Mr Smith's class
2017 - 2018
5LS will again be completing some work on E-safety where we will remind ourselves about how to stay safe, and be sensible, when using the internet - including social media!
Topic work for the autumn term will include science work on forces, plus a history topic based on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings - look out for a letter that will detail a topic-based homework project where the children will have lots of choice about what they want to make!
MONDAY is usually the day for any homework, such as maths worksheets, to be in school (apart from any project work, see above), so that we can go through it as a class and revisit any key areas as necessary there and then.
MATHS: to ensure that ALL TIMES-TABLES (up to at least 12 x 12 and all division related facts) are secure.
READING: to read for pleasure!
WRITING: to use more accurate punctuation in our writing -
including dashes and the occasional hyphen. As a class, we will also have a renewed and tighter focus on handwriting; look out for some resource sheets where our cursive style can be practised (all words to begin from the line and all lower case letters to be joined).
WHOLE CLASS ISSUES!
ALL CHILDREN NEED TO BE CONFIDENT WITH Times-tables facts to at least 12 x 12, including divison facts. If children are less than confident in this respect, many aspects of other 'number related' maths become at the very least more difficult and sometimes impossible. To be 'secure' means responding accurately within a few seconds (no more than around five seconds).
All children have been asked to target a specific weakness, including those who do feel confident - we can always improve speed and understanding:
Practise any times-tables that you are still unsure about, including divison facts; if you know one fact then you also know the other three! Example:
8 x 9 = 72 therefore
9 x 8 = 72 so
72 divided by 9 = 8
72 divided by 8 = 9
AND THEN extend to decimals using known times-table facts and place value understanding -
8 x 9 = 72 therefore
0.8 x 9 = 7.2
0.8 x 0.9 = 0.72
TIP to aid understanding: when multiplying two decimal numbers which are both less than one whole, such as 0.9 x 0.8, try substituting the x symbol for 'lots OF'.
This gives 0.9 lots of 0.8
0.9 is just less than one whole, therefore 0.9 lots OF 0.8 will be just less than one lot of 0.80
Also, this place holder is very helpful when comparing 0.80 with 0.72
FRACTIONS are a HUGE part of the new curriculum for maths; Y5 children need to be able to recognise equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with different denominators and multiply them. The new maths booklets for parents - which were sent out in the last summer term - show the whole revised curriculum, some tips, advice and examples of where to look for help to support your child.
* Stages 3 to 5 - To accurately tell the time: on an analogue clock face, in digital format and understand am/pm plus 24 hour notation .
* Stage 6 - to answer time related real-life problems such as those applying to journey times plus bus/train timetables and TV guides.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE CHILDREN'S PLANNERS (THEIR NEW ONES ARE DUE IN SEPTEMBER 2017) AS THEY HAVE LOTS OF KEY INFORMATION, CURRICULUM DETAILS AND HANDY HINTS!
Week ending 15th September 2017
Star of the week: Reece Starbuck for his fun-loving attitude to school!
Writer of the week: Kyle Pearson for some excellent work on The Highwayman!
Mathematician of the week : Bradley Nash for pushing on to work at a greater depth!
Reader of the week:
Jessica Gibson for displayng, to others, an infectious love for reading!
Use the grid to help you learn your times-tables. The numbers, highlighted in red, are all known as square numbers and are made by multiplying a smaller number by itself. Example: 2 x 2 = 4, therefore 4 is known as a square number.
Click on the link below to learn your times-tables:
Click on the link below and practise multiplication on a grid (remember to click on full screen).
Think carefully about times-tables facts and place value; try not to guess the answers from the multiple choices - work them out on a whiteboard or piece of paper first! Start with U x TU first then, when you are ready, try
U x HTU. Good luck!
Click on the link below to see a model of formal division:
The following link (below in red), will take you to our parents' zone for our latest (January 2017) helpful content for maths!
Maths We always improve when studying fractions, decimals and percentages - click the blue link below for a 'fractions' activity, from the BBC skillswise website, which shows how fractions relate to real life situations.
There are also some excellent activities on decimals and percentages which can be found from the fractions, decimals and percentages icon.
* Please investigate the curriculum link on our school homepage for times-tables and / maths worded problems.
TELLING THE TIME and tacklingTIME RELATED PROBLEMS is now a much-improved theme for most children, as they enter year 5. However, this needs to continue into Y6... especially: calendar and timetable problems.
Click on the Skillswise logo (below) / Numbers / Measures, shape and space THEN do: Calculate Time and Reading Times and Dates. If you are not confident when telling the time, check out the 'teaching time' website first (google 'teaching time' to find the website). Also check out time related problems in the curricullum / maths worded problems link from our homepage.
Also check out:
* Skillswise / Writing and any of the activities.
* Skillswise / Reading (especially scanning which is so important when answering comprehension questions).
English: We will be learning how, and where, to use all relevant punctuation. Click on the following link for some help: There_are_four_types_of_comma.doc to see the four basic ways to use a comma.
Click on the Skillswise logo (shown below, after the Bitesize logo) / Grammar / commas for some further help; all other elements of punctuation can also be accessed from the same area of this site.
There is also a link from this NOW archived BBC site, to the new BBC Bitesize which
has been designed to match the latest National Curriculum!
Please ensure that you have your full PE kit (details are in the planner) in school at ALL times because timetables can, and do, change from time to time. Also, ensure that you remove ALL jewellery before the lesson - it's perhaps best to leave your jewellery at home whenever possible to prevent it being misplaced.