English - This week we completed our persuasive letters to the Sunny Vale Hospital demanding the release of aunt Lucinda from their care. This piece of writing was inspired by the The Spiderwick Chronicles. We then created a "posh copy" using 2Publish on Purple Mash. This really helped us to work on our typing skills.
Maths - This week we have look at algebra. We all thought on Monday algebra was something rather daunting! However, we quickly realised it is something we have always done throughout out school; using "?" or __ when solving problems instead of letters from the alphabet.
2 + __ = 5 is the same as 2 + ? = 5 is the same as 2 + a = 5
A rule to remember: We never use multiplication symbols when writing an algebraic expression as this can be mistaken for an x!
Example: 3xb=12 (incorrect) 3b = 12 (correct)
Other areas of the curriculum
In science we investigated whether or not the earth was flat or spherical. By the end of the lesson we all agreed that it was spherical. In 2020 we may laugh at the theorists from long ago about the world being flat, but we all understood that technology has changed over time helping us to learn more about ourselves and the world.
In History we discovered by Baghdad in 900AD was known as the perfect circular city. We use secondary evidence to help build a whole class lego model of what it looked like. Did you know that the Four gates leading out of the city led to roads to North, East, South and West?
English - This week we have investigated how authors create narrative story endings that grab the reader's attention. We experimented ourselves with writing endings that have "twists" or "cliffhangers." We loved using the 500 word stories from the BBC Radio 2 competitions for stimulus' of our lessons.
Maths - This week we embarked an adventure into the wonderful world of fractions! Have a watch of the videos below for a flavour of what we have covered so far.
The wider curriculum - In this half term's PE lessons we will focus on gymnastics. We thoroughly enjoyed balancing, creating balances on 1,2,3 and even four points of contact.
OnThursday, it was Remembrance Day. During the afternoon, we discussed the importance of remembering those who are members (past and present) who are prepared to give up their life for others. We then created a piece of artwork with Mrs Thompson.
English - This week brought an end to our work exploring narrative endings. We all created an alternative ending to the Spiderwick Estate Field Guide using a cliffhanger, suspense or a twist. We are all excited to read the sequel to this book, The Seeing Stone over the final four weeks of this half term!
Maths - We continued to discover how to compare fractions by making them equivalent. We quickly found out how important it is to have an excellent times table knowledge when investigating common factors of denominators. Next week will bring us to the end of the topic fractions, before we move onto angles and shape.
Wider Curriculum - We unearthed information about the Siege of Baghdad in 1058AD by investigating secondary resources. We looked at a tapestry painted 200 years later that re-told the story of the invasion of the Mongolian's. We used historians accounts to help build up a picture of what really happened. Did you know that evidence suggests that the river running through the city was turned black during the siege by the books from the House of Wisdom that were thrown in the river. The ink from the books washed into the water turning it black!
Writing - We began the week by reading the first chapter in the second book of the Spiderwick series - the Seeing Stone. The chapter left us intrigued to find out more about the powers of the special stone! In this unit of work we will discover how authors write non-chronological reports. We started off studying reports created by web authors related to wonderful creatures! We found out the a non-chronological report generally has the following features: fronted adverbials, third person, past tense, complex sentences and paragraphs. In the next lesson practiced using compound-adjectives to describe Thimbletack and experimented writing informal sentences using a dash.
Maths - We kicked off this week by concluding our lessons on fractions; applying our knowledge of adding and subtracting fractions. We found out, finding the lowest common factor/multiple is the most efficient method of solving problems. Then we moved onto applying our knowledge of angles. We reviewed our knowledge that:
- a right angle = 90 degrees
- a straight line = 180 degrees
- a full turn = 360 degrees
- Vertically opposite angles are always equal
This week we have explored formulae's on spreadsheets to work out how many days we are and other family members. We created a tourist information guide for Baghdad 900AD and began our topic of Expectations leading up to Christmas!
Most exciting of all, we met Mr Redfern on Thursday! We had a fantastic time meeting our new teacher who will be with us full time from the new year!