Brass Class have been very busy learners this term! Our topic ‘Disease and Development’ has been filled with facts, history sessions, science investigations and fantastic art! We have been learning about disease and medicine throughout the ages and it has been interesting to learn about crazy remedies that have been used over the years.
Have you ever wondered how people who lived in the middle ages tried to cure the plague? The had crazy cures and rotten remedies! In our English lessons, we have written a ‘Horrible Histories’ style text about the plague. We discovered that people used to cut the boils and blisters with a sharp blade and then cover the wounds in a layer of butter, onions and figs! They would also rub a live frog on the victims body and unsurprisingly it didn’t help. We enjoyed writing to our 17th Century patients in role as their physician. We used formal language and technical vocabulary to really get into character. Now we are using our topic learning about cholera in Victorian London to help us prepare and write persuasive speeches to prevent the disease from spreading any further.
In reading lessons, we began the term by learning about epidemics and pandemics, as well as discussing our own experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. More recently, we have been reading about polio and ebola to learn how the diseases spread and what treatments were used. Now we are preparing to debate whether we have got better at fighting diseases and seeing what evidence we can use to support our opinions.
In maths we have been working on fractions and enjoying them! It has been great to learn more about converting, adding and multiplying fractions. It’s very satisfying when you solve fraction problems because you have to think about lots of things at once.
We have all really enjoyed this topic and we’re looking forward to a visit from Mr History at the start of next term to bring all our learning together!