This term, we linked our writing to the Victorians and read the Usborne children’s version of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. Using the book’s fantastic range of vocabulary, we described settings and created atmosphere in our writing. We also developed our skills of ‘showing not telling’ the reader how characters were thinking and then applied this to write detailed diary entries from the perspective of Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde. Later on in the term, we studied ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Using adverbials, questions and modal verbs, we created persuasive advertisements from different perspectives. In the second half of the term, we read extracts from the brilliant ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’ by Roald Dahl. We were able to apply the features and language style of an autobiography to our own autobiographies about our lives, which we really enjoyed!
At the beginning of this year, we began by developing our understanding of place value up to one million. By using concrete resources, as well as reasoning activities, we became more confident with larger quantities. After this, we were able to apply this knowledge to round numbers to the nearest 10,100, 1000 and even 10,000! We also became experts at using the column method for addition and subtraction, even when exchanging was involved. Then, we used these skills to solve complex multi-step problems, which really stretched our brains! As well as practising quicker methods for multiplying and dividing, including using multiples of ten and partitioning in our heads, we learned how to calculate the perimeter and area of composite shapes. We had fun putting these problems into practical contexts and discussing their real life purpose e.g. perimeter fencing for gardens.
‘Materials’ was a well-enjoyed topic in Elizabeth class! We conducted several investigations such as how to keep a cup of tea warm for the longest. We discussed variables and which things should be kept the same to ensure fair testing. Furthermore, we calculated averages from the data that we collected. A highlight of this topic was trying to separate an alien mixture of counters, sand, water and a secret ingredient of salt. We soon realised that the sequencing was very important for this investigation and that the salt could actually be recovered by boiling and evaporating the water it had dissolved in, which surprised us! Our second topic, ‘Animals including Humans’ was also great fun as we created lifecycles of humans and investigated gestation periods amongst different mammals. We were interested to find out that the gestation period of animals doesn’t necessarily correlate with their life span.
Elizabeth became immersed in our ‘Victorians’ topic this term by studying different sources and artefacts from the era. We were particularly intrigued by the accounts of children’s living and working conditions during this time in history (especially the punishments in the Victorian school log books). We compared rich and poor lifestyles and studied famous people who assisted the poor during this time e.g. Lord Shaftesbury. Our favourite day was our school trip to Horton Kirby and stepping back in time to become a Victorian child! The real case studies enriched our knowledge of people, places and events during this period. We also discovered that writing on slates in silence (in a re-enacted Victorian lesson) definitely isn’t as fun as the lessons