This week in English, we spent time exploring a variety of text types, including letter writing and diary entries. We have remained completely gripped by the novel 'Room 13' and it has inspired us to develop our skills as writers. After reading about the characters' first night in the spooky hotel, we used evidence to complete our diary entries from the previous week. We spent time discussing features of this text type, and after finishing our diaries, we assessed our work against the success criteria. Towards the end of the week, we developed our understanding of letter writing. It had become apparent in the story that the teachers on the school trip were becoming increasingly annoyed by the strange behaviour of the children. As the story was set before the introduction of mobile phones, we wrote a letter from one of the teachers to the Headteacher back at school. We found it very amusing to write from a teacher's point of view and we had a very interesting conversation about how teachers might describe the behaviour of children! Next week, we will be reaching the main climax of the story and will be thinking about alternative endings to the story.
In Maths, we concluded our unit on 'Fractions, Decimals and Percentages'. We began the week using our knowledge of fractions and decimals to solve a variety of problems. As the week continued, we explored the concept of percentages and identified the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. Next week, we will be revisiting addition and subtraction.
In Science, we started a new unit on Forces. Using knowledge acquired in previous years, we discussed different types of forces and their purposes. We began the week learning about the force of gravity and how gravitational force differs depending on where you are in the solar system. Towards the end of the week, we planned an investigation to measure and demonstrate the effects of friction. We were set the challenge of designing a new type of football goalkeeper glove. As we all know, an important part of being a football goalkeeper is the ability to catch or deflect a ball so a glove that provides grip is essential. Working as part of group, we choose a variety of materials to test next week.