Weekly Learning
Holdenby House
   We have had a fantastic trip today to consolidate our learning about the Second World War. We got to have a go at making some recipes using our rations, learnt how to make-do-and-mend, and found out more about air-raids and how to keep ourselves safe. The children also performed two wartime songs - Run Rabbit Run and We'll Meet Again - for the staff.
     In English we have begun looking at War Games by Michael Foreman, a story based around World War 1, and using this as a stimulus to write a series of diary entries.
     Maths has again focused on volume - we have begun using the formula v=lwh.
     We have continued coding in ICT and our work on sugary drinks in Science. We have also been rehearsing for our Christmas concert.
     Our focus in English has continued to be Balanced Arguments, this week using the story of The Three Little Pigs. We focused on the question 'Does the Big Bad Wolf deserve his title?', putting the wolf on trial before using it write our own balanced argument.
     In Maths we have been looking at volume. We started by using unit cubes and learning how to find the volume by counting them; we also looked at how to draw them. Next week we will move onto the formula for finding the volume of any cube or cuboid.
     As part of our Science, we carried out an investigation into sugar in drinks. We learnt that children aged 6-10 should only have the equivalent of 6 sugar cubes a day and for anyone aged 11 or above this increases to the equivalent of 7 sugar cubes. We were shocked by the amount of sugar found in some drinks!
     In English we have been focusing on Balanced Arguments. We looked at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, considering the events from both characters' points of view.
     Maths has focused on revision, especially division and percentages.
     We have continued with coding in ICT, looking at increasingly more complicated algorithms. In Art we have begun our final pieces based on the Blitz, applying our watercolour and sketching skills, and in Music we are now rehearsing for Christmas.
     Our English work has continued to focus on I Believe in Unicorns. This week we have written a new chapter for the story, from the point-of-view of Tomas - we tried to include interesting description and 'show not tell'.
     In Maths, our focus has been decimals. We have practiced ordering them and calculating with them, including addition, subtraction and multiplication. We then applied this to different word problems.
     We have started our new Art project this week, which is based on the Blitz and will use both our sketching and watercolour skills. In ICT, we are learning how to code; this has included writing code to control a character and debugging that code when something doesn't work.
     In English, we have been studying a version of I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. This week we have explored the author's style, and tried to us it in our own writing - a diary entry.
     Maths has continued to focus on ratio. We have looked at ratios involving three numbers and applied our knowledge to a range of word problems.
     We have been learning about rationing in History, designing our own propaganda leaflet to explain what it was and why it was important. In ICT we are looking at coding - this week we learnt to use code to create a 'dance party'.
     In English we have continued writing Clara and Maxi's story. They have arrived at their new foster home, Marwell Manor, which is an old country house. They meet the housekeeper - Mrs Hallam - and she is not as nice as they hoped she would be.
     We finished our fractions topic in Maths and looked at triangles. After revising the different types and their properties, we looked at how to find the area of a triangle using the formula: 1/2 x b x h.
     As well as finishing our work on evacuation, in Topic we also looked at the Blitz and learnt about the ways in which the government tried to keep people safe, including gas masks, air raid shelters and the blackout.
     This week in English our focus has been description - we have used extracts from Dracula and Sir Gwain and the Loathly Lady to help us develop our vocabulary, exploring new words such as 'pallor' and 'protuberant'. Next week we will use this to help us write the next chapter of Clara and Maxi's story.
     Maths has again focused on fractions. We have been learning how to multiply proper fractions and how to multiply mixed numbers by whole numbers.
     In our Topic, we have been researching evacuation during World War II. We found out that some evacuees were sent to Aylesbury and some even stayed at Waddesdon Manor! RE looked at the final pillar of Islam: Hajj. This is the pilgrimage that Muslims are expected to make to Mecca.
     Our new English topic is based around an extract from the novel Candle in the Dark. It looks at the journey that two children, Clara and Maxi, make on the Kindertransport from Berlin to London. This week we have been writing a letter from Clara to her mother, telling her about their journey and reassuring her that they are alright.
     Maths continues to focus on fractions. We have looked at dividing using fractions, as well as adding and subtracting mixed numbers - this has involved lots of conversions between mixed numbers and improper fractions!
     This week we finished off our Science topic by looking at where electricity comes from and exploring some of the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy. We have also started our new history topic - the Second World War - by looking at some of the causes.
     In English we finished our work on Robin Hood, using what we had learnt to rewrite the story from the point of view of the villain - Sir Guy of Gisborne.
     Maths has focused on learning about the order of operations, using the acronym BODMAS, and looking at how to add and subtract fractions. We will continue with our fraction work for the next few weeks.
     We wrote our adverts for our 'Doggie Doorbells' in Science, as well as continuing our work about Islam and the commit that Muslims make to their religion in RE.
     In English we have continued our work on Robin Hood, looking at how we can use sentence structure, punctuation and expanded noun phrases to improve our writing.
     Our focus in Maths has been on our formal written methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication.
     We have also continued our work on Electricity in Science. We were given a task - to create a 'Doggie Doorbell' - and had to use our knowledge of circuits to create a prototype. Next week we will be writing an advert for it.
     In English we are looking at the story of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. So far we have explored the historical context of the story, looked at the new vocabulary introduced and written descriptions of one of the main characters.
     Maths has focused on place value, rounding and estimating - we have revised these skills and applied them to a variety of problems.
     Our first Science topic is Electricity. We have learnt a little about the history of electricity and had the opportunity to use the practical equipment, creating a number of different circuits.
Due Wednesday 27th November.
Maths: Complete the mixed arithmetic questions (complete as many as you can)
History: Make a gas mask box using the template. Also start preparing your outfit for our trip to Holdenby House. (Let us know if you need any cardboard for making the box.)
Please see your teacher if you get stuck.