Our main history topic this term has been crime and punishment, and we started our topic with a themed day. We began with a Victorian courtroom drama, where the children dressed up and played the roles of different courtroom staff. It was really interesting to find out how a courtroom worked. We then looked at the invention of fingerprints and how it made catching criminals much easier. We also had a visit form the local police to tell us what they do to help keep our community safe. We have looked a crime and punishment through history and discovered how brutal some punishments were.
In Science, we have been learning about states of matter. We know that things can be solids, liquids or gases and can explain the characteristics of each one. We have also learnt about heating and cooling and how this changes the state of objects, and used this knowledge to make rice crispy cakes.
In Art we have looked at street art and graffiti. We have learnt some letter writing styles as well as learning how to make cartoon characters out of everyday objects. We have looked at the wok of Banksy and made some Bansky style pictures of our own.
In PE, we have been doing gymnastics. We have been learning about different types of rolls and jumps, and then making a gymnastic sequence.
In Maths Intervention, we learnt all about money and how to solve problems with money. We ended our work with a trip to the shop to spend some real money!
Our central topic this term has been all about the Anglo Saxons, and the period during which they lived in the British Isles. We went to Perlethorpe to meet an Anglo Saxon and see how they lived. We have used sticks to write Anglo Saxon rune messages. We have also read the Anglo Saxon story of Beowolf and written our own endings.
During our Science lessons, we have learnt about Sound – how it is made, how it travels, and how we could use different materials to muffle sounds and make them more difficult to hear. The children thought about how to alter the pitch and amplitude of sounds, and even took the time to grab instruments to demonstrate what they had learnt. We then used this knowledge for our DT project, where we designed and made a torch for a Polar explorer.
In PE this term, we have enjoyed learning how to work together as a team, and then using these skills to work on a dance. We have learnt how to do Bollywood dance moves and put our own moves together to create a routine.
In Art, we have looked at the work of a local artist Anna Collete Hunt, who displays her work at Nottingham Castle. We have looked carefully at butterflies and sketched them in detail, before designing our own clay butterfly. We decorated them beautifully and were really impressed with our finished butterflies.