Years 5 & 6 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 4

15 northernlightsThis week in Literacy we started our new unit of work on Significant Authors. We read the opening of Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. This book has been made into a film by the name of ‘The Golden Compass.’

From this reading the children were introduced to Philip Pullman’s creation of daemons. With this in mind the children designed their own animal daemons, writing descriptions and explaining why they had chosen them. They also expanded noun phrases relating to the story.

For homework this week the children have to write their own adventure story with their daemon of choice.

In Topic we learnt about the role of women in World War 1 and the children started their World War 1 Scrap Books.

woolwich-arsenal

In Numeracy:

Year 6
Sorted quadrilaterals. Know the totals of angles inside triangles and quadrilaterals and used this and rules about angles on a straight line about a point to find missing angles. Know that opposite angles are equal and found angles in polygons.

Named parts of circles (radius, diameter, circumference) and know that the diameter is twice radius.
For homework the children need to complete an activity sheet on finding the missing interior and exterior angles in a range of polygons.

Year 5
Know properties of different quadrilaterals. Used a range of mathematical vocabulary to describe 2D shapes. Found properties of polygons including parallel and perpendicular sides. Named parts of circles (radius, diameter, circumference) and know that the diameter is twice the radius.

For homework the children need to complete an activity sheet on the properties of quadrilaterals.

In Science:

Year 6 learnt about the different components of blood.

For homework the children need to find out which scientist discovered the most about the circulatory system as we know it today. Explain why his ideas about the circulatory system were accepted as fact over ideas by other scientists.
Explain why the ideas of previous scientists where dismissed in favour of his. circulatory-systemREV2

 

Year 5 compared gravity here on earth with that on the Moon and learnt some general facts about it.

Earth-Moon-system-and-gravity

For homework this week the children need to start completing their moon phases observations.

Both Year 5 and Year 6 also have spelling lists for the week. These are words associated with the story Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

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