Literacy and English
This term we have been reading “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, an honest and thought provoking tale of the Holocaust. This has helped us to develop our understanding of World War 2 as well as helping us to refine our reciprocal reading skills. Through this novel study we have meaningful discussions and debates, make predictions, ask a variety of comprehension questions and summarise the text to show our understanding of what we have read.
Within Talk for Writing this term, we have studied discursive texts and descriptive stories. We have worked hard to make our writing more sophisticated, and are learning to edit our work and give meaningful feedback to our peers. We are able to transfer our writing skills to other areas of the curriculum, and in particular have written some great pieces using our growing knowledge of World War 2.
Numeracy and Maths
This term we have worked on fractions. We have studied equivalent fractions, fractions of quantities and even adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions using the bar model method! It was quite tricky at first, but we are really getting the hang of it! We will use this knowledge to work on decimals and percentages. We have learned how important it is to have a good grasp of fractions, decimals and percentages.
We continue to work on number talks, which is a method for finding the most efficient strategy to solve a calculation. We discuss our answers and the process and steps we used to get to the answer.
With Mrs Watson we have been working on measurement. We have been learning how to convert between different units of measurement.
We finished off our James Watt topic this term, and created a short documentary using a combination of green screen technology and stop motion animation. Learning about James Watt has given us the inspiration to follow our own dreams and strive for greatness.
We have started our World War 2 topic with huge excitement. We are very curious and love to find out facts about the war and the effect it had on normal everyday civilians. In January, we studied the Holocaust to honour Holocaust Memorial Week. This ties in with our class novel “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”. We have great discussions about the war, and how important it is to learn from the mistakes of the past in order to stop the same mistakes from happening in the future.
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