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Did you know that on average food travels a massive 1500 miles before it reaches our plate and £10.2 billion worth of food is wasted in the UK every year? Today, we looked at maps and food labels, to identify where are food comes from and how many food miles it has traveled to get to us. We also discussed things that we can do to help, for example buying locally sourced fruit and vegetables, not leaving food such as crusts and freezing food that may go off, before we have a chance to eat it.
In R.E. this half term, we have been exploring the question 'Did God intend Jesus to be crucified and if so was Jesus aware of this?'. Today the children considered the question carefully, by looking at evidence from the bible, and came up with lots of thoughtful ideas.
Larch Class presented their home learning brilliantly today. These presentations took a variety of forms including: posters, a quiz, a comic strip, powerpoint presentations and a booklet. Thank you and your families for the effort. We are now very aware of the negative impacts that smoking can have on many parts of the body.
All the children have had the BBC ‘500 words’ task sent home with them either on Parent Mail or via a paper copy. This will be their writing focus at home over the next fortnight. The children have also been given their ‘writing checklist’ that they use in class to edit and improve their work. They should use this to edit their work and also ensure their writing is being completed to the expected standard.
Over the next two weeks, children will be working on fractions, decimals and percentages. They will be working on converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and then onto multiplying fractions. Following this, their focus will be converting these fractions into decimals and percentages. Their Mathletics tasks will be tailored to focus on these areas of Maths to support their lessons. If they wish to, the children can stay at lunchtime in agreement with their teacher.
We have been working on time this week focusing on different time problems. Telling the time is an important life skill so if your child finds this hard, please could you revise this with them in your day to day lives. E.g. How long does the TV show last? The chicken needs to go in the over for 50 minutes and we are eating at 8pm, what time should it go in? Or more simply, what is the time? Getting the children to say the time really helps their learning.
With the money raised from the Christmas Fayre, the children were all giving the option to choose (as a class) what they would like to do with their share which came to £65. Larch Class have decided to buy a game for the class to use at wet play, a set of David Walliams books and will donate the rest to Cancer Research.
This week year 5 have been coding in Computing and have made their own games on Scratch.
On Friday 9th December, in PSHE we talked about what makes us happy. The top two things which make Larch class happy are family and friends. We also discussed how what we value depends on our culture and situation.
I was very impressed with the children's home learning this week. Thank you to the children's families for your help.
The children persevered when they met challenges and helped each other well, in order to create great moon textiles.
We were lucky enough to have an Eco workshop run by Ecolocal on Thursday. During our workshop, the children were asked to think about all the different ways which they use energy in the home on a daily basis and what our lives would be like if we didn't have this energy at the touch of a button.
The children then sorted the ways which we use power into their different purposes. Some of the results were shocking!
Finally, the children looked at the different ways in which energy is used in our homes - see if the children can give you some tips of how to save energy. The children have a booklet to take home with them and a poster competition at the back. They have to two weeks to bring that back into school where there will 3 prizes given for each class.