English: This week, we've been writing our innovated versions of Finding Nemo: The Fish That Didn't Listen. The children have come up with some really interesting twists on the original, changing the characters, settings and some of the finer details to make the story their own. We've all been focussing on using fronted adverbials to begin our sentences in different ways, adjectives to create expanded noun phrases and inverted commas to punctuate direct speech within our stories. Next week, we will be publishing our stories, ready to share them with the rest of the school.
Maths: In maths, we've started our next chapter all about measurement. First of all, we will be focussing on measuring length. The children enjoyed a practical lesson of measuring a variety of objects around the classroom with a tape measure. We then started to look at how we can convert measurements from cm into m and cm, and vice versa.
English: This week we have been focusing on the openings to our stories and thinking carefully about starting our stories in different ways to hook our reader. We evaluated the following story openings and planned to use one of them in our own stories when we write them next week.
Nemo couldn’t help but feel a little disheartened. Deep down he knew that he was a weak swimmer but he desperately wanted to fit in with the rest of the fish at school.
With the sunlight shimmering through the water and brightly coloured coral swaying gently in the waves, the Great Barrier Reef certainly was a special place to be.
“Whatever you do, don’t swim off without me! Do you understand?”
“Yes Daddy,” sighed Nemo. It was the same advice that he was given every day by his overly cautious father as they swam side by side on their way to school.
To this day, Nemo still doesn’t know what had possessed him to do it. One moment of madness and both his and his father’s lives were put into jeopardy. The consequences of his actions would haunt him for the rest of his life…
Maths: We've continued learning about multiplication and division this week, applying our knowledge of the formal written methods to solve a variety of word problems. To help us to understand which operations we are required to use, we have been using the bar model.
English: This week, we've been learning all about our class text for this half term - Finding Nemo: The Fish That Didn't Listen. We started the week with a hook to engage all of the children with the story. We made our own puppets and underwater backdrops in order to help us to retell the story with our very own puppet shows. Next, we created our own story maps and then used these to retell the events of the story in full, adding actions to help us to perform the story together as a class.
Maths: This week in maths, we've been learning about formal methods of division. We learnt that it is possible to split a number into tens and ones, divide each separately and then add the numbers back together to find the total. However, there will be times when you cannot simply split a number into tens and ones, so on these occasions we have to regroup some of the tens into ones.
English: This week, we've been writing recounts about our trip to Marwell Zoo! We had lots of exciting memories to write about and we tried our best to include all of the features of a recount that we learnt about before the Christmas holidays (past tense, first person, chronological order, paragraphs, expanded noun phrases).
We've also been practising using the correct articles for different nouns.
We learnt a rule to help us remember when to use 'a' and 'an' correctly:
If the noun begins with a vowel, we use 'an' e.g. an apple, an umbrella, an orange etc.
If the noun begins with a consonant, we use 'a' e.g. a pencil, a bicycle, a dinosaur etc.
*There are a few exceptions to these rules (honour, unicorn, universe) because these words have vowel/consonant sounds at the beginning.
Maths: In maths, we've been learning about formal methods of multiplication. When you multiply a 2 digit number by a one digit number, we have learnt that column multiplication is the quickest and most efficient method (see below).