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Term 2

Ancient Egyptian Class Trip - Museum of Kent Life

Silver Birch had an amazingly fun time on our trip for this term.  We were able to dress up from the period and become Ancient Egyptians.  We participated in many different workshops throughout the day.  These were: rope making, pyramid building, clothes and jewellery, city and home, entertainment for Pharaoh, medicine and magic and tombs and mummies.  We even got time to play in the exciting park and explore the rest of the Museum.  There were so many fabulous learning opportunities.  Did you know that if you had a sore eye, the physician would make a crushed pig's eye ointment and pour it into your ear!  We hope you enjoy the pictures and try to work out which picture was from which workshop.

Silverbirch Homework for Term 2 Week 1

Week 1 - we have been learning all about Place Value in numbers (Hs Ts and Us). We have used our place value knowledge to add and subtract. In SPAG we have been learning about Suffixes and the different endings we can use on root words. In Science we have introduced our  new topic of Light and the different sources we can recognise. It has been a full week of learning with eager minds at work. Well done!


Homework for this week is:

To design and plan a menu for their Egyptian restaurant. They are to include starters, mains, desserts and drinks - 5 dishes for each course. Look online to research dishes using Ancient Egyptian ingredients. Include prices for each meal. We will be creating these menus on computers during our Computing sessions.


Week 2 -  This week in SPAG we have been learning about Irregular verbs and recognising these in our reading and writing. In Science we continued our learning about Light - we were investigating Reflection and the different materials that do this. In Maths, we have continued to build on our knowledge of Hundreds, Tens and Units and adding 1s, 10s and 100s to various 3 digit numbers. We are becoming very confident and really showing a good understanding. 

On Wednesday we invited the Vicar in and she led the two minute silence for us to think about all the soldiers who fought for our freedom. We are all so thankful.

 We will continue to progress in our learning next week and will bring some smiles with us! See you then.

Week 3 - In Maths we have been learning about the Grid Method - to times and break/partition the number. We have enjoyed learning about Reflection in our Science topic of light. We investigated how to change the direction of light rays by using a mirror.  

In English we have been looking at regular verb endings and irregular verb endings. We have been trying to spot the patterns of spelling. In our RE lessons we have been reading some religious stories about Jesus and his miracles of healing. 

In our topic lessons this week we have been learning how Tutankamen's tomb was discovered.


This week we have all tried really hard to do our best and give our all to our learning. Well done! See you again next week! 


Week 4

This week has been full of exciting topics and areas of learning. We have begun to learn about light's most powerful source - The Sun and have discovered some interesting facts about it. Can you tell your family a fact about the Sun? This links with our Science unit.

In Maths, we have begun to revisit Time, and have been looking into recognising times on Analogue clocks and digital clocks (can you remember the difference?). I wonder if, while at home, you could practise learning the 24 hour clock. I will give you a few cheeky questions next week to see if anyone has had a go at home. 

In SPAG we have introduced adverbs to our sentence structure. Can you remember what an Adverb is? The children have really up-levelled their writing by adding in exciting and interesting adverbs.


Keep up the great efforts and keep smiling!!!

Tuesday 1st December 2015

We were very lucky and grateful to have Mr and Mrs Sharp come in to school to lead a series of workshops with both us and Beech class. The focus was on Ancient Egypt and the mummification process.  Mr Sharp, who is an archaeologist has actually been to Egypt to excavate a real tomb! Each group had to complete a different task so that at the end we could get the mummy ready to send to the afterlife. The tasks included bread making, amulet clay making, coffin decorating and taking organs out of the body which was rather yucky! We all had great fun and learnt many new things about this topic. Thank you again to Mr and Mrs Sharp for this wonderful experience. 

Week 5 - This week we have learnt about fractions in our maths lessons.  For example - 1/8, 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/3.

In our Topic, we have been learning about Egyptian mummification with Mr Sharp. It was brilliant fun!

In Science we looked at Shadows - how they are formed. Can you remember? Tell someone in your home all about it and if the sun shines this weekend see if you can spot different shadows. 


We have worked hard this week and still have a smile on our face ready for the Christmas Fete. See you next week!



Week 6 - This has been a great week! We have concentrated really hard to grasp Fractions and have been solving word problems. We continued to explore Light for our Science topic and investigated different materials and if they were opaque, transparent or translucent. Can you remember what these mean? Tell somebody at home. In Spag, we have discovered Homophones and have been searching for various pairs of these to develop our knowledge and spelling skills.


On Thursday, we went to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and watched the pantomime of Snow White. It was FANTASTIC!!!! We all had such a great time and are very thankful that we could go. We are looking forward to our last week of term next week and all the Christmas madness that will come with it too. See you then.