Poetry and Percentages
Friday 23rd April |
We have had a great first week of the summer term in Year 5, made even better by the glorious sunshine!
In maths this week, we have continued working on our knowledge of decimals. We started with a focus on rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and tenth and despite rounding being a struggle for many of us at the start of the year, the children in both classes really impressed us with their understanding of this process. Following this, we moved on to comparing and ordering decimals, where we quickly realised that the most efficient method of comparison was to look at the number digit by digit. Towards the end of the week, we started looking at percentages (understanding what they are and how they link back to fractions and decimals), which we will continue into next week.
Literacy For our literacy sessions this week, we have been looking at a range of different poems and the strategies that we can use to help us understand them. There were three poems that we focused on as part of these lessons:
- Us Two – A. A. Milne
- The Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt
- Dada’s Stories – Joseph Coelho
For each poem, we started by reading through it and identifying any words that we were unsure of, using the context of the sentence to help us figure out potential meanings. Once this was done, we read through the poem again, this time annotating and highlighting sections that we liked and key poetic features, while also noting down any questions that we had or pictures that we imagined. We were very impressed with some of the children’s ideas!
Topic This half-term’s topic is all about rocks and rivers. To kick it off, we started by recapping some of the learning that the children did in Year 3 about the different types of rocks and how they are made. After watching some videos and learning about the formation of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, we decided it was time for a more “hands-on” approach. Using grated chocolate, we replicated the production of each rock – pressing together different layers for sedimentary, using the warmth of our hands to transform the sedimentary into a metamorphic rock and melting the chocolate and allowing it to cool into a solid igneous rock. The children seemed to really enjoy this activity but found it understandably very difficult not to eat the chocolate!
- Maths homework – Ordering and comparing decimals (two sheets) – due on the 28th April.
- Learning Log – Researching the life of a poet – due on the 5th May.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill