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Week Ending 23rd November 2018 - Attendance this week 95.7%

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Week 13

 

This week the children have been planning and writing narrative fiction based on the Harry Potter character Bellatrix Lestrange.  We have been working to add tension to our writing.  In Maths the children have been working with decimals.  Adding, subtracting and comparing numbers with up to 3 decimal places.  In Science the children have been investigating water resistance.

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Week 12

 

This week the children have completed their character descriptions about Bellatrix Lestrange.  The children worked hard all week to produce some brilliant published pieces of writing on Friday.  In maths this week the children have worked with the vocabulary and concepts of prime and squared numbers in different contexts.  Our science this week has included an investigation into friction.

Week 11

 

This week the children have been planning some character based writing inspired by the Harry Potter books.  The children have planned writing using a range of features to show the reader their character's key traits.  In maths we have continued to work on the skills of multiplication and division in different problem solving and reasoning contexts.

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Week 10

 

This week the children have completed their non chronological reports about fantastic beasts.  In maths, the children have been using formal written methods of multiplication to solve problems involving multiplying large numbers by 2 digit numbers.  This week the children have also prepared and performed a series of remembrance assemblies to the class.  It has been wonderful to see the children work together to produce the resources and ideas required to perform their assemblies the remember the centenary of armistice day.

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Week 9

 

It has been a busy week back at Waterside for all of the children in Whales class.  The children have been planning a non-chronological report based on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.  We have been researching different magical creatures and planning our writing.  In maths, the children have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 in different contexts.  We have then been applying these skills to solve problems involving conversions between different units of measure.

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Week 8

 

The children had an extremely busy end to the half term.  In our encompass lessons the children worked in groups to begin to plan their own remembrance assemblies which they will perform for the rest of the class throughout week 10.  The children worked brilliantly in groups to think of different ways we could remember together.  Work on these assemblies will continue during the first week back in school after half term.  In English the children produced some excellent setting descriptions using a range of year 5 skills, with a particular emphasis on relative clauses.  

Week 7

This week the children have been working hard on their re-write of The Piano.  We have worked hard to incorporate flashbacks and changes in tense into our writing and the final published pieces show off a wide range of year 5 skills.  Maths this week has focused on using rounding for estimation and using the inverse operation to check our answers to questions.  In Encompass this week the children produced a piece of art work and a musical composition using the garage band app on the iPads linking our WWI topic to questions about remembrance.

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Week 6

 

This week the children have started some writing based on the short animation, 'The Piano'.  We have been planning the use of flashbacks and figurative language to create strong imagery in the mind of the reader.  In maths this week the children have begun work on addition and subtraction using concrete, pictorial and abstract apparatus.  We have also done some Harvest Festival work and investigated the origins of different foods from around the world.

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Week 5

 

This week the children have completed their newspaper reports based on the UFO sighting in Aquila.  It has been wonderful to see the children develop the appropriate tone and language required for a newspaper report.  Maths this week has focused on the skill of rounding numbers up to 1,000,000.  The children have shown a great deal of resilience, particularly in relation to their reasoning and explanations of their answers.

Week 4

 

This week in English the children have been developing their non-fiction writing skills by investigating and planning a piece of journalistic writing based on our class text, Aquila.  The children have worked very hard to develop an effective journalistic style in their writing and we are beginning to see some excellent news stories coming together.  We are excited to see where our journalistic writing will take us next week.

 

In maths the children have continued to master the skills of counting back through zero and counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.  We have had an increasing emphasis on problem solving and reasoning this year and it has been excellent to see and hear the children discuss and explain their understanding of mathematical concepts.

 

 

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Week 3

 

This week the children have continued with their narrative writing in English.  On Friday we published our first published piece of writing of the school year ready for assessment.  Next week we will begin with some journalistic writing.

 

In maths, the children have continued to work with place value.  The children have worked hard to solve problems in a variety of contexts including concrete, pictorial and abstract varied fluency and a wide range of reasoning and problem solving questions.

 

In our Encompass lessons this week the children held a debate, discussing the questions, "Is war ever justified?"

 

Our science lesson this week provided children with opportunities to apply their maths skills to scientific investigations involving bar charts and line graphs.  It was wonderful to see the children applying their mathematical skills to the wider curriculum in the afternoon.

 

 

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Week 2

 

The highlight of this week was the year 5 and 6 trip to the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

 

The children had a brilliant time discovering artefacts from the first world war and gaining an greater understanding of the lives and sacrifices of men and women during the war.  The children took part in the ministry of memory workshop at the museum did a brilliant job of representing our school.

 

In English this week the children have been planning their writing based on our class text, Aquila.  We are now all set and ready to produce some excellent writing next week when recounting the opening of the story.

 

Maths lessons this week have focused on place value and solving problems in different contexts with varied fluency.  

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Week 1

 

It has been an excellent week back at Waterside for all of the Whales Class.  We have settled into our new classroom, set out our expectations and introduced our new topics.

 

The children have began their Fallen Fields topic and created a set of research questions to investigate throughout this term.

 

Over the holiday a number of the children have produced some excellent homework and I am looking forward to seeing some more of this homework next week.

 

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