7/7/18

In English this week, we have created a leaflet about our British Values that builds upon the performance and workshop led by Caboodle Arts Company. The children have shown a thorough understanding of the five British Values, what they mean and examples of what they look like in our everyday lives.

In maths, we have continued relating percentages to decimals and fractions. The children have begun to apply this to solving problems to find percentages of number and real life situations.

We have been learning about Plants and Living Things as part of our science. We began with parts of a plant and flower which led to a lesson on identifying the stages of the life cycle of a plant. We discussed these key words relating to the different stages of a flower’s life cycle: germination, growth, pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. We then moved on to looking at the life cycle of mammals.

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic day at Robert Smyth Academy. The children enjoyed a variety of activities and were very enthusiastic in participating with what was on offer. As always, the children were a credit to Meadowdale and behaved exceptionally well. We were even praised for our outstanding singing of Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver!

Throughout this year, we have tried hard to promote the love of reading and give the children every opportunity to enjoy going to the library, reading a variety of books and discuss what they have read. We hope that in the summer holidays the children can continue with this enthusiasm and read as much as they can. To assist with this, when your child goes into Year 6 on Monday and Tuesday next week for their transition, they will choose a book from their reading corner to take home to enjoy over the holidays.

On Monday, your child will be dismissed from the Year 6 classrooms at the front of the school. On Tuesday your child will start their day in Year 6 so they will need to enter by the same fire exit doors.

 

29/6/18

We have had a fantastic week celebrating Armed Forces Day with assemblies and various activities led by members of the Reserve Forces and Sea Cadets. Year 5s really enjoyed creating a 2D person wearing camouflage using natural materials found on the school grounds. Rowan class developed their teamwork skills, resilience and problem solving by building a bridge with just newspaper and sticky tape as well as building the tallest tower using just spaghetti and marshmallows. It was great fun! The children showed creativity, good communication skills and perseverance. Cedar were set a rowing challenge where they had to work as a team to complete a set distance on rowing machines. They will be completing their bridge building challenge next week. In addition to this, Mr Blyth and Mr Probert created an assault course and physical challenge for the children to conquer which the children really enjoyed.

In English, the children wrote a recount about the Battle of Bosworth. They used their research and preparation work from last week to help them plan and write an interesting recount as a knight on the battlefield. We are very pleased with the work that has been produced. In addition, this week, we have started to plan and create a leaflet about our British Values that builds upon the performance and workshop led by Caboodle Arts Company last week.

In maths, the children have started to learn about percentage. We have begun to introduce the understanding of percentage as ‘out of 100’ and relating it to fractions and decimals. We will continue with this next week.

On Friday, we went to Welland Park Academy to take part in a challenge day where the children took part in science, design and technology, ICT and/or P.E lessons. The children had a brilliant day and were an absolute credit to Meadowdale School. We were very proud of them.

What a busy week!

 

22/6/18

In English, the children have written their story that they planned last week. We were able to see the children apply independently many language features that were taught this year in their work. Then we moved onto researching information about knights, weaponry and the Battle of Bosworth. This is in preparation for the recount that the children will be writing in first person as Richard III or Henry Tudor next week. We watched a battle re-enactment so that the children could generate vocabulary relating to what they would see and hear. We discussed the use of synonyms for verbs and adverbs that describe the action.
This week in maths, we have continued to learn about ratio. The children have been encouraged to solve problems by drawing a bar model as well as using the symbolic form of dividing by the largest common factor. Problems involved finding the missing amount when given a ratio and finding a missing amount or total in order to find the ratio.
On Thursday, Caboodle Arts Company delivered an engaging and informative performance to key stage 2 about British Values. It was great! We took part in two workshops that included different activities and games, which demonstrated the different values that make Great Britain great. The children had a very enjoyable morning. This will support them in their non- chronological report writing where they will be creating a leaflet about British Values to inform others who are unfamiliar to this.

15/6/18

In English, we have continued to look at the book called The Red Prince. We have developed our descriptive writing by practising how to build up tension by contrasting descriptions between paragraphs. We have also learnt about how to link paragraphs by focusing on the first and last sentence as well as linking sentences within paragraphs for more cohesion. The children have planned their own story based on the structure of The Red Prince and we hope to see the children apply all the learning from the past few weeks in their story next week.

This week in maths, we have continued to learn about ratio. We have learnt how to find equivalent ratios and find ratios in its simplest form. In order to find the ratios in its simplest form, we encouraged the children to list down the factors of both numbers to identify the largest common factor. After this, the children can divide the numbers by this common factor to simplify the ratio. The children applied this to problems and also 3 part ratio.

In topic, the children have finished the first draft of their coat of arms. They have redrafted their design and have completed their final design of their coat of arms. The children have been very careful and thoughtful with their sketching of animals and symbols that they feel represent them. We are very proud of their work.

There will be no learning log homework this week.

A reminder that the consent slips needs to be returned for your child to attend the Welland Park Academy Challenge Day on Friday 22nd June and Robert Smyth Academy Experience Day on 3rd July.

Next week, key stage 2 will be watching a performance about British Values led by Caboodle Arts Company in school. The year 5 children will then take part in workshops to learn more about each value for the rest of the morning. We are really looking forward to this.

 

8/6/18

We have had a very busy week with sports afternoon and our trip to the Richard III Visitor Centre. Congratulations to the winning house, Brimstone and well done to everybody for taking part and doing their best during our sports afternoon. The children were a credit to Meadowdale during our trip on Thursday. We had such a busy day of exploring the upstairs and downstairs exhibition as well as taking part in two workshops. The children were engaged and keen to take part and behaved exceptionally well throughout. There was so much to take in! If you are able to, you could visit Leicester Cathedral to look at the tomb of Richard III and find out even more there as it is free entry.

In English, we have started to look at a book called The Red Prince. We have looked at examples of compound and complex sentences in the text and have used this as stimulus for developing our descriptive writing. We focused on writing phrases and different subordinating clauses i.e relative clauses, adverbial phrases, prepositional phrases. We then extended these phrases into complete sentences by adding a main clause to create a complex sentence. The children wrote a paragraph describing a setting from The Red Prince using these sentences containing these language features.

This week in maths, we began learning about ratio. We looked at how groups of objects are described and represented as a ratio. We will continue with this next week.

In topic, we have discovered that King Richard III made many new laws that benefited England, especially the poor. Many of the laws enabled a fairer justice system and ensured that the poor and the innocent were not taken advantage of. Initially, none of the children believed Richard would have done this for England due to the many myths and conspiracies that surround his earlier actions and negative portrayal by William Shakespeare so many children were very surprised to learn of the good that he did for the people, which still exists today.

We have also looked at Richard’s Coat of Arms and learnt about different images and colours that were used by people to represent their family or character. The children have designed their own coat of arms by planning carefully what symbols represent them.

 

 

 

 

25/5/18

This week in English the children have finished redrafting their newspaper reports by setting them out in columns and including a picture and caption. We are very proud of the work the children have produced and we can see the hard work and effort they have put into their presentation. We have also focused on punctuation and grammar this week. We consolidated our learning of the use of apostrophes and then learnt about the perfect tense form of verbs in sentences as well as how suffixes can change the way root words are used in sentences.

Following on from last week’s maths lessons, we looked at how data is represented on a line graph. We practised looking at the title, labels and other information on a graph to help us understand the data and summarise what the data is showing. Then, we looked at different line and straight line graphs to interpret the data.

In topic, we explored the evidence relating to who killed the two princes. There were three suspects that the children had to consider by working in groups to discuss the motives, evidence for and against the guilt of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Henry Tudor and Sir James Tyrell. Again, the children were lively in their discussion and many conspiracy theories were shared which led to many interesting questions and answers.

Please continue to support your child in listening to them read and practising their times table facts. Many thanks!

There is no homework set for this week.

 

18/5/18

This week in English we have continued to use the short animation film called The Lighthouse. The children have written a newspaper report that contains an attention-grabbing headline, a clear introduction using the 5 Ws, paragraphs that recount the event and quotes for additional information. We have encouraged the children to edit and improve their work using the feedback given to them. We have finished reading The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo and have enjoyed discussing the language used and themes in this book.

In maths we have continued to focus on time by looking at the relationship between different units of time. We solved problems involving the relationship between seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. For example, how many minutes is 360 seconds? Which is longer – 3 years or 1000 days? We then moved on to looking at how data relating to time is represented on a line graph. We practised using data to draw a line graph and then used the graph to answer some word problems.

There are has been such a buzz during our topic lesson this week as we began to look at the reliability of sources that describe who was responsible for the disappearance of the princes (the sons of King Edward IV). There was much debate on what might have happened to the princes and the motives behind the various accounts (or accusations) that were made during the time but also many years later. We talked about why accounts may be biased and therefore if there are reliable. We also discussed the discovery of the remains of two children in the Tower of London and why despite today’s advances in DNA technology, we still do not have an answer to what happened to the princes.

 

11/5/18

This week in English we have looked at another short animation film called The Lighthouse. The children wrote an alternative ending to the film that included sentences that built tension and suspense. They worked hard on looking at the main problem in the film from different characters’ perspective, which helped them in their planning of a newspaper report. They have come up with headlines, quotes and developed their introduction using the 5Ws (who, what, where, when, why). These will be used in the writing of a newspaper report about the plot of The Lighthouse.
In maths we began the week by looking at the use of the 12 hour clock and the 24 hour clock. We learnt when we needed to use am and pm and how to tell the time using the 24 hour clock. After this, we focused on calculating time by first finding the duration and then finding the start or end times when given a duration. The children used the number line to support them with this but also as a way to check their calculations.
The children are very enthusiastic about our history topic on Richard III. We have continued to find out more about him through research. With the information found, we have constructed a timeline of key events relating to Richard III’s life, ascension to the throne, his death and the discovery of his body. While studying Michael Morpurgo’s book The Fox and the Ghost King in reading, we also discussed the reputation of Richard III and how sources and depiction of him could be bias. We are very much looking forward to the Year 5 class trip on June 7th so that we can learn more from the exhibition and workshops at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.
In the past two weeks, both classes have had the pleasure of a physics workshop led by two science ambassadors from Robert Smyth Academy. The children learnt about forces, made a rocket in groups and then launched them using a pump launcher. They loved it! This week’s learning log homework is related to this.

4/5/18

We have continued to use the short animation The Birthday Boy as a basis for our writing. The children have written a monologue by the character Manuk and also described a flashback with the moments leading up to it and after it. We have focused on using emotive language and describing the feelings and reactions of a character in response to what he sees and hears. Following this, we have planned and written a newspaper report about Manuk’s village that was destroyed in the Korean War. We have created headlines, written captions for pictures and included other features such as the by-line in our newspaper report.

In maths this week we have learnt about imperial and metric measure. We have practised converting between them which has required the children to use their times table knowledge. The children also needed to remember how to convert between larger and smaller units of metric measure.

We have begun our new history topic on Richard III. We have learnt about where this particular period of time is in history and related it to other monarchs and ancient civilisations. The children were also very keen to share what they already knew but also what they would like to find out. In guided reading, we are reading a book by Michael Morpurgo called The Fox and the Ghost King, which is based on the buried king in a Leicester car park and Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016.

Please continue to support your child with their reading and times table practise.

27/4/18

In English we have used a short animation film called The Birthday Boy as a stimulus for writing. The story is set in Korea 1951 and tells of a boy alone in a desolated village that has been damaged by war. The children have worked hard on developing their descriptive sentences using expanded noun phrases and sentence starters. We also looked at what a monologue is and how to write one as the main character Manuk.

In maths, we have continued with measurement. We have looked at reading measurements accurately by looking at scales and the intervals. One of the lessons we estimated items’ length, weight and capacity and then found the correct measurement. The children have then used their understanding to solve word problems. They needed to apply what they have learnt about the relationship between units of measure and identify the operation required within the problem.

This week we have had the pleasure of Mrs Rodger leading a clay workshop with the children. The children were taught how to make a small pot which will be fired in the kiln and then decorated. To celebrate our unit on the Aztecs, we also had a feast where the children tried out different types of food. There were tortillas, a bean stew, chillies, sweet potato, butternut squash, avocado, sweetcorn, hairless dog (hotdogs) and more. The children enjoyed trying out different foods and had a great time!