To finish our RE topic this week we explored the importance of a shrine to Hindus and how they use their shrines to remember and celebrate Holi. The children used their knowledge of the story about Holika and Prahlad to understand the importance of the candles, offering food at the shrines, and it being a time of celebration
This week in food technology we looked at the different types of food our body needs to stay healthy and how much of each we should consume. The children all knew that fruit and vegetables was the largest section on the "eat well plate" and so we thought we would get them to try out and evaluate some different types of fruit and vegetable to see if they would like to use them in a salad. The children were very courageous in trying food they weren't sure about and were even surprised about liking a few of them. Others definitely weren't going to be used in a salad!!!!!
This week in English we have been looking at features of persuasive writing and the use of contractions and applying them through writing about the wolf in the True story of the 3 little pigs. To help the children become passionate about persuasion they were told that lunchtimes and playtimes were now cancelled to give more time to learning. It is amazing how much persuasive language and techniques children know when they want to convince you!!!!
We also looked at how an apostrophe is used to replace letters in a contraction and used these to write about what the wolf did in the story and what he could have done instead.
This week in science we looked at ourselves and thought about the questions - Why do we grow? Why do we stop growing? When do we stop growing? We measured ourselves and started a line chart to see if we could see any patterns. We think that girls at this age are growing quicker than the boys. We then got Mr Dickenson to measure the other teacher (following Covid guidance) and added the results to our chart. Mr Dickenson and Mr Goodall were the tallest in the school which led us to think that possibly boys will end up being taller than girls so maybe girls stop growing earlier than boys.
Happy New Year
Although it is not the start we wanted, it has been lovely being able to see most of you this week via zoom or in class.
This week definitely didn't start as planned because our lesson got interrupted by a policeman who taped off our door and told us that a crime had been committed. As we knew the school very well he asked us to help him look for anything unusual whilst we inspected the crime scene.
We found loose bricks, scattered sticks and a pile of hay. We quickly sussed that this was connected to the 3 little pigs and we then acted out the original story.
In science this week we finished off our plant topic by looking at our bean shoot experiments we started 2 weeks before Christmas. We were amazed to see that although the seeds had no soil and hadn't been watered - they had grown roots and started to grow shoots. Mr Dickenson's and Mr Fennell's beans that were in the cupboard grew better. We hypothesised that the beans had started to shoot because they had water from the tissue and also had daylight. The beans in the cupboard, we believe grew better because it was warmer and darker, just like if the bean had been in the soil.
We then started our new topic of animals and humans where we compared different animal species by how their young are born and sorted them by "live young" and "hatched from eggs".
In gymnastics this week we looked at different points of contact you can create using different parts of your body. The children explored points of contact and balance using small body parts known as "pitch" and larger body parts known as "patch". The children then looked at bridging from your back and tummy using different parts of the body.
In games, the children looked at jumping by experimenting how far they could jump forward, back and side to side safely.