During the Autumn term, Blackman class read an Anglo-Saxon tale – The story of Grendel and Beowulf. It was full of blood and gore, but good won over evil in the end! Using this story, we wrote persuasive letters from the character Hrothgar to Beowulf, using descriptive techniques such as expanded noun phrases. We also read ‘The Littlest Viking’ written by Sandi Toksvig. It was a story about a young Viking girl who is saved by three children when she washed up on the shore of Pegwell Bay in England. She then helped the three young children to save their back garden from being converted into a supermarket! From this story, we wrote persuasive arguments and our own ‘voyage and return’ stories.
In maths, our focus was on number and place value. The children in Blackman class can use their knowledge to round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, also they can order and compare numbers beyond 1000. They have been looking at different methods to solve word problems and securing their knowledge, these included partitioning for subtraction and multiplication and chunking for division. In Mental Maths, we have enjoyed finding similarities and differences, converting from digital to analogue time and using operations and numbers to find a given total.
In Science, the children in Blackman have been looking at sound and animals in their habitats. We looked at how sound is created and how it travels through vibrations. With this knowledge, we could plan our own investigations which included reasons how we made our experiments fair. When looking at animals in their habitats we looked at how to identify different animals using flow charts and then created their own. We also went on an amazing minibeast hunt around our outdoor areas!
In Creative Curriculum Blackman class have been studying Anglo-Saxons and The Vikings. We have been looking at who the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings were and where they were from. While studying we looked at artefacts from that time period and the different Gods that they believed in. We also learnt how to write in Viking runes and how life in the Viking period is different to life today