Perranporth class is now an amalgamation of Gunnislake and Delaware year 5 pupils. We are a relatively small class of 20 children tucked away up on the Gunnislake hillside. We have our own building with year 6 just across the playground and all the support of our neighbouring school at Delaware.
We have been continuing with our unit on persuasion and finished writing our brochure on the Tamar Valley based on our walk through the local area. We are now focusing on writing a short audio advert promoting a local business. We've had lots of fun creating catchy slogans using; alliteration, rhyme or puns. The hardest part has been writing detailed descriptions but we are persevering with using more impactful vocabulary.
We have also started creative writing once a week. This is an opportunity to write in any direction using a stimulus e.g. a picture. The focus of these sessions is to improve vocabulary and practice using the Alan Peat sentence types.
Maths: Our unit on decimals continues and the children have been learning how to add and subtract decimals as well count in sequences using decimals. The hardest part so far has been multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 & 1000 (including decimals) and counting in tenths across a whole number e.g. 1.7 , 1.8 , 1.9 , 2. We are going to keep persevering with these skills over the next week.
Science: Continuing our learning about the growth of the human body, we looked at the effects of aging and puberty. It was interesting to listen to what the children noticed about the effect of old age on the body. When we learned about puberty, the children dealt with what can be an uncomfortable subject with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. Yes there were a few giggly moments but that did not detract away from the learning and some really interesting and well thought questions were put forward.
R.E.: Last week saw the Jewish festival of Shavuot which marked the giving of the Torah to Moses and the wheat harvest (Festival of Weeks). The children made cheesecakes (as is traditional) and we also had a minute of quiet reflection to think about what is important in our lives. As we only briefly looked at Passover that shall be our next learning stop.
Music: We've been learning about keeping time and finding the tempo of a song. We listened to "Dancing in the Street" and discussed the themes and instruments of the song.
PSHE: With Miss Brown on a Tuesday the children have been looking at what makes a good, listening friend and how to show considerate listening skills with friends. They also talked about what people were important to them in order to share their worries and concerns.
French: We continue to work on our vocabulary from the 'cafe' and how to order food and drink.
What a fantastic week of learning we have had in Perranporth class! In maths we are continuing to learn about fractions, decimals and percentages and making some really good links between them! We continue to learn about the features of persuasive texts and have been learning about hyperbole this week which is exaggerating things greatly e.g. I have told you a million times to tidy your room! Our new words this week have been rugged, pedestrian and talon. Look out for postings each week so that they can be practised at home!
On Friday, in Science, we used fruit and vegetables to look at the sizes of a baby developing in the womb and we tried to match each one to a development stage. Finally, this week we went on a walk in our beautiful local area to find clues to the mining heritage of Gunnislake and the surrounding area- it was almost 4k and it was AMAZING! It really enhanced our learning in geography and history. Thanks Miss Brown for plotting the route.
What a busy first few weeks we have had back at school! We have been learning about persuasive texts and how to write them. The children have come up with some amazing vocabulary - for example rugged, idyllic, heart-stopping, affluent and astonishing! In geography we have also been studying maps to find out more about our local area- this is our 'big question' for this term. We really enjoyed looking at an old map from the 1890's and learning how to read maps using 6 figure grid references- one pupil said that it would help him in Scouts! Perranporth class are also acing decimals and percentages!
This is the most difficult jump and this pupil nailed it...ninja style!
This extremely confident and strong pupil created a sequence of jump rolls and a straddle jump to demonstrate his skills in gymnastics this week. We discussed the importance of flexibility, body tension and control when performing and combining moves. This example displays all of these skills!
Some children have struggled to understand how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers but this young man took the lead when the his group settled down to play a maths game. He blew us away with his new-found confidence and explanation skills and was awarded Hot Chocolate Friday for his efforts!
This week, we assessed what we know so far in maths and used games to practise a few topics like place value, mixed numbers, improper and equivalent fractions, and speedy multiplication and division facts.
In literacy, we continued with WW1 poetry and began writing our own focussing on prepositional phrases and the 5 senses. This example is from Reggie who went on to write many more verses including one using his research about the famous WW1 fighter pilots in history. The children researched the lives and achievements of heroes such as Manfred VonRichthofen (The Red Barron), Albert Ball and Eddie Rickenbacker.
The gymnastics sessions continued and, this week, we practised our jumps before incorporating them into a sequence with forwards rolls and cartwheels. To build on our fitness, we began walking a mile each day around the field; however, we were really disappointed to see the amount of dog poo on the playing field. This, we agreed, is not acceptable, responsible or caring so we made polite notices to place around the perimeter of the field. Hopefully, our persuasive writing skills will make the perpetrators stop and think about their actions!
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