Thursday, 20 October 2011

Year three home learning week ending 21/10/11

This Week We have been learning to:


Music:    The Orchestra
Maths:    3x table
              sorting 3D shape into polyhedra and non-polyhedra groups.


You may like to help at home by:
 
Maths: The children are really good at working out their 2, 5, 10 x tables. The next step is to learn them by rote so that they know straight away that 9 x 5 = 45. We also started out 3 x tables this week. If your child is unusure start by practising counting in 3's. Once they can work them out this way chant the tables on walks, in the car etc
In our shape lessons this week we sorted the shapes into polyhedra and non-polyhedra groups. A polyhedron is a 3D shape with all flat faces. Can your child find objects around the house and say whether they are a polyhedron or not. We also learnt the term 'prism'. What prisms can they find and are they a cyclinder, a triangular prism (a very good excuse for a toblerone) or a hexagonal prism. (Housepoint goes to those who can find a hexagonal prism!)

Music: In preparation for our concert trip, we have been looking at the orchestra. What are the sections called? What instruments are in each section? Each group had to research a different section of the orchestra and make a poster, using micorsoft word. At home choose a section that you didnt research in school and make a poster. Include pictures of the instruments in that section, their names and if time a little information on the instrument. Don't forget to make your poster as exciting as possible. Use an eye-catching title (word art), make sure the font is not too small and, if needed, a border.
In class, we used a great website: www.sfskids.org

Have a relaxing half term break!

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 20.10.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers, factions, mixed numbers and decimals.

 

Literacy:

Consolidating knowledge of recounts

Using apostrophes

 

Discovery:

Wentwood Forest

Harvest

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

 

Answer the following questions by trying to visualise cups and cards:

 

1.     2 x 4 + 1 x 3 =

 

2.     1 x 5 – 1 x 3 =

 

3.     ½ x 4 - ¼ x 3 =

 

4.     ½ x 3 - ¼ x 2 =

 

5.     ¯4 - ¯2 + ¯3 =

 

6.     ¯4 + ¯1 - ¯2 =

 

Practise multiplying using a grid:

 

1.     34 X 29 =

 

2.     63 X 27 =

 

3.     45 X 43 =

 

4.     72 X 22 =

 

5.     56 x 18 =

 

Literacy:

 

Please learn your spellings for a test after half term.

 

Over Half Term keep a reading log of the book you are reading.  This may be your home reader or another book of your choice.  Record what is happening, your favourite parts of the story and your favourite characters.  You could also record your predictions about the developing story.  Try to explain your choices by giving evidence from the text.

 

Discovery:

 

Create a mini project about children in Victorian Britain:

 

Did children go to school?

Why did some children go out to work?

What kind of jobs did they do?

What did children do for fun?

What games did they play?

What clothes did they wear?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week

 

Week beginning 17/10

 

Mrs Morgan igh

Mrs Evans – igh

Mrs Davies –igh and ow

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane

Mrs Miles – to identify/use time connectives in their recount week

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith – recounts

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz – ay ee spelling patterns (and associated graphemes)

Mrs Garbett – practice ch, sh, th words e.g. shop, chip, thin

 

Word of the week:

encounter

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Year two Home Learning W/E 20.10.11

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Pretending to be a character from Hansel and Gretal and writing a recount about your experience in the witches house. Use of time connectives, word of the week (encounter) and interesting vocabulary.
 
Numeracy- Counting in 5's, digital time (tricky) and division.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Gathering information about residents views on the new Doctors' Surgery. With support, the children have then recorded the results using excel.
 
How to support your child at home-
 
Literacy- Ready for the start of next term, perhaps you could learn to spell the name of your favourite dinosaur. Also write a few adjectives and verbs to describe what it looks like and how it moves.
 
Numeracy- 5x tables. Division sums. For eg 10 divided by 2.  This is how to help you child- Say you have 10, how many piles of 2 do you have? (5). 12 divided by 6. How many pies of 6 do you have? (2). etc.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Perhaps over the holidays you could do some research on dinosaurs.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 14.10.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 14.10.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- planning and writing an auto-biography.

Maths­- Tally charts, frequency tables, interpreting and creating bar-line graphs.

Discovery-using + - / and x in a spreadsheet. (Excel)

Planning a scientific investigation.

Presenting to the class in groups about a historical figure who is remembered for helping others. (Thomas Barnado, Martin Luther King or Sister Frances Dominica) 

Sketching a landscape picture.

 

How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Choose a person of your choice- could be a musician, film star, sports star, celebrity etc. Make a few key notes about their life, and bring them in next week, when we will be looking at writing a biography. 

Maths-We practised using tally charts for recording information and using a frequency table to display this data. We rolled a dice 50 times and recorded the number that occurred most often. Choose something at home that you could create a tally chart for. Perhaps you could look at how many different vowels appear words in the first page of a book.

Discovery-In Welsh this week, we re-capped describing someone else (using 3rd person language). Practise describing your family members, e.g. Mae gwalt brown da hi (she has brown hair) or Mae llygaidglasda fe( He has blue eyes)

Discuss what you found out about either Thomas Barnado or Sister Frances Dominica. What were the reasons behind their actions? Have a look at www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/

*Next week we will be looking at why Blaenavon was such a good site for producing iron- can you find out what was needed for making iron and why iron was in demand in the early 1800's?*

Home Learning. Year 2

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Text and language features of a recount.
 
Numeracy- Division maths stories. Digital time.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Mouth hygiene. A visit to the Harold Stone's.
 
How to help your child at home.
 
Literacy- Encourage your child to use time connectives to retell something they have done. The children have worked really hard to do this. Words like- today, first, meanwhile, several moments later, soon afterwards, within hours, finally etc.
 
Numeracy- Continue to support your child to tell the time at home. They are all getting so much better at this. Learn 5x tables, as this will help with digital time. Complete these sums- 6 divided by 3, 8 divided by 2, 10 divided by 2 etc.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Ask your child if they can remember the rules for healthy teeth? Which food neutralises the acid  that causes food decay?

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Home learning Year 6 Week ending 14th October

This week we have been looking at:

Literacy: Using apostrophes for possession and omission.

Numeracy: Ordering fractions and converting between mixed and improper fractions.

Possible activities to help reinforce and apply this week's learning

Literacy – Please learn the following words for next Monday's spelling test:

  • furthermore
  • henceforward
  • notwithstanding
  • since
  • until
  • whereas
  • nevertheless
  • alternatively
  • therefore
  • while

 

Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.

When reading with your child at home check for apostrophes. Then practise writing own sentences including apostrophes.

Numeracy – Please continue to practise all times tables at home as these are an integral part of your child's learning. Limited knowledge in this area prevents your child progressing in numeracy.

For fraction help use the following website:

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/mathsB6.htm

 

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 14.10.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Powers of 10

Converting between units of measure

 

Literacy:

Writing a newspaper recount about a shocking event

 

Discovery:

Finding information from census returns

 

Science:

Planning and designing instruments

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

 

Write a list of the powers of ten that you learnt this week.

 

Use your knowledge of the basic unit and prefixes to work out the following:

 

1.     How many centimetres are there in 1 metre?

2.     How many litres make 1 decametre?

3.     How many decigrams are there in 1 gram?

4.     How many metres are there in 1 kilometre?

5.     How many centilitres are there in 1 decilitre?

6.     How many grams are there in 1 decagram?

 

Draw a conversion table to help you.

 

Discovery:

 

After half term you will be learning about children in Victorian Britain.  Start some research into the lives of children during the Industrial Revolution.  Here are some questions to get you started:

 

Did children go to school?

Why did some children go out to work?

What kind of jobs did they do?

What did children do for fun?

What games did they play?

What clothes did they wear?

 

Wentwood Forest:

 

Year 4 are going to Wentwood Forest next Tuesday afternoon.  Please wear suitable clothes to school. The organisers suggest wearing closed shoes or trainers and long trousers.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week

 

Week beginning 10/10

 

Mrs Morgan igh

Mrs Evans – ay spellings

Mrs Davies –igh and ow

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane

Mrs Miles – using the dictionary to find definitions

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith – recounts

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz -

Mrs Garbett – th ck

 

Word of the week:

falter

Friday, 7 October 2011

Home learning Year 6 W/E 6/10/11

Home Learning Year 6

Week ending 7/10/2011

This week we have been looking at:

Literacy:Imagery in poetry using metaphors and similes.

Numeracy: Multiplying strategies- doubling and halving, multiplying by near multiples of ten and 100

Possible activities to help reinforce and apply this week's learning

Literacy – Please learn the following words for next Monday's spelling test:

  • civil
  • discipline
  • circuit
  • citizen
  • cinnamon
  • cyclist
  • cyclone
  • lacy
  • accident
  • incisor

Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.

When reading with your child at home check for examples of similes and metaphor.

Numeracy –  If you have a question such as 24 x 48 you can do it like this:

24 x 100 = 2400

24 x 50 = 1200

Then take off two lots of 24 because we wanted 48 lots of 24 not 50. So 1200 – 48 (2 x 24) = 1152

Multiplying by doubling and halving –

For example:       35 x 16 =

So this becomes  70 x 8 =

                                140 x 4 = 560

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 7.10.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 7.10.11

 

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Looking at alphabetical order, using a dictionary and a thesaurus. Note taking in preparation to write an auto-biography.

Maths­-Equivalent fractions and finding fractions of an amount

Discovery- Asking and answering questions about our hobbies in Welsh

(Beth ydy di hobi di? Fyhoby i ydy...) We learnt lots of hobbies in Welsh: pel droed, pel rhwyd, criced, ddarllen, hoci, merlota, pysgota, gwrando ar cds, ddawnsio. (football, netball, cricket, reading, hockey, horse riding, fishing, listening to cd's and dancing.)

Looking at how you can alter pitch on musical instruments. Measuring the distance that we can hear sounds from.

Using a Spread sheet to enter data and use simple formulae.

 

How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Next week we will be starting to write an auto-biography. Can you start making some notes on key events in your life, e.g when and where born, family, where you have lived, any significant events/holidays, interests and hobbies etc. Bring your notes in next week.

Maths-We looked at ½ being equivalent to 2/4, 3/6 etc. Try finding some fractions of different amounts, so ¼ of 16 is 4, where we divide 16 by 4 to find the answer. Once you can do ¼ of 16= 4, try 2/4 = 8 and ¾ = 12. Try for 1/5 of 30, 2/6 of 42, 3/7 of 35.

Discovery-Practise our Welsh question and answer of the week, try teaching it to someone at home.

If you have a computer, use Excel to try the formulae we used this week. Could you try dividing or adding? If you can print them off, I'd love to see them.

 

 

 

 

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 7.10.11
This week we have been learning:
 
Numeracy  - addition , subtraction with fractions.
 
Literacy - autumnal sentences
 
Welsh - language patterns.
 
You can help your child at home:
 
Numeracy - in school we use paper cups to help pupils understand whole, half and quarter. The cups are cut to these sizes. You clould do the same with paper cups at home. Try these number sentences: 1+ 2-1+1/2 + 1/2 =
 
2+1/4+1/4=1/2=
 
And so on but make sure that the answers will be whole numbers.
 
Literacy - go on a nature walk and collect items such as fir cones and leaves. Use adjectives together to describe them such as, crunchy, golden, hard etc.
Make sentences together then help your child to write a sentence about one of the objects.
 
Ga i...+ Can I have..
stamp = stamp
llythr = letter
...os gwelch yn dda? = please
 
Cei = yes
 
Dyma ti = here you are
Diolch = thanks
 
Practice this conversation using letters and stamps.

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 7.10.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Comparing units of length to the basic unit

 

Literacy:

Looking at newspaper recounts

Writing headlines

 

Discovery:

Comparing photographs of Blaenavon over the years

 

Science:

Investigating materials for soundproofing

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

 

Practise comparing the following:

1.     1centilitre to 1litre

2.     1 kilometre to 1 metre

3.     1 gram to 1 decigram

 

Start by deciding whether it is bigger or smaller.  Then write the comparison as a ratio, a fraction and a decimal.

 

e.g. Compare 1 millimetre to 1 centimetre:

 

Smaller     1:10      1/10        •1

 

Literacy:

 

Next week we will be writing a newspaper recount.  Have a look in some newspapers over the weekend.  Look for the features of a good newspaper recount e.g. catchy headline, pictures etc.

 

Science:

 

There is a knot in your stethoscope:

1.     You won't be able to hear anything

2.     You will be able to hear sounds, but they will be quieter

3.     The knot won't make any difference

4.     The sounds you hear will be muddled up

 

Which of the above, if any, is correct?

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week

 

Week beginning 3/10

 

Mrs Morgan igh

Mrs Evans – ay spellings

Mrs Davies –igh and ow

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane

Mrs Miles – using the dictionary to find definitions

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith – recounts

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz -

Mrs Garbett – th ck

 

Word of the week:

swagger

Year Two Home Learning

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- To use interesting sentence openers when writing a story.
 
Numeracy- Identify a line of symmetry.
Multiplication.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- The importance of exercise in keeping healthy.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Literacy- Encourage your child to write a sentence related to Hansel and Gretal starting with- Anxiously, Quick as a flash and Nervously.
 
Numeracy- Completing 2x, 3x tables out of order. Make up real life stories to match the sums. For eg. 2x3=6. I went to the shop and bought 2 bananas, I did the same thing in 3 different shops. So altogether I bought 6 bananas.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Perhaps at home you could keep a diary with your child of what exercise they do over a period of a week. For eg. Monday, swimmimg, Tuesday, P.E and walking the dog etc.
 

Year 3 week ending 7th October 2011

This Week We have been learning to:

Literacy: Looking at different types of recounts
Music:    Looking at how composers use sound to evoke magic
Maths:    Solving simple word problems
              10 times tables and revising 2 and 5 times tables
          
You may like to help at home by:
 
Literacy: Next week is genre week and we will all be doing Literacy in our own classes. We will be looking at different types of recounts and the elements that are special to recounts. For example past tense, use of time connectives, interesting verbs, events being in time order, quotations. Encourage your child to read or read with you a variety of recounts ( newspaper articles, diarys, letters etc)
 
Music: using recordings or utube listen to a variety of 'magical' music and discuss how the composer is creating the feeling of magic. Try Tchaikovsky sugar plum fairy, the Harry Potter sound track, saint -saens Danse Macabre, Dukas Sorcerers Apprentice. If you have time, try to create a magical compostion using any instruments or any objects you have around the house. I would love to hear about the music you have listened to and any compositions you have created.
 
Maths: Over the term we have been solving word problems using a 5 step method. (1. read the question 2. act out or draw the story 3. write the maths story 4. read the real-life story 5. write the answer) The children know this method so should be able to explain it further. Give your child  simple addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems such as Jane bought 2 apples on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. How many apples did she buy altogether? Ensure your child is going through each of the steps logically.
 
In year 3, the children have less time to complete their daily times tables challenge. At this stage we are encouraging them to learn the answers by rote not just to be able to work out the answers quickly. We have been revising 2, 5 and 10 times tables this week.

Enjoy the weekend!