In English we have completed our Hollow Earth unit of work. We also watched and discussed The Maker. The children then wrote an imaginary page of the instruction manual.
In maths we have been revising a range of topics to prepare us for our SATs next week.
The children have been developing their multiplication and division skills this week by using the grid method to multiply and the chunking method to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by one digit. They have used related number facts to help them to solve problems using larger numbers too.
Thinking carefully about places in Swanmore the children have been developing their descriptive writing skills whilst using precise language and relevant local facts both past and present.
To start our new project on plants, Year 1 have been reading ‘Oliver’s Garden’ by Vivian French. It helped to teach us the days of the week and we spent some time learning some of the tricky spellings. We also thought of lots of adjectives to describe vegetables so that we could write our own ‘Oliver’s Garden’ stories. We have recently found out about exclamation marks and tried to include them in our writing!
During the last two weeks we have explored how to make arrays! We have decided they are everywhere! They help us to count in groups of numbers and we even used the ‘X’ sign in our calculations. Finally, to finish the unit, we made a plan for Oliver’s new garden. All the vegetables had to be planted in arrays so that Granddad could keep his garden neat and tidy.
Over the last two weeks we have revised methods for adding two two digit numbers as well as strategies for multiplication and division. We have also been reasoning with number using knowledge of times tables and number facts.
During week 1 we created moon poetry with inspiration from aapiem called “What is the Sun?”. We wrote similes to describe the moon.
During week 2 we travelled back in time to July 1969. We were reporters for NASA News. We interviewed Neil Armstrong” and wrote an article to tell the world about his extraordinary adventure!
In maths last week we were learning all about vertical, horizontal and perpendicular lines, and acute, obtuse and right angles. This week we have been learning how to tell the time using a.m. and p.m. on analogue and digital clocks.
Over the last two weeks we have been using the picture book ‘The Whisperer’ and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to hone our prediction skills, use adverbs and write direct speech. We have also been learning how to summarise a chapter and compare and contrast the two stories.
In Maths we have been exploring angles, naming and identifying different types which has lead to problem solving activities. We will be moving on to giving compass directions and plotting a route on a map.
In English we are enjoying the classic poem, The Highwayman. We have looked at structure, rhythm, language and how imagery is created before writing our own versions based on a pirate.
We are looking forward to our trip to Swanage. Please ensure that you are preparing for the long walks ahead by making sure you have strong comfortable footwear and waterproof clothing. Enjoy the weekend and happy walking!
Year 5 Team
In English we have been writing reports for rucksacks, a wind-up train and a crime scene. We have begun reading Hollow Earth by John and Carole E. Barrowman and will write a story inspired by the text.
In maths we have been revising key areas in preparation for SATs including co-ordinates, time and missing digit problems.
Well done to everyone that took part in today’s session. In hindsight I think that it was quite a big ask to hop the length of the playground, but everyone seemed to have had a great time and got their blood pumping for the day of learning ahead. Don’t forget to tune into the programmes tonight and, if you are able to, support a great charity! I’m off for a lie down….
In English, we have written information texts about our newly created animals in the style of Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North. We have focused particularly on using precise ‘Tier 3’ and ‘Tier 2’ vocabulary.
In maths, we have consolidated and extended our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages through a variety of fluency and reasoning tasks in different contexts.
English – We have been using our knowledge of African animals to write clues for our ‘what am I?’ riddles. We also wrote a postcard from Stick man back to his Stick lady love and family, to tell them about his adventures.
Maths – We have been counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We counted on, looked for patterns of the tens and ones digits and used practical resources to support our learning. We began to recognise and use the sign for multiply.