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11th November 2016

English

This week in English we have begun our autobiographies unit. We started the week as ‘text detectives’, looking through a range of biographies and autobiographies to identify the text type and look for clues which helped us work this out. After that, we focused on finding the features of autobiographies by annotating real-life examples from celebrities books. We have also revisited a range of areas of SPAG, with a particular emphasis on pronouns, first, second and third person and converting between tenses. This will help us use the correct grammar in our future autobiographies lessons, where we will be planning and writing.

Maths

This week in Maths, we have been focusing on our understanding of angles.  We have learnt the terminology for the different parts of the protractor and have used them to measure different types of angles.  We have used the protractor to draw our own angles and have also used key facts to calculate missing angles on a straight line, around a point and in polygons in problem solving activities.

Project Work

In our Project lessons this week, we started to look at the geographical location and features of Ancient Greece and compared this to maps of the modern day country.  We learnt about the two main city states – Athens and Sparta – and focused on their government styles.  Topically, we learnt about democracy and voted on some issues but as we were doing this ‘Athens Style’, unfortunately, the girls were unable to vote! We discussed the value of voting and spent time discussing the US elections.

Mandarin

This week, we continued the topic of ‘Weather and Season’.  We focused on asking and answering questions about the weather temperature at different times and places.  We also practised the characters for the learnt vocabulary. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structures.  Link for flashcards:  https://quizlet.com/_2qf53k

Computing

In computing this week, students have been developing their understanding of algorithms and logic. They have been visiting the Code.org website to manage and track their progress. Students will be working on Skoolbo over the next few weeks to work on their maths skills.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been linking skills learnt into mini football tournaments. In our second PE lesson, we put skills learnt into small volleyball and tag rugby games for their final week.

Music

This week we learned how to play primary chords as 1st inversion chords in the left-hand. We also looked at the musical feature of articulation to explore the Blue Monk melody in a variety of ways.

Design & Technology

This week in Design and Technology, the children have explored their creativity with the hook parts they have made. The children are pleased with the parts they have made and within groups, are being encouraged to fit the parts together in a wide variety of ways.

Homework

Spelling:

Please see the spelling journal for spelling words this week.  Children should learn their spellings for a test and complete one of the spelling activities into their journal.  To be tested on Monday 14th November.

Maths:

My iMaths: To be completed by Wednesday 16th November.

Times tables: Please complete the times tables sheet into your homework book, using a pencil.  To be handed in on Wednesday 16th November.

English:

Complete the comprehension into the homework book.  Please write in full sentences, using a pen.  To be handed in on Wednesday 16th November.

Read for at least 20 minutes per day. 

Project work:

Please continue with the project set.  To be handed in week beginning 12th December.

 

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