A quick round up of this week’s learning.
In maths, we’ve been practising working with large numbers – the children need to be comfortable manipulating and ordering numbers up to 1,000,000. Next week we’ll look at rounding numbers to different degrees of accuracy and spend a couple of days on negative numbers.
In literacy, we’re using Shaun Tan’s poignant and surreal graphic novel The Arrival as inspiration. The pictures from the book set to music are here: The Arrival. It’s the story of a migrant, leaving his family behind to seek a better life. The children have begun by writing a letter from the man, explaining his decision and looking to the future. The grammar focus was modal verbs (verbs like ‘can’, ‘should’, ‘will’, ‘might’, that express necessity or possibility). The children have had to identify where they have used modal verbs in their writing.
In our science project (looking at microorganisms and in particular mould), we’ve been going through a series of steps prior to starting an experiment next week. We’ve discussed what we already know about mould; done some internet research to confirm/extend our knowledge; and discussed what makes a good scientific investigation. We’ve agreed that a good scientific question is specific, measurable and new (i.e. we don’t know the answer before we start). Each table team finished the week by beginning to plan their own specific experiment.
We’ve begun reading Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword in reading comprehension lessons and – on the 100th anniversary of his birth – started Roald Dahl’s brilliant and hilarious childhood memoir Boy.
Have a good weekend