Dali Class

WB 12.3.18

Monday, 12th March, 4:12 PM

WB 12.3.18

English

Writing: In writing, we are finishing our stories and editing to improve. We will be looking to see if we have included fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and also punctuating speech correctly.

Reading: In reading, we will begin our new unit for English. Linking to our topic ‘India’, we are going to be focusing on the poverty in the country and the children who search for items at landfill sites. We will be investigating different ‘characters’ who spend their days in landfill sites and explore their thoughts and feelings.

GPS: We are continuing to look at the correct punctuation of speech, using inverted commas and other punctuation marks.

 

Maths

In maths, we are learning how to measure, estimate and convert different units for measure. For example, converting metres into centimetres, millilitres into litres and grams into kilograms.

 

Science

In science, we will be thinking back to what we did at Tilgate; discussing and writing up what we learnt.

Spanish

We are completing our letters to our Spanish pen friends, responding to their questions.  We will also explore vocabulary linked to describing ourselves, focusing upon the features of the head – face, teeth, ears and eyes.

 

Topic

As we have learnt about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, we are going to role play a debate in the perspective of Gandhi and the British Government. We will be thinking about the opinions and beliefs on either side.

 

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.

·         Go shopping with your grown ups and practise calculating how much change from a pound for each article.  Can you work out how much all the shopping will cost before the till does?

·         Look for examples of speech in books you read this week.  How is it written? How is it punctuated? What other words for ‘said’ have they used?

 

 


Week commencing 5.3.18

Tuesday, 6th March, 5:37 PM

English

 

Writing: We are developing our own versions of the Cinderella story, using ideas from our text The Girl in the Forest, and focusing on developing description and detail in our writing.

Reading: We are continuing to read ‘Seasons of Splendour’ by Madhur Jaffery. It is a series of myths, tales and legends from India.  We have explored parallels with traditional tales from other countries. 

GPS: We are looking at the correct punctuation of speech, using inverted commas and other punctuation marks.

 

Maths

In maths, Miss Spoard’s class are focusing upon money and word problems, whilst Miro and Dali class continue to work on fractions, decimals and percentages, looking at word problems.

 

Science

This week, we are visiting Tilgate Park for a practical workshop in the nature centre, exploring how different living creatures are classified.

 

Spanish

We are completing our letters to our Spanish pen friends, responding to their questions.  We will also explore vocabulary linked to describing ourselves, focusing upon the features of the head – face, teeth, ears and eyes.

 

Topic

We are learning about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, to understand how important his work was in the history of the fight for independence of India.

 

 

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.
  • ·         Go shopping with your grown ups and practise calculating how much change from a pound for each article.  Can you work out how much all the shopping will cost before the till does?
  • ·         Look for examples of powerful description in books you read this week.  It could be description of a place or of a character.  How does the author let you know how the characters are feeling?  Do you know whether they are good or bad from the way they walk, talk or behave?  Think how you could apply some of the ideas you find to your own story.
  • ·         Find out more about the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi.  Did his children play a part in the history of India?

wb 26.2.18

Monday, 26th February, 5:44 PM

English

Guided reading/writing

We will be preparing for story writing by comparing the settings, characters and plots from the stories of ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Girl in the Forest’, discussing the similarities and differences between the two stories. Using  ideas from these two stories, we will plan the characters and settings for our own stories and then use a similar structure to plan our story plot. We will begin writing our stories, focussing first on describing characters and settings effectively in our story opening.

GPS

We will be analysing an extract of text from ‘The Girl in the Forest’, finding grammar and punctuation that we will need to use in our own story writing including fronted adverbials and apostrophes for possession.

Maths

Miss Spoard’s class

We will continue our learning on decimals, finding decimal equivalents for given fractions and also using decimals in the context of money.

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes

In Maths this week, we will continue our learning on decimals, including solving problems with decimals and then we will move onto learning about percentages, understanding how they work and learning to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages e.g. 50% = ½ = 0.5.

 

Science

After learning about the life cycles of animals last week, this week we will be learning about the life cycle of plants and how they reproduce.

 

RE

We will be learning about the Gods and Goddesses that are worshipped in Hinduism (one of the main religions in India).

 

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.

-          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.

-          Discuss your story idea with an adult at home and ask for feedback. Can they suggest any new ideas? Collect some interesting words (e.g. adjectives to describe your main character or to describe your setting) that you could use in your story writing.

-          Choose a Hindu god or goddess to research in detail. Present the information that you find in an interesting way e.g. a poster, a Powerpoint presentation or a poem. 


WB 20.2.18

Tuesday, 20th February, 4:17 PM

WB 20.2.18

 

English

Writing/Guided Reading: This week we are teaching both reading and writing in the same lessons in order to get to know our new text ‘The Girl in the Forest’ – a story out of the book ‘Seasons of Splendour’. We are reading the story and comparing it to Cinderella. We will be using role play fully immerse ourselves in the story and understand the order of events. We are aiming to be writing our own stories similar to this in the coming weeks.

Maths

In maths, we are learning about decimals. We are learning how to count in decimals and to order and compare them. Some of us are recapping how to divide by 10 and 100 to get to understand how we get to a decimal number.

Science

This term, we will be doing our ‘Animals’ unit of work in Science, working up to our trip to Tilgate Nature Centre. This week, we will be learning about the life cycles of animals.

 

Spanish

As we have received our first letters from our Spanish pen pals, we will be continuing to write replies to our pen pals, writing in both Spanish and English.

 

RE

As part of our India Topic, we will be learning about Hinduism, and comparing the Hindu and Christian places of worship.

 

 

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.

·         Research any key vocabulary that you may want to use in your letter to your Spanish pen pal.

·         Research more about Hinduism and their place of worship.

·         Tell the story ‘The Girl in the Forest’ to your family – can you remember it all?

 

 


Week beginning 29.1.18

Monday, 29th January, 6:00 PM

WB 29.1.18

 

English

 

Writing: After researching an Indian animal in our Topic lesson last week, we are going to use our knowledge along with descriptive features such as alliteration, similes/metaphors and the five senses to write a free verse poem about our Indian animal. This week, we will plan the descriptive features that we will include and begin our first draft of our poem.

Reading: We are beginning to dip into a new book called ‘Seasons of Splendour’ by Madhur Jaffery. It is a series of myths, tales and legends from India. We will begin by learning a bit about the author herself then start to do some background research on a story called ‘The Days of the Banyan Tree’. 

GPS: We will look at the use of commas for ambiguity and the huge difference a comma can make in changing the meaning of a sentence e.g. the difference between ‘Eat, Daniel!’ and ‘Eat Daniel!’

 

Maths

In maths, we are continuing our topic of fractions. We will be working with equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and adding and subtracting fractions.

 

Science

This week, we will be investigating how the volume of a sound changes with distance.


Spanish

We have finally received our first letters from our Spanish pen pals! After reading these, we will begin to write replies to our pen pals, writing in both Spanish and English.

 

Topic

We will be taking part in an interactive role play activity to do with fair trade. This will help us to understand what fair trade is and why it is so important.

 

 

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.

·         Research any key vocabulary that you may want to use in your letter to your Spanish pen pal.

·         Write a poem about an animal using descriptive features such as alliteration, similes/metaphors, onomatopoeia and the five senses. Alternatively, you could read some poems that have already been written and see how many of these features you can spot.

·         Look for the fair trade logo on foods and other produce in your local supermarket – what sort of foods can you see the logo on? Explain the importance of fair trade to your friends and family.


Week beginning 22.1.18

Monday, 22nd January, 5:08 PM

WB 22.1.18

 

English

Writing: In our writing lessons we are exploring different types of poems.  We will be working together as a class to write a poem about a tiger, using descriptive vocabulary, simile and metaphor, alliteration and onomatopoeia.

Reading: We have finished reading ‘The Lord of the Forest’ and are now reflecting on the story, and how it develops.  We are comparing and contrasting the characters in the story, and summarising the overall story.

Maths

In maths, we are starting to investigate fractions, looking at splitting groups of objects and numbers into equal parts.

Science

This week, we will be investigating how and why pitch changes in sounds.

Computing

In computing, we will be exploring pattern in Islamic art, and using Scratch software to create a repeating pattern.


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.

·         How many tessellating patterns can you find on your journey home from school?  Look at buildings, the floor, objects around you.

·         We are finding out about Fair Trade in Topic.  At the supermarket, how many products can you spot that are Fair Trade?  Look at fruit and vegetables.


Wb 15.1.18

Monday, 15th January, 4:28 PM

WB 15.1.18

 

English

 

Writing: In our writing lessons we are beginning to write a tourism leaflet about India. We are using what we have learnt so far about India, and presenting it in an informative way for the reader.

Reading: We are continuing to read ‘Lord of the Forest’, and are learning about metaphors and how language is used in the book to interest the reader. We are also practising to write similes, by using the words like or as, when writing about Indian animals such as the peacock, elephant and rhino.  

Maths

In maths, we are continuing to practise calculating the perimeter, and learning how to calculate the area of a shape. We are practising this by either counting the squares in a shape, or using multiplication to work it out.

Science

This week, we will be investigating how sound travels through different materials.

Computing

In computing, we will be using software to create a repeating pattern, and ‘paint’ them using colour. We will be looking at the work of artists who use geometric shape such as Bridget Riley, to help us with our designs.

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.

·         Practise drawing tessellated patterns using shapes, as we did last week in computing.

·         Research India e.g. can you find out more about Indian instruments?


Week commencing 8/1/18

Monday, 8th January, 7:02 PM

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas holiday J

Last week, year 4 and 5 discovered that their new topic for this term is ‘India’ after going on a surprise ‘plane trip’. They were able to share what they already know about India and are looking forward to finding out lots more!

 

PE

Reminder: PE kits and water bottles need to be back in school as soon as possible. Please make sure that your child has tracksuit bottoms in their PE kits. This is especially important for year 4 children who will be walking to swimming at K2 in their PE kits.

Due to the year 4s going to K2 for swimming lessons most Fridays this term, all year 4 and 5 PE will be taking place on a Friday morning. Year 5s will have both their indoor and outdoor PE during these mornings and Year 4s will have outdoor PE (at school) followed by their swimming lesson at K2.

 

English

 

Writing: After discovering our new topic is India, we will be doing some research on the country and some of its main attractions and use this information to create a tourist information leaflet informing and persuading travellers to visit India. We will use powerful description, persuasive language (such as rhetorical questions) and interesting facts.

 

Reading: This week, we will begin a new class text called ‘Lord of the Forest’ by Caroline Pitcher. We will look at some of the tricky vocabulary from the text and use dictionaries to help us understand some of this new vocabulary. By looking at the front cover and reading the blurb, we will also make predictions about what the book could be about before starting to read.

 

GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling): We will be learning how to use apostrophes correctly in our writing to show possession (who things belong to) with both singular and plural nouns.


Maths

To finish our topic of ‘Multiplication and Division’, we will be applying our knowledge by answering problems (including reasoning problems) and looking at assessment style questions. At the end of this week, we will move onto Measurement, specifically focussing on finding the perimeter of rectangles (including squares) and composite rectilinear shapes like this one:

 

Science

Our new Science topic this term is ‘Sound’. To begin, we will be discussing and investigating how sound is made.

 

Computing

In computing, our new topic is called ‘We are artists’. We will use special software to create art which focuses around tessellating shapes (so we will be doing some maths too!)

 

Topic

Last week, we enjoyed finding out more about the physical geography of India by completing atlas challenges. We also watched video clips of both rural and urban areas of India to help us to envisage what it is like living in India.

This week, Mrs Bates (who has recently visited India) has agreed to come and talk to us about her travels. We will have the opportunity to ask questions about her visit and to take notes to help us with our writing in English lessons.

 

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.

  • ·         Draw and colour a pattern using tessellating shapes. Which shapes tessellate and which shapes do not?

  • ·         Share your new knowledge of India with your friends and family. How could you present this information? Could you make a power point presentation or a poster?