SUMMER TERM 2018
Welcome back everybody! I hope you have had a restful holiday and are back ready to work hard again. This is a busy term, especially with the National Tests squeezed in the middle! Remember the tests begin on May 2nd for a week. Looking on the bright side, at least there is a Bank Holiday Monday to break them up!
Our theme this term is 'Highs and Lows'. We will be looking at our mountains and coasts locally but also globally. In Science we will be investigating life cycles and classifying living things, which will fit in nicely with our outdoor topic.
Our class book is called 'The Unforgotten Coat' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is set in a school in Liverpool and is about two young boys who arrive there from Mongolia. It is funny and heart warming and I know the children are going to love it. I've been perfecting my 'scouse' accent in readiness! (Don't ask about the Mongolian!)To compliment this book we shall be looking at Mongolia as a country study and making Yurts! Watch this space.
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Homework Tuesday 30th January.
Following the discussion from this morning, can children make a product from recycled paper. This can be either practical or creative.
Maths will be focussing on fractions of amounts. Either paper or Manga High available.
Homework Tuesday 23rd January
For homework this week I would like you to do two things. One is to complete a recycling cross word and the other to make a list of the amounts of packaging that are used to wrap foods from the supermarket. List the item and the material used to wrap it. Consider if it is minimal or excessive. You will need a list that is big enough for you to make a judgement on wrapping and packaging. Could some of the foods be presented in a different way?
Maths is 2 x 2 digit multiplication and 3 x 2 multiplication either on Manga High or paper homework.
Homework Tuesday 16th January
Your task this week is to make a 'useful item' out of recycled materials, as discussed this morning in class. It doesn't have to be complicated but has to be well executed and functional, which means that it has to be fit for purpose. Solid construction is what I'm looking for!
Maths is carrying on with algebra and if possible I would like to see some use of the bar modelling process we have been using this week.
Manga High also available.
Homework Tuesday 9th January 2018
Please can you research a Lighthouse in Wales. Find out about:
Maths Homework on comparing and ordering decimals. Manga High and paper homework.
Tuesday 28th November 2017
Make an acrostic for one of the planets
This could be a list of words beginning with each letter, a sentence for each line or even a rhyme.
Create a new mnemonic that will help others in the class remember the names of the planets and their order from the sun.
Maths will be long division.
You are going on a spaceship and can only take 10 things with you. What will you take?
Either write down or draw them in your suitcase.
You are going to meet some aliens on another planet. What 10 things would you take as presents for them? Draw them in a gift box.
Homework Tuesday 14th November
Use scrap paper, foil, sweet wrappers and other junk around the house to create your own space collage!
Maths this week is focusing on number sequences.
Challenges set on Manga High as well as paper homework.
Homework Tuesday 7th November
Write a newspaper report on the Apollo moon landings. Remember to use the 5W’s and a H. (Who, what why, where, when and How?)
Make sure report has a headline, an opening sentence and a time beginning – e.g. Yesterday evening, on Friday morning, etc. to begin the main body of your report. Research the main facts of the mission and remember to include witness statements; one direct and one indirect would be good. Bring back to class and we’ll edit onto Publisher.
Maths tasks are set on Manga High.
Homework 17th October.
Design an alien (look at the natural world for features) to create an alien mask.
Maths is concentrating on Area and Perimeter of a shape.
Manga High available also.
Have lots of fun!
Homework October 10th
Prepare a lesson to teach the class an aspect about Space you enjoy. You can use any props you like. Be ready to teach it!!!!
Maths is concentrating on multiplication problem solving.
Manga High available also.
Homework Tuesday 12th September
Maths homework this week will be on place value. Activities have been set on Manga High but there will also be paper maths homework as well.
The topic homework will be to:
Find out facts about the space missions.
What was the first creature sent into space?
Who was the first astronaut?
Who was the first man on the moon?
What other interesting facts can you find?
Homework Tuesday 4th July
Please could you find out about Fibonacci in nature. This sequence which we have encountered in maths appears many times in the natural world. For example sunflower heads grow in a Fibonacci sequence as do pine cones. Find pictures and explanations about how why this sequence appears so frequently.
Maths homework is on rotational symmetry. (Manga High and on paper).
Tuesday 27th June.
Our focus for the week is shape and so I would like you to construct a 3D shape using only pencil and ruler on a piece of card. Remember that you will have to decide how many faces you will need and the length of these. Remember to include tabs in order for your shape to fit together properly.
If you are having problems you can go any maths website to see how your net should look before you construct!!
Homework Tuesday 16th May
Please could you find out about the discovery of chocolate. Who discovered it and where and how it became to be the product it is today. There is a lot of information on the Cadbury website, which is easy to follow and not too wordy. As with other homeworks you can include drawings, maps and pictures. Please dont 'regurgitate' information from the internet, but rather put it into your own words.
Maths this week is on angles. Challenges have been set on Manga High but for those who haven't managed to get on the site, paper homework will be provided.
Homework, Tuesday June 20th
Can you find about the life cycles of different animals. How long do they live? Does the size of the animal dictate how long it lives? The larger the animal the longer it lives and the smaller, the shorter life span it has? Find out also using the same animals you have chosen to investigate their reproductive habits. How long do they carry their young for and how many do they have. Do the ones who have single offspring live longer than those who have multiple offspring?? See if you can draw some conclusions??
www.kidszone/lifecycle of animals is a good website to look at.
Maths work is on adding and subtracting fractions.(Manga High)
OR paper homework will be provided.
Homework Tuesday 2nd May
Please can you design your very own chocolate bar. You will have to think of a name, and think about what type of chocolate it is. Is it a sold bar? Are they small chocolate sweets? Is the bar filled with anything? You will have to come up with a catchy name and think how the wrapper/bag for your confection looks.
In addition to this I would like you to devise a two line jingle to go with your new chocolate design. A jingle is a two line usually rhyming couplet that aims to promote your chocolate product.
"A Mars a day
Helps you work, rest and play"
Something like that.
Once you have designed your product, you can try to make the packaging using appropriate materials.
Nothing too taxing during test week!!
Tuesday 4th April
This week’s homework is to create an 8 frame cartoon strip of the Easter Story.
The focus for Math’s will be Pie Charts. Tasks have been set on Manga High and also in paper form.
Happy homework and happy holidays.
Homework 21st March
This weeks homework will focus on the geographical globe and the lines and areas that it contains
Please can you find out about the following:
What happens to time as you travel east of the Prime Meridian and what happens to time as you travel west?
The focus for Maths will be algebra. Tasks will be set on Manga High and also in paper form.
Homework Tuesday 14th March
Please could you find out about Percy Shaw and his invention of cat's eyes. Find out about how the invention came about and how he managed to get the idea put into production. Again you can use pictures to support your research.
Maths this week will focus on weight and measure. The work on Manga High is really good and covers a lot of measure units so I would encourage you to tackle a couple there. However if that is not possible I will provide worksheets for you to complete.
Homework 7th March
Please could you find out about the use of periscopes throughout history. Why they were used and how. There are many images of people using them during wartime. Gather as much information as you can, ready to share with the class next week when hopefully, we will have made our own!!
Maths will concentrate on function machines and working out the formula.
Homework February 28th
Please could you find out about James Cracknell and Ben Fogle's race to the South Pole.
I would like you to find out about:
Maths homework for those doing Manga High and paper maths will be number sequences and finding the nth term.
Homework to be in by Friday of this week.
Homework Tuesday 14th February
Please can you find out about how light reflects off different surfaces. Flat, shiny, opaque, bumpy, jagged etc. You can use diagrams to help you. Also can you find out what happens to light when it hits water. Does the light beam change at all? Can you tell me what 'refraction' is?
Find out as much as possible and again, use pictures and diagrams to help you explain.
Maths will focus on Data Handling and time which will be set up for you on Manga High. This will run over half term aswell.
Happy homework and happy holidays.
Light homework to be in Friday.
Homework Tuesday 7th February
Could you please find out about how different animals see. Some have excellent night vision, some see using ultra violet. Find out about how their eyes function and why. How are they adapted to their environment? Compare this to human eye sight and what problems we can have. For example, I need to wear glasses. Why? You can include diagrams and sketches to support your research.
Maths homework this week will be Data Handling on Manga High. You will need to visit the site at least 3 times during the week.
Homework due in for Friday.
THIS HOMEWORK WILL BE USED AS A BASIS FOR WORK IN CLASS SO IT IS IMPORTANT YOU HAVE IT TO REFER TO DURING LESSONS.
Homework 30th January
Your homework this week is to find out about the five pillars of Islam and in particular the Hajj, which is the pilgrimage all Muslims must take once in a lifetime. This will support our theme of 'Journeys'. The information gathered will be used to construct a non chronological report in class so the notes will need to accurate and not sketchy! You can draw or find pictures also.
There are many great websites such as www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk or www.muslimkids.co.uk or you can go the BBC website.
To be in for Friday.
Homework 24th January
The focus for homework this week is rivers. I would like you to find out facts about river features. To do this you will have to watch a selection of videos on the website 3d Geography. The answers to the questions will be found there! ! The videos are in the form of short clips and you will be supplied with an answer sheet to put your findings down.
This work will form part of the Topic lesson next week and so will have to be handed in on Friday.
Thanks to all of you who built a bridge. They were fab!
Please remember your Manga High maths homework! The focus this week is on percentages!
Happy homeworking! !
Homework Tuesday 17th January
I would like you to research a bridge within Wales. Find out the following:
Again, as last week please DO NOT just print off pages from the Internet but put into your own words. Pictures are great but you don't need reams of them!
Thanks to those who brought in information about the Titanic. It has kick started our theme of journeys off really well.
Homework Tuesday 10th January
As our Topic is Journeys and Travel, we will be studying famous journeys through History. Home work will now take the form of gathering information in readiness for specific work in class.
This week I would like the children to research the sinking of the Titanic in preparation for work in class.
In particular I would like them to find out the following:
When and from where the Titanic sailed.
Where she was built.
How many passengers she was allowed to carry.
How passengers were classed.
How much it would have cost to sail on the Titanic.
How she was viewed by the media at this time.
Why she sank. (There are various reasons for this)
Where in the Ocean she sank.
How long it took her to sink.
How many passengers survived? How many perished. What class of passenger were these?
How the media reacted to the tragedy.
Their work can take the form of notes, but please not information copied from the internet and so therefore in their own words. They can print out pictures of bring in books from home with articles about the Titanic in them.
All Maths homework from now on, can now be done on Manga High. Tasks will be set to consolidate work that has been studied during the week.