To begin the term, we continued to learn about algebra. The children learned how to identify unknown quantities using a given formula and are now also able to solve word problems linked to algebra by writing the problems in an algebraic expression.
Our final topic for the year was 3-D shapes. The class discussed the properties of 3-D shapes and created nets by identifying the 2-D shapes which made up their faces.
Our final novel in English was Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. The children enjoyed reading the book and demonstrated a strong understanding throughout. The novel presented the class with several writing opportunities including a diary entry, a character description and a persuasive text.
For each of these, the children made sure to include the text-specific features and content.
Science and PSHCE
Our science and PSHCE topics linked together this term as they were both about healthy lifestyles. The children learned and discussed how to live a healthy lifestyle and gave opinions on what a healthy lifestyle included. We also learned about drugs and alcohol. The children understand what drugs are and were able to identify the importance of certain drugs like medicines as well as the dangers of taking illegal drugs or taking too much of anything.
In R.E., we focused on the religion of Islam. We learned about the word interpretation and how people can sometimes misinterpret something that they have seen, heard or read. The class learned about the concept of Lesser Jihad and how it allows people to defend themselves as long as it does not hurt innocent people. When given different scenarios, children were able to identify whether they were following the rules of Lesser Jihad or not.
In computing, the children have learned about networks. They were able to look up definitions for the internet and the world wide web and could explain how they are different from one another.
The children have continued to work on skills linked to striking and field games and have learned the rules to rounders. Through different game situations the children improved their throwing, catching and running ability. They also built their teamwork and communication skills while becoming more tactically aware as they practised the game more often.
In History, we have continued to learn about the Battle of Britain. The children studied sources of information to speculate how Britain won the battle. We then looked at the reasons more closely before the children selected which factors they felt were most important in Britain’s victory and explaining their reasoning.
At the start of July, the class went on their 3 day residential trip to Kingswood in North Wales. For many of the children, it was the first time they had stayed somewhere away from their parents. All the children enjoyed the experience and the independence. During the days, we took part in a range of activities, including Jacob’s Ladder, the Leap of Faith, orienteering, bouldering. The activities helped to improve the children’s confidence and teamwork skills before they move onto High School.
Our BFG’s have used a variety of ways in which to play and compose music.
We have used the music games within www.classicsforkids.com , The composition tools in Purple Mash, The Blob Opera, Google Chrome Music Lab and the glockenspiels.