We began the term by looking at some division problems in Numeracy. We have been working hard to learn our times tables so we were able to use these facts (the inverse operation) to help us.
Once we felt confident using division, we began finding fractions of shapes that are shaded and unit fractions of amounts.
We all worked really hard to master the method used to find unit fractions of amounts. After this, we moved on to an even harder step and began finding non – unit fractions of amounts! The method included an extra step and was very tricky. Everybody did very well!
This week in Numeracy, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Some of us have been rounding to the nearest 1000 and 10,000 On Thursday, we will all be moving on to round numbers to the nearest 1000 and decimal numbers to the nearest whole number.
In Literacy this term, we have been learning about legends! We read a selection of legends together including Saint George and the Dragon and The Beast With a Thousand Teeth. We also watch a legend called The Dragon Slayer. We identified the language and structural features common to a legend.
From here, we spent some time exploring each of these features in more detail. We have been looking at adjectives, similes and expanded noun phrases to make our writing more descriptive. Here is Marlon’s description of a beast:
We have also been learning to write dialogue between characters and punctuate speech accurately. Below is an example of some dialogue between the Dragon and the Dragon Slayer written by Freya:
We have also been learning to use powerful verbs to describe actions and adverbs and adverbial phrases to add detail to those verbs. In this picture, Archie, Abby and Emily are showing how an adverb can be used in various places in a sentence:
This week, we have been putting together plans in preparation for writing our final legends on Thursday. Come in and see the finished pieces of work that will be on display in Highmoor soon!
Our Topic for the first part of this term is ‘”Would you like to go on holiday to Greece?’ We have been learning to speak in Greek and to write our names in the Greek alphabet, with some help from Mrs Hilton!
We used the atlases to locate Greece and the surrounding countries on a map.
We used the netbooks to identify some of Greece’s most famous historical landmarks. We worked in groups to create information posters about them.
We have started to learn about life in ancient Greek times and are all looking forward to the trip to The Ashmolean Museum on the 4th of February!
In Computing this term, we are learning to write algorithms. We have been learning to use Scratch to program and share our own interactive games online.
On the 14th January, we had a visit from Sadie Shepherd from Feathers and Fur. She brought some unusual birds for us to see. She taught us lots about the birds and their habitats and even let us touch them!
This term in PE, we visit the Kennylands Gym every Wednesday. We have been using the equipment to develop our gymnastics skills such as balance, coordination and flexibility.