Class 5/6A News

Friday 24 February 2023

A big welcome back to all of our pupils following the half-term break.  I hope you are all relaxed and refreshed and ready for the new half-term. Already a jam packed week of learning is behind us. Let’s catch up with what Class 5/6A have been up to.

In Maths we are revisiting fractions, looking at multiplying an integer by a unit and non-unit fraction. Using our existing fractions and times table knowledge, our Year 5 pupils have made an excellent start to the half-term.  How to help: continue to support your child’s maths learning at home by encouraging daily use of Times Table Rockstars.

In Writing, we are working towards writing a spooky narrative and setting description.  This week we have watched an animation of Whitby Abbey to help us generate some vocabulary which we can use in our piece.  We have also brainstormed figurative language to describe a number of spooky scenes such as darkened forests, lightning and moonlight skies.  Our pupils have come up with some excellent description, and I can’t wait to see the pieces they produced.

The spooky theme has also appeared in our Reading work.  We have been reading passages from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and using descriptive language from them to recreate drawings of the lead character and his surroundings.

Also in Reading we have our Friday Book Club.  This half-term pupils have been given a selection of texts to choose from, which they can take home to read alongside their classmates.  On Fridays we will get together to share our thoughts on what we have read so far, identify similarities between texts, and share our opinions.

We are Chemists this half-term in Science.  Our work this week has seen us mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar and using balloons to test how much carbon dioxide can be created to inflate a balloon.  Once a test experiment had been established, pupils then changed some of the variables of the experiment to see how this would affect the outcome.

Being able to recognise both positive and negative feelings and understand how to deal with them has been focus in Living and Learning.  Our circle time discussion has seen us look at a wider range of vocabulary to describe feelings we experience every day, how we can express these, and what to do if we experience a feeling we are not sure of.  Pupils discussed how they would support a peer who was struggling to deal with a particular scenario, and turn it into a positive.