Wonderful Worcester's Work
In English this half term we have been finding out what life was like in the trenches during WWI. We looked at a range of images in class and discussed what it would have been like to be a soldier during the war. We used our senses to explore the images – listing down a range of emotive and descriptive vocabulary. Following this we then used our ideas to help us to write letters in character to a relative back home alongside diary entries.
We have also watched a video clip in class entitled ‘The Christmas Truce,’ This is based upon the event that occurred on and around Christmas Day 1914, when the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front during World War I in favour of holiday celebration. We investigated this event writing some of the dialogue that may have taken place between characters and then we became reporters and wrote our own new reports for this important event.
In Maths, we have been developing our multiplication and division skills. We have practiced multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimal numbers by 10,100 and 1000. We learnt that it is the numbers that move and we used place value charts and whiteboards to help us. We then moved onto using the bus stop method for division. To help us visualise this we used place value counters to create the sums and then carry them out using our exchanging skills and working with a partner.
To celebrate Remembrance Day this term, we watched some clips in class, read some poems and discussed the importance of the poppy. Then on Wednesday 11th November we painted or sketched using pens our own poppy designs onto rocks.
In science, we are learning about Earth and space. The children are really enjoying learning about the different planets that make up our solar system. They were fascinated to discover where each planet is in relation to the sun and they researched some interesting facts which they used to create their own posters. Following this we used models of the planets and went out onto the playground and enacted the heliocentric model- which explains how planets orbit the sun. The children took turns holding the different planets and walking around the sun at different speeds to represent the speed of the planets. The faster of which is mercury, which takes 88 days and the slowest being Neptune- which takes 164 years.