Friday, 27 November 2015

Year 6 week ending 27.11.15

This week we have been:

 

Literacy: we have been continuing with our studies of Varjak Paw, analysing the characters and how the author (S.F.Said) builds up tension, movement and feeling in his writing.

 

Welsh: extending our sentences to help with our recount writing in the past tense.

 

Numeracy: most of the class have completed a brain academy mission on factors and multiples.  Some have been learning to calculate the circumference of circles, semi circles, quarter circles and compound shapes involving circles?

 

Science: drew line graphs from the results of our science experiment.

 

At home...

 

Maths: my maths homework has been set and involves practising some reasoning questions on the concept of time.  There is also some challenge work for those who were learning about the circumference of a circle.

 

Talking homework: in class the children have written reports about Patagonia and created a success criteria for this.  Next week they will be writing a newspaper report about the Christingle service where they will need to use the ICT skills they have been learning to publish it.

 

Welsh: using the story map you have, practice retelling the story orally.  You can also write down questions that you could ask a partner about their recount.

 

Science:  we will be writing our conclusions from the science experiment.  Write down a check list of all the things we need to create a successful conclusion, such as reflecting on our prediction "er" statement etc.

 

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Christingle service on Wednesday.

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

 

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Year There week ending 27/11/15

This week we have been learning about: 

Maths: adding using a number line and using this strategy to solve a problem
Literacy: developing our own ideas in a story
Welsh: Planning a brochure about Monmouth

You can help at home by:

Maths: completing the my maths tasks. If you are having trouble finding your username and password please contact me and I can give it to you again. 
Literacy: Continue to listen to your child read and encourage them to practise their spellings. 
 Next weeks Big Write task is: Watch the John Lewis Christmas Advert- The Man in the Moon. (Year Three – we will be watching this in our Literacy lessons this coming week and completing some work on it)

https://www.literacyshed.com/manonmoon.html

At the end, it says "story to be continued". Can you write another chapter for this story? What will the man see through his telescope? Will he communicate with the little girl again? Will he return to earth? Will someone join him on the moon and how? 

Remember to think about how your characters are feeling. What words will you use to describe their feelings? Will you split your story into paragraphs – an introduction, middle and ending? Think about what sentence openers you might want to use?

Welsh: Practise writing sentences about Monmouth. e.g. Mae siopau uno. Mae bont mawr yno. Mae parc yno. Dw i'n hoffi chwarae pel-droid gyda mam ac tad yn Monmouth. Dw i'n hoffi Monmouth achos mae'n gret. 


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Schartz and Mrs Peacock.


PS If you are in choir please remember to learn your words for the Christingle on Wednesday. 

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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 27.11.15

 Continued- For our 'Big Write' we wrote instructions for how to make a Christingle. Have a look at any recipes at home, we talked about a title, list of equipment and numbered steps with bossy verbs.
See what recipes you can look at together.

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 27.11.15

 

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Recognising and naming 2D shapes

Describing properties of 2D shapes

Sorting 2D shapes, using a Venn diagram and charts

Knowledge and Understanding-

Sorting materials into groups according to their properties

Giving instructions for moving around a course, using forward, left turn and right turn. We used a program on the I Pad called A.L.E.X which requires a code for making a robot move around a course.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Identify 2D shapes in items around the home, talk about the features of the shapes, e.g a square has 4 straight edges, a circle has one curved edge. We used 'edges' rather than 'sides', and I introduced 'vertices' rather than 'corners.' Play a game where they have to draw the shape that you describe.

I introduced them to a Venn diagram (two overlapping circles) to sort the shapes. I labelled one circle 'red' and one circle 'rectangle.' Children had to sort the shapes into right circle, and if they had a red rectangle it would need to go into the overlapping section.

Try http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ShapeSorter/  

Knowledge and Understanding-

We used square carpet tiles, but any bits of paper or mats will be fine. Lay out a course of 4/5/6 squares and ask your child to give you instructions for moving around, e.g forward 3 steps, turn right, forward 2 steps. There is an app on the I Pad called A.L.E.X (which I think is free) which we used where they can program in the commands for a robot to move. This is the early stages of coding, which is a big part of the ICT curriculum now for Primary children.

On this interactive website, we looked inside a Victorian house, and met some characters who would have lived and worked in the Villa. We talked about the furniture, rooms, decorations etc and compared them to our own houses. Have a look at-

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/learning/walk-through-a-victorian-house/walk-through/

Perhaps they could choose a room and compare how it is different to the same room in your house. They couldn't believe that the children's rooms had no toys!

 

Year 4 w/e 27.11.15

 This week we have been-
 
Literacy- comparing the film and book version of Fantastic Mr Fox and creating a new farmer
 
Maths- finding fractions of amounts using known table facts
 
We have also been practising our Christmas concert- keep learning the words and dance movements.
 
You can help at home by-
 
Literacy- look at the features of a book review in readiness to write one on Monday.
 
Maths- fraction activities on Mymaths and also learn your timestables.
 
Topic- what can you find out about Patagonia for our topic board?
 
Have a lovely weekend
 
Miss. Williams

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 27.11.15

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Designing a poster. Spelling words woth oa, ow and o-e (as
in phone). Letter writng.

Numeracy- Subtracting 10, 11, 20 and 21. Recognising different
meanings for subtraction. (Take-away, difference between etc).

Knowledge and Understanding- Identifying different sources of light.
Making a London scene and a minion who visits the various landmarks.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Can you find some interesting words to describe fabrics. For
eg. exquisite, diaphanous etc.
Write a blurb for your favourite story. Make it really descriptive to
entice us all to want to read the book.

Numeracy- Choose 6 numbers between 30-100. Then subtract,10 from these
numbers. Record the number sentence. For eg. 45-10= . Repeat with
taking away 11,20,and 21. Also mymaths-Number bonds.

Knowledge and Understanding- Try to make some shadows at home.
Experiment with how you make them bigger/smaller.

Thank you. Have a fab weekend.
Last swimming next week.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Dosbarth Mr Green

Week ending 27th November 2015

Literacy - see homework book for spellings. Please look up their meanings and write in sentences.

Numeracy - practice times tables from x2 to x10

Mr Green's Numeracy group - use the My Maths homework set

Friday, 20 November 2015

Year Six Week Ending: 20th November 2015

This week we have been...

Literacy: continuing our study of Varjak Paw and using our reading of the novel to develop our skills to apply in our own writing

Welsh: completing our story map and begin our recount of our trip to Blaenavon.

Maths: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing negative numbers

Science: completed our science experiment

Discovery: comparing weather in Wales and Patagonia and drawing graphs using this information.

At home...

Maths: complete my maths task set this week

Talking Homework: identify features of a report in preparation to write a report giving an account of the first Welsh settlers making the decision and journey to Patagonia

Science: next week we will be putting our results from our experiment into a line graph. You may like practice by going to the following website: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/8394/3/00133-2008fly-en.pdf

Welsh: use past tense phrases to write sentences in a recount. How can you use BB words to extend the sentences?

Continue to learn your words for our Christmas production,

Mrs Peacock & Mrs Maunder
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Year Three week ending 20/11/15

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: The structure of a story and sequencing it
Maths: Working out the perimeter of a shape and adding using a number line. 


You can help at home by:

Maths: There are two new tasks to complete on 'my maths'. 
Literacy: Continue to read with and help your child to practise their spellings. 
Next week's Big Write is:

This week we will be writing to Father Christmas to persuade him that we deserve to have presents this year. Think about the persuasive language you might want to use (see below for some ideas) and how you set out the letter. If you need your address , make sure you write it down in your homework log book. What reasons will you give Father Christmas for why you deserve your presents this year. In your last paragraph you might want to give him some ideas of what to give you.

Most people would agree that…

Only a fool would think that…

A sensible idea would be to…

We ALL know that…

Doesn't everyone know that…?

It wouldn't be very difficult to…

The REAL truth is that…

Are we expected to…?

Naturally I feel that…

The fact is that…

EVERBODY knows that…

Surely you would agree that…

Here are two reasons why…

This clearly shows that…

We can see from the evidence that…

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Year 4 w/e 20.11.15

This week we have been

Literacy- using illustration to represent a scene and creating emotions charts for Mr Fox

Maths- calculating change from amounts and comparing costs from retailers

Science- planning our experiment to see if the length of wire affects the brightness of the bulb.

Welsh- using the third person and expressing opinion

Topic- comparing weather in Patagonia and Wales and representing it through a graph.

You can help at home by

Literacy- keep reading and learning your spellings. You should have used a dictionary and written sentences to show their meaning but if not please do this. Is there another story which has a similar theme to Fantastic Mr Fox? What are the similarities and differences?

Maths- new activities are on the my maths website. Please also explore the other activities to further your knowledge and understanding. Keep at your X tables- now focussing on 6,7,8,9.

Topic- what links are there between Wales and Patagonia? What can you find out? This can be displayed on our topic board

Your child will have come home with a letter for their costume for the Xmas concert. If there are any concerns please contact me.

They will have also had a letter regarding the watching of Mr Fox- please ensure this letter is returned and signed by Monday.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss. Williams

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Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 20.11.15

This week we have been learning about-
 
Literacy- Language/text features of a poster/leaflet.
Using speech marks and question marks correctly.
Writing a short story about Rama and Sita.
 
Numeracy- Finding numbers quickly on the number square. Facts about numbers. Adding 11, 20 and 21 to a 2 digit number.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- To know that light sources are used in different ways.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Literacy- Use speech marks to write a sentence that Rama might have said to Sita when he was eventually reunited with her. Write a question that Hanuman might have asked Rama. (Perhaps you could use speech marks too).
 
Numeracy- Can you tell me 5 things about these numbers-   34   67   21   20   26 and 42?    For eg.   34 is even, it is a multiple of 2, it comes in between 33 and 35, it is underneath 24 on the number square and if you half it you have 17. Also mymaths- number bonds.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Make a list of natural/ artificial light sources.
 
Have a lovely weekend. Swimming next week.
Also, if you have any empty cereal boxes, could you bring them in. Thank you.
 

Message for Year 1 parents

Apologies, I forgot to give out the costume letters. They will come home on Monday instead!
Miss Foster

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 20.11.15

 

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Doubling numbers to 10

Odd and even numbers

Knowledge and Understanding-

Materials-names of common materials- what materials we have around our class/school and describing their properties, e.g hard, rough, strong, transparent, flexible etc.

We also had a go at sorting a collection of materials into two groups. The children had to guess the ways in which they were sorted, e.g shiny/not shiny, transparent/not transparent, flexible/solid etc.

Welsh clothes, using 'dwi'n gwisgo...' The children have remembered a lot of names now for items of clothing/accessories.

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Practise recalling doubles of numbers to 10, some children can do it mentally, some at this stage will need to get objects to count. If you had dominoes at home, these are useful to look at to help them count as well.

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

 We talked about odd and even numbers and practised counting in twos to 20 (even numbers only) We looked at how we can share even numbers equally into two groups (sharing objects) and how there is  one left over if it is an odd number. Practise pairing up some socks/shoes to help demonstrate this.  

Try http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/oddandeven.html

Knowledge and Understanding-

Talk about materials at home, begin to talk about their properties using technical words, so for cutlery being metal you could say it is shiny, hard, smooth etc. Play a guessing game where they have to describe a material and you guess it. They sometimes wanted to describe the object rather than the material, so keep an eye out for that.  

Have a look at- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/sorting_using_mate_fs.shtml

If you have any old catalogues/leaflets at home, perhaps they could cut out some pictures of clothes and label them or create a picture and use 'dwi'n gwisgo...' to say what they are wearing.

A letter came home tonight about costumes for Christmas performances; let me know if there are any problems or questions. Thanks.

 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Home Learning Mr Green

Week ending 21/11/15

Literacy - It has come to my attention that not many pupils are using my Blog to help them know what to do with their homework. Mrs Fawsitt gives this to your child on a Thursday and I reinforce this with this blog. Pupils have said they don't know what the words mean.

Therefore, as always please make sure that the words are looked up in a dictionary so your child knows their meaning. To help them use these words in real life they are then written in sentences.


Big Write is given to your child on a Friday a whole week before they are to write it up. This gives you and your child the time to research and prepare for writing not actually write it up. 

Next week's work is to write a poem about a mythological creature. Use the internet to find out how the chosen creature looks, behaves, etc to create a bank of words.


Numeracy - Unfortunately not many pupils are taking advantage of the My Maths Learning zone that is found on the internet. They have their own password and log in. The homework reinforces what we have carried out in school. It will therefore help your child with the topics covered so far.

Thank you for your continued support




Saturday, 14 November 2015

Year Three week ending 13/11/15

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: We have read the story "Leon and The Place Between". Using ideas from this story, we have written poems describing the circus. 
Maths: Measuring to the nearest 1/2 cm, finding fractions of amounts
Science: We have started an investigation looking at how to alter the speed of a motor

How you can help at home:
Literacy: Continue to read with your child and encourage them to practise their spellings. AS our geography topic is comparing Patagonia with Wales, our Big Write will be to create a poster to persuade people to visit Patagonia. Prepare by discussing the evidence or reasons why they should visit Patagonia. Think about the slogans, alliterative phrase or rhetorical questions you might want to use. How will you set out your poster? Will you use an introductory paragraph? We will not be using laptops or ipads this week.  How will you improve upon this week's poster? What do you want to change? Click on the link below to see an example of a persuasive poster. http://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/6a00e54f937a348833011571133c30970c-500wi.jpg
Numeracy: I have added two more tasks on the my maths website. Keep practising your 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables.
Science: We have used our HWB website to plan our investigation in groups. Write a set of instructions explaining exactly what you will do when you carry out your investigation. Think about using bullet points, what materials will you need, will a picture help. Next week, you can carry out your investigation using your instructions to help. 

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Schartz 




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Year 4 w/e 13.11.15

This week we have been

Literacy- starting our Novel Fantastic Mr Fox creating a story map and using evidence from the text.

Maths- dividing

Topic- comparing weather in Patagonia and Wales

Welsh- writing about a family member using the third person.

You can help at home by-

Literacy- please keep reading and learning your spellings. Create a story map to summarise a few chapters of a story you have read. Can you find evidence from the text to support your points made?

Numeracy- Mymaths activities have been set. These help to consolidate class learning or prepare children for the following weeks learning. Well done and thank you to those of you that have been completing them.

Topic- research facts about Patagonia to go on our learning topic wall. What can you find out?

Welsh- recap the third person sentence patterns and any sentence pattern about yourself. Can you find out the meaning of words you might want ready to write a self portrayal incorporating the third person and past tense.

Have a good weekend
Miss.Williams

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Year 6 week ending 13.11.15

This week we have been:

Numeracy - learning how to substitute and simplify numbers and letters in algebra.

Literacy - analysing characters in Varjak Paw.

Science - completing our planning for our investigation on the length of wires affecting the brightness of a bulb.

Discovery - comparing the geographical differences between Patagonia and Wales.

Welsh - beginning our own story map for writing about our trip to Blaenavon.

 

How you can help at home:

Numeracy - my maths homework has been set based upon our work this week on algebra.  All the children were extremely focussed on this topic and the homework should help to consolidate this.  It has been really pleasing to see how many of you are completing your my maths homework every week - you are all mathemagicians!

 

Talking homework - next week you will be writing a narrative piece that leads a character through a secret path.  Consider the following questions in preparation for your big write: who do you meet? What do you see? What can you hear? Where has the path come from?  Where is the path leading you? What emotions is the character feeling?

 

Patagonia - write down five facts about Patagonia that can be added to our research board in the classroom.

 

Welsh - using the story map that you have about Ynys Y Barri, draw the remainder of the story map for the trip to Blaenavon.  Remember to draw symbols for the past tense and use them throughout the story map.

 

Continue to learn your script and song words for the Christmas Concert.

 

Have a nice weekend,

Mrs Maunder and Mrs Peacock.

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Dosbarth Mrs Cotton

Unfortunately it seems the balloon game will not open, have a go at this website counting and matching the gingerbread man's buttons.


http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game
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Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e 13.11.15

This week we have been

RWInc - sounds, reading and writing green words
Maths - matching, ordering and writing numbers to 10
K&U - identifying sources of light

Activities to support learning at home

RWInc - continue to learn all the sounds in your sound folder. It is really important to practise writing the sounds as well as reading them. Have a go at writing each sound on some paper, lined if possible. Some of the tricky letters this week have been s, k, f, j, b and d. Make sure you encourage your child to go the correct way when writing letters such as a, g, d this will help ensure they end up on the right side to finish the letter ( if you go the wrong way around the apple then the leaf ends up on the wrong side when writing the letter a). Also have a go at using you Fred fingers to spell the green words in your sound folder, we recapped this in class this week so your child should be able to show how we use our Fred fingers. If you are unsure then I would be willing to show you.

Maths - write out numbers 1 to 10 on pieces of card or paper. Ask your child to put them in the correct order, then get different objects from around the house to match the numbers up to ten. For example 1 apple, 2 buttons etc. Using a piece of paper ask your child to write numbers to 10 independently, most are confident to 5 with some children finding 6,8 and 9 tricky. There are some games on the top marks website where your child can have a go at matching numbers and counting to ten. The two below are both tablet friendly or you can use your computer to have fun with maths.

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Number-Balloons-572

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

K&U - go on a light hunt around the house or outside and find different light sources. See if you can find 4 different things which give out light and draw a picture of them. Have a go at labelling the light sources and then bring them into school to show the class.

Please could you ensure your child has their reading book and reading diary in school each day along with their sound folder. We currently hear each child read individually atleast twice during the week however the day we read often changes depending on what is happening in school. Thank you.

Enjoy your weekend.
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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 13.11.15

This week we have been learning about:

 

Mathematical Development-

Counting on and back in tens

Estimating-using vocabulary associated with estimation

Halves and quarters of shapes

Knowledge and Understanding-

A timeline of houses

Welsh clothes

Tally charts and block graphs of how we travel to school

Creating a routine in gymnastics with a partner using apparatus

How to help your child at home-

Mathematical Development-

Try some estimation at home- jars, pots, bowls etc we talked about estimation being a 'sensible' guess. Use vocabulary such as 'about...' 'close to...' see how close the estimations were by counting. Talk about where we use estimation, e.g time, distance, cooking, shopping etc.

We looked at the ½ and ¼ symbols this week. We looked at cutting shapes into to equal parts and linked this to being a half. We drew around shapes and identified half the shape by labelling them with ½.

Some children went onto quarters. We looked at dividing shapes into 4 equal parts. Some children realised that if we split a shape in half and then half again we have quarters. Try some practical examples at home, with food, play-dough, etc. 

We did an activity today where they had to think of questions where the answer is 10. So 8+2, 20-10, 5+5 etc. I've told them that our number for Monday will be 8, so can they think of a question or two that will give an answer of 8. I've said that I will award a house point for all questions that come back!