This Week's Learning

Nursery: In literacy we have begun reading ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ and have been discussing what we could do to stop Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len from stealing the prize cow. We then each put our different ideas onto our own story maps so that we could share our ideas. This week in maths we have been counting ladybird spots and practicing ordering the ladybirds with the lowest number of spots to the ladybird with the highest amount of spots.
Reception: This week in Maths we have been consolidating our learning on addition. We have been using vocabulary linked to addition e.g. plus, add, altogether. In Literacy this week we have been reading the book ‘Superkid’. We have created a story map and used our phonics to write keywords before writing our version of the story.
Year 1: This week in English we have begun our immersion into our focus text ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’. We first made predictions as to what we thought the front cover of the book would be, using zoomed in images. We came up with very interesting predictions! Also, we have made predictions as to what characters are heroes and villains in the story, using prediction words. In Maths this week we have looked a numbers represented in different ways. Such as: in digits, in words, pictures and dienes. We have also ordered different representations of numbers using our place value skills.
Year 2: In English this week, we have been starting our new class novel, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We have predicted what might happen, talked about the language used in the story and sequenced the events so far. In Grammar, we have been focussing on the four sentences types. In Maths, we have been reviewing our knowledge of the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – and working out what the equals symbols really represents. We thought about it as a set of balance scales, making sure that both sides of a calculation are evenly balanced with values. We have also been starting to learn our times table of the term, which is our 5 times table.
Year 3: This week we have been immersed in our new core text, ‘Thieves of Ostia’. We began by exploring a map of Ostia and used prepositional language to help guide us through the ancient town. For the rest of the week we’ve been building and gathering vocabulary to write a diary entry in the role of Flavia. In Maths, we’ve been mini Romans! We have learned different Roman numerals and what they mean, as well as developing our understanding of time, both analogue and digital, and how to convert between the two.
Year 4:In English, we began to look at our new core text ‘Ice Palace’. We made predictions on what would happen based on the pictures and the cover of the text as well as trying to predict the genre of the book. From here, we started to look at the language in the text and come up with our own expanded noun phrases and similes to fit the text. In Maths, we revisited our knowledge of place value and ordering before challenging ourselves with place value investigations. We also looked at representing number in various forms (pictorial, numerical and written).
Year 5: In English this week we have been writing our information texts about tigers. We have used a range of exciting features including rhetorical questions, commas in a list and formal language to make our writing exciting. In Maths we have been exploring fractions and working with mixed numbers and improper fractions too. We also and a fantastic workshop based on internet safety week in which we learnt lost of important information about how to be safe online. Homework: Maths- Start to get familiar with percentage, decimal and fraction equivalents by using some online activities https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals English- keep a diary of the things you do over the half term. Remember to read daily and practice you weekly spellings.
Year 6: In English, we have begun our new topic on the book ‘Wonder’. We have discussed the concepts of Ugliness and Beauty in preparation for understanding a strong theme of the text. We have also begun analyses characters and making inferences about them. In Maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of a variety of methods for multiplication, as well as problem solving involving perimeter and area. In Science, we have begun a new topic on Electricity.
Sycamore Class: This week we have continued to explore our text ‘Polar bear Poplar bear what do you hear?’ We are so familiar with our stories now that we have been making sentences, writing labels and sequencing the story. In Maths we have been focusing on calculation. We have been developing our knowledge of adding by adding ‘more than’ to different numbers. This week we have been learning about Portugal where one of our teachers is from. She brought in foods for us to try and we found all of the countries we have been learning about on a world map. Many of the class have now attended the Lion King Theatre trip in London and you can often hear the songs being sung from the show during choosing time.