This was the second week of our two week topic on mystery stories. The children began the week by finishing to plan Chapter 3 of ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. We looked at creating suspense in our writing by using the Power of Three to explain the actions of a character. Using their plans and everything they have learned over the last two weeks, the children wrote their own version of Chapter 3. Finally, they self-assessed and peer assessed their work. We looked at the importance of up levelling our work and the children applied this to improve their own writing and suggest improvements for a peer’s writing.
Firstly in maths this week, we revised telling the time to the nearest half hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes and minute. Progressing on from this, we looked at using am and pm to show time on a 12-hour clock before using digital clocks to tell the 24-time. For those of us who are confident with telling the time, we moved onto finding time equivalents, for example, a 240-seconds is equal to 4 minutes. We also answered word problems, finding the time taken or the start or end time of an activity.
In IPC this week, we were focusing on Geography. We learnt about latitude and longitude, the Equator and the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, to name but a few. Furthermore, we discovered facts about the manmade and natural features of Rio, and compared them to our host city, Singapore. Relating new facts to established knowledge is a key proponent of the IPC, we used the children’s knowledge of Singapore to act as ‘hooks’ so they could relate it to the Olympic city; finding both similarities and differences.
This week, the students learnt how to talk about their school, their learning levels and the subjects they are learning in school using simple sentence structures. Additional classroom activities were carried out to consolidate their listening and speaking skills.
In computing this week, students have been using the coding website Kodable to learn further programming skills. They have been using skills such as looping to solve difficult puzzles. Students can look at the website address http://game.kodable.com to develop their skills further.
In PE lessons this week pupils have been continuing with cross country. They have been focusing on beating their best time in their final lesson.
During swimming, pupils have been improving their stroke work, in particular breaking down elements to enhance their back crawl leg action.
This week the children sang and played on the keyboards an antiphonal and modal three-part canon with dynamics. In the frame of the Juilliard Creative Classroom, the children watched and listened to an extract from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. They learnt and experienced shifts in texture and variations in dynamics.
All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.
- Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences.
- Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal.
- Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners.
- MyiMaths: Log on and complete the Time activity set by your teacher.
- Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal. If you are confident at recalling all of your times tables, investigate how you would use the 2 times tables to teach someone the 4 times tables.
Project Work: For our half term project we would you like to produce something about an Olympian. This can be someone who was in the Olympics this year, in the Olympics in the past or someone who has represented their country in the Paralympics. Please research the following about your Olympian:
- Date and place of birth
- Growing up (school, university)
- Sporting career
- Year/s they represented their country in the Olympics.
- How they did in the Olympics (successes and losses)
Your project could be presented in the form of a booklet, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, a news report, a MineCraft video presentation, an iMovie or even a poster. This project is due on Monday 10th October 2016. That week, each child will have a turn at presenting their project to the rest of the class.
Good luck and be inventive!