Friday, 30 January 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 30.1.15

This week we have been

RWInc - continuing to learn sounds, read and spell green words, write simple sentences
Maths - estimating and measuring using non standard units
K & U - understanding that some materials reflect light and how they are used

Ideas to try at home

RWInc - continue to learn the sounds sent home in the sound folder, reading green words using Fred talk or Fred in your head and spelling green words using Fred fingers. For my group and Mrs Llewellyn's group please start to include simple red words to read and spell; I, the, put. Then use them in a sentence e.g. I can jump. The big red fish.

Maths - we have been using giant feet to measure areas around the classroom. First of all we had a guess how many foot steps the area would be then we had a go at measuring it using the giant's feet. Have a go at home, find different things to measure either using your feet or your hands, guess first and then measure - were you right? You could create a simple table showing area measured, guess and number of hands/feet when measured to show the rest of the class.

K&U - using a torch can you find different materials around the house which reflect the light. We talked about reflective material and how it is used to keep people safe in the dark. We discussed who might wear reflective material so they can be seen such as police men and work men. Can you think of any other uses of reflective material? Make a list of materials you find which reflect the light.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Year Three week ending 30th January 2015

This week we have been planning our mystery stories in Literacy, measuring weight, temperature and length in Maths and discovering how much we know about Space in Science, which is a lot!
You can help at home by:

Literacy- Play/ read this exciting game/ book on WW2 on the link below. It will help you when you come to write your mystery story next week.
http://www.discip.ac-caen.fr/anglais/documents/cottenceau/Spywatch/lar/index.htm

Numeracy- if you have a thermometer outside, take the temperature at 9am, 11 am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Using this data create a bar chart and bring it into school for us to look at. If you don't have a thermometer, practise measuring the length of objects. AS we did at school, estimate the length first and then measure to the nearest 1/2 cm. Once you have measured find the difference between your estimate and the actual measurement.

Science - Next week we will be creating fact files on either the moon or the sun. Choose which one you would like to do and then research it. Bring your research into school for Tuesday.

Have a good weekend,
Mrs Schartz

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 30.1.15

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Problem solving-finding patterns and following sequences 

Pictograms

Knowledge and Understanding-

Using Welsh language to say what is in a box/basket/bucket and asking/responding whether something is in the box/basket/bucket

Use the 'lego movie' app on the ipad to begin creating a short film using play castle characters (not all children have started yet)

More about the castle roles that people had

Sketching and painting castles

Investigating the stretchiness of tights

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

We looked at gathering information in tally charts and using a pictogram to represent it. We used a key to show that one picture stood for one child's vote. Some children went on to use a key where one picture represented two children's vote- this was a bit more tricky as they then needed to draw half of the picture to represent one. They loved doing this so make up some at home, give them 4 or 5 choices of things like favourite ice cream flavours, sports, colours, film etc and ask them to make a pictogram to show the data. Then you can ask questions like what was the most/least favourite/popular? How many people chose...? What was the difference between the most and least popular?

Have a look at- www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=pictograms

Knowledge and Understanding –

If you have the app 'lego movie' on the ipad, have a look at this and have a go at taking some pictures to create a short film- the children seem to pick it up very quickly!

Use the little paper/flap activity that they brought home on Thursday to reinforce the language patterns in Welsh that we have used. I told them they had to teach somebody else at home!

We planned and carried out a fair test to investigate which pair of tights were most stretchy. We dropped a 100g weight in one leg and measured how far they stretched. Some children can use cm to measure now really accurately. Could you try a similar test at home with other materials? 

 

Have a lovely weekend

 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Year Six Week Ending: 30th January 2015

This week we have been 

Maths: reinforcing long division by chunking
Welsh: planning our book reviews
Literacy: using metaphors and similes in poetry
History: writing a biography about leaders from WW II.

You may like to help at home by:

Mathematics: revise dividing by chunking. Have a go at completing some using the following link:


Welsh: complete your planner at home, try and include the main description of the book you have chosen. Express your opinion and use third person.

Literacy: we are focussing on poetry and writing some super pieces, in the coming weeks we will be planning and writing our poetry entry for our forthcoming eisteddfod. This will be based on the Welsh Dragon..try read a variety of poems that may give you some ideas and 'magpie' some power vocabulary to use in your poetry. Consider how we can present our poem, which poetry features would be most effective. 

History: continue with your projects, those that have already been bought into school are very impressive....keep up the great work! You may also like to find out some more information about the leader you were researching in our lesson thus week. 

Talking Homework: we will be writing a piece of persuasive writing. You may have seen on The One Show that a competition is being run to persuade David Walliams to visit your school. How could we persuade him to come to Trellech? Think about the persuasive vocabulary you could include and why he should come to our school. We will write and submit our entries during our big write session. (Plan carefully, this will be the closing date for the competition) 

The following link gives more detail about the competition: 


Class Assembly: Well done for learning all your words, we would appreciate all costumes to be in school on Monday for a dress rehearsal. 

Mrs Maunder & Mrs Peacock 

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 30.1.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Using the ipad to write a report on The Great Fire of London. The children used Comic Life to import pictures into their report.
          
Spelling pattern- oa- goat in a boat, ow- blow the snow.
 
Retelling a chapter from the Princess and the Pea.
 
Numeracy- Telling the time. Weighing. Counting in 2's and 5's.
 
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Literacy- Looking at different poems. Language and text features. Imagery that is used for effect. Can you find a poem with alliteration or similes.
 
Numeracy- Perhaps at home you could support your child to read the time. What time is it now? Initially focus on analogue time- 1/2 past, 0' Clock, 1/4 past and 1/4 to. When that has been mastered- digital time. Also questions for eg.- If you get home at 4 0'clock and play for 60 mins, what time will it be then? If You have your tea at 1/2 past 6, what time will it be 30 mins later?
If you have a weighing scales at home, could you look at the scale that is used. What is it? What can we measure in gms? Kg? How many gms in a Kg? Does it mean if something is big it weighs more than something that is small? Weigh 4 things in your house and record the weight. Which is the heaviest? lightest? What is the difference between the heaviest and lightest item?
 
Thank you.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Year Four Science Week Ending: 30th January 2015

This week we investigated the question: do planets that are further away from the sun take longer to orbit?   
            
From our task we found that the way we plan and carry out our investigation has an impact on our results. We were able to discuss the importance of keeping our investigation the same and changing one part. In this case it was the length of our string. Next week we will write our conclusion for this investigation. Included in our conclusion will be responses to some of the following prompts: 
What did we observe? What would we do differently next time? what do our observations tell us? How can you relate this to real life? can you include an 'er ' statement? e.g. the longer the piece of string the slower the planet takes to orbit.

Have a go at the same investigation at home, what do you do differently? have you found the same results? 

After we have written our conclusion we will begin to consider how the Earth rotates to create day and night. Consider the question 'Does the sun move?' 
Weather permitting we will plot the movement of the sun throughout the day and record the length of shadows, we will then discuss our findings. Research the occurrence of day and night and why it happens in preparation. 

 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green
Week Commencing 26th January 2015

Spellings – find out their meanings and place into sentences
Big Write - pupils will be writing a short story (genre of their choice) which is based around a deserted beach.

Numeracy - please find the area of objects such as books, table tops, rectangular rooms, etc by using Length x Breadth and giving the answer in cm squared or metres squared.
Please continue practicing times tables on and out of order

Year 5
Science - in readiness for next week's science lesson begin to research facts about the Earth, Sun and Moon. You can include things such as orbits, sizes and how they are related.

History - Please continue with researching information on dates and events related to World war Two.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e 23.1.15

This week we have been

RWInc - revisiting all sounds, reading green words using Fred in your head and using Fred fingers to spell words.
Maths - sorting 2d shapes and discussing their properties
Welsh - naming and recording the weather each day throughout the week

Activities to try at home

RWInc Mrs Davies - continue to learn the sounds m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g,o so you know them really quickly. Then use these sounds to make green words such as pin, tap, dot. Use Fred talk first to read the word and then when confident use Fred in your head to read the word.
RWInc Mrs Cotton - work on using your Fred fingers to spell words, especially words with special friend sounds such as chat, shop, think. Take care with your letter formation and if possible use lined paper to ensure you position your letters correctly. You could then have a go at writing some simple sentences, don't worry about capital letters and full stops at the moment. Have a to at - a red top hat, sit on a big mat, a hot chip, chat on a bus.
RWInc Mrs Llewellyn - continue with the new sounds being sent home throughout the week. Have a go at spelling words with these sounds in and also putting them in simple sentences, remember to use your Fred finger to help with spellings.

Shapes - look at different shapes all around us. Can you name the shape? How many sides does it have? Are they straight or curved? How many corners does it have? Can you find similar shapes? Are all four sided shapes the same? Draw a square, a rectangle, a circle and a triangle on a piece of paper and the draw or cut out pictures of everyday objects which are the same shape e.g. Circle - a clock face, triangle - a road sign and discuss their basic properties.

We are still looking for books about castles, knights, kings etc for our topic, both fiction and non-fiction books. If you have any at home which you would be happy to send into school for our class to use during our topic I would be very grateful. Please write your child's name in pencil inside the book cover so we can return it at then end of the topic. Thank you.



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Year 6 week ending 23 January 2015

This week we have been learning about:

Numeracy - multiplying and dividing, both long and short methods, including decimals.
Science - attending a science workshop at the Blake Theatre, which included some spectacular experiments!
History - creating a comic life strip about the causes of World War Two using our new ipads.  These will be on display in school soon.
Welsh - reading a book review.

How you can help at home:

Numeracy - we have written below the method  we have taught the children regarding short division with remainders, as this proved to be something the children found more challenging.  There is also a link to a set of questions to help practice this method.
http://www.edhelper.com/math/decimals_division354.htm

Example

Solution:

Literacy - we are hoping to complete the BBC Radio 2 literacy competition known as "500 words".  For your talking homework, please use the link below to read about the competition and start forming your ideas about what type of story you are going to write, characters, setting etc.  There is a video of Chris Evans explaining the competition.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2cJMvfCyFNb7bpTk9ch4gW7/500-words-2015

Science - next week we will be continuing our investigations into the planets.  Please bring your wellies on Tuesday as we will be going onto the field to do some human modelling of the planets!

History - we have been absolutely amazed by the projects the children have already completed, including posters, games and models.  Please continue with these and bring them in when completed.

Assembly - please continue to learn your lines and we would be grateful if costumes could be in as soon as possible.  All children / evacuees / fact readers are to wear typical childrens clothing from the 1940's, with a box wrapped in brown paper / painted in brown paint with a long string attached to go over their body to be a gas mask.  Children playing the part of a mum are to wear overalls / dungarees with a head scarf.  If possible, could evacuees bring a small suitcase.  If you require any further guidance, please feel free to pop in to speak to us.

P.E - we would be grateful if all children could have both indoor and outdoor kit in school with them, which you don't mind them getting muddy.

Welsh - prepare and consider a book review in Welsh.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Maunder /  Mrs Peacock.

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 23.1.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Coin recognition and values

Selecting coins to pay for an amount

Adding up a collection of coins

Knowledge and Understanding-

Sorting materials into groups/why materials are suitable for different uses

Talking about why different materials are used for different objects/structures  

People who lived in a castle and the different jobs/roles they had

Dance- creating castle tales/responding to the music

Use the 'lego movie' app on the ipad to begin creating a short film using play castle characters (not all children have started yet)

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Look at coins at home, let them practise adding up a few, most children are confident to 20p, some will be able to add higher amounts. Remind them to start with the biggest value coin first. Ask them to choose the right coins to make an amount, again start below 20p and see if they can go a little higher.

Have a look at http://www.topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=15 in particular, 'cashing in' and 'price lists' game.

Knowledge and Understanding –

If you have the app 'lego movie' on the ipad, have a look at this and have a go at taking some pictures to create a short film- the children seem to pick it up very quickly!

Talk about why different materials are used around your home- e.g glass for windows, wood for doors, steel for sinks, tiles for a roof etc. Have a look at http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=science/characteristic_material

Next week we will be looking at different types of castles and the parts that make up a castle. See what you can find out and as always it's great to see things they do at home.

Have a great weekend.

 

Dosbarth Mrs Miles. W/E 23.1.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Numeracy-
Analogue and digital time.
2x tables.
Buying 3 items and giving change from 50p.
 
Literacy- Writing a report on The Great Fire of London. Looking at language and text features of an explanation text. A story map of The Princess and the Pea.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Identifying objects that give off light.
 
How to help your child at home
 
Literacy- Find some facts on Paul Klee the artist. Can you find any pictures of The Castle and Sun?
 
Numeracy- Practise the time at home, analogue and digital. O' clock, I/2 past, 1/4 past and 1/4 to.
Practise buying items and giving change. Recognise all coins.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Shadows. Perhaps you could practise making shadows at home. What makes a good shadow? What materials make a clear shadow?
 
 

Year Three week ending 23rd January

This week we have been learning about the Blitz in history, looking at how authors build up tension in mystery stories and doubling in maths.

You can help at home by reading short mystery stories and discussing how the author builds up tension. Does s/he use carefully chosen adjectives, adverbs and verbs? Does s/he vary the sentence length and structure? Does s/he drop clues into the story and how? Does s/he show us how the character is feeling rather than telling us? ( e.g. The red-faced man stomped down the garden.)
This is a useful website for mystery stories to read: http://kids.mysterynet.com

I am going to set you a challenge in maths this week. What is the biggest number you can double? Think about it! How far can you keep going? Can you relate it to the halving investigation we completed a couple of weeks ago (What is the longest halving chain you can make?)

Keep going with your History projects - you have until after half term. Already the children are coming into school eager to share their family history.

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Year 4 w/e 23.1.15

This week we have been

Literacy- planning the next part to our story and seeing how we can add detail to plans to make them more effective and useful

Numeracy- multiplying 2 by 1 digit numbers and 2 by 2 digit numbers using the column method

Topic- writing a diary entry as if we were an evacuee

You can help at home by-

Literacy- think about the different vocabulary/ similes/ metaphors/ connectives etc that you can use in your plan and piece of writing. Think back to how effective the example was we looked at and try to include your own descriptions. What words could you use to refer to the bus? How could you describe how the bus moved? How was Hamid feeling? Etc.

Numeracy- keep practising your multiplying of 2 by 2 numbers and if you are confident with this try 3 by 3 numbers. Also start having a look at a clock and telling the time. We will be looking at time next week in both analogue and digital and 24 hour format. Even if you focus on what the numbers in 24 hour are for example that will make it easier for you next week. 13= 1 o'clock, 14= 2 o'clock etc.

Topic- we will be having a look at the Blitz in more detail in the next 2 weeks as well as looking at propaganda and how it was used. Research propaganda posters- what we're they used for? What is your favourite and why? How do you think it would have felt to have been in the Blitz?

Not long until Talybont- I'm sure you're all just as excited and on countdown as I am! Hope you all have everything you need, if there are any questions or concerns please do get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Year Four Science: W/Ending~ 23rd January 2015

This week we completed our research and presented our findings about the planets to the class. It was great to hear new facts and see the ways we use ICT to support our oral presentations. We used PowerPoint on the laptops and an app on the iPad called 'poplet' to support our work. Some of us used our learning platform 'Hwb' to create a blog. You may like to continue using these forms to present other pieces of homework or even for your own topics to help your confidence in using these forms of ICT. 

We then focussed on the Earth, Sun and Moon and the path of orbit taken as well as the length of time for each orbit. 
Can you find additional information regarding the Earth, Sun and moon? Some of you may like to produce an illustration to show the orbit around the sun or even make a simple model. 

Next week we will be carrying out an investigation to find out how old we would be if we lived on Venus? We will,answer the questions....do all planets take the same time to orbit the sun? Do planets that are further from the sun take longer to orbit? 

You make like to use the following websites to help understand how the planets 'orbit' the sun:



Mrs Peacock 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green
Week commencing 19th January 2015
 

Measure household objects using cm and mm.  Year 5 Convert into mm only. Record for proof.

Spellings – find out their meanings and place into sentences

Big Write - research the internet for World War 2 propaganda posters. Pupils will create their own posters aimed at children.

Year 5 – Welsh: choose a personality/character and collect information on the following as pupils will be writing as them in the first person in next week's lesson:

Say who they are

Give their age

Hair and eye colour

Likes and dislikes

Where they live

Where they come from (if applicable)

What do they like about living there – It could be the weather or they like the food, etc

Family

Pets

Friday, 16 January 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 16.1.24

This week we have been

RWInc - Mrs Davies reinforcing sounds and starting to blend green words
Mrs Cotton reading Ditties containing green words and red words and writing short
sentences
Mrs Llewellyn learning new sounds ay - may I play and ee - what can you see?

Maths - matching groups of objects up to 20

K&U - finding out how people travel to and home from school

Activities to try at home

RWInc - continue with the activities sent home in the yellow folders, also please concentrate on the sounds sent home with your child on Monday. In my group and Mrs Llewellyn's group please focus on special friend sounds, both reading and spelling words. Special friends are when two letters make one sound e.g. ch- chop, sh - ship, th - thin, ll - well, ss - dress.

Maths - count with your child up to twenty both forwards and backwards. Ensure they are saying the teen numbers correctly. Ask your child to write different numbers as you say them. Start with numbers up to ten and then up to twenty. Draw spots on a piece of paper, ask your child to count the spots and write the correct number next to the spots. Then write a number and ask your child to draw the correct number of spots. Again start with a number up to ten and then up to twenty.

K&U - can you find out how far you live from school. Write it down and bring it into school next week so we can find out who lives nearest to school and who lives furthest away.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E16.1.15

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Place value of digits in tens and units

Adding 10/subtracting 10 from any two digit number (and other multiples of 10)

Knowledge and Understanding-

Materials and their properties

Welsh- reading a short passage and translating what it says

Literacy- A description of winter weather in a poem  

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

We looked at the value of digits, so for example the 3 in 32 really means 30. We partitioned teen and two digit numbers into their value. Some children can do 3 or even 4 digits now. Try things like- ? + 4=24 or 40 + ? = 48. Then get them to write out the value of numbers so 127=100 + 20 + 7. Try this both ways.

Have a look at: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers or

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts (this one is good as you can set either tens and units or hundreds, tens and units etc.)

Once they understood place value a little more, it helped them with adding/subtracting 10 from any two digit number. Practise counting in tens from any number, so 3, 13, 23, 33 or 7, 17, 27, 37. They still find this tricky unless they are looking at a 100 square.

We looked at how the 'tens' column changed when adding/subtracting 10 and the 'units' stayed the same. Try a few 36+10, 14+10, 27+10 and the same with taking away. Some children once they mastered +/- 10 then used the 100 square to do +/- of multiples of 10 like 20 or 40. They used the 100 square to go up or down the rows. Try some, but they will probably need a 100 square to look at.

Try http://www.ictgames.com/100huntplus10

Knowledge and Understanding –

This continued on from last week, but we looked a bit more closely at each material and began talking about why they are suited to particular objects. E.g why plastic is good for toys etc. We also tried to use a wider range of vocabulary such as absorbent, rigid etc. Talk about different materials you have around the home/garden, talk about some of their properties, try and encourage them to use as many words as possible and not just hard and soft. Perhaps they could see what room has the most glass/wood/ plastic etc.

Have a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/grouping_materials_fs.shtml

 

Next week we will be looking more closely at who lived in castles and the jobs they did, what can you find out about this?

Dosbarth Mrs Miles Home Learning W/E 16.1.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Looking for interesting phrases in traditional tales. Different types of explanation texts. Identifying the text and language features of an explanation text.
Writing a humorous letter from a crayon in the classroom. (These were really fab!).
 
Numeracy- Vertical addition. Tricky vertical aaddition. Rounding numbers to nearest multiple of 10.
 
Knowledge and Understanding. Completing an investigation - to find out which material absorbs the most water. Measuring, using ml and L
 
How to help your child at home,
 
Literacy- Can you explain the the life cycle of a frog? Try to use time connectives and conjunctions to extend your sentences. Could you please do some research on Samuel Pepys.
 
Numeracy- Vertical addition. Encourage your child to discuss what they are doing. For eg. add the units column first, then the tens. Set the sums out so the numbers are in the correct position. What is the answer? Read the answer out loud. Begin to count and recognise numbers above 100.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Perhaps you could make a list at home of items that give off light. ( Not just the obvious ones, like the main lights in rooms).

Year Three Home learning week ending 16/1/15

This week we have been learning about fractions in maths, mystery stories in literacy and world war 2 in history. We have started an investigation in science about how long different liquids take to boil and have learnt how to talk about our ailments in Welsh. 
You can help at home by:

Literacy: Find a mystery story at home (Famous Five, Secret Seven, Harry Potter, etc) and look for clues. How does the author insert clues into the text? Is it effective? Can you guess who the culprit is by the end of the story?

Numeracy: This week we have been using our timetables to help us work out fractions of amounts. There are many apps available and websites where you can practise fractions. My favourite app is : SqueeblesFr (although this doesn't touch on fractions of quantities , it is very good at helping the children picture different fractions - with this app I would focus on 1. A piece of cake - level 1. It gets progressively harder so should be useful for the next couple of years.) If you find any other greta apps, please let me know. 
The following website has a variety of great  fraction games: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals

History: This half term the children's history home learning will be to complete a project on a member of their family who lived through the Second World War.  Research your family history and discover how your family was involved in the Second World War. The best starting place for this project is talking to relatives; find out if they are aware of anyone in your family history who was involved in the Second World War. If you cannot find a relative that was involved in the Second World War, you can pick one of these famous people and research them.

·      Tasker Watkins, winner of the Victoria Cross, Eric Stanley Lock, most kills in the Battle of Britain, Patrick Devine, evacuated to Clydach in South Wales, Vera Lynn, famous wartime singer

Research the individual, including information on their personal life during the war and military or civilian career. Using books and the internet, research details on the military regiment or civilian job that your relative was a member of. Decide how you will present your research - you can make a poster of your relation including all the above information, write a report or project or use the computer/ iPad/ tablet to create a document/ comic strip about them. (We briefly looked at an app called Comic life this week  to create a comic strip) You should have received a paper copy of this home work project in the children's school bags. Please bring your project in on Monday 23rd February. 


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Schartz

Ps If we have any more snow, could all children bring in wellies and spare socks as the children can get rather wet at break times. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Year 4 w/e 16.1.15

This week we have been

Maths- finding fraction of amounts and looking at fraction equivalences

Literacy- creating a storymap and character profile for our new story The SugarCane Juice

Topic- planning our writing as if we were an evacuee

You can help at home by-

Maths- have a go multiplying 2 digits by 2 digit numbers. Remember the rules for adding a 0 when x the hundreds tens column. Also start to have a go at telling the time. We will be moving onto this next week. Can you tell the time using an analogue clock? Can you convert to a digital and 24hr?

Literacy- try and write some really descriptive sentences. We are going to be looking at up levelling sentences using appropriate descriptive language. Think about the VCOP- what openers can you use. What connectives or punctuation can you include? What ambitious vocabulary can you use? Have a go at spelling different words with particular sounds in too, this will help with accurate spellings in our work.

Topic- think further about how an evacuee might feel or what they may do ready for you final piece of work next week. Put together a suitcase of what you would pack if you were an evacuee and why? You might like to draw the items or take photos of them. This would also be nice to go with your work next week.

Have a lovely weekend.
Miss. Williams

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Year Six W/Ending: 16th January 2015




What a busy week we have had! 

Literacy: We all planned and recorded reports for Newsround describing how the weather impacted us this week. We were very proud to see that some of the footage we sent was used on Wednesday evenings show. Well done to you all, they were all fantastic and it was a great opportunity to produce work for a 'real' audience. 

Mathematics: conversion of measures. Try to familiarise yourselves with the 'feel' of weights. E.g: We found it hard to know what 500g feels like, find items and estimate the weight. Record the weight of a variety of items, convert them all to the same unit and order from heaviest to lightest. 

Talking Homework: to plan and produce a report to announce the outbreak of WWII, consider the language you would use and the reasons given for the decision to 'go to war'. Use your research and work from history to aid this big write (Friday 23rd January). 

History: continue with your project, we are so impressed with your enthusiasm to this already and can't wait to see the finished projects, good luck and enjoy completing them. 

Assembly: our class assembly is fast approaching, please help your child learn their part when they bring their script home.

Mrs Peacock & Mrs Maunder 



Year Six W/Ending: 16th January 2015

What a busy week we have had! 

Literacy: We all planned and recorded reports for Newsround describing how the weather impacted us this week. We were very proud to see that some of the footage we sent was used on Wednesday evenings show. Well done to you all, they were all fantastic and it was a great opportunity to produce work for a 'real' audience. 

Mathematics: conversion of measures. Try to familiarise yourselves with the 'feel' of weights. We found it hard to know what 


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Year Four Science W/Ending: 16th January 2015

This week we enjoyed researching our specific planets and using a range of ICT to prepare our presentations. Some of us used the app, poplet on the iPads, some used PowerPoint on the laptops for the first time whilst some of created blogs on the computers. We were very impressed with your work and can't wait to see the finished presentations at the start of next weeks lesson. 

At home can find out in greater detail about earth, sun and moon. We will be looking at a range of facts and identifying whether they are applicable to the Earth, sun or moon. What does the word 'orbit' mean? Do all the planets orbit? Do they irbit at the same speed? Create a simple fact sheet with your findings or make a model if you are feeling adventurous! 
Good luck!

Thank you for attending our meeting last week about our forthcoming trip to Talybont it was lovely to see so many of you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries! 


Monday, 12 January 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green
Week commencing 12th January 2015

As usual spellings and times tables can be found in Homework Logs alongside this Week's Big write activity.

Year five - Science – learn about how to create a pie graph in Excel or on paper and look at examples of them in order to create one next week. We will be entering information based on the atmosphere of different planets.

History - To find information on dates and events to create a timeline for World war Two.

Thank you.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning 9.01.15

Happy New Year to you all and what a busy week back.

Here are some of the things we have been learning this week.

Maths - adding 1 to a one digit number
adding 10 to a one digit number
matching objects to numbers up to 10

Literacy - sounds, green words reading and spelling

K&U - identifying different sources of light

Activities to try at home

Maths - collect 10 objects and ask you child to arrange them in different quantities and then write the corresponding number for that group. Ask your child what one more would be - can they do this without recounting the previous number of objects. Some children were also adding 10 and they were beginning to see the pattern, try this at home if your child is confident with the previous activity. Also can you continue to reinforce number formation we are up to number 7 but many of the children are finding them tricky to write especially 3, 4 and 5. Bring your work in to show the class.

Literacy - we are now working in 3 groups for read write inc. Mrs Davies' group are continuing to work on learning speed set one sounds and develop blending skills. My group are now reading Ditties which are short stories made up of green words the children can blend to read with a few red words to learn by sight. Mrs Llewellyn's group are reading green story books focusing on reading and spelling green words and introducing more red words. Please continue to complete any activities sent home in the yellow sound folders. If there is no new sheet for the day then continue to go through all the sounds so far. On Monday your child will bring home a list of sounds we will be focusing on for your child over the next week - please help your child learn to read the sounds quickly and clearly. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

K&U - we have been sorting light sources from not light sources and discussing different types of light. Have a look around your home and see how many different lights there are in your house and what are they used for. Make a list or draw pictures of the different lights and bring them into show.

On Friday you should have received a topic web outlining areas of learning this term. We have chosen Castle tales and will be focusing on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. If you have any information or story books relating to castles then please could you send them in for us to use. (Please could you write your child's name inside the book) Also if you have any items we could have to use to enhance our role play area of the Giant's Castle and Jack's Cottage then we would be very grateful. Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Sent from my iPad

Friday, 9 January 2015

Year 6 week ending 9.1.15

Welcome back and happy new year! Its been a busy week back in year 6, starting our new topics of World War Two and space.

This week we have been:
Literacy - learning about imagery in poetry and analysing different poetic features.
Numeracy - drawing and interpreting pie charts, including drawing pie charts in excel.
Science - modelling the orbital paths of the earth, sun and moon.

You can help at home by:

Numeracy - look at the following website and try to interpret the pie charts  - you can check your answers on the second page.
http://mathsblog.co.uk/2010/05/27/year-6-maths-worksheet-interpret-pie-charts/

For those who would like a challenge interpreting pie charts, this one is for you.
http://www.stanfordjun.brighton-hove.sch.uk/brighton-hove/primary/stanford/arenas/mathslevel6/wiki/pages/datahandling/piecharts

Literacy - Write a poem based on Holst: The Planets, using syllables in a tanka poem.  A tanka poem is very similar to a Haiku poem but uses simile, metaphor and personification over 5 lines.  The syllable pattern is 5,7,5,7,7.

Welsh - review a Welsh text and express an opinion.

Topic - this term we would like the children to complete a series of projects over the course of the term.  Out of the following 7 projects, we would like the children to choose three which appeal to them and bring them in throughout the term as they are completed.  The projects are as follows:
1. Create a presentation about what you would pack if you were evacuated to another place today, giving your reasons for each item.
2. Research an aircraft, ship or tank that took part in WWII. Make a model or drawing, including a description.
3. Make you own artefact from WWII - this could be a rationing book, an evacuation case, a gas mask, soldiers helmet or medal.
4. Write a fictional diary as a child during WWII.
5, Design a recruitment poster to encourage people to fight for their country during the war.
6. Design and make a game involving facts about WWII (board game, card game, memory game, observation game).
7. Write an autobiography of a famous person involved in WWII.

We hope that the children really enjoy these projects and can't wait to see what they come up with!
 Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.


Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 9.1.15

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Ordering numbers

Place value of each digit

Knowledge and Understanding-

Discussing different materials, using words to describe them, such as- hard, bendy, smooth, transparent etc. Looking for different materials around the school.

Welsh- recapping the verbs we learnt before Christmas and writing independently what they are.

Designing a coat of arms about ourselves.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

We started by ordering a set of 3 or 4 numbers from smallest to largest/largest to smallest. Some children below 20, others to 100 or even 3 digit numbers now.

We then looked at the value of digits, so for example the 3 in 32 really means 30. We partitioned teen and two digit numbers into their value. Some children can do 3 or even 4 digits now. Try things like- ? + 4=24 or 40 + ? = 48. Then get them to write out the value of numbers so 127=100 + 20 + 7. Try this both ways.

Have a look at: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers or

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts (this one is good as you can set either tens and units or hundreds, tens and units etc.)

 Knowledge and Understanding –

Talk about different materials you have around the home/garden, talk about some of their properties, try and encourage them to use as many words as possible and not just hard and soft. Perhaps they could see what room has the most glass/wood/ plastic etc.

Have a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/grouping_materials_fs.shtml

 

 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Year 4 w/e 9.1.15

Welcome back and a Happy New Year! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and ready to go again! This week we have been-

Literacy- creating a story map for our new story "Sugarcane Juice"
Maths- recapping work competed last term and adding and subtracting in the context of money up to £100
Topic- we have started our new topic of WW2 and created a timeline of the main events of this time

You can help at home by-

Literacy- start to have a think about the story and the main features you included on your story map. You will need this to creat freeze frame role plays next week using the iPads. If you have access to an iPad at home, have a go on the comic life app if you have it in readiness for Monday.

Maths- keep recapping any work covered to keep it fresh in your mind- this includes dividing and multiply using the bus stop method, column method or number line. Practice subtracting amounts of money from £100. Also keep practising your timestables as this will really help with the work coming up.

Topic- have a look at the Holocasut. Why did it happen? What happened? Who started it? Also have a think about what you think like for an evacuee child would have been like. Why were they evacuated? Where did they go? What type of people did they go to? We will be completing work over the next few weeks on the iPads based on an evacuee diary.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams

Home Learning Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 9.1.15

This week we have been learning about-

Numeracy- Mathematical symbols- <  (less than) and > (greater than). Ordinal numbers (1st  2nd 3rd etc). Rounding numbers to nearest 10.

Literacy- Poetry. Writing a diary entry about Christmas Day.

Knowledge and Understanding- Reading and recording temperature from a thermometer. Extracting information from a table that has recorded temperature. What part of the day is warmest, coolest etc. Giving reasons for their answers.

How to help your child at home.

Numeracy- Writing some less than, greater than sums using symbols. For eg. 6<56.
Write a word for eg. adventure. What is the 3rd letter, 6th letter, 8th letter.
Round these numbers to nearest 10-  67  34  78  23  21  45  56.

Literacy- Next week we will be writing about The Great Fire Of London. Can you find some interesting facts about this historical event?

Knowledge and Understanding- Next week we are going to plan a fair test to find out which material is the best for absorbing spillage. Perhaps you could discuss with your child which materials are good for absorbing spillage. Think about the materials we use for drying dishes, drying our hands, cleaning etc.

Year Three Home learning week beginning 5/1/15

Year Three have started 2015 off with a bang! We have discussed and researched  the beginning of the Second World War (our new History topic this term), looked at the features of mystery stories in Literacy and explored fractions in Maths. 

This half term the children's history home learning will be to complete a project on a member of their family who lived through the Second World War.  Research your family history and discover how your family was involved in the Second World War. The best starting place for this project is talking to relatives; find out if they are aware of anyone in your family history who was involved in the Second World War. If you cannot find a relative that was involved in the Second World War, you can pick one of these famous people and research them.

·      Tasker Watkins, winner of the Victoria Cross, Eric Stanley Lock, most kills in the Battle of Britain, Patrick Devine, evacuated to Clydach in South Wales, Vera Lynn, famous wartime singer

Research the individual, including information on their personal life during the war and military or civilian career. Using books and the internet, research details on the military regiment or civilian job that your relative was a member of. Decide how you will present your research - you can make a poster of your relation including all the above information, write a report or project or use the computer/ iPad/ tablet to create a document/ comic strip about them. (We briefly looked at an app called Comic life this week  to create a comic strip) I will be sending out a paper copy of this home learning next week which includes some websites. Please bring your project in on Monday 23rd February. 

We have been working out 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of quantities and have begun to relate it to our times tables. 
Work out what 1/2 and 1/3 of the following numbers are?
12, 21, 18, 30, 27, £33, 24p.
Challenge: Using your knowledge of the 5 times table, work out these?
1/5 of 15=
1/5 of 45=
1/5 of 80 =

I would like to say a massive thank you for all the lovely cards and presents, all of which have been thoroughly enjoyed over Christmas. I hope you all had a restful Christmas and I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. 
Mrs Schartz



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Year Four Science: Week Ending~ 9th January 2015

Happy new year! 

Well done to those of you who began to research our new topic of Earth and Space over the holidays...we discussed many things this week that we already know about Earth and Space and created many questions that we would like to find answers for over the coming term. We now know the names of the planets and the order in which they appear. Can you create a mnemonic to help us remember them easily? 
Next week we will be working in small groups or with a partner to look in detail at a specific planet and presenting our research to the class at the end of the lesson. In preparation you may like to focus on a specific planet of your choice and find an interesting way to present/ display your information. This maybe using a poster/ ICT/ through art or even with a model to display. 
Have fun, I'm looking forward to seeing your outcomes!

Don't forget:~ Meeting regarding our forthcoming trip to Talybont is this Thursday (8th January) at 3.45pm.  

Dosbarth Mr Green

Happy new Year! Next week we will begin spellings but for this week find details below:

Week 1: x2, x3, x4 and x5 tables for week commencing 12th January

Year 5 –  Science - Research facts based on two planets. What would the temperature/ weather conditions be? How long would it take to get there? What is the surface/atmosphere like? Does it have any moons/ meteor showers?  How big is it? Other interesting facts.

History – what were the consequences of World War two? Think about the effect on families, lives, homes, jobs,etc