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Miss Smith’s Group

Spring 1!

This half term (Spring 1) in Maths we shall be continuing to explore arithmetic concepts as well as exploring decimals, percentages and measurement. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a newspaper report and a losing and finding tale. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. 


Autumn 2!

The focus this half-term is We Are Geographers! This half-term in Maths, we shall be exploring fractions, decimals and percentages. In Writing, we shall be producing a poem, a letter and a defeating a monster tale. In Reading, we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. I am very excited to see what wonderful work my groups produce this half-term. 

War of the Worlds (1/8) Movie CLIP - The War Begins (2005) HD

We are writing a defeating the monster narrative in writing. We have immersed ourselves in the topic using a War of the Worlds extract shown in the above clip. The children have so far created a monster, planned to write a detailed setting description and gathered brilliant vocabulary.

The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

We have been studying The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe this week. I am so impressed by the children’s understanding of the poem. We have looked at symbolism with it the poem and the children identified some great hidden messages. See an example of work below.

The children wrote a persuasive letter in response to the letter that we received proposing that we go to school on a Saturday.

We are reading the second act of Matilda the Musical in reading this week. The children performed a song from it with instruments.

We received a letter to school proposing that children come to school on Saturdays to make up for their missed learning. The children have very strong views on this! They are now planning and arranging their opinions ready to write a persuasive letter in response.

We are studying Matilda the Musical for two weeks in reading. The children are really enjoying acting it out. We have seen some impressive portrayals of Miss Trunchbull!

I am so pleased with my maths group, they have been working really hard on fractions this half term. So far they have made their own fraction walls, found equivalent fractions and can add and subtract fractions. They will be multiplying and dividing fractions in the coming weeks.

We spend 3 minutes at the start of every lesson working on times tables as this is something that the children can improve. 

The children have written some lovely River poems in our first week back.

My groups have made a brilliant start to the year already! I can't wait to see all of the amazing work that they will produce this year.

In writing this half term, we will produce a recount of Pearl Harbour, a diary extract of an evacuee and a poem about D-Day.

In reading, we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts about World War II. The children will develop their retrieval and inference skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.

In maths, we will be focusing on place value of numbers up to ten million and then doing lots of work on the four operations.

My reading group have produced lovely diary extracts from the point of view of an evacuee. 
Beautiful maths work!
We had an immersion day for our new reading text about Sir Ranulph Fiennes the explorer. 
The children have produced brilliant recounts of Pearl Harbour and we are very proud of them! Take a look at their hard work below!
We will be reading extracts from the following books in our reading lessons this half term! They are all available at the school library if children wish to read on. 

In maths lessons, we are trying to improve our times tables knowledge. We are doing this by: spending 3 minutes every day being times table rockstars, completing a multiplication grid once a week and seeing how we improve and by completing multiplication games. Take a look at the photos below showing this! I have also put a link to great online games that we also play.