Last term, we ended our work on Beowulf by writing our own version of the battle between Grendel and Beowulf. Since then, we have been reading the remaining two stories of Beowulf’s challenges with the sea-hag and dragon, and relishing the powerful vocabulary and superb alliteration contained within this ancient tale.
This term, we have begun looking at a picture book called ‘The Viewer’ by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. It is a very dark tale which has enabled us to use our intense vocabulary and advanced punctuation to great effect. The book (so far) has made us think about our own opinions and feelings about the world in which we live in!
In maths, we have all progressed rapidly. All the children have a formal method, which they can use quickly and easily to add, subtract, multiply and divide large numbers. This term, we have been concentrating on fractions and will be soon looking at decimals, fractions and percentages.
Thank you to the children for the amazing holiday homework on mountains they completed. The range of styles of presentation was great to see and the models outstanding. We have been learning about how mountains are formed whilst using our statistical knowledge to draw line and bar graphs of the climates (temperature, precipitation etc) of different mountains.
R.E. has given us lots to discuss, as last term we thought about those who had faith and believed in Jesus versus those who did not. This term we have been learning about Simon Peter and his relationship to Jesus. Recently, we wrote to Jesus as Simon Peter, apologising for our lack of faith when we failed to pray for Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and denied him three times as he was arrested. Everyone wrote exceptionally insightful letters, using their knowledge of the bible. However, we all agreed that Hannah Bartholomew wrote an amazing letter to Jesus in role as Simon Peter. Well done, Hannah.
Our science lessons are always busy times. As a class, we thoroughly enjoy practical science so during our Earth and Space topic we made orreries to show the location and distance (not to scale) of the planets from the sun and models of the lunar cycle.
This term, we are investigating the properties and changes of materials. We began the topic by creating and investigating our own conductor and insulator questions, in groups. Many of the questions were based around how to keep a cup of tea warmest for longest. This is very important science! The experiments relied upon lots of different temperatures of tea measured using a data-logger and then interpreting results from the table and line graphs we created.
We are really looking forward to STEM week where we will be able to investigate other areas of science too.