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In Spring 1, our PE lessons will be based on dance. This week we looked at why rhythm and beat is important in many different types of dances. We learnt a combination of different beats and rhythms and used these to create and perform our own short dance sequences. (8/1/20)
Our learning journey in Spring 1: How and why has our appearance changed over time?
In our final DT lesson of Autumn 2, we had a go at making our Brazilian Cheese Bread. It was interesting to explore the recipe and how it is slightly different to how the bread we eat is usually made. We applied a range of skills to make the bread and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
In P4C we have thoroughly enjoyed linking our sessions to climate change and the Amazon Rainforest. Our final session of half term involved discussing whether humans can work together to save word, linking ideas to power but also disagreement. Our question was, 'Can teamwork help the planet?'
This half term in Food Technology we have been learning about foods that originate from South America and how we could made a specific food from this part of the world. Our end product will involve making our own cheese balls known as Pao de Queijo. This week we learnt about the importance of packaging when designing a food product and the purpose for the key features used in the design.
Today's grammar starter focused on synonyms and antonyms so we had to find synonym pairs and matching antonyms for a range of different words. This has helped us to improve our vocabulary choices in our story writing.
Our French learning has heavily looked at learning numbers from 0-15 and basic greetings. We have used this knowledge to help us work out words used in french from the rhyme Two Little Birds. One we worked out the lyrics that were written in French, we had a go at performing this in groups.
This weeks P4C session allowed us to look more in depth about our topic focus this half term and watched the young activist, Greta Thunberg deliver a strong and influential speech to world leaders about saving the planet. We were really taken by how emotional this child was towards this topic which made us think and discuss whether children do actually have a voice about their future.
Another grammar starter focus was looking at hyphens and how they are used to create compound adjectives. We had to match words together in order to create a range of examples.
Our Arithmetic Friday learning this week was based on multiplication. On our tables, we had a go at solving a range of different calculations, ensuring that the method we carry out didn't contain any misconceptions.
In PE we have been learning a range of counterbalances as part of our Gymnastics learning. We had a go at creating our own counterbalances with a partner, understanding the strength and extension needed to complete this.
Another grammar starter to support our development of description, we had to rearrange sentences that included a determiner, adjective, noun and phrase so that they made sense. We will then use this formation of sentences in our own stories.
The box of emotions!
To support us in our story writing, our grammar starter involved looking at description and how description plays an important part in portraying characters and settings. This activity involved thinking of a range of emotions to describe a range of different nouns.
We took the opportunity to explore and study a range of our topic books about the Amazon Rainforest and worked together to create a range of retrieval questions to share. We are getting really good at understand what skills are needed to do this.
To begin our story writing focus in Writing, we had a go at readers theatre where we read out extracts from The Great Kapok Tree and adapted it using different voices and actions. This will help us think about how the story creates imagery and support us in writing the story ending.
This half term, Geography Knowledge Organisers have been given out to support learning of subject specific vocabulary relevant to your child's current learning. Copies are also available in class.
Linking to our Learning Journey topic, we watched a short clip which explained deeply about the affects of deforestation, looking at a range of facts that support this. For our P4C session, we discussed whether humanity is unaware of 'the hidden problem'. This philosophical question allowed us to think deeply and carefully about this. We agreed that the media portrays deforestation poorly and more people (particularly children) should be educated about this. We also discussed that because the Amazon Rainforest isn't affecting us now and isn't part of our country, we are less bothered about doing something about the issue. (11/11/19)
This week we are looking at writing a set of instructions on how to make a type of Brazilian Fudge called Brigadeiro. Our grammar starter firstly involved looking at how colons and semi colons are used to show a list.
We had a go at putting a sentence together about the Brigadeiro, using the right punctuation.
We also looked at different sentence types in the lesson, sorting a range of instructions on how to follow the recipe into commands, statements, questions and exclamations.
During our first P4C session since coming back from the holidays, we explored our learning journey topic and watched an advert showing the devastating effects deforestation has had on the Amazon Rainforest. Our question was what will be the sacrifice, palm oil or wildlife? We used a range of research such as what types of food palm oil is found in and how extracting palm oil provides millions of jobs to farmers. This supported us with our discussion.
This half term, History Knowledge Organisers have been given out to support learning of subject specific vocabulary relevant to your child's current learning. Copies are also available in class.
In writing this week we have begun to explore key features used in newspaper articles. Our WAGOLL was a newspaper article stating that war had been declared. Not only will this help us to begin planning to write our own but to also identify key grammar that is used throughout and its effect on the audience.
We have really enjoyed putting together our own Anderson Shelters this week in DT after following our planned designs to use a range of sheet materials.
In this weeks P4C session, we watched a world war video as a stimulus to help create a philosophical question for us to discuss. Our question was: Does war fix everything?
Week 7 Maths- We explored a range of multi-step word problems that specifically linked to addition and subtraction. Our word problems also linked to our learning journey topic which made this lesson really engaging.
This weeks maths learning has involved looking at the order of calculations and we have used BODMAS to help us in our learning. This lesson involved creating our own operations and solving them correctly using BODMAS.
Over the past 5 weeks we have learnt about different aspects of WWII and have used our knowledge organisers to support our learning. This week we are preparing to write our written outcome in Learning Journey based on writing diary entries from different people's perspectives who were affected by the war.
Each table had a focus and created a plan to support them in writing their draft dairy entries.
We focused on writing in the role of a Jewish man, an evacuee, a woman working in the factories and a woman whose husband had gone to fight in the war.
Another one of our Arithmetic Friday lessons involved understanding what equivalent fractions are and how to simplify fractions.
This game was really useful as we came across many equivalent fractions and had to compare and simplify these to find the winner.
We are getting more confident at answering philosophical questions in our new, weekly P4C lessons. From using the book, 'Where the wild things are' as a stimulus for the lesson, we generated some well-thought key words which allowed us to come up with our focus question that will be shared and discussed as a class next week.
Semi colons and colons
Another practical grammar lesson involved punctuating sentences with either a semi colon or colon correctly. These Winston Churchill sentences allowed us to understand where the two main clauses are in order to separate these.
Prime or not prime? That is the question.
Today's math lesson focused on prime numbers to 100. Our practical starter allowed us to organise a range of numbers and decide whether they are a prime number or not. We justified our reasons behind our decisions by giving examples.
In preparation for our biography writing, we have looked at a range of grammar features, specifically to this lesson we looked at the differences between main clauses, dependent clauses and phrases. The children had to sort these examples into the correct categories and explain their reasons for this.
This weeks maths learning has involved looking at factors and multiples. This lesson involved sorting common multiples in the form of a venn diagram. This helped us to understand the common factor pairs that appear in more than one number.
It is clear to see that our WWII topic this half term is proving to be a success amongst the children in Y6 Maple. We have had some amazing home learning brought into class and it is fantastic to see the hard work you have put into this at home!
This weeks writing focus is looking writing our own biographies. Our biographies next week will be written about the life of Winston Churchill. Today we looked at the key features of a biography and used our WAGOLL to find examples of these features and their importance within the text.
This weeks Arithmetic Friday focused on looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. This activity allowed us to see what happens when the decimal point moves and how the number changes each time.
This Friday in MFL we have begun to look at numbers 0-10 in French. We really enjoyed pronouncing each number and consolidating our learning through playing French Bingo! Our teacher also tested us with some French maths calculations to see how much we could remember. Next week we will be looking at basic greetings in French.
Throughout our Art learning, we have been learning about the artist Henry Moore and his involvement of making art during WWII. After researching the artist and his background and exploring some of his most famous pieces, we have begun practicing relevant sketching techniques in preparation of creating our own pieces. This week we looked at one of his most famous pieces which highlights the innocent lives of people during WWII, hiding away in the underground to keep safe from the dangers above. Here we created our own version of this.
Our latest history lesson involved learning about the Holocaust and the affects this had on particular people during WWII. It was particularly interesting to learn about the significant events that were a part of this and how millions of people lost their lives to what was known as the most devastating event that has happened to the human race. We mind mapped the key events learnt during our discussion and have used this to write a summary.
During PE we were extremely excited for our session with student teacher Miss Gerrard where we learnt various ball skills in order to develop our awareness and skill in controlling the ball.
Over the last few weeks in our RE learning, we have been looking at how Muslims show commitment to God. We have explored the five pillars of Islam and how each of these show commitment, critiquing these by identifying potential barriers to stay committed. To reflect on these, this week, as part of our lesson, we stood on a continuum line to rank whether each pillar showed commitment or not. The children were then able to express their thoughts, supporting this with their knowledge and understanding developed through their weekly learning.
Another one of our grammar starters in writing consisted of looking at active and passive voice. Here we were given examples of how both can be used and matched the active voice to is related passive voice example.
Another practical lesson which involved looking a various sentence types was exploring a range of topic books linked to WWII and tried to find examples of the different sentences to support our understanding of sentences further.
Whilst preparing our campaign speeches, we have looked closely at the variation of sentences that can be used for different purposes. In particular we have looked at statements, command, exclamations and questions. This activity allowed us to order some examples of these, linked to our English learning to see the impact these sentences may have in a campaign speech.
This week we have been working really hard to learn long division in our maths learning. We have used this to divide larger numbers by larger divisors, using this efficiently to calculate our answer. We are now build on this to answer calculations that involve remainders.
Why not have a go at these at home?
3566 divided by 27
6081 divided by 15
3751 divided by 18
Challenge: James is calculating 696 divided by 14. He says, "I think the remainder will be 14." Is he correct? Explain your answer using ACE!
In our Learning Journey lessons, our topic, 'How was World War II a significant turning point both in Sheffield and for the World?', has allowed us to understand the key events that impacted the war. This week we looked closely at propaganda and how it was specifically used in the war to spread ideas and influence others to back their country. From looking at a range of propaganda posters and key facts, have begun to design our own propaganda posters.
This week we are focusing on writing our own campaign speeches based on WWII from such influential leaders such as Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlin. We have began looking at the difference between formal and informal language and how this can be incorporated in a campaign speech to persuade men to join the war. This activity allowed us to look at examples from a war campaign speech and decide whether the language was formal or informal. These examples in particular also involved various grammar which was also helped us to decide.
On Thursday, 12th September, we visited Eden Camp where we explored the war museum to gain knowledge about WWII and use this to support us with our upcoming learning in our writing. It was really interesting to see what life was like during the war!
As we prepare to plan our description based writing, we began to learn about expanded noun phrases and how these can be effective when included well within a descriptive piece of writing. We also looked at how adverbs and prepositional phrases can also support this.
During our Arithmetic Friday lesson, we revised our knowledge around addition and subtraction. Here, we played a fun but effective game to ensure we are confident in a range of calculations, in particular focusing on the language used in the questions.
In preparation for writing our setting descriptions, based on scenes from WWII, we explored what we might hear, smell, see and touch if we were amongst these settings, mind mapping expanded noun phrases to support our descriptions.
Welcome to Y6!
Over the last few days, Y6 Maple have settled in really well and are beginning to work extremely hard in all areas of their learning. Our learning this half term has a huge focus on World War II, linking all aspects of the curriculum to this. We are beginning to write a setting description that focuses on describing a war setting, using reference from our class reading text, Goodnight Mr Tom. Alongside this, we are focusing on inferencing and predicting skills in our reading, linking to the class reading text, War Horse. In maths we are continuing to focus on place value and consolidating this over the next couple of weeks.
In class this week, we have been learning about how to stay safe in the kitchen as well as how to use different skills in the kitchen to prepare a healthy meal. We are going to apply the skills we have learned on Friday to make the meal we have designed.Mr Joyce will then pick the team that worked the best to take part in a ready steady cook competition.
We made our dishes that we designed. We have to use lots of skills and techniques to prepare our food for the judges! We had to first learn about the rules of cooking, wash our hands and prepare our cooking stations. We then learned how to boil water, how to chop food correctly using a bear claw technique and we then mixed and served a plate of tasty food!
The chefs presenting their food to the judges. May we say, all the food we tasted was delicious!
In RE this week, we have been learning about how Christians show commitment to God, as well as the ten commandments. We had a class discussion about different scenarios/ situations and thought carefully about what we would do and what a Christian might do in these given scenarios.
During Geography, we have been learning about longitude and latitude. We studied the Earth and identified the Prime Meridian and the equator and discussed where countries were in relation to these. We then learned about their resulting weather systems and water cycle based on their geographical location. We used our knowledge of lines of latitude and longitude as well as our map skills to design a treasure hunt for the other Y5 class. Both classes then had to use the compass coordinates to find the clues and eventually the final prize!
In Science we have been investigating air resistance and gravity. We created our own scientific investigation using paper helicopters. We decided to add paper clips or cut the wings of the helicopter short to see what effect this had on the rate at which the helicopter would fall.
During Science Week, we learned about the different forces. We became experts in a force and had to give a presentation to the rest of the class. We shared the knowledge, facts and explained the scientific idea using a force diagram.
This term, we had a debate about whether animals such as elephants should be kept in zoos and sanctuaries. As a class, we used our speaking and listening skills to share the ideas we created and researched to have a debate.