Spring 1 week 5

Spring 1 Week 5


The children have worked incredibly hard this week working in pairs using the technique of weaving to make a paper basket.  Here is a reminder of the pictures from the step by step instructions and some pictures of the finished results. Can you spot your work?


5C are experts when it comes to myths!  We had a dramatic debate about whether Jason, Perseus or Theseus were the most suitable hero for defending against an attack from a myth monster!  We presented our viewpoint clearly and responded to opposing views in a convincing way. It was very difficult to agree on a clear winner and some children even changed their mind by the end of the debate!
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading Greek myths and it has been useful to compare different variations of myths which we have heard.  We have written tense fight scenes between a hero and a monster using powerful verbs, a range of sentence openers and practised adding extra detail to our work with commas, brackets and dashes.


5C have worked consistently hard on fractions. We have been continuing to build on existing fractions knowledge this week by working out whether fractions with different denominators are bigger than each other or not and explaining how we know this.
Another topic we have gained a deeper understanding of in maths is negative numbers.  We learned to recognise them within counting sequences and explored how they relate to decimals. 
This week has been Money Manager Week.  In two maths lessons we have discussed the benefits of saving regularly and looked at the way taxes enable the council to provide services and facilities which benefit the whole community.
We have also tackled some problem solving questions by working backwards from an answer.


This week in R.E we have explored how memories are kept alive.  We discussed significant memories from our general lives as well as very important memories from our lives as Catholics.  We evaluated what made these moments so memorable. 


Last week, we predicted whether a range of materials were soluble and conducted a class experiment to see if our predictions were correct.  This week we carried out small group experiments investigating how fast salt would dissolve in water.


We have mastered the challenging 4 part musical piece with groups singing different melodies and ostinato.


We are now exploring the question, “What did Hitler need to achieve if he was to succeed at invading Britain in 1940?” The discussion this generated was excellent with lots of tactical thinking and time to reflect on family ancestors who were either part of the war or lived in a country which had been occupied by Nazi Germany.  Some optional research questions, which can be conducted at home, are to find out the status of Portugal and Spain in 1940 (were they Allies or neutral or did they side with Nazi Germany?) and to find out how Germany ‘planted’ mines in The English Channel.

Keep up the good work!

Mrs Chisholm and Mrs Scamans


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