We will be continuing with our exploration of the novel The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden and Christina Balit. Throughout the next few chapters, we will be meeting long lost relatives in the land of the dead, escaping spheres and becoming shipwrecked on our perilous journey back to Ithaca. We will be using the story as a stimulus for our writing as we take on the role of various characters and experience different situations. As we near the final terms, we are b eginning to fine tune our writing. This means that we try to include ALL the features of an expected writer within our pieces. Some key features to remember are modal verbs and adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility, expanded nouns phrases, dialogue, adverbials, subordinate and relative clauses, parenthesis (using brackets, dashes and commas), commas for clarity, cohesive devices (such as repetitions, pronouns and conjunctions), prepositional phrases, cursive handwriting and year 5/6 spelling words.
We will continue to focus on narrative for Terms 5 and 6, to ensure our skills are sharp and we are confident in our writing.
As we approach SAT’s our focus is on fine tuning our arithmetic skills using mental calculation and revision of key skills. Practice is key in arithmetic, which is why we will focus mostly on the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division-long division in particular), fractions (adding, subtracting, ordering, dividing, multiplying, mixed numbers), percentages, decimals, time and conversions.
In reasoning, we will focus on applying our skills to different contexts, using formulae to compare area, perimeter and volume of various shapes, long division and long multiplication in word problems, differences between times/timetables, scaling, fractions and percentages of amounts, finding missing angles and measurements, justifying (I know this because…), translation, rotation and reflection of 2D shape and problems involving interpreting data.