We are enjoying our whole class novel ‘Friend or Foe’, we read the scene for which the book is titled and debated whether the German airmen could be considered as ‘Friend or Foe’. We used evidence from the text to explore the reasons for or against the boys helping the German airmen and tried to use empathy to explore the actions of the characters and their reasoning behind it.
We revised the ‘ar’ ending for words in spelling this week. Please see attached document.
We launched our literature circles this week. Reading is now due on a Monday, this is to leave us enough time in the week to prepare for and hold our literature circle meetings. When we met this week, we assigned each member of the group their literature circle role for the following week. This is noted on the reading record slip. In order to be prepared in advance it would be useful to have conversations at home around the task that is linked to the assigned role. For example, if you have the role of literary luminary, it is your job to choose and discuss an important scene from the pages read as homework. Identifying the scene you would like to explore in advance and discussing reasons why this scene is important would give you a head start when completing the written task in class. I have attached the literature circle documents below, which explain what is required for each role.
This week we revised the grid and brackets methods of multiplication. They are similar in that they both require each number to be partitioned. See illustrations below for examples.
We also learned about the rules of divisibility. These are a set of rules that you can apply to numbers to find out what numbers they can be divided by.
In addition to this we also did some work on creating a sets of multiples and finding common multiples between tables.
Make a list of five numbers they find around the house. Investigate the factors of each then make a poster explaining your findings.
Collect a pile of small coins (about four 10p coins and some 1p, 2p and 5p coins). Then grab some of the coins and write how much you grabbed, e.g. 38p. If this is a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 they score a point for each, e.g. 24p would score 5 points (it is a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8), but 17p would score no points. Record your findings in a table.
Other areas of the Curriculum
We started learning about our new topic – The Solar System. We created some key questions that we would like to explore in this topic and began by finding our the order of the planets. We wrote some mnemonics to help us to remember the order – we found this task quite amusing!
We enjoyed painting our pebbles with poppy designs, these will be displayed at Fairmilehead Church for Remembrance Day.
We also designed two Christmas cards – these will be made available to order by the Parent Council in the coming weeks.
Have a lovely weekend,