Autumn Term - 2018/19
This year we have been very busy in our English lessons relating our creative curriculum topics: the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings. The texts we have focused on have been Grendel and the Geat and The Littlest Viking. We have been focusing on our description and using expanded noun phrases and other descriptive devices to write setting and character descriptions. We have used these descriptions to write a persuasive letter to Grendel to convince him to stop his destructive ways.
We have also been looking at writing a persuasive argument using our text The Littlest Viking. We have been trying to convince Mr Grey to either sell or not sell the residents garden. We used our knowledge of emotive language and rhetorical devices to help us persuade Mr Grey.
In Maths this term we have been working a lot with place value and number. We have learnt about the place value columns and how we can partition a number in different ways. We have also begun to add, subtract and order four digit numbers using what we have been learned. We have followed on from this with multiplication as a focus. We started by multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. This term in Dahl class we have had a lot of focus on our times tables and the importance of knowing all of them. Children have enjoyed using the new Times Table Rockstars and have been eager to show improvements.
At the beginning of this term, we learnt about sound in science. This involved carrying out a number of investigations to find how sound travels and how humans can change the sounds which object make. We have learnt that sound starts with a vibration which travels through the air in sound waves until it reaches our ears.
In our second topic, we learnt about states of matter. We have been learning what the states of matter are and have enjoyed the opportunity to act out the particles to understand how they behave. We have really enjoyed learning about the states of matter and how they are so important in the water cycle by observing what happens to water when it is heated or cooled.
Our Creative topic has been Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We have been leaning about when, where and how they lived. We have been able to use maps to demonstrate where would have been their homelands and where they would have settled. We have also been learning about why the Vikings chose to invade some countries and the problems which they faced in their homeland.
We have been able to use black history month day to get more creative and learned about Swaziland arts specifically looking at printing and how patterns can be repeated by using the same printing press. This was a bit messy but we enjoyed it.