In Literacy, we have been learning about non chronological reports as a genre of non fiction writing. We began by looking at examples of fiction and non fiction texts and discussing their differences. We moved on to identify the layout and language features of non chronological reports. We looked through some examples and spent time highlighting different features such as the introductory paragraphs, sub titles, captions, factual language and third person pronouns.
We have been reading an ebook about Tutankhamen and the different historical accounts that try to shed light on how he died. We have been using the information we gathered as a class to plan and write our own non chronological reports entitled ‘Was Tutankhamen killed?’
We have been making Mother’s Day cards this week. We spent time drawing flowers and painting them with the watercolours. Inside the petals of the flowers, we wrote the characteristics of our mums that make them so special.
In Numeracy we have been learning to understanding the value of the notes and coins in our currency. We used the play money in school to add amounts mentally. We moved on to adding larger amounts using column addition. When we were confident with finding totals, we began counting on to find change using empty number lines.
At the end of the week, we set up a shop in our classroom where we role played being shop keepers and customers. We priced the items for sale in our shop, added amounts to find totals for our customers then calculated the change we owed them before counting it out from our tills.
Some children have been working on an enterprise project where they have been busy planning a school trip to London. Since being given a budget, they have been costing out activities using attraction websites, sourcing quotes for travel and using many mathematical strategies to put together an itinerary, a total cost and a cost per pupil. They will be presenting their findings to Mr Steele next week.
In Topic, we have been learning about electricity and whether or not we could live without it. We began by identifying all the different ways in which we use electricity today in our homes, schools and in industry and how we have become so dependent on it.
We moved on to investigate what electricity really is. We identified the different parts of a circuit and used the equipment provided to see if we could put together a working circuit and light up the bulb.
On Friday, some children took part in a tag rugby festival at Crosfields School in Reading. There were 36 boys teams and 20 girls teams. Both Peppard teams performed admirably, with the girls having an unbeaten record!
Children who didn’t take part in the tag rugby enjoyed an afternoon of art back at school. We arranged a selection of flowers in the classroom and spent time working on our sketching skills. We experimented sketching the flowers from different angles until we found a perspective we were happy with. We then began a neat sketch. When complete, we used the watercolour paints to add colour and detail.
Next week is assessment week at Peppard. Children will need to bring reading books, home school diaries and homework books in as normal as well as PE kits on Monday.