## Springwood’s Week – 12th February

This week in maths, Springwood have been looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. We began the week with revision of comparing fractions, moving on to look at decimal and percentage equivalents. Here we are playing decimal/fraction/percentage dominoes.

Once we were happy with this, we moved on to finding fractions or percentages of amounts, including using the most efficient method of doing so. Finally, we used the skills we had developed to solve word problems.

Having been reading it for some time now, we finished Kensuke’s Kingdom. We then thought in greater detail about why Kensuke was anxious about returning to the modern world, and how he came to be on the island in the first place.

Although the weather was poor on Monday, we considered different tactics and strategies that we could use in our hockey games, which will continue on into next term.

We have spent a significant amount of time planning and writing stories in Literacy. Having finally finished them, we have written them up and illustrated them (some of us are still going!) and we have even designed front covers and blurbs. The stories will be available to read in Springwood’s classroom.

I hope that everybody has a lovely half term. We will continue with hockey and swimming when we come back.

## Springwood’s Week – 5th February

As the end of our unit on fiction draws near, Springwood class have spent a lot of time writing their own stories. We spent Monday and Tuesday planning them, while the remainder of the week has been spent writing them. As we have edited and redrafted the initial parts of our stories, we haven’t finished them yet. We have written stories in a range of genres, from mystery to traditional tales. On Friday, we even created some illustrations which will feature in the finished work.

In our topic work this week, we learned about Winston Churchill. We also looked at some of the art for that was created around the time of WW2. Each of us was given a section of a picture created around that time, which we had to sketch.

Springwood class always enjoy getting the iPads out, and in our computing lesson we used them to trace the path data takes when we request different websites. We then plotted these onto a world map.

During maths, we have looked at different methods for multiplying numbers. These have included using knowledge of what 10x a number is to work out 5x and 20x, scaling problems, and long multiplication. Some of us were challenged to work out how to express a word problem mathematically.

On Thursday and Friday, the whole school was involved in a car wash to raise money for the Atlantic Lions, who are crossing the atlantic in aid of MS. We had a lot of fun (and got a bit wet!).

For their homework, Springwood have been asked to write a short story of no more than 500 words. This story is for BBC2’s 500 Words competition. The children have been asked to word process this where possible, then save it to their computer and bring in a printed copy on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

## Springwood’s Week – 29th January

Springwood have had another exciting week.

In Maths, we have been looking at shape. We started the week by translating a range of shapes across 2 or 4 quadrants, then moved on to reflecting shapes. Later in the week, we created line graphs of times tables, then used them to work out facts such as 2.5 x 5. Some of us constructed pie charts, firstly using fractions, and then using the nutritional information from cereal and hummus packets to do so.

We continued to look at different genres of fiction in our Literacy work. We began to think about the different features that make up each genre, and planned an advert for our favourite genre. Towards the end of the week, we continued to write a story from an opener in our chosen genre.

Our grammar work has been centred around determiners, and in particular we learned about the three articles in the English language: a, an and the.

In our History work, we learned about Anne Frank. After learning about the Munich Agreement, we were able to conduct our own research using iPads.

We were very lucky to continue our paintings, representing the Blitz. This week, we added a black skyline of London, as well as aeroplanes. They look amazing!

We enjoyed our first Ukulele lesson of the term, in which we began to learn The King of the Swingers. Please can children ensure that they now have their Ukulele in school every Thursday.

As not all children understand the meanings of the words that they are learning for their spellings, from now on they will be asked to put their spelling words into a sentence or paragraph. Children will be given books in which to write these next week.

I hope that all who attend the Young Voices event in London have a lovely time!

## Springwood’s Week, 22nd January

Springwood started the week by looking at place value addition and subtraction of decimals in maths, in addition to multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1000. Some of us extended our practise to problems involving converting weights and measures.

In Literacy, we compared the features of different genres of story.

Our topic work was focussed around Nazi propaganda and the life of Anne Frank. We looked at the different ways in which the Nazis manipulated people into discriminating against Jews.

We had a quiet day on Tuesday as the Y5s went to Chiltern Edge school to take part in a drama, singing and dancing workshop centred around Footloose. Here they are showing us what they did!  While they were gone, Y6 had small group swimming sessions. After lunch, we looked over our writing from the previous Friday against assessment criteria, then learned a bit about how computer networks work.

Our Maths on Wednesday was all centred around rounding decimals and placing them on a number line. We decided that we needed more practise, so continued with this on Thursday.

We also investigated cohesion in texts. We looked at two stories and investigated the author’s use of pronouns, connectives and conjunctions, punctuation, and repetition of sentence structures and phrases.

In keeping with our work on Hitler and WW2, we created yellow, orange and black painted sky backgrounds. Next week, we will finish the work by adding silhouettes of London buildings.

As part of their homework this week, the children have been asked to research some of the buildings that may have dominated London’s skyline during the Blitz. This is so that when they complete their piece of art work, they can be factually accurate!

On Friday, following star book assembly, we went to Chiltern Edge for the annual sports hall athletics. We really enjoyed ourselves.

## Springwood’s Week – 15th January

This week, Springwood have been looking at writing formal announcements in Literacy, including complex sentences and those written with a passive voice. We’ve written an announcement about a “broken rocket” in Peppard class, and about the discovery of a new, mysterious animal.

In Maths, we’ve been looking at using the frog method to add and subtract decimals, including amounts of money. Some of us have been using the order of operations and solving word problems.

We continued with our hockey lessons and took another trip to the newly refurbished pool at Queen Anne’s.

Unfortunately, our ukulele teacher is currently unwell, so we didn’t have a lesson this week.

In our topic lesson, we began to learn about Hitler and created a timeline of important events in his life. We will continue to learn about this next week.

On Thursday, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Feathers and Fur. We saw a peregrine falcon, a barn owl, and a tawny owl.

## Springwood’s Week

This week has been jam packed!

Our Maths work has been centred around rounding numbers and approximating our answers. We’ve been using charts and extracting information. Having estimated the answer to a sum, we then worked out the real answer and compared them. The estimates helped us to check our answers.

In Literacy, we have begun to look at poetry. This week we looked at poems by Charles Causley. We learned about him as an author and read a number of poems, all of which required us to use our imagination to understand them!

Our Topic work this term will be focussed around rainforests. We located a number of rainforests on a map and began to think about some of the features of rainforests, including the different layers.

A team of Year 5 and 6 went to a ‘High 5’ Netball tournament on Tuesday afternoon. As always, they did the school proud, even though they didn’t win.

On Wednesday we had ‘Lions Day’. We all got to dress up as lions! Nick and Dave Middleton came in to explain what it was all about. Dave and his team will be rowing 3000 across the atlantic to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (http://atlanticlions.com/the-challenge/). They aim to raise £100,000, and have so far raised nearly £80,000.

We are all looking forward to the Remembrance church service next Wednesday. We hope to see many of you there.

## Springwood’s Week, 16th October

After a long and stinky week, we’ve finally thrown out the food. Here’s how it looked on Friday morning…

The ‘orange’ (or should I say green??)

The cracker was fine.

This was once a breakfast muffin.

The babybel wasn’t so appetising.

The brown bread was rock hard, but not mouldy.

The banana skin had mould growing on it.

The lemon had more than one kind of mould growing on it…

The banana was vile.

The fleshy part of the courgette was beginning to expand.

The whipping cream was lumpy.

The milk had separated into a translucent liquid and white lumps.

The fish cake was almost beyond recognition. There was green mould, red mould and white mould, as well as a furry growth from the inside.

The strawberry was black, and the mould had begun to spread to the carrot. The potato had gone green and hard, with discoloured flesh.

The fruit flies that buzzed around the pineapple were the most annoying thing, but the flesh had gone red with green and white mould.

Back to Springwood’s week…

In Maths, we’ve been continuing our work with divisibility (multiples and factors) and with angles. We’ve used Venn and Carroll diagrams to organise our work, and have investigated the totals of internal angles in a variety of shapes.

Following on from our homework, our Literacy work started off with poetry writing. We thought about the different devices that make our writing better, such as metaphors, personification and alliteration, and practised using these. We then wrote a poem about a specific emotion which will be entered into a competition. Later in the week, we explored the story we’ve been reading from the point of view of another character, and began to write the story from the other animal’s point of view.

Reverend Cooper came in on Tuesday to continue our faith through drama work.

We practised our netball on the common. This week, we continued to look at effective utilisation of the space available.

On Thursday, we had a topic-themed day. Having been introduced to the topic in some reading earlier on in the week, we learned more about the Anglo Saxons. We looked at where the Anglo Saxon period was on a timeline of British History, the tribes that made up the Anglo Saxons, and the ways in which different kingdoms were formed. Later, we investigated some of the Anglo Saxon words that we still use today, and designed our own Anglo Saxon houses.

Following the success of our science experiment, Peppard class came to visit us. We explained what we’d been doing and what we’d learned from our experiment.

Next week, we will be visiting the Ashmolean on Friday to continue our work on the Anglo Saxons. We will be back at school a bit later than usual – between 3 and 3.30 pm.

## Springwood’s week, 9th October

We’ve had another busy week. We continued to enjoy our faith through Drama with Reverend Cooper. We thought more about our value for this term, ‘Respect’, and tried to spell out the letters in groups.

Our science experiment is still going.. You can see the most recent photos on the dedicated post. We are recording our observations of our chosen items each day. It’s really interesting to see which items are decaying and the different ways in which each food item decays.

On Wednesday we competed in the annual Eurovision song contest at Chiltern Edge School, singing Ou Se Trouve Mon Parapluie. We performed really well, and came third overall.

Our maths work has been centred around shape and measurement. We started off the week by investigating the properties of 2D shapes. Later on, we learnt about the special relationship between the circumference of a circle and its radius, and went about measuring different circles to find our own values for pi. The average value for our class was 3.16.

More science….

We finished off the week by painting self portraits. We were very interested to discover that there was a bit of mould on one of the paint pots.

## Springwood’s Science Experiment

Friday 2nd October

Monday 5th October

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Thursday 8th October

Friday 9th October

## Springwood’s Week, 2nd October

Springwood have been very busy this week!

We’ve enjoyed our netball lessons with Miss Nutt. We are working on our passing skills and on making good use of the available space.

In Maths, we’ve been working on subtraction. We’ve been trying to improve our mental methods as well as our ability to work with amounts of money.

In Literacy, we’ve been looking at rewriting scenes from The Eye of the Wolf from a different viewpoint. We presented our ideas to each other.

We had a very exciting day on Thursday. Our Ukulele teacher is really impressed with how well we are all doing.

Some of us started cooking with Mrs Barlow. We will be making Christmas cakes.

On Friday, we began an investigation into how different foods decompose. We all brought in different items and have left them in the classroom to watch them change. We will post updates as things change!

Next week, our Ukulele lesson will be on Tuesday. We will also be going to Chiltern Edge to perform a song for Eurovision on Wednesday. Please can children bring food to take with them.