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Term 4: Tremors

Week 2 - 10/2/20

 

English

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.

 

Maths

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.

 

Topic

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

 

English

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. 

 

Maths

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. 

 

Topic

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. 

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