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16th October 

We have had a brilliant week finishing our topic Alchemy Island. 

In geography, we used six figure grid references to plan our routes home. We used string to measure the distance against the scale and some of us even worked out how long the journey would take using an average speed. 

 

In English, we researched famous diamonds and other gemstones. We used our knowledge to write some beautiful cinquain poems which are now displayed on the wall. 

 

Year 5 spelling:

The pattern this week has been words ending in -ible.

The words have included: responsible, sensible, reversible, irreversible, resistible, irresistible, credible, incredible, legible and illegible

 

Year 6 spelling:

The rule this week has been adding vowel suffixes to root words ending consonant a and an e.

We have dropped the e before adding the suffix. The words we have learnt include: persuade, persuaded, persuading, appreciate, appreciated, appreciating, appreciation, observe, observed, observing and observant. 

 

Maths 

In maths this week we have looked at written methods for short and long division. We have also worked on turning any remainders into fractions and decimals. We finished our work on calculation methods by applying our skills to problem solving. 

Attached is a copy of the maths knowledge organiser for this unit. It contains information about the methods we have used in class. It may help to look at these over the holiday to keep the concepts at the front of your child's mind. 

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25th September

This week we started our new topic for this half term 'Alchemy Island' .

The week began with a visit from the mysterious alchemist's apprentice. He read a riddle to us which we had to solve to work out the starting point on our 'quest for gold'. We worked very hard on this and eventually worked out where our important mission started.  It was very exciting and all of our work will link to this topic throughout this half term. 

We spent Monday afternoon looking for possible magic portals to Alchemy Island. There were lots of places around school that could lead to the magical world. In computing, we used our photo editing skills to give the photos of the portals a fantasy/sci-fi effect. We then created soundtracks in music to create an atmosphere of travelling to another realm. 

This week we also enjoyed a science experiment where we had to 'clean' water that we found on Alchemy Island. Different samples were contaminated with oil, rice and salt which we had to try and separate. This all got a bit messy!

Our quest across Alchemy Island continue next week...

11th September 

We have had a brilliant first week back in school. Everyone has settled into the new routines really well and we have all enjoyed being back with our friends again. 

 

During the week, we have used Charlie Mackesy's 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse' as the stimulus for our English work. We have thought carefully about the meaning and messages in the story and how we can use the wisdom and advice in our lives. We all agreed that the mole was our favourite because of his humour, wisdom and love of cake! 

 

 

In the afternoons, we have looked at different painting techniques in art. On Monday, we used water colours to paint self portraits. Later in the week, we took photographs of things of beauty we found around the school site. Back in the classroom, we created our own versions of the pictures using pointillism as our painting technique. 
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