Week 3 - 12/11/18
This week in English we started looking at a new graphical novel called 'Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf'. Set in a world very much like ours, it remains unfinished due to the Gods becoming fat and too pleased with their work so far. Finding holes and gaps in the world, the three main characters start creating animals that match their personalities, not contemplating the consequences of their choices. As a class, we considered the positive and negative consequences of their actions, creating a balanced argument that weighed up both sides.
We have been studying length and perimeter throughout the week. Starting with kilometers, we looked at strategies to convert between metres and kilometres. Moving to perimeter, we first counted out the answer using rectangles on grids. Moving away from the grid, we were able to calculate perimeter by adding up all the sides. Then, we discussed how else we could calculate the perimeter of rectangles, using the formula (L+W)*2 = P.
Carrying on our topic of digestion, we continued to look at the first step in the digestion process (teeth). Each tooth has a different purpose and we looked at how their location and design helps break up food ready for its journey down the esophagus. As well as this, we looked at a cross section of a tooth, noting that just like an iceberg, there is much more underneath! Extending our work in Art on Da Vinci's sketches, we used mirrors to focus in on particular facial features, using our observational drawing techniques to build up a range of sketches.
Week 2 - 5/11/18
This week in English we have focused on our theme of 'celebrate' through poetry. At the beginning of the week, we looked at Bonfire night, using 'imitation of a poem', our senses and the acrostic style to create a range of poetry about fireworks. On Wednesday, we learnt about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. Breaking it into four separate sections, we rewrote each part of the story into a free verse poem. To finish the week, we looked at John McCrae's 'In Flander's Field', investigating the imagery and emotion, before creating our own.
The current unit has been improving our understanding of both addition and subtraction, with a focus on different strategies. This week we have tried a range of addition and subtraction strategies, choosing when best to use column or estimation or partitioning. This has yielded some quite interesting results with children agreeing and disagreeing over the best calculation at every turn!
Continuing our topic lessons on the body, we have started looking at teeth. Last week we set up an experiment that involved eggs in liquid, investigating how different liquids affect teeth enamel. The children were incredibly surprised on Tuesday when we brought the eggs back out. Some egg shells had stayed the same, one had been stained darker and one shell had completely disappeared! Later in the week we investigated our own teeth with plaque disclosing teeth, turning the children blue and red depending on how well they brush their teeth! As well as this, we have learnt a very brief history of November 5th, Diwali and World War 1. A very busy week!
Week 1 - 29/10/18
We have taken a very scientific approach to our English this week, working on our spelling of particularly tricky scientific vocabulary that is used to describe the body. After drawing round certain members of the class, the children were invited to write down where they believed parts of the body were located. Skulls and kneecaps were obviously very easy...appendix not so much! After labelling the bodies, we then looked at writing paragraphs that explained the purpose and importance of the skeletal, muscular and digestive system.
At the beginning of the week we reminded ourselves about four-digit addition, thinking through the importance of clearly carrying digits from one column to another. We then turned our attention to the inverse of addition (subtraction), looking at how the same column subtraction method can be used with numbers larger than four digits. We practised using a variety of models including place value counters, before finishing with questions that tested the children’s fluency and reasoning of this method.
In Science, we investigated how a healthy diet is made up of a variety of foodstuffs with the best way to find a balance between the different categories. We looked at the nutritional information on packaging, trying to spot the healthiest (and unhealthiest) foods on the Tesco website. (The triple chocolate fudge cake was a particularly unhealthy option). We also created a science experiment based on teeth decay, investigating how particular liquids can affect teeth. As we had no spare teeth lying around (the Demon Dentist has taken them all…) we had to use eggs which are made of similar material. Results to follow next week!