Week commencing 18th May 2020
This week our Maths will begin re-capping the fairly recent work involving fractions; our English activities are all built from a single photograph (apart from a grammar activity on Friday) and Science continues with the Living Things & Their Habitats topic. This week, there is also a drawing activity that might appeal to any Harry Potter fans (of all ages)…
Whilst we appreciate that everyone’s home circumstances are different, the children are used to a timetable/routine. Below is a link to a suggested timetable. It’s in Excel and is entirely editable for your own circumstances. The one we’ve made is also in a dyslexia friendly font and features the style of visual symbols the children are used to:
The feedback from parents has been that this timetable (or something similar) has really helped the children.
This week, we are going to be recapping some of our work on fractions.
From Monday through to Thursday there is a video (around 10 minutes) each day, that children can use to help their understanding.
Even if the children seem confident, please let them watch the video if possible as this reinforces the underlying concepts and will help them to deepen their understanding.
Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa
Compare and order fractions
Add and subtract fractions
The answer sheet is at the back of the test. Please note that the last 4 questions are worth 2 marks each. Children get one mark if they have used a sensible method to try to solve the question, but have made an error meaning the answer itself is wrong.
Our writing this week is linked to a picture concerning habitat destruction. We then finish the week off with a grammar test.
Experimenting with different story openings
The final write
To end the week here is a short grammar test. The aim here is not to necessarily use this as a test, but to explore each question to make sure the correct answer is found and understood. The test can be done in PowerPoint (in Slideshow mode) or as the written PDF.
For spelling, the spelling lists for Years 3/4 and 5/6 are provided below:
Our Reading Adventure is still very much underway, and reading is a fantastic form of escape for children, especially during this time of physical distancing and more limited opportunities to travel and socialise.
Feel free to supplement reading with audio books. Audible are currently offering 100s of free children’s books for them to enjoy – definitely useful for those parents trying to work from home!
This week’s comprehensions are all linked to our habitats topic.
There are three levels of difficulty for each one, with differentiated texts and questions.
Our science topic is living things and their habitats.
Here is an overview of the topic – knowledge organiser
Note to parents – this topic does lead into human life cycles. Perhaps we will be back in school by the time it gets to that point but who knows??
This week we are going to be looking at different life cycles – focusing on complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
Watch this clip which talks though lots of different life cycles. Pay particular attention to the life cycle of a butterfly.
Look at these posters of life cycles – notice there are 2 pages for the life cycle of an insect. There are insects that go through complete metamorphosis and insects that go through incomplete metamorphosis.
- What is metamorphosis?
- Can you find 3 differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis?
- Can you find 3 similarities between complete and incomplete metamorphosis?
- Choose one of the insects and draw it’s life cycle – explain each stage – you might want to find out about one of the other insects (such as a ladybird).
Mrs Carling’s Family Science Experiment
Mrs Carling has added a new family science experiment on Class Dojo.
Here it is if you’ve missed it…
Please send us any pictures on Class Dojo of your investigations!
For your drawing this week, we’d like you to watch this artist/illustrator’s video, explaining how to draw different Harry Potter characters.
If you can send copies of your completed drawings in, Mr Peat will make a big montage and send this to the artist so she can see our work. This is open to adults as well as children!
Below is a document from Mr Crossley for Music. Choose one of the musicians that he has put and listen to their music. Then have a think about some of the ideas that he has put there.
Children will miss out on the activity that PE and play times currently provide. Loads of you are joining in with Joe Wicks PE lessons at 9am every morning.
Children can also access Go Noodle on You Tube or through a Google search. Generally, they love doing the wacky activities!
You can also access the Just Dance videos on You Tube which are great fun and there is also a channel called Cosmic Kids Yoga, you can do Yoga to the story of Frozen or even Harry Potter!
Investigation 3 – A Sikh journey to commitment
Watch this clip and reflect on this question for Sikhs: Is it always easy to show commitment?
What might make it difficult for Sikhs to keep their commitment to God? Would other people put pressure on them?
Once again, we’d love to see the children’s work and will do our best to facilitate learning for the time that school is suspended.
The Year 5 Teachers and Teaching Assistants