"Be good, work hard, have fun."
Welcome to Rowling!
I hope the half-term holidays were great. We have a very busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas. There are further sporting events, Children in Need, Decoration Day, the Christmas play (Bah Humbug!), the Christmas Concert as well as an exciting curriculum based on the Victorians.
Victorians and Fractions...
I hope that the half-term break was full of excellent things. Over the second half of the term, our topic focus is the Victorians. We will be focusing on lives of children, men and women, the rich and the poor and the workhouse. We will be looking at the Victorian Christmas and how a lot of traditions today were introduced in the 1800s. There will also be art in the form of printing in the style of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.
Our maths focus is all about fractions: equivalent, simplifying (Y6 only), comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing (Y6 only) and finding fractions of an amount.
As always, homework will be set on Friday along with the new spellings.
Have a Great Half-Term Holiday!
The children have worked extremely hard since returning in September.
So that we don't lose momentum, here are a few things that children can be doing during the holidays:
Mosaics are under way...
Introducing Times Table Rock Stars!
As a trial, I am bringing Times Table Rock Stars (commonly known as TTRockStars) to Rowling.
This is a web or app based system for children to practice their times tables in a fun and enjoyable way.
All children have a personal login and password and can access TTRockStars on most phones, tablets, laptops and computers. As children play, everything they get right and wrong is logged and I as the teacher can track where the strengths and areas for practice lie. There is a competitive element where children can challenge each other and work their way up the leader board. They are also able to have some fun creating their own avatar.
The web address is simply https://ttrockstars.com/ and I would encourage parents and children alike to have a look and have a go.
At my previous school, we have used this over the last three years and I believe we have seen amazing improvements in children's times tables knowledge and recall speed.
Science: Classification of Animals
Children had a go at working in teams to create their own classification tables:
Week 4 has consisted of looking at multiples, common multiples and multiplication of numbers with two or more digits e.g. 4534 x 2 and 36 x 24. By the end of the week, children will have been working on multiplications that look like 3423 x 34.
For week 3, we have been looking at adding and subtracting numbers with 5 or more digits. We have reminded ourselves when to exchange and when not to exchange. Today (25/9/19) children worked on solving a range of word problems that put addition and subtraction into context.
In weeks 1 and 2, we covered place value, counting in multiples of 10, comparing numbers and using negative numbers in context.
Escape from Pompeii
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."
PE is on a Wednesday and a Thursday.
Practice spellings, practice all times tables (TTRockstars - other good apps are available) and to read independently - recorded in planner.
Homework is set on Friday and will be collected on the following Wednesday. It will alternate between being in the books and on Purple Mash
Reminder for children to come and chat about the homework if they don't understand it.
Week beginning 18/11/19
Year 5: Modal Verbs:
e.g. might, should, ought
Year 6: Words ending in -ably.
e.g. adorably, noticeably
Week beginning 11/11/19
Year 5: Words with silent letters 2.
e.g. debris, mortgage
Year 6: Words ending in -able 2.
e.g. believable, knowledgeable
Week beginning 4/11/19
Year 5: Words with silent letters.
e.g. doubt, column, knight
Year 6: Words ending in -able.
e.g. applicable, tolerable, breakable
Week beginning 21/10/19
Homophones and near homophones 2
e.g. led and lead, father and farther
Week beginning 14/10/19
Homophones and near homophones 1
e.g. aisle and isle, proceed and precede
Week beginning 7/10/19
Words that have the long vowel sound /i/ spelt with y
e.g. apply, rhyme
Week beginning 30/9/19
Words that have the short vowel sound /i/ spelt with y
e.g. lyric, rhythm
Week beginning 23/9/19
Words ending with the /shuhs/ sound spelt -tious and -ious
e.g. cautious, anxious
Week beginning 16/9/19:
Words ending with the /shuhs/ sound spelt -cious
e.g. spacious, vicious
We have been tested on:
This week, we have looked at the structure of a suspense story using Escape from Pompeii as a model. We began to plan our own version of the story where children in the class put forward their ideas for characters, settings and actions.
Escape from Pompeii
17th September 2019
Our writing will be based on the story called Escape from Pompeii. Taking advantage of the nice weather, Rowling acted out their stories from memory.
Roald Dahl Day
13th September 2019
For Roald Dahl Day this year, Rowling focused on drawing like Quentin Blake.
This term, our topic is the Romans. On the first day back, children discussed what they would like to learn and this was recorded and displayed in the classroom. So, we will be looking at Romans in Britain, their inventions, how they lived, what medicine they may have used, their music and many other interesting subjects.