We made a great start to our learning this year, celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday. We looked at excerpts from 'Boy: Tales of Childhood' and as a result created interesting Biographies and letters. We also looked at sweets - comparing the sweets Dahl bought in Mrs. Pratchett's shop as a young boy, to the vast variety we have today. We created new packages of sweets we would like to sell, designing logos and calculating the amount we could fit into our packages.
During October, we looked at the 'Black Lives Matter' movement as part of Black History month. This resulted in a great deal of discussion.
We particularly enjoyed listening to Common and Will.I.Am's rap 'I got a dream' (follow the link to listen to it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBa55sDTIiA )
and Fleur East's rap 'It's time to speak up' (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv5C1Q_h6BQ).
We created cartoon strips and posters inspired by these songs to help us explain the movement to younger children.
Our main theme for the year is World War 2.
We have made a start with finding out why the war started and looked back to World War 1 and the Treaty of Versailles. Remembrance or Armistice day in November will enable us to research this time in more detail.
During the year we intend to look at many factors which affected people during the time of World War 2. We will be finding out about evacuation, rationing, how the roles and lives of women and children changed, the Holocaust, the Blitz, the lives of Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler. We will also be taking at look at the war from the point of view of a German citizen.
We have already started reading 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll, giving us an exciting and informative fictional account of the war.
PE day is Monday for this half term - November and December 2020. We will be taking part in the Welsh Athletics pentathlon challenge. Due to the present circumstances, pupils may wear their kit to school on this day.
The children will be participating in Forest School activities fortnightly on Friday afternoons. These activities will take place within the school grounds. Children will need outdoor shoes/wellies and a warm waterproof coat. They will also need to wear trousers/tracksuit bottoms etc.
Reading books will be sent home and these may be returned to school every Tuesday to be exchanged. Children will be reading in class through Guided Reading sessions throughout the week.
Homework will be given every Friday via Google Classroom. The children will have one week to complete the homework.
Self Isolating and Home Learning
Should members of the class, or the whole class need to self isolate or be off for prolonged periods, we will be using the Google Classroom and Hwb to manage activities and stay in touch.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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