English - poetry and the weirdness of the English language
This week, we have been looking at poems that discuss spelling rules. We’ve been using a complex sound chart to brush up on our alternate spelling patterns, phonemes and graphemes. We’ve looked at homophones, heteronyms, and idioms. Next week, we’re going to use what we have learned to write a humourous poem about the weirdness of the English language. Watch this space!
Topic - Geography and tourism
In our topic lesson, we have started looking deeply into London’s tourism market.
After looking London’s shopping district, through one-point perspective drawing in art, we explored twenty of London’s largest attractions using Google maps. We discovering that many of the largest attractions were museums, (like the Natural History Museum) famous buildings built by modern architects (The Gherkin), or historical buildings and royal residences (St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London). We looked at one ride, the London Eye, which we will be looking at in greater depth through science (pulleys and levers) over the next couple of weeks. We are also learning about this through our class text, The London Eye Mystery.
Through our geography session, we have looked at London’s largest theme park, Thorpe Park, to understand why is has been built in Greater London instead of in the city centre. Using our map reading skills and computing skills, we have planned a journey to Thorpe Park using trains and automobiles.
Next week, we will be comparing the site map of Thorpe Park with that of international theme parks, to see if we could design a rollercoaster which could become a new attraction for London’s busy (and already-overcrowded!) city centre.
Topic – London Forces
This week we have started our new topic of London Forces. It is a science based topic where we will be exploring different forces with a focus on rollercoasters. During our wider curriculum time this week we have been cracking the Ceasar cipher, and creating our own ciphers to generate super safe passwords to use online.
Maths – Area and Perimeter
In Maths we have continued with our topic of area and perimeter. We have taken our learning to the next level by measuring the perimeter of the playground and netball court. Using our perimeter knowledge, we were able to then work out of the area as well as how many laps of the netball court we would need to do in order to reach our mile.
English - performance poetry
What better way to kick off our poetry unit than to watch and critique famous poets perform as they perform their poetry? After this, we took apart these poems, decided what makes a good performance and created our own performances. We performed these on Thursday between the two classes, and the winners (Blue and Green house) performed their poems at the poetry slam on Friday. The performances are below, so you can watch how we got on!