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Archive | 2017

Crazy Hair Day

We have had great fun today with our crazy hair. The class rooms were full of colour and glitter.

 

This has been another week packed full of learning. We have been learning about how authors create cohesion across and within paragraphs, this involves using adverbials and conjunctions that take the reader on a journey through the text. In mathematics we have been studying short division, as well as developing our fluency skills. We are designing games in computing and musical instruments in DT.

 

In order to make our musical instruments we need junk modelling materials. The children have designed their instrument and have been encouraged to think about what they will need to make it. We will be starting next week, so if we could have your recycling that would be very helpful.

 

Have a great weekend.

Dance for the stars!

Year 5 have been very busy learners this week!

 

In PE, each class has begun to learn a class dance that they will slowly adapt. As part of our citizenship and continuing business enterprise skills, the children this week developed their understanding of the terms ‘loan’, ‘income’ and ‘expenditure’. They used their loan money to decide which toppings they should buy. The children were also extending their scientific vocabulary to describe the properties of materials.

 

In maths, we have noticed how the children have progressed greatly this week with developing their understanding of short and long multiplication.

 

In literacy, the children retold chapter two of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ through a diary entry. The children sequenced events and practiced their grammar and vocabulary skills before writing.

 

Alan Sugar and Dragons!

During this half term we may find ourselves a developing mini Alan Sugar. In teams, the children began the process of designing a new biscuit business. So far, they’ve created a name, a logo and target audience for their new biscuit. This is to help the children learn about the terms loan, interest, income and expenditure. Each week the businesses will face a new challenge to overcome and will have to make some difficult decisions. Watch out McVitie’s!

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This week, the classes have begun reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, who has also recently written the terrific and magical ‘The Wizards of Once’. They’ve analysed the changing perception of the main character Hiccup and described their own dragon. Finally, the children summarised the story through pictures.

In maths, the children have been developing their confidence of using and talking about decimals. We have played games to help us: become fluent in using the vocabulary (tenths, hundredths and thousandths); order numbers up to 3 decimal places and compare them.

Homework was sent home today and should be returned for Thursday 16th November.

Dragons, Trolls and Unicorns

This week, the children have continued studying discussion texts. Together we wrote ‘Should Trolls be kept as Pets?’ and the children used this to help them write about a creature or animal of their own. Most decided that it would be reasonable to keep a unicorn or sea monster as a pet; maybe something for the Christmas list?

 

Within maths, we have explored different strategies to help us with mental multiplication and division such as partitioning and using our existing times tables knowledge to help us calculate the product for those we don’t know.

 

Next half term will bring some dragons, business enterprise, mysteries, dance and cooking!

 

For the first week back, please could your child bring in an item that demonstrates a texture (e.g. smooth, rough, fuzzy).

 

Today the children were given their homework (to be handed back on Thursday 2nd November) which includes 2 maths tasks and to write a diary entry.

Should dragons be kept as pets?

This week the children have been playing games and learning (by drawing pictures) the discussion  text ‘ Should dragons be kept as pets?’ They played games to help them understand some of the new vocabulary. Next, they will use their text maps to re-write the discussion. In maths, they have been learning about the properties of numbers including factors, multiples and prime. Homework was sent last Friday and will need to be in next Thursday 19th October.

Literacy and lamps

This week in literacy we have been enjoying reading a selection of poems about school from the book Please Mrs Butler and creating our own versions. In maths, we have been working on solving word problems involving all of the operations.

On Thursday, Transition Day, the children thoroughly enjoyed meeting their new teachers and spending time in their new Year 5 classrooms.

The children finally completed their Egyptian lamps this week and have now taken them home. They’ve been highly enthusiastic throughout this topic and should all be proud of their work!

Have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Poetry and PE

This week in literacy the children have been reading the poem ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg and taking part in various performing and writing activities which they have really enjoyed. In maths, we have been working on both mental and written strategies for solving calculations involving multiplication and division.

It’s been glorious weather and the children have been practising their athletics skills in PE in preparation for our Sports Day which takes place on Tuesday 18th July.

School reports were passed to your child to take home today.
Have a lovely weekend.

Grammar and arithmetic

This week the children have focused on grammar and arithmetic.

In literacy we have been looking at embedded clauses and determiners.

In maths, we have been choosing the best strategy for addition or subtraction.

Homework was sent out today and is due on Wednesday 12th July.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Fractions and decimals

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In maths this week we have continued to work on fractions by finding quantities of fractions and looking at decimal equivalents.

In literacy we have been working on developing our sentence building skills through the use of conjunctions to extend and vary our ideas.

Our new topic in Design and Technology has really appealed to the children and they have all created excellent designs for their Egyptian lamps. It looks set to be an exciting project.

Short reminder: Homework is due in on Wednesday 28th June.

Here are a few photos from our Egyptian experience visitors last week which we were unable to upload last week due to technical trouble – enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend.

Egyptians

The children have had a great week, exploring Egyptian artefacts and enjoying their Egyptian Day.  Their costumes were fantastic, so thanks very much to all parents and carers for your support.

 

Homework was sent out today. It is due back in school by Wednesday the 28th of June.

 

Next week, due to play performances at school, Year 4 will be having their P.E. lesson on Tuesday and Wednesday. Could children please have their P.E. kit in school for those days.