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👋🏼Hello, Erin and Jack here. 

We want to tell you what we have been up to in our class this week.


In English, we read chapters 3 and 4 of Oliver Twist. We have been writing letters. First, we identified the key features of a letter, like where the addresses and date goes. We know that if you know the person you are writing to you sign it off 'Yours sincerely,' but if you do not know them you put 'Yours faithfully,'. Then, we wrote one to Mr Brownlow from the perspective of Oliver Twist explaining what happened after he left Mr Brownlow's house to pay for the book. 


In maths, we have started learning our times tables. This week the year 4's have been multiplying and dividing by 6 and 9. The year 3's have been multiplying by 3 and 4.


In history, we are learning about the Victorian’s. We learnt about the jobs the children did in the Victorian era, we think they did all the worst  jobs (poor children!). Some of the jobs were: working in coal mines (trappers), mill and factory workers, being a housemaid for richer families and of course a chimney sweep. Lots of children got hurt or even killed doing some of these jobs. Poor children didn’t get to go to school and richer children were mostly educated at home until 1870 when an Education Act was passed that said children 5-12 had to go to school but they still weren’t free so lots of poor children still didn’t go. We could tell you lots more about this but let’s moe on...

In computing we are working on PowerPoints about everything we are learning about the victorians. So far there are slides about: Queen Victoria, Victorian houses, Victorian schools and Victorian children. 

In science we are still learning about electricity. We looked at different appliances and sorted them into ones that are mains powered or battery powered. We know about AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) and also about the primary energy sources that make electricity (fossil fuels, wind and hydro, solar, geothermal and nuclear). Mrs Hooper also rubbed balloons on our heads to make static electricity 🎈


In art we made the tiles we designed in the style of William Morris. We paint them next week.


We also had a p.e lesson doing circuit training, an phse lesson about anti-bullying week, A music lesson singing consider yourself from Oliver Twist and forest school and French with Mrs Leader.

What a fun week, thanks for reading 😊

2nd November 2020 


On Monday we had a special day to launch our new topic which is The Victorians. We learnt all about Victorian houses and their key features such as sash windows and bargeboards. Then we used empty cereal boxes to make our own Victorian houses with a partner. It was a mixture of history, d.t, art and even maths because we had to do lots of measuring to make sure it looked equal. Here are some photographs of our day.


by Oak Class 





12th October - 16th October.


Hello, it's Charlie and Mabel. We want to tell you about what we've been up to this week in Oak...



We have been writing a biography about the author Ted Hughes. First, we looked at a real biography and picked out the key features. Then, we used the internet to research facts about Ted Hughes. Next, we planned our biography. Finally, we wrote our own version.



This week, Year 3 have been adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers. Year 4 have been adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers. We have all had a go at using column subtraction, we have even had to exchange which can be tricky! We use place value counters to help us.



In art we have been making Christmas cards. We drew robins and painted them using water colours.



In P.E we have been doing more hockey. The skills we have learned so far are how to correctly hold a hockey stick, dribbling, tackling safely and passing. We played an Indian Dribble Relay and Rob the Nest.



We have been looking at magnets and their magnetic poles. The two poles of a magnet are South and North.



We learned about coding and had a go at programming on a website called Blocklygames.



We are still learning about the religion Judaism and this week we learned about what Jewish people have in their houses and how they live.


Thanks for reading!

Bye cheeky