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Week beginning 30th October
This week we have started our new learning them - The Groovy Greeks. In our literacy we have looked at the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. We had to put our selves in Theseus' shoes and explain how he was feeling. We continued to look at some characters from these myths and wrote sentences with embedded clauses in them.
In maths we have looked at dividing whole numbers by a single integer. We have talked though the short division method and been able to explain when we carry and why.
Week beginning 23rd October
This week we had our come and learn session. Parents were invited in and we looked at classifying animals based on their unique features. We had to come up with questions to sort animals, create our own classification chart and explain how it worked.
In maths we focussed on how to multiply numbers using column method. We ensured that we could explain how to solve a problem and not simply give the answer to the question.
Week Beginning 9.10.17
In Science, we have learnt more about food chains this week and made our own food chain mobiles. As part of our English learning, we wrote letters in role. We imagined we were stick insects, and wrote about problems we had! We then had to write back, offering advice using scientific facts. In Maths, we have done some addition and subtraction and then we applied our learning when solving problems.
Week Beginning 2nd October 2017
This week in Literacy we have been creating our own monsters based upon the book, ‘A Field Guide to Monsters.’ We have used exciting vocabulary to describe their life cycle, habitat and diet.
In Maths, we have consolidated our learning about place value and number sequences.
We have finally finished sewing our felt monsters! They are looking great and some have been put up on display around the school.
Week beginning 18th September
This week in literacy we have constructed a poem about being a Wild Thing. We had to think what we were like when we were ‘wild’ and think of how we could rhyme certain words. We then started to look at different biomes across the globe and had to extract information from different sources and identify where in the world each biome was, the plants and animals that grow there and describe that biome. We then transferred this from notes into a biome pyramid and completed at least 2 different biomes.
In our learning them we started to look at and design our felt monsters. We had to think carefully as to how we would make them as we need to sew them ourselves. We made sure that they had short fat arms and legs so it is easy for us to stuff them. We then labelled and coloured these to give ourselves a clear idea as to what they will look like.
In maths we have focussed on our addition and started to use the inverse to check our answers. We have identified what is wrong with certain calculations and ensured that the column method was used correctly.
Week Beginning 11th September
This week in literacy we have been thinking about different parts of speech and how to structure a sentence by identify nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. We then tried to up level sentences ensuring they had detailed description in them.
In numeracy we have looked at place value and rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. We have also started to challenge ourselves with a few reasoning activities and have tried to explain our thinking using mathematical language.
As part of our learning them we looked at the world map and had to identify different continents, the equator, the tropics and the prime meridian line. We then had to use biome maps to plot the different climate regions across the globe.
Week Beginning 4th September
First week back at Coten End after our long summer holidays, we were straight back into work, creating blow paint monsters that we would use as inspiration for our writing, topic book covers and character descriptions.
In maths we dived straight into looking at place value by identifying what each digit was worth. We also started comparing and ordering numbers with up to four digits.
We held our class council elections where we had to give a short speech or presentation that gave reasons to vote for us. It was hard to persuade people but we managed to in the end and elected our class council representatives.
Thankfully with it being the first week, the teachers spared us any homework, with the exception of reading. Spellings, maths and literacy to follow next week.