Class 4 children have had a very busy, but extremely enjoyable, first few weeks of the second half of the Autumn Term. Our reading and writing skills have continued to thrive using our core text 'The Hobbit', by J. R. R Tolkien. We have explored the three narrative voices that Tolkien uses in his story, one example being the intrusive narrator who offers their own opinions on the actions and events taking place. The children have also learned about Tolkien's use of sibilance and anastrophe in his character Gollum. We all had great fun creating and reading out conversations between two characters involving repeated and elongated 's' sounds (sibilance) and jumbled word order like Yoda (anastrophe). Anyone walking past our classroom that day would have thought it rather strange!
In Mathematics lessons, our learning has taken us on from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. These two areas rely heavily on a secure knowledge of times tables and their related division facts, so we have been practising these during our daily skills lessons after lunch. The children have been working with numbers of increasing size, securing their ability to carry and use remainders in the 'bus stop' short method of division. This week we have begun our block on fractions, which will takes us up to the end of term. The children have been applying the same levels of focus and concentration in lessons, so I am sure that we will be fraction geniuses before very long!
In other areas of learning, we have started our new topic on 'Forces' in Science lessons. We have been learning about Isaac Newton and measuring forces in Newtons, carrying out experiments that involve reading a variety of scales. Our topic has taken us on to learning about air resistance and we have begun to plan and carry out experiments which test this. In history, we have continued our learning on the Romans and, in particular, have researched the catastrophic events which led to the desolation (and resurrection) of Pompeii. The children have been learning about Pliny the historian, and his uncle, and how the preserved remains of cities (such as Pompeii) which are located in the vicinity of Mount Vesuvius, can teach us vast amounts about how the Ancient Romans lived.
In RE lessons, we have been learning about the Islamic faith and how Muslims are led by the Five Pillars, which shape their religious beliefs. We have researched what each pillar represents and how this impacts their day to day lives. The children were particularly taken with Zakat, the third Pillar of Islam, which involves the giving of one's wealth to charity on a regular basis. We have been watching videos which show young Muslims in Britain talking about their faith and rituals, comparing these to Christianity. The children have been really interested and engaged in lessons, offering some very thoughtful questions and insights.
We have been learning much more during the last four weeks - too much to mention! It is a testament to their keen minds and positive attitudes that we have been able to fit so much in during the last four weeks. We are bound to cover even more before the term ends, as we embrace the joyful Christian festival of Christmas next month. Well done Class 4 for your enthusiasm, enjoyment and hard work. Miss Clark