Mrs Everest – Year 5 and 6

Autumn 2017

Week Beginning 11th September 2017

English

  • Owl class have been looking further at the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. We have been exchanging his made up, portmanteau words for real words to add clarity to a reading of the poem. Next, we compared the framework of the original poem with a mock version called ‘Jabber-mockery’. We are currently creating poetic word banks to capture a selection of appropriate words on our own themes. These will be used to support our writing of our own mock, Jabberwocky style poems.

 

Maths

  • This week, we have enjoyed a variety of activities related to number and place value. We played a brilliant game with our Learning partners called ‘Beat my Number’ which helped us to consider the value of each digit we placed. We have also been applying our place value knowledge to solve a range of questions, particularly those that challenge our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

 

History

  • We have continued our new topic of Brave Beginnings, by finding out more about the various tribes and where they came from. To demonstrate our understanding, we colour coded maps to show their origins and the course they followed to reach the land we now called the United Kingdom. We also considered the key events of this period in history and recorded various events in chronological order on a timeline.

PE

  • In PE this week we continued our OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) lessons. The focus was on group challenges which required collaboration and problem solving skills. It highlighted for all groups the importance of communication and cooperation.

Week Beginning 5th September 2017

English

  • This week we have been reviewing our foundation knowledge in Grammar. We discussed the main parts of speech with a focus on identifying and using them. We then identified nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in Lewis Carroll’s poem ‘The Jabberwocky’. Some of us were also able to identify pronouns, prepositions, determiners and even a relative pronoun. Charlotte also helped us to use our speaking and listening skills when she gave her oral presentation about her family holiday to Crete.

 

Maths

  • Owl class enjoyed a variety of activities which revisited and refreshed our mathematical knowledge and skills. We created Fortune Tellers to assist us with identifying known and unknown times tables. Using 16×16 squared paper, we created multi-coloured symmetrical designs for our Maths books. We also enjoyed finding different ways to explain and record our understanding to solve a maths problem. The teachers questioned us orally about our reasoning as we progressed through each level of the problem.

 

History

  • To start us off on our new topic of Brave Beginnings, we completed a KWL chart. We were able to discuss with our learning partner what we already knew about the Anglo-Saxons and what we wanted to spend time finding out about. After that we found out a little bit about how to Roman occupation left Britain and what happened next.

PSHE

  • In the early part of the week, Owl class played get to know you games and created Owl that represented our personalities. We went on to discuss the expectations of us as Year 5/6 around the school and in our classes when we collaborated to create a class charter. We also discussed target setting, the different zones we work in when we learn best and how best to achieve this in class. We also talked about what makes us a good Learning Partner and completed a drawing activity that encouraged us to give productive and supportive feedback.

PE

  • In PE this week we began a series of OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) lessons. Although the rain kept us indoors we very much enjoyed our Rainforest Orienteering challenge.