Week beginning 1/2/16

Literacy

This week, began our new learning unit – Poetry! We started the week by identifying the distinctive poetic devices/features of a poet’s work. We were fantastic at identifying the authors use of poetic devices such as: metaphors, similes, personification, repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We studied poems such as: The Frozen Man by Kit Wright, The Sound Collector by Roger McGough and The Midnight Skaters.

Numeracy

In Numeracy this week, we have had many exciting challenges! We began our week with a with a core skill challenge – testing our times tables and division skills. Later in the week, we continued to recap our learning of multiplying numbers using formal written methods such as Long Multiplication method with carrying and also partitioning. Towards the end of the week we recapped our learning of creating our own word problems with the theme of measuring.

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We celebrated the special feast day of the Three Hierarchs (a day we celebrate St John Chrysostom, St Gregory the Theologian and St Basil the Great together!) We were able to think and reflect on a deeper level about the importance of these three important saints within the Greek Orthodox faith.

Please click on the following link to explain the Spellodrome and Mathletics Home Learning.

spring 1 week 5

Home Learning:

In year 5 we would like the children to be constantly practicing their times tables, number bonds, spellings and reading.

We suggest a minimum of 30mins of reading each day; this will consolidate strategies learnt in the class and ultimately make the children better and more confident readers.

It would be beneficial to practice number bonds at least three times a week. Number bonds are two number that add together to make another; for example 394+606, 8+2, 65+35.

We advise that the children need to practice their times tables regularly in order to support their knowledge and understanding when performing operations (times and divide).

Spellings:

Spellings will be set weekly; the children will have a week in which to practice. We recommend that children practice using the look-cover-write technique, as well as saying out loud.

This week for home learning, I have set the following Spellings:

Aisle

Isle

Aloud

Allowed

Affect

Effect

Alter

Altar

Assent

Ascent

Bridal

Bridle

Cereal

Serial

Compliment

Complement

Farther

Father

Guessed

Guest

Children should practice these spellings (also available on Spellodrome) and put them into a sentence. If the children are unaware of the meaning of any of these spellings, we encourage children to use a dictionary to help them.

Mathletics:

As the second Home Learning task, I have set several Numeracy challenges on Mathletics for the children to complete. It is based on the learning we have covered so far in our numeracy lessons, which then consolidates the learning which takes place in school. Please log in and complete both activities I have set for you. If there are any problems accessing this home learning, please come and see me before the due date and I will be more than happy to help.

All home learning tasks (Spelling and Mathletics) are due in: 12th February 2016

Home Learning project:

Well done to everyone who brought in their amazing home learning projects!!! We were all blown away by the detail and creativity that went into the Dioramas.

Have a blessed weekend!