Weekly Learning

18.10.19

 

In Maths this week, we have been continuing our unit on decimals. We have been learning how to write thousandths as decimals, using place value grids to help us to visualise the numbers.

 

In English, we have read more of our novel, ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo. This week, the story continued after Laura’s twin brother, Billy, left the tiny island of Bryher. After his departure, the island was hit by a terrible storm. We have been writing a description of the night of the storm, focusing on powerful vocabulary and the use of short sentences for dramatic effect.

 

In History this week, we completed our topic by thinking about the impact of the Ancient Greeks on the modern world. We researched the ancient Olympic Games and will be using our findings to create an information leaflet.

 

We continued our Art topic this week. We chose different Ancient Greek columns to sketch and will be creating our final pieces in charcoal and chalk before half term.

 

Request

 

We would welcome donations of old shirts (preferably long-sleeved) which the children can wear to protect their school clothes during Art lessons.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

11.10.19

 

In Maths this week, we completed our unit about shape by learning how to calculate missing lengths in shapes made up of squares and rectangles. We are now learning about decimals and have begun by learning how to write tenths and hundredths in decimal form.  

 

In English, we are reading ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo. The story is set in the beautiful but remote Scilly Isles in 1907. The story is told in the form of a diary written by Laura Perryman. Her twin brother, Billy, has just left the island of Bryher to work as a cabin boy on a sailing ship. We have written letters from Billy to Laura explaining his reasons for leaving.

 

We have begun our Art topic this week. We experimented with charcoal and chalk, using these in different ways to create texture and tone. We will be using these skills to draw Ancient Greek columns.

 

Request

 

We would welcome donations of old shirts (preferably long-sleeved) which the children can wear to protect their school clothes during Art lessons.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

04.10.2019

 

In Maths this week, we have been investigating squares and rectangles. We learnt how to describe these quadrilaterals accurately using their properties. We then learnt how to calculate missing angles in squares and rectangles.

 

In English, we continued our learning about the Suffragettes. We have been writing diary entries from the perspective of an upper-class woman who took part in a protest march in 1909 and was imprisoned for her actions.

 

In Science, we found out about the reasons for the changing seasons in the UK. We experimented with torches to show how the tilt of the Earth means that the sun’s rays are spread over a wider area during winter than in summer. As a result, we experience colder temperatures.

 

Our History topic about Ancient Greece took us to Athens and Sparta this week. We found out that the two cities were very different in the way they were governed and in what they each considered important.

 

 

National Poetry Day – Thursday 3rd October

 

Last week, we asked you to choose a poem you enjoy. On Thursday, we shared our poems. We heard serious poems, funny poems, inspirational poems, poems about animals and quite a few poems about football! Thank you all for your hard work – we really enjoyed hearing your poems and your reasons for choosing them. 

 

Important information

 

As the weather is getting colder and wetter, please make sure that you have a suitable coat for break and lunchtimes.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

27.09.2019

 

This week we have been learning about democracy. In English, we have been finding out about the Suffragettes and their campaign to win the right to vote in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In History, we learnt about the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece. We found out that, although Ancient Athens is often described as the birthplace of democracy, in fact, it was only Athenian men who were allowed to take part in decision-making. 

 

In Maths, we have been learning the terms perpendicular and parallel. We have practised drawing perpendicular and parallel lines using a set-square to ensure that our drawings are accurate.

 

In Science, we continued our learning about Space by discussing the results from our sundial experiment last week. We learnt how to write up an experiment and used the results to make conclusions about how the rotation of the Earth means that we have day and night.

 

Important information

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on these days. Please also remember to bring a water bottle to school every day.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

20.09.2019

 

This week we have completed our first piece of extended writing in English. We have retold the Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora from Pandora’s point of view. We have seen some great examples of engaging and entertaining writing. Well done to everyone! 

 

In Maths, we have been learning about angles. We have practised measuring and drawing different types of angles and finding out about the sum of the angles on a straight line.

 

In Science, we continued our learning about Space by exploring shadows. Fortunately, we have enjoyed some sunny days this week, which has allowed us to test our sundials in the playground. We will be using this information in our next Science lesson to help us to answer some of the questions we had about the movement of the Sun and the Earth.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Space, the following websites have lots of fascinating information. Let us know what you find out!

https://www.planetsforkids.org

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

 

In Music, we have begun to learn to play the recorder. It is great to hear so many of you practising at break times.

 

Important information

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on these days. Please also remember to bring a water bottle to school every day.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

13.09.2019

 

This week we have begun our History topic about Ancient Greece by finding out about Greece. We found out how the Ancient Greeks still influence our lives today, for example in some of the words we still use such as dinosaur, chronology and democracy. We created a timeline to show some of the main events we will be learning about.

 

Our learning in English links to our History topic as we are reading the myth of Prometheus and Pandora.

 

In Science, we are learning about Space. This week, we found out about the orbits of the Sun, Earth and Moon. We went outside to see how this works as we acted as the Sun, Earth and Moon and watched how they move. 

 

Important information

 

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on these days. Please also remember to bring a water bottle to school every day.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Homework

Given out on Friday 18th October

Homework is due in by Wednesday 23rd October

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about thousandths.  We have used place value charts to help us to understand the value of each digit in a number as well as what they represent.  We have considered how these are written as fractions as well as how they are written as decimals.

 

Your homework is to complete the questions, reading each one carefully to ensure you have thought about the place value of each digit.  Use the place value chart on the homework sheet to help you.  

 

English

After half term, we will be starting our dance project in collaboration with the Royal Ballet.  This will be focused around the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Your homework is to read through the extract of the story (this is in your homework books) carefully.  Imagine this was in a book. Your task is to write the ‘blurb’ for the back of the book, summarising the story and enticing people to read on. If you want, you can add an illustration to this.

 

You could also look at other versions of the Alice in Wonderland story to help you. The original story has been turned into picture books, songs, cartoons and films.