Starting with a very important reminder: it’s our class assembly on Tuesday (9.30 start)! We hope that you will be able to come along and watch.
In maths, we continued on fractions for a third week. Having learned how to add, subtract and multiply fractions, and to divide them by whole numbers, our focus was on applying these skills to solve word problems. Getting good at solving these problems takes a lot of practice and – most important of all – the children have to show the resilience needed to battle on and not give up when they are struggling. The strategy we’ve used: (1) carefully read and try to understand the question, (2) get all the fractions into the same family (common denominator), (3) try to visualise or sketch out the question (to be clear about what it is asking), (4) solve. Nell wrote this reflection: “I have learnt that sometimes you make it more complicated than it is and I have learnt that I need to think about the problems because when you rush you get it wrong…”
In English, we finished our work on UFOs and the children reflected on the three different pieces of writing they’ve produced – a formal report to a UFO investigator, a short story, and a balanced argument about whether extraterrestrial life exists. The question they were asked to reflect on was whether and how they had shown that they could adapt their writing for different purposes and audiences. Emily wrote this careful assessment: “For the story I have been successful because I have used lots of description and things that make you feel you know the character and their habits/personality. For the report, I was fairly successful. I started off with formal language but by the end – and when it got exciting – I used less formal language. [For the balanced argument] I produced a fairly balanced piece of writing where I used cohesion and showed two sides of the story with my opinion at the end. I included lots of arguments and it went well.”
We also learned about the subjunctive tense – If I were you I’d…. and The President wishes that citizens vote in the election (http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-the-subjunctive). Emily combined demonstrating the subjunctive tense with biting satire: “The President wishes that citizens love him for being sexist, racist and building a wall against Mexico!”