Saturday, 24 September 2016

Saturday, 24th September 2016

What another busy fortnight it's been and the children in 5SG have been working very hard! To mark Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on 13th September, the children found out more about the man himself and his life. They created crosswords and questions about the characters in his stories,  they made up their own characters and they had a class reading session outside in the sunshine!

We were really impressed with the effort which was put into research about climate change over the summer holidays by everyone. In topic lessons  this fortnight, the children have learned about bushfires in Australia. They have been looking at changes in heatwaves and bushfires from 1850 to the current day. 

Our music lessons are linking very closely with our science unit - the solar system. In music lessons the children have been experimenting with ‘star’ sound qualities (timbres), e.g. those which make ringing sounds, e.g. triangle, cymbal, tone bar, Indian bells, chime bar. The children worked in small groups to create a sequence of changing dynamics. They had to allow the sounds to fade without rushing to play the next sound.

 In Art we have looked at many artist's 'Still Life' compositions and the children planned and created their own 'still life' display on Friday.

In English the children have written a whole range of types of poetry and have edited their writing carefully. On Thursday and Friday this week we recapped the meaning of key grammatical terms such as common and proper nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, pronouns and prepositions. When you are discussing reading with your child, please do keep using these key terms so they can distinguish between one type of word and the  next.

In Maths this week the children have used their understanding of place value to describe decimal numbers, in a game 'Guess my number'. They showed good understanding when multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. Next week we will continue to focus on decimal numbers, using all four operations.

We have given out homework on Friday and we would really appreciate it if you could make sure your child brings in everything in on a Wednesday (Reading Record, Diary signed, Maths, English and Spelling books). This week we would love the children to work through the games we have set on Abacus online. These games link with our lessons over the past three weeks. Do let us know if you have any problems gaining access to the site or if you would like your child to have access to a computer in school.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

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