Orca Class

Class Teacher

Miss Shurey



Congratulations to our


Autumn Term (1)

Week 1

This week in Orcas, we have been focusing on developing a growth mindset and have been working hard to improve our teamwork. We have completed lots of exciting challenges in maths which has allowed us to demonstrate the importance of listening to each other and sharing ideas. We took it in turns to share our interpretations with our teams and the outcomes were really exciting. This great level of teamwork reflected in our other lessons too!

We also started our Spanish lessons and our exciting topic of Ancient Greece! This led to lots of burning questions which we are all excited to answer in the coming weeks!

Keep up the great enthusiasm Orcas!

Week 2

This week in Orcas we have dived deeper into the lives of the Ancient Greeks! We visited a mediocre museum and discussed what we would want to show in our amazing museum at the end of our topic. We also learnt about the differences between the Spartans and the Athenians and related these to differences between us! We had some fabulous ideas and we put up a great debate on some of our thoughts! 

Week 3

This week we have been learning how to arrange 4 digit numbers in order. This was a challenge for us at it was the first time we have dealt with numbers over 1000. We also learnt our ‘Balaclava Boys’ story map with lots of fun and memorable actions. We took it in turns to perform them to our friends and earned lots of teamwork trio points. 

We have been really excited talking about going to Stubbingtom Study Centre next week! Those of us who are staying at school have also been informed of the fabulously fun activities that will be being held at school for them to participate in. We are looking forward to sharing the memories all of the fun activities with each other as a class! 

Reader of the week: Isabel M

Big Quiz winners: The Hydra 

Week 4

Group 1 Monday-Wednesday had a fabulous time at Stubbington this week. We participated in lots of different activities that required the key words of Resilience and Teamwork. These activities allowed us to make friends with children from another school and build stronger relationships with our friends from Northern Parade! On our first night, we stayed up late to go in the hide and spot badgers and foxes! We also set up animal hotels and had two guests (field mice) in our hotels which we later studied and named (Daisy and Mickey).

Amongst all of the fantastic activities, we also had free time to demonstrate our independence. To find out more about our trip, please read our diaries that we wrote during our stay! 

Orca Class captain – James R

Week 5

This week we continued our ‘Balaclava Boys’ text and learnt the structure of a wishing story. We shared lots of our own ideas to use for our class changes in preparation to write independently. Some of our ideas were really funny and interesting!

We have also been learning lots about ’rounding’. Using Numicon, Base 10 boards and number lines, we have learnt how to round 3 digit numbers to the nearest multiple of 10 and 100.

On Thursday, we went on a school trip to the Ure Museum in Reading. Here, we got to handle and study lots of different Ancient Greek pots, learn how the pots were made and what they were used for. We also learnt and experienced the role of an Archaeologist. Feel free to ask us about this to see what we can remember! 🙂

Huge well done to the children who beat their spelling and ‘beat that’ times table scores from last week!

Keep up the reading!

Reader of the week: Mia 

Class Captain: Cydnie-Rose 

Week 6

This week in Orcas we have written our own class changes to our wishing story in English. We worked really hard on including the features of our toolkit to make our writing really interesting and exciting! On Thursday, we were lucky enough to take our written stories outside around a campfire. We listened to each other’s stories and toasted marshmallows. This was really exciting and gave us opportunities to show off our fabulous work and read aloud with expression. We are looking forward to writing our own wishing stories next week!

We have also been preparing for our topic museum. As a class, we thought of exciting things we could display in our museum and have been conducting research to make sure our information is spot on! We intend to make all of our ideas ‘hands on’ and interesting as that’s what we would expect from real museums! There has been lots of planning involved and we are super excited to show our friends and family what we have been learning!

Autumn Term (2)
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