13th February 2017

This week’s haul of just 6 handshakes was not our usual high total but it may well have reflected our poor attendance – just 93.5%

Mathematics
We have learnt how to use a bar method to work out fractions of values easily. Most children should be able to demonstrate this to you at home. We have also tried counting in 10ths and 100ths, taking note of equivalent fractions and decimals. There is a fabulous page in organisers that helps to show the equivalents (p130) Here is Aysenaz’s fraction work.

Topic
Having researched Roman education, society, entertainment, food and clothing, the children have typed up their findings for their Roman files. The homework project links in really well with this work and will augment their knowledge of ‘Life as a Roman soldier’. Each child is expected to try to make a Roman shield in whatever way they can – great fun for all who care to get involved 

Science
We have learnt about the 3 states of matter in our universe – solids, liquids and gases. The water cycle has also been explained and drawn by the children. They should be able to explain where today’s snow comes from! Any supported experimenting with heating and cooling water (and/or chocolate!) over the half term break would add to the work already covered. Here is a sample of our science work by Reuben and Blake.

PE Kit
There have been one or two children not bringing the correct kit, or any kit, on PE days. Our class PE will remain on Tuesday and Thursday. Indoor kit on Tuesday and extra warm outdoor kit on Thursdays.

Reading at home
Reading continues to be a skill that all children need to practise at home. I have been very impressed by some children and their efforts but less than impressed with others. Please support your child’s reading each night either by reading with them, listening to them or prompting them to read their book.

And finally….
I’ve been sending lots of Marvellous Me rewards home and so congratulations to all children earning the badges or messages. I hope that traditionally written messages in organisers are still making it home for parents to read. A short reply is always appreciated.
Many thanks and have a lovely half term break.