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7th October 2016

English

Our lessons in English this week involved turning our notes into sentences and paragraphs that we could use for own non-chronological reports. We had to choose appropriate subheadings for these sections, trying to include alliteration in this. We looked at an example of a non-chronological report about the Olympics. By reading each sentence, we had to imagine what the question would have been. Following this, we then answered these questions, using our own facts that we researched last week. Finally, we revised adverbial phrases and up levelled our answers by including these. This week started the first of a three-week unit on non-chronological reports. At the beginning of the week, we looked at the key features of these and collected a range of adjectives, verbs, adverbs and descriptive phrases for our own word banks. At the end of this topic we want to produce a non-chronological report about the Olympics, so to aid our writing, we researched and recorded notes about different aspects of the Olympics. We used iPads and extracts from topic books to source this information. If we came across any interesting vocabulary, we added them to our word banks.

Maths

This week in maths, we have revised how to read off a scale. Using this skill we were able to read in cm and mm, g and kg and l and ml.  To further extend our knowledge of measures, we carried out some practical experiments.  Using different objects, we estimated their length and then measured the actual length before calculating how far off our estimates were.  Following this, we answered some questions about the longest and shortest objects and their differences in size.  Moving on to weight, we used different objects to calculate their weight. We estimated, measured and answered questions based on what we found.  Lastly, we repeated the process for capacity, finding the volumes of water that various containers would hold. Overall, a very fun week with lots of practical activities to learn about measures.

Project Work

In Project Work this week, the children have been working to develop their skills in making and using labelled sketches by designing an Olympic Mascot to be used alongside their Olympic Park design. They have also been using their plans of an Olympic Park to create a 3D model of an Olympic Park, which we will continue to do throughout next week. Keep bringing in those recyclable resources! The children have continued to show their enthusiasm during Project Work and really throw all their effort into creating wonderful pieces of work.

Mandarin

This week, students learnt to describe their favourite subjects. Worksheets were designed to help students recognise and consolidate their learning about school subjects. Interview session were carried out in class in order to enhance their listening and speaking skills.

Computing

In computing this week, students have started to learn how to type codes and making characters move instead of drag and drop coding. They have been working through the activities on the website http://www.playcodemonkey/com . Many students loved to try out their coding skills and they love learning about repetition and writing efficient codes. The class should try to further their skills by completing these activities at home too by using the website above.

Physical Education

Classes who are undertaking football have continued to work on dribbling, whilst introducing short passing. During netball, pupils have worked on basic passing skills as well as being introduced to footwork.

In swimming, pupils have continued working on their stroke work, in particular continuing to improve their back crawl through varying drills.

Music

In the frame of the Juilliard Creative Classroom, the children watched and listened to the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony after which they learned to play its opening theme on the keyboards. The children sang the tonal song ‘We’re in it together!’ and learned to play its melody on the keyboards. The children progressed with Mendelssohn’s Christmas song ‘Hark! The Angels’ learning the next verses.

Homework

All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.

English:

  • Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. Only spend 30 minutes on this.
  • 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. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.

Maths:

  • Practical Maths: For your maths homework we would like you to practise measures practically. Help an adult at home with some baking. Help to read off the measures on the measuring jug and scales. You could then use a ruler to measure the length and width of what you have made. Take pictures and stick these into your HW books.
  • Tables:
    i) 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.
    ii) If you are confident at recalling all of your times tables, create a video to help another child learn one of the times tables. Email these videos to your teacher.

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
  • Family
  • 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 iMove 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.    

Thank you to all those who have already sent in their project!

 

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