We are continuimg to use books related to the rainforest in English, reading the book ‘The Shaman’s Apprentice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvr4tY5KkSM) to look at the issues raised by the destruction of the rainforests and the impact on the indigenous populations. Focusing on organising our work into paragraphs and using fronted adverbials to make out writing more interesting, we then wrote our own version of the story, thinking about how modern society has changed the lives of the people of the Amazon Rainforest.
Our final writing task of the term was based on the book ‘Red Alert’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugTlenjTicQ). As well as informing the reader about the threats to their chosen animal the children needed to make the background eye catching, showing the creature’s habitat.
Our handwriting and sentence work focuses on spelling and phonic patterns. It would hugely benefit the children if they could rehearse the joins they do at home when they are completing the writing. We work incredibly hard as a class with our presentation and high expectations of work.
Over the last few weeks we have revisited calculation strategies involving 4-digit numbers. They have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using the column methods but also plenty of practical activities to help secure understanding.
The class have also continued working on multiplication skills and we would like them to continue to work on this at home through either our apps (TTRS or Ed Shed) or old fashioned recall of multiplication facts.
We have all really enjoyed the opportunity to use our outdoor area more. Mr Pemble is helped us make the most of this fantastic resource. As well as learning some great new games to help develop our listening skills and resilience, we have been challenged to choose different partners to work with, known as our 'Muddy Buddies'. We were also able to use the Forest School to make pictures of the endangered animals we were looking at in our topic.
We finished off our Tennis with a couple of matches in which we attempted to use the scoring methods. The children have improved with their skills and can now hit the ball at a target with the racquet now secure.