When we returned to school from the Easter holidays, we discovered that we had been abandoned on a desert island. Our task was to explore the 'island' and discover what we could find. When exploring the island, we found fish, bananas, fire wood and even lobsters! We used our findings to help us create a survival plan in groups.
As part of our learning this term, we will be exploring the book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. We will be considering Michael's feelings and emotions as he is deserted on an island and forced to survive. We have transformed our reading corner into an island and hope to link this to our topic - "Where the Land Meets the Sea" - with a focus on land use, human settlements and the economy.
We were also given the opportunity to explore our new science lab! This involved us using a Bunsen burner to evaporate salty water to create salt.
In our maths learning, we have been finding out about acute and obtuse angles. We created 'dabs' to show our understanding of this!
This term, we will be continuing our exploration of the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. We will be using our knowledge of expanded noun phrases to create diary entries from the perspective of Harry, Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter as they arrive at Hogwarts. We will be learning about the different cities and counties in the UK and will be continuing to practise our fraction skills.
We also wrote an explanation text describing the life cycle of a frog. We decided to bring tadpoles into the classroom and observe their development over time. They have just started growing legs!
This term, our topic is Anglo Saxons and Vikings. We began our topic by meeting Bjorn the Viking and King Alfred. They told us about their lives as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and developed our understanding of what people wore, ate and experienced during this time. This led us to create a Viking helmet using our papier-mache skills from last term. We first papier-mached a balloon before allowing this to dry and adding our cardboard horns. We then used our research of an Anglo-Saxon village to create our own from cardboard. Next, we watched the film, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. This further developed our understanding of how Vikings lived and provided us with a stimulus for our topic. We used our knowledge of the film to improve our use of expanded noun phrases and to describe the characters, setting and dragons. We read extracts from the book to help us with our writing and created sentences such as, “The murderous, icy water dramatically swept whimpering Hiccup down the stony beach” and “Stoick’s rough beard was as bristly as a broken brush”. We are now using these descriptions to create and write our own story set during this time period.
We used our knowledge of magnets to create our own magnet games. This involved us using a variety of materials, such as string, cardboard, paper clips and straws, to demonstrate the pulling force between magnets and different magnetic materials (we identified these as iron, cobalt and nickel). Some of us created racing courses and used a paper clip and a magnet to show that magnetic forces can travel through non-magnetic materials, such as paper. We then tested each others games to see which ones worked most effectively and discussed why.
When we returned to school, some unidentifiable objects had been found by the builder working on the new classrooms. Mr Davis asked us to investigate to see what had been found. After much research and discussion we were able to identify what the objects were, these included: a roman helmet, a shovel used for removing dung, a piece of a roman robe, a pillow, a section of Roman mosaic and some shiny Roman coins. We decided to create a newspaper article to let the rest of Haywards Heath know what had been found. Sadly, Mr Davis decided it would be best to pass these objects to a local museum. We found out that many Roman remains have been discovered across Sussex, including artefacts at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester. We decided to film a documentary about what we had learnt using video clips and pictures from the Palace and an information page, which we wrote ourselves, to help us. As well as studying artefacts, we were able to experience what life was like for a Roman soldier. We used this experience to write a diary entry as a soldier. We have learnt lots of interesting information about how the Romans lived, their Empire and successes in battle.
We are now learning about the devastating effects of the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in Pompeii. We hope to write stories and create artwork showing the devastation and how it changed History.