Week Commencing 11/11/19
MyMaths homework has beens set.
This week in experience lessons, we have been developing our map reading skills. We have managed to create our own colour coded maps of South America, highlighting either population, climate or heights of land. In order to do this, we had to use the atlas and gather information. Along with this, we have combined our geography skills with our maths skills and applied them when interpreting data about the Amazon climate. Lastly, we have looked into how the Amazon Rainforest has been changing over the last 80 years due to deforestation; we looked at how this impacts us too!
In Literacy, we have been focusing on our writing skills. Specifically, we have worked hard on understanding the structure of different sentence. We all understand that every single sentence must have a main clause. Some other sentences will have a main clause and a subordinate clause, some might even have a main clause and a relative clause. Along with this, we have had a practice with visual coding to help identify when a semi-colon would be most effective in a sentence. Today, we even spent some time understanding parenthesis (using brackets, dashes or commas to add extra information). We will continue to practice these wiring skills next week when we write our persuasive letters to the WWF organisation.
Maths this week has been interesting. We have secretly been practicing graph skills and column addition and subtraction skills in geography. In maths lessons however, we have been exploring factors and multiples. They can be confusing at times and we often get in a muddle although, when we use arrays – made from Cheerios – we can visualise and begin to understand the concept more confidently. Next week, we will be looking at prime, square and cubed numbers.
This week there have been a few children that noticeably have been super attentive within lessons. With this in mind, there was one child that definitely stood out and contributed on every single lesson, whether that be to ask questions as a result of thinking critically or even to summarise in her own words. Congratulations to Molly who has picked to steal my desk next week as her reward!
Literacy, Maths and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 8/11/19 (Start of half term)
Welcome back! Thank you everyone that managed to come to the Experience Outcome today after school. I hope that you saw how much hard work and effort has gone into the beginning of year 5. As some of you might have noticed from the classroom, our new experience is ‘Discovering Brazil’. To launch this, we got very messy indeed, by rolling ink onto the tables and then printing pictures that are associated with Brazil. Hopefully, throughout the topic we will all come to understand the links between them.
In maths, we have just finished looking at statistics. We kickstarted the week with some addition and subtraction revision and even had some children taking on the role of the teacher, showing how to work some of the questions out. This week, we delved deeper into the different ways in which data can be represented for example, two-way tables and timetables. Next week in maths, we will be beginning our multiplication and division unit. This consists of finding multiples and factors of given numbers, it also involves looking at squared, cubed and prime numbers.
In Literacy this week we have been VERY busy people. We have just began looking at the art persuasion and more specifically, how to write an effective persuasive letter. At the beginning of the week, we wrote to Mr Lowe in an attempt to shed some light on why we don’t love the school uniforms. We have tried to persuade him to consider changing the rules so that we will be allowed to wear home clothes every day. Today, Mr Lowe got back to us and assured us that the message would be passed onto the governors! Along with this, we had a go at re-creating Dragon’s Den by selling the products given to us (loo roll, newspaper, tree-house, energy bar, salad and a chocolate cake). During which, we really looked at counter arguments and how we could address them in such a way that would persuade someone to change their mind any purchase the product. We also had a go at improving a letter to Harry Kane, inviting him to coach our imaginary school football team. Hopefully, with the help of social media, we might be able to get a response from him although we do understand that he is a very busy person.
We have started the first week back off very well indeed. We had lots of runners up for perfect participant this week! There were though, two children who have particularly stood out. Anna and Kylie have both really made an effort to be attentive, helpful and generally engaged within class. They have both worked very well within lessons, contributing to discussions and being the first two to be ready and listening nearly every, single time. Very well done girls, you have set the bar high.
Experience Outcome, Experience Launch, Maths and Literacy
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Week Commencing 14/10/19 (End of half term)
Apologies for the delay in posting!
To end our first half term, parents have had the opportunity to discuss children’s progress and find out how their child has settled in. If you weren’t able to make it to parents evening, please do contact me via the office email and I would be happy to re-schedule or discuss over the phone should this suit you more.
Like every other, our last week was very busy. In maths, we finished our addition and subtraction unit. As discussed during parents evening, it is likely that we will continue to practice the written processes of addition and subtraction along with understanding what the question is requiring us to work out. Any additional work on this at home will be greatly appreciated. Following the completion of the addition and subtraction unit, we began to look at statistics. Specifically, line graphs. We began by comparing the difference between line graphs and bar charts. We have then spent some time understanding the data that could be represented in the form of a line graph and knowing how to read them effectively. We also had a go at measuring our heart rate before and during different levels of exercise which lead to a very sweaty maths lesson. It would be interesting to see if some children could try to replicate this activity at home (remember the labels for the x and the y axis)!
Don’t fancy measuring your heart rate? Perhaps measure temperature throughout the day, weather over the week or even the tastiness of dinners at home!
In English, we have just managed to complete writing our own takes on part II of ‘The Highwayman’ poem. We understand the rhyme scheme (AABCCB) which shows where we need to consider rhyming pairs along with repetition – one of the poetic devices we have explored last week.
Children have been given a book review template so that they can share with us what they have enjoyed or conversely not enjoyed reading over the holidays. These will all go into a review book that we keep in our reading corner.
Following discussions with parents regarding reading at home, I felt that it was necessary for the children that do read at home with an adult, to be recognised and rewarded. I have since mentioned this to the class and collectively we agreed that this would be a good motivational factor. Children are aware that now, if they can read at least 3 times every week to an adult, by the end of the half term, they will have the opportunity to enjoy hot chocolate (or another hot beverage or milkshake for those that don’t like hot chocolate) along with a biscuit.
In our experience lessons, we have been especially busy sawing, drilling, gluing, painting, outlining and finalising our moving cam mechanisms. These are nearly complete and we look forward to showing you these on the first Friday back from the holidays (8th November 2019).
This week children have been working hard on friendships and ensuring that everyone is behaving in a positive manner. Towards the end of the week we discussed completing random acts of kindness in order to make someone else day brighter. Most children were able to feedback examples from over lunchtime when they helped someone else. Two children this week however stood out. Omolara and Emma were both awarded the perfect participant of the week having really shown that the have qualities of someone who is caring, helpful and making the right choices. Both again, closing to steal my desk for the day! Congratulations girls!
Maths, DT and Perfect Participants
Week Commencing 7/10/19
Firstly, well done to those children who competed in cross country today. You did amazing (even if the weather was rubbish).
This week, children have been working very hard mastering a range of new skills! Starting with DT, children have been measuring, sawing, drawing and painting. All of which going towards their experience outcomes. Parents will be invited to come and see these however, due to time constraints, this will be after the half term.
In maths, we have been continuing to look at inverse addition and subtraction calculations. This going to the extent of writing our own questions based on dates from a history timeline in the hall! Following this, we moved onto understanding multistep questions. Occasionally, this proved to be tricky, particularly when faced with the issue of not knowing which step to take first. Today, we re-capped all that we’ve been learning in maths, by going head to head in earning house points for correct answers, workings and even being able to reason answers!
Literacy has proved to be interesting this week. We have been looking at the narrative poem ‘The Highwayman’. It is a detailed poem that tells a story of two people that loved each other. Within this poem, there are lots of examples of poetic devices. We have been exploring the impact that these such devices have on the reader. We have also explored these devices not only in the poem, but in music too! Children have been encouraged to look for similes, metaphors, repetition, alliteration and personification in songs that they hear on the radio. It will be interesting to hear what everyone can find!
This week we had lots of people drawing on the perfect participant table. However, two children have particularly stood out this week. Emme and Lucy have both been working hard this week. Emme in particular has been very productive within lessons and generally attentive when it comes to following instructions. Similarly, Lucy has been collecting points for being attentive and putting in effort with tricky work! Both have chosen the reward of sitting in my very comfy chair at my big desk for the day – looking forward to swapping my chair for theirs…not. Well done girls, keep up the hard work!
DT, Timeline Maths, Literacy and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 30/09/19
This week, we have been working hard with our DT projects. We have all managed to design and create the template for our backgrounds. Some of us have even begun painting our designs onto the templates! We have also been taking in turns to measure, mark and drill into our cardboard boxes. We all found this very exciting!
In maths this week, we have looked at using the column method for both addition and subtraction calculations. We’re all very confident with adding large numbers, however it is clear that some of us find subtracting a little bit harder – mainly when we have to exchange a number from the column to the left. We looked into wordy maths problems, which require us to work out what we actually have to work out. This led us onto looking at a part part whole bar model (the children should hopefully be able to show you what this looks like) to represent the important information from the question. From here, we would work backwards to answer/solve the problem. Next week, we will continue with developing our skills and confidence with addition and subtraction, by looking at multi-step problems.
During this week, we have all been working extremely hard to edit and improve our very own suspense narratives. We then took our time to perfect handwriting and copy our stories into our brand new writing portfolios. Miss Branford is particularly keen to find out who our real criminals are (they’re only revealed in the last paragraph). Concluding the week, we had a go at writing our own narrative poems, which we discussed were poems that told a story. We will continue with learning about what these are in more detail next week.
So, this week everyone has worked very hard. However, there were two winners that had very high scores; Suzie and Oliver. Suzie has been particularly helpful this week, whether that be by helping others to complete their jobs or ensuring that she is listening and doing the right thing when others aren’t. Oliver on the other hand, usually finds it difficult to refrain from talking and distracting others during lessons. However, he has made an extraordinary effort to change that this week, making me a very proud teacher. Oliver chose a sit-with-a-friend day pass whilst Suzie chose to have lunch with the teacher. Well done you two!
Maths, Literacy and DT (Drilling) and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 23/09/19
First of all, a big thank you to everyone who managed to donate a box to our DT project!
During English this week, we have been working hard to write our suspense stories – all of which are very gripping! We have been writing one paragraph at a time and then recording ourselves reading it aloud. Then, we listen to the recording and see if we can notice where vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation might possibly be improved. Something we have all been trying to work on, is building atmosphere. To do this, we noticed that it involves a lot of description. Whilst we can usually think of some good descriptive vocabulary, we have all been using thesauruses and Ipads to discover better synonyms for words that we already know.
In maths this week, we have concluded our place value unit by developing our understanding of negative numbers. During this time, it became noticeable that some of us find it difficult to comprehend that for example, -5 is smaller than -2. To work on this, we have been playing a game that helps us recall negative numbers in order from smallest to largest/largest to smallest. We refer to it as ‘the call out game’. All children have particularly enjoyed playing it! See if you can beat our class high score of 9 (you need to have at least 3 players). Towards the end of the week, we have been looking at adding 4-digit and 5-digit numbers using the written, column addition method. Initially, some of us found it tricky to remember the rules, however we are now feeling more confident. For those children who want to practice some work at home, we will be learning how to subtract large numbers next week.
We have spent this week finalising DT designs and ensuring we each know what our final pieces are going to look like. Hopefully, next week we can begin getting messy and constructing. Our DT project is linked to our experience outcome, which eventually will be displayed to parents (date to be confirmed). As part of which, we have had to continue researching about crime and punishment over time. Children have been working hard to add more to their timelines – all of which are now looking very extensive!
Whilst the children from Moon Class always seem to impress me with their attitudes, actions and behaviour, there has been a child who has collected double the points of our runners up. A big congratulations to Charlie for the extra effort he has put into being helpful, ensuring the classroom is tidy co-creating a helpful English poster for the class. Super impressed, well done!
History, Maths, DT and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 16/09/19
This week we have been very busy. In English, it has come to light that a lot of us keep forgetting to use full stops! Meaning that our sentences are very, very, very long! To tackle this, we have been learning about the use of conjunctions, these are words which are used to join sentences together (words such as: and, because, so, if, but, before etc). We are starting to consider if it would be best to use a conjunction and continue the sentence further, or if it would be better to use a full stop and start a new sentence. Following this, we have started planning our very own suspense narratives inspired by our experience. These stories are based on an innocent person who has mistakenly been arrested for a crime they didn’t commit! Lots of children have mentioned that they have family members/ family friends who work as police officers. This lead to the discussion that actually, we could speak to these people as they might be able to give us more of an insight into what a jail scene might look, sound, and smell like. We look forward to hearing about these conversations.
In maths, we have spent a lot of this week trying to perfect rounding. Some children even being able to try tricky reasoning (explaining how they know) questions. Next week, we will be beginning our new unit of addition and subtraction.
Lastly, in our experience lessons, we have focused on how crime and punishment has evolved over time. Starting with the romans, who seemed to be particularly brutal with their punishments, moving up to the Tudors. Now we have some background knowledge on the history, we have begun thinking about our DT project. Today, we have started to explore some prototypes of moving cam mechanisms, which hopefully will give us some ideas as to how we can design our own ones.
This week, children have all been working very hard. This has been the highest amount to PP points that we have collected as a class so far, which is all down to the amount of hard work that has been put into practicing our writing skills. However, concluding the third week, there were two clear winners. These children were Robyn and Anna, congratulations girls and a very big well done!
Literacy, History, DT and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 09/09/19
Moving onto our second week as year fives, we have been developing our atlas skills. Specifically, we have been using geographical vocabulary in order to locate famous prisons in the Uk and around the world. We found it interesting that some are even on tiny islands so that prisoners can’t escape!
In maths we have been looking at rounding numbers all the way up to the nearest 100,000! As a class, this is something that we initially found tricky. However, as the week has progressed, our confidence has too. We hope that next week we can continue to develop our understanding further.
This week it was very close. Lots of children have consistently demonstrated qualities of a perfect Moon Class participant. However, two children in particular have stood out and drawn in collecting the most PP points. These children were Austin and Omolara. Well Done!
Maths, Geography and Perfect Participant
Week Commencing 02/09/19
Apologies for not having set the blog up sooner!
During the first week back, we saw an exciting launch to our experience; crime and punishment through history. To ease our way in, we were introduced to Goldilocks as well as the crimes she stood accused of committing (breaking little bear’s chair, eating the porridge and sleeping in three bears’ beds). We casted roles for both a defence and prosecution team who then appeared in front of a judge, presenting evidence and calling upon witnesses in an attempt to sway the jury. Unfortunately, Moon Class weren’t so forgiving and saw it appropriate to sentence Goldilocks to prison!
In English, we have started reading the book ‘Clockwork‘ by Phillip Pullman. The story has captured our imaginations and kept us on the edge of our seats ever since starting it. With an abundance of rising tension and a high level of suspense we have looked forward to finding out what happens next! Following this, we have enjoyed writing letters to Karl (one of the main characters) and explaining whether or not he should use Sir Ironsoul and take Dr Kalmenius’s help.
Lastly, a very well done to Austin for winning Perfect Participant for the week. He chose a sit-with-a-friend day pass as his reward!
Experience Launch and Perfect Participant