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Week 2

Well done 5/6A on another action packed week of learning!

In shared reading we have finally finished Shackleton's Journey. We have all loved the book and have been inspired by Shackleton and his leadership and care for his crew. We looked at the final stage of his adventure and looked at what makes a good leader and then answered some questions on the text.

In English we have been looking at Shackleton's log entries for his expedition and then the children wrote their own based on certain point of the expedition. It was good to see the children work on a type of writing that they hadn't seen before and learn to be succinct in what they were doing.

In maths we introduced a new topic: ratio. We began by thinking about the language of ratio, then moved on to expressing ratio using numbers and the : symbol and by the end of the week the children were using and applying their understanding of ratio to solve a range of problems.

In geography we continued our study of rivers by branching out from the UK and used atlases to find the major rivers of the world. The children then marked them on the map and looked at their source, the mouth of the river and the countries that they pass through.

In DT the children worked in pairs preparing salad. The children used knives, peelers and graters to prepare various vegetables and at the end of the lesson tasted and evaluate the various salad ingredients It was great to see the children trying lots of different food types and I think there may be a few parents that will have requests for pomegranates on the weekly shopping list!

In PE this week the children continued to develop their batting and fielding skills in both cricket and rounders.

In RE the children explored the idea of justice and how it relates to some stories in the bible and in wider life. 

This week also was the week in which we celebrate Day of the African Child. Each year we spend time learning about our link school in Bo, Sierra Leone. The children watched an assembly led by Mrs Newbold who explained about her time spent in Sierra Leone a few years ago. The children found the pictures very interesting and it really made us reflect on how lucky we are with all that we have at St Paul's. The children then designed their own school for the future and carefully considered what it would need and how it would benefit those who go to it. The completed designs will then be sent to MP Matt Western with the hope that he will consider discussing it in parliament. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Williams and Mrs Young

Food Technology - chopping and tasting vegetables that could be used in a salad