Lots of learning this week, where the children have been very enthusiastic and positive! Great growth mind-set!
English: Over the past week, we have been looking at a poem called, “The River,” by Valerie Bloom. We have used it to find the key features of a good poem, which also contains lots of images. Through close studying, we have discovered that she has used lots of metaphors, a simile and personification in order to create those images (use of figurative language). We’ll be working hard to understand the difference between the three devices and then have a go ourselves, before creating our own poem about volcanoes, next week.
Maths: We continue to practise our times tables and the children have become very competitive as they are super keen to improve their own scores. They have 3 minutes in which to try to answer 60 times table questions, based on either x2 or x5. We are also learning how to calculate TU x U, with and without exchanges. It has really helped us to used place value charts, dienes and counters so that we can “see” why and where these exchanges take place. Then, we will be showing these calculations in a formal written calculation.
Sometimes, we find that lots of good learning comes from finding out where we make our mistakes so we spent a productive lesson exploring “where has it gone wrong?” examples (see photos).
Topic: Natural features of our world can be quite mind-blowing for us to understand and visualise, never mind 7 and 8 year olds, so we used a little bit of drama to help us understand how tectonic plates create earthquakes and mountains. See photo! It was a really good way to understand the concept and a little bit of fun too!
Champion of the week
Maddie’s friendly smile cheers up the gloomiest of January days and her enthusiasm knows no bounds! Well done, Maddie.
Unfortunately, although the majority of the class attended all week, we are still struggling with nasty viruses. We got 93.9%