This week is STEM week. the children will be looking at forces and conducting experiments increasingly independently to test out the effect of friction. they will be trying to answer some brain-bending Big questions and getting used to trying to use scientific knowledge to problem solve. In English, we are writing instructions. The children are going to learn a set of instructions for how to make a snowman using actions and a text map. We are still looking at measurement in maths and will be trying to use measurement to solve problems using visual representations for support.
For homework, could you do an activity with your child that could have some instructions written for it. For example: bake a cake, wash the dog, do the laundry etc. Ask the children to verbally speak out what the instructions would be like if they were asking an alien to do it, focusing on adding as much detail as they can. If the children could estimate the measurements of 5 household objects and then use a ruler to check how close they were, that would be very useful in supporting them in their maths work. As usual, times tables must continue to be practiced until they are fluent: 3, 4, 5, 8, 10.
This week is STEM week and the theme of our Science is electricity. We will be learning about circuit diagrams, voltage, conducting experiments, making predictions and how best to record results. The week will start with answering a big question about how electricity has impacted on our lives.
All children must have PE kits in school this Thursday for PE. In Maths this week, we will be completing our unit on fractions and then revising formal methods for multiplication and division.
Homework for this half term was handed out last week. The children have 18 arithmetic questions to answer every week. A child should be reading at least 3 times a week and this should be recorded in their Reading Journal with one paragraph of reflection on their reading. The children also have project homework and they must pick 3 out of these projects:
- Create a WW2 news broadcast - this can be filmed - about one of the major events during the war.
- Create a week’s menu for a family of 4 based on rationing.
- Research WW2 recipes and cook one of them.
- Research one of the other countries involved in the war and create a fact file about that country.
- Make a WW2 gas mask box for an evacuee child to take with them.
- Design a WW2 propaganda poster.
- Make a model of a World War 2 air craft.
- Research and write about one of the aircrafts in world war 2.
- Choose your own WW2 project idea and create something on your own idea.
These will be collected in on Monday 7th January or before if completed earlier.