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P6NM Blog Week Beginning 22.03.21

We have had a great week in P6NM.  

It was great to speak to so many parents for the consultations over the last few days. Some parents mentioned how successful the book study on Kensuke’s Kingdom had been over Learning Together at Home. It certainly seems to have been one of the books that the class have enjoyed most. If your child liked reading it, they might consider reading The Wreck of Zanzibar (another Michael Morpurgo book) or, to explore the theme of friendship, an excellent book is The boy at the back of the class.  

Here is a summary of our learning this week. 

HWB 

We have been reading The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Everyone has been really engaged with this book and we are enjoying the fact that it is a different style to the books we have read recently. This week we have discussed some of the issues raised: 

  • Comparing ourselves to others. 
  • We are all different and have our own unique set of character traits and skills. 
  • What do you think success is? 
  • What would life be like if we listened less to our fears and more to our dreams? 

Opportunities for home learning: 

Do you have any favourite sayings in your family? Why are they so good? 

What do you want to be when you grow up? “Kind” said the boy. This was a surprising answer. What do you want to be? Why is that important to you? Write a few sentences and draw a picture. Include a job and a quality.  

Literacy 

  • We made a plan for a story for our P1 buddies. We read a picture book then followed the same story structure to create our own versions. We had to consider our audience when planning which words and phrases to use, we had to correctly use speech marks and we had to make the central message/moral of the story clear. 
  • We revisited how to use colons to introduce lists.   
  • We developed our listening and talking skills when we presented our STEM projects. 

Ideas for home learning: 

Choose one of the options below and write a list using colons and bullet points correctly. 

Things to pack for a camping holiday                                       Favourite ingredients for a smoothie 

Think back to a story you enjoyed when you were younger. Did it have a central message or a theme like the one we read together? Can you think of any other texts which encourage you to be yourself? 

Maths

In maths we have been learning about angles.

We can use the words acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle to classify different angles. Here are some posters we made.

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We also started to measure angles using protractors. To do this accurately we know that we must:

  • Estimate the size of the angle first
  • Line up the protractor correctly
  • Read accurately from the correct scale
  • Compare our answer to our estimate. Is it reasonable?

There is a fantastic lesson on BBC bitesize which reinforces the learning we have been doing in class this week. There are two videos to watch and a follow up worksheet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdp8bqt

You could also:

  • Find some leaflets that have been delivered at home.
  • Find angles in the pictures and diagrams.
  • Use different colours to indicate acute, obtuse and reflex angles.
  • Look for angles in the environment (see photo below). Use the correct vocabulary to name different angles that you can see.
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  • Try to make angles with your body (knee, elbow, arms, fingers). Can you name each one accurately?
  • This website has information on different types of angles.

https://www.mathsisfun.com/angles.html

  • This is a very useful website which demonstrates how to use a protractor accurately. There are also interactive questions to test your knowledge.

https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/protractor-using.html

Other  

  • We worked in trios or groups of 4 to complete and present a STEM project.
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