The children have enjoyed another busy and productive week.
In Maths, we have continued our work using bar models to help solve missing part equations. The bar model is a valuable aid to have in our mathematical tool kit so they can make use of it when faced with challenging questions.
Our sentence stems have been:
If we know the whole and the value of two parts, we can calculate the third (missing) part.
The total minus the known parts is equal to the missing part.
For example, we know that 100cm minus 50cm and 15cm is equal to the missing part.
In English, we have written paragraphs describing the various dangers posed by volcanoes from ash to lahars and pyroclastic flows. It has been wonderful to see how well the children have engaged with our geography project and some of the home learning they have chosen to do.
Last half-term we consolidated previous learning on simple sentence structure (subject + verb + predicate) to address misuse of fragments (dependent clauses) and run on sentences (multiple thoughts without punctuation). This half-term, to support children to write more expanded complex sentences, we have done a lot of work on the correct use of conjunctions and are now introducing them to relative clauses as a way to modify a noun and insert additional information.
In STEM, we enjoyed a talk from researchers at the University of Cambridge; we are grateful for the time they spent sharing their knowledge of renewable energy with us. Their top tip for how we can all, whatever our age, make small changes to help the environment? To be mindful of the appliances we use and how we use them. This leads us nicely into next week’s session when we will be learning how much energy our everyday appliances use.
As ever, we ask that children:
- Read for 30 minutes each day
- Practise times tables for 10 minutes each day
- Practise and revise year 3-4 and year 5-6 spellings
This week we have covered the ‘ay’ phoneme:
Please encourage your child to break the words down into syllables and sounds, just as we do in lessons in line with the Sounds-Write model.
Tag Rugby: Wednesday (outside)
Children must change into PE uniform for all PE sessions. This includes ensuring that long hair is tied back and that ear-rings are either removed or taped. Failure to bring the correct PE uniform to school will result in a letter home and a re-start being issued.
Only children who have permission to walk home alone may bring a mobile telephone to school. It must be given to the class teacher at the start of each day and will be returned at home time.
Children will not be released into the care of unfamiliar adults without prior notification and / or the provision of the child’s unique PIN number.
Notices for Week 4
- Tuesday: our penultimate swimming session
- Friday: School development day (no school for children)
Enjoy the weekend
The Year 5 Team