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Week 4 - 28th of September to 2nd of October 2020

Our focus in Maths this week has been on doubling and halving two digit numbers. As you know , we are checking and consolidating their undertanding of what they would have learned in school last year. It is vital that we do this, to enable the children to move on with confidence. Some of the class demonstrated a thorough understanding of this work, so went on to double and halve larger numbers.

In English, we continued to work on our text The Paperbag Princess, which is a funny, quirky modern fairytale. Last week we had a wondeful time discussing how we would rewrite the story from the dragon's perspective and we had a lot of fun with them pretending to be the dragon. On the Friday , they wrote notes , using bullet points in order to help them write. This week, they rewrote part of the story each day. I was very impressed with their imaginative ideas and with how they really got into the character. On Friday, they had the opportunity to read their stories aloud and to think about what their favourite parts were and to consider if they would change what they had done if they were doing it again.

 

They also created their own illustrations for the story and this helped them think more about the story and to empathise with the characters.
Next week, we will be starting our new story : Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Hounds by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.

This week's Spellings (ai words)  have been stuck into their Reading Journals and next week our focus will be on the 'ay' words. We no longer do spelling tests in our school but will be having dictations to check their knowledge of how to spell the words. Please practise the words every day. 

 

In History this week, we learned about the pyramids of Ancient Egypt and the children were fascinated by how such enormous buildings were created without the aid of modern cranes or other machines. They were intrigued and fascinated by the mummies which were interred within and by the secret passages.
We explored the inventions and the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians and each chid chose the one that they found most interesting and described it.
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