English - Short Stories and Interviews
This half term we are learning about how short stories effectively hook the reader in with only a few paragraphs (or words!). Two of our favourites are Room for One More by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Hunted (author unknown). We are writing our own short stories based on Hunted, but changing the setting or character (or both) and creating tension through descriptive actions, prepositional phrases and carefully planned paragraphs.
Interviews are a text type which allow formal conversations to be recorded. We are looking at how we can accurately record other people's opinions and stories, how to ask appropriate questions to different interviewees, and eventually use our interviews as information for other text types, such as newspaper articles.
We are learning about the local medieval town of Lavenham for the rest of this half-term. Lavenham is one of the most well-preserved in the UK and provides lots us with lots of local history about life in the past and the wool trade which the town successful. A day trip to Lavenham is scheduled for Tuesday 6th February.
Science - Properties and Changes of Materials
Materials are any substance which can be used to make other things. The most common materials we are exploring are paper and card, wood, plastic, fabric, metals and rock. We are discovering the difference between reversible and irreversible changes to some materials with heating and cooling through tests and experiments. We are also learning about which materials are more suitable for use when making certain structures, objects and utensils.
The following areas on IXL will help you to practice skills used this half-term in class.
Sentence Structure A.7 - A.8
Nouns B.5, B.7
Pronouns - Various
Verbs - Various
Prefixes and Suffixes - Various
Reference Skills L.1 - L.3
Word relationship and usage M.1, M.2, M.8 & M.9
Figurative Language ALL
Place Value A.1 - A.5
Addition and Subtraction ALL
Multiplication C.12 - C.18
Mixed Operations ALL
Please complete the times tables, spelling, English and Maths tasks each week in your blue Home Learning book. This will help consolidate learning from the previous week and/or prepare you for the skills needed in the following week. The eight maths questions that you receive are intended to help you remember different skills in calculating and problem solving, which will help you greatly during the SATs tests.