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Term 1: Gods and Mortals

Week 7 21/10/18

 

English

Finishing our work on the Greeks, this week we looked at the range of information from the Trojan War. A 10 year siege, aiming to retrieve Helen from the Prince of Troy Paris, the Trojan War is famous for its wooden horse. We listened to two different versions of the same story, noting down the similiarities and differences. We played Chinese whispers, proving that passing a story through word of mouth can be very difficult and details can easily change. Towards the end of the week, we looked back on our work from Odysseus and chose one piece to write up in our neatest handwriting. 

 

Maths

Continuing our theme on addition and subtraction, we looked at how exchanges can change the complexity of a calculation. Looking at how we use our column method, we noted how an exchange of the ones column (being greater than 9 - 7+6=13) can then have a knock on effect on the tens column (4+5+1=10). We practised adding a lot of numbers mentally before trying to explain the methods in use. 

 

 

Topic

Topic this week has seen a range of activities completed. Firstly, we looked at the story of Pandora. Made as a revenge plot by Zeus, Pandora's curiousity eventually got the better of her and she opened a box full of misery, illness and old age. Yet, left at the bottom was hope. We looked at what hopeful things we would refill the box with, searched for hopeful news in school newspapers and designed our own box. 

In Science we looked at two different questions. Firstly, why do shadows change. Unfortunately due to the weather, we had to redesign our experiment, using torches and small figures instead of the sun and our own shadows. Secondly, why did Icarus fall? Linked to the Greek myth of a boy who flew too high with wax wings that melted near the sun, we looked at wax in different conditions, including the freezer, under flame and in water. 

 

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Week 6 14/10/19

 

English

We started looking at non-fiction text types this week, focusing on how to present information. Looking at the story of Daedalus and Icarus, we first took notes on how the story unfolded, writing down interesting facts. Then we looked at how to sequence the story, adding in extra information where appropriate. Using the link to Icarus, we investigated how birds fly, noting down their adaptions. We took information already written and sorted it into sections, grouping similar ideas together. Finally, we summarised the information we had learnt and wrote paragraphs about Icarus and bird's flight. 

 

Maths

Our work on addition and subtraction this week focused on crossing the 10s barrier. This involves reaching more than 9 in a column, so needing to exchange to make the calculation work. i.e. 10 lots of 10 = 1 lot of 100. We practised a lot of crossing over the barrier adding both 1s and 10s, then subtracting them as well. (i.e. 441-3 / 182 + 40). We represented these calculations using dienes blocks, number lines, part whole models, bar models and column addition / subtraction. 

 

Topic

Building on our work in Science last week, we looked at why cat's eyes are reflective. Linking to the idea of reflective surfaces being shiny, lighter in colour and smooth, we spoke about why nocturnal animals needed better night vision. A cat has a tapetum lucidum, a piece of tissue that amplifies the amount of light taken into the eye, allowing them to hunt better in the dark. 

 

Thank you all to those parents who joined us for the Reading Breakfast this week. It was great to have such a turnout and hopefully you enjoyed kicking off your Friday with a book or two!

Week 5 07/10/19

 

English

Our final week looking at Odysseus' journey back to Ithaca. At the beginning of the week, we looked back at our work on Charybdis and Scylla, editing to add in more detail. Odysseus' trials with the monsters caused his men to seek refuge on a island, filled with cursed cattle. After escaping Zeus and Hyperion's wrath (although he lost his crew in the process), Odysseus eventually returned to Ithaca 19 years after leaving. To summarise all our learning, we created a character profile of Odysseus, linking together everything we'd learnt about his appearance, backstory and characteristics. 

 

Maths

This week we started a new unit, focusing on addition and subtraction. We first started looking at how we can add multiples of 100. Using different representations of the number, we noted that on most occasions, only the hundred column will change, leaving both the tens and ones the same. We focused on how we could represent these calculations using bar models, part-whole models and dienes blocks. Moving then to adding and subtracting one digit on three numbers, we used both problem solving and reasoning to spot patterns and work out quick calculations. 

 

Topic

This week we discovered the Minotaur. Hidden deep inside the labyrinth in Crete, the Minotaur was a mythical half-man half-bull, fed by people served up as tribute to King Minos. We looked at the difference between a maze and labyrinth, noting the lack of choice a labyrinth gives you. As well, we introduced the hero Theseus, an Athenian prince who volunteered to fight and kill the Minotaur.   

In Science, we investigated the reflective qualities of materials. First we spoke about how light is made, spotting sources around (and outside of the room). We then looked at how the darkness is the absence of light and how the design of reflective devices is intended to work brilliantly in the dark. Finally we conducted our own experiment, predicting, measuring and concluding which materials are reflective.  

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Week 4 30/09/19

 

English

Continuing along with Odysseus this week, we sailed near to the Siren's island. This is a place where many sailors find themselves drawn towards the rocks, betwitched by the Siren's song. We listened to a range of different music, noting down how it made us feel and images that it conjured. Turning these descriptions into poetry, we created our own 'Song of the Spheres'. Moving on from the Sirens, we then approached Charybdis and Scylla, two monsters who guard the Straits of Messina. One, a giant whirlpool, has the possibility of destroying an entire ship. The other, a six headed dragon, would extract the lives of six men, leaving the rest of the boat unharmed. After building word banks to describe both monsters, we then tried to describe the entire journey as Odysseus. 

 

Maths

Our final week on place value has seen us focus on order numbers up to 1000. Noting down the numbers through their different representations, we examined how we order numbers, starting with the hundreds column. Moving onto to counting in 50s, we saw how closely it resembled the 5x table (it was just 10x bigger!)  Working on our 5x table, we looked at missing numbers, counting forward and backward and relating all of this to our understanding of 50s. Towards the end of the week, we consolidated our knowledge of all the place value small steps we've covered, then applied this knowledge in an end of unit  assessment. 

 

Topic

Studying how the Greek army operated, we practiced marching in a phalanx, a row of soldiers eight rows deep. We looked at the Battle of Marathon, an improbable Athenian victory against the Persians. However, the reason Marathon is so famous was the soldier Pheidippides, after running the 280 miles to Sparta and back, then ran another 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to tell them of a great victory. Unfortunately, all the running was too much and he died after delivering the message, but his inhuman effort inspired the marathons people still running today. In PE, we worked on both our hockey skills and our Greek style dancing. 

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Week 3 23/09/2019

 

English

Continuing on our journey with Odysseus, on Monday we looked back at our description of settings and characters, editing and proof reading to make them as effective as possible. As Odysseus moved on in his journey, so did we, describing Poseidon's wrath with similes and well thought out adjectives. Surviving the storm, we landed on Circe's island, a sorceress who turned men to wild animals. Using that idea of one thing becoming another, we looked at how we could use a thesaurus to change our sentences. 

 

Maths

We have furthered our knowledge of place value this week, focusing in on looking 1, 10 or 100 more or less than a given number. As well as representations of the numbers using different systems (dienes blocks / place value counters), we also explored how we could solve word problems, including using the inverse or working backwards. Later in the week, we started comparing numbers, using both representations and numerals, noting that we always check the bigger number in the hundreds column first. 

 

Topic

Finishing our work on Greek life, we investigated four different famous Ancient Greeks. Aristotle, Archimedes, Plato and Pythagoras were all famous for their impact on society. Each of our topic themes has been presented as a double page spread, helping the children to see how the lessons have connected. We have worked hard to improve the presentation of these, ensuring they present the information as aesthetically as possible. This includes pictures as well as writing - please see our re-enactments of Ancient Greek Olympics. Later in the week we moved onto the Greeks at war, looking at the different positions found in the army. Focusing in on the hoplites, we broke down six elements of their armoury, including the xiphos (sword). 

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Week 2 16/09/19

 

English

This week in English we have been describing both settings and characters, focusing on the tale of Odysseus and Polyphemus the cyclops. On Monday, we built up our understanding of the features of a cyclops, then developed our vocabulary to describe them in detail. Moving then to Odysseus' perspective, we planned out how we would retell the tale to his crew, from landing on the island to becoming trapped with Polyphemus' cave. On Thursday, we started independently writing our setting, focusing on describing detail using our senses. Finishing our work on Friday, we introduced Polyphemus, including his formidable size and burning red eye. 

 

Maths

Continuing our work on place value, we have explored how to recognise numbers up to 1,000 on a number line. This has been a particularly tricky concept so we have spent extra time really focusing on our fluency of understanding, as well as our reasoning and problem solving using the number lines. This included how to find a mid point between start and end numbers, as well as calculating the intervals between certain points. 

 

Topic

A new theme for topic this week allowed us to explore Ancient Greek life, particularly the Ancient Olympics and comparing how the Olympics have evolved over time. We also identified the differences between the rich and the poor in Ancient Greece, including housing, jobs and the food they eat. 

On Friday, we started our first science experiment by attempting to answer the question - does it melt? Leaving four solid objects in a tray at the start of the day, we then predicted whether they would melt based on our own personal experience (i.e. my hands get covered in chocolate when I eat it). At the end of the day, we looked again at our solids and found that they had, hadn't or partly melted. 

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09/09/19

 

English

We have started to explore Homer's epic, the Odyssey, this week in English. Last week, we learnt about how the Trojan war started after Athena, Hera and Aphrodite fought over a golden apple. At the beginning of this week, we learnt about the hero of the Odyssey, Odysseus. A man separated from his family for 19 years, we created a role on the wall to understand the difference between Odysseus at the end of the Trojan War, compared to the broken man who washed was found on the shores of island near Ithaca. We started discovering what went wrong, as Odysseus' first stop on his return to Ithaca was to a cyclops (Polyphemus) island. Finally, we looked at how Odysseus would retell his story, focusing in on his description using the senses. 

 

Maths

We have revisited our understanding of place value for the past week and a half, identify 100s, 10s and 1s in a variety of contexts. We have partitioned three digit numbers, as well as regrouped 10s in hundreds and 1s into tens. Solving problems including missing numbers and word clues have given us a broader understanding of place value in numbers up to 1000. 

 

Topic

As part of our Ancient Greek topic, we have explored how the Greek civilisation developed. Creating a map to show the important cities, we also added the seas and islands that made up Ancient Greece. We then looked at the timeline of Ancient Greece, starting in 1600BC with the Mycenaen Empire, ending in 146BC. Finally, we sketched a range of Greek artefacts, using our knowledge to describe their purpose, material and modern day alternative. 

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