Darwin class have had an incredibly successful Autumn term! Our work was themed around Islands, which took us to places far and wide. We investigated and used methods of paper folding to create our own islands, using the various techniques to make different landscape features, including jungles, waterfalls, sea shores and even island animals. We thought about using the natural environment to create ephemeral artwork and, inspired by the work of environmental artist, Andy Goldsworthy, created our own masterpieces using natural materials found on the school field. The results were stunning!
We started our English work looking at the acclaimed novel Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo; in it, a young boy, Michael, finds himself stranded on an island after the boat he was traveling on with his parents hits a terrible storm. On the island, he eventually meets a mysterious man named Kensuke and the pair strike up an unusual friendship. We engaged with the novel by: writing persuasive arguments describing the reasons for or against taking a child out of school to sail around the world; using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to write Michel’s diary as he discovered the island and creating a character profile of the wise Kensuke using our deduction skills.
Our second text was Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick, in which a young girl, Zoe, finds herself escaping from an island that is slowly being submerged by water only to find herself on the controlling island of the ‘Pigs’. We follow Zoe as she again attempts escape in order to reunite with her lost parents. We used the text to write newspaper reports of Zoe’s trials and explored the themes to create our own stories.
Our focus on maths term has been on number and place value. This has been lots of revision on methods and concepts that we have previously learned making sure, we are secure and using the most efficient methods to answer any questions.
Science was fantastic this term! We started by classifying living things based on their features and then created classification keys to help us sort this data. In the second half of the term we investigated the topic of light which allowed us to investigate how light travels and the ways in which shadows are created. We even got to think about the best place to put our beach brolly to get maximum shade the whole day!