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Week starting 30th January 2023

MATHS: We are pushing ourselves to apply our multiplication strategies to larger numbers, including multiplying by 2-digits (long multiplication).

 

WRITING: After writing and reviewing our biography about David Attenborough, we are using and applying our knowledge of the genre and its shape to a new writing task: a biography about Greta Thunberg.

 

READING: We are continuing to use our VIPERs skills to read and analyse a number of texts, linking to the environment.

 

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY: This week, we will be looking at maps of our local area to identify areas influenced by the Tudors and how they have impacted the place we live in.

 

RE: We will continue our focus on Islam and the mosque as a place of worship. We will also be linking this to the Islamic holy book: The Qur'an.

 

PSHE: We will be identifying what dreams and goals we have and those that others have, appreciating the differences between us all.

 

SPANISH: We are learning some key Tudor vocabulary in Spanish, linking to our Big Question.

 

COMPUTING: We will be looking at some new tools and formulae within the spreadsheet software, Google Sheets.

 

MUSIC: We are continuing to practising using the ukelele to learn and play simple melodies.

Week starting 23rd January 2023

MATHS: We are now learning about multiplication and division strategies until half term. We will be refreshing our knowledge of how to use short multiplication as a formal written strategy before moving onto using it with larger numbers (4 digit by 1 digit).

 

WRITING: We are using our knowledge of biographies and their shape to write a biographical text about David Attenborough, practising everything we have learnt so far.

 

READING: We are continuing to use our VIPERs skills to read and analyse a number of texts, linking to the environment.

 

HISTORY: We are continuing to look at important elements of Tudor Britain, linking to our timeline of the era. We are also preparing for our upcoming trip to Hampton Court Palace.

 

SCIENCE: We are preparing for our upcoming Science Day by introducing the vocabulary and concepts of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

 

RE: We will continue our focus on Islam and the features of a mosque. We will be looking at local places of worship, as well as those around the world.

 

PSHE: We are thinking about our dreams and goals, identifying how we can push ourselves to achieve them.

 

SPANISH: We are learning some key Tudor vocabulary in Spanish, linking to our Big Question.

 

COMPUTING: We are starting our focus on spreadsheets, using Google Sheets. Our first lesson recaps the important features of the software.

 

MUSIC: We are continuing to practising using the ukelele to play simple melodies.

Week starting 16th January 2023

MATHS: We are working through some of our final focuses in our fractions unit, challenging ourselves with subtracting mixed numbers and calculating with fractions by 'breaking through the whole' - the fractions version of exchanging.

 

WRITING: We are practising lots of different writing skills and techniques in our sentence stacking lessons this week. Using a model version of a biography about David Attenborough to inspire and guide us, we are constructing our own sentences using conjunctions, similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions and a lot more. This will all feed into our first attempt at writing a biography next week.

 

READING: We are refreshing our comprehension skills and using VIPERS to answer questions about biographical texts. We've already looked at David Attenborough and Jane Goodall - who could be next?

 

HISTORY: After looking at the Tudor timeline last week, we are now focusing on the Battle of Bosworth, which was the final battle in the famous War of the Roses. Its impact kickstarted the Tudor era as Henry VII (Henry VII's father) came to the throne.

 

RE: We will continue our focus on Islam and the importance of the mosque as their place of worship.

 

SPANISH: We are learning the names of the key figures involved in the War of the Roses, in Spanish.

 

COMPUTING: We are refreshing our knowledge of online safety, discussing how to stay safe online and deciding who our trusted adults are. Next week, we will start our new unit on spreadsheets.

 

MUSIC: We are continuing to learn how to create music by playing the ukelele.

Week starting 9th January 2023

MATHS: We are continuing on with our focus on fractions this week, practising our skills of converting fractions to have a common denominator, adding fractions to create a total greater than one and calculating with mixed numbers.

 

WRITING: We are starting our new biographies unit by investigating and identifying the shape of a biographical text. We have looked at examples of texts about famous environmental figures and are starting to research the person we will write our first biography about... TV personality, naturalist and local legend, Sir David Attenborough!

 

READING: Alongside our writing work, we are reading a variety of biographical texts to demonstrate what a good biography looks like and help us see the structures that they use. We are continuing to use Lexia and Accelerated Reader in school too, practising our word reading, phonics and comprehension skills.

 

HISTORY: We are launching our new topic this week, centred on our big question: 'Were the Tudors really that terrible?' Our first lesson will look at an overview of the Tudor era, identify some key figures (including Henry VIII) and the timeline of important events from the period.

 

RE: Our next topic for RE is Islam with a spotlight on the mosque, the Islamic place of worship. The first lesson is refresh on what the children remember about the world religion and using this to introduce our new focus.

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