It has been great to have the children back after half-term. They seemed well rested and happy to be back, which was lovely to see. The first challenge was sorting out the new seating plan and then making a few amendments as the week went on. Lots of children are sitting in new places with new people but it was good to see people being very sensible with the changes.
This week in shared reading we have been reading more about Shackleton and this week found out what happened when The Endurance eventually succumbed to the pressures of the ice. The children did some work on specific words and using dictionaries to find the meaning and then writing their own sentences. They also did some artwork visualising what the crew may have seen as they arrived on the relative sanctuary of Elephant Island. In English the children have been honing their sales skills by producing a sales brochure of The Polaris (later The Endurance). The children spent time looking at some examples of adverts and sales brochures and picking out specific features such as hyperbole and rhetorical questions. It was good to see some of our budding sales people make themselves known to the class with well placed exaggeration and lots of different facts and opinions. In maths we have been comparing and ordering fractions, decimals and percentages. The children enjoyed applying their known skills to this new area and did some great work. We have then been looking at finding percentages of whole numbers, a useful life skill! In geography we started our new project, Raging Rivers. We spent the first lesson using maps and atlases to find the various rivers in the UK and looked at what the mouth and the source of the river means. In DT we began our new project based around world foods and healthy eating. The children learnt about the different food groups, the importance of water and fibre and also what foods contain what vitamins and minerals. The children then started to complete their own food diaries with the aim to analyse what their diet looks like. In RE the children also started a new topic, Freedom. This week the children have been looking at what freedom means to different world religions. Finally in PE I was delighted to be able to teach cricket to the children. We did various different activities looking at improving our catching and throwing skills. I was so impressed with some of the skills on display and I will be looking to get in touch with the ECB to offer some replacements should England require them this summer.
This weeks song choice is by Welsh rockers Kids in Glass Houses. A band that I have seen live and I rate highly. Enjoy. Next week may have a Euros inspired anthem.