It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Class teacher – Mrs Lambert
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At the beginning of the year we adopted a sea turtle with the WWF. We have looked at why sea turtles are endangered and what we can do to help them. As part of our adoption we got a cuddly sea turtle that Hogwarts have chosen to name Rafael.
In English we have been looking at ancient Roman and Greek myths. We have read the myths of Romulus and Remus, Persephone, King Midas and the Golden Touch and Arachne the Weaver. Whilst reading these myths, we looked at what the features of a myth were and how they were written so we could write our own. During our talk for writing, we learnt a piece of the story from Romulus and Remus off by heart to help us understand the structure of a myth.
In maths we have been focusing on place value and how to use this to help us compare and order numbers and add and subtract 3 and 4-digit numbers. We have used pirate subtraction using base ten to help us understand how to exchange values from other place value columns.
In history we have started to look at the daily lives of ancient Romans particularly in Pompeii. We have focused on a young, wealthy girl from Pompeii called Sappho. Part of daily life in for ancient Romans was worshiping the many gods and goddesses so we have looked at the different deities of the Romans and what they were the god or goddess of. We have also used these gods and goddess in our myths.
As a link to our history topic, we are learning about volcanoes in geography lessons. We have looked at what the main parts of a volcano are, how they are formed and how far away the closest active volcanoes are from us. As a focus for our geography we are looking at volcanoes in Iceland and the natural and human features there.
In computing we looked at how animations are made from a series still images. We made our own small flip books to demonstrate this principle. We also looked at how CGI is now used in many animated movies and how this is different form other types of animation.
In PE we have be practicing our attacking and defending schools for invasion games. We have also looked at our dodging skills using games of tail tag to improve our special awareness and footwork. Our ball skills we also a focus and we have practiced our passing and catching skills.
In PSHE we have looked at our rights and responsibilities at school and in the wider world. We have also looked at how working as a team and our behaviours can effect the learning of others.
For the whole year we are focusing on the question ‘How should we live our lives?’. So far, we have looked at Hinduism and how they believe that they should always do everything to the best of their ability and without complaint. We have also looked at the concept of Karma in Hinduism and how Hindus believe if they lead good lives they will be reincarnated as a human or become one with god.
In science we have looked at the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. We have investigated how the particles of these 3 states look and act and how some materials can change state through freezing, melting, evaporating and condensing. Our experiments have also shown us how the water cycle works.
In English we have been investigating the disaster the happened in Pompeii in 79AD. We looked at the facts of what happened and created a timeline of the events. We them looked at how newspaper reports are written. We turned one into a TV news report then wrote our own to explain how Pompeii had been destroyed.
We have looked at many different topics in maths this half-term including: written and mental multiplication, reading time in analogue and digital to the nearest 5 minutes, length in mm, cm and m and drawing and reading different types of chart.
In history we have continued to look at the ancient Romans. This time we have thought about how the Romans living in Pompeii would have felt in during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and what they though caused it. We have done an in depth look at the events that destroyed Pompeii and how we know that these happened. Looking at evidence we have thought about what evidence is primary or secondary and how reliable this evidence may be.
For our Geography this half-term we have compared the human and natural features of 3 different places. We looked at Burnley, a town called Hiemaey in Iceland and an underwater volcano of the coast on New Zealand called White Island. We discussed how our town was similar and how it was different to these two other places and why they are based on the geography of each location.
In computing we looked at data based and how computers are much fasted at sorting information than humans. We created our own database using PurpleMash and looked at the different ways data could be sorted and displayed by the computer.
In PE we have be practicing our racket and ball skills for games such as tennis. We have thought about how the can anticipate where a ball will land and move towards it. We have also looked how we hold a racket to increase our control over the ball and the force needed to make the ball travel different distances.
This half-term we have concentrated on how we can celebrate difference. We have looked at why we might make assumptions about other people when we first meet them and that these assumptions may be wrong. We have thought about why people may bully others and what we can do to help others who we see are being bullied. We have also looked at what makes us unique and how we can treat ourselves with respect and love what makes us different.
For the whole year we are focusing on the question ‘How should we live our lives?’. This half-term we have looked at this question within Sikhism. We have investigated why Sikhs believe they are all a part of one family and how they wear the 5Ks as a way of showing this. We compared this how we wear a school uniform to show we are a part of Springfield Community Primary School or how we might wear a team kit as part of a sports club. We also looked at how Sikhs aim to treat everyone equally and how equality does not mean everyone is treated in exactly the same way.
In science we have investigated where electricity comes from, how to use it safely and how it flows around a circuit. We have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable sources of generating electricity and how these sources are turned into the electricity we use at home. We have conducted experiments to create complete circuits and investigated what materials are electrical conductors and what are electrical insulators.
This half-term we have focused on drawing from observation. As we have adopted a sea turtle as a class this year, we looked at the patterns on turtle shells. We drew these patterns using careful observation and in a variety of mediums including charcoal, chalk, oil pastels and paint.
For our Christmas fair this year we have designed and made ginger biscuits and their packaging. We thought about what our packaging would need to be to encourage people to buy our biscuits and the steps we needed to follow to make it successfully. We also decorated our biscuits with icing to make them Christmassy and then evaluated our finished product.
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