We have been very busy this term, beginning the year with our topic of Saxons and Vikings. Our work was based around two texts Grendel and the Geat and The Little Viking. First, we looked at using expanded noun phrases to describe settings and characters before using this to write a persuasive and emotive letter asking Beowulf for help. Following this, we looked writing a persuasive argument based on the text The littlest Viking, convincing Mr Gray not to sell the residents garden. Our use of emotive language and rhetorical questions was great! We ended the term by writing an interesting and exciting dilemma to own story. We focused on using fronted adverbials to start our sentences in differing ways rather than being repetitive.
In Maths this term, we did a lot of work on number and place value. We learnt to partition numbers in their thousands and how to use this to add, subtract and order numbers. From this we were then able to multiply numbers by 10, 100, even 1000 with ease. Multiplication has been a big focus for us in Dahl. We are starting to realise the importance of learning our times tables off by heart as we use multiplication and related facts so much in our calculations and mental maths. Knowing our multiplications has helped us to formally record our calculations by partitioning the number, multiplying and adding the two calculations together.
Dahl have enjoyed our Science topics this term. We looked at Sound to begin with. We did lots of experiments and found that sound is a vibration. We learnt that these vibrations travel through the air in sound waves to our ears. We can affect how big these sound waves are by changing the volume and material the sound travels through. After sound, we moved onto Living things. We learnt to group animals into those that are, vertebrates, invertebrates or mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians. We also went on an exciting mini beast hunt to look at different habitats. Rianna thought she found an alien! But it turned out to be a newt. It was great as many of us had never seen a newt before.
Our Creative topic has been Saxons and Vikings. We learnt who they were and where they lived. We also put key events from both sets into timelines and looked at maps to locate where they travelled from and the route they took to get to England. We then got very creative and designed and made our own Viking boats. We found it quite tricky attaching all the small parts but we got there in the end.
We have been very busy in the Spring term, with our topic of the Tudors which spanned across the curriculum in English and Creative Curriculum. Our work began by researching the Tudor life for an information text. We found out many interesting facts like children could get married at 14 and women wore make up that was poisonous! Following this, we began to read My Friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo, we used the story to help us write our own narrative based in a historical setting. As we had had our school trip to Hever Castle, we used this as the setting and concentrated on using sophisticated descriptive language and punctuation involved in speech. Our last piece of writing was also based our trip, where we wrote a chronological recount using conjunctions.
We finished off the term with Roald Dahl week where we focused on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This gave us great inspiration to write descriptive settings and diary entries.
We began the term by looking at multiplication. We learnt about the commutative law and how we could use this to work out multiple multiplications. We went on to problem solving using multiplication followed by division and problem solving. We realised that we need to continue to practice our times tables as these are so important in maths. We have also been working on fractions. We learnt what a fraction is, how to count in fractions and how to find equivalent fractions. We learnt how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and looked at finding a fraction of a quantity. We found fractions harder and will continue to look at these in our OMA’s over next term.
Dahl really enjoyed our Science topics this term. We looked at States of Matter to begin with. We completed experiments on evaporation and discussed how particles react in gases, liquids and solids. We enjoyed acting out as particles to give us the understanding of the role they play in different matters. After States of Matter, we moved onto Electricity. We really enjoyed Electricity as we got to explore how to make working circuits, we found this difficult at times to make sure there was not a break in the circuit so the bulb would work. We also investigated what materials were insulators and conductors.
Our Creative topic has been Tudors. We designed Tudor swords learning about the different precious stones and what they represented in Tudor times. We also compared Tudor life to now days. Most of us decided we would not have liked to have lived in Tudor times as it was dirty and people didn’t live very long! We went on to portraits, as they were important to the Tudors. We had a go at using drawing pencils to draw a portrait using shading and adding tone to the picture using just the pencils.
Through our Roald Dahl week, we had immense fun designing and making apple sweets. We loved the gooey Fluff that a lot of us put on the apple sweets and invented magical powers our sweets could have, like Willy Wonker’s sweets do in the story. After making packaging and posters, we conducted an Alan Sugar Apprentice boardroom. We had to all sell our sweets to a board of judges who judged us on our persuasive posters, slogans and eye-catching packaging. Five of us were hired!