Welcome to April’s blog. It has been a busy, but very productive month!
In English, we have been reading a story called Lila and the Secret of Rain. The book is about a small village in Kenya who are being battered by the sun. The crops are failing and there is no water in the well. Lila knows she has to try and save the people from certain death. After a discussion with her grandad, Lila goes on an adventure to the highest mountain and pleads with it to let it rain. When she thinks that all hope is lost, the sky erupts with rain and the village is saved. During this topic, the children used drama to understand the character’s feeling and emotions at different points in the story. This then enabled the children to write the story in their own words.
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting numbers using different representations. The skills required for this were partitioning, understanding place value and knowledge of using base 10. This knowledge allowed the children to draw the numbers and work their answers out.
In RE, we have been looking at Judaism. We looked closely at a Jewish family and how they celebrate Shabbat each Friday evening. Shabbat is the day of rest for Jews and allows families to spend good, quality time with one another. This usually starts with a family dinner on Friday and then some form of charitable work the day after. Shabbat represents the day of rest when God created the world in seven days.
In CCCS, we have been looking at how to use search engines. The children were tasked with finding interesting facts about Kenya (a cross-curricular link to our English topic – Lila and the Secret of Rain.) The children discovered that there is more than one search engine and used Google, Bing and Yahoo.
That is it, for now, folks, we hope you enjoyed our April blog and we look forward to seeing you again in May.