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Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

This term both Willow and Rowan classes will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure children have their PE kits in school, and earrings are removed. Thank you. 

Week 3 (w/c 11th March)

 

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In this week's English lessons, we considered the character of Rapunzel from the witch's point of view. We have carried out hot seating to help us with this. Although we think that the Rapunzel is brave and intelligent, the witch thinks that she is dishonest and annoying. We have learnt how it is important to use what we know from the text is justify our answers. We have then written a character description in                                                                                                                           role as the witch.

 

Maths

This week's maths lessons have continued to be focused on fractions. We have started to learn about non-unit fractions and have can recognise equivalent fractions, specifically 1/2 and 2/4.

 

Topic

This week we have learnt about coats of arms, including the meaning of the symbols and colours that were used. We have then designed our own and made our own.

 

We have also started to think about towers around the world, such as Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Space Needle in Seatte and the Gherkin in London. We have used an atlas to identify these countries on a world map.

 

Week 2 (w/c 4th March)

 

Topic

we have been finding out more about castles this week, using the internet to research facts about castle defences and find out what different castles look like. We then used this information to create leaflets about castles - we really enjoyed this and took our time to produce some careful work... so we will be finishing them next week.

 

Maths

In Maths, we have looked at quarters and thirds. We have been able to find a quarter or a third of a shame or an amount. We have also been comparing the different fractions that we know about. we realised that the larger the denominator (number at the bottom of the fraction) the smaller the fraction.

 

English

We have had a really busy week in English. We have been continuing to think about the story of Rapunzel, first writing a diary entry to show how Rapunzel at the beginning of the story when she was stuck in the tower. Then we imagined what it would feel like to be Rapunzel and leave the tower for the first time, acting this out to help us understand her feelings. Finally we wrote another diary entry to show how different Rapunzel felt outside the tower. The children have worked really hard and produced some great writing!

 

We have also been celebrating reading, turning World Book Day into a whole week of activities. We have visited the library and borrowed books. We have shared books with the children from Acorn Class, dressed up as our favourite characters and taken part in an author masterclass, writing our own stories and imagining new characters. We have really enjoyed ourselves, and we all love reading!

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London's Burning!

Friday 1st March

 

To celebrate the end of our last topic about the Great Fire of London, we invited Didcot Fire Service into school to help us to burn our model of London. We made our own Tudor houses and then watched as our models were set alight and burnt just as they did in September 1666. 5 fantastic readers gave a presentation to the firemen and we all sang them a song that we have been learning. The firemen also reminded us of the rules about fire safety that we heard when they came to visit us last year. We all had a great morning!

Week 1 (w/c 25th February)

 

English

We have started our new book this week by initially only looking at the end papers and the first illustration. We carefully considered what they told us about the characters and were able to conclude that this was the story of Rapunzel. However, this is not the traditional tale that we were expecting as Rapunzel seems a little different...

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Maths

In this week's maths lessons, we have started to look at fractions. We have been learning that fractions must be equal parts before moving on to recognise 1/2 and 1/4 of shapes and amounts.

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Topic

This week we have started our new topic Towers, Turrets and Tunnels! We have thought about what we already know about castles and what we would like to find out. We looked at a variety of castles; we were able to arrange them in chronological order and describe how they changed over time. In addition, we looked at a typical Motte and Bailey castle and identified the features such as drawbridge, portcullis, arrow loops and curtain walls.

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