Firstly, I would like to apologise for not posting a blog in the past two weeks as some of the teachers have been having trouble with their admin side of their blogs!
I really hope you all enjoyed coming in to see how well the children had done in their History topic last week and we have now started our new topic - Portraits and Self-Portraits.
I was so impressed by the children's art homework- we have some very talented artists in the class! We spent the beginning of the week looking at famous portraits and self-portraits by some famous artists, both old and new. We appraised them, saying how they made us feel, what we could spot in them, what colours they could see and whether we thought it was old or modern.
We spent today drawing our faces as accurately as possible. Did you know our eyes are in the middle of our faces? Did you know our ears start where our eyes begin and end where our nose ends? I was really proud of the children trying something they hadn't done before and really giving it a go! The end results were great and we will be using these techniques next week to help us experiment with paints, brush strokes and colours.
In English, we have finished writing our stories about Traction Man and his adventures in our classroom (like Zip-lining across the deadly classroom to save Scrubbing Brush from the Evil Pegs who will nip him - which is the picture at the top of the blog!). We have now started looking at a story in an unfamiliar setting called Zahra which is a short film set in Africa. We spent the week exploring what we liked and disliked about it, what puzzled us about it and what other stories or other things it reminded us of. We have sequenced the story, thinking about how Zahra feels in each part and we have thought about what she is like as a character, exploring both the way she looks and her personality, making sure we are using evidence from the film to back up our answers. The secret word is Leonardo Da Vinci.
In Maths we have been exploring using the greater than, less than and equal to signs to compare numbers, we have solved problems involving ordering them and also involving counting backwards and forwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Today we solved different place value problems around the classroom to crack a secret code and show off what we have learned so far! We will be starting addition and subtraction next week.
I know the children are all looking forward to the disco next Wednesday and we are also celebrating Harvest in school.
Have a lovely weekend.
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