What a wonderful week we have had. We have enjoyed our first week back of full learning and loved getting stuck into our new topic, Ancient Rome!
In Science, we have been looking at plants and their parts and functions. We started by dissecting a plant, this allowed us to see the different parts and label them. We then used this knowledge to explore the possible functions for each part – it was wonderful to see the children using such brilliant scientific enquiry skills and developing their questioning.
In English and during our writing journal, we have been looking at multi-clause sentences. We started by looking at main clauses and ended the week looking at subordinate clauses. Using the book ‘The Red Tree’ we started by writing poem, performing these as we went. We then focused on the symbolism in the book and used this to help us write powerful setting descriptions.
In Maths, we have been looking at the 3 and 6 times tables. We have explored these using a variety of representations and then looked at the links between the 3x and 6x table. It was great to see the children using their problem solving skills to spot, explain and apply mathematical patterns. The sheets for the week can be found here: Maths Week 1 Multiplication
In Guided Reading, we continued to read ‘The Last Bear’ by Hannah Gold. We have focused on building up our contextual knowledge needed for the story, as well as looking at language choices. We have continued to explore the ways that authors can ‘show and not tell’ the reader information, thinking about the impact this has on the reader.
In History, we began exploring our new topic, Ancient Rome. After recapping the story of the beginning of Ancient Rome, we began by locating Rome and discussing how this has changed over time. We explored what life in Ancient Rome might have been like, focusing on the different types of housing.
In PSHE, we have been looking at what makes us special and the different skills we all have. In Art, we have been exploring different sketching and shading techniques.
In English, we are going to be exploring different writing styles. We are going to start reading ‘The Queen of Darkness’ by Tony Bradman and will be looking specifically at charactersiation and the subversion of reader expectations.
In Maths, we are going to be looking at the links between the 9, 7, 11 and 12 times tables.
In Science, we are going to be looking at edible plants.