The class have been consolidating their learning by using columnar addition, subtraction and inverse operations to solve missing number problems.
This week we have been learning about the mummification process that Ancient Egyptians used to prepare loved ones bodies for the afterlife. Working in pairs, pupils researched and wrote a set of instructions detailing how the mummification process is completed. We also used plasticine to make items used in the process such as; canopic jars, a sarcophagus, bandages, jewellery placed on the mummies and the hook used to remove the brain.
At the end of last week in P.E. the class worked in groups and started to create their own dance routine to the song 'Walk Like an Egyptian' keeping in theme with our current topic. Each group performed their routine to the rest of the class. They will continue to develop their routines over the coming weeks.
Tales of Birbal
After last week's drama workshop and puppet making session, the class went to see the show 'Tales of Birbal' performed by Mashi Theatre at the South Holland Centre. The performance featured timeless and treasured fables from the Inidian sub-continent about the great Moghul King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. After the perfomance the children were given an opportunity to ask the actors questions about the show, their characters and their background.
Harvest Festival Rehearsal
The class have been busy rehearsing for their performance during the Harvest Festival this week. All the practise paid off as their singing was amazing on the day. Well done Willow Class!
The class have been using different written methods and mental strategies to complete addition and subtraction sums involving up to four digit numbers. Some of these methods included columnar addition, columnar subtraction, counting on, counting back and adjusting. Through the use of calculators and inverse operations the pupils have been able to check they have used these methods correctly.
This week we have been using descriptive language and different sentence starters to write a character description. We have also been learning how to write direct speech, ensuring we use the correct punctuation and rules for writing speech.
After completing our work on Roman numerals the class have started to look at different types of numbers. This included recognising the difference between prime numbers, composite numbers, factors and prime factors. Pupils completed a task where they had to identify all the prime numbers up to 100.
Wednesday afternoon the class took part in a drama workshop and puppet making session as in introduction to The Tales of Birbal. We will be attending the South Holland Centre next week to see this amazing show performed by Mashi Theatre.
The National Space Centre
One of the main events this week was our visit to The National Space Centre in Leicester. This tied in perfectly with our current topic in Science and allowed the children to connect their learning from the classroom to the numerous exhibits on display. The class enjoyed a variety of activites including; the planaterium show, weatherpod and simulator as well as completing some tasks related to astronaut training.
This week we have been learning how to recognise and read Roman numerals up to 100 and 1000. The children consolidated their learning with a game of Roman numerals bingo.
Romans Murder Mystery Challenge
The children completed a murder mystery challenge based on the Romans. This involved checking facts about Roman emperors, using and applying their knowledge of Roman numerals and solving codes to discover details about the murder.
Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt, this week the children made their very own Deshret. This was a red crown worn by the Pharoah that symbolised their conrol over lower Egypt.
Designing Christmas Cards
As part of our class fundraising the children have been designing christmas cards. Each child will receive a free sample card of their design. These can be ordered through the school as cards as well as other small gifts such as gift tags, mugs and tea towels.
This week we are continuing to look at Myths ad began with an oral retelling of a myth working in pairs. To help the children to remember the key features of myths, they worked in groups, brainstorming on a large sheet of sugar paper sharing what they could remember.
Throughout the week we have been applying rules of rounding, in order to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000.
Despite the rain, the children managed to carry on using their new found orienteering skills indoors, playing various games. Between the showers an orienteering puzzle challenge took place outdoors with the children working together in teams of complete the jigsaw.
The children spent an afternoon taking part in a KNEX challenge with a visitor to the school. Their challenge, to be worked on in small groups, was to design and build a Trebuchet that could hire an object (an imperial mint). The finished Trebuchets were judged with first, second and third places awarded.
This week we have been learning about myths, so that the children can recognise the structure and features of them. We have also read a number of Egyptian myths identifying keywords and phrases in order to produce a story map.
We have been looking at four, five and six digit numbers this week, so the children can recognise the place value of each digit. The weeks work was rounded off with the children trying to use their skills to beat Mrs Earth in a game!
During Science we have been looking at the movement of the Earth and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system. The children have also been learning about Copernicus and Galiko.
The children have been learning about orienteering, trying out their new found skills to finish the task.
Roald Dahl Day
On Wednesday the whole school took part in Roald Dahl Day, dressing up as their favourite book character from one of his books. Don't the children look fabulous!
What a lovely start to the year! Lots of excitement, laughter and smiles.
Our day started with some fun activities relating to the Egyptians, our topic this term, which we are all looking forward to learning about.
Discussions took place about what the children can expect whilst in Willow Class and what is expected of them, resulting in our Class Charter.
In Literacy this week we have started to look at different sentence types, which will help the children.
In Numeracy this week we have concentrated on place value. We have done lots of interactive and hands on activities to reinforce and consolidate our knowledge. One of the games the children played involved generating their own 5-digit number and working out what they had to add or subtract to reach 55,555. They all had lots of fun!