Weekly Learning
15/12/17
This week in English we finished our unit on The Wreck of the Zanzibar. We were really pleased to finally find out who and what Zanzibar was.
     Maths has focused on investigation.  We've carried out some fun Christmas based activities, using lots of different skills, including trial and error, as well as all four operations.
     Rehearsals for our Christmas performance have kept us very busy (we hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are), but we have also had time to design a Santa game in Computing and fit in one final HIIT session in PE.  In Science, we designed an advertisement for 'The Snowmanotron', a machine which works using different levers, pulleys and gears.
08/12/17
In English we have continued our work on The Wreck of the Zanzibar, writing detailed descriptions of a storm, imagining that we were Laura.  We tried to use similes and metaphors to make our writing more vivid for the reader, as well as adverbials of time and place to vary our sentence starters.
     Maths has once again focused on short division, but this week we applied our knowledge to word problems, thinking carefully about what the remainder represented.
     In Science we investigated friction, carrying out an experiment to help Usain Bolt decide which material to build his new running track from.  We looked at our final climate zone this week - the desert - in Topic and different Christmas traditions in RE.
01/12/17
This week in English we continued our work on The Wreck of the Zanzibar.  We wrote (and edited) our letter from Billy to Laura, explaining why we had left, and began planning a new diary entry, which will describe a storm.
     Maths has continued to focus on short division, looking at the different ways we can write any remainders (fractions and decimals).  We also applied this knowledge to carry out an investigation on Friday because we 'Forgot the Numbers'!
     In Topic we were learning about the polar climate - we used our research on Scott of the Antarctic to help - and in ICT we have almost finished our games made using Scratch.  PE had a cross country focus, which helped keep us warm on a very cold afternoon! 
24/11/17
In English we have begun reading The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo.  This week we have been looking at the main character of Laura, and planning a letter to her from her brother Billy.
     Maths has focused on short division.  We began by using practical equipment to help us understand the concept of exchanging, which has helped us become much more confident.  Next week we will be looking at remainders, including writing them as fractions and decimals, and thinking about what they represent in word problems.
     We looked at water resistance in Science, carrying out an experiment using Plasticine to see which shape was the most streamlined, and which was the least.  Topic focused on the tropical climate found in Grenada, looking at how their seasons differ from ours - wet and dry, rather than spring, summer, autumn and winter.  PE featured another HIIT session!
17/11/17
In English we have been looking at recounts, focusing on newspapers.  Our challenge has been to include a relative clause in our writing.
     Maths has focused on us applying all our maths knowledge to some tests.  We also carried out some investigations, such as the one shown in the photos.
     We wrote to the Super Skydiving Company in Science, informing them about our findings from last week's experiment, and in Geography we used our homework to help us in our lesson about mountains and their climates.  In ICT we are creating a 'Fish Tank' game using Scratch, and PE has another circuit session.
     We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Tring Park, who put on a production about the 'Environment' and how we can help it.
10/11/17
In English we continued our work on Bling, rewriting the ending as a diary entry, imagining that we were Billy (the main character).  We also shared the Greek myths we found for our homework last week.
     The Maths focus was again multiplication, but this week we looked at multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.  See the photos for some examples.
     Science looked at air resistance, and we carried out an experiment for the Super Skydiving Company to help them redesign their parachute.  Next week we will be writing to them with our findings.  We have looked at Temperate and Mediterranean climates in Geography and continued learning about Scratch in ICT.  This week's PE was a HIIT (high intensity interval training) session, followed by some running!
03/11/17
In English we have started looking at the story 'Bling', which is a modern retelling of the Greek myth about King Midas.  We have been using drama to look at how the main character Billy changes over the course of the story.
     Maths has focused on the column multiplication method.  The children have been working hard at spotting their own mistakes and trying to correct them independently.  See some examples in the pictures below.
     In Geography and Science we have started our new topics of Climates and Forces.  PE this half term will focus on fitness, including circuits and HIIT sessions.
   
Homework
15/12/17
As next week is very short, we won't be setting homework now until after the holidays.  We hope you have a relaxing break.
08/12/17
Due: 13/12/17
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We would also like the children to keep practising their words for the Christmas performance.
01/12/17
Due: 6/12/17
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24/11/17
Due: 29/11/17
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17/11/17
Due: 22/11/17
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10/11/17
Due: 15/11/17
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03/11/17
Due: 08/11/17
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