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A Very Warm Welcome Back and we hope you have all had a lovely Easter break

 

 

This Summer term our topic is Ancient Egypt. We will be linking this to Art and DT activities and some of our English writing work. Please look at our class page on the school website for our Summer Term’s Planning overview and for regular updates.  Our Maths topics this term are continuing with Fraction work, time, shape and measures.  We will then consolidate all areas and keep revisiting our four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  English genres are instructions, explanation texts, adventure story, newspaper report and persuasive leaflet to entice the reader to visit an Egyptian museum. 

 

 

 

Our Summer Weekly Overview is below:

Physical Theatre :  Exploring the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter.

As part of our 'Talk for Writing' we immersed ourselves into the journey that Howard Carter made into the tomb in the Valley of the Kings to find the treasures of Tutankhamun and the mummified pharaoh itself.  We formed a tunnel with our bodies to make it really dark and narrow and set out the tables in the way the antechamber, annexe, burial chamber and the treasury were shown to have been found in the sources of information we studied.  It was great fun crawling through the tunnels and imagining what it felt like reaching each chamber and finally seeing the amazing treasures and declaring the famous words of Howard Carter... 'I can see wonderful things'

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In Design Technology, we finally got to make the pizzas that we had designed following or Science topic on 'What makes a balanced healthy diet'.  We loved mixing the dough and stretching it out gently to make our base.  We all brought in different delicious toppings and had so much fun carefully using the knives to slice the tomatoes and cut the ham.  We couldn't bake them at school so we kept them cool in the fridge until home time and then cooked them and ate them for tea, sharing them with our family.
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ROCK STEADY

Years 3 and 4 had so much fun forming a band as a taster session one afternoon.  Now some of us are having weekly lessons playing one of the instruments or on vocals. 

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In P.E. this term we are practising skills for tennis, badminton and volley ball with an emphasis on hand eye coordination.
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In Maths, we are telling the time on an analogue clock, converting analogue to digital time and beginning to solve problems relating to time.  Our active maths lesson was a fun way to learn to match times to analogue clock faces.
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As part of our Topic/English work we learnt how Egyptian Pharaohs were mummified.  First we researched about this process.  Then we acted out the procedure and rehearsed the order of the steps in readiness for writing instructions next week.  We had lots of fun and think we made a fairly neatly presented mummy at the end of it!
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We had fun in smaller groups practising the mummification process to become more confident to write a set of instructions independently.
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Wild Woodcraft

 

Day 1

We had an amazing time visiting Wild Woodcraft to learn all about the Stone Age! 

 

Look at the pictures of all the amazing things we did while we were there!

 

On our second visit to Wild Woodcraft, we spent the day learning how to safely make fires. We followed all of the safety procedures and ended up getting in groups to make our own fires as a team. We used a special tool to create a spark and learnt how to build the fire so that oxygen could circulate to get it going quickly. This was such amazing fun and we all managed to build a roaring fire by the end of the session.

 

Day 2

Next, we learnt how to prepare and cook fish, just like Stone Age people would have done. We had to gut the fish first using a sharp piece of flint, and then had to endure the gruesome task of removing the innards with our hands. It was an important part of the session, realising that, if we eat meat, someone has to do this to our food before we get it and I think some of us we surprised by that fact.

 

Then, we looked at how water could be boiled using hot stones and couldn't believe at how hot it made the water!

 

All in all, it was a very cold but exciting day! We can't wait to go back next week :) 

 

Day 3

On our third visit, we learnt all about Stone Age weaponry. We practised using these weapons and decided on what situations they would be best used.

 

In the afternoon, we went hunting and foraging. We collected pine leaves to make pine tea and had a taste after it was cooked. It was actually quite yummy and was very good for us with loads of Vitamin C. After that, we played a game where we practised spearing a pretend fish which was moving very quickly. It was so tricky, but lots of fun!

 

Day 4

On our final visit, the day was all about crafts! As it was very wet, we stayed most of the day around the fire learning how to make leather draw string bags and wooden pendants. Sewing through leather was so difficult and required lots of patience and strength! When making our pendants, we had to learn how to make a hole in wood to thread our natural twine through. We did this using sharp flints and it took a lot of determination, but it was amazing to see how effective the technique is.

 

Overall, we've had the most amazing time and have learnt so much over the course of the visits. We only wish we could do it every week! :) 

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Stone Age Fires

 

As part of our stone age topic we went outside and made our very own fire! We thought very carefully about why fire was important to early humans and how it would have been made and used. We then discussed what types of foods would have been cooked on their fires and, as a treat, made s'mores for us to enjoy.They were delicious!

 

Before starting our fire, we spoke in detail about safety considerations and we know that we should never play with fire or go anywhere near with a responsible adult.

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Survival of the Fittest!

 

In PE, we have been working with CGS to improve our health and fitness through exercise. We have been completing circuit training and keeping track of our progress to, hopefully, see where we have made improvements.

 

It's has been so much fun and we can't wait to see how our scores improve over the term!

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Useful Websites.  (This will be updated during the course of the year.)

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