Azure class are fully immersed in this term’s topic ‘From Source to Sea’. In whole class reading, the children have been learning about the Earth’s natural resources and have been able to retrieve and discuss information from the text. The book ‘What a Waste’ is a great one for children of primary age – its full of information and is presented in an engaging way. Azure class have found the images useful for remembering key facts and they like the clear and colourful layout because it made each section easy to read.
During book week, we had time to focus on a book called ‘I Talk Like a River’ by Jordan Scott. A touching and revealing tale about a boy who has a stutter. The children showed empathy for the main character’s situation and showed maturity when we discussed the challenges they face in their own lives. We thought and wrote about what makes each of us unique and celebrated our differences. Finally, the children painted watercolour self portraits which opened to reveal a poem they had each written about themselves. They were all so proud of their work!
In English, we have been very busy learning about plastic pollution and the impact on rivers and oceans. Through images and videos, the children have gained a good understanding of the topic which really helped them to write quiz questions for their classmates. They even provided answers (upside down) so their partner couldn’t cheat! Also, the children have been practising using persuasive language and its going really well. Earlier this week the children wrote very persuasive letters to convince the year 4 adults to give them extra playtime and it worked! They mentioned the benefits of sunlight and fresh air, they insisted that socialising at playtime helps build school community and added that playtime was an excellent way to stay physical active and burn calories. How could we argue with that? Your child might be trying this out on you next. If your son or daughter starts using phrases like ‘I am sure that…’, ‘It is certain…’ or ‘Furthermore…’ they might be trying to persuade you – watch out!
Mrs Cooper, Azure Class