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P5M – What we have been learning this week 02.10.20

This week has been such a such a busy week:

Literacy

This week we have been learning to use characterisation in our writing. This means we describe someone by using our senses and adjectives. We’ve also practised using a variety of openers through blether stations. We up-levelled sentences by changing the opener.

In Spelling, this week’s rule is adding the suffix – er and -est. We know that if it is a long vowel then we drop the “e” and add the suffix (e.g. bravest) and if it is a short we double the consonant (e.g. thinner).

Activities to do at home:

  • See the spelling document for ideas
  • Write a short story and describe the characters
  • Choose a character from your reading book and describe them
  • Try to summarise your reading book

Maths and Numeracy

In Maths we have continued our learning about 3D objects. As well as reminding ourselves of the properties we have looked at nets of 3D objects.

In Numeracy, we have been reminding ourselves how to carry in chimney sums.

Activities to do at home:

  • Use lego bricks to add and subtract objects
  • Make your own nets
  • Make 3D objects out of things in the environment (e.g. sticks)

Other areas of the curriculum

  • In ICT we have been learning how to create a powerpoint and are trying to upload these to Teams.

Activity at home – try to create a powerpoint and upload to Teams (in the assignments)

  • In Art we continued our work using Henri Rousseau ‘Tiger in the tropical storm’ as inspiration to create a piece of art focusing on depth and layering. We used collage to do this
  • In IDL (Free the Forest) – We began to look at food chains and the importance of balance within these. We learned what a producer, consumer and decomposer are
  • In French we were learning how to say and recognise colours in French.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Miss Martin

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P5M – What we have been learning this week 25.09.20

Hello, I hope you have all had a lovely week.

Literacy

In literacy we have been putting a lot of work into our descriptive writing, focusing mainly on ‘setting the scene’ (describing the setting). This week we used these skills and moved on to ‘Characterization’, where we describe a character’s appearance, personality and any other traits they have. We were delighted to use Hagrid as our character to describe. We were focusing on using ‘WOW’ words and phrases for this. For example; ‘he had a grizzly, matted beard’, ‘Hagrid is like a gentle giant’ and ‘his voice was booming like thunder’. We created a character profile for Hagrid that will help us next week with our descriptive writing.  

In reading we focused on picking out key information. This helped us create concise summaries of our reading books so far. We also practised highlighting key information in a passage and taking notes in our own words. We used mind maps and bullet points to do this. We then used our notes to create a fact file. Picking out the important information and note taking are skills we will continue to work on.

Things to do at home –

See the progress record for this week’s reading pages. Try summarising the main events of what you read to someone at home, focusing on key events

Think about how the characters are described in your reading books (school or personal). Can you picture them in your head? What good wow words and phrases did the author use to describe them?

Please see spelling document posted on Monday

Maths and Numeracy

This week in maths we have been focusing on mental addition strategies. We have been working through a variety of addition sums and discussing how we got the answer. For example, 46 + 51, we borrowed the 1 and added it to the 46, which then became 47 + 50. This made the calculation much simpler for us to do in our heads. We then made posters explaining out mental addition strategies.

For spelling this week we focused on the names of shapes.

Things to do at home –

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

Practise adding two values together in your head (these can be numbers that you see or make up). Think about the strategy that you used to get the answer. Challenge yourself with the numbers that you use

Other curricular areas

  • For our Free the Forest topic and science, we became experts on different plants that can be found in the rainforest. We worked in small groups and researched the plant, focusing on why is grows in that climate, and created posters to present to the class to teach them about each plant
  • In French we researched France itself. We looked for the capital city, monuments, holiday destinations and population
  • For art we continued looking at Henri Rousseau’s art. We use his ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ painting as inspiration. We used collage to create our own versions of this famous painting, focusing on creating depth and layers

Have a great weekend!

Miss Mangan

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P5M – What we have been learning this week 18.09.20

Happy Friday! We have had a great week and have lots to tell you about.  

Literacy

For literacy this week we have been developing our descriptive writing skills further. We began with looking at the importance of using a variety of ‘openers’ in our sentences (such as; once upon a time, one dark and stormy night and on a gloomy morning). We enjoyed creating lots of different sentences using these different openers.

To help us practise using different openers along with all the other writing skills we have been learning, we created out own sweetie or chocolate rooms for Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The rooms had many features such as; chocolate hot tubs, candy cane bridges and chocolate waterfalls. P5M loved creating these rooms, writing a descriptive paragraph setting the scene and then reading these out to the class.

P5M previously loved going outside for spelling practise, therefore we done this again. We used any natural resources we could find to spell our weekly words. We also incorporated our spelling words into our P.E lesson, where every letter had a different exercise and we performed these while spelling out our words.

In reading we discussed what summarising is and will continue this further next week. We were also developing our comprehension skills by reading a passage about global warming and answering a range of questions about it.

Things to do at home –

See the progress record for this week’s reading pages. Try summarising the main events of what you read to someone at home

Keep and eye out for different openers in any reading you do. Take a note of any exciting or interesting ones to help you with your writing in class – this can be personal, or the reading book given

Please see spelling document posted on Monday

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have been learning about 3D objects. We were looking at the properties of different shapes in P.E to help us (edges, surfaces/faces and corners).

Following on from previous week’s work on understanding the value of digits in numbers up to 10,000, we looked at what ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ mean. We used our number columns to help us with this (thousands, hundreds, tens and units). We also used our rounding skills to help us estimate addition and subtraction calculations. We discussed the importance of being able to estimate. P5M were really challenged this week in maths with their extension tasks. They had to work trough various work problems with a partner, using all the skills we have been working on, to work out each step of the problems. For mental maths we also had to calculate the answers to various word problems.

Things to do at home –

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

Try to describe different shapes you see in the environment

Practise estimating the value of different things around the house, and then check how accurate you were. You could even add addition and subtraction in (for example, estimate the number of spoons, the forks and add these values together).

Other curricular areas

  • We continued with our ‘Free the Forest’ topic this week. We finished our global warming fact files from last week and wee peer assessed these, looking at what we loved and what we could do to make them even better. We also began looking at the rainforest, comparing their climate to ours and discussing the effects global warming is having on this.  
  • In French we reminded ourselves of the numbers 1-20. We loved singing and dancing to a song about the numbers and playing bingo.
  • P5M started our art topic this week, looking at the famous artist, Henri Rousseau. We looked at several of his famous painting, discussing the forest theme, colours and techniques he uses. We also practised our sketching skills based on plants and trees as this is a key feature in Henri Rousseau’s art work.
  • We started learning how to create a powerpoint and how to add in new slides, change the design and insert pictures.

Enjoy the lovely sunshine and the bank holiday weekend!

Miss Mangan

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P5M – What we have been learning this week 11.09.20

Primary 5M have had a great week this week learning about lots of different things:

Literacy

This week has been a big week for P5M for literacy. We started off the week practising using connectives in our sentences. To do this we enjoyed creating silly class rules using a range of connectives (such as; after, before, while and instead of) in small groups. The class rules included things like; you must shout ‘bingo’ instead of saying good morning to the teacher.

As well as practising our class spelling words, we also sat a ‘Single Word Spelling Test’ as a class. Similarly, P5M completed their ‘Big Writing’ assessment. We enjoyed doing this as it was an opportunity for us to write an imaginative story of our choice, using all the skills we have been developing over the past few weeks. To help us concentrate during this, we enjoyed having relaxing music on in the background.

P5M received their reading books this week which have been sent home. Our reading days will be on a Wednesday, therefore please see the ‘My Progress’ sheet given out with the books for the required reading pages. Please sign this progress report once the pages have been read and feel free to leave any comments in this box for me to see.

We continued our class novel ‘The Creakers’ and have all been laughing along with the kids of Wiffington Town trying to make do with no adults around.  

Things to do at home –

See the progress record for this week’s reading pages. Try summarising the main events of what you read to someone at home

Keep spotting connectives in any reading you do – this can be personal, or the reading book given

Please see spelling document posted on Monday

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have been learning about 3D objects. We have been learning to name different 3D objects and are describing their properties by saying how many edges, vertices and faces they have.

Following on from last week’s work on understanding the value of digits in numbers up to 10,000, we have continued working on rounding numbers to the nearest 10. We really challenged ourselves this week in maths by progressing on to rounding up to the nearest 100 and 1000. We did this through class discussion and whole class activities as well as written challenges.

Things to do at home –

Try to spot 3d objects around your house – name them and describe them to someone at home

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

Practice counting in 6’s to help with your 6 times table

Have a go rounding any numbers you come across (page numbers, door numbers, scales etc.) to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Other curricular areas

  • P5M started our ‘Free the Forest’ topic this week. We began by carrying out research in small groups about what global warming is. We then created fact files with all the information we found.
  • In our outdoor learning time we carried out a scavenger hunt based around our 5 senses, finding objects that has different surfaces and made different sounds etc.
  • This week we had fun in P.E playing games to improve our fitness levels, including eye-spy the P.E version. This involved pupils playing eye-spy in groups and if their guess/question was wrong, they performed a given exercise.

We also started to put together our Learning Stories this week. We identified our class targets and individual targets for Maths and Numeracy, Literacy and Health and Wellbeing. Please find this in your child’s bag today and return it to school next Friday.

P5M’s P.E days will be on a Monday and Wednesday. Please come ready for P.E in the morning.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Mangan

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P5M – What we have been learning this week 04.09.20

Happy Friday! Primary 5M have had a busy week this week learning about lots of different things:

Literacy

Following on from last week we have been working to improve our descriptive writing skills by ‘up levelling’ our sentences. To do this we have been working in small groups and changing the vocabulary in simple sentences to make them more interesting and descriptive. For example, ‘The horse rode through the field’ became ‘The horse flew through the field as fast as lightening’. We also looked at identifying different connectives in a text (such as; and, also, but, however and because).

To show off our new skills, we focused on describing a haunted house. We looked at all the spooky features on the house as a class and then used our senses to help us ‘set the scene’ by describing the picture.

We enjoyed taking our spelling practice outside this week. We went into the playground and used any natural resources we could find to spell out our spelling words.

During the week we started our class novel ‘The Creakers’ and are all looking forward to finding out where all the parents in Wiffington Town have disappeared to.

Things to do at home –

Practise expanding your vocabulary by trying to ‘up level’ any sentences you read to make them more interesting and descriptive (more detail)

Keep spotting connectives in any reading you do

Please see spelling document posted on Monday

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have been learning about 2D shapes. We took our learning outside and created 2D shapes in the playground using natural resources.

Following on from last week’s work on understanding the value of digits in numbers up to 10,000, we have been practising writing out numbers in words and reading number lines. We discussed why it is important to be able to read number lines, for example thermometers and scales. Using our number lines, we practised rounding to the nearest 10’s, which we will practise further next week.

We have also been practising counting up in 4’s and 5’s. We have enjoyed playing around the world and buzz to help us with our times tables.

Things to do at home –

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

Practice counting in 4’s and 5’s (for example this can be done by counting up your steps in 3’s or 4’s)

Have a go at reading any scales or thermometers around the house – you can even try to rounding the number to the nearest 10.

Other curricular areas

  • After working so hard last week on our health and wellbeing drama’s, we performed these to the rest of the class and discussed what relationships they were based on
  • P5M started to discuss our new environment topic this week. We looked at the different aspects we need to cover and decided what we would like to learn about based on this. We decided that our new topic will be called ‘Free the Forests’
  • We have been practising our common phrases and greeting in French this week. To help us remember them we have been trying to do our register in French

Have a lovely weekend!