Firstly, welcome to the Class 5 page!
This week has brought lots of fun and exciting activities to start off the new academic year.
Literacy - Setting Descriptions (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
This week we have commenced our class reader for this term. First we predicted what we thought the book would be about before reading the first chapter. We then developed an understanding of how authors use vocabulary for effect. We will then use that skill in our own writing later in this topic.
Maths - Place value
This week we have investigated the value of integers! We discovered what a million representation would look like made out of dienes. Then we found out the value of representations, writing numbers up to ten million in both words and numbers. Next we discovered how the population of cities differ, placing them in ascending and descending order. We also revisited the < (less than) and > (greater than) symbol. Finally we rounded 7-digit numbers to 10, 100, 1 000 and 10 000.
Creative arts afternoons - Friedensreich Hundertwasser
This week we started to learn about our return to school artist - Friedensreich Hundertwasser. First we investigated the man behind the bright and colour art. We found him to be an extremely interesting man who was inspired by bright colours, wildlife and the environment around him. Next week we look forward to sharing you a sample of our work!
This week we have investigated how authors create powerful sentences that describe the setting in a story, studying an extract from J.R.R.Tolkin - The Hobbit. We found out that authors use a range of techniques to grab the readers attention including: extended noun phrases, adverbials, similes, metaphors and personification. We then applied this to our own sentence structure as we begin to build up a bank of "perfect sentences" we can magpie for our own independent write.
We investigated a wide range of approaches to solving addition and subtraction problems. We quickly found out that sometimes we don't have to use column methods of problem solving and rounding, partitioning numbers or using known number facts can be far quicker and easier!
This week has brought an end to our artist study. We have thoroughly enjoyed his creative and interpretive style of artwork. We hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we have creating it!
This week we created our very own setting description of the Spiderwick Estate. We used powerful language to set the mood of the description, making the readers of our writing intrigued to found out more about what lurks inside the house! Check back next week to see examples of independent writing.
This week commenced our learning on decimals and number values. We enjoyed investigating factors and prime numbers as well as understanding methods of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
On Thursday we began to explore our term enquiry question - Should we carry on living our lives like those from the past? This term we develop our historical skills by exploring and understanding the lives of Ancient Egyptians and those who lived in Baghdad 900AD. In our first lesson we explored how some items we take for granted today were actually invented thousands of years ago by ground breaking scientists and investors!