English - This week in English, we have been learning to write a persuasive speech. We found out about the features of a persuasive text and how we applied these to our own writing. We wrote an introduction together as a class and then planned out speech. We then completed an independent write and performed out speeches to the class.
Maths - In Maths this week we looked at calculating and estimating volume. We then completed end of topic and end of term tests to assess what we have leaned this term.
Science - In Science this week we looked as crime scene science and what evidenced is used to assess a crime scene. We looked at finger print types, graphology and soil samples. We then tried to solve a murder using this information to try to discover who killed Humpty Dumpty!
R.E. - This week in R.E. we looked at pilgrimage in Christianity. We leaned what a pilgrimage is and what it means to people of faith. We then looked at the different places that a Christian may go to during a pilgrimage.
English - This week in English we began our class text, 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo. We were introduced to the main characters, discussed the setting and the relevance of the time and area the book was set in. We wrote from the character point of view, re-enacted a key chapter, discussed the main theme of Apartheid and made prediction about the book. We are thoroughly enjoying the book and have all been shocked and moved by the events that took place during Apartheid.
Maths - This week in Maths, we have been focusing on translation and reflection of shapes on a grid. We translated using co-ordinates, plotted co-ordinates on a grid and reflected shapes on a mirror line.
R.E - This week in R.E, we have been learning about the Origin of Evil. We looked at the creation story in the Bible and discussed what 'free will' is. We then learned about the snake in the Garden of Eden and how, according to Christians, evil was allowed into the world through Eve, who ate from the Tree of Knowledge. We the sequences the events of the bible story.
Computing - This week in Computing, we have have ben using publishers and templates on Publisher. We used a template to create a birthday card and looked at adding a text box and images from the internet. We also recapped how to save and print our own work.
English - This week in English, we were focusing on writing a biography, We learned about the features of a biography and conducted our own research on Nelson Mandela for our biographies. We then applied this features to our own writing and produced some fantastic pieces of work that our now displayed on our class display.
Maths - This week in Maths, we have been looking at position and direction. We described position of a shape on a grid, drew shapes on a grid given particular co-ordinates, learned about the 1st quadrant and completed translations on a grid.
Geography - In geography, we learned about the city, Johannesburg. We watched a video about Johannesburg and recorded facts about it. We then created a tourist leaflet advertising all the best parts about the city. We thought it sounded like a fantastic place that we would all like to visit.
Science - In Science this week, we learned about Margaret Hamilton. We found out who she was and her learned about her work for NASA. We discussed how important she was to the landing of Apollo 11 and created a mini-biography about her life.
English - This week in English we have been looking at writing our own Explanation Text. We have looked at the features of an Explanation text and then applied these features to our own writing. We designed a machine that created a chocolate treat for a Mayan and used an Explanation text to explain how it would work.
Maths - This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting decimals going below and above the whole. We then moved on to multiplying decimals by multiples of ten.
History - In History, we have been looking at Mayan inventions, focusing on inventions that still influences us today. We looked at the Mayan number system and discussed why their number system was so advanced for their time. We then created a news report and acted it out in front of the class to inform them of other Mayan inventions.
Science - This week in science we have been looking at the parts of a plant that are required for reproduction. We talked about the different ways that a flower can be pollinated and how this pollination is crucial to producing fertilised seeds.
In English this week, we have been learning about the features of instructions and planning our own instruction text. First we carefully followed some instructions to create a Viking Helmet. We then looked in detail at these instructions to see what features were used and for what purpose. We then practiced writing our own short instructions to instruct a partner to draw a smiley face. We thought this would be really easy but we realised how detailed instructions have to be to work effectively. We have then focused on using imperative verbs and time adverbials to be able to use these features in our own instruction text next week.
In Maths this week, we have been focusing on Perimeter. We have recapped what the perimeter of a shape is, learnt that we can count 1cm² squares to find the perimeter and measured the perimeter of a rectangle. We then moved on to calculating the perimeter of a rectangle before going on to rectilinear shapes.
This week we have had our computing day. We learnt all about staying safe online and found out how to know if a website is secure or not, how to react if we are a victim of cyber-bullying and what safe relationships online are. We discussed how to stay safe online and what to do if we feel unsure or unsafe about being online.
In Geography this week, we continued our learning on settlements. We talked about what would make a good settlement today and compared that to what a Viking settlement might have needed. We then planned our own Viking Settlement ready to create a Viking settlement in Geography next week.
This week in English, we have been leaning about Kenning Poems. We have read some Kenning Poems, learnt about the features of a Kenning Poem and learnt about noun-noun phrases and noun-verb phrases. This will really help us next week when we write our won Kenning Poem.
This week in Maths, we have finished our learning on Graphs and Tables. We learnt how to read and solve problems involving line graphs, solving problems using information from a table and learnt how to read two-way tables and timetables.
In Science this week, we have started our learning about Forces. We discussed what we already know about forces and discussed what forces are acting on different objects. We learnt how to draw arrows to represent different forces and learnt the the size of the arrow shows the size of the force acting on the object.
In R.E. this week we have learnt about faith and discrimination. We learnt what discrimination is, who it can affect and learnt how we can prevent it. We then created a poster about discrimination with advice on preventing discrimination.
This week in Geography, we have learnt about Settlements and discussed what settlers would look for in a good settlement sight. We drew our own Viking Settlement and labelled the key features that made it a good settlement site.
Children in Macaw Class have had the very exciting opportunity to be a part of TeachingLive with Pie Corbitt, Deputy Mitchell and John Sutton from Creativeblogs. This is a ten week online Zoom programme that allows the children to work on their writing using the blogs with guidance from Pie Corbitt. The children can share their work on the TeachingLive website and share it with children from around the world. The children have loved the different challenges so far and found it very exciting to be working directly with Pie Corbitt.
These children have achieved their bronze wristbands
This week in Maths we have been continuing our learning on Place Value. We have looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10,000, ordering numbers to one million and counting forwards and backwards into negative numbers.
This week in English we have been looking at Legends. We have been learning about The Legend of Biorn and making predictions about the story. We started to write a character description which will help us when we come to write our own Legend in the coming weeks.
This week in R.E we have been looking at Bible Stories. We learnt about the different sections of the bible and looked at the different types of writing the bible is made up of. We then recalled any bible stories that we already knew and thought about why these stories are sacred to Christians.
This week in Science we have been looking at how babies grow and develop. We talked about the fast rate of growth and created a line graph to show how many centimetres babies from 0 to 1 year old grow each month.
These children have achieved their Bronze Wristband
Macaw Class Student Councillors
This week in Maths we have been looking at place value. We have focused on comparing, ordering and representing numbers to 100,000 and writing numbers in numerals and words up to one million. We also looked at counting on in 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 from any given number.
This week in English we have been letter writing. We based our letters on characters from our class text 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. We leant about the structure and features of an informal letter and had a go at writing our own letter from Arthur to Atrix. We used drama to help us get in to character and wrote in first person.
In history this week we have been looking at the significance of the Anglo-Saxon Kings. We made comparisons between two Kings; King Athelstan and King Alfred the Great. We discussed which king we thought was the most influential and why and created a fact file about our chosen king.
This week in Science we have been looking at the changes that occur throughout different stages of the human life cycle. We focused on the changes that occur in old age and sorted statements into fact and fiction regarding the final stage of human development.
This week on PSHE we looked at what it means to be healthy. We looked at the different kinds of health such as physical, emotional and mental health and we talked about ways we can keep ourselves healthy in all of these areas.