This half term, we have been learning about the very beginning of civilization - The Stone Age.
How do you learn about something which happened so very long ago? We have been looking at the very few primary sources of evidence which have survived hundreds of thousand years and the secondary sources written by historians more recently to learn about how our ancestors lived and how what they discovered all those years ago has helped to shape the people we are today.
Linked to this, we have completed a mini art topic on cave painting and we are more than thrilled with the outcomes we have produced both in our sketchbooks but also on large scale and in clay.
We continue to read Stig of the Dump and are using this to explore different genres of writing - I think we will all be a little sad when we reach the last chapter as Stig has become such an important part of our daily lives.
We look forward to Christmas and are beginning to prepare our classroom and learn Makaton signs for our class carol which will be recorded for our virtual concert this year.
We have had a great first couple of weeks settling into the juniors. You have all been so sensible with social distancing and you make us very proud. It's so nice to have the school full of children again.
Do you know what makes the Earth Angry? Well now you will as we will have lots of fun learning about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. We will look at how our planet is structured and what causes these catastrophic events. Towards the end of the topic we will make model volcanoes which will 'erupt' in the quiet area using a vinegar and bicarbonate of soda reaction.
In English, we will soon start reading the book 'Sig of the Dump' by Clive King. In the second chapter, Barney meets Stig who lives in a rubbish dump. You will use your imaginations to create an invention using broken items which are no longer use to people in the 21st century but really useful to a stone-age man living in a pit.
In maths we are starting to learn about the value of numbers. Don't be surprised if you get challenged in a few weeks to give your child the biggest number you can think of and they'll instantly be able to tell you if it is odd or even!