In Maths, the Woodpeckers have been solving multi - step problems using addition and subtraction strategies and proving our answer by using the inverse operation. We have been showing our answer in different representations such as the cherry, bar and column method.
The scores in our times tables have improved dramatically due to using the TT Rockstars programme, the children are enjoying challenging themselves and each other and receiving their weekly certificates.
To round our English sessions off about World War 1, Year 5 visited Winchester Cathedral last Thursday to attend workshops and a service where we presented our wreath and the letters and poems we had written. We are now been listening to creation stories from different religions and countries and have included drama by acting some of them out.
In Guided Reading, Cameron, the main character now has the pig's heart and we are interested to know how it will affect him and what will happen next...
This morning we watched The Wizard of Oz, which was another fantastic production by M&M Theatre.
In class, as our home story, have started to read Skycircus, the follow up book to Cogheart and Moonlocket by our friend Peter Bunzl. We are hoping it is as thrilling as the other two books have been!
It has been a busy few weeks for Woodpeckers.
Alongside our Maths lessons we have started practising our times tables using the TT Rockstars scheme which everyone seems to be really enjoying. Already, we are seeing the children's fluency scores and speed improving. Our class based Maths lessons have consolidated our knowledge on addition and subtraction using larger numbers and decimals to solve problems.
In Science we have been learning about the heart and the blood vessels that surround it. We had a visit from a nurse who showed us how blood is taken and about inserting cannulas to help administer medicines directly into the blood. She even put a cannula into Winnie the woodpecker who did not resist!!
Woodpeckers are becoming very imaginative in their Rhythmic Gym lessons using ribbons and hoops.
We have had some very poignant English lessons based on 100 years of WW1, reading and writing letters to unknown soldiers, realising that the soldiers were not in fact unknown but someone's relative.
We now use the 'Charanga' website for music and are learning Bon Jovi's 'Livin on a Prayer' using tuned and untuned percussion instruments ready to perform in our assembly.
Woodpeckers have settled in well to the class routines after the long summer break.
In our guided reading lessons we are studying the book 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman and predicting the outcome of main character's (Cameron) dilemma.
English lessons have involved looking at the life and works of Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman and then writing our own biographies about the two authors, ensuring we have included all the necessary features.
This week we have had two special days. On Wednesday it was RE day, where the children discovered what rites of passage were and then wrote their own, whilst on Thursday it was Roald Dahl day where they used their knowledge of biographies to write imaginary ones about about one of his book characters.
In Maths at the beginning of the year, we have started with a baseline assessment to ascertain the children's ability. We have also been studying place value, using numbers up to ten million.
Our topic this term is 'What impact did Europeans have on Benin?' and we have started to investigate this question.
In Science we are learning at about the body and have started with the circulatory system and the components of blood.
We have a new form of indoor P.E. in rhythmic gym. This is where we use hoops and balls in an interesting way in time to the music.
Year 6 have done themselves proud in writing and performing their speeches for the House Captain vacancies and we have now elected our Year 6 House Captains for this year.