Dali Class

This week in Dali class

Monday, 15th October, 5:08 PM

With half term fast approaching, it is hard to believe that we are already one term into our learning in Dali class. 

We are finishing our block of work on Addition and Subtraction, by working on solving word problems, particularly those which require several steps to solve.  We are working with increasingly large numbers, up to 1 million, and becoming more fluent at saying and writing these bigger numbers.

The final stage of our first Mission in Big Writing Adventures is to use our computing skills to publish our biographical articles, including formatting our work into columns and adding pictures and captions.  We have spent time working on grouping sentences to form paragraphs, and using headings and sub headings to guide the reader's eye around the text. 

We are working on key spelling patterns, particularly those words that end in -tion, -sion, as well as working through the statutory Year 5 spellings.

Today we had our final Cello taster lesson - in the space of just four half hour sessions, the children have learnt to pluck and bow the strings, and have enjoyed playing a simple tune.  If your child is interested in taking up the cello, please apply via the West Sussex music service website www.westsussexmusic.co.uk.

Please use the time over half term to work with your child on their times tables skills.  Fluency in times tables with really help them with multiplication and division, which we will be moving on to after the holiday.  It is so important that children know the multiplication and division facts for each times table.  The national expectation is that they should know all tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 5, so please keep working on them.

The school is collaborating with Tilgate Park to create poppies for their display commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918. You will receive a Parent mail about this, but it is a great activity to get involved in with your child.  Please bring all completed poppies in on the first day back after the holiday.

The pictures below show the cello lessons, with the children playing the instrument or using actions to remind them of the names of the strings.


This week in Dali class

Tuesday, 2nd October, 6:22 PM

In Maths this week, we have moved on to Addition skiils.  We are reviewing column addition, and applying our skills to increasingly large numbers.  We are exploring commutativity, understanding that numbers can be added in any order for the same end result.  We are applying skills to problem solving, and explaining how we know and understand the answer to a problem.

In Writing, we are continuing with our Big Writing Adventures Mission to help Dan Johnson.  The children are exploring the features of biographies, and looking at the type of information they usually include.  We are also working on powerful ways to open sentences.  The writing task this week will be to write a mystery story.

Our Destination Reader work continues, with a focus this week on asking questions.  The children are getting more proficient at using the Destination Reader prompts with their partner when they are reading.  We are continuing to use The Nowehere Emporium as our shared read, with the children learning more about Daniel's adventures.

In Science, we will use our research skills to find out more about Mary Anning, one of the early British palaeontologists, who discovered an incredible icthyosaur in Lyme Regis over two hundred years ago.

For ways to support your child with their  learning at home, please see the Curriculum booklet which will be coming out this week, and also the Contact book which your child will bring home this Friday.  There are suggestions of activities, and a list of all the spellings they are required to know before the end of Year 6.  All work on these, and on times tables, will really help your child with their learning in school.




This week in Dali class

Monday, 24th September, 6:01 PM

This week in Dali class, we continue our work on place value, exploring multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 up to 100,000 and investigating negative numbers.  We will look at temperature changes and money, to give the children experience of negative numbers in a real life context.  Our daily CLIC mental maths practice revises times tables knowledge, and works on addition and subtraction skills.

In English, we are continuing our Big Writing Adventure, with a deadly forest fire threatening the orang-utans of Sumatra.  The  children have been tasked to write a breaking new report, alerting the public to events and persuading them to help save these endangered animals.

We have introduced a new Reading stem in Destination Reader - Clarifying.  We continue to work from The Nowhere Emporium, and have been seeing some great paired reading taking place.  The children are developing their discussion skills, talking about the text and sharing ideas.  It is lovely to see them using their discussion skills, and gestures, in other lessons throughout the day.

In Science, we will be exploring the lives of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin, and learning about the ways in which their discoveries affected our understanding of the world.

We have started to learn to play the cello!  For the next four weeks, Dali class will receive free cello lessons from West Sussex Music Services.  The children really enjoyed exploring the instruments today, and have already started to play simple tunes. 


This week in Dali class

Monday, 17th September, 5:26 PM

 Our Maths work this week is all linked to place value, working with numbers up to 100,000.  We will be comparing and ordering numbers, and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000.  We will also be practising our mental maths skills daily, though our CLIC session.

We continue to work on our first Mission with Big Writing Adventures.  The children are enjoying learning how to prepare a radio script, and focusing upon relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and rhetorical questions.  Our writing is linked to endangered animals, so you may now have an orang-utan expert in your family!

We have started our exciting new reading scheme, Destination Reader.  The children have been learning about different learning behaviours, and what makes a good active listener.  The focus is upon discussing and building opinions about different texts, and working with a partner to predict what may happen in a story.  Our focus text is 'The Nowhere Emporium', a great read from Ross Mackenzie.  Children will read every day using Destination Reader, and will also have time for individual reading in Morning activities, and during our Library slot.

In Science, we are exploring how fossils are created, and how fossils can help us learn more about living creatures in the past.   


Week commencing 2.7.18

Monday, 2nd July, 5:06 PM

WB 2.07.18

Don’t forget Sports Day on Friday at 1:30pm. Please make sure that they have their PE kit in school on this day and a water bottle! The children will be provided with a top in their house colour but will change out of this and back into their PE kit to go home in.

English Writing:

Miss Spoard’s Class

In writing this week, we are writing our stories about the adventure in the dark. We are working hard to include all of the features of writing that we have been practising this term such as fronted adverbials, conjunctions, expanded noun phrases, speech punctuation and apostrophes.

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s class

This week, we will be writing a mystery story about the peculiar events that went on at Mr Rowley’s café. We will work hard to give the reader clues without revealing too much so that the story remains mysterious until the very end. Also, we will be showing off writing features that we have learnt about this year such as relative clauses, fronted adverbials, brackets (for adding information) and expanded noun phrases.

 

English Reading:

Continuing with our recent text, ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit’, we will be using role play to infer the thoughts and feelings of characters and learning how to write in the perspective of a character (or object) from a story.

 

Maths

Miss Spoard’s class

In maths, we will be revising formal written multiplication methods including the grid method and the expanded ladder method to multiply large numbers by single-digit numbers.

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes

We will be using short division (the bus stop method) to divide and learning how to deal with remainders appropriately depending on the context.

 

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Year 5: Complete your weekly Maths and English homework. This will be given out on Thursdays and due in the following Wednesday.
  • Practise your spellings from your home learning books (this may be the Year 1 and 2 common exception words, Year 3/4 word list or Year 5/6 word list). Use the strategies we have practised in class e.g. Quickwrite, Look, Cover, Write, Check or Pyramid.
  • Complete some Book Bingo challenges and record them in your Book Bingo scorecard (don’t forget to add up your points!).
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Write a ‘What am I?’ for an object (like the tennis ball example we read in class). Can your friends, family and teacher guess the object?
  • Practise your grid method, ladder multiplication and short division. Ask an adult or sibling to give you calculations of a similar difficulty to the ones you have been completing in class.

 


WB 25.6.18

Monday, 25th June, 5:30 PM

WB 25.06.18

Year 4s who are going on Camp, we will be having a question and answer session on Tuesday morning if you have anything you are unsure about. We will give you a suggested list of things to bring that you can jot down and take home to help you pack.

 

English Writing:

Miss Spoard’s Class

In writing this week, we are planning our story for ‘Adventure in the Dark’. We are currently at the planning stage of our story and are developing details for the opening, build up, peak and ending of the story. Talk about what your ideas are for the mysterious object found in the den and your villain’s plan!

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s class

This week, we will discuss Mr Rowley’s plans for building his squirrel activity centre and plan and write a letter of explanation to the park authorities, explaining what the squirrel activity centre will include and why it will be beneficial to the local community. We will focus on using formal language, clear explanations, relative clauses and modal verbs.

 

Maths

Miss Spoard’s class

In maths, we are going to tackle some word problems involving addition and subtraction. We will make sure we are confident with using the column method to work these out. Later in the week, we will be practising using the inverse operation to check our answers.

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes

We will be multiplying large numbers using the ladder method, starting with multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and moving onto multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers (which is quite a lot harder!)

Science

In science, we are learning about water resistance. Do you remember all the stages of planning an investigation?

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise your spellings from your home learning books (this may be the Year 1 and 2 common exception words, Year 3/4 word list or Year 5/6 word list). Use the strategies we have practised in class e.g. Quickwrite, Look, Cover, Write, Check or Pyramid.

  • Complete some Book Bingo challenges and record them in your Book Bingo scorecard (don’t forget to add up your points!).

  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).

  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.

  • Make a poster about water resistance!

 


Week beginning 18th June 2018

Monday, 18th June, 4:09 PM

WB 18.6.18

 

English Writing:

Miss Spoard’s Class

In writing this week, we are looking at setting descriptions. We have been preparing WOW words and phrases to describe the countryside/woodland in the daytime and thinking about how the description would change if it was in the night time. On Tuesday, we are writing 2 contrasting paragraphs of the setting in the day, and at night. Miss Spoard is looking for some unique WOW words and descriptive features to make her go ‘WOW!’

 

Miss Lamm and Miss Harvey’s Class:

This week, we will be continuing our new mission called ‘Mystery at the Red Café’. We will be using what we learnt in class last week to write a newspaper article telling the townspeople of the strange occurrences that Mr Rowley has been experiencing at his café. After this, we will think about who the culprits are and discuss a solution to this problem focussing next on explanation texts.

 

English Reading:

Our reading lessons this week will be based on the book, ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. We will be discussing the rich, descriptive language (including lots of personification) that is used in this story, explaining the author’s language choices. We will also be making predictions using evidence from the text.

 

Maths

Miss Spoard’s class:

In maths this week, we are revising addition and subtraction. We will be practising both addition and subtraction using the column method.

 

 

Miss Lamm’s and Mrs Harvey’s classes

We will be revising areas of ‘Multiplication and Division’ including multiples, factors, common factors, prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers. We will need to understand all of this vocabulary and apply this to questions and problems.

 

Science

This week, we will continue our learning on ‘Forces’ and focus on air resistance. We will be planning and carrying out an investigation to see how the size of a parachute affects the speed at which an object falls. We will have to consider how we can make it a fair test, how we can improve the accuracy of our results and how we can present and analyse our data.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Year 5 – Complete your weekly English and Maths homework (handed out Thursdays and due the following Wednesday).
  • Practise your spellings from your home learning books (this may be the Year 1 and 2 common exception words, Year 3/4 word list or Year 5/6 word list). Use the strategies we have practised in class e.g. Quickwrite, Look, Cover, Write, Check or Pyramid.
  • Complete some Book Bingo challenges and record them in your Book Bingo scorecard (don’t forget to add up your points!).
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Research the history of Pompeii and what happened there. Can you present your findings in an interesting way?
  • Can you make your own mosaic?

Week commencing 11.06.18

Monday, 11th June, 4:42 PM

WB 11.6.18

We are very impressed with the Roman shields that the children have brought in – everyone has worked so hard to make them look amazing! We will be parading these around the playground next week and awarding certficates.

 

English Writing:

Miss Spoard’s Class

In writing this week, we will continue our new mission ‘Animated’! We are carrying on our character descriptions but this week focussing on the villain for our story. Can you talk about your villain at home and think of WOW words together?

 

Miss Lamm and Miss Harvey’s Class:

This week, we will be starting our new mission called ‘Mystery at the Red Café’. We discovered today that there have been some strange occurrences at Mr Rowley’s café. We will be working towards writing a newspaper article to tell the local people about what has been going on. We will practise writing a report of a different crime before doing this and learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion.

 

 

English Reading:

Our reading lessons this week will be based on Boudicca who led a rebellion in the Roman times. We will be reading about her and answering comprehension questions. We will also be discussing the points of view of both sides (The Iceni and The Romans) and having a debate. Finally, we will be making a WANTED poster for Boudicca based on our reading about her from a variety of sources.

 

Maths

Miss Spoard’s class

We are revising areas of our Number and Place Value including rounding, estimating and representing numbers in different ways (e.g. on a number line, using base 10 equipment or using place value counters).

 

Miss Lamm’s and Mrs Harvey’s classes

We will be recapping rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 using numbers below 1 million and applying our knowledge of rounding to different contexts. Next, we will be practising our addition and subtraction using column methods. For those of us who are already confident with this, we will be focussing on estimating and checking our answers using rounding. We will then progress onto addition and subtraction problem solving.

 

Science

In science, we are starting a new topic on ‘Forces’. We will begin with friction and investigate how friction changes on different surfaces. We will present these results as a graph and draw conclusions.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Make your Roman shield (if you haven’t already). Remember you can draw, colour and label your shield if you are unable to make it.
  • Year 5 – Complete your weekly English and Maths homework (handed out Thursdays and due the following Wednesday).
  • Practise your spellings from your home learning books (this may be the Year 1 and 2 common exception words, Year 3/4 word list or Year 5/6 word list). Use the strategies we have practised in class e.g. Quickwrite, Look, Cover, Write, Check or Pyramid.
  • Complete some Book Bingo challenges and record them in your Book Bingo scorecard (don’t forget to add up your points!).
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Research more about Boudicca – talk to your family or friends about who she was and why she was important.