Autumn Term - 2018/19
During the Autumn term, Blackman class enjoyed reading an ancient 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 phrases and complex sentences to help convince Grendel to stop attacking Heorot. 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. From this story, we wrote a setting description using similes and metaphors and our own version of the story where our main character ends up in ‘Viking Land’.
In maths, we began the Autumn Term focusing on number and place value. The children in Blackman class can use their knowledge to round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, they have also had fun ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000. They have been looking at different methods to solve word problems and securing their knowledge, these included using the column method for addition and subtraction of four-digit numbers. We finished the Autumn Term by learning about Perimeter which included using our knowledge to solve a problem for Professor Lockhart concerning the size of dinosaur enclosures. We have enjoyed practicing the recall of our times tables using Times Table Rockstars and Supermovers!
In Science, the children in Blackman have been looking at sound and states of matter. 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 states of matter, we discovered that solid, liquid and gases are all states of matter and learnt the difference between their particles. We also created a model of the water cycle to learn what the key scientific terms; evaporation, condensation and precipitation mean.
In Creative Curriculum, Blackman class have been learning about 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 and how they influenced the lives of the Viking people. We enjoyed becoming estate agents when learning about Viking homes to sell a longhouse. We wrote fantastic advertisements that included key features of a Viking Longhouse and key persuasive vocabulary. We also learnt how to write in Anglo-Saxon runes and how life in the Viking period is different to life today.