Greek Myths have been a real hit in Oak Class. They have enjoyed retelling the story of Medusa and Perseus in their own words some thinking about using descriptive language to engage the reader.
In science, the children have been recreating the story of Daedalus and Icarus.
During History, we looked at some artefacts found by Heinrich Schliemann in 1893 believed to be artefacts found in the ancient city of Troy. The children came up with some great questions during the enquiry stage and answered their question once they had researched the artefacts.
We are going to miss the topic of Greek Myths but next half term will be exploring Greece itself.
Have a great half term and we'll see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday 7th June.
It has been so amazing watching the children really engage and share with us, their excitement for learning the next Myth in our journey. They have really enjoyed Perseus and Medusa, they made character cards to show their learning. The children has also learnt about the 12 most important Gods and Goddesses in Greek Mythology.
In computing, we are starting to support the children to independently log-on to their chrome books and explore basic computer skills.
Our art lessons over the past few weeks have been looking at Greek pottery, how they decorated the pots and the columns. Here are the children recreations of their pots and columns.
This week, in maths we have been recapping our knowledge of fractions. Investigating halves and quarters of number and shapes. Some of the class investigated how many times a piece of paper could be folded in half. Can you find all 8 ways?
In English, we have learnt about a new Greek myth Icarus and Daedalus. Having read different version the class were really interested the idea of the idea of differences in story telling.
In the afternoon, the class looked at the differences between Sparta and Athens. We looked how education, government, Geography, life of boys and girls were different in the two areas In Ancient Greece. The class then enjoyed a debate about where they would rather live with some interesting ideas. See below.
" Athens because you get a choice of what you can do" Jack
" Athens as you get to go to school" Murphy
"Sparta because girls would be trained to box" Grace
" Athens because I can choose to be in the army" Rafi
" Athens because you had a tiny bit more choice. Sparta because I would get to go into the mountains. (But I'd prefer Postbridge or Chagford, honestly!)" George
In French we have been looking eye colour, hair length and appearance. Can they tell which they have?
Here is some help. ( The red id some help with pronunciation).
We had a very theatrical start to the week this week. Continuing our Ancient Greek myths topic we turned our focus onto the story of King Midas. The children took great delight in bringing his character to life by role playing and then writing out dialogue between him and The Satyr who granted his wish. It was great to see everyone show off their greedy, selfish and eventually remorseful sides.
In maths the children have been experimenting with and investigating perimeter. They have used a range of methods to calculate the distance around the outside of many different shapes. They have used their previous knowledge of rectangles and squares to work out perimeters in efficient ways.
We hope you all had a fantastic Easter. The children have been sharing their Easter adventures which sound like lots of fun!
Welcome back to the summer term and the lovely weather that has joined us too.
This term, we are exploring Ancient Greece and have started enjoying Greek Myths in English. We has really captured the children's imaginations.. learning about Pandoras box and Arachne the spinner.
Our maths we have started looking at length, looking at equivalent lengths, comparing lengths and adding lengths of objects.
As 22nd April was Earth Day, we had a class discussion about saving our planet and listing ways in which we could help make an impact on global warning. The children had lots of brilliant ideas so we made Earth day books.
What an action packed, learning filled week!
in English, we exploring art in our work. We created poems linked to colour and emotions after having talked about how colour makes us feel.
The most amazing images were created in our minds from the words used.
Here are a sample.
We continued our Stone Age journey to explore Stonehenge. We enjoyed a class discussion as to how the stone were set in place and the different methods that may have been used to move them. Benji continued his learning of the subject at home and shared some really interesting facts with the class... historians believe that Stonehenge was actually moved from a site in Wales and that the site was possibly a healing site. Great work!
As part of our English we read the beautiful story The Promise,
'Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old'
The class were tasked to make seed bombs, to take home and decorate somewhere that needed brightening up and make others feel happy. They wrote some magical stories of spreading their own joy of planting in a grey place.
We also took on the role of a Stone Age person, the children had the opportunity to whittle spear heads from soap. We had some natural whittlers in class, who demonstrated great acts of kindness, to fellow class mates by offering help to those who were struggling.
Friday saw a classroom full of creative characters for our celebration of world book day.
My Sunday evenings are usually filled with fear and anxiety when I think about what horrors await me on a Monday morning (only half kidding!!) But I was genuinely excited last Sunday about the prospect of coming into school and teaching a full class of willing and happy children. I am pleased to say that everybody lived up to my expectations and I have left school each evening feeling content and energised after working with such an interesting jolly bunch.
If you have been around Oak class this week you will have noticed a very distinct motif. I have been telling myself that it has been my influence, although I’m not sure that’s the case. The very popular theme has been the wearing of facial hair. Many children have been keen to get involved exemplifying the general silly and good humoured spirit of this fantastic bunch.
The first week back has certainly been fun. We have been working in small teams to solve problems and confront challenges. The teams have been tasked with creating boardgames and building paper towers. The children all worked extremely well together; listening well to others and respecting their ideas.
In English we have been having lots of meaningful and purposeful discussions about feelings; looking at various colours, images and stories that evoke powerful emotions. We started the week reading the secret sky garden and got the paints and pencils out to create our own happiness kites.
Another Lockdown week complete! Well done everybody.
This week, In English we have continued to explore non- chronological reports. We ventured in to the library to explore the different characteristics of a non-chronological report. Can you name any?? (Title, subheadings, technical vocabulary) The children were then given the task to create their own creature to write a non-chronological text about. Here are few examples of the amazing reports the children completed.
In art, we've been exploring Van Gogh's Starry night. Oak are such a talented bunch....
We are really looking forward to all the children returning to school on Monday. We are dressing up for world book day next Friday. I wonder what characters we will see!
This week has been one of change and growth for Oak class. We welcomed Jake back into the classroom to great fanfare- we missed his jolly demeanour and hard working attitude.
Mr. Frewin has been getting his wallet out in class this week. The children have been identifying and adding different amounts of money – the totals have not been very high! We have learned different strategies to add both notes and coins. Remembering to add the larger denominations first. Starting with paper then to gold to silver and finally copper.
A huge well done goes out to Fred who has proved to be as adept at adding coins as well notes.
In English this week we begun our topic on non-chronological report writing. We started by creating a fictional creature using Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo as a stimulus.
Many of the pupils both at home and in school, loved the chance to create their own beast and used their descriptive powers to bring their creation to life.
Benjy Chambers created a really scary three headed Moor prowler (see the pic) that I will definitely try and steer clear of on my moorland runs.
After creating the beasts we decided a find of this importance needs to be shared with the grandfather of nature, Sir David Attenborough. We wrote a letter to the nation’s darling informing him of our unique discoveries. Check out Mikey’s super effort.
We started new topics in RE and science as well this week. We are now going to be learning about Judaism in RE and plants in science. We’ve started our RE topic looking at the story of Abraham and the founding of Judaism. We acted out the story in class and Ruby played a fantastic God and Arthur a fantastic Abraham- great job guys.
Well done to everyone at home that went to the time and effort to buy compost seeds and pots for our science investigation. We will investigate what a plant needs to grow strong and healthy. The seeds are now in and ready to germinate. Hopefully they will be seedlings by the time we all get back. I special mention needs to go to Henry who did some fantastic plant research online. He even created a beautifully presented did you know fact on a leaf template.
We also went back in history to start our learning about our new topic Stone Age to Iron Age. We looked at what Prehistory meant and created a timeline to show all the different age... Can you name any? That's correct Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age. We looked at the different eras in the Stone Age. Then delved a little deeper in to The Stone Age. There was lots of great discussion about threats and assets of animals, trees, caves and plants. We are looking forward to learning more.
Continuing this weeks unintentional dragon/monster theme, We have started learning the French for different body parts as Mrs Robertson has set us the challenge to invent our own monsters. We will keep you posted on our creations