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16th September 2016

English

This week in English, we have been preparing for next week’s ‘big write’. We have been looking at using powerful verbs to describe actions and thinking about the positive and negative adjectives we could use to describe the scene that Hansel and Gretel would have discovered as they stepped into the woods.

Maths

We have been learning how to add using a formal written method this week, column addition. We have challenged ourselves to try to progress from adding tens and units, to bridging the tens barrier and adding hundreds, tens and units. If we were sure about the method of column addition we tried to apply it to word problems.

Project Work

We started our research phase of our project this week, looking at the three main periods in history that dinosaurs existed in, Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic. We also started to look at the differences between dinosaurs thinking about how we could sort them into different groups based on their physical features.

Mandarin

This week, the students celebrated the Mid-Autumn festival. They engaged in various hands-on related activities to further heighten their awareness of this cultural celebration, such as designing a moon cake, literature response, poem recitation, song, lantern making and stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival.

 

Computing

In computing this week students have been learning how to use the programming software Scratch, producing an animation about dinosaurs and fossils. Students can download the free Scratch software for PC/Mac and look at the website http://scratch.mit.edu to develop their skills further.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week, pupils have been continuing with cross country. They have been focusing on pacing as a team before completing laps of our course. There was no swimming this week due to the public holiday.

Music

This week, the children sang a modal two-part canon with dynamics. On the keyboards, they learned to play the incipit of this canon as well as the tonal song “We’re in it together”.

Homework

This week, we will again have some tasks to complete on MyiMaths as well as our spelling to learn and in our Homework Book we have some column addition to practice at home. Finally, children must continue to read for a minimum of 20 minutes five times a week and share this with an adult, either reading aloud or discussion and questions after independent reading.

 

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