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2020 - 2021
Hello and welcome to Byland Class!
This half term, we will be learning a lot! Have a look at what we will be getting up to:
English - Non-chronological reports including information texts, newspapers and leaflets.
Maths - Decimals, measurement including money and time.
Science - Electricity.
Topic - The Romans.
R.E - Hinduism.
Computing - Presentation skills.
PSHCE - Becoming an Active Citizen.
P.E - Games and Athletics.
Check our page regularly to see what we have done each week!
We have been practising painting reflections this week.
It was tricky to make the reflected image identical to the actual image so we used rulers to help us by measuring each lengths accurately.
We worked really hard and we hope you like our scenes!
Protons, Neutrons and Electrons
Byland Class have blown Miss Jackson away this week with their understanding of protons, neutrons and electrons. Last week, we explored which materials were conductors and insulators but this week, we wanted to find out why? Why are metals good conductors? Ask Year 4 and they will be able to tell you!
Snakes and Ladders Karma!
We have had great afternoon in Byland Class exploring the Hindu concept of karma. We did this by creating snakes and ladders boards. The ladders represented how good actions can cause a good form of karma and the snakes symbolised how some of our not so good choices may have bad consequences and cause bad karma. It was really interesting hearing the children's ideas and great fun to play our games too!
This week, Byland class have been exploring the fierce Boudicca in their Romans topic. We had great fun researching her and have worked on creating some fantastic war speeches. Take a look at our awesome work!
We have had so much fun this afternoon exploring how electric circuits work. We tested whether different circuit examples would allow electric current to flow or not and worked out how to fix them.
We had so much fun this afternoon during our sponsored walk. Some of the children managed to complete 19 laps of the school in just one hour! We loved the different obstacles you could participate in on the way round. Well done Byland!
We have been exploring decimals today in Byland class using a place value grid. The children have created their own resources to aid their learning and use in preparation for some more challenging decimals work next week!
Egg hunting, bunny spotting and Easter garden presenting! Wow, what a busy day we have had!
A fantastic end to the term filled with laughter and joy. Have a lovely Easter everyone, from Byland Class!
More fun has been had today in Byland Class to end our fantastic Ancient Greece topic. Recently, we have been learning all about the Trojan War so today we created our own Trojan horses.
The children had to measure accurately and saw their wood very carefully to build the base. They then had to measure and saw the dowel, attach the wheels and finally, build a sturdy horse structure.
I'm sure you'll agree - they look fantastic! Well done Byland Class!
We have had a great afternoon today in Byland Class painting our Greek pots! Take a look at the children's fantastic creations and end results.
Life Cycle of a Plant
We have continued to study plants in Science this week and we have thought about the different steps of the life cycle of a flowering plant. We incorporated Art, PE and Science by drawing and acting out the processes. We even thought about the different ways that seeds are dispersed.
The plant life cycle
The plant life cycle
Byland Class have been very busy researching and producing these fantastic non-chronological reports! After practising together last week, the children then got to choose what they researched and wrote about this week.
Take a look, there are some really interesting facts in there!
This week, we started our new R.E unit. We have started to learn about the Muslim faith and where Islam originated. Our posters show off our learning beautifully- don't you agree?!
Mental Health Week
As a school, we have taken part in Children's Mental Health Week. The theme for this year was 'Express yourself', so we thought about how we might dress to express, draw to express and dance to express!
Our topic unit for this half term is The Ancient Greeks. We have been busy creating fact files, temples and comic strips to retell myths.
Plants and Living Things
We have fully immersed ourselves in Science this half term! We have learned all about different habitats, classification keys, how to prevent damage to different habitats, as well as vertebrates and invertebrates.
It was lovely to end the year with a PSHCE day, learning about how to keep ourselves safe.
We learned about how to stay safe online, common risks we are most likely to face and how to prevent them. Staying safe, happy and healthy is very important for us all.
Christmas Tree Decorations
How amazing are these Christmas tree decorations the children made in class today?
We had to work so hard and be very focussed to measure the wood accurately, saw it carefully, paint and decorate each wooden section and then glue them all together to create our fantastic decorations.
Great work Byland Class!
Stone Age Diaries
Take a look at how impressive the children's Stone Age diaries are that they wrote this week! We have been learning all about diaries over the past couple of weeks. Today, we put it all into practice and created a fantastic diary display. I'm sure you'll agree, their work is awesome!
Maths Scavenger Hunt
We had so much fun hunting for questions outside today! We had to find them and work out the answers in our teams to unlock the secret code. The questions all related to what we have been learning about in class this week - multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.
The children in Byland Class have had so much fun learning about Stonehenge. We created Powerpoint presentations and presented them to the rest of the class. We learned a lot about how to use special effects such as transitions and animations.
We had a great afternoon in Byland Class finding out about the features of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks! We even got to look at 12 different rocks and work out which type they were. Take a look!
Stone Age Jewellery
Byland Class had a brilliant time creating Stone Age jewellery this week out of sour dough. The children made teeth, stones, bones and shells that look just like they did in the Neolithic era! ⭐️
Congratulations to the first children in Byland Class to receive their pen licences!
The impact humans have made on the natural environment is astonishing.
In Byland Class, we have been learning about how and why to care for our environment.
We drew pictures to show how humans have changed the planet and discussed the positives and negatives to our actions.
To explore Creation and the wonderous world we live in, we painted some beautiful watercolour artwork and wrote a few words about what we are thankful for in our world.
The results were fantastic and it was lovely to hear what all the children appreciate most on our beautiful planet.
Black History Month
Byland Class created poetry based on Maya Angelou's work to celebrate Black History Month.
We also looked at pictures and videos from Leeds West Indian Carnival and created our own fantastic head piece suitable for a carnival king or queen! Take a look below:
The children in Byland Class really enjoyed mapping out familiar fairy tales onto a story mountain. This helped us all understand how to create a good story structure and plot. We can't wait to write our stories next week! 📖
Stone Age Cave Art!
Byland Class have had a great time creating cave art from the Stone Age.
We looked closely at Lascaux Cave in France and completed research about it too!
Have a look at the children's awesome work.
As we all know, fractions can be very tricky to master.
But, Byland class have absolutely blown Miss Jackson away this week with how well they have responded to some quite tricky learning!
What a fantastic day we have had learning about our healthy lifestyles!
We wrote letters to a girl who needed our help, offering our advice and guidance.
Next, the children created self portraits and their peers wrote some of their good qualities around the image which are now displayed in a beautiful class book.
In the afternoon, Byland got to taste different fruits and rank them from best to worst to encourage the children to lead healthy lives and make good food choices.
Which magnet is the strongest?
In science, we completed an experiment to find out which magnets were the strongest.
We attached a paperclip to a piece of wool and stuck that piece of wool to the table with tape.
We then held a magnet above the paperclip to see if it would hover. If it did, it meant the magnet was strong and had a large magnetic field.
In today's P.E lesson, we completed different fitness exercises and listened to songs too.
It was great fun, we were all very tired! Look at everyone's red faces...
Thank you Byland Class for working so hard to create such a brilliant assembly.
We loved hearing about everything that you have learnt in your topic work so far and seeing some amazing Egyptian moves!
Maths open lesson
Thank you parents for coming in to see our maths lesson today!
First, we had an exciting competition using crackers to create shapes with different areas.
After that, we then created signs using square lettering.
Once our signs were complete, we worked out the area of each letter and each colour used.
The children had great fun, thank you for coming!
Byland try Yoga!
In P.E, Byland class have been learning different yoga poses.
The moves are based around African animals.
In small groups, the children created different routines and performed to the rest of the class.
Awesome work today!
Byland get Creative!
Today, Byland class released their creativity as part of a PSHCE morning.
We discussed what makes our class special and how we are all different, but together we make a team.
Everyone got to create their own 'We are' statement card to decorate our class door.
Great work Byland! Together, we are better!
Byland have been enjoying learning different yoga positions
and creating routines to show to the whole class.
Byland class had a great time celebrating at their Christmas party.
What a fantastic first term it's been; we are all looking forward to the next!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As part of our topic based on the Victorians, we created a popular toy called a thaumatrope.
It works by drawing two related images on either side of a round piece of card and attaching two pieces of string to either side.
You then twist the string rapidly to create the illusion of a moving image.
We really enjoyed making them as a class!
We have been learning how to make quizzes using 'Scratch'.
It has been very fun creating algorithms, designing a scratch character, adding a background to the quiz and using special effects.
We based the quiz on our times tables so that we could test our partners on them!
Thank you so much to the children in Byland class for working so hard to create the Christingle service oranges! We had so much fun making them with Mrs Williams.
We learned about what each item symbolises and why Christingle is celebrated every year.
Using watercolours, we recreated the scene of Fagin's Den.
There are lots of cloths hanging from the ceiling over a burning fire that keeps everyone warm.
It's not the tidiest place to live because so many orphan boys stay there!
Have a look at some of our designs:
In P.E, we are improving our fitness by completing circuit training.
We have been learning how to use the correct technique when doing exercises such as squats, sit ups and press ups.
It has been so much fun, we also get to listen to music in these sessions.
What a fantastic time we have had looking at different animals today!
Nick from 'Project Wild' visited the whole school and showed us four different animals.
Some of us were brave enough to hold them!
We had a great day learning all about healthy relationships.
Our activities were based on a silent movie about a robot named Jack who didn't have and friends or family.
As a class, we discussed what a good friend is and designed the perfect robot friend for Jack.
We also discussed different families and how many families look different, but share the same love.
Thank you so much to any parents who came into school this afternoon. The children loved making their friend catchers with you!
House Points Cup Winners!
We've only gone and won it!!!
Mental Health Awareness Day!
As well as knowing how to look after our bodies, it is just as important to be able to look after our minds.
Today, the children in Byland class created a booklet all about themselves.
We discussed what mental health was and the different ways we can look after ourselves.
We then created drawings of ourselves with happy, healthy brains.
Thank you so much to the children from Rievaulx for listening to Byland class today.
The older children are so dedicated to helping others in the school.
They have organised this themselves. Amazing, well done!
Keeping Safe Online
Byland class proved today that they know how important it is to keep safe online.
Have a look at the rhyme they created about using search engines correctly.
I am very impressed!
In English, we are learning to improve our writing by using adverbs to describe verbs.
We completed an adverb hunt around the classroom, linking them to verbs and creating interesting sentences.
We now know how to effectively use adverbs in our writing.
Mixing English with P.E
Byland class have had great fun in P.E. They have been building different letters using their bodies.
They had to work well in a team and communicate clearly and quickly.
Their challenge was to build the letter 'Y' in complete silence.
Have a look at their success below:
Today, the whole school completed a sponsored walk.
In total, Byland walked over 60 miles! Well done!
Black History Month
On Monday 30th September, we began our celebrations for Black History Month.
We created four different pieces of artwork based on Abdul Karim, who worked closely with Queen Victoria during her reign.
Abdul Karim was originally from India, but worked hard to become successful in England.
Take a look at the beautiful pieces of art Byland class have made:
Victorian Street Descriptions
This week, we have been writing some fantastic descriptions about a Victorian street setting.
The children have used adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification AND expanded noun phrases to describe their street. Wow... what a list!
I am so impressed with the work they have produced.
If you would like to read them, take a look at our display in the entrance hallway.
Byland class have been learning about the various jobs children in Victorian England had to do.
Each group created a freeze frame to represent a different job.
Have a look at the children's facial expressions and body language.
Do you think they're enjoying their new employment?
Byland Class Trip - Royal Armouries
To support our learning about the Ancient Greeks, we visited the Royal Armouries where we took part in two workshops. It has been an absolutely fantastic day!
Our Digestive System!
Our PSHCEE day has been very busy! We have learnt about money and banks as well as budgeting and charities.
Red Nose Day 2019
Our superstar class mates have worked hard to write comics and stories. One of us has also designed and made a board game inspired by his story! We can't wait to have a read and a play! Well done!
Hot Seating the Creation of the World
A super example of our Computing unit - We are researchers! We can now change a slide background, choose a font type, add animation and copy and paste pictures from the internet. Super Job!
Byland Class Blueprints
We know how to stay safe online!
Knowing that choices have consequences
Byland class has been learning about persuasive texts and we have learned about the different elements that are involved in writing a good argument. We have also used adverts to identify how companies try to encourage us to buy their products.
All through November, Byland have learned how to use Bar models when solving word problems. We have learned that we can use them for addition, subtraction and multiplication. Super Job!
As part of our geography project, we learnt about volcanoes and how they are formed. We then designed our own volcano and researched some ingredients we could use to make it erupt! On Italian day, we all gathered together, prepared the materials and our volcano erupted magnificently!