English: We have finished our class book – The Iron Man!
We wrote, practised and filmed News Reports, ‘live’ from the scene of the final showdown between the Iron Giant and the Ba- Angel-Dragon.
Did you know there is a sequel called The Iron Woman? We started to ask questions and predict what the story might be about and draw differences and similarities.
We have been drawing bar models to help us to compare fractions with different denominators, linking this to equivalence to help us to compare.
We will be moving onto adding and subtracting fractions when we come back after half term.
Please continue to practise you times tables – TT Rockstars OR Mathletics to consolidate equivalent fraction, mixed numbers and improper fractions and maybe go back and test your fluency of the formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
We are almost at the end of our class book - ‘The Iron Man’
This week, we wrote and published newspaper articles about his involvement in the train crash!
We have moved onto fractions and have been looking at equivalence, mixed numbers and improper fractions. We have been drawing bar models to help us, linking fraction fractions to division.
Please continue to practise you times tables – TT Rockstars or Mathletics to consolidate equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions.
Home learning is geography this week – researching a country and thinking carefully about climate zones – see home learning books for more information.
English – The Iron Giant
This week we have been news reporters and editors. We have use a scene from the Iron Giant to create a newspaper report. We took notes on the event and planned our reports. We focused on formal language, sentence openers and including who, what, where, when and why into our introduction paragraph. We will be continuing this next week.
At home you can: read at home
Maths –Metric and imperial measure.
This week we have started our topic on fractions. We have made a fraction wall by folding strips of paper. We have also had a very active lesson, investigating fractions by comparing and matching equivalent fractions.
At home you can: Go on Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars
This week in DT we have started creating out bags we designed for our homework last week. First, we used rough fabric to practise sewing. This was difficult, but all the children tried their best and created some great sewing as a result. Next week, we will be continuing this and using our old T-shirts to create a bag.
You can write a balanced argument about EITHER of these two questions. You could write on the sheet or directly into your homework book, or on a loose sheet of lined paper if you would like the rest of the class to see it!
Should children be allowed to choose their own bedtimes?
OR: Should children be allowed mobile phones in school?
English: We have started to read our class book for this half term – ‘The Iron Man’
This week focused on writing balanced arguments discussing whether The Iron Man should come to live in Brighton and Hove.
Maths: Formal methods for multiplication and division
We have been continuing with problem solving, using the formal methods for multiplication and division. Please use Mathletics if you need more practice!
Please continue to practise you times tables – TT Rockstars OR Mathletics to consolidate multiplication and division.
Please also find an old T-shirt to bring into school as we will be using these to make our own recycled shopping bags as part of our DT unit. Please see the home learning, which is to design a bag, for further details.
English: ‘Maddi’s Fridge’
As part of our ‘Global Week’ (See the photos below), we have been looking at a book called Maddi’s Fridge.
Our English has included: asking questions and using inference, re-telling part of the story.
Maths: Formal method for multiplication
We have been learning the formal method for multiplication, starting with multiplying by 1 digit and then moving onto multiplying by 2 digits. Use Mathletics if you need more practice!
Please look at your home learning this week – Making BIOMES! This links to our Science lessons and so it is very important that bring this into school by Wednesday 15th January.
English: ‘The Outsiders’
We have been writing stories this week – an alternative ending to 'The Outsiders'. We have been focusing on the different sentence types that we have worked on this half term.
At home you can: read lots over Christmas!
Maths: Area and perimeter
We have been consolidating our learning for the half term. We have been keeping up with our fluency by revisiting place value and calculation methods.
At home you can: Practise times tables and look at the related division facts! We are moving onto the formal method for multiplication and division after Christmas.
It’s Mathletics for home learning this week – we have been learning all about area and perimeter
We have been writing non-chronological reports this week all about the Bronze Age (where our new class novel – 'The Outsiders', by Micelle Paver - is set). We have focussed on different sentence starters, cohesion and formal language.
At home you can: Research the Bronze Age with your child or ask them what they know. We have been working on PEE in our guided reading sessions too – ask children to explain!
We have been consolidating time and interpreting timetables
At home you can: Interpret timetables in real life contexts - look at the tv guide and ask your child how long programmes last. Can they work out the time of the next bus from the bus timetable?
English: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’
We have been continuing with the adventures of Odysseus. We have been writing letters about the encounter with the Cyclops, creating play scripts about The Sacks of Wind and performing to the class.
At home you can: Listen to your child read aloud or enjoy taking turns to read with them – focus on intonation and pausing for punctuation.
Maths: Position and Direction
We have been looking at the formal methods for addition and subtraction and next week will move onto problem solving with these operations.
At home you can: Explore Times Tables Rockstars and Mathletics – details of how to log on will be in your child’s home learning books this Friday.
Times tables are a focus!
We have started to read our class novel, using retrieval and inference skills to pick out what we can learn about the main characters.
At home you can: question your child about the characters in the book they are reading at home – what do they know (can retrieve from the text) and what do they think (infer) about the characters?
Maths: Position and Direction
We have been focussing on place value – focussing on writing, reading, partitioning numbers within 100,000 and rounding to the nearest 10,100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000. We have started to look at negative numbers, which will continue into next week, where we then re-visit Roman Numerals.
At home you can: ask your child how they round numbers – what is the rounding rule and their steps to success?
We are focussing on sentence structure and punctuation – help your child by asking them to read their sentences aloud.