Welcome to Gloucester’s October blog. We have had a very busy month with lots of new learning.
Read on below to find out some of the things we have been doing in our lessons.
In English, we have been looking at myths and legends. We read and discussed a model text based on Arthurian legends. Then, we set about imagining, contextualising, and describing some knights of our own, before sending them off on a quest of our making as we used our latest writing techniques to craft our own legends.
In maths, we have been identifying, naming and writing equivalent fractions. Then, we moved on to comparing units of measurement for distance, time, and weight.
In computing, we have been creating our own games using the software Scratch, we have designed our own algorithms to instruct our sprite what to do. We have enjoyed sharing trying out each others games as well as looking at other games that have been created using Scratch.
In RE, we have considered how we might explore the visible evidence of Christian belief by studying the design of Christian places of worship. We have also investigated (and sung) Christian songs of worship. Next, we traced Christian ideas of forgiveness back to their source, reading and discussing Bible passages. Finally, we combined all these ideas into speeches to be delivered to world leaders, investigating how Christian beliefs could make the world a better place.
The children are making so much improvement in their swimming it is wonderful to see. We have children who were unable to swim at the beginning of the term who are now almost completing a width.
In Geography, we have been studying how humans map and imagine Planet Earth. We used atlases to name and plot European countries, learnt how to use compass directions, and discovered how humans use time-zones to ensure that countries all over the world can use the same system of time.
In science, we have investigated human life-cycles - learning about stages of development from infancy to old age. Alongside this, we have developed a range of scientific skills, encouraging investigative thinking, the ability to analyse and sort data, and pattern-seeking practices.
In French, we have continued to develop our understanding of basic grammar, learning that most nouns in French are gendered, and beginning to differentiate between these using gendered articles and pronouns. We have continued our outward-looking study of the world and its countries, with a focus on naming countries and continents.
We have interleaved our PESHR study with topics covered in different classes, using this time to discuss and grow our understanding of personal responsibility and citizenship. We have considered the positive and negative implications of diet and an active or inactive lifestyle, talked about safe and responsible mobile phone use, and ensured that we know that the same responsibilities apply whether we are online or in person.