We started the week welcoming a new member to our class. Alexandra, the children were really happy to meet you and we hope you've enjoyed your first week with us. On Monday we had the Diwali day workshop where we learned about the festival and how to relax via meditation. We continued our work on the book 'War Game'- in the latest chapter the characters in the story have arrived at the front line and are currently getting to grips with life in the trenches. We have learned about trench life and on Friday we braved the mud and bogs of the school field to get an idea of what it was like. We played catching games that involved us going 'over the top' and into no man's land to help our friends and make up ground. We got extremely muddy and had loads of fun....thank you to parents for providing the children with clothing and footwear to make this lesson possible! Next week we will be writing war diaries about 'trench life'.
In year 4 this week we have been looking at division. Mrs Spence showed us how to do 'Partial Tables', which helped us to find big 'chunks' of a number, which helped with our division. In English, we have been looking at fables and the morals behind them. We have learnt how to use inverted commas properly and had to punctuate some sentences with play dough. Then Mrs Spence would move our sentence around, so we had to make sure it made sense and move the punctuation. On Monday, we were lucky enough to take part in a Diwali workshop where we learned lots about the Hindu gods/goddesses. Some of us even had to dress up! Look at our pictures below!
We had a great time on Diwali day, dressing up, having our faces painted and generally learning more about a very interesting aspect of Hinduism. Please see the pictures below. We've enjoyed reading newspaper reports and we have started to write our own, focusing on impersonal language and using passives as much as possible.