You have 5 weeks to read your novel at home and complete the following tasks on your iPad or on paper. Look at how many chapters there are and plan your reading time by splitting the book into chunks. Be prepared to send/show your homework to your teacher by Friday.

 due 4th March Design a new front cover, blurb and give the book a new title. Try to entice new readers to read the book , but don’t give too much away! due 11th March Adjectives. Find 6 adjectives from the book and replace them with similar words. Write the new sentences and underline the adjective. (You can use a thesaurus to help you if you want). due 18th March Sequencing. Chose 5 events from the story and muddle up the order in which they happened. Challenge someone in your group to put them in the correct sequence. due 25th March Connections and similarities. Write about a person, book, place or event that is similar to those from your book. due 1st April April Fool’s Day! If you could play a trick on one of the characters, what would you do? Don’t be too cruel, remember.

# Review of the week

It was an interesting first week back, as we met our new head teacher, Mrs Strathearn, had a very snowy day and saw all our friends again after the holiday.

Our learning in reading was non fiction texts. We identified the differences between fiction and non fiction texts, and how the features help us to find the information we need.

In writing we are learning about the purpose and features of information reports before we write our own.

Next Thursday is World Book Day so we are making a class book about our favourite books, to share with our partner school in Nepal.

In maths we have been adding and rounding decimals, and will be applying what we know about decimal places in our next topic, money. We have also learned about grams and kilograms and will be weighing food items.

Our topic on the layers of the Earth led us to look at earthquakes. We have found where in the world the fault lines are.

Tuesday was Thinking Day and here are our Brownies and Cubs in their uniforms.

We played games and rhythms and learned about a Brazilian instrument.  Each week we are improving concentration, following instruments and, most of all, playing together as a band.

Congratulations Orla, for being drummer of the week.

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# Spelling th/wh

 cloth cloths clothes clothing clothed clothesline three threes threesome threefold threesome threefold throb throbs throbbing throbbed heartthrob heartthrobs throw throws throwing thrower thrown throwback length lengths lengthen lengthened lengthening wavelength health healthy unhealthy healthier healthiest healthcare white whites whiten whitest whiteboard whitening wheel wheels wheelie wheeling cartwheel wheelbarrow

Week 4 of our big drum adventure and our band has learned how to start and stop playing all together at the same time! Mat gives us a count of 4 so we know when to start and stop playing.

A big well done to Rory who was our drummer of the week!

# Tectonic plates

As part of our topic about natural disasters, we have been looking at the different layers of the Earth and how the crust is divided into different tectonic plates.  We used crackers to represent the plates and red icing for the mantle to show how the plates move against each other.

When the plates move apart (divergent) molten rock erupts creating new crust.

When the plates crash together (convergent) new mountains can be formed.

When the plates slide past each other (transform) they create earthquakes.

# Money, money, money

Welcome to the Kingsland toy shop!  We created a sales page with a variety of toys which were on offer and we used coins and notes up to £20 to buy toys from each other. We were revising how to write amounts of money correctly, how to add up amounts of money and listing coins to pay for items.

# Thinking day

Well done to all the children in P5b who wore their uniforms for thinking day.  They looked very smart!

# This week in p5a

Maths

We have been practising adding decimals, and learning about metres and kilometres.

Writing

We wrote a cinquain poem, with 5 lines and a distinctive shape.

Here are some of our cinquain poems.

 Pokemon battles awaken winning is good losing is the worst Japan by Brodie   Guinea Pigs very cute like to nibble playful,  fast, eating pet by Anna   Buddy cute, fun cat chaser, destroyer fluffy, soft, wet, strong dog by Ellie   Aaron Cute, tiny running, playing, biting always jumping on chairs Brother by Ruby   Mum caring, helpful running, cooking, painting loves to sell flowers nurse by Lowri   Jess cute, angel barking, sweating, kissing hungry for some food amazing by Cara   Grapes sweet, juicy licking, slurping, sucking dribbling down my arm yummy by Struan   Arlo titchy, cuddly gaming, running, kicking always tightly cuddling me brother by Eden   Winter cold, freezing sleighing, snowing, building birthday time excites me Amazing by Zara   Murphy crazy runner loves chewing stuff loves chasing cats daily cute by Lewis   Cats Friendly, Feline Pouncing, Crouching, Hunting Playing and rolling about Majestic by Rosie

Art. For Valentine’s Day we drew geometric shapes inside a heart, by joining carefully placed dots. We painted them in warm, pastel shades.

Drumming

We are enjoying drumming with Mat the Hat and have been set the challenge of coming up with a band name.
The drummer of the week was Ruby, well done!