English and Maths
This half term our class text is 'Goodnight Mister Tom' a super narrative written by Michelle Magorian
When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother mother summons him back to war-torn London...
Will he ever see Mister Tom again?
We will use the book to support our Spring vehicle 'Britain at War:The Home Front' examining and empathising with the experiences of children during the war. We will write a non-chronological report, persuasive texts and formal letters. We will consider and write descriptions, character analysis and dialogue in narratives. We will write a diary and an informal letter in the role of Willie.We will spend some time exploring and writing war poetry.
We will be continuing to follow the Power Maths scheme of work for our Maths learning.
This half term we will be working on 'Decimals', 'Percentages' and 'Algebra'.
In our decimals units we will recognise the value of each digit in a decimal number, multiply decimal numbers by 10,100 and 1000, convert between decimals and fractions and multiply and divide decimal numbers by single digit numbers.
In our percentages unit we will learn a range of strategies to find percentages of amounts, apply these strategies to convert between percentages, decimals and fractions, develop understanding throughout the unit and ultimately use our knowledge to solve related puzzles and multi-step problems.
In our algebra unit we will generalise mathematical concepts and problems, representing them algebraically as expressions, formulae and equations, find rules that govern number patterns, represent the rules using pictures and abstract written recording, using letters to represent variables within a sequence. Once we are able to find a rule, we will follow a number pattern, find outputs from a given input number and use a rule to find a specific value and answer. Following this, we will investigate and record formulae for finding values linked to mathematical concepts such as the perimeter and area of 2D shapes. Finally, we will solve equations using algebraic notation beginning with one-step equations, moving on to two-step equations where there is one solution, and then solve equations with multiple solutions.