In Maths this month we have been revising place value and developing our core skills in addition and subtraction. We have been using Base Ten and diagrams to demonstrate our understanding of exchanging (eg. One 10 for ten 1’s). We have also been using linking cubes and the bar model to help us solve missing number problems as well as worded questions.

In English, we have been looking at a book, The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. At a first glance, the incredible illustrations depict a story about rabbits and lemurs. However, it is an allegory or metaphor for colonalisation in Australia many years ago. It explores themes of discrimination and conflict, which links well to themes explored in History.

In History children have learnt about the Black Civil Rights movement in America. We have focused on key events, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, and analysed causes, consequences and their overall impact. Children have debated which event they think was the most important and have demonstrated how they can place events in order on a timeline.

In PSHE, we have been exploring children’s rights in Britain and around the world. We have focussed on the right: All children have the right to an education, a safe education. We have had discussions about what we appreciate at school, from caring teachers to excellent equipment and facilities. This was a time for children to share their thoughts and feelings. We came to conclusions that although at times we may be reluctant to go to school, we are all incredibly lucky to have an excellent education that prepares us well for a successful future.