We started the week by completing 'Show it, draw it, explain it, prove it' grids to answer addition and subtraction questions relating to fractions with the same denominators. We came up with the following rule to explain how fractions are added/subtracted:
'To add/subtract fractions the denominators must be the same. When the denominators are the same, the numerators are added/subtracted.'
Following this we then started to look at fractions with different denominators. We realised that when the denominators are different we have to apply our knowledge of equivalent fractions to make the denominators the same. Once we have found the lowest common multiple, we then have to change the numerators before we can add/subtract them. At first we looked at some simple questions before we changed the context and had to build fraction pyramids.
In Monday's assembly, Mrs Lawson set us the challenge of writing a newspaper report to explain all the activities that took place on Red Nose Day. During our first lesson this week we planned out what we wanted to include. Towards the end of this week, we started to write our reports, however, this will be something that continues into next week. Once we have finished the reports we will have the opportunity to edit and publish our newspapers in best. A winning report will then be chosen (by Mrs Knott) to be filmed - like a broadcast - and published on the school website. Mrs Lawson is also going to choose a couple of other reports to also be uploaded onto the new website.
We had a visitor to our class on Friday. Mrs Knott came to teach us all about comparing the size of fractions. Although some of us knew the answer straight away, the focus of our lesson was to understand the reasoning behind our answer. Throughout the lesson we worked on finding reasons behind our thinking and we were left with two statements:
If the numerator is the same, then the smaller the denominator, then the larger the fraction.
If the numerator is the same, then the larger the denominator, then the smaller the fraction.
Next week we will be looking a proving why these statements are true.
We were extremely busy throughout our Literacy lessons this week. We began the week by looking at the features of Greek myths. We then worked as a class to plan our own myth with a surprising storyline and towards the end of the week we started to write our myth. We are continuing with our creativity next week where we will be finishing our myths, editing and publishing.
Please note that homework will now be set on a Friday and due to be handed in the following Friday. Failure to hand in completed homework on time will result in the work being completed during Golden Time.
This week in maths we have started to look at fractions of a whole. We began our week with representing our fractions visually using shapes. We started to notice a strategy to help us represent trickier fractions visually and this really helped us when applying what we know to test style questions. Towards the end of the week we started to look at equivalent fractions, using a fractions wall to help us. Some of us have started to notice multiplication and division strategies when finding equivalent fractions and are now beginning to find equivalent without using a fractions wall.
Throughout our literacy lessons this week we have looked at using brackets, dashes and commas to show parenthesis - extra information added to a sentence. Miss Garratt was really impressed with our ability to identify parenthesis and how we are starting to us different types of punctuation to show this in our own writing. Today we have played 'Kahoot!' where we have had to apply what we know about parenthesis to an online game.
In our science lesson we have started to look at sound and how it travels in waves through materials vibrating. We tested this using resources such as rice on drum skins, elastic bands and rulers clamped to a desk. This week we have also started our topic on the Ancient Greeks and have began research on Greece's history.
A huge well done to all those children in Team LG who participated in Bikeability this week. The Bikeability team have been impressed with all your learning and have praised each and everyone of you for showing excellent biking skills. They were blown away by the pace at which you have been able to pick up and use new skills whilst riding your bikes on the road. Each of you will receive a certificate and badge next week during one of our assemblies as recognition for all your hard work.
It's been a busy week for Team LG in Literacy this week. We have focussed on the book 'Gangsta Granny' by David Walliams, comparing our own grandmas and nanans to Ben's grandma from the book. Following this, we have started to make our own set of instructions to fool our parents/carers. WATCH OUT mums/dads/carers - we have some sneaky children in Team LG who have made conniving plans to play some awful tricks on you! Throughout the week we have also participated in a book swap and today we teamed up with the children in Nursery and Team AF to be reading buddies. Of course our favourite part of the week has been dressing up for World Book Day. We have had some incredible characters and costumes that brought back some brilliant memories for us all.
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