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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy.  This week we will be focusing upon our World War II history topic as focus for writing. This will include reading comprehension, letter writing and newspaper journalistic writing based upon the experiences of fictional evacuees.

Maths.  Using formulae to calculate the area of triangles and parallelograms. Working with negative numbers. Solving missing number problems and expressing such problems algebraically.

Homework:

  • Maths Do lots of weighing and measuring at home – compare units of measurement and compare metric units (grams, cms etc) to imperial units such as pounds, ounces, inches etc. Discuss what you have found with somebody at home – challenge them to see if they can estimate measurements and compare your own estimates with them to see who is closer!
  • Reading/Writing Continue reading The Hobbit. Design a poster for the book to be displayed in the classroom.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Visit to Pizza Express – Wednesday morning 24th May
  • PE on Monday and Wednesday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Well done for last week and everybody’s calm and focused attitude during SATs week. Everybody was a total star and should be very, very proud of themselves. I am very proud of everybody in the class for doing the best that they could, for being happy and positive as well as being kind and supportive to each other.
  • I am not going to be in school for the next few weeks, but I know that everybody will be the best that they can while I am away and continue to work hard on their learning with Mrs Gilmour. See you soon!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

None this week because of SATs.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy:

  • Please could children prepare for DLG on Chapter 2 of The Hobbit on Thursday. Record this extract in exercise book and notes regarding why this extract has been chosen.
  • We will continue to work on a range of reading comprehension tasks this week and using some of these as models for own writing.

Maths.  Working on a range of reasoning questions which involve applying knowledge and understanding of Year 6 maths skills including fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and inverse operations.

http://sats.highamstjohns.com/PastPapers.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – Homophones/near homophones: accept/except; affect/effect; ball/bawl; berry/bury; brake/break; fair/fare; grate/great; groan/grown; here/hear; heel/heal/he’ll; knot/not; mail/male; main/mane; meat/meet; medal/meddle; missed/mist; peace/piece; plain/plane; rain/rein/reign; scene/seen; weather/whether; whose/who’s

Homework – to be handed in Tuesday 9th May:

  • Numeracy: range of mixed questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading / Writing: Preparing for our next DLG on The Hobbit.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Please note that Year 6 have their SATs next week: Monday 8th May – Reading; Tuesday 9th May – Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar; Wednesday 10th May – Maths Paper 1 (Calculation) and Paper 2 (Reasoning); Thursday 11th May – Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 24/04/17

Literacy:

  • Please prepare for DLG on Chapter 2 of The Hobbit for next week. Record this extract in exercise book and notes regarding why this extract has been chosen.
  • We will be working on a range of reading comprehension tasks this week and using some of these as models for own writing.

Maths.  Focusing on data handling problems which will include practice and revision of calculation methods for the four operations.  http://sats.highamstjohns.com/PastPapers/html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: -ant – ance –ancy spelling list to be sent home. Please practise and learn spellings. Use LOOK- COVER- WRITE – CHECK!

Homework – to be handed in Tuesday 2nd May

  • Maths: Range of mixed questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading/Writing: Preparing for our next DLG on The Hobbit (see above).
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/03/17

Literacy:

  • We are going to continue reading, and listening to, The Hobbit. We will be starting our DLGs (Dialogic Literary Gatherings) based upon The Hobbit after Easter.
  • Please could children prepare for DLG on ‘The Unexpected Party’ Chapter 1 of The Hobbit for the 1st week back after Easter. Children will take a DLG exercise book home with them this week – read the 1st chapter and select a short extract from the chapter. Record this extract in exercise book and notes regarding why this extract has been chosen.
  • I look forward to hearing children recite and perform The Child Who Was Wild (Michael Rosen) from last week’s homework in class.
  • We will be working on a range of reading comprehension tasks this week and using some of these as models for own writing.

Maths:

  • Continuing with work on geometry – identifying 3D shapes and revision of angles, particularly using angle sum facts and other properties to make deductions about missing angles.
  • Also: Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.
  • http://sats.highamstjohns.com/PastPapers.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  We are now at the end of these lists.  Please refer to the list which was recently sent out again to learn those words which have not yet been mastered (words which have been spelt correctly in a test have been highlighted).  It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK…SAY…COVER…WRITE…CHECK and correct if necessary!  Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in Wednesday 19th April:

  • Maths – range of mixed questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading/Writing – Preparing for our first DLG on The Hobbit (see above).
  • Punctuation & Grammar – SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Swimming for some on Wednesday mornings – last one this week!

 

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy:

  • We are going to continue reading The Hobbit. We will be starting our DLGs (Dialogic Literary Gatherings) based upon The Hobbit after Easter. Children have taken a copy of the book home with them last week and some children have already started reading it at home – because they want to!
  • I look forward to hearing children recite and perform The Cat poem (Tolkien) from last week’s homework in class.
  • We will be working on a range of reading comprehension tasks this week and using some of these as models for own writing.

Maths:

  • Continuing with algebra – using simple formulae, generating linear number sequences, expressing missing number problems algebraically.
  • Geometry – identifying 3D shapes and revision of angles, particularly using angle sum facts and other properties to make deductions about missing angles.
  • Loads of past SATs questions – good for trying lots of different types of questions!  http://sats.highamstjohns.com/PastPapers.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  We are now at the end of these lists.  Please refer to the list which was recently sent out again to learn those words which have not yet been mastered (words which have been spelt correctly in a test have been highlighted).  It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK…SAY…COVER…WRITE…CHECK and correct if necessary!  Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in Monday 27th March

  • Maths: Practise addition and subtraction problems of your own – challenge yourself! Use a calculator to check your accuracy.
  • Reading/Writing: Learn ‘The Child Who Was Wild’ poem by Michael Rosen to recite and share in class. Write a story based upon the poem. See over…
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Swimming for some on Wednesday mornings.
  • Red Nose Day, Friday 24th March.  To raise money for Red Nose Day we are asking that children wear something red on Friday and bring in £1.  Children are also going to be encouraged to record the funniest joke they have heard (appropriate of course!) or create their own, and the funniest will be chosen from each class prior to Friday’s assembly and shared that afternoon in front of the school to help everyone get into the spirit of things.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Literacy:

  • We are going to continue reading The Hobbit – writing will be based upon our reading including poetry by Tolkien and verses from the book.
  • Writing this week will largely be focused upon our learning for Science Week.

Maths:

  • Algebra – using simple formulae, generating linear number sequences, expressing missing number problems algebraically.
  • Loads of past SATs questions – good for trying lots of different types of questions!          http://sats.highamstjohns.com/PastPapers/html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  We are now at the end of these lists. Please refer to the list which was sent out before half term (and again last week) to learn those words which have not yet been mastered (words which have been spelt correctly in a test have been highlighted). It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note / let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework:

  • Maths. Practise multiplication and division problems of your own – challenge yourself! Use a calculator to check your accuracy. Try to use decimals and fractions to express remainders rather than remainders with division problems.
  • Reading/Writing. Learn this poem to recite and share in class. Write a story based upon The Cat by JRR Tolkien.
  • Punctuation & Grammar – none this week

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy.  We are going to continue reading The Hobbit. Writing will be based upon our reading and we will be researching JRR Tolkien to find out and write about his life.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/uk/jrr_tolkien/newsid_2388000/2388813.stm

Maths.  Working on ratio and proportion: solving problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities, solving problems involving the calculations of percentages, solving problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known.                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zsq7hyc

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  We are now at the end of these lists. Please refer to the list which was sent out before half term (and again last week) to learn those words which have not yet been mastered (words which have been spelt correctly in a test have been highlighted). It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note / let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework:

  • Maths: SATS type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading/Writing: Reading comprehension to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some. PE for the next 3 weeks with those children who do not go swimming this term (indoor and outdoor PE kits please – we will be outside weather permitting).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy.  Book Week – we are going to focus upon reading and watching extracts from The Hobbit. This will include writing dialogue, descriptive writing and writing a diary extract considering the point of view of the characters.

Maths.  Last week we found that we really needed to focus upon division reasoning to solve word problems involving division so we didn’t get on to our geometry learning. This week we will move onto the area and perimeter of rectangles and composite shapes as well as finding the area of parallelograms and triangles.  http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/area.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Children to practise and learn V, W, X, Y and Z spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. We are now at the end of these lists; please refer to the list which was sent out before half term to learn those words which have not yet been mastered (words which have been spelt correctly in a test have been highlighted). It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note / let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in Monday 6th March:

  • Numeracy: SATS type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading/Writing: Reading comprehension to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some.  PE for the next 4 weeks with those children who do not go swimming this term.  (Indoor and outdoor PE kits please – we will be outside weather permitting.)

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy:

  • Monday is Big Write Day.
  • Continuing to focus upon reading skills. Writing will be linked to our reading. Continuing with revision of subject, object, active, passive, synonyms, antonyms, ellipsis, hyphen, colon, semi-colon and bullet points.
  • We have been working on main and subordinate clauses in class – some children are finding this quite challenging.  This link is very useful as a basis for discussion with your child – perhaps while you are reading together: http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-clause

Maths.  Converting units of capacity. Converting units of time. Finding the area and perimeter of rectangles and composite shapes; finding the area of parallelograms and triangles: http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/area.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

Children to practise and learn S, T and U spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note/let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in on Monday 27th February:

  • Maths: SATS type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading/Writing: Reading comprehension to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some. PE for the next 4 weeks with those children who do not go swimming this term (Indoor and outdoor PE kits please – we will be outside weather permitting).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy.  Focus upon reading skills- reading comprehensions with links to other subjects including history, RE and science topics. Writing will be linked to our reading. Continuing with revision of subject, object, active, passive, synonyms, antonyms, ellipsis, hyphen, colon, semi-colon and bullet points.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/

Maths.  Converting between cm and mm / cm and m / km and m, and miles. Converting between kg and g. Converting units of capacity and converting units of time.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/length-conversion.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Children to practise and learn P, Q and R spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note or let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in Monday 20th February:

  • Maths SATS type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Writing  Imagine that you live in another city/country. Write 3 diary entries describing your day.
  • Punctuation & Grammar – SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Requests/Messages:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some. PE for the next 4 weeks with those children who do not go swimming this term (PE kits please).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy.  Focus upon describing settings, character and atmosphere as well as using speech to develop the character’s mood and to move the story on. We will be linking ideas across paragraphs using a range of devices including repetition of words or phrases, grammatical connections and ellipsis. Revision of subject, object, active, passive, synonyms, antonyms, ellipsis, hyphen, colon, semi-colon and bullet points.

http://www/topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/writing

Maths.  Working on percentages, solving problems involving the calculation of percentages and the u se of percentages for comparison. Recalling and using equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages and applying understanding of percentages.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/percentage-menu.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Children to practise and learn M, N and O spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note/let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 6th February:

  • Numeracy: SATS type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Writing: Write a story with a surprising twist at the end.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SATs type questions to be sent home on Tuesday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE on Monday afternoons – PE kits please.
  • Wednesday morning – swimming for some. PE for the next 4 weeks with those children who do not go swimming this term (PE kits please).

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy.  This week is maths week – reading and writing will largely be focused upon The Time Traveller’s Handbook and If the World were a Village.

https://nrich.maths.org/7725

Maths.  Maths work linked to The Time Traveller’s Handbook will have a focus upon measuring problems. If the World were a Village will involve learning with fractions and percentages as well as presenting data in different ways using charts and diagrams. We will also be continuing our learning with decimals – this week will be division problems with decimals.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals-menu.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Children to practise and learn I, J, K and L spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note/let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 30th January:

  • Maths – practise times tables/related division facts and including decimal times tables – e.g. 1 x 0.3 = 0.3 …. 2 x 0.3 = 0.6 etc. You could even try with 2 or 3 decimal places
  • Writing – Write a letter to somebody – use a wide range of punctuation ( commas, colons, semi-colons, parentheses, dashes, hyphens …)
  • Punctuation & Grammar – none

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy.  As we didn’t manage to get on to Romulus and Remus (good wolf) last week, we will be moving on to consider this story over the coming week.  The children spent lots of time writing incredible versions of the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood last week (bad wolf) – using unusual verbs, great expanded noun phrases and different sentence structure).  This week, we will also be considering The Three Little Pigs – from the point of view of the wolf – was he good or bad?

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

Maths:

  • Revision and practise with multiplication and division.
  • Continuing work with decimals including multiplication and division.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals-menu.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: Children to practise and learn F, G and H spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note/let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged. Well done to so many of the children who are making great improvements in these spellings from working so hard and practising at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 23rd January:

  • Numeracy – Short set of SATs type questions.
  • Writing – Write a letter from one of the characters in Little Red Riding Hood to another character, explain your actions and decisions in the story (you might want to say sorry)!
  • Punctuation & Grammar sheet to be sent home on Tuesday.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Literacy.  Following on from our reading of The Jungle Book, we will be reading and analysing related texts including a selected extract about when the wolf pack first finds the baby Mowgli, a text about how wolves are represented in different stories and cultures and the story of Romulus and Remus (baby twins who were spotted and saved by a she-wolf).

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

Maths – Decimals:

  • Identifying the value of each digit given to three decimal places, multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Rounding to 1 and 2 decimal places.
  • Multiplying a number with up to 2 decimal places by a whole number using partitioning and using formal written methods.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals-menu.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: children to practise and learn D and E spellings from home spelling book this week – year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list. It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK … SAY …. COVER … WRITE … CHECK and correct if necessary! Please write me a note / let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 16th January:

  • Maths – missing number problems
  • Writing – to write a magazine / newspaper report about an amazing or surprising event involving wolves.
  • Punctuation & Grammar – sheet to be sent home on Tuesday.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy:

  • Continue to read and analyse Jungle Book – we come together as a class to discuss our reading on Thursdays, so please ensure that books are in school.
  • Reading and considering the Jeanette Winterson Christmas story – the Lion, The Unicorn and Me.
  • We will be reviewing and using the range of required Year 6 punctuation for writing including the use of dashes, hyphens, colons, semi-colons and parentheses:  http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

Maths:

  • Reviewing areas of difficulty that we have encountered this term – this will include division problems.
  • Remembering how and when to use mean, median, mode and range.
  • Also some revision work on decimals and percentages.
  • http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/index.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

Children will be bringing home a spelling book this week – pages for A=>Z letters from year 3/4 list and year 5/6 list.  This week please practise and learn A, B and C letters.  It would be helpful to display these words somewhere prominent in the house and have quick spot checks as often as possible – remember LOOK…SAY…COVER…WRITE…CHECK and correct if necessary!  Please write me a not/let me know if your child is working really hard on these spellings at home and if you feel that their effort should be acknowledged.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 19th December:

  • Numeracy. Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday. Calculations to be written in homework book or sheet to be glued into homework book (no loose sheets please).
  • Reading. Homework is to read final section – Her Majesty’s Servants – of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their DLG Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. Think about is there a moral / message to this story – is it a similar or different message to the others stories in the collection?
  • Punctuation and Grammar. Punctuation and Grammar mat with set of questions – answers to be completed in homework books.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

Friday 16th December – Year 6 Christmas party in the afternoon – any party food/Christmas decorations/party music CDs (named) or other festive type of donation or loan would be great to get us all feeling ready for Christmas!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy:

  • Continue to read and analyse Jungle Book – we come together as a class to discuss our reading on Thursdays, so please ensure that books are in school.
  • Reading and considering a range of poetry – including referring to poetry in texts that we have been studying – this week I hope to get on to writing our own recount poem inspired by Malorie Blackman’s CloudBusting (we didn’t get to this last week)!
  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

Maths:

  • Calculate the mean as an average.
  • Using written division methods in cases where the answer has up to 2 decimal places.
  • Continuing to work on year 6 algebra … which will include using simple formulae for perimeter of rectangles / area of triangles and expressing missing number problems algebraically.
  • http://www.mathsisfun.com/mean.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – Please continue to practise and learn spelling lists at home, particularly the Year 5/6 list. Also, please practise and learn the homophones (see below), which are often confused.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 12th December:

  • Numeracy – Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday. Calculations to be written in homework book or sheet to be glued into homework book (no loose sheets please).
  • Reading – Homework is to read next section – Toomai of the Elephants – of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their DLG Reading Journal which explains why they found it important.
  • Punctuation & Grammar – Punctuation and Grammar mat with set of questions – answers to be completed in homework books.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE – Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please – we will go to the Barn if the weather is bad.
  • On Craft Day (Tuesday 6th December) we will be creating decorative tea light holders from recycled glass jars. Please can your child bring to school (before Tuesday the 6th) a small, glass jar, which has had it’s label removed. We simply will not have any time to remove labels in class. If you are able to donate more than 1 jar that would be great (in case anybody forgets and needs one)!
  • On Friday 9th December, the class will be visiting the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  The visit is linked to our Geography topic and is aimed at helping us understand what changes Cambridge has undergone.  This is a morning visit and we will be back for lunch.

Spellings for this week:

Profit / prophet

stationary / stationery

Steel / steal

wary / weary

Who’s / whose

isle / aisle

aloud / allowed

affect / effect

By the end of the summer I’ll have enough profit to roof the house.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

He has been a prophet and an inspirer of men, and a mighty doer of the Word.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

If there’s a stationary point you could tie on to, all the better.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

The chief industry is stationery, particularly the printing of business cards.
Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

She strode across the room to the stainless steel sink.
Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

The burglar plans to steal all of the money.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

I was wary of entering the room.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

She was weary and needed a rest.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

Whose goals are we talking about here, mine or yours?

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

Who’s been sleeping in my bed?

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

I went to the Isle of Man.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

The bride and groom walked down the aisle together.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

You are allowed to enter quietly.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

She read the words aloud and he laughed.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

It wasn’t possible that it could affect their life together.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

Her statement had a surprising effect on the audience.

Your own sentence ________________________________________________________

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy:

  • Continue to read and analyse Jungle Book – we come together as a class to discuss our reading on Thursdays so please ensure that books are in school.
  • Reading and considering a range of poetry – including referring to poetry in texts that we have been studying including writing our own recount poem inspired by Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busting.
  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

Maths:

  • Multiply 1 digit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers.
  • Using written division methods in cases where the answer has up to 2 decimal places.
  • Beginning to look at year 6 algebra … using simple formulae for perimeter of rectangles/ area of triangles, etc.
  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals

Spellings/Homework

Spellings Please practise and learn these homophones, which are often confused:

  • father/further/farther
  • guest/guessed
  • heard/herd
  • lead/led
  • morning/mourning
  • past/passed
  • precede/proceed
  • principal/principle

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 5th December:

  • Numeracy – Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday. Calculations to be written in homework book or sheet to be glued into homework book (no loose sheets please).
  • Reading – Homework is to read next section – Riki Tiki Tavi of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their DLG Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if carers/older siblings could read with the child and discuss the book.
  • Punctuation & Grammar Punctuation and Grammar mat with set of questions – answers to be completed in homework books.

Dates/Reminders/Requests:

  • Children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables.  They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • PE – Wednesday and Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please – we will go to the Barn if weather is bad.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy:

  • Continuing to read and analyse Jungle Book – we come together as a class to discuss our reading on Thursdays so please ensure that books are in school.
  • Continuing to read Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman, and considering the themes of the book and give reasoned justifications for views and ideas.
  • Reading and discussing range of poetry and considering figurative language.

Maths:

  • Reviewing and assessing current understanding of number and place value – read, write and compare numbers up to 10, 000, 000; using negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero; rounding whole numbers
  • Reviewing and assessing current understanding of fractions and decimals – common factors; common multiples; comparing and ordering; adding and subtraction;, using concept of equivalent fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions; identify value of each digit in numbers up to 3 decimal places; equivalences between decimals, fractions and percentages
  • Reviewing and assessing current understanding of properties of shape – draw 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles; recognise, describe 3D shapes including nets; compare and classify geometric shapes.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings. The Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists have been sent home with all of the KS2 expected spellings. Please practise these regularly at home. A spelling list will be sent home this week with a linked ‘fill in the words’ worksheet – please write completed sentences in homework books.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 28th November:

  • Numeracy.  Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday. Calculations to be written in homework book or sheet to be glued into homework book (no loose sheets please).
  • Reading.  Homework is to read Chapter 5 of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if carers / older siblings could read with their child and discuss the book.
  • Punctuation & Grammar.  SPAG mat with set of question – answers to be completed in homework books.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • PEWednesday and Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please – we will go to the Barn if weather is bad.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy:

  • Rehearse the layout and punctuation of speech. Transform a narrative text into a dialogue.
  • Continue to read and analyse Jungle Book – we come together as a class to discuss our reading on Thursdays, so please ensure that books are in school.
  • Continuing to read Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman and considering the themes of the book as part of our Anti-Bulllying week.

Maths:

  • Adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiplying (and hopefully dividing fractions).
  • Associating fractions with division and knowing that 7/21 is the same as 7 divided by 21 which is equal to a third.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: The Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists have been sent home with all of the KS2 expected spellings. Please practise these regularly at home. Personalised lists will be sent home this week again – these will include specific errors made in class.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 21st November:

  • Numeracy: exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday. Calculations to be written in homework book or sheet to be glued into homework book (no loose sheets please).
  • Reading: homework is to read Chapter 4 of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if carers / older siblings could read with their child and discuss the book.
  • Punctuation & Grammar: SPAG mat with set of question – answers to be completed in homework books.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • PEWednesday and Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please – we will go to the Barn if weather is bad.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy:

  • Reciting/performing ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling after half term homework.
  • Define biography and autobiography. Identify the features of a biography. Analyse some biographical texts.
  • Rehearse the layout and punctuation of speech. Transform a narrative text into a dialogue. Identify simple, compound and complex sentences. Discuss conjunctions used in multi-clause sentences (co-ordinating and subordinating). Analyse complex sentences. Create new complex sentences by changing the main clause.
  • Analyse an autobiographical text.

Maths:

  • Find equivalent fractions. Simplify fractions using multiples and factors.
  • Compare and order fractions with unrelated denominators.
  • Find unit and non-unit fractions of amounts.
  • Last week, some children had problems understanding and working with cubed and squared numbers. If this is the case then the following would be great practice and help to develop knowledge of these important mathematical concepts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths/algebra/number_patterns/revision/3/

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/pdfs/squarenumbersDG.pdf

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/cube-root.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: The Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists have been sent home with all of the KS2 expected spellings. Please practise these regularly at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 14th November:

  • Numeracy: exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading: homework is to read Chapter 3 of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if carers/older siblings could read with their child and discuss the book.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • PE – Wednesday and Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please.
  • This half term, Rowan pupils will be making pencil cases in DT by up cycling fabrics. We need old denim jeans (preferably with pocket details) and funky pillow cases.  If you are able to contribute to this project, please send your fabrics into school with your child by Wednesday.
  • On Friday 11th November, we will commemorate Armistice Day by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony at Histon Road Cemetery.  It would be considerate if we could all show our respect for the fallen by wearing poppies for the ceremony.  Also, as the weather is now changing warm coats and appropriate footwear is a must, as we may be stood in the cold for a while.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy:

  • Writing a précis for longer passages – finding topic sentences in paragraphs.
  • Learning about the history of Bonfire Night and associated reading comprehension.
  • Continuing to learn about the outbreak of the plague – reading the opening of a longer story ‘At The Sign of the Sugared Plum’ by Mary Hooper.
  • Discussion of Chapter 1 of The Jungle Book.
  • Reciting / performing If by Rudyard Kipling after half term homework

Maths:

  • Monday – Big Maths Day – Pirate Maths!
  • Continuing work on BODMAS – order of operations.
  • Fractions – using common factors to simplify fractions. Using common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.

Spelling/Homework

Spellings.  The Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists have been sent home with all of the KS2 expected spellings.  Please practise these regularly at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 7th November:

  • Numeracy.  Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Reading.  Read Chapter 2 of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which is interesting to them. They will need to write a few sentences in their Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if carers / older siblings could read with their child and discuss the book.

Dates/Reminders/Requests:

  • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • PE – Wednesday and Thursday. Outdoor PE kits please.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy:

  • Reviewing of Year 6 punctuation…throughout the week considering the use of subject, object, active, passive and antonyms and synonyms.
  • Reading the poem If by Rudyard Kipling and preparing a presentation.
  • Continuing to read Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman – considering character viewpoint and using the story as a basis to write from different perspectives.

Maths:

  • Division with up to 4 digits with a 2 digit number.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Use knowledge of the order of operations (BODMAS) to carry out calculations.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Adding vowel suffixes to words ending in -fer.  When we add a vowel suffix to a -fer word, the r is doubled if -fer is still stressed when the suffix is added:

Infer – inferred – inferring

Refer – referee – referring

Prefer – preference – preferred

Transfer – transferring – transference

The Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists were sent home last week with all of the spellings to be learnt. Please practise these regularly at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 24th October

  • Numeracy. Exercises to support our learning will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Literacy. Learn the poem If by Rudyard Kipling (or part of the poem) – children will perform / recite the poem to a learning partner or to the class after half term. See poem below.
  • Reading. Year 6 pupils are embarking on a new reading project starting after half term. Homework is to read Chapter 1 of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and to identify a paragraph which they found interesting. They will need to write a few sentences in their Reading Journal which explains why they found it important. This will enable the children to discuss and raise opinions in our class literary gathering. It would be helpful if parents/carers/older siblings could read with children and discuss the book. Reading journal to be sent home this week. A copy of the book will be loaned to each child and will be sent home this week.

Dates/Requests/Messages:

  • Water bottles. Children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • Harvest Festival. Please join us for our Harvest Festival on Thursday 20th October at 1:45 at St Luke’s Church.  As last year, we are asking for donations for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge.  Please bring items along on the day (they will be collected by Jimmy’s between 3:00 and 5:00pm). Please see school newsletter for the list of suitable items for donation.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  Writing this week will have a particular focus towards our study of the Vikings – considering how we construct our knowledge of the past from a range of sources.  In terms of punctuation and grammar we will be learning about colons and semi-colons and using various layout devices to organise text.

Maths:

  • Multiplication and division with up to 4 digits with a 2 digit number.
  • Using negative numbers in context and calculating intervals across zero.
  • Classifying and sorting quadrilaterals (using Carroll and Venn diagrams).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/

Spellings/Homework:

Spellings: the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling list will be sent home this week with all of the spellings to be learnt. Please practise regularly at home.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 17th October:

  • Numeracy. Exercises to support our learning on shape will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Literacy. Imagine that you live in a different period of history – Vikings / Victorians / Ancient Egyptians – write a diary extract to describe your day.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

    • PE will be on Thursday and Friday this half term. PE kit is needed please.
    • All children need a pair of indoor shoes to change into please.
    • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
    • REQUEST: Pringles (or similar) tubes with lids please – needed for science experimen
    • TRIP: Tuesday 11th October – visit to Ely Cathedral for Year 5 and 6. Packed lunches please.
    • Harvest Festival. Please join us for our Harvest Festival on Thursday 20th October at 1:45 at St Luke’s Church.  As last year, we are asking for donations for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge.  Please bring items along on the day (they will be collected by Jimmy’s between 3:30 and 5:00pm). Please see last week’s newsletter for the list of suitable items for donation.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  Just So Stories to read and listen to in class this week – ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ and ‘The Beginning of the Armadillos’ in preparation for writing Just So Stories of our own, which will link features of the animal to character traits.  Following on from learning last week, there will be a focus upon using a range of sentence types (single and multi-clause) and using a range of conjunctions.  At the editing and proof-reading stage there will be lots of discussion and consideration of how to replace any excessive dialogue with action or descriptive passages.

http://www.funenglishgames.com/grammargames/conjunction.html

Maths:

  • Using column subtraction to subtract pairs of 5 digit numbers and subtracting 3-digit and 4-digit numbers from 5-digit numbers.
  • Choosing whether to use counting up or column subtraction to subtract pairs of 5-digit numbers.
  • Naming parts of a circle – radius, diameter, circumference. Know that the diameter is twice the radius.
  • Classifying and sorting quadrilaterals (using Carroll and Venn diagrams).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/

Spellings/Homework

Spellings: Personal spelling lists will be sent home by Tuesday again this week. These spellings reflect errors made in writing in class as well as spellings from the statutory Year 3 and 4 spelling lists. Please support your child in learning these spellings regularly at home – a small amount of daily practice and reinforcement at home is vital so that we can move onto the year 5 and 6 list as soon as we possible.

Other spellings for this week which we will be working on in class:

-cial is common after a vowel letter – official, special, artificial

-tial is common after a consonant letter – partial, confidential, essential

Exceptions: initial, financial, commercial, provincial

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 10th October:

  • Maths Exercises to support our learning on subtraction will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Literacy – Write a letter to a friend telling them why you appreciate their friendship. Think about the qualities of a good friend. (Your friend could be real or imaginary – if you choose a real friend you might want to give them a copy of your letter to explain why they are special to you.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE will be on Thursday and Friday this half term. PE kit is needed.
  • All children need a pair of indoor shoes to change into please.
  • Reminder about water bottles: children can have water bottles (only with water in please) to keep on their tables. They are responsible for taking these bottles home regularly to be cleaned.
  • REQUEST: Pringles (or similar) tubes with lids please – needed for science experiment
  • TRIP: Tuesday 11th October – visit to Ely Cathedral for Year 5 and 6. Packed lunches please.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy:

  • Discuss Kipling’s style in Just So Stories
  • http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/79/just-so-stories/1301/how-the-camel-got-his-hump/     Stories to read with audio
  • Analyse and compare Kipling’s style in Just So Stories
  • Revise simple, compound and complex sentences
  • Use a range of conjunctions
  • Recognise relative clauses
  • Use relative clauses to give clues to characters, motivation and plot
  • Identify words used to introduce relative clauses

Maths:

  • Solve problems involving number
  • Add 2 or 3 amounts of money using column addition
  • Add 2 or 3 numbers with two decimal places in a measures context, e.g. metres
  • Use rounding to check answers.
  • Add several prices, then find change from £50 and £100
  • Find a difference between two amounts of money
  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=DartboardRoundingv2      Rounding practice  

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Personal spelling lists will be sent home by Tuesday again this week. These spellings reflect errors made in writing in class as well as spellings from the statutory Year 3 and 4 spelling lists. Please support your child in learning these spellings regularly at home – a small amount of daily practice and reinforcement at home is vital so that we can move onto the year 5 and 6 list as soon as we possible.

Homework – to be handed in on Monday 3rd October:

  • Numeracy.  Exercises to support our learning on addition and subtraction will be sent home on Tuesday.

    Literacy.  Write your own Just So style story to explain How The _______ (animal of your choice) Got His __________ (you choose). Aim for between 1 and 2 sides of A4.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE will be on Thursday and Friday this half term. PE kit is needed.  All children need a pair of indoor shoes to change into please. Some children have still not brought theirs in to school.
  • I have suggested to the children in Rowan that they bring in their own water bottle for the classroom to minimise visits to the water fountain during our class learning time. Bottles must have a top on them and children are welcome to keep them on their tables during lessons (or by the sink if they prefer). Children are responsible for taking these bottles home again to make sure that they are cleaned.
  • REQUEST: Pringles (or similar) tubes with lids please – needed for science experiment.
  • TRIP: Tuesday 11th October – visit to Ely Cathedral for Year 5 and 6. Packed lunches please.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy:

  • Some great versions of the Viking creation stories using direct speech for Loki and Odin last week. Well done to Hector and Tia for confidently sharing extracts from their narratives in our Friday assembly.
  • Reading extracts from Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling.  Free online version at http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/rtt.html (paragraphing isn’t great but story is there).
  • Continuing work on dialogue with a focus on content and style. Beginning to explore the differences between spoken and written language.

Maths:

  • Position 3-place decimal numbers on a number line and begin to round to the nearest whole, 0.1 or 0.01
  • Compare numbers with 3 decimal places
  • Solve problems involving number
  • Add 2 or 3 amounts of money using column addition
  • Add 2 or 3 numbers with two decimal places in a measures context, e.g. metres
  • Use rounding to check answers

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

Any other curriculum information – none this week

Spellings/Homework

Spellings. Personal spelling lists will be sent home by Tuesday this week. These spellings reflect errors made in writing in class as well as spellings from the statutory Year 3 and 4 spelling lists. Please support your child in learning these spellings regularly at home – a small amount of daily practice and reinforcement at home is vital so that we can move onto the year 5 and 6 list as soon as we possible.

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 26th September:

  • Maths: exercises to support our learning on place value will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Literacy: write a short story (about A4) which includes speaking animals and apply what we have learnt in class about using punctuation for direct speech. Extra challenge: include some reported speech too.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE will be on Thursday and Friday this half term.  PE kit is needed please.
  • All children need a pair of indoor shoes to change into please.  Some children have still not brought theirs in to school.
  • I have suggested to the children in Rowan that they bring in their own water bottle for the classroom to minimise visits to the water fountain during our class learning time.  Bottles must have a top on them and children are welcome to keep them on their tables during lessons (or by the sink if they prefer).  Children are responsible for taking these bottles home again to make sure that they are cleaned.
  • REQUEST – Pringles, or similar tubes with lids please – needed for science experiment.
  • Tuesday 20th September, Literacy/Phonics Information Sessions for parents: 5:15 tea/coffee; 5:30 for years 3/4/5/6; 6:00 for years R/1/2.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy:

  • Beginning to study writing by Rudyard Kipling including The Jungle Book and Just So Stories.
  • Continuing work on paragraphing.
  • Recapping speech punctuation rules and writing dialogue.
  • Using conventions of dialogue writing in writing own narrative.

Maths:

  • Adding and subtracting mentally with large numbers.
  • Using estimation to check answers.
  • Addition and subtraction with decimals.
  • Solving multi-step problems in context, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Continuing to work on Vikings topic.
  • Starting study of California. Ms Din would like all pupils to prepare for this new topic by researching 10 interesting facts about the state of California to share with the rest of the class.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings – none this week

Homework – to be handed in by Monday 19th September

  • Numeracy: Create a crossword or word search for mathematical vocabulary – choose your own mathematical words and be careful with spellings!
  • Literacy: Write your own short story about Hansel and Gretel’s father. You could base your story on what you think he does / how he feels when the children are missing. It could be a story about what happens on his trip back to his cottage after leaving them in the forest – you choose! Try and create the ‘darker’ writing style of Neil Gaiman.

Dates/Message/Requests:

  • PE will be on Thursday and Friday this half term. PE kit is needed.
  • Please remember indoor shoes.