English: This week, we've been busy learning and applying a number of grammatical elements to our writing. First, we were building suspense in our writing using expanded noun phrases, powerful verbs and carefully chosen adverbs. Next, we learnt about the present perfect tense and practised converting sentences from simple past tense to the present perfect form. We also looked at the structure of our sentences, making sure that we use punctuation correctly and do not produce run on errors. To finish the week, we started thinking about how we could innovate the story of Jack and the Beanstalk by planning which elements we are going to change/add in.
Maths: We started a brand new topic in our maths lessons this week - we've been learning all about time! We started the week by looking at the analogue clock and making sure that we were able to read/make times on the hour, half past the hour, quarter past the hour and quarter to the hour. We then started to look at times where the minute hand lies in between the numbers (see below).
English: This week, we drew story maps for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and then used these to retell the story with actions. We then looked at a rewritten version of the text and thought about how the writer had managed to build up suspense in their writing. We wrote a toolkit for building suspense off the back of our discussions:
Maths: We've continued learning about money, focussing on adding and subtracting amounts. Towards the end of the week, we've been calculating change mentally by counting on the difference between the price of the item and the amount of money we pay with (see below).
English: This half term we are using Jack and the Beanstalk as our Talk 4 Writing text which is a finding tale. To hook us into the story, we took part in a spot of drama where we worked in groups to act out the events of the story.
We then put ourselves in Jack's shoes and thought about what he would have been thinking during various parts of the story. We formed a conscience alley where the boys and the girls had to express their opposing views (e.g. boys convincing Jack to climb the beanstalk whilst girls were convincing him not to).
Maths: In maths this week, we've been learning all about money! We started the week by counting and making amounts of money using a range of coins and notes and we finished the week by adding amounts of money together using renaming of both pounds and pence.