This week, Year 5 have been learning about place value and number. They have been learning to order and compare numbers using the < and > symbols.
This week, Year 6 have been learning to calculate missing angles in polygons using known facts about shapes. They have also started to practise plotting and translating polygons on x and y axes using coordinates.
The children are continuing to read a variety of Greek myths. They have been revising how to punctuate speech correctly and using direct and reported speech for effect. They have also compared a film and text version of Theseus and the Minotaur and identified similarities and differences between the two versions.
This week the children have started a new unit on Holes by Louis Sacher. On Thursday they used the front cover to predict what the story could include. They read the first two chapters and used evidence from the text to comment on the plot, setting and characters.
The beginning of the Spring half term has been full of fun and extending learning.
In Maths the children have been learning about perimeter and area. They have discussed how these are relevant in everyday life and have calculated areas of different shapes.
We have also been learning about the properties and features of 2D and 3D shapes.
The children have been studying Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. They have been identifying relative pronouns and using relative clauses in a descriptive setting. They are currently writing a persuasive letter to rescue the main character.
The children have been enthusiastically learning about our Ancient Greek project. They have spent time investigating how Greeks inventions have influenced our modern day technology.
They have used the laptops to create posters to inform others about specific areas of Greek life: the Olympics, Greeks gods, Greek fables, timelines and their lifestyle and culture.
They have also created beautiful pictures of Greek pots in art.
In art we have been creating an extraordinary setting of a rainforest around our classroom door. First, we had to design a leaf shape, then draw a pattern on to a piece of polystyrene. Afterwards we used the rollers to print the patterns on to the leaf. We have also made creatures for our display like an anteater and butterflies.
We have been reading ‘The Watertower’ by Gary Crew this term. We used it to learn how to write a suspense story. We used the techniques that the author has included in his book to add tension to our stories. For example, adding detail to setting and character descriptions and including a series of short sentences to build the suspense.
So far in Maths this year, we have revised place value and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This week we have been multiplying two-digit numbers together, for example 24 x 56. We have also learned how to carry out long division with whole numbers and decimals. These have been very challenging but we have worked really hard.
This year in guided reading we have been reading a book called ‘The Matchbox Diary’ by Paul Fleischman. So far, we know that the story is about a great-grandfather and his great-granddaughter. The old man has saved his memories by collecting matchboxes, each filled with an object that reminds him of a point in his life. We are enjoying reading this book.
By Evelyn and James
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