In Hirst Class we love to read. This term we are learning about WWII with a particular focus on evacuees. Our whole class reading book is Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo, which is about children who have to evacuate the city to the countryside. The class are really enjoying the story so far as you can read below: Humaira, “Friend or Foe is an inspirational tale about WWII and the impact it had on families living in the cities. Evacuees had to leave their families and move to the countryside with people they had never met before. This story so far has made me appreciate the world we live in now, I would’ve been terrified to be evacuated!” Zain, “I am really enjoying the story – it is making me ask lots of questions. Will David make new friends? How will he cope without his mum? I feel sad for him, but they had no choice to make him safe!” Abdul, “So far I’ve found the story a little intense – when I finish one page I have no idea what’s coming next. It is a little bit sad as well because of children being separated from their families.”
In Maths we have been converting decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals. We have explored this concept using different resources to develop our conceptual understanding. This week we also used Rekenrek’s for the first time to explore equivalent fractions and decimals within 1 looking at tenths and then explored twentieths. We are looking forward to using the Rekenreks when we move on to percentages and ratio. Aaqib, “We used Rekenrek’s to explore fractions and decimals by looking at tenths first. We then moved on to find 1/20 of a whole by noticing the relationship between tenths and twentieths. We noticed that 2/20 is equal to 1/10. So if 1/10 is 0.1, then 1/20 is half of that which is 0.05.”
This week we have also explored Times Fables. This book aims to support our memory of times tables facts by creating characters and stories with numbers. Fahim and Marco started exploring the story this morning and have already seen the benefits of relating number facts with characters and their stories.
Fahim, “I am enjoying the stories in the book because it is helping me remember times table facts. The characters help me remember the facts as I can see what numbers they represent in my head. For example, Dr Sven as 7 and the Robin as 3, in the story the Robin made Dr Sven sneeze 21 times. So 7 x 3 = 21!”
Marco, “I enjoy the stories as it helps me remember trickier times tables and the characters make it fun to learn.”
Look out for future updates on our blog this term 🙂