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16th September 2016

English

This week, the children have started their topic on persuasive writing. They have tried to persuade an audience to buy a product and use persuasive techniques. They have learned about the ‘Magic 8’, key features of persuasive writing and speaking. They have enjoyed speaking and listening persuasive activities to help them with their use of language.

Maths

This week in Maths we have started the topic of Fractions. We started off simplifying fractions – proper, improper and mixed numbers – before moving on to finding equivalent fractions. We then went on to comparing the size of fractions with different denominators and ordering them.

Project Work

In Project this week we have:

  • Successfully completed our entry point. The children enjoyed sharing knowledge of their home country, dressing in their home country's traditional clothing and tasting foods from their peers.
  • Completed the Knowledge Harvest for our topic. This included sharing knowledge of what we know about 'Home and Host' country in reference to Geography and History.
  • Began to research what is meant by 'international mindedness'. This included thinking about how and what people can contribute to a country and what effect it can have on the lives of others.
Mandarin

This week, the students celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. They engage in various hands-on related activities to future heighten their awareness of this cultural celebration, such as designing a moon cake, literature response, poem recitation, song, lantern making and stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Computing

In computing this week, students have been experimenting with a range of logic based puzzles based on the theme Angry Birds. They have been learning about IF statements and iteration. Students can try this at home by visiting the website https://studio.code.org/hoc/1.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been working on focusing on their pacing to beat their target time in cross country. Classes who are currently on double PE have been working on their digging skills in mini game situations in volleyball. Classes undertaking swimming have been recording times over 25m with several strokes.

Music

We continued reinforcing the left-hand and right-hand Rock n’ Roll combinations over the 12-bar musical form. Close attention was applied to the correct left-hand fingering through sustained practice, as this allowed students to switch easily between C, F and G bass line grooves.

Design & Technology

This week has been an exciting one in DT. The children are experiencing using real tools and real materials in order to begin the production of the wall hook. They are in the process of applying their maths skills in order to accurately mark out their timber to 100mm in length. They have then cut the timber using a coping saw, with the material securely held in a bench vise. The children are doing this as independently as possible in order to promote problem-solving skills and greater workshop confidence. There are many opportunities to learn from errors during this process and to learn that with effort and creativity, almost any problem can be fixed. In future lessons, the children will also be developing their freehand 3D drawing skills by learning isometric drawing.

Homework

English: Persuasive game to play at home. No writing is needed for this. It is a chance to develop persuasive speaking skills.

Project work:  Continue with last week's homework- Research and present information about your home country. Please see homework books for further information.

Spelling: Please see spelling journals for spelling list that will be tested next Friday.

 

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