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30th September 2016

English

This week we shifted our focus in our English lessons from fairy tales to non-fiction. We have spent this week; investigating and identifying the features of non-chronological reports, finding information in non-chronological reports and developing our dictionary skills to enable us to clarify meaning within technical and complex sentences. This is to better enable us to tackle our task next week of writing our own non-chronological reports.

Maths

This week we re-visited our maths continuum to develop our skills in multiplication. Starting, as always, from our pop quiz we were able to access the learning at a stage suited to our level of understanding. Our first steps secure our understanding that multiplication is ‘groups of’, using arrays. From this, we develop our understanding that multiplication can be looked at as repeated addition (moving from counting all to a more concrete understanding of number) and progress through using doubles and inverse to show our understanding. Finally, if we had achieved each of these we looked at grid method to multiply numbers with Tens and Units.

Project Work

This week we thought from dispersal to the demise of the dinosaurs. Through mapping skills, we were able to develop our understanding that the world has changed over the last few million years and that although the dinosaurs have been found on every continent, originally they inhabited one land mass. Turning our attention to death and fossilisation, we explored the concept of how dinosaur fossils have been created and preserved for millions of years (though I doubt our tasty version lasted even seconds).

Mandarin

This week we continued with the topic of date. We learned how to apply numbers into the structure to indicate date, and how to ask and respond to the date. We also learned more sentence patterns about the date and how to say when our birthday is and ask about someone’s birthday.

Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structures. 

Link: https://quizlet.com/_2k5ouk

 

Computing

In computing this week students will be developing their skills using Scratch. They will be moving a sprite around the stage and adding loops and sounds. 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 focusing on new activities. During netball, pupils have worked on basic passing skills. In swimming pupils have been working on their stroke work, in particular breaking down elements to improve their back crawl arm action.

Music

In the frame of the Juilliard Creative Classroom, the children watched and listened to the finale of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. They learned and experienced variations in tempo and texture. Thereafter by groups of 2 or 3, they created improvisations based on tempo and texture. The children also learned the second verse of Mendelssohn’s Christmas song “Hark! The Angels”.

Homework

This week, we will again have some tasks to complete on MyiMaths as well as our spelling to learn. In our Homework Book, we have some multiplication to complete which will re-enforce what we have been learning in class. 

A reminder of our weekly routine: 

  • Wednesday – Spelling journals come home. 
  • Friday – Homework comes home 
  • Monday- Spelling journal to be returned to school 
  • Wednesday- Homework to be returned to school. 

Please remember the spelling journal is not to be worked in at home. It is sent home to allow you to see what activities children are participating in school to support the learning of spellings.

 

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