We have had a busy week of learning.
In reading this week we have been exploring the meaning of words in context. We have read extracts of texts and a book linked to RE called The Giant's Necklace. We have been discussing what words mean by sharing our understanding and how we can work out meanings by reading the whole sentence and thinking about what we have read.
This week in Literacy, we have been continuing to read the story of 'Goodnight Mr Tom'. We have been focussing on developing initial ideas to plan a setting description. To do this we explored using the 5 senses to describe London during World War II. We wrote a description about London and used our editing skills to improve the grammar and vocabulary in our writing.
In Maths, Year 5 have been learning to interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero. To do this they focussed on reading temperatures and problem solving. They also learnt to round any number up to the nearest 1,000,000, 100 and 1000. They did this through problem solving including rolling up to 6 dice and rounding the number.
Year 6 have also been learning to use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero. Through problem solving the children have been learning to understand how to add and subtract negative and positive numbers and to find the difference between positive and negative numbers, through comparing temperatures around the world and looking at how a bank account works with an overdraft.
In Science, we concluded our scientific enquiry by recording and presenting our results from finding out which ball rolled the furthest. We drew tables and diagrams to represent our results.
In PSHE, we looked at stereotyping and had great discussions about gender and gender roles. The children confidently expressed their opinions about how they felt about stereotypes.
In our topic learning, we looked at the local area to understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography. We determined what were physical and human features in and around Maidstone. We looked at photographs as a source to compare Maidstone in the past to now and how the features have changed over time. We also explored some of the history behind Maidstone ie, how it got its name, and how and why the population grew, the importance of the river Medway in farming. The children were fascinated to know some of the facts and how certain parts have changed. We will continue to explore the local area and look at maps to explore how Maidstone has changed geographically.