This week in English we started looking at a famous Greek story called the Iliad. It focuses on the trials of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, who struggles to return home after the Trojan War. We first looked at the prologue to the Iliad. This involved the Olympian immortals and choice over the fairest goddess, with the repercussions of the decision affecting all of Ancient Greece. Next we focused on the character of Odysseus and the family he left behind, writing a heartfelt letter to Odysseus’ wife and son. We then moved into building our setting description based on the Cyclops’ cave, first with sentences then editing a class copy to improve cohesion and nuance.
Continuing our look at place value this week, we started with representing numbers to 100,000. As well as place value counters and dienes blocks, we used Roman numerals to create these numbers. After comparing and rounding these numbers, we then built on understanding to create numbers up to 1,000,000. Finally, we looked at counting in powers of 10 (10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000) and how this can affect a number.
We explored Grecian myths this week, focusing on Icarus and Daedalus, the inventor of the labyrinth used to trap the minotaur. King Minos did not want anyone to know the secrets of his maze, so trapped the inventor and his son in a tower. Using their ingenuity, they built wings from feathers, belts and wax and escaped, only for Icarus to fly too close to the sun and crash into the sea. We plotted the journey from Crete (the island they were held on) to Sicily (where the aimed to get). After exploring the myth, we wrote in role as Daedalus, trying to capture either the nervous excitement before he escaped, or the heart breaking sorrow of losing his son.
English – second week on the Odyssey focusing on setting and character description
Maths – last week on place value, comparing, ordering and rounding numbers to a million, using negative numbers and consolidating the whole unit
Topic – Exploring the contrasting fortunes of the rich and poor Greeks, discussing famous Greeks and understanding the different roles in the Greek military.
This week, across the school, we have all been focusing in on a text by Oliver Jeffers - Here We Are. We have used it to explore what unites us as a community, from the planet we live on to the type of people we are. Using poetry as a vehicle for describing settings and expressing feelings, we have looked at the range of landscapes the Earth can offer as well as the contrasts it provides. As well as this, we have looked at the environmental impact of the lockdown, how there have been positive environmental affects and how we as a society can ensure this impact is sustained.
We have recapped elements of place value, including representing numbers up to 10,000 using place value counters and dienes blocks. In addition, we have looked at how our understanding of place value can help us with mental calculations (i.e. 3+7=10 / 30+70=100). Towards the end of the week, we investigated rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Firstly by deciding what two possibilities the number would round to, then using the rule of 4 and less goes down and 5 and up rounds up.
A divine start to topic! We have explored the Ancient Greek gods; starting with Zeus the Ruler to the other Olympians, we all agreed that the mythology surrounding the deities is pretty creative! We have compared the Ancient Greek city states of 'Hellas' (original name of Greece) to the modern country. We have ordered a timeline of important Greek events and tried to discover more information about the society by observing, sketching and discussing some artefacts.
English - Developing setting description using the Iliad by Homer
Maths - Compare and order numbers to 1 million
Topic - Diary entries on the story of Icarus and Daedalus.