In literacy this week we revised for our SPAG test and looked at some war poetry which links to the book we have been studying 'Private Peaceful'.
In maths the children also revised for our forthcoming tests.
5CL are doing very well in their swimming lessons, the improvements being made are really impressive.
In science we continued to look at plants and pollination.
In art the children finished their drawings which were inspired by Hundertwasser who used bold lines and colour in his work.
We also started rehearsals for our assembly, the children are looking forward to sharing what we have been learning.
In Literacy this week, we have been thinking about what life would have been like in the trenches. We then used these ideas to write in character as a war time soldier. We found it a little challenging to use vocabulary related to that era. Luckily Mrs Walker brought in a letter which was sent from her granddad to his brother. He wrote this during the Second World War. The letter was amazing and brought a tear to our eyes. It really inspired the children to use war time vocabulary.
In maths, the children have been measuring using a protractor and learning about the different types of angle. It would be great if they could practice this at home, as some of them found this a challenge. They need to remember to line up their protractor correctly and also read from the correct scale. Here is a website which will help the children if they are still stuck: https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/g/measure_angles.php
In our topic lesson, the children were really excited to learn about the Viking gods and enjoyed researching using the i pads. There is a myth for the children to watch which may inspire some writing here: https://www.bbc.com/education/clips/zyy9wxs.
PSHE has been fun as we have been discussing how we spend our money on things we want and things we need. This made for an interesting conversation!
We hope you all have a restful half term. Only one more half term to go!
Mrs Lees and Mrs Cook
In literacy this week the children either wrote a letter to Charlie from Molly or to Molly from Charlie using what they have learnt from 'Private Peaceful' so far. The results were really good, they included anecdotes and portrayed the relationship between Charlie and Molly really well.
In maths we finished looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. If you can continue to visit these areas at home that would be great.
In science the children took the end of topic test for the unit 'Growing up and growing old', the results were very good.
In art we continued with our Batik work and started planning our next textual piece.
We have had such fun this week in literacy, getting into character as an ant and trying to write more in the style of Michael Morpurgo. The children have used great descriptive vocabulary and their senses to make their work come alive. They have also remembered to use an adverbial phrase at the start of sentences to make them more interesting. They do need to remember to add their comma at the end of the phrase though. Challenge your child by asking them what an adverbial phrase is and what a 2AD sentence is. 5CL impress your parents!
In numeracy, the children have been looking at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. They have used the bead strings, 100's square and other visual methods to reinforce this concept. Most of the children can see the link and make connections, which is great. Most importantly, they have learnt that % means out of 100!
In PSHE, the children had to imagine they were buying a new pet and complete a costings sheet for their chosen pet. From this activity, they learn that not only is it expensive to keep a pet, but they need to choose items carefully and reflect upon if the items are actually needed or essential!
In art we have started using Batik, which uses wax to create lines on fabric and then Brusho to add colour, they are looking fantastic.
In PE the children have started Athletics and are looking at the throwing events. The swimming teachers continue to be impressed with the attitudes of the children as are we!
We also had fantastic fun taking part in a free Judo session this week. It was great to see the children working so well together and learning the skills they need in order to be able to fall correctly. Great team work! For more information on how to attend the sessions, go to www.ipswichjudoclub.btck.co.uk.
Most of the children are certainly striving to do their very best this week. Children that have been particularly impressive are: Daniel- for taking very good care of our sunflowers, Robyn- caring for others and helping out, Lois and Loreta- for excellent quality and quantity of work in Literacy, using quotes from a text to back up their answers, Rohat and Lilly- Ann for mastering place value in numeracy with decimal numbers. Lottie also received the certificate along with Kayci this week.
In numeracy, the children have been ordering decimal numbers and understanding place value. They can partition decimals confidently and should be able to tell you two decimal numbers which total 1. Their knowledge of this has grown considerably. Some children made sliders to help them with their understanding and these children worked outside on the playground:
In literacy, the children have read chapter 2 of Private Peaceful and have described one of the characters Grandma Wolf. Unfortunately, she is now in charge of Tommo and he hates it. She is a wicked and disrespectful character who treats people with disrespect. The children really got into character and brought this scene to life!
In PSHE, we have discussed how the children can incest and save their money in a bank if they wish. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using a credit card, debit card, cheque and cash. The children learnt to take care with debit cards, particularly if they are contactless.
In art we looked at creating texture with fabric and in Science we carried out a nappy investigation. We found out that Aldi nappies hold more liquid than Pampers! The swimming teacher was really impressed with 5CL, as was I.
Singing competition- visit the main website for more information!
The children have come back from the Easter break in good spirits and are flying with their work.
This week in Literacy, we have started to read the text Private Peaceful which the children are enjoying. We have been making predictions about what will happen in the text and looked at language choices. We have also thought about how the main character Tommo feels throughout chapter 1. The children are learning to use quotes taken directly from the text to support their answers. The children can listen to the text here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01n4p31
In numeracy, the children have been exploring place value and decimal numbers. They have been recognising units, tenths, hundredths etc. They need to be able to place decimal numbers in order between two whole numbers. For example, decimal numbers between 3 and 4 would be 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and so on; also 3.11, 3.21 are in between these whole numbers too.
We have started a new scheme of work in PSHE and it is about spending money wisely. The other topic about puberty will start after half term.
In art we have started the textiles unit and the children experimented with constructing and destructive techniques using a piece of fabric, scissors and sewing.
Now that the sun is out and the weather is warmer, please remember sun hats, sun cream and water. I have told the children they can have water bottles on desks if they are sensible. Also it's swimming Monday so don't forget your swimming kit.
Over and out. Mrs Lees and Mrs Cook.
This week in maths we have been looking at converting fractions to decimals and percentages.
In literacy the children have looked at conjunctions, adverbs, speech and adjectives. We now need to make sure we include what we have learnt into our assessed pieces of writing.
In art the children used coloured paper to produce their symbols to represent a day from their week.
We had an assembly by the NSPCC which was very informative and then there was a workshop to give the children further information.
The children said goodbye to Mrs Bozier, we wish her all the best.
We made some Easter baskets which looked really good.
The children also had a golf roadshow which was great fun and there was some great teamwork.
We hope you have a great Easter!
This week in literacy we have been editing and improving our work. This is an essential skill for the children to become independently confident in checking their work. We checked to see if our work made sense, we looked for spelling and punctuation errors and we tried to add more detail and ambitious vocabulary. We also focussed on presentation, thinking, 'Would I be proud to show this work to Mr Stock?'
In maths the children looked at fractions as operations and worded problems which involved fractions.
In science we wrote a non-chronological report on why we are living longer and the consequences this is having.
In art the children described their collages and started to look at the work of 'Dale Devereux-Barker' and his use of symbols. We had a go at producing some symbols to represent a day in our week.
In PSHE we are looking at the differences between being proud and being boastful.
We forget to mention last week how proud we were of the children's efforts in the cross-country, everyone gave it their all!
The children had great fun on Maya day. In the morning, an archaeologist called Dianne Davis came in to speak to the children about her role. She spoke about how the Maya people were extremely clever for their time. She brought in some real life artefacts for the children to see. They got the chance to be archaeologists themselves asking questions about what they could see. They also crushed real coco beans the Maya way! She was extremely passionate about her role and this made the children super enthusiastic. They have one of her cards so they can visit her website too.
The children also got to create some fantastic masks. Watch this space and the display in the entrance way and for photos. In the afternoon, the children tried a Maya bean stew, salsa and torillia crisps. They also learnt a Maya dance. All in all a fantastic time had by all (including the teachers.)
In maths we looked at multiplying fractions and the children made great progress.
In literacy we created our own endings to 'Romeo and Juliet', the children had some great ideas. We wrote these up as a play script.
In art we finished our collages which look fantastic.
This term is flying by!
This week in maths we looked at subtracting fractions and applied what we learnt to solve some problems.
In literacy we finished our Newspaper articles about the fight between Mercutio, Romeo and Tybalt, the children's writing has progressed so much! We also developed some character profiles for Romeo and Juliet.
In science we carried out the end of topic test and the children showed some great understanding of Space.
In art we continued with our collages, using paint and tissue paper to produce some abstract pictures based on enlarged natural forms. They are looking spectacular.
In topic the children looked at Mayan Farming techniques, the children should be able to tell you lots!
Keep up the good work 5CL.
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