Saturday, 28 February 2015

Year 6 week ending 27.2.15

This week we have been completing lots of our Eisteddfod activities, learning how to reflect and translate shapes and beginning to get to grips with our new novel "The Diary of Anne Frank".

How you can help at home:

Numeracy - most of the children completed this weeks activities in two quadrants.  The following website will help you practice reflections and translations in all four quadrants, reflecting in both the x and y axis.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/transformation/play/

Science - next week we will be carrying out an investigation to see how much energy there is in food.  It would be useful for children to research what calories are, how many calories an adult / child needs each day and which foods are more calorific than others.

History - we will be continuing our analysis of primary sources to gain a better picture of whether evacuation  was a positive or negative experience.  What is the difference between a primary and secondary source? Why do historians need to analyse sources?

Talking homework - imagine you are having to live in a secret annexe. Describe it using all of your five senses. How many people are living with you? How are feeling? How is it disguised?

The World War Two projects the children have been bringing in are fantastic - we are aiming to organise a time whereby we can play the games that the children have made.

Don't forget Key Stage 2 World War Two day is on Tuesday 10th March.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 27.2.15

This week we have been learning to

Maths - use pennies to buy things from the shop
Literacy - use pictures to tell a story

At home you could

Maths - find a range of different items around the house and price them with amounts up to 10p. Give your child 10 pennies and then ask them to buy items from the shop counting out the correct amount of pennies. Take turns to be the customer and the shop keeper. Extend the activity by asking if they have enough pennies left to buy another item from the shop or counting how many pennies they have left after buying one item. We have also been looking at all coins so we can recognise them -find out how many they recognise - 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p.

Literacy - we retold the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using pictures in the correct order from the story. Have a go at this at home either with Jack and the Beanstalk or another favourite story. Use pictures so you can tell someone else the story without writing any words. Bring your story maps into school to show others in the class.

We have also spent time this week preparing for the Eisteddfod on Monday. The daffodils look fantastic so thank you for your help. Just a reminder that if your child would like then they can dress up in traditional welsh costumes or welsh rugby/football shirts for the day. Also please could you return the welsh cake permission slips on Monday morning - this is just a reception activity (sorry forgot to say on the letter).


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Year Three week ending 27th Feb 2015

This week we have been completing Eisteddfod activities, making notes on a story, presenting our history home learning projects and telling the time on analogue and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes.

You can help at home by:

Maths: Tell the time often during the day and work out how many minutes it is until the next hour or until you have to go out. If reading off an analogue clock, can you write down what the time would look like on a digital clock? What will the time be in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 10 minutes etc
The website www.topmarks.co.uk is a good place to go to for time games. Go to learning games, age 7 - 11, maths and then shape and measures.

English: Next week we will finish reading 'The Lion and the Unicorn'. This is a story about evacuation. What can you find out about evacuation? Can you find any accounts from people who were evacuated? What do you think it would have felt like? Do you know of any other stories about evacuees?

Science: We will be looking at shadows next week. Find out how shadows are formed? Can you create one? How would you change the shape of your shadow? Why do you think this happens?

Many thanks for all your wonderful work on the Family History Projects. It has been a treat to listen to the children presenting their family stories and we have all learnt alot! They are displayed in one of the Junior areas but if you need it back soon please say and i'll send it home.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Schartz

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 27.2.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Counting on and back in ones, twos and tens from different starting numbers.

Doubling numbers and beginning to see the link to x2 table.

Knowledge and Understanding-

Using an app called 'comic life' to create a comic strip story. Here they create title, take pictures and insert them, add speech bubbles, thought bubbles, narrate the story etc.

Most of this week we have been preparing ready for our Eisteddfod on Monday. We have been learning our song, dance, handwriting, poetry, art etc.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

We recapped doubling numbers to 10, most children can mentally recall these now. We then looked at doubling a two digit number, so doubling the tens and then units the units and recombining them to write the answer- so double 12= double the 10 to make 20, then double the 2 to make 4, then add 20 + 4 to make 24. Their place value knowledge will come into play here, to understand that the 1 in 12 means a 10. Obviously when the unit double rolls over to make another 10 this gets more complicated. (Not all children have explored this method yet.)

We then looked at the sign 'x' for multiplying and looked at two groups of objects. I used two hoops with the same number of objects in each hoop so the children could see it visually. So two hoops of 3 objects in each hoop, we could say 3+3 (double 3) or we could say two groups of three and use the sign for 'x' to use in a written sum. Obviously this will need lots of reinforcing.  

Have a go at http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button you can set the rules for x2. Also this has options for doubles too which is nice to recap that.

Knowledge and Understanding –

The homework that some children brought in about castles has been fantastic. I have really enjoyed looking at them and its' great to see them so passionate about them too. Thanks for your work with this.

Next week we will be starting our science work on light and dark. Talk about why we can't see much when it's dark.

We'll also be looking at a map of Wales in preparation for some work with castles and QR codes.

Remember they can wear traditional Welsh costumes/Welsh sports tops on Monday.

 

 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Year 4 w/e 27.2.15

This week we have been-

Literacy- completing our Eisteddfod competition entries for our poem and handwriting and also visiting the library to become members

Maths- we collected and recorded data using our own methods of recording ready to turn into a graph next week

Topic- completing our Eisteddfod art competition and visiting Pontypool Museum for a workshop

You can help at home by-

Literacy- research Michael Morpurgo and find out about his life in readiness for our new novel next week

Maths- have a look at the different types of graph you can use- which is your favourite and why? Can you collect your own data at home and create your own graph?

Topic- have a go at making your own gas mask or ration book in readiness for our WWII day in 2 weeks time. What will you use to make it? What colour ration book will you have? What will your rationed items include?

Enjoy your weekend
Miss. Williams

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Dosbarth Mrs Miles. Home Learning. W/E 27.2.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Eisteddfod Activities. Using different types of punctuation.
 
Numeracy- Rounding numbers. Properties of numbers. Find numbers inbetween other numbers. Identifying odd/even numbers. Find 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of amounts by sharing and using number facts.
 
How to help your chlid at home-
 
Numeracy- Can you find a 1/4 of 12?  1/3 of 12?  1/4 of 16? Can you show your workings out? What 4 things could you tell me about the number 56?  46  100  and 26?
 
Literacy- Comparing stories and playscripts. Can you write a conversation between 2 characters. Try to include different types of punctuation-  speech marks, commas. exclamation marks, ellipsis and question marks. Also use alternative words to said.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Finding out about different types of energy.
 
Don't forget to dress up on Monday- Welsh costumes or anything with a welsh theme, rugby or football players etc.
 
Thank you.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 13.2.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Telling the time- o' clock and half past on an analogue clock. Introduction to digital time telling

Doubling numbers

Knowledge and Understanding-

Using an app called 'comic life' to create a comic strip story. Here they create title, take pictures and insert them, add speech bubbles, thought bubbles, narrate the story etc.

Looking how materials change when heated/cooled. Reversible/irreversible changes.

Creating medieval banquet menus- looking at the difference between the food that poor and rich people ate. 

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Use clocks around the house to tell the time- most children are now confident with o'clock and half past on an analogue clock. Look around the house for digital displays. We have talked about o'clock and half past on these too. Talk about 30 minutes being half an hour etc. Practise counting in 5's around the clock.

Have a look at- http://www.teachingtime.co.uk

We recapped doubling numbers to 10, most children can mentally recall these now. We then looked at doubling a two digit number, so doubling the tens and then units the units and recombining them to write the answer- so double 12= double the 10 to make 20, then double the 2 to make 4, then add 20 + 4 to make 24. Their place value knowledge will come into play here, to understand that the 1 in 12 means a 10. Obviously when the unit double rolls over to make another 10 this gets more complicated. (Not all children have explored this method yet.)

Knowledge and Understanding –

When you are cooking talk about the changes that happen when you heat/cool different foods. Talk about if colours change, shapes, texture etc. Discuss whether these changes are reversible or irreversible. Have a look at- http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/changing_materials/play

Over half term, could they choose a castle in Wales and find out some information about it. Bring in some pictures/photos, facts etc. We will be looking more at Welsh castles after half term.

 

 

Year 4 w/e 13.2.15

Well done to everyone for their hard work at Talybont! Hopefully you will catch up on your sleep over the half term!

You can help at home by-

Maths-
Keep revising time if you are unsure and converting between analogue and digital. Recap all the different concepts we have covered so far- multiplying, dividing, fractions of amounts, multiplying and dividing decimals by 10 and 100, finding change from £100 etc. The more you practice the more confident you will become. We will be moving onto data and shape after half term.

Literacy-
Use VCOP to up level and improve sentences. Perhaps take a boring sentence from a book or magazine and see if you can make it more interesting. Can you produce some writing using the rules for speech we looked at?

Eisteddfodd-
Create a daffodil of any medium to be put into a class vase. It can be made from whatever you like and however you like but the stem is to be between 20-30cm long. You have also had the Welsh poem to take home. Try learning it off by heart to be entered into the poetry recital competition.

Don't forget we have our library and museum trips on Weds 25 and Thurs 26th February. You can have lunch as normal on Wednesday but you will need a packed lunch for the Thursday trip. We will be back in time for the end of the day on both days.

Enjoy your half term

Miss. Williams

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Year Three week ending 13th February

This week we have been learning:
Maths : we have been spotting patterns whilst solving a reasoning project, practising our timetables and measuring capacity
Literacy: We have been looking at descriptive writing in poems and writing our dragon poems
Science: We have been learning about the Earth's orbit around the sun

You can help at home by:
Maths: The children all did really well in their timetables test but need to be able to recall the facts a little quicker. Carry on practising rapid recall of 2, 3,4, 5 and 10 times tables.
The are lots of good apps and websites to help children practise their times tables.
Literacy: All the children will have come home with a Welsh poem to practise for the Eisteddfod. They will the chance to recite this in front of the class. Try to learn this poem off by heart.
Discovery: Finish your WW2 family history project and bring it into school after half term.

Finally, have a wonderful half term - get lots of rest and have lots of fun!
Mrs Schartz

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 13.2.15

This week we have been learning about-

Numeracy- Count in 2's  5's  and 10's from any number to 100. Recognise multiples of 2, 5 and 10. Understand multiplication as repeated addition. Begin to understand that division can leave some left over. Number problems.

Literacy- Poetry. Reading extracts from Samuel Pepys's Diary.

Knowledge and Understanding- Investigating different shadows. Chinese New Year. Finding out about St Valentine.

How to help your child at home-

Numeracy- Missing numbers-  --------x5=10    ...........x5=20     2x.........=20
How many groups of 2 in 24?   How many groups of 5 in 25?    How many groups of 2 in 15? Are there any left over?
George has 10 stickers. He puts 5 on each page in his sticker book. How many pages will he fill? Write a number sentences to show your workings out.

Literacy- Please could you find some information about the jobs people used to do in Castles. Who would live in a castle? Can you draw a picture of a castle and label the main parts?

Thank you for coming to the Class Assembly. I was so proud of the children. They spoke so eloquently and their costumes were amazing. Enjoy the half term.

Year Four Science: Week Ending 13th February 2015

Well Done on your achievements this week in Talybont! I hope you manage to catch up on your sleep soon and have a well deserved break over half term. 

After half term we will be learning how the Earth rotates to create day and night. Try and find out the length of daylight hours in different parts of the world and/ or at different times of the year. Are there any similarities/ differences? Why do you think this is? 



 

Year Six. Week Ending 13th February 2015

This week we have been: 

Literacy: Planning a piece of writing for an 'argument' debate

Maths: expressing amounts as a percentage

Welsh: completing our book review and introducing our poem for our Eisteddfod Recital. 

At home you may like to: 

Maths: to continue to revise expressing amounts as a percentage e.g.

What is £2 as a percentage of £8? 
What is 460g as a percentage of 1kg?
what is 500ml as a percentage of 2 litres? 

This can be related to ingredients on foods such as breakfast cereals...if 12g per 100g of the cereal is protein, what is the percentage? 

Welsh: Read your poem, using expression. the winning recital will perform it as part of our Eisteddfod. Can you plan a discussion based around the poem? expressing likes/ dislikes etc..

Talking Homework: 

To write a Welsh Myth that should include a Welsh Dragon. 

Literacy: begin to think about and plan an oral presentation. Dates will be given after half term. 

Eisteddfod: to make a daffodil that can be displayed in a 'class vase'. This can be made using any medium, but must include a stem of 20-30 cm in length. 

Many thanks and enjoy your break 
Mrs Peacock & Mrs Maunder

Monday, 9 February 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green

Numeracy: 

In readiness for our return to school please practise the x7, x8 and x9 tables

Please carry out the 2000 in a telephone number activity over half term.


Literacy: Spellings – find out their meanings and place into sentences

Big Write - this week we will be writing a poem either about  dragons or castles. The poems must include similes, metaphors, and for year five pupils, personification and alliteration too. These concepts are being covered in class this week. Spend time looking at examples of poetry. 


Year 5

Over half term 

Please find out information on what it was like to be an evacuee in WW2. 



Saturday, 7 February 2015

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 6.2.15

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Weight- using balances an scales- estimating and weighing using non-standard units, e.g. cubes/pencils

Knowledge and Understanding-

Use the 'lego movie' app on the ipad to begin creating a short film using play castle characters

Using an app called 'comic life' to create a comic strip story. Here they create title, take pictures and insert them, add speech bubbles, thought bubbles, narrate the story etc. (Some children will use it next week)

Designing and building 3D models of castles using junk materials

Investigating whether materials twist, stretch, bend, can be squashed etc.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Have a look at food and packaging at home and discuss g ad kg. Order items from lightest to heaviest. Try and encourage them to use vocabulary such as 'the sugar is heavier than the crisps or the rice is lighter than the biscuits.' 'This is the heaviest/lightest.'

Use weighing scales to begin reading from a scale and discuss the markings. (We didn't really do much with grams and kilograms)

Have a look at- http://www.ictgames.com/mostlyPostie or http://mathszone.co.uk/measuring/mass-and-scales

Knowledge and Understanding –

If you have the app 'lego movie' or 'comic life' on the ipad, have a look at them and have a go at taking some pictures to create a short film/comic strip. They can use their toys/figures or themselves/you to be in the pictures- the children seem to pick it up very quickly ad are loving creating their own stories/films!

In preparation for next week- could they find out about the sorts of foods served at castle banquets served in medieval times. They created amazing banquet invitations on Friday and will be designing the menu next week.

We will be looking at clocks and time telling again next week, so have a little practise with this- o'clock and half past.

Please could you send in any kitchen roll tubes or small cardboard boxes to help make their castle models. Many thanks.

Year 6 week ending 6.2.15

This week we have been learning about:

Numeracy - reinforcing the work we have done on measures by completing a Brain Academy Mission, which puts measures into everyday contexts.
Literacy - writing poems about sea creatures using extended metaphors and then editing our own and others work.
Science - creating graphs showing the distance of the planets compared to the time it takes them to orbit the sun.
History - using excel to compare the military and civilian casualties of WW2.

How you can help at home:
Numeracy - next week we be comparing fractions and percentages and finding percentages of quantities. The following game of top trumps is a great way to get ready for our learning next week.
http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/percentages-quantities-top-trump-car

Talking homework - we will be writing poems about dragons in preparation for the Eisteddfod.
Welsh - we will be adding the final touches to our book reviews, getting ready to be able to discuss them orally.

History - we will be analysing sources, using the subtopic of evacuation to help us read what a source is trying to tell us. The BBC website has a lot of information regarding evacuation which it would be useful for the children to read prior to our lesson. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/evacuation/

Thank you for the wonderful costumes you provided for our class assembly and for attending. We were all very proud of our year 6 and the way they performed.

Have a good weekend,
Mrs Maunder / Mrs Peacock

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 6.2.15

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing a Kennings poem. Re- writing a fairy tale using different characters.

Numeracy- 2x tables. Well done for those who have learnt them. Weighing-estimating and then weighing accurately. Analogue and digital time. Using 2-d shapes to create a Paul Klee's castle and the sun.

Knowledge and Understanding- Analysing data- graphs, pie charts and tables.

How to help your child at home.

Literacy- Can you write a few sentences that Samuel Pepys might have written in his diary? Can you find some interesting words to describe Wales? This will help us prepare for St David's Day activities.

Numeracy- Find out how many gm in a Kg. How many ml in a L? List 3 things you could measure in gm / Kg? cm/m and ml and L? Continue with time and learning 2x tables. 

Don't forget our Class Assembly on 12.2.15 at 9.30.

Year 4 w/e 6.2.15

This week we have been-

Literacy- looking at rules for speech and presenting our presentations

Numeracy- telling the time and converting between digital, analogue and 24 hour

Topic- creating a propaganda poster

You can help at home by-

Literacy- begin to think about a dragon poem for the Eistedfodd. You are to write your own poem about a dragon with a Welsh theme. Think about what you want to include and if you'll have any rhyming. We will write these next Thursday.

Numeracy- keep practising the time, converting between analogue and digital. Some of you are really improving which is great! The more you practise the better and more confident you'll become.

Topic- have a think about different Welsh scenes in readiness to create some art for the Eistedfodd also.

Talybont is on Monday- I hope you are all ready and rearing to go! Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes packed as it will be very cold! Remember to bring enough clothes incase some get wet- there are drying facilities, but incase they don't dry fully in time. We will be tweeting to update you as and when we can, but please be patient as the signal there will be pretty low I'm sure! Remember the children are responsible for carrying their own luggage so please make sure this is possible!

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday morning!

Miss. Williams

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Year Three week ending 6/2/15

This week we have been learning about:

Maths : adding using expanded vertical methods and counting forwards and backwards in 4s
Literacy: we have been writing our Mystery stories and editing and evaluating them


You can help at home by:

Maths: Next week we will be completing a reasoning project and i will be setting a times tables test . So practise 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables. If you are really quick with these ones, start practising your 4x table.
Literacy: Next week we will be writing our poems for the creative writing section of the Eisteddfod. We will be writing about dragons. Have a think about what you want to do. Will you describe the dragon using adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs or will you write a story about a dragon in the form of a poem. Make notes on your ideas and include some carefully chosen words (verbs, adjectives, adverbs).
History: Continue to work on your family history project.

Have a good weekend
Mrs Schartz

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green 
Week commencing 2/2/15

Literacy: Spellings – find out their meanings and place into sentences

Big Write: This Friday pupils will be creating a book cover including a blurb to briefly introduce the story. Look at examples of book covers.

Numeracy: learn the x9 tables for a test next Monday.

Year 5 work:
History: Next week we will be learning about the evacuation of children during World war two. Please research information on what it was like to be an evacuee.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Year 4 w/e 30.1.15

This week we have been-

Literacy- writing our own episode of The Sugarcane Juice and typing them up using word on laptops

Numeracy- using analogue and digital clocks to tell the time and converting between the two

Topic- deciding on true and false facts about The Blitz

You can help at home by-

Literacy- practice typing on word on a computer or laptop. See if you can type with 2 hands to help increase speed and skill. Try changing the fonts and practising how to save and print.

Numeracy- have a look at the 24 hour clock and see if you can covert between digital analogue and 24 hour. Which is easiest? Ask family to test you on different times.

Topic- what was propaganda? Have a look at different posters and what they are trying to say in readiness to create your own next week.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams

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