Welcome to Athens Class
Welcome back to what promises to be an exciting and fun-filled new term! I am really looking forward to engaging in some brilliant story telling, fact finding and educational exploration across the whole curriculum. I just know it's going to be great. Let's be the very best that we can be!
As part of our topic we wrote newspaper reports and, as part of that, we pretended to be competitors in the Ancient Olympics. We then interviewed each other about how we felt taking part in the competition. (I don't know why we used glue sticks for microphones - they didn't work!)
We were investigating forces in our Science work. We tried to become independent investigators - and were getting quite good at it by half term. These photos show us investigating the relationship between air resistance and surface area when using paper spinners.
And these ones show us investigating the correspondence between shape and water resistance. We were trying to see which plasticine shape descended to the bottom of the measuring cylinder quickest. It involved a good deal of planning and preparation, co-operative team work and careful observation and timing. Real engineers and scientists have to use exactly the same skills as us when they are designing vehicles, so this is good practice for the future!
Spring topic 'Circle of Life'.
We hope you had as much fun as we did!
In maths, we were learning different strategies to help with our multiplication. Here are examples of how we used Base 10 and place value counters to help develop our understanding and method.
During this topic, we have been learning about South Africa. We were fortunate enough to have an African dance workshop in school. Take a look at some of our moves....
Trumpets and Trombones : A brass band concert
Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to have lessons in playing trombone and trumpet from Mr Christmas, a teacher at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys. He was very impressed with our musical skills and ability and asked us to play at a concert with the older students (and teachers) from his school. We played a jazz number called C Jam Blues by ourselves and joined in with the finale of "Boogie On Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder. We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves; so did the audience!
Part of being a successful band or class or team involves co-operating and listening to each other's points of view. We thought hard about friendship and co-operation and asked each other what we thought was important . We compiled our answers in a questionnaire.
This term our topic is
We will be looking at the causes and consequences of Natural Disasters around the world and throughout history.
Of course we have continued to develop our musical skills in the classroom. We have been learning about rhythm and melody by learning to play the recorder. This is teaching us to read music as well. Some of us have even bought our own recorders to practise at home! Thank you mums and dads!
As part of our DT work, we had to think about healthy eating. We learnt all about the different food groups and why they are important and also what foods and drinks we should avoid - or, at least, consume sparingly!
We chose to make rhubarb and orange crumble. Many of us had never eaten rhubarb before and none of us had prepared this particular dish. Although some of us were not especially keen, most of us really enjoyed the tasting as well as the cooking and we even found time to cross-reference a particular book... "Please sir, may I have some more?"
Science is one of our favourite subjects. We look forward to it every week. It involves so many different tasks and disciplines. We need to ask questions, propose hypotheses, carry out investigations and experiments, check results and draw conclusions. So many transferable skills to help us understand the world around us.
The photos show us investigating heat conductivity and insulation and irreversible chemical reactions.
It is important to keep our bodies healthy if we are going to learn well. We did some circuit training with Challenge the Champions and really enjoyed ourselves.
A dance teacher came in and taught us some carnival moves. We had a lot of different patterns and steps to remember and she kept us working solidly for 40 minutes. We had a great dance at the end!