February 2018 in Year 5/6

In Maths this month, we have been focussing predominately on shapes and different types of information linked to them. We began the month by identifying and studying 2D and 3D shapes. The children could ascertain the difference between 2D shapes and 3D shapes and were able to provide lots of examples with facts about each shape. During one lesson we looked at nets of shapes and the class explore creating rare shapes such as a dodecahedron and an octagonal prism.

During the month we also looked at translation, reflection and rotation. The children understood the differences between each term and were able to show an example of each on an axis. We practised reasoning style questions linked to these terms to understand the type of questions we may get in an end of year test.

In Science, we continued our module on light and looked at how a spectrum is made. The children learnt about different colours that make up light and their wavelengths. Every child made a colour wheel built up of the seven primary colours of light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Attached to a piece of string, the children spun their colour wheels to create a merged spectrum. They then discussed how light was reflected onto the wheel in order for us to interpret it.

In English this month we have started to look at non-chronological reports. A non-chronological report is a piece of text not in time order; the events of facts within the text can be put into any order. We made links with our CLJ topic where we were looking at the population change in London between the Second World War and the modern day. The children made a plan and then edited it with key information and vocabulary. The children will begin to write their final report at the start of next month.