In Literacy we have been studying the use of the passive voice, or should I say, it is the use of the passive voice we have been studying. We have also been working on a project to improve the community like providing a new service for Weston Hills. Our ideas included, helping people to look after pets, going shopping for people, organising sporty activities and even doing chores for people whilst providing light refreshments.
The children had to work together to form a company, develop their ideas, make a logo and write a slogan. After presenting their service to the class they voted for the service which they thought would benefit the local community the best.
In Maths, Year 5 have continued to work on calculating with fractions and using mixed fractions with improper fractions. Year 6 have continued to create and solve algebraic equations.
Sam Ruddock from Inspire+ came to the school and gave a presentation on not giving up and following your dreams, which the children really enjoyed.
We enjoyed taking part in a Science Workshop where children mixed ingredients together to see chemical changes occur. The children made sherbet and slime. We watched the effect of mentos mints when mixed with lemonade and cola too. It was very exciting and the children thoroughly enjoyed it!
Science Bird Watch Week - What a very busy and exciting week we have had this week! Our children have worked extremely hard and collated the fantastic pieces of work into our own classroom scrapbook. We look forward to sharing this with you all!
For English this week, our children have been researching, planning and writing amazing fact files about different birds. Children used different literacy features to write interesting introductions. In Maths, Year 5 have been finding out about equivalent fractions, whilst Year 6 have been calculating percentages of numbers. We used the data created from the garden bird watch to draw graphs and to interpret that information.
For Science, we saw 6 real live birds up close and were able to stroke the oft feathers of a Barn Owl, and a Kookaburra. We went out onto the school field to see what birds live within the school grounds. We investigated what birds in the local area seem to be well fed and did not eat any of the feast we provided for them.
We studied bird feathers and created our own to create a large collage of a blackbird. We also watched a video of starlings murmurating and then created our own murmuration of starlings.
In English, we have been learning to use persuasive vocabulary and to write a balanced argument. As we are preparing for Bird Watch Week, we thought we would write a story about owls which we could read to children in Oak Class.
In Maths, Year 5 have been continuing to divide up to 4 digit numbers and finding that some numbers have remainders. We can even predict what the remainder could be when dividing by 2 or 5. Year 6 have been solving problems with a mixture of fractions, decimals and percentages.
In Science, we had lots of fun dissecting real owl pellets. We discovered the bones of mice an voles and learned what owls eat. It was a little smelly though!
In Geography, we studied Australia, not just because there have been wild fires there, but because we found out that Australia was named by a man who was born in Donington in Lincolnshire. His name was Matthew Flinders and he was the first seaman to circumnavigate Australia.
For I.C.T. this week, we had a visit on Wednesday who reminded us that we need to stay safe when using a computer online. We have been shown how important it is to have a secure password and always report to our carers when any problem arises. We were also told about the danger of using apps and websites which are set up for people who are over 13.
This week in Literacy, we have been continuing to read Kensuke's Kingdom and finding out about who Kensuke is. We discovered he was a doctor, who worked on a warship during World War II. He is Japanese and heard about the bombing of Nagasaki, (his home town). He thinks his wife Kimi and son Michiya are dead. His ship is also destroyed and he is the only survivor. Fortunately, the ship grounded on an island where Kensuke has been living for over 30 years.
The children then wrote his diary for 3 specific times in his life, including subordinate clauses amongst other literacy features.
In Maths, Year 5 have continued to consolidate understanding of multiplying larger numbers and beginning to divide numbers up to 4 digits.
In Science, the children carried out their own investigations to prove what affects the process of evaporation and also to think about reversible and irreversible changes of states of matter.
In P.E. and P.H.S.E., we have been developing ways to work together.
In History and Geography, we have been seeing how many people have sailed the oceans to explore new countries, and that they have done this for different reasons. We have plotted some of the journeys they made on a map of the world.
Welcome back! Our new Topic for this term is about Planet Earth. We have been discovering how important water is and just how much of our world is made of water - an amazing 71%!
In Science, we have explored what happens in the process of evaporation and realising that the water does not disappear, but changes from a liquid state to a gas (called water vapour). With so much water, and most of it is in the seas and oceans, there have been an incredible number of different kinds of sailing vessels.
For Literacy, following our Topic - Sailors often keep a 'ships log' of their travels, and this has inspired us to think about diaries.
We have discovered that many famous people have kept diaries. We are learning to use synonyms in our writing to make it more interesting to read.
In Numeracy this week, Year 6 are learning to calculate numbers with decimals up to 3 places and Year 5 are learning to use difference ways to multiply numbers with more than one digit.
For P.E., this term we are focusing on team skills and strategies to use in invasion type games.