickets now!

Also, all year 3 and 4 children are really needed to supply the dramatic music for the performances. So we hope as many as possible will turn up at school on Friday evening to sing at the performance.

It has also been an exciting week for Elm Class who have had their annual trip to Winchester Cathedral for the special schools Carol concert.

Also, Ash and Oak have had a great trip, on a very frosty day, to Butser Ancient Farm. They have seen how life in the Stone Age must have been and have experienced working in Stone Age housing and made Chalk carvings. Although it was frosty, the sun came out and all had a very exciting day there.

English

This week the year 3s have been looking at Dragon tales and have had the excitement of handling a dragon egg!? This coming week they will be exploring writing about dragons.

The year 4s have been writing and editing their humorous poems. They have used the style of another poet and have been describing in poetic form many different monsters that have eaten their teacher! This coming week they will be looking at comparing stories by the same author, Roald Dahl.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at art by Kandinsky. They have been describing line and shape. The year 4s have been looking weather data. They have looked at temperature and sunshine records of Liss and Kafuro as well as recording data from our own weather station here at Liss School. Next week they will be presenting and comparing data in a variety of ways.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday. They will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables each week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

 

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Class Beech and Willow spellings week commencing 28.11.16

attached the spellings for this week.

Spellings 28.11.16

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Lower School News W/E 25.11.16

 

We are over half way to the end of the term and the Lower Juniors have been busy working on their topics, their PE and their PSHE.

The classes have been preparing their scarab beetles, ready for the kiln. The classes have finished moulding them and waiting for them to dry out so that they can be fired. And they have been painting a glaze on the fired pottery so that it can be fired a second time and come out with a wonderful lustrous glaze.

In, PE the classes have been working hard to perfect gymnastic routines so that they can perform and improve them. We have seen some wonderful routines with poise and balance which incorporate stretching and curling.

In PSHE, the classes have been reflecting this week on the anti-bullying week thoughts and what this means in our school. Some of the classes have been producing pictures of scenes of bullying so that different types of bullying can be discussed.

But the real excitement in the LJs this week has been the rehearsals for the Christmas production. Many LJs have roles this year and are busy many nights after school polishing their performances for the forthcoming event.

English

This week the year 3s have continued to look at life in Skara Brae, the Stone Age village. They have been writing reports on the Stone Age settlement and been thinking about the features of reports so that they produce interesting and factual accounts of life in this remote place.

The year 4s have been exploring humorous poems. They have looked at poems by a number of poets. They have looked at the language and form of the poems. They have been performing their own poems and discussing humour in them. This coming week they will be writing their own poems.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at fractions numbers. Next week they will be looking at more fractions and puzzles and word problems involving fractions. The year 4s have been looking at problems involving fractions. They have investigated pictures and word problems and used their fraction knowledge to unpick these problems. Next week they will be looking at weather data and will be presenting it in a variety of ways.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday. They will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables each week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 18.11.16

 

The third week of the half term has come to an end, and what an exciting week it has been! The Year 3s have been busy looking at Stone Age artefacts which tell them something about life in the Stone Age. They have explored life in Skara Brae and looked at what life must have been like for its inhabitants. They have looked at the stone structure of their buildings, unusual for Stone Age, and have looked at some of the artefacts gathered there. They have also been looking at and handling a stone hand axe which is believed to be at least 100,000 years old and maybe even as old as 500,000 years. It was made not by our ancestors but by Neanderthals a close relative of ours.

The year 4s have continued to look at life in Ancient Egypt. They have been looking at the hieroglyph language of the Ancient Egyptians and have been creating Cartouches with their names in hieroglyphs on them.

But the main excitement this week has been The French Café. All the weeks of work learning to ask and answer questions in French finally came to fruition, when the Years 3 and 4 ran and performed in their own French café. The year 3s were fantastic as the entertainers for the afternoon. The year 4s, dressed in their waiter uniform, took orders in French and served at tables faultlessly despite the difficulties of a power cut. It was a lovely afternoon. And despite having no sound system to sing to, Mr Redshaw stepped in to save the day, and played on his guitar. A big thank you to him and all the parents and volunteers who were there to support the children.

English

This week the year 3s have been looking at life in Skara Brae, the Stone Age village. This coming week they will begin to look at the language of report writing so that they can write about the village.

The year 4s have been exploring humorous poems. They have looked at poems by a number of poets. They have looked at the language and form of the poems. Next week they will begin writing their own poems.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at fractions of shapes. Next week they will look at fractions of numbers. The year 4s have been investigating fractions of shapes and numbers. Next week they will be looking at problems involving fractions.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 11.11.16

 

As we come to the end of the second week of this half term, the children have today listened to stories of heroic deeds and great sacrifice as they have observed Remembrance Day. The school council representatives from the Lower School went down to the War Memorial in Liss and represented the school for Remembrance Day.

This week the year 4 children have all been working hard to design scarab beetles which they will be making out of clay. They have created sturdy designs which they can mould effectively. They have also created hieroglyphs of their names which they can include on their beetles.

Next week the Lower Juniors will be hosting the French Café: on Thursday, Oak and Beech will be in the hall singing and serving food. And on Friday it will be the turn of Ash and Willow. The year three classes have been working hard to learn the songs that they will be performing to the guests at the Cafe. The year 4s have been polishing up the French they will need to use to take orders and serve people politely. We all look forward to it with great anticipation.

Finally, the Year 3s are looking forward to their trip on 1st December to Butser Ancient Farm. They will be linking this trip to their studies of Stone Age peoples and will learn something about life in those ancient Neolithic times.

 

 

English

This week the year 3s have planned and written information texts on how to make felt for Stone Age purses. This coming week they will start to look at report writing so that they can write a report on Skara Brae. The year 4s have been planning and writing their own reports on Mummification. Next week both will be reading and performing Humorous Poetry.

Maths

In maths this week the year 3 classes have been looking at interpreting and presenting data. Next week they will be looking at fractions for the first time this year and will be investigating what the term fraction means. The year 4s have been investigating fractions of shapes and numbers. Next week they will be looking at addition and subtraction of fractions.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 4.11.16

 

The first week back after half term has been full of exciting things.  The Year 3s have been finishing off their wonderful pottery scarab beetles and the year 4s have   been investigating the significance of the scarab beetle to the Ancient Egyptians. How they portrayed it as a creature with power to move the sun across the sky and how it gave them power and life.

They have also been using movement and control as they start their new PE topic, Gymnastics. They have practiced setting up apparatus and using it to move and turn in different ways across the floor.

In history, the year 3s continue to look at The Stone Age and have been learning about how long ago the Stone Age was. The year 4s continue to look at life in ancient Egypt. They have compared ancient drawings and described the differences they can see in the different occupations that were around then.

In RE the Lower Juniors have started looking at the Christmas story. With only a few more weeks to go before the end of term, Christmas is nearly here and the children have been revisiting the reasons why Christmas is so important for Christians.

 

 

English

This week the year 3s have continued looking at Information texts as they prepare to write instructions on how to make felt for Stone Age felt purses. The year 4s continue to look at Report writing and the features and language of reports. Next week both will be writing texts based on what they have learnt this week.

Maths

In maths this week the classes have looked at multiplication. Next week they will be looking at fractions for the first time this year and will be investigating what the term fraction means.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets, Ed City work or Times Tables Rock Star. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s also have spellings and tables this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week.

Times tables Rock Stars: As a new adventure, they have been given a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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Lower School News W/E 21.10.16

 

The week has been full of exciting things as we arrive at half term.

The children have been busy finishing off Design and Technology work. The year 4s have been making Pneumatic Moving Monsters which look very realistic as their mouths gape open. The Year 3s have been using clay to create fabulous Scarab Beetles which they will be glazing and firing in the kiln as soon as possible.

Also, the Lower Juniors have continued to look   Animals including Humans in science. They have looked at the digestive system of creatures and identified the various organs that make up this system. They have looked at the importance of teeth to digestion and have started to create models of teeth. They will finish this investigation by looking at food chains and the role of   producers and consumers, prey and predators in such chains.

In French they have started their preparation for The French Café. The year 4s will again be the waiters and the Year 3s will be singing to the café. They will start in earnest next half term and will have a couple of weeks before they need to be word perfect!

But the highlight of this week has been the whole school trip to St Marys Church for Harvest Festival. Many parents were there to see their children sing the songs of harvest beautifully. The Rev Chris officiated and the Lower Junior classes presented their ideas on regional produce. The classes talked about apples, peas, carrots, watercress and vineyards with a strong theme of local produce. The church was full and it was lovely to see so many parents there supporting the event.

As we end this first half term, we wish everybody a restful week and look forward to family consultations on Tuesday and Thursday of the week we get back. You can book your time to see a teacher via the internet and we look forward to meeting you all then.

 

English

This week the children have looked at report writing. They have identified features of report writing and have looked at different types of report including newspaper articles. When they return they will continue to look at the language of reports with the intention of writing their own report on mummification.

Maths

In maths this week the classes have looked at multiplication and division. They have looked at ways to check their answers and have been doing some investigations and puzzles involving division and multiplication. Next term they will start by looking at investigations based on logic.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week the year 4s have been set a maths puzzle. The Year 3s have also been set homework to bring in descriptions of their perfect sandwiches. And they can independently look on Education City for many fun activities.

The Year 3 s and 4s will also be bringing home spellings and tables this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from table’s challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

 

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