Dali Class

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?

WB 4.12.17

Monday, 4th December, 4:52 PM

WB 4.12.17

Our Christmas performances are very soon so please make sure lines are being rehearsed at home! The children need to know these off by heart now!

Please bring costumes/outfits in to school as soon as possible (including for singers) and please come and let us know if you have any questions or issues regarding costumes.

English

 

Writing: Using all of our Mayan research from the past few weeks, we will spend our writing sessions this week, drafting and writing a non-chronological report on The Mayans.

Reading: This week, we will read chapters 28-30 of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (the end of the story!). We will be thinking back to what has happened throughout the book and try to remember the order of the events. This will help us understand the journey throughout the story and how it developed to interest the reader.

GPS: We will learn about parenthesis (adding extra information to sentences with brackets, dashes and commas). We will be encouraged to use these in our Non-Chronological Reports about the Mayans to improve our writing.

 

Maths

Our topic of Multiplication and Division will continue and this week the focus will be on division. We will be recapping our understanding of division and practising to use some strategies for division such as chunking.

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.

·         Tell and show your parents the multiplication and division methods you have been using in maths this week (and last week). Can you ‘teach’ them how to do it?

·         Practise your days of the week and months of the year in Spanish.

·         Research some more facts about The Mayans and use interesting sentence openers to write these facts in your own words –bring these in to help you with your writing!

 

 

 


Week commencing 27.11.17

Monday, 27th November, 5:32 PM

WB 27.11.17

Our Christmas performances are very soon so please make sure lines are being rehearsed at home! The children need to know these off by heart now!

Please bring costumes/outfits in to school as soon as possible (including for singers) and please come and let us know if you have any questions or issues regarding costumes.

 

English

 

Writing: Using all of our Mayan research from the past 2 weeks, we will spend our writing sessions this week, planning and drafting a non-chronological report on The Mayans. We will look at other examples of non-chronological reports to remind ourselves of the features of non-chronological reports (e.g. headings, subheadings, pictures, captions and paragraphs).

 

Reading: This week, we will read chapters 26 and 27 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We will take on the role of a character and take part in some hot seating where other children will ask us questions which we will need to answer in role. This will help us to practise our inference skills (using clues from the text to work out how a character is feeling, what they are thinking and what their motives are).

 

GPS: We will learn some useful sentence openers that we could use in our non-chronological reports and practise using these to write facts about The Mayans.

 

Maths

Our topic of Multiplication and Division will continue and this week the focus will be on multiplication. We will be moving onto some written methods of multiplication such as the grid method and short or long multiplication (for multiplying larger numbers). We may also practise answering word problems involving multiplication.

 

Spanish

We will be learning how to read and write dates in Spanish (including our birthdays).

 

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.
  • ·         Tell and show your parents the multiplication and division methods you have been using in maths this week (and last week). Can you ‘teach’ them how to do it?
  • ·         Practise your days of the week and months of the year in Spanish.
  • ·         Research some more facts about The Mayans and use interesting sentence openers to write these facts in your own words –bring these in to help you with your writing!

Week beginning 20th November 2017

Sunday, 19th November, 5:01 PM

wb 20.11.17

After some fabulous auditions, actors and actresses have been chosen and lines have been sent out for our Christmas production. We will be sending out slips soon with details of what the children will need to wear for their Christmas production (including for the singers).

English

Writing

Last week, the children received a letter from the Natural History Museum asking them to research the Mayans for a new exhibition. The children have already found out lots of information and we will continue to find out more this week to help us write an informative and interesting non-chronological report on the Mayans including their daily lives, beliefs and the important role they played in the history of chocolate!

In GPS we will be learning what modal verbs are and will practise using these accurately in sentences.

Reading

We will continue to read Charlie and the Chocolate factory (Chapters 22-25). We will discuss any new vocabulary that we come across to help us understand what we are reading and we will try to use this new vocabulary in our own sentences. We will form and share our own opinions of characters from the story and learn about the difference between fact and opinion.

 

Maths

We will continue with our topic of Multiplication and Division. We will focus on mental multiplication and division and practise and discuss different strategies. Our lessons will also include times table practise.

 

Science

Our focus this week will be on the water cycle. We will learn about the processes involved such as evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

 

Art

This week, we will continue our focus on illustrators and Quentin Blake and begin creating some Quentin Blake style illustrations of our own.

 


Spanish

Using our knowledge of the days of the week and months of the year and numbers, we will be learning how to say and write dates including birthdays.

 

Music

We will continue to learn our songs for our Christmas production!

 

Home learning opportunities

  • ·         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.
  • ·         Use the internet or books to research more about The Mayans and bring into school to help with your English work!
  • ·         Tell your family about the water cycle and the processes that are involved (e.g. evaporation).
  • ·         Revise the numbers, days and months in Spanish and practise saying and writing your birthday.
  • ·         Create an illustration of a Roald Dahl character.