Were the British right to invade India?

We continued with our skill of debating this week, using our topic of Power and Invasion as inspiration. We argued the statement: “The British were right to invade...


We continued with our skill of debating this week, using our topic of Power and Invasion as inspiration. We argued the statement:

“The British were right to invade India.”

The children were given a side to argue, which were initiated by these opposing statements from Winston Churchill and Mahatma Ghandi:

Winston Churchill: “Britain rescued India and made their country more civilised.”

Mahatma Ghandi: “Britain divided the Indian people and turned them against each other.”

This proved difficult for some, as they either partially or totally disagreed with the side they had been given. We learned the importance of putting our own feelings aside (when necessary) in order to achieve the task. We also learned the valuable skill of applying “the rule of three” to an argument or explanation, as grouping words or ideas in threes makes them memorable and persuasive, e.g. “School uniforms are uncomfortable, itchy and worst of all, bland.”

Whilst preparing our arguments, we also looked at developing emotive language. Emotive language is the term used when certain word choices are made to encourage an emotional response from a reader or listener, and often aims to persuade the reader or listener to share the writer or speaker’s point of view. Below you can find the activity sheet we used to develop our emotive language:

English Week 4 – Emotive Language Grid

We embarked on our topic of multiplication and division this week in Maths, starting with revising the inverse and looking at distributive law. Inverse operations are opposite operations, subtraction is the inverse of addition and division is the inverse of multiplication, and the distributive law is the idea that multiplication is distributed through addition. Our sheets from the week can be found below:

Maths Worksheets Week 4

Please also find below a selection of useful maths websites to support home learning:

Maths Online Learning

As well as our Guided Reading sheets for the week here:

Guided Reading Worksheets Week 4

We are using a key question to explore ideas in our Religious Education (R.E) lessons this year. For our Buddhism topic – being covered from now until the end of term – we are considering the question “is it possible for everyone to be happy?” This week our lessons involved remembering the last time we ourselves were truly happy and how we felt at this time. We also discussed the idea that different people are made happy by different things, but there is often a common thread (such as spending time with friends, family, doing hobbies) that links us all. We listened to “Happy”, the song by Pharrell Williams and had a go at writing our own cheerful song.

Art found us inspired by Indian mandalas and henna designs, as we enriched our understanding of different cultures by designing our own Indian patterns. Indian patterns are vibrant and diverse with richly decorated graphical elements inspired by paisley, mandalas and traditional henna designs. These designs are also symbolic – the heavy use of peacocks represents fertility and good luck.

In Forest School this week we continued practising how to use loppers and used our creativity to invent nature songs using the sounds around us.

And finally here we are in computing , where we are continuing our coding and learning to work better collaboratively…

PE home challenge this week:

Home PE Jumping Dice

Next week:

  • English: we will be writing a narrative about life in India before and after the British Empire.
  • Maths: Continuing with multiplication, division and timestables.
  • Guided Reading: Continuing with the story of Rama and Sita.
  • Handwriting & Spelling: Our spelling words for next week are: early, earth, eight, eighth, enough, exercise, famous, favourite, February.
  • Science: Continuing with states of matter: solids, liquids and gases.
  • Computing: Continuing with our new coding project, WeeBee.
  • RE: Buddhism is our R.E. focus for this half term. We will be exploring it through the question: Is it possible for everyone to be happy?

Key information for Year 4:

  • Amazon: Forest School on Wednesdays, PE on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • Nile: Forest School on Tuesdays, PE on Mondays or Wednesdays. 
  • Thames: Forest School on Thursdays, PE on Wednesdays or Fridays.
  • Children must bring in a coat to school.
  • Children must bring in a PE kit for PE lessons and appropriate clothes for forest school.
  • Children in KS2 may bring in a healthy snack that contains no nuts.