This week we have been hard on multiplication looking at efficient strategies and using different written methods for multiplying 2 by 1 digit numbers. We have been using place value charts, expanded written multiplication and short multiplication.
In English our focus has been on use of colons to write lists, developing dialogue and using questions to write a cliffhanger.
We have begun rehearsals for our play 'Pirates verses Mermaids' and have even been using our samba moves from PE to choreograph a dance for the play. In RE we have continued to think about pilgrimage and in PSHE we have been writing our hopes and dreams.
In science we have been investigating the speed at which sounds travels.
Our spellings this week are:
We hope you all have a happy and safe half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you next term.
Here is a closer look at our Australian Art and tapping sticks that we created as part of our class Australia Day:
I can't believe we have flown through another half term. The children have really enjoyed learning about Dinosaurs and were very knowledgeable on the subject.
This week we have been doing some assessments and hearing all of the children read in preparation for after half term.
We have also learned about Valentines Day and the story behind it and the children thought about all the people they loved.
I hope you all have a lovely half term,
In English this week we have been writing our own informal letters as if we were an injured soldier in Florence Nightingale's hospital in Scutari, making sure we used really interesting noun phrases to describe our injuries and the conditions in the hospital. We have also practised identifying past and present tense verbs.
In maths, we have been looking at tally charts and pictograms to record information and answer questions. Some of the pictograms got quite tricky when one picture represented more than one item - its always important to look at the key.
Our science work has been about food chains this week. The children drew their own versions and labelled them with herbivore, carnivore, producer, consumer. We learned that food chains begin with the sun, which is used by plants to make their own energy, and plants are consequently known as producers. Creatures that eat plants are called herbivores. Creatures that eat something else (plant or animal) to get their energy) are called consumers.
The spellings on Spelling Shed will be tested on Friday 28 Ferbruary. The 5x table is also on EdShed for children to practice.
Things to ask your child:
Does the past tense mean something is happening now or has already happened?
Why can't you keep a penguin in your bedroom?
What do you need to look at first, before counting the pictures, on a pictogram?
Don't forget that after half term the forest school and science groups will swap over so if your child has done science this term they will need to bring clothes for forest school on a Thursday.
Please ensure children have their book bag and PE kit in school every day. Thank you.
Have a lovely half term break.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
Dear parents and carers,
This week in English the children have worked very hard on their newspaper reports about Shackleton rescuing the rest of his crew from Elephant Island. It took a little bit longer than I had originally planned, but the results are brilliant and really worth the wait.
In maths we have just started our work on fractions. Again, this is slightly later than I had planned, but the children are already picking it up well. I've really emphasised that the bottom number (denominator) is how many equal parts the whole has been split into, while the top number (numerator) is how many of those parts we're bothered about. We'll be continuing with this work after half term, including looking at changing mixed numbers into improper fractions (e.g. turning 3 and a half into 7/2), adding, subtracting and even a bit of multiplying fractions!
In our science lesson this week the children really enjoyed planning and carrying our their own investigations about electrical conductors. They were surprised that pencil "lead" conducts electricity!
We'll be continuing with our work on materials after half term, when we'll look at dissolving, separating mixtures of materials, and also look at the difference between reversible and irreversible changes.
The spellings for over half term are challenge words:
Enjoy your half term, and I hope that the weather clears after the weekend so that the kids can get outside at some point!
Three things to ask your child this week:
On Thursday 6th February we went to King Alfred's to attend an athletics competition. Eight schools took part including Appleton. At the event there were many activities; standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, chest push and javelin are the field events. The track/running events are: 1 by 1, 2 by 2, 4 by 1 relay, paarluaf, the over under relay and obstacle relay. Out of the 8 schools we place 2nd. We were proud to come in a high position and were awarded with certificates.
By Freya & Heather in Year 6
In English this week we used our explanation texts about the robot pets that we designed as inspiration to write a letter of complaint. We imagined that we had bought our robot pets but that they were faulty; we then planned and wrote a letter of complaint to the manufacturers. The children thought carefully about what we needed to do to make sure this was a formal letter.
In French this week the children performed the weather reports that they have been working on with a partner. Madame Richards was very impressed with how well the children carried out their presentations; she was particularly impressed with how well the children remembered what they wanted to say and she also said that their pronunciation of the French words was brilliant!
Our Science lesson this week was focused on making magnets. First we learnt how to magnetise a paperclip by rubbing a magnet along it over and over again. We then thought about how we could investigate the question, ‘If a paperclip is magnetised, how long will it stay magnetic for?’. We thought of different things that might affect this, such as, the type of magnet used or the number of times we rubbed the magnet across the paperclip. The results we found surprised us as the paperclips stayed magnetic for mu conger than we thought they would!
This week’s spellings have been set on Spelling Shed; we will have a short test on the first Tuesday back after half-term.
Spelling Rule: Challenge Words
French Weather Reports
This term in PE with Miss Jackson Thames Class have been working on their rhythmic gymnastic skills.
Today in Science we learnt about the components of blood, their functions and the different blood groups. We started the lesson by writing a sentence that defines blood, we revisited this at the end of the lesson and refined our definitions. To help us understand each component we made blood using Cheerios, red & yellow food colouring, marshmallows and porridge oats. First we dyed the Cheerios red and these represented the red blood cells. Next we added the marshmallows, which represented the white blood cells, and the oats which represented platelets. Before finally mixing yellow food colouring with water, which represented plasma, and adding this to the mixture.
We then went on to refine out definitions of blood before looking at microscopic images of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We then used these images to work in groups to create paints and drawing of each component.
On Thursday 6th February children for Year 5 and 6 competed at the Vale Primary Sportshall Athletics competition at King Alfred’s School. The children competed in a variety of track and field events that included the obstacle relay, over under relay, vertical jump and standing triple jump to name just a few. The children were absolutely brilliant and every member of the team tried their best and cheered their team mates along, they were a real credit to Appleton School. Overall the team came a fantastic second place and will represent the Vale at the Oxfordshire School Games finals on Thursday 2nd April.
1st Long Furlong 504 points
2nd Appleton 420 points
3rd Wantage 416 point
4th Stanford 372 points
5th West Oxford 338 point
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