In our writing, particularly our narrative, we are pushing forwards with our sentence structure, dialogue and vocabulary elements.
At the moment, we are following the mnemonic: DAD (Description Action Dialogue).
Each of these are sentence starters, changing the sentence opening often alters the whole sentence structure. We try and get those prompts above at the beginning or as close to the beginning of the sentence as possible. e.g.
Description - Regimental music echoed around the dusty shop, drab black and white photographs looked down from the walls upon a battered, worn trumpet of a decrepit gramophone.
Action - Scrraaatch… scraping back and forth the metal razor moved, handled deftly in the grip of an expert.
Dialogue - “Blast, the gramophone has broken, what will I do?” asked the Barber before receiving a reassuring pat from one of his best customers.
“I’ll fix that for you.” he said.
We are going to practise this skill a lot over the next couple of weeks and develop it further after half term. I would strongly recommend using this for the 100WC and any other narrative writing that you might like to do at home. Remember, practise will help you.
The K’nex Challenge is a wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunity for our Year 6 children; they were inspired by apprentices and a senior engineer from GE Aviation. The class were set the task to create a playground for primary aged children. The children had to consider: why do we have playgrounds? What is the equipment called? Is it strong? Is it stable? Is it accessible for all?
After an hour of problem solving and teamwork with the K’nex equipment, they were judged by Mo and her team from GE: The team commented on how the designs were all hugely impressive, diverse and creative. (I was very proud of their work too!). The class were also praised explicitly for their positive attitude, teamwork and politeness to one another as well as the visitors. Special congratulations to Max and Fraser, who will represent our school in the final of the competition with the potential prize of a day meeting GE Engineers and exploring their interactive and play based systems as well as a flight simulator experience. Well done Elder Tree; I hope you enjoyed the day!
I've enjoyed playing this over the weekend...have a go; it'll help with your written addition and subtraction skills...
Go and save the world!
Where has this month gone to?! - Blink and you would've missed it!
A week full of arithmetic, pie charts, reading comprehension, sports and more!
There is a lot to reflect on and a lot to look forward to next week:
- K'nex Challenge on Monday
- House Cross Country on Tuesday
- Some of you are going to Wembley to see Spurs V United on Wednesday
- Topic day (& USA cooking) on Thursday
- And I'm sure something ace will happen on Friday!
Involve yourself in the homework activities if you can and have fun with your last weekend of January!
Following some very impressive writing during our biography unit, we are now doing some persuasive writing based on Alex Rider gadgets.
This is a great series of books which I would recommend if you haven't read any before...which you can buy the whole set off from "The Book People" for £13.99 if you like!
This week we are focussing on fronted adverbials in our Grammar sessions.
Can you write any sentences about something that you enjoy doing, including a fronted adverbial. e.g. Like an excited child, Mr. Tomkins was delighted to watch Man Utd sign Alexis Sanchez on the Television.
Or have a go at one of these...
(Or create your own! )
We shared some examples of partner balances this afternoon and then adapted them to create some of our own...
This week we have some words that have a ‘past’ flavour to them. For those of you who are looking at the past tense, these may help! They are:
Red Before Snake Clock Cycled
They must all appear in your work but can be in any order.
Try to think beyond the literal meaning of the words... e.g. 'He crept like a SNAKE' or '...it sounded like a clock...' or '...he cycled through the pages of the book...' etc.
Today we wrote a final paragraph to sum up the great Martin Luther King.
How did yours sum up?
Over the last couple of days we have been looking at 'pop art' by the American artist, Andy Warhol. Today we experimented with different types of media to make our portrait 'pop'.
Tomorrow we will create a piece to display in our classroom.
We finally made it to the Environment Agency. This trip was meant to happen before Christmas but the weather that hit Tewkesbury meant we had to postpone the visit.
We learned a lot about flood and flood defences, warnings and actions.
What did you think of the setup? What did you learn about the work of the environment agency?
Thank you for the influx of homework today. It is great to see so many of you taking an interest in our topic and presenting your findings in different ways.
We had excel sheets with exchange rates; highest mountains in USA and the longest rivers to name a few!
Keep up the good work.
This afternoon we worked in groups on our counter tension balances; the groups tried to be creative in thinking of original ideas. Counter tension is when gymnasts perform a balance which involves two or more of them pulling away from each other (or a piece of aparatus).
Have you thought of any other shapes since?
We did some research on the life of Martin Luther King Jnr this morning. We wrote our notes down in bullet pointed lists as that makes our writing clearer when note taking and therefore it will help us to put the writing in chronological order next week.
What did you find out about the civil rights activist?
This is always a good part of the week; nominating someone that you believe has stood out and works well.
Somebody wrote today:
"X has been a very good learning partner. X always has their thinking cap on and is trying their hardest!"
I hope you feel the same about your learning partner that this person feels about theirs!
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