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4th December 

It has been another wonderful week in Fearless Fauns. 

 

This week in English, we have looked at different Maya myths and thought about the similarities and differences. Almost all of us really enjoyed the gruesome descriptions of the tasks that the heroes had to carry out. We also looked at identifying different word classes and clauses types in the texts. 

 

In our geography this week, we have looked at the daily life of a typical child in Mexico and compared it to the experiences we have in the UK. The were lots of similarities but we all agreed that we would like the extra long lunch times they have in Mexico. We used grid references to locate ancient Maya cities and the used Google Earth to zoom in and take a closer look. 

 

Our computing focus this week was the difference between the internet and the world wide web. We were surprised to learn that they are not actually the same thing. We also looked at how networks work and researched Sir Tim Berners-Lee - the man who invented who invented the world wide web. 

 

Year 6 Maths 

In maths this week, Year 6 have continued to work on fractions. We have looked at the differences between mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to convert between one and the other. We looked at how to place fractions on a number line. At the end of the week, we used of knowledge of equivalent fractions to compare and order fractions with different denominators. 

 

Spelling 

Our words this week didn't follow a pattern or rule. Year 5 have looked at homophones - words that sound the same but have different meanings and spelling. We created little memory hooks to help us remember the correct spelling choice: herd, heard, cereal, serial, stationery, stationary, father, farther, steel, steal. 

Year 5 looked at orange words that had a double letter that many people often forget: communicate, community, harass, occupy, committee, occur. 

20th November 

We have had a fantastic week in Fearless Fauns. 

 

In our topic work this week, we have looked at Mexican history and the Ancient Maya Civilisation. Did you know that they didn't only live n Mexico but also Guatemala and Belize? We learned about the system of glyphs that they used in writing and tried our hand at their famous ball game. The game was very difficult to play and we had to adapt some of the rules. Most importantly, no one was sacrificed at the end - the Maya weren't so lucky! 

We looked at the stelae found at Maya temples and carved our own in soap. 

 

We are really enjoying our novel 'Holes' and this week we have written a diary for the main character, Stanley. 

 

Maths 

In maths this week, the Year 6s have looked at prime, square and cube numbers and used BODMAS to calculate. 

Can you solve these problems? 

6² + 2 x 3 + (4x5) 

70 - 5² x 2 - 2²

The Year 5s have continued their work on statistics. This week they have looked at how to interpret the data on different sorts of tables and timetables. They have had to combine lots of different knowledge and skills include measurement, time and fractions. 

 

Spelling 

Year 5 

This week, the Year 5s have looked at adding able to the end of words. The general rule is to just apply the suffix unless the word ends in y. When it does, swap the y for an i before adding able. Misery to miserable was the word we had to watch out for. In this case, you just drop the y. 

Words this week included: 

adaptable, manageable, knowledgeable breakable, noticeable, predictable, enviable, suitable, comfortable. 

Can you think of any others that fit the pattern? 

 

Year 6

This week, the Year 6s looked at adding consonant suffixes to the end of root words. The general rule was to just add the suffix unless the word ended in y. In this case, swap the y for an i before adding your suffix. 

Words this week included: 

beautiful, immediately, definitely, powerfully, government, thoroughness, achievement, leisurely, neighbourly deceitful, 

 

6th November 

Hola Mexico! 

What a brilliant week we have had in Fearless Fauns! This week we started our new topic with a Mexican Fiesta.

On Tuesday, we tasted a range of different Mexican foods including jalapenos, chili con carne, refried bean, salsa and guacamole. We decided we flavours we really like and which were a bit too spicy for our palates!  We used the ingredients to design our own dish and spent Wednesday morning cooking up a feast. In the afternoon, we put the finishing touches to our dishes before enjoying them with our friends. The fiesta finished with musical performances and we danced the 'Mexican Hat Dance' which we learnt earlier in the week. 

 

On Thursday, we learnt about the Mexican festival The Day of the Dead and why it is a more joyful celebration than you would expect. We looked at the colourful masks that are worn and made our own versions. 

Day of the Dead Masks

Food Tasting

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. 

Hola Mexico!

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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