On Monday, we began our history topic on the Vikings. We began by looking at where the Vikings came from - Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and that they came over to invade Lindisfarne in 793AD. We compared on a timeline how this was the same time period as the Anglo-Saxons.
We learnt about sources and that they are, books, internet, artefacts, historical documents, etc and that there are primary and secondary sources.
Today, we reminded ourselves of what sources are and and then looked at why the Vikings chose to come and invade and settle in England. We have learnt that the Vikings were more than just raiders and that they were traders and farmers.
Each lesson we are answering our topic question - would the Vikings do anything for money?
We have the creative and cooperation gems.
We are having a lot of fun with learning about playscripts.
This week the children have learnt that there are shifts in formality during the script. The scene setting is always written in a formal way and the characters vary in formality, dependent upon who they are. For example the king will be formal, whilst a peasant will not speak in a formal way. We have looked at commas to separate clauses and then today we looked at how to apply the stage directions. The children worked in small groups to complete this and then acted out their lines they had written, being sure to include how to say the lines as per the stage directions.
We have started our new unit of work in science - Animals, including humans.
The children had a game to play at the start of the lesson, where they had an animal on their back and they had to ask questions to work out what the animal was. Then, they had to decide if their animal was nocturnal, then if it was a predator, then what classification it is. We then looked at gestation periods and the children made a prediction on which animals had the shortest gestation. They learnt that the longest gestation period was for animals that are the biggest and the shorter gestation period was for smaller animals.
In art on Friday we added a second colour using our press prints and had to really carefully line our press print up to the first colour. Then today, we had to apply a third colour. The lining up was the most tricky to complete. Some of us have paint on our clothes (even Mrs C) and in our hair. Hopefully this will wash out.
To finish our art work, the children write about the process of press printing and then evaluated their artwork. they also gave their partner feedback on their work too.
In science, we are still looking at materials. We were looking at glue and how there are lots of different types of glue, all for different purposes. Just in the classroom, the children had Pritt-stick-type glue, PVA glue, glue sticks (for glue guns) and the glue that is on a post-it note! We discovered that glue can be a liquid and solid; can be really strong, or really weak; and serves many different purposes. We also learnt that PVA glue goes through an irreversible change once it has dried and that it does not turn into liquid again, and that a glue stick turns to a liquid once heated and then turns back to a solid once cool, making it a reversible change. In the next science lesson, we will be creating our own glue.
In geography we have been learning about the Alps and have just completed our Big Finish!
We began learning where the Alps were and discovered they are in the continent of Europe and span across 8 countries.
We learned how the mountains were formed, about some of the industries in the Alps, especially focusing on the tourism industry. Then we learned about avalanches.
To combine all of our learning, we created a power point presentation about the Alps.
In maths we have been learning how to do 2 digit by two digit multiplication. There are a lot of steps to this and the children helped each other to do this.
In geography we have been considering what a house might look like that the children could live in if it were to be built in the Felixstowe area. They considered some of the materials that they might need in their design. Then, we looked at the weather conditions in the Alps. It gets pretty cold there - as cold as -10 degrees Celsius. It gets quite warm in the Alps - up to 30 degrees Celsius. There is also very heavy snowfall and very wet weather. The children then had to review their original design and consider what changes they would make knowing this information. Then, we looked at what a traditional Alpine house looks like. That they are set in the mountainside and that they have cows at the bottom for the heat to rise to help warm the rest of the house. They have very slopy roofs, a roof that overhangs and shutters. The base of the house is made of stone and the actual house is made from wood and has strong supporting beams. The children's work were chosen at random to be uploaded onto our blog.