We have worked on two English tasks recently.
One was based around our topic and thinking about animals. We had some class discussions about zoos and whether we thought they were a good thing or not. We came up with arguments for both sides and had a class debate. This then lead us to write a persuasive letter to try and explain the reasons behind our belief about zoos. We worked hard on using the features of persuasive writing, to make sure we got our point across to the reader of our letter.
We then used our learning about animals but in a slightly different way. We wrote acrostic poems about a chosen animal, with facts and descriptions to make it exciting for the audience. We spent a long time planning, drafting, editing and redrafting before spending this morning writing up our final piece. We are very proud of them and so we are going to turn them in to a poetry book for our book corner.
In Maths we have been learning about time and there is a time homework sheet to continue practising this over the holiday. We started by recapping o'clock and half past, then moved on to quarter past and quarter to before the final jump to 5 minute intervals. This is much trickier and so most of our Maths sessions this week were practical - using games and clocks, as it is so important to practise using the language around time in this way before recording it in books.
We wrote up the findings from our 'Mouldy Bread' investigation, looking carefully at the results we had collected. We thought about how we had made it a fair test (only changing one factor) and revisited our predictions. Some of us were accurate but some of us had a real surprise when we looked at the bread now. We were all surprised that the piece nobody had touched had grown absolutely no mould at all...
Our topic learning took us to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and we learnt about the culture and traditions of the Maasai Mara tribe. The jumping dance was a particular highlight, as well as the poo covered walls in the houses and the children being allowed to hunt and make fire! We then wrote the comparisons to talk about the similarities and differences with our cultures and traditions.
We also did some experimenting in Art. We wanted to use the technique of collage so we started by testing out various materials and deciding which one worked best. We then thought about using paper to collage in different ways, size of paper, cutting or ripping, overlapping, folding, scrunching and the effect this might have on a picture. After half term we will be using this to recreate a piece of art work by an African artist.
I think after all of that we, we all deserve a rest over the half term!!
Have a lovely week making wonderful memories with your families.
See you all bright and early on Monday 24th February 2020...