We have had the privilege of speaking directly to the author of our class book 'The Legend of Jack Riddle'. We have written to Helen Easson asking questions about different characters, author intent and why the main character acts the way that he does. We have loved hearing from Helen and have found her insight extremely helpful when thinking about our ERIC questions.
The children are LOVING the story so far, as Helen has twisted fairy tales into a darker, more interesting story. We are finding out new pieces of information about Aunt Gee Gee, Jack's great-great-great-great Aunt who looks surprisingly young for her age, and can not wait to read the next chapter to find out what is so special about a stolen cookie jar.
For Science week, we are looking at 'smashing stereotypes' in STEM. We all probably have an idea in our head of what a scientist should look like (Albert Einstein) but we hope to break this idea down, to show the children that anyone, any race, gender, religion or sex can follow their dreams. We will be exploring the different scientists, including, Janipal Sachdev and Hanna Ayoob, who smash the stereotype of a 'typical' scientist. We hope this will inspire some of our children to see themselves in these roles in the future.
5B will also be taking place in the Wilbraham 'biscuit dunking investigation', where we plan to answer the age old question: Which is the best biscuit to dunk in a brew? The children will choose their own variables and plan the investigation themselves, deciding which variables to control. My favourite biscuit is a bourbon, but I wonder whether it is too sugary to be a good dunker?
In literacy this half term, we are writing narratives based on a story called 'The Viewer'.
There is some difficult language in the book, so I have created a list of tricky words that you could research and explore together at home. You might choose three words a day, find their meanings and then write them into your workbooks. This way you can create your very own dictionary of amazing words to use in your own narratives.
Vocabulary linked to ‘The Viewer’.
This week in literacy we are starting narrative writing. In school the children will be doing their cold writes and then learning about different language features that are commonly used in narratives.
Writing: We will be using Shaun Tan’s ‘The Viewer’ to create our narratives in class. It is a high quality text that has a range of different language features. The Oak Academy have a fantastic module all about this book. Complete a different lesson each day about ‘The Viewer’.
Day 1 : Exploring ‘The Viewer’ https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-text-60vp6e
Day 2: Prefixes and suffixes https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-investigate-suffixes-able-and-ible-69h6at
Day 3: Explore relative pronouns https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-relative-pronouns-74v62c
Day 4: Generate vocabulary to describe a setting https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-generate-vocabulary-to-describe-a-setting-cmvk2t
Day 5: Words associated with chaos and confusion https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-a-rich-understanding-of-words-associated-with-chaos-and-confusion-cdgkce
SPaG: All videos are linked to your lessons on ‘The Viewer’.
Handwriting and spelling
This week’s spellings
Environment, equipment, equipped, especially, exaggerate.
1. Write the spellings down in your neatest handwriting. Write two lines for each word.
2. Use Google to research what each word means and write the definition for each word.
3. Practice spelling each word using copy, cover, write and check.
4. Get an adult to do a spelling test for you.
5. If you got a spelling wrong, go back and practice again.
Geography: This half term we are learning about different biomes around the world.
How to help your child at home.
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Week Commencing: 16.11.20 Year group: 5
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I have had the pleasure of teaching 5B on Friday afternoons and we have been learning about Earth and Space.