Week 5 20/05/2019
This week we have completed our topic potions, we were all very excited to take part in a potions master class and to have an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. It was wonderful to see so many children coming in fancy dress and some very inventive and interesting costumes. We shared tea and sandwiches and of course lots of cakes. We then played games of Croquet and Jenga whilst others took photos in the photo booth (focusing on taking photos from an interesting angle) and played other games. (Photos below)
In Maths this week we have completed our time unit. We have worked on problems combining our knowledge of seconds, minutes, hours and days with how many days are in each month and year. We then used this knowledge to learn about digital and analog clocks. It was tricky at times but we managed to complete our unit and all achieve excellent marks on the end of topic test. Why not test us over the holidays and see if we can convert 12 hours to 24!
This week in English we have completed our work on Noah Barleywater runs away.. We have been writing our own narratives on how his mother could have created a magical beach. We have spent time developing these ideas and creating ambitious vocabulary banks to ensure our description is the best it can be. This has worked very well, including stories with multi coloured coconut trees and talking beach butlers called Clive.
Week 4 - 13/05/19
This week in English we have been continuing to read Noah Barleywater runs away. We have written chapter nine in the style of the author (John Boyne). We have used lots of descriptive language to highlight the struggles of the narrator dealing with a bully in the class and his triumph in a race at the end of the chapter. We have continued to develop our understanding of speech in narrative writing to improve our stories and how additional speech can move the story along with pace.
Special congratulations to Monet and Daisy who received the writers award for this piece in our celebration assembly and Chioma for receiving a principles award for her outstanding writing.
in Maths this week we have completed our topic on money. This has been very interesting and we have learnt about different ways to apply our knowledge of pound any pence including working out different costs and offers for buying resources and items for a party. We have focused on lots of problem solving questions to complete the profit for a school fair especially when estimating and finally working out which stalls made the most money.
Topic & Art
This week in topic we have been learning about viscosity in liquids and gases. We completed two experiments based on how much a gas weighs within a liquid and how quickly a liquid flows down a surface. We found that custard took the longest and our arms got very tired and surprisingly the apple juice was the fastest.
We have been continuing to develop our observational drawings in art by learning printing methods using printing plates and inks. We have created single prints and a large class print to be added to our class displays. We have used primary colours in the style of pop artists such as Andy Warhol and will be evaluating our art against his next week.
Week 3 - 06/05/19
This week in English we have been inferring details about character and examining their choices. On Tuesday, we read through Chapter 4 and 5, creating a role on the wall about the 'Old Man'. Within their discussions, Noah starts to find out more about the Old Man's life, told through a series of puppets. A particular memory was of Tobey Lovely, who does not live up to his name! We focused in on the style of the author's writing, noting down how he built up an imaginary world by subtly dropping in extra details, such as blackboards that talk or apples that need to go into hospital. After re-enacting Chapter 9 - The Race, we had a go at writing it ourselves. Good writing takes a while so we will pick up the writing task on Monday (and maybe even Tuesday!)
Finishing off our focus on decimal numbers, we consolidated our knowledge and then assessed how much we had learnt. On Thursday, we moved into a new unit, money, which involved noting the different denominations of coins and notes. As well, we investigated different ways to make totals and converted freely between pounds and pence by dividing or multiplying by 100 (as there are 100 pennies in a pound). On Friday, we started ordering the money, using the inequality symbols to ensure we knew what numbers were greater or less than others.
In Science this week, we looked at results from investigations a couple of weeks ago. Firstly, looking at the pondweed that had been left in different pollutants, we noted how different chemicals affected the colour, transparency and shape of the leaves. Liquid soap and washing up liquid made the greatest change to the pondweed.
Next, we looked at the results from the investigation - 'How do scents reach noses'. Sitting at different lengths from a scented candle, we recorded how long it took for each person to smell it. The results showed that although the nearest person smelt the candle first, it then varied on where people were sitting. We attributed this to people's keen sense of smell, instead of the speed of travel.
We examined the three states of matter this week, noting down how a solid can move to a liquid or gas and how the process (in water at least) can be reversed. After pretending to be particles held together tightly or moving freely round a container, we drew out diagrams helping us to chart where freezing, melting, condensing and evaporating all fit in.
Week 2 - 29/04/19
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Week 1 - 22/04/19
This week we started our new book, 'Noah Barleywater Runs Away' by John Boyne. The first chapter tells how Noah, an 8 year old boy, leaves very early in the morning to achieve more as only reaching five accomplishments by the age of 8 is not good enough. By taking on the role of Noah, we discussed whether he should or shouldn't go, as well as writing a letter in role to his parents. Upon reaching the first village, Noah takes three apples from the village tree, before accidentally assaulting a passerby whilst yawning. Debating whether Noah was a public menace, the class split in half to build a case for prosecution or defence, before presenting their evidence and hearing the verdict.
Continuing on the theme of decimals from before Easter, we have now started looking at how decimals can be presented, written and ordered. At the beginning of the week, we worked out how decimals can be added together to make a whole; starting with tenths before moving into hundredths as well. Moving onto how decimals can be partitioned, we represented them with words, place value counters as digits. Building on our understanding that when ordering numbers, you start from the left hand column, we read and compared decimals numbers in a variety of contexts.
Two Science investigations have been conducted this week. The first, a carry over from last term, was examining how pollution affects habitats. We have placed pondweed into six petri dishes, each filled with a different chemical found around the house. We are leaving these petri dishes and then observing the changes to the pondweed after two weeks.
Friday saw a much calmer investigation as we investigated how smells travel to the nose. Sitting at different distances around a scented candle in the hall, we practised our maths or spelling on the Ipads whilst waiting for the smell to reach our noses. Testing to see how sensitive our noses really are, we smelled six different scents and tried to guess what they are!
Our new topic of potions started with our new guided reading book, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Following Alice down the rabbit hole, she encounters a bottle that says 'drink me'. Looking at other potions found in famous literature, we created a definition of what a potion was, as well as ordering a history of anaesthetics. Finally, we used sketching pencils with observational drawings to sketch a variety of interesting bottles.
Please remember that swimming is on Thursday morning - swimming kits are required.
Friday afternoon we have our PE session. Please ensure children have full kits, including a named water bottle, so they can participate in lessons.