On Monday, whilst half the class were out with the choir, the remaining Y5s joined forces with the remaining Y4s and Y6s for a day filled with problem solving and teamwork. In the morning, they were set a challenge involving teacups and saucers, and in the afternoon they were tasked with designing and building a marble run. It was fascinating to see the different approaches that the groups took, and it was a delight to see them working so brilliantly in their groups.
This week in English, the children completed their journalistic reports based on The Boy at the Back of the Class. I’ve been really impressed with the formal language that they have used in their pieces – well done! We began our new unit based on a classic Christmas text called The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – after discussing the front cover and reading the blurb, the children are curious to find out the mystery behind Mr Toomey’s kitchen drawer!
In Maths, we concluded our learning on addition and subtraction, and moved onto the properties of number, this week focusing on multiples.
In RE, the children have been praying the Lectio Divina, and I am blown away by the beautiful reflections that they have written.
In PE, we continued our netball unit by this week learning how to pivot.
This afternoon, we began a new Music unit about Gospel music. We learnt about the background to spiritual and Gospel songs, then listened to a couple of contrasting arrangements of Wade in the Water, followed by a powerful performance by Aretha Franklin in a Baptist church.
We have also made great progress with our song for the Advent Service. Please practise at home using this video:
Home learning for this week:
|Mathletics assignments – revision of this half term’s place value concepts:
· Multiples (Quest)
· Common Multiples (Quest)
|5 tests on Readtheory or 20 minutes of reading per day
|Assignment to practise modal verbs on spag.com:
· Probability Words
|Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words ending in ‘-ent’ and ‘-ence’
Have a lovely weekend; see you on Monday!