Week 5 - 09/03/2020
As the focus of our current unit is on the journey narrative, this week in English we have taken on the role of the pebble. Considering how Meredith Hooper presents the factual information, we have spent time building up word banks and sentences. Focusing on a first person perspective, we have tried to write the history of the world (or at least from 140 million years of it) from one rock's perspective. This has presented a very interesting and difficult challenge!
Continuing on our work of length and perimeter, we started the week comparing lengths. In order to compare them properly, we have had to convert each measurement into the same format, either centimetres to metres or vice versa. As part of our comparing, we measured our height, foot length and distance on a standing jump to see if there were any patterns. As the week progressed, we concentrated on applying our understanding of adding and subtracting in regards to lengths, once again converting all measurements to the same format before calculating the answer.
We have looked back in history this week to a famous volcanic eruption. On the 24th August 79AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering the nearby towns and cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii in a pyroclastic flow that destroyed all life within the cities' walls. We looked at what archaeologists had discovered in the 18th Century, as well as located Mount Vesuvius and Italy on a range of maps.
In English this week we have continued our journey of ‘The Pebble in My Pocket’, we started by writing descriptive sentences using prepositional phrases at the beginning to describe where the pebble was. We also use the Aiden Chambers ‘Tell Me Grid’ to note down our response to the text so far. We discussed our likes and dislikes as well as connections to other books and any puzzles or questions we want answered. As it has been World Book Week in we also took part in two author masterclasses. The first one was the author Matt Haig who wrote, ‘Evie and the animals.’ We looked at the dangers some animals face and why animals are so special. The second author masterclass focused on the authors Jamie Littler and Laura Ella Anderson who talk about the importance of characters in stories. We made up two of our own characters who had completely different personalities which complimented each other.
We have moved on to length and perimeter this week. Firstly, we started by identify cm and mm on a ruler, and learned that there are 10mm in 1cm. We also identified how many cm’s are in 1m which then meant we could identify how many cm are in 2m or 6cm or 12m. We then put our knowledge of length into use and measured the length of different objects in the classroom. We then looked at equivalent lengths and converted measurements from m’s to cm’s and vice-versa. Some of the measurements included fractions, so we looked at what ½, ¼ and ¾ of 100cm (1m) would be.
In our topic this week we have been looking at how earthquakes happen. We looked at a map of the tectonic plate boundaries and compared this to the location of earthquake hotspots. We could see that the location of the tectonic plate boundaries is where earthquakes are more likely to happen. We labelled a cross-sectional diagram of an earthquake and studied the damage that earthquakes cause to the environment and people. We looked at the earthquake that happen off the coast of Japan in 2011 which caused a tsunami with a 9.1 intensity. We then moved to answer the big question, ‘Does the rest of the world do enough to help?’
Week 3 - 24/02/20
This week in English we started a new book called 'Pebble in my Pocket'. On Monday, we looked at a range of pebbles, noting their colour, texture and create a backstory for them. Using these ideas, we wrote our own sentences that were then put together to create poems. Looking at the book, we predicted would feature within it, including dinosaurs, volcanoes and 'Mountains to Pebbles'. We listened to the first few pages and tried to recreate the information in the style of Meridith Hooper.
We have looked at statistics in Maths this week. Firstly, we recapped our understanding of pictograms, information presented as pictures. We practised reading tables, noting that half a picture would mean half a number. We then moved onto bar charts, figuring out how the scale is used on the y axis, as well as how to compare information. Finally, we looked at tables, spotting errors in data and calculating differences and totals.
As part of our work on Tremors, this week we have investigated rocks. Firstly, we sorted rocks into three categories (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic). We noted the differences in how they appeared, as well learnt how they were formed. We then moved onto to examining the properties of rocks, including their permeability, whether they could float and other interesting information about them. Finally, we created our own fossils, wedging jelly sweets between layers of bread. We'll see how they turn out after the weekend!
This week in English we read the final chapter of the Iron Man. We discussed the ending and thought about our likes and dislikes. We then read various different sources to find out about Ted Hughes (the author of the Iron Man). We began by planning our author study, thinking about the different sub-headings we wanted to include and focussed on using paragraphs to organise the information. We then wrote a book review based on our individual opinion of the story. We ended the week by watching The Iron Giant which is based on Ted Hughes’ novel.
In maths we have continued our new unit of money. We re-visited our learning of converting pounds (£) into pence (p) and extended our understanding of addition and subtraction (but this time with money), which sometimes includes a decimal. We then moved on to subtracting money and finished the week with a consolidation test.
In topic this week we have learnt about the Ring of Fire and why volcanoes and earthquakes are more likely to happen there. We located the Ring of Fire on a world map and labelled the continents, as well as the Pacific Ocean. We then discovered what makes volcanoes erupt, and how this process impacts on the Earth. We learnt lots of new vocabulary (pyroclastic flow, magma chamber, conduit) and used this to help us label a cross sectional diagram of a volcano.
Week 1 (Moved over from Mighty Metals) - 03/02/20
This week in English we have continued focusing on the Iron Man in the context of persuasive letters. On Monday, we found out what actually happened to the Iron Man after returning from the sea. The farmers had come together and dug a big hole to trap the Iron Man (which worked for a while) until he escaped and started to terrorising the local area. We read to the end of Chapter 3 where the Hogarth shows the Iron Man an alternative way, that of living in a scrapyard and not troubling the farmers. We built up our descriptive language in order to persuade the Iron Man that this was the best solution and then put our ideas down on in a persuasive letter.
This week we finally finished our Multiplication and Division unit, focusing on scaling and systematic working. We looked at how many times bigger groups were than each other, as well as calculating the amount of possibilities to certain scenarios. Towards the end of the week we started our new unit on money. So far, we have tried to distinguish between pounds (£) and pence (p) and calculate totals when seeing a range of change together.
We have now finished our topic on Mighty Metals with our last investigation focusing on whether metals can change in appearance. Last Friday we started the investigation, placing tarnished coppers in different liquids. On Monday, we compared the results, noting acidic liquids had the most effect. As well as an author visit from Hannah Shaw, we started our new topic on 'Tremors'. Dissecting the Earth, we have seen it is built on a multitude of layers, from the solid core of iron and nickel in the middle, to the outer crust that we live on top of. Finally, at the end of the week, we used our computing skills to plan, shoot and edit a short video together to instruct people how to play handball.