In English, we moved our learning focus to non-fiction materials, exploring non-chronological reports. We identified and discussed the importance of the key features of a report, such as: headings and subheadings, paragraphing; use of the past tense, technical vocabulary and glossaries. We used this knowledge to create reports based on the events of World War One to commemorate the fallen soldiers and inform other children in our school of some of the key people and events which transpired.
In Maths, our learning focus has moved to fractions. We began our unit by discussing what fractions are, how they link with other areas of Maths learning and which types of fraction skills we needed to practice using concrete, pictorial and abstract resources. From this, we were able to begin comparing fractions with the same numerators or denominators, before ordering/comparing fractions with different denominators, using our multiplication skills to find the lowest common multiples.
In Science, we have started our new unit of learning based on electricity. First, we asked studied a range of components to understand how they might be used in an electrical circuit. Then, we explored basic series circuits to better understand the role of a battery and wire in the creation of successful electrical current. Once we had established the role of each component, we began to explore troubleshooting activities – identifying faults in circuits, before fixing these faults and drawing the correct circuit diagrams.
In RE, we have begun to study and appreciate peoples’ faiths and our country’s diversity. With Armistice Day imminent, the children discussed the important of faith to help people when times are tough. From this, we came up with our own personal life values to live by each day, to support us when aspects of our own lives become difficult. Thinking about those people who lost a loved one or parent in the war, we used our knowledge to write a letter of encouragement to a child and generate inspiring words for the future