Brass class had a fantastic first week of the term. We were very pleased to hear the we will all be together again in school from next week. Until then, we are still making the most of the last few weeks of remote learning and working hard on Seesaw.
In English, the children read a poem called ‘The Dreadful Menace’ which was written for a winter Olympics advert. We explored how figurative language was used to personify winter and give an impression of power. Using the same structure and rhythm, children then wrote their own poem about a volcano. There were some incredible pieces that used metaphors and powerful vocabulary to truly bring the volcano to life!
For World Book Week this week, children will be looking at graphic novels and comic books. For English, we’ll be reading ‘The Hero Twins’ which is based on a Maya legend. Children will learn all about the ancient ball game pok-ta-pok and have the opportunity to write and illustrate part of the comic themselves! In Guided Reading, we’ll be using ‘The White Bird’ by R.J. Palacio, a beautiful graphic novel that tells the story of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.
In Maths, we are continuing to differentiate the work based on the groups children were part of in school. Those in Copper maths are continuing their work on fractions. Last term, they learned how to simplify fractions, convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and find equivalent fractions. They are now looking at how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers. Children in Brass and Bronze maths have completed fractions and are currently revising number before we return to school next week.
Our topic this term is ‘The Mysterious Maya’. Last week, we launched the topic by creating our own Maya masks. We got to show these off on our class Zoom and they were incredible! This week, we’ll be looking at when the Maya lived and how the length of their civilisation compares to other periods of history we’ve previously learned about.
There are lots of great activities happening this week for World Book Week, including a Book Swap, ‘The Masked Reader’ videos and daily photo challenges. This should be a fun way to end remote learning and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back next week.