Dali Class

Week commencing 7.5.18

Tuesday, 8th May, 3:56 PM

English

Writing

This week, we will be continuing with our exciting new mission!

Miro and Dali classes will be looking at feedback for our time-slip stories from last week and spend some time editing and up-levelling these. To help us with this, we will practise by up-levelling and editing an example time-slip  story first. Finally, we will learn how to write a book review to help Annie to decide which stories to feature in her anthology.

In Monet, we are using our persuading skills to write an advertisement for Astroland.

 

Reading

We will work collaboratively this week, in small groups, to retrieve, record and present information about a Roman god. In order to do this, we will need to read about our chosen god and summarise the information by picking out the key facts and writing them in our own words. Next, we will have to decide how to present the information to the rest of the class in an interesting way. For example, we might write and perform a play or a poem about our god or we might make and present a poster.

 

Maths

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes are continuing to work with shapes. We will begin the week by finding lines of symmetry in 2D shapes, learning about what rotational symmetry is and using lines of symmetry to complete symmetric shapes and patterns. After this, we will recap how to read coordinates and use given coordinates to plot and draw given shapes onto a grid. We will also learn how to reflect these shapes across an axis.

In Miss Spoard’s Maths class, we will be learning about different types of lines (e.g. parallel and perpendicular) and sorting 2D and 3D shapes.

 

Science

This week, we will continue to learn about ‘Earth and Space’ and we will focus on the moon, how it moves around the earth, the different phases of the moon and why the moon is not a light source.


Computing

In Computing, we will use our research about the Roman army to create a ‘website’ that persuades people to join the Roman army and gives them all the information they need to know before they join. We will learn how to create links between different pages to help the user to navigate around the website.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Year 5: Complete your weekly homework. New homework will be handed out on Thursday.
  • All of Years 4 and 5 have been set the task to design and make a Roman shield – please come and see us if you have any questions about this.
  • Learn and practise some of the spellings from the spelling lists (from your home learning book).
  • Read, read, read – and record your points in you Book Bingo score card.
  • Practise your times tables (the ones that you don’t know!) including the related division facts e.g. 3 x 4 = 12, 12 ÷ 3 = 4.
  • Practise your handwriting (especially if you don’t yet have a pen licence).
  • Can you research interesting facts about Earth and Space? E.g. what is a star? Or, make an eye-catching poster to show what you know so far about this topic.
  • Do more research on your Roman god/goddess to help you in your Reading lessons.
  • Can you make or draw a mosaic pattern? Can you give it a line of symmetry? Or 2 lines of symmetry?

Week commencing 30th April 2018

Monday, 30th April, 8:05 AM

Well done to all our year 5’s for putting so much effort into your first week of homework – keep it up! (Apologies that Miro class didn’t get a mention in the weekly newsletter.)

Homework will continue to be handed out on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Wednesday.

English

Writing

This week, we will be continuing with our exciting new mission!

Miro and Dali classes are learning about ‘time-slip’ stories. After reading an example time-slip story last week and discussing ideas for our own, we are going to continue to focus on the type of language needed in a time slip story. We will build on our ideas from last week to begin to develop our own stories.

In Monet, we are continuing our mission on ‘Space tourism’. We are building up our knowledge on writing to persuade. We are trying to convince the ‘Earthling Travel Agents’ that children will want to go to the new intergalactic resort. This week, we are going to look at how to write a persuasive argument and plan a positive review. We will focus on up-levelling language. For example, using superlatives to make the resort sound amazing!

 

Reading

Our Reading this week will continue to be focussed on our ‘Ruthless Romans’ topic. We will be reading information pages about the Roman army to learn more about the weapons they used for attacking and the armour they used to protect themselves. Our focus for the first 2 lessons will be on asking questions to improve our understanding of the text. We might ask questions about the content of the text, the vocabulary used in the text or the choices made by the author when writing the text. Towards the end of the week, we will discuss the presentation and layout of the information pages.

 

Maths

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes will be looking at properties of shape. We will learn about the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals and we will be required to use our knowledge of angles to help us with this. Also, we will look at 3D shapes and their properties (which will include building some 3D shapes using nets.

In Miss Spoard’s Maths class, we are learning about shapes! First, we will be looking for angles within shapes. Then, we will be learning about different triangles and quadrilaterals and comparing them based on their properties.

 

Science

This week, we will complete our learning on fossils from last week and then we will be introduced to our new Science topic, ‘Earth and Space’.


Art

After our trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace, where we saw lots of magnificent mosaics, we will be learning a bit more about how mosaics are made and then begin to design a mosaic of our own. Will it be symmetrical? Will it show an image of something special?

 

Home learning opportunities

Year 5: Complete your weekly English and Maths homework. New homework will be handed out on Thursday.

 

  • Learn and practise some of the spellings from the spelling lists (from your home learning book).
  • Read, read, read – and record your points in your blue Book Bingo score card.
  • Practise your times tables (the ones that you don’t know!) including the related division facts e.g. 3 x 4 = 12, 12 ÷ 3 = 4.
  • Practise your handwriting (especially if you don’t yet have a pen licence).
  • Explain to a family member how fossils are formed. We learnt about the ‘Mould and Cast’ process. Can you research other ways in which fossils are formed?
  • Which 3D shapes can you spot in your house? On your way home from school? Can you sketch and label some 3D shapes? Or even better, can you draw a net and make one?
  • Can you design a symmetrical design for a mosaic on squared paper?

 

 


WB 23.4.18

Monday, 23rd April, 4:19 PM

 

 

WB 23.4.18

English

Reading: In reading, we are starting to read ‘A Roman Soldier’s Handbook’. We will be thinking about the vocabulary we are not familiar with and practising using a dictionary to look up the definitions for these new words.

Writing: In writing, we are going to become writing agents and starting a new mission! All will be revealed on Tuesday this week! Do ask us questions about the mission or even if you have any advice or ideas that may help us with the mission, please share them with us!

 

Maths

Miss Lamm and Miss Harvey’s groups:

In maths, we will be learning how to measure angles using a protractor. Once we know how a protractor works, we will also be practising how to draw angles accurately.

 

Miss Spoard’s group:

In Maths this week, we will be learning about angles. We will practise identifying, comparing and ordering obtuse, right and acute angles!


Science

In Science this week, we will be learning about fossils! We will be exploring how they are developed and even looking at some real life examples!

 

Topic

We will be going to Fishbourne Roman Palace this week, as part of our ‘Ruthless Romans’ topic!

 

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.

  • Write something about your trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace. Could it be a recount of the whole day? Maybe a fact page about what you learnt there?

 


Week commencing 16.4.18

Monday, 16th April, 6:02 PM

WB 16.4.18

English

Reading: Our Reading this week will link closely to our Science. We will be reading ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper which is a story about the journey of a rock, beginning 480 million years ago. We will be discussing the rich, descriptive and figurative language which is used in the text, considering why the author has used it and the effect that it has on the reader.

Writing: We will recap how to write a persuasive letter, beginning by looking at some examples. Then we will be writing our own persuasive letter.

GPS: Our focus will be on using adverbs for different purposes to show when (e.g. tomorrow), where (e.g. nearby), how often (e.g. regularly) or in which order (e.g. firstly).

 

Maths

Miss Lamm and Miss Harvey’s groups:

To begin this term, we will be learning about angles. We will start by understanding angles as turns e.g. a half turn = 180 degrees then will move onto to recognising angles in shapes, identifying the different types (acute, right, obtuse, straight and reflex), and ordering angles by size. Towards the end of the week, we will move onto estimating and measuring the size of angles.

Miss Spoard’s group:

We will be finishing off our unit on time, converting times from analogue clocks into 24-hour digital times. After this, we will move onto learning about angles, beginning with right angles.


Science

In Science this week, we will be learning about different types of rocks (including natural/manmade, sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous). We will go on a rock hunt around the school grounds. Then we will look at different types of rocks and discuss their properties.

 

Topic

Our new topic this term is ‘Ruthless Romans!’ To begin our topic, we will learn about where Rome is and the spread of the Roman Empire. Next, we will research the Roman Army in preparation for writing a webpage.

 

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.

  • Explore the soil and rocks in your garden or outside your house – what properties do the rocks have? Can you explain to your parents what soil is made from?


Week commencing 19.3.18

Monday, 19th March, 4:25 PM

wb 19.03.18

English

This week, we will continue to focus our English work on children who are living in poverty in India.

Guided reading

In Reading, we will watch a video of ‘Rag pickers’ in India who are searching through landfill sites for items to sell or use. We will read a transcript of the video and discuss the language that has been used, thinking carefully about why the author has chosen to use that particular language and the effect that the language has on the reader/listener.

Writing

We will be planning, and beginning to write, a diary entry in role of a ‘Ragpicker’ who is living in poverty in India. Before we write, we will use thesauruses to search for appropriate emotive language to use in our diary entries and we will develop our character by thinking about their background and what their daily life involves.

GPS

Our focus will be on recapping some of our tricky grammar terminology! This will help us remember what they mean and to use them appropriately in our writing. We will be looking at:

  • ·         Prepositions
  • ·         Conjunctions
  • ·         Determiners
  • ·         Modal verbs
  • ·         Pronouns


Maths

Miss Spoard’s class

We will be practising telling the time on an analogue clock (to the nearest minute) and converting the analogue times to digital. We will also be looking at 12 hour and 24 hour clocks.

 

Miss Lamm and Mrs Harvey’s classes

We will begin by continuing with measure and solving problems involving different types of measure such as mass, length and capacity. Then, we will move onto time. This will involve reading time on analogue and digital clocks (and converting between the two). We will also learn to read timetables and solve problems involving time.


Science

We will continue to learn about reproduction in plants, looking at the processes of pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal.

 

Art/DT

We will be designing and making an Indian purse which will involve lots of sewing! We will use coloured thread, sequins and beads to decorate our purses and we will be adding a button to fasten the purse.


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.
  • -          Practise telling the time on an analogue clock. How would that time look on a digital clock? Solve practical problems e.g. work out how long you spent doing a particular activity or how long it is before dinner is ready.
  • -          Practise some sewing (with supervision)!
  • -          Write a diary entry about an exciting day that you have had recently. Try to include lots of emotive language.

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.