We are on fleek- I think! 15/3/19
Today it has been Year 6 who have been teaching me, rather than the other way around. They have been sharing new words and phrases that will help bring our fairytales into 2019 and make our writing modern, informal and 'fresh'.
Thank you year 6, you have made me feel very old!
Tricky Spelling Patterns 11/3/19
This week we are concentrating on sounds that can be written in different ways- like sion, tian and tion.
We used our letters to find a range of words which use sion like mission, television and collision.
As a bit of light relief - or so I thought - we got the scrabble tiles out today as part of our Spelling lesson. The fun soon turned to frustration as this competitive lot challenged each other to make the longest word possible. Our winners, Emily and Lucy, managed the 8 letter word 'teenager'. Poor Isabella was waiting very patiently for a B so that she could spell 'uninhabitable'.
For our final piece of writing this half term, we are exploring the mythical creatures of Pandora (the planet used in the film Avatar). Today we have used clips, websites and our scientific knowledge to gather high level vocabulary to use in our work.
Today we have been scavenging: not for food or wildlife, but for grammar. We worked in pairs to find the questions and think of the answers. We had lots of fun.
Today we have been working on description. We have been looking at different doors and thinking about how to describe the approach to the door. This will help us to write a story starting with the line 'Ali stood silently, looking at the door'
Today has been a chance to consolidate all that we know about converting between metric and imperial measurements. Children have used ratio to help them as well as strategies for division and multiplication.
Today we have been exploring challenging and interesting vocabulary in the story that we have read. We picked out words that we liked and talked about their word class, what they mean, how many syllables they have and what they sound like. For example, have you ever realised that the word 'compromise' sounds like 'salty fries' ? We also drew pictures to help us to remember these words. Hopefully we can use them in our writing too.
Today we have been investigating how we can use the area of a rectangle to help us to calculate the area of a triangle. We discovered that, using perpendicular lines, we can make a triangle by halving a rectangle. That means that we can simply divide by two to find area.
We all love to play games in the holidays and today we have brought the games into our classroom - with a grammar twist. The children have been showing off all that they know. How many of these could you define or give examples of?
Well we may not be due a White Christmas in Birmingham but we've certainly made it snow in our classroom this week. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a well-earned break.
A reminder... Book Records (30.11.18)
Well done to all of the children who are continuing to bring their book records to school on a Friday. Unfortunately, there are some which I haven't seen for quite a while. Please remember to bring these in any day next week so that I can take a look at them.
Remember, these should be signed by an adult at home when possible and should show me how much you have been reading e.g. the amount of pages.
We have made great progress with our Guided Reading book (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) today and we have finally met the boy mentioned in the title. His name is Shmuel and we think that he is going to have a really important role in the story. Ask us about some of our predictions about what will happen to Bruno and his new friend Shmuel.
Writing as Maria
Today we have been concentrating on describing character, setting and most importantly atmosphere. This isn't always easy - especially when we were also trying to write as a Jewish maid living in Berlin in 1934. The children have done brilliantly - here are a few examples.
Test week is here and we have made a great start with our Spelling Test and Grammar Test this morning. Here are the spellings that the children were tested on... How would you have got on? We found the word 'coarse' a challenge - it means rough.
We have been working on some pretty tricky percentage work this week and the children in my group have shown great perseverance!
Take a look at the challenge that lots of them managed to solve today - a very impressed Mrs Hankinson!!
This half term has been extraordinary! Children have worked so hard and it has been a pleasure to see them enjoy our topic so much. I am proud of every member of my group for all that they have achieved this half term. I hope you all have a well deserved rest and come back raring to go for another challenging half term.
Today our class has been looking at a persuasive argument about lowering the voting age. Each group was responsible for one paragraph. They thought about the useful words and phrases that had been chosen and created a text map to help us to learn these. They are pretty impressive and very creative!
(7.9.18)An Impressive Start!
Well I’m sure you will all be agreeing that my Year 6 group have certainly come back to school raring to go. I have not only been impressed with the amazing work they have produced in books but also their amazing attitude, fantastic behaviour and thoughtful discussions.
Keep this up - absolute superstars!