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2nd September 2016

English

This week in English, we started our unit on Myths and Legends. We enjoyed identifying the features of this genre and compared different myths to see which features they had in common. We used drama to retell the story of Theseus and the Minotaur (see above picture!) and developed our understanding of fronted adverbials when writing a description of Medusa and her cave. We also started our spelling lessons this week with our spelling teacher.

Maths

In Maths, we have been revising our knowledge of place value to ensure a solid understanding of number sense in preparation for future concepts. 

We have looked at identifying the value of digits up to 1,000,000, ordered and compared numbers using < >, practised rounding and completed number sequences.

Project Work

This week, we continued with our ‘Brainwaves’ project and really enjoyed making a connections web (see above picture!). We were even able to balance objects on it! We have investigated the different ways that we learn and how the neurons in our brains make connections as we practise new skills. We have used ‘Quiz Quiz Trade’, a Kagan knowledge-building structure, to learn about the location and functions of key sections of the human brain. We have also started to focus on the international mindedness of the IPC by researching our own personal connections between Singapore and other countries across the globe. We have recorded this reflection by creating fact files about ourselves.

Mandarin

This week, we continued with the revision programme as students consolidate their learning in the four key skill areas such as writing, reading, speaking and listening. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure https://quizlet.com/_2fi0mg

Computing

This week, students are learning how to become more familiar with the Apple computers. They looked at solving problems and puzzles based on Computational theory, including loops and procedures. These skills can be followed up at home by visiting the website http://www.abcya.com/lightbot.htm. The students will begin to develop their coding skills throughout the year.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week, pupils have been working on pacing in cross country. In swimming, we have been analysing partners front crawl strokes.

Music

Music was cancelled this week however we practised our song for Friday’s assembly and played a game called ‘Hide the Key’, which uses pitch and volume to direct someone to the hidden object.

Design & Technology

This week, the children continued to learn about safety within the school workshop and considered safety outside the school environment. Safety is paramount in the workshop, and part of establishing safe workshop practices is to discuss in detail a wide range of points.

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 5th September. Please hand spelling journals to your spelling teacher on Monday 5th. 

Maths: 

  •  My iMaths: Please see the letter which has been sent home regarding how to access My iMaths along with a login for your child. Any problems, please contact your class teacher. To be completed by Wednesday 7th September. 
  •  Times tables: Please complete the times tables grid into your homework book, using a pencil. To be handed in on Wednesday 7th September. 

Reading: 

  •  Complete the comprehension into the homework book. Please write in full sentences, using a pen. To be handed in on Wednesday 7th September. 
  •  Read for at least 20 minutes per day.

 

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