Sharks started reading the picture book Malala's Magic Pencil, which introduced us to Malala and the impact she has had on campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan and around the world. We wanted to find out more about Malala's life, so read extracts from her autobiography, I Am Malala, and we found out what it was like living under Taliban rule and how Malala had the strength to stand up to the men who were telling her she could not go to school. We learnt a lot about the lives of people living in Pakistan and it made us appreciate some of the rights we take for granted in our own lives.
We then read Blue is the Proudest Colour about a girl wearing hijab to school for the first time. We enjoyed a drama lesson which helped us to think about the possible motivation behind the way some of the characters acted; this helped us to appreciate the importance of our school value of Respect and Compassion.
We have been consolidating our understanding of place value this term, building confidence exchanging between place value columns and partitioning large numbers and decimals in different ways. We have been using a range of equipment to help us demonstrate our understanding, including making our own ‘decimal dienes’ where we had to cut a cube into ten ‘sheets’ to make tenths, and then cut each tenth into ten little ‘sticks’ to make hundredths, and then each hundredth into ten tiny ‘dots’ to make thousandths! We had to use our resilience when cutting up these fiddly little pieces of card, but this has helped us to visualise what decimal place value means, and why 0.1 is greater than 0.099!
In the second half of term we have continued to build upon this understanding of place value, including reading scales to help us calculate with measures and graphs; we have also learnt how to convert between fractions and decimals.
In PE we loved our first lesson playing Rounders, where lots of children showed our school value of Personal Success with Humility when they discovered that they were better at batting than they anticipated. We were a bit disappointed when our second Rounders lesson on developing our fielding skills was rained off… until we realised we could hold a Benchball tournament instead! Our skilled defenders showed great Confidence, Self-belief and Endurance in this fast-paced game!
One of the highlights of the term have been our Mental Health sessions with the Oxford Activators. In these sessions we get to do a half hour of physical activity - Getting Active being of the Five Ways to Wellbeing - and then we have had a classroom session learning about different aspects of positive mental health, such as strategies to cope with stress and anxiety, setting goals and being resilient.
As part of our RE unit, ‘Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?’ we have started considering what we mean by ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and thinking about the consequences of our actions. We have revised what we know about The Five Pillars of Islam and understand that the Koran gives Muslims instructions on how to live a good life.
As part of our topic work on the theme of Diversity, we have learnt about the life of Muhammad, pbuh, and how he founded the Muslim religion. We found out about the struggle for power following Muhammed’s death and voted on who we thought the next Caliph should be. We have also played a trading game to help us understand The Silk Road – an important trade route that influenced the location of the founding of Baghdad.
In Science we are continuing with the unit on Electrical Circuits which we started during the Spring lockdown. Now we are back in school, we are enjoying practical Science lessons, using our understanding of circuit diagram symbols to help us construct circuits, and investigating the effect of increasing the voltage of the battery on the brightness of the bulb… including what happens when a bulb is ‘blown.’