This week we have started our new topic Forces and Magnets and been looking at what a force is? What is a pull? What is a push? And where we might use a force everyday in our daily lives.
Our focus artist this term is Vincent Van Gogh, we have been finding out about his life and how he became an artist. The children then explored and experimented with a variety of oil pastel techniques in preparation for future lessons when we will be creating our Van Gogh inspired Narnia scene.
Our focus this term is Where I live. The children were introduced to maps in this weeks lesson and how and why we need maps? They then learnt how to find something on a map using a grid reference. Making their own Stone Age camp inspired maps and writing down the grid references for the chosen symbols.
This week we have been thinking about the Muslim faith and how Muslims practice their religion. We found out about the five pillars of Islam and why these are important for Muslims to live by. The children then drew their own pillars with the values they would like to follow in their lives.
We have been thinking about the different types of emotions and why we might feel them. Focusing on what the feeling of grief is and when we might experience this and how we can use coping mechanisms to help us with our grief.
The children used the program word to learn about word processing. They practiced some skills that they may need to word process a document such as changing the size, font and colour of text.
This week the children learnt about friction and how objects can move differently over different surfaces. Using a toy we did an experiment to see which surface the car moved the best over. We sorted our results into a table of a lot of friction and a little friction.
Following on from last weeks lesson maps we looked at compasses and how we can use them and when. We practiced using compasses in the classroom noting what was north, south, east and west.
We have continued to look at the Muslim faith and who is Allah and why it is important to pray five times per day. The children discussed how they would feel about praying five times per day and if they think religion is important. We also discussed these ideas as a class.
This week we continued to look at grief and ways of coping with this emotion. We talked about memory boxes and how these can help. The children drew their own memory boxes in their books and what they would put in them to remember. We also made tye dye t-shirts for anti bullying week!
This week we continued learning word processing skills. The children explored inserting text boxes and changing the format and colour of these.
This week the children found out about magnets, what they can do and what materials are magnetic. The children drew Mr or Mrs Magnet and speech bubbles about magnet facts.
This week we talked about the difference between countries, counties, cities and village. We used atlas's to find the area we live in on the map and used the key to find out what is around us and what cities are near by. We then used google earth to find the school.
The children have continued to study Vincent Van Gogh and this week focused on the painting Starry Night. We zoomed in on a section of the painting and used our oil pastel techniques to recreate the close up. We then talked about the texture and colours in the painting.
This week we looked at mosques and how Muslims go to pray there. We explored inside the mosque and how Muslims use decorative tiles rather than paintings of people.
Design and Technology
The children took part in an artist led workshop to create papier mache characters from the story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. They use magazines, felt and buttons to decorate their characters. The children then focused on structures and what these are. They then looked at words we could use to describe the structure, shape and form of pieces of different artworks. The children then designed and made their very own wardrobes from Narnia.
This week the children recapped ideas on what is a magnet. We looked at magnetic materials and what these are. Then the children explored the classroom with magnets to find magnetic materials.
The children have continued to look at maps of the local area. This week we compared Stanley Street now with the 1950s and talked about how it had changed and if anything was still there now from the map. We talked about features we could compare such as symbols on the maps.
The children discussed the painting 'A Starry Night' by Van Gogh and what they did and did not like about it. The children thought about Narnia and what they would include in a scene of Narnia inspired by A Starry Night. The children designed their scenes ready to start their final masterpieces next week.
We focused on the Lords Prayer this week and why this important to Christians. The children wrote their own prayers including things that are important to them.
In we discussed appropriate and inappropriate touch and when we should report this to adult. We talked about how we should be kind to people and that bullying is wrong. The children wrote an anti-bullying oath.
We have enjoying learning about the Stone Age, finding out about where they lived and what they ate. We have explored making pottery and taken part in an enrich archaeology workshop.
The children have been learning about why Christians celebrate certain festivals and why. We have also been talking about the 10 commandments.
We have been learning about the human body, what we need to stay healthy, what parts of our skeleton are called and how this supports and protects us. We took part in an experiment to see how our heart rate increased during exercise and how the bodies biggest muscle works.
The children have been learning how to program scratch logo and turtle this term. We have also been doing some blogging about the Stone Age.
The children have been exploring stone age art and the caves of Lasceux. We have experimented with different ways to make marks, drawn like a cave man and designed and made our very own stone age sculptures out of clay. Looking at how art from the past can influence artists in the future.
Design and Technology
The children designed and made posters that promotes recycling and why its important to look after our planet. The poster had a moving mechanism and we looked at levers that had a loose and fixed pivot.
We have set our targets and what the children would like to improve on throughout the year.