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Decimals, Biographies and Chronology

Friday 11th January | Comments are off for this post


Learning Log: children have been asked to create a timeline of someone they know well – a friend or a relative. The timeline should focus on a particular theme. For example, a timeline on Usain Bolt would focus on his running career. This homework is due on Wednesday 23rd January and will be used to help plan a piece of writing. An example can be found later on in this blog.

Spelling: school are trialling the spelling website Spelling Shed. This can be accessed at spellingshed.com and children can use their Mathletics usernames and passwords to help login. Children have practised using the site in school briefly but are encouraged to practise further at home. I can check whether children have accessed the practice mode by monitoring how many points a child accrues whilst on the site. There will be an assessment on the Years 5 and 6 spelling list words next week.

Maths: children have re-capped multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10 this week. Homework allows children to practise this further. This is due on Friday 18th January.


In maths this week, children have been looking at decimal numbers. Children who are able to identify the 7 in the number 6.987 as 7 thousandths are deemed to be meeting the standard; children who can identify the 8 as equalling 8 hundredths or 80 thousandths can be said to be exceeding the standard. Children then began to multiply decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000. Children understand that the digits move along the place value chart depending on which number they are multiplying by.

Children, at the end of the week, have multiplied integers (whole numbers) by decimal numbers, using their knowledge of place value to help them. 4 x 1.5, for example, would equal 6; 15 x 6.1 would equal 91.5. Children are expected to be able to multiply numbers with two decimal places by two-digit integers.

In literacy, children have begun work on biographies. The children began the week by identifying key features of a biography using a text on William Shakespeare:

Children identified quickly that the sub-headings used were far from engaging – a question would be much better! Children then went on to look at a timeline of Charles Dickens and saw how it could be helpful in writing a biography.

In History, children have begun learning about the Industrial Revolution. They began with a chronology lesson: children were asked to sort the following images in time-order. Which image shows the oldest village? Why do you think this?

In music, children begun learning their song of the half-term – A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten. In PSHE, children did some work around e-safety and social media. In PE, children enjoyed the first week of their modules: tchoukball, tag rugby or climbing at the depot.

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