This week in maths we have continued to study fractions. We have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators as well as looking at equivalent fractions and trying to understand what this means. Additionally, we have started to look at fractions with different denominators – firstly by adding them – and this will continue into the next week.
This week in topic we have been focusing on writing a newspaper report. To begin with, we created a mock alien crash landing in the playground which the children really enjoyed exploring to find language for our reports. This was then the focus of our report and we subsequently used our information gathering to help plan our news reports. After this, we spent time writing our reports, thinking about all the features that we needed to include as well as the correct layout and presentation to adopt.
This week in Maths, we have been studying fractions. We started the week by recapping the definition of a fraction and labeling the denominator and numerator. We then moved onto finding fractions of amounts and comparing and ordering fractions.
In Topic we have started our new focus on Space. We began the week with an Astronaut training regime; learning Russian, practicing first aid, making robotic arms and finishing with fitness. We then started to explore the planets around us, making a map of the solar system and their orbits. We finished off slightly closer to home by studying the Moon and it phases.
In topic this week, we have been writing our traditional tales based on Little Red Riding Hood, but with a twist. The children have impressed their teachers with their descriptive language and their use of adverbials of time, place and manner, which was our grammar focus for this task. We also spent time editing and improving our stories as this is a vital part of the writing process. Thank you to all parents and carers who came to visit on open classrooms and some were able to read some of these.
In maths, our focus has been on square and cube numbers. The children understand how to calculate a square and a cube number and most know all of the square numbers up 144 (12×12) off by heart. Hit the Button is a great online game, that is free to use, to practise square numbers further and all times tables!
In topic this week, we have been exploring descriptive writing by looking at a traditional fairy tale, but with a twist. We have been focusing on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, however we watched a different version of the story called ‘Le Chaperon Rouge’. From this we have created a character description of a forest creature of our choice and created a descriptosaurus for our setting description. After that, we completed a plan of our actual story using the headings; Opening, Build Up, Problem, Resolution and Ending. We will be using this to write our stories next week.
In maths this week, we have been focusing mostly on word problems using the four operations. However, we started off with a multiplication lesson to recap the method of long multiplication ready for the rest of the week. We have focused on understanding and unpicking questions as well as choosing the appropriate method to solve them.
In Topic this week, we have been used the knowledge and facts that we gained from our trip, to create a persuasive leaflet for a bus tour around London. We focused on using persuasive techniques and relative causes when writing our leaflets. In addition we also studied the differences between Paris and London and compared the two cities in a paragraph.
In Maths this week we have solving problems involving multiplication and division. We have improved our understanding of how to read and answer word problems. We finished off the week with an problem solving investigation around multiplication and division.