I cannot quite believe that Spring Term is over! It has absolutely flown by but has been so instrumental in supporting our Persevering Pioneers in progressing in their learning. They have worked their socks off all term and should be so incredibly proud of their achievements, I know I am!
This week in Maths, we have drawn our work on decimals to a close. We have spent time exploring decimals linked to money, where we have looked at the relationship between place value and the denominations of money, as well as comparing and ordering amounts. We then used our arithmetic skills to answer 1 and 2 step problems linking to the four operations and solving real-life money problems. The class showed a great attitude for learning throughout and proved to be very good with money! Next term, when we return from the Easter break our focus in Maths will shift towards Geometry, where we will be kicking off learning looking at angles and their properties.
In Literacy this week we have been busy developing our fluency and comprehension skills in reading. As a whole class, we have worked really hard this term on the 'way' we read through approaches such as echo reading. We have finally concluded our whole class reader for this term, How to Train Your Dragon and I must say, the class found it such an enjoyable read, with plenty of humour along the way. Next term's whole class read links with our new theme of Space so I have no doubt the class will sink their teeth into it!
To draw our Viking topic to a close, yesterday the class discovered how the Viking reign came to an end. Once we had explored what events led to the Viking demise, we spent time outside re-enacting the Battle of Hastings. Every child had a smile on their face as they retold the story and it was such a fitting way to end the topic! That said, as one topic ends another begins, and as I mentioned further up the post, our new topic next term links to Space. The class will have many opportunities to explore what lies beyond our planet and establish a whole host of new knowledge from the unit! I'm already excited to see what we get up to!
It is with that, that I wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and restful half term and look forward to blogging more on our return!
This week in Team CB we have been looking at free-verse poetry. As part of our topic-based learning about the Vikings, we explored life in a Viking village before creating our own poems all around this. To understand different types of poetry we compared a free-verse and narrative poem and then evaluated them, looking for features which would form our Success Criteria. Following this, we then used the criteria to inform the skills we needed. We spent time looking at word classes, as well as investigating SPAMO as a poetic device. To structure our poem, we looked closely at syntax and how this affected meaning. Once our poems were drafted, edited and up levelled we then performed them as part of a class piece.
In Maths, the class have been really busy furthering their understanding of decimals. The class worked hard to compare, order and round decimal numbers. We applied our existing knowledge to use previously taught methods to support us in doing this! Next week, we will be using this to support our understanding as we venture into decimals linked to money. The class will be participating in hands on learning where they will have to solve money problems in real-life contexts.
Elsewhere, in Science the class have been busy exploring types of diet in living things. They have been learning new scientific vocabulary including; herbivore, omnivore and carnivore as well as what these terms mean. We will use this to lead into understanding food chains and how these support the sustainability of species.
In topic this week we investigated the Danegeld and the children's thoughts on whether or not it should have been paid. Looking at Rudyard Kipling's poem as well as objects, we inferred different views on whether it should or should not have been paid. To support our opinions, we practiced using our Point, Evidence, Explanation approach to develop our answers.
Check back next week to see what we have been up to in the final week of Spring term!