This week in maths we have devised two rules when adding/subtraction fractions and then put these rules into place.
1. To add/subtract fractions the denominators must be the same. If the denominators are the same I need to add/subtract the numerators.
2. To add/subtract fractions the denominators must be the same. If the denominators are not that same I need to find an equivalent fraction. Once the denominators are the same I need to add/subtract the numerators.
Over the past couple of days we have focused on:
Explaining what an algorithm is and applying flow charts to represent one.
Identifying iteration (loops) and constructing an example of iteration.
The children worked in groups of four to create a short dance routine that they had to represent in a flow chart. In their working groups the children chose four dance moves to put into a sequence and recorded this using a flow chart. We discussed the use of iteration (a part of the flowchart that repeats itself) and applied this to our routines.
After rehearsing each group then performed to the rest of the class to see if they could spot where the loop of iteration had been included. Top job Team LG - you performed some cracking routines.
This week we have been looking at the relationship between fractions. We started off with shapes of different fractions and named the shapes based on their colour. We used this to discuss the relationships between the shapes. For example, two pink = one orange. Following this, we had another lesson looking at the relationship between the shapes but rather than using colours we gave each shape a value. This time we looked at the relationship between the values we had given. For example, two 1/2s = 1 whole. At first we were unsure of why we were being asked to find relationships between colours, but once we gave the shapes values of fractions, all became clear.
Following several snow days and Bikeability, this week we FINALLY started to write our Ancient Greek myths. We have used our planning to support us with our writing and so far we have written: an introductory paragraph, a character description, a creature description and a paragraph to tell the reader about the problems Ancient Greece is facing. Next week we aim to write the resolution to our myth (the most exciting part) where our characters are going to come face to face with the creature and battle to save the people of Greece.
A huge congratulations to all the boys and girls who have completed Bikeability and achieved their Level 1 and Level 2. Happy riding on the roads but remember to stay safe!
Please see below the newest quiz available. To be returned before Friday 9th March.
On Monday 26th February, I have arranged for Louise Wright from Experience Barnsley to come into school for a ‘WW1 Session’. Throughout the morning the children will discover the lives and stories of local people involved in WW1 using archival documents, handling objects and period costume. Each pupil will be given a soldier’s book to complete throughout the session. The children will have a hands on experience with artefacts and crafts, including making a Princess Mary tin. The children will also learn about the life of a soldier through role-play. Louise will teach the children how to march like a soldier, respond to commands and carry out first aid. The session will end with a reflective creative writing activity where pupils will transport themselves back in time to write a postcard to a soldier or nurse. To ensure we make the most of the morning and the children can fully engage in the experience, we invite all the children in Class 5 to come to school for the day dressed up ready for war. The children have the opportunity to come dressed as a soldier, a nurse, a child or any costume fitting into a WW1 theme.
Secondly on Tuesday 27th February, I have arranged for Team LG to work with Mr Fidment. Over the past few week the children have been extremely inquisitive about the lives of young soldiers during WW1. We have started listening to Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ which has sparked the interest of the children to learn more about the life of child soldiers. To link with our PE curriculum, we are going to be running a young soldiers training camp on the afternoon of the 27th February. This will take place in the school’s nature reserve. Please could you ensure that your child brings an appropriate set of clothes and shoes to participate in this activity. Due to the current weather conditions, please be aware that the children’s clothing may get muddy and therefore it would be appropriate to send clothes/shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
During our maths lessons this week we have focused on comparing two fractions. We came up with the following rules:
If the denominator is the same then the smaller/larger the numerator, then the smaller/greater the fraction.
If the numerator is the same (unit fraction) then the smaller/larger the denominator then the greater/smaller the fraction.
This week we have started working towards writing an Ancient Greek myth. First, we read 'Thespina and the Scorpidon' and used this to identify the features used in Greek mythical writing. A lot of our literacy work this week has been cross-curricular to enable us to have a secure understanding of who the Ancient Greeks were in order for us to write our own myths next week. We particularly focused on Greece itself, buildings and houses in Ancient Greece, clothing, Greek Gods/Goddesses and mythincal creatures (hybrid animals).
Please see below the newest quiz available. To be returned before Friday 2nd March.
Congratulations to last week's winner, Mrs Beynon.
Please see below the newest quiz available. To be returned before Friday 19th February.
Congratulations to last week's winner, Mrs Wright.
We have continued our work on fractions this week by looking at equivalent fractions. We discussed that equivalence means 'the same' and used this to create bar models of fractions to show fractions that were equal to one another. After we had used visual representations of fractions we were able to see the link between multiplication and division strategies and used these to find equivalent fractions.
This week during literacy lessons we have focused on war poetry, particularly poetry written during and after the First World War. We looked at the author's choice of language, in particular figurative language (smiles, personification, alliteration, metaphors and onomatopoeia) and how this impacts on the reader. Towards the end of the week, we wrote our own poems, concentrating on imagery used within poems and how our language choice would the pictures we are creating in the readers' minds.
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