It has been another busy week for 5/6B and a week where the unpredictable weather has played havoc with our plans! We also have learnt to feel sorry for anyone who works as a roofer as the children have heard the people currently working on the school roof scrambling to take cover from the downpours we have experienced.
We started a new scheme that the whole school will be undertaking. It is called Rtime and has been developed by two former primary school head teachers. The aim of the scheme is to develop and support the building of relationships in class. The idea is that children are given the opportunity to work in pairs which are chosen at random. In their pairs the children will undertake different activities which revolve around cooperation and team work. It has been amazing to see how much the children have loved it and how happy they have been to work with different people. Long may it continue!
In the classroom the children have continued to impress with their hard work and enthusiasm for their learning. In shared reading we have again been looking at texts related to Antarctica. This week we looked at several non-chronological reports where we picked out specific features and language choice. We also took the opportunity to learn more about the Earth's most southern continent. In English the children have begun writing their own non-chronological report on the frozen continent; this links in with Shackleton's Journey with the children being asked to imagine that this report would be used by Shackleton and his men to help them on their expedition. In maths we have been looking at fractions. This has included converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, adding and subtracting a range of fractions and finally adding and subtracting mixed numbers and improper fractions. In history the children were given different images of Mayan artefacts and also Mayan temples and asked to analyse what they were, what they may have been used for and how they came to be. It was really interesting to see the children puzzle over these images and also to discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources. In science we have looked at air resistance and also the work of Galileo Galilei (we did not sing any part of Bohemian Rhapsody). The children took part in an experiment where they dropped objects from different heights to see the impact of air resistance. In PE we were forced to work in the hall due to the weather with the children particularly enjoying the high jump event! In RE the children again have been studying the bible and this week they have been looking at forming links between ideas in the gospel and how Christians live their lives. The final bit of learning was an impromptu history lesson on the Yalta Conference. Inspired by a podcast I listened to whilst doing the weekly shop I attempted to quickly give the children a lecture on the finer points of the conference and the differing ideas of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill. Edge of your seat stuff!
This weeks song choice is from the powerhouses of nineties pop, Ace of Base. The children have requested more diversity in the Friday song choice and if it is diversity that they want then that is what they will get. A big tune and reminds me of some classic school discos.