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Autumn 2 – Week 6 – Friday 15th December 2023

Maths, this week, saw us complete our latest unit of work all about converting units of measurement. We showed we had a great understanding of working with Metric measures (metres, litres and grams) and could confidently solve problems and convert our answers into a a range of different units. Later in the week we had some interesting discussions about Imperial units of measurement and how we use them in everyday life but we’re not always sure how they link to other measures. For example, baby weight being measured in pounds & ounces or our height in feet & inches.

During our work in English, we continued to plan and draft our courtroom closing argument – in defence of Hamlet. We have begun to use some persuasive writing techniques in order to explain the reasons why he is not a murderer – the power of three, emotive language, rhetorical questions and directly appealing to the jury. We’ll complete our drafts, edit and then publish the work before we break up for Christmas.

This week, we were researching vertebrates as part of our Science work on finding information from secondary sources. We looked at the five main groups of vertebrates (animals with a backbone) and thought carefully about how they grow, how they begin their life cycle and the different ways in which their body is structured. If you’d like to find out more, you can follow this link… VERTEBRATES

As part of our work in Design Technology (which has been focussed on creating a digital compass which could be used to explore the world for Queen Elizabeth I ) we measured, drew and cut out the nets to make our compass container. It was important that the compass boxes were exactly the right size to fit the micro:bit, wires and battery. There also needed to be a window in the top of the box in order to see the screen without removing it. This brought together some of our knowledge from maths – as we had to convert measurements from cm to millimetres. If you want to know more about the Micro:bit computer then you can follow this link.

You should ask your child about this week’s Guided Reading – a mystery story called ‘The Cave’. It tells the tale of a woman who mysteriously wakes up in a cave, high up a mountain. There’s no obvious way she got in there

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