Monet Class

Week commencing 15.10.18

Monday, 15th October, 4:50 PM

15.10.18

 

English

Writing: This week we will be completing our writing mission - ‘Superheroes’. We have read and discussed the features of a comic strip which include: time adverbials, direct speech and onomatopoeia.  Using similar features, we will be writing a story based on the comic strip that we have read.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on inference, using our text ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Inferring is when we use the clues in the text to work out things that the author isn’t directly telling us. We will be learning to back up our ideas using evidence from the text.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be subtracting using the column method beginning with calculations which do not require exchanging and moving onto calculations which do require exchanging. We will also be doing lots of problem solving using our subtractions skills.

 

Science

We will be continuing our topic of ‘Animals, including Humans’ by looking at food chains. We will explore what producers, prey and predators are and look at how food chains and food webs work.

 

Art

This term we have started to look closely at the styles of illustrators, so far we have been looking at Anthony Browne and Chris Van Allsburg and practising their styles and techniques. Next, we will be focussing on Quentin Blake (the author of Roald Dahl’s books), creating a fact file on him and also learning about how he creates his illustrations.  Please do bring in an old t-shirt to wear for art lessons if you haven’t done so already so that our uniforms can stay looking smart.


Computing

We will begin to design simple, educational games in pairs which we will later create using Scratch. Before we do this, we will look at and discuss some pre-existing educational games and think about what we can do to make our games fun.


Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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 your favourite animal and find out about the food chain that it is part of? Who is the producer, the prey and the predator in your food chain?
  • Practise using Scratch online (you can try it out without logging in) – can you work out how to make the cat move?
  • Write an adventure story. Could you use ideas from the comic strip we read in class to help you to write a similar story? Or could you use ideas of your own?

Week commencing 8.10.18

Monday, 8th October, 5:31 PM

08.10.18

On Wednesday, we will be holding Harvest Festival in the hall with Reverend Edwards. Please remember to bring your Harvest Festival contributions in which will all go to Open House to feed homeless people in Crawley.

 

English

Writing: This week we are continuing our superhero mission where we will be publishing our magazine article on our superhero. As well as looking at features of a comic book strip, we will be focusing on using punctuation such as ellipses and inverted commas for dramatic effect.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on making connections, looking for connections with ourselves, the outside world and to other texts that the children have read.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be adding using the column method and learning to how to exchange using this method. We will also be doing lots of problem solving using our adding skills.

 

Science

We will be continuing our topic of ‘Animals, including Humans’ by looking at food chains. We will explore what producers, prey and predators are and look at how food chains and food webs work.

 

Art

This term we have started to look closely at the styles of illustrators, so far we have been looking at Anthony Browne and Chris Van Allsburg and practising their styles and techniques.  Just a reminder to bring in an Art t-shirt if you have not done so already - it keeps everyone looking smart.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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 on your favourite animal and find out about the food chain that it is part of? Who is the producer, the prey and the predator in your food chain?
  • With Harvest Festival this week, could you write poem or prayer about what Harvest Festival means to you?

Week commencing 1.10.18

Monday, 1st October, 4:27 PM


English

 

Writing: We are still continuing our writing mission, ‘Superheroes’. This week, we are preparing to write an exciting magazine article about our Superheroes. We will include special sections such as a question and answer section or a fact file. All our paragraphs will have a catchy sub-heading. (We will try to use alliteration and power punctuation to make these catchy). We will be very careful to ensure our articles used sophisticated vocabulary and factual information (not opinions).

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we will be continuing to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and focussing on the strategy of questioning. We will try to ask open questions as we read to deepen our understanding of the text.

 

Maths

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      In maths this week, we will continue our unit of number and place value.  We will be:


      • Rounding 4-digit numbers to the nearest thousand
      • Counting in 25s
      • Learning about negative numbers

       

      Science


      Last week, we set up an experiment where we put hard boiled eggs into 6 different liquids to see the effect that they had on the egg shell (which represents our tooth enamel). We predicted which liquid will damage the egg shell the most. This week, we will see if our predictions were correct or not. Then, we will analyse the results and write up our experiment.

       

      Home learning opportunities


      • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
      • 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.
      • Can you repeat our egg experiment at home? Did you get the same results? Why/why not? Write down your findings and bring them in to share with the class.
      • Write a magazine article about your favourite celebrity (or TV character). Could you include a fact file or question and answer section? Remember to also include headings, subheadings and pictures with captions.

       


Week commencing 24.9.18

Monday, 24th September, 5:14 PM

24.9.18

As a part of British Values focus, we will holding School Councils elections on Friday, this will be discussed in class on Tuesday. Be ready with your speech if you would like to put yourself forward.

 

English

Writing: This week we are starting our new and exciting writing mission called ‘Superheroes’. We will be writing a letter at the end of week to one of our characters from our book Charlie and the Chocolate factory, focusing on persuasive language and features of a letter.

 

Reading: The whole of KS2 will be launching a new way of learning reading called ‘Destination Reader’. This week, we will be learning about the learning behaviours we need when reading with a partner. This week we are focusing on clarifying, looking for words we are unsure of and clarifying to work out what they might mean. We will be using Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl.

 

Maths

In maths this week, we will continue our unit of number and place value.  We will be adding and subtracting 1000 from four digit numbers and as well as ordering numbers up to and over four digit numbers.

 

Science

We will be continuing our topic of ‘Animals including Humans’ looking at teeth, what the function of each different type of tooth does. We will also be setting up an experiment to see what affects our enamel.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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 letter to someone trying to persuade them to do something. E.g. Persuade Mrs Elledge to give you an extra playtime in the afternoon. Remember to use persuasive language.
  • Create a poster or leaflet about how you can keep your teeth clean and healthy! Can you explain the different types of teeth and their functions?

Week commencing 17.9.18

Monday, 17th September, 4:57 PM

WB 17.9.18

Well done Year 4 (and parents) for all the effort you put into your wonderful Roald Dahl day outfits and imaginative chocolate bar designs!

We will be awarding a certificate in this week’s celebration assembly for the best outfits in each class.

 

English

Writing: Continuing with our writing mission ‘Superheroes’, we will be preparing for and writing diary entries in role of our made up superheroes from last week. We will focus on using first person pronouns, using fronted adverbials to show time (e.g. After lunch, The next day,) and on using the present perfect tense.


Reading: Our new class text is ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. The reading strategy that we will be focusing on is ‘Predicting’.


Spelling: We will be put into new spelling groups. Each spelling group will focus on a different area of spelling depending on the group’s spelling needs.

 

Maths

In maths this week, we will continue our unit of number and place value. We will be practising our fluency and solving problems in the following areas:

  • Counting in 1000s.
  • Recognising the place value of digits in 4-digit numbers.
  • Partitioning 4-digit numbers in different ways.
  • Identifying, estimating and placing numbers (up to 10,000) on number lines.

 

Science

We will continue our topic of ‘Animals including Humans’. We will start learn about the different parts of the digestive system and the functions of each part. E.g. What happens to our food in the small intestine?


Topic

On Roald Dahl day, we started to make packaging for our incredible chocolate bar designs. We will be finishing these and then learning about how chocolate is made from cocoa beans.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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.
  • Can you draw a comic strip to show the journey of a piece of food through the digestive system? Include the mouth (and teeth), the oesophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine and the rectum. Can you explain what is happening to the food as it travels through each part of the digestive system? https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z27kng8 Go to the following website for some useful videos!
  • Practise saying the days of the week in Spanish. Can you come up with any useful strategies to help you remember them? http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/spanish/my_calendar/
  • Teach a family member or friend about how chocolate is made. Where do cocoa beans come from? How are they made into chocolate bars?

Week commencing 10.9.18

Tuesday, 11th September, 12:24 PM

WB 10.9.18

As a part of our new Science topic, we will have a visit from a dentist on Wednesday. She will talk to us about teeth and how to look after them – she will not be checking the children’s teeth!

This week, on Thursday, we will be celebrating Roald Dahl day! Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character and please bring in your chocolate bar designs by Thursday if you haven’t already!

 

English

Writing: This week we are starting our new and exciting writing mission called ‘Superheroes’. We will be writing descriptions of our own made-up superheroes using WOW words and expanded noun phrases.

 

Reading: The whole of KS2 will be launching a new way of learning reading called ‘Destination Reader’. This week, we will be learning about the learning behaviours we need when reading with a partner. The 3 learning behaviours are:

·         Support and actively listen to others

·         Discuss and explain our ideas

·         Taking responsibility for our own and our group’s learning

Spelling: We will be focussing on homophones this week, specifically their, they’re and there, your and you’re and too, to and two.


Maths

In maths this week, we will begin our unit of number and place value. We will continue to learn about Roman numerals and then move onto rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

On Roald Dahl day, we will be taking part in a George’s Marvellous Medicine measuring activity where we will have to mix our own ‘medicines’.


Science

We will begin our topic of ‘Animals including Humans’ with a visit from a dentist! She will talk to us about teeth and how to look after them. We will start to learn about teeth and the digestive system.

 

Computing

We will be discussing how to stay safe when using the internet.


Home learning opportunities

  • ·         Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • ·         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 description of yourself or your favourite book character. Remember to use WOW words and expanded noun phrases!
  • ·         Create a poster about how to look after your teeth using all that you learnt from the dentist that visited us!
  • ·         Write a list of ‘Top Tips for Staying Safe Online’.

Week commencing 2.7.18

Monday, 2nd July, 5:08 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!