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Spring 2, week 5

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

This week we have planned our own version of Arthur and the Golden Rope – we have made it our own by change elements of the story. We began writing our stories, focussing on writing in the style of the author.

At home you can: Can you write your own version of your favourite story?

Maths: Fractions

We have focussed on our multiplication knowledge. We have explored patterns in different times tables and improved our fluency through practising in various ways.

At home you can: Practise your times tables

Last Weeks' Learning

Spring 2, week 4

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have continued reading the story Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have thought about the authors writing style and begun to write similarly.

At home you can: Can you identify some key features of an authors writing style? (e.g fronted adverbials, subordinating clauses)

Maths: Fractions

We have continued recapping our knowledge of fractions – we have looked at fractions on a number line and mixed and improper fractions.

At home you can: Practice conversing mixed and improper fractions.

Oxide carried out a fair test to investigate 'does the temperature effect the rate of evaporation?'

                

 


Spring 2, week 3

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have begun reading the story ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’; we have made inferences and predictions as well as exploring new vocabulary.

At home you can: Can you think of a story similar to Arthur and the Golden Rope?

Maths: Recap

We have been recapping our knowledge of multiplication, division and fractions. We have discussed all we know about fractions and put our knowledge into context.

At home you can: Practice your times tables.


Autumn 2, week 7

English: Beowulf

This week, after finishing writing our own versions of Beowulf. We read the next tale of Beowulf – ‘Beowulf and the Sea Serpent’; we thought about the similarities and differences in the stories and made predictions and inferences.

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 7

We have been focussing on our 7 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 11 and 12 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

This week we also held a Spelling Bee. For the final round we used Spelling Shed to see who could accumulate the most points in 15 mins. Congrats to Orion class who came 1st overall. Congrats to Ellis who came first by scoring a tremendous 1,388,192 points, and to Casey (2nd) and Eddie (3rd)!

            

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Autumn 2, week 6

English: Beowulf

This week, we finished reading Beowulf by Michael Mopurgo and began to plan and write our own version; changing one or two aspects to make it our own. Some of year 4 designed their own monster to replace Grendel; some changed the ending.

  • At home think about one of your favourite books – how could you change the ending?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 7 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

Autumn 2, week 5

English: Newspapers

This week, we have written a newspaper report telling of the triumphant battle Beowulf fought with Grendel. We have thought about including quotes to show different peoples points of view and focussed on using paragraphs.

  • At home read a news report and spot the paragraphs – why do you think they have started a new paragraph?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables – we have thought about similarities and differences between the 6s and the 3s. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient.

  • At home practice your 6 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

    


Autumn 2, week 4

English: Scripts

This week, we have been predicting the resolution and ending of the story Beowulf. In groups, we have written scripts, designed and made puppets and theatres and performed plays to tell our version of the story of Beowulf.

  • At home plan and write a script – can you turn your favourite book into a play?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 3

We have been focussing on our 3 times tables, we have explored different ways to show division and multiplication calculations. We have be looking at grouping and sharing in groups of 3.

  • At home practice your 3 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

   


Autumn 2, week 3

English: Narrative

This week, we have been thinking about Beowulf’s journey to defeat Grendel. We used our prediction skills and creativity to plan and write the next part of Beowulf. In our stories, Beowulf and his warriors came across a number of obstacles on their journey. We have been thinking about using paragraphs in our fiction writing.

  • At home read some fiction books and look for paragraph – why did the author start a new paragraph?

Maths: multiplying by 10 and 100

We have been recapping our knowledge of place value and making whole numbers 10 and 100 times bigger. We recognise what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 and 100. We have begun to use this understanding to move onto dividing by 10 and 100.

  • At home can you write and solve some worded problems that involve multiplying and dividing by 10?

Autumn 2, week 2

English: Narrative

We have continued reading ‘Beowulf’. In the story, we met Beowulf, the warrior who is going to try and defeat the monster Grendel. We thought about the characteristics of a warrior and helped Beowulf recruit a team of fearless fighters. As well as this, we thought about the eventful journey the warriors would have to take to get to Denmark and defeat Grendel. We made maps to show the obstacles they might come across.  

  • At home you could think of some other stories that include a journey. 

Maths:  Perimeter

We have been measuring the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We have challenged ourselves to think of efficient ways to calculate the perimeter

  • At home you could measure the perimeter of 2D shapes around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

      


Autumn 2, week 1

English: Narrative

We have started reading ‘Beowulf’. We have used powerful language to describe the gruesome beast Grendel as well as thinking about where he might live and what it would look like. We have explored the character of King Hrothgar and inferred his emotions, we have written questions and hot seated King Hrothgar.

  • At home you could investigate other stories which portray characters of good and evil.

Maths: Measurement

We have been recapping our knowledge of measuring length. We have been using a ruler to measure length and explored equivalent lengths. We have been working in centimetres, millimetres, metres and kilometres.

  • At home, you could measure the length things around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

Autumn 1, week 7

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, week 6

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Narrative

We have been improving our sentences with adjectives and prepositions and writing expanded noun phrases. We’ve also been looking at settings, and describing them using the five senses. Finally, we’ve begun to look at the rules of speech and the use of commas in particular.

  • At home, you could practise writing a conversation between two or more people, or write your own setting description.

Maths: Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten. We’ve also used this knowledge to complete missing number calculations and solve reasoning problems about money etc.

  • At home, you can practise more addition, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

 


Autumn 1, Week 4

English: Non FIction

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and writing paragraphs. This week we’ve planned, designed and written a complete information text about oceans to be put up on display soon.

  • At home, you could prepare for next week by thinking about how to describe a setting using your senses.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been learning about negative numbers by looking at thermometers and diagrams of the sea, before moving on to look at Roman numerals (numbers to 100).

  • At home, you can do more practise at making and reading Roman numerals.
     

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at Roman numerals and negative numbers
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 3

English: Narrative

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and preparing to write an information text next week using the features we have learnt.

  • At home, you could do some further research that could be included in your report..

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved ordering numbers based on the value of the digits and comparing by saying which is greater.

  • At home, you can practise ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights (and switches) in your home.
  • Practise timetables

                  


Autumn 1, Week 2

English: Narrative

We have been thinking about the experiences of a character and how they have felt at different parts of the story. We focussed on using adverbs and different types of sentences to write a diary entry about a significant event.

  • At home, you can practise writing a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved making four digit numbers using place value counters, base ten, partitioning them, ordering them and placing them on a number line.

  • At home, you can practise making, drawing and ordering numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights in your home.
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 1

English: Narrative

We have been exploring the characters in a story and asking questions about them, before using role play to answer. We have also been describing characters and writing poetry about their appearance, thoughts and feelings. Our focus has been correctly punctuating sentences with capital letters and full stops, exclamation marks or question marks.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and checking it has the correct punctuation depending on what type of sentence it is.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been reminding ourselves about the value of each digit in a number. We have been using diennes to represent numbers, then practising writing the number in both numerals and words and partitioning them. We’ve also revised how to round numbers to the nearest ten.

  • At home, you can practise rounding and drawing numbers.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Practise timetables