This week we have undertaken a variety of activities and lessons to explore LGBT history, issues and community.
We have focused on Ellen DeGeneres (the voice of Dory), looking at her life, work and personality as well as the work she has done for LGBT equality. Have a look at our posters about her to see what we have learnt:
We watched some clips from the Ellen Show and had a go at being talk show hosts ourselves. We acted out imaginary scenes of interviewing Ellen herself on our show. We had lots of fun and used our creative licences in our answers as Ellen!
We though we would also try out our talents at another of Ellen’s famous skills - voice over acting.
We looked at ‘choose love and hope not fear and hate’. We explored what love, hope, hate and fear were through class discussion. Here are some of our ideas:
Hate is the opposite of love and fear is the opposite of hope.
You should keep love in your heart.
You won’t have friends if you choose hate because you would be nasty and a bully.
You can have some hate and fear as well as some love and hope - you are not just one or the other.
If you choose the path of love and hope you will have a happy life.
We created our own choose love posters:
Celebrating our Angry Earth
To celebrate completing our topic ‘Why does the Earth get angry?’, we invited parents to watch our model volcanoes erupt and help us build structures to withstand an earthquake. We all had a great time and have learnt about building strong structures.
Take a look at the photos of us building and painting our model volcanoes ready for the end of the topic celebration.
Stone Age Adventures
In literacy, we have been preparing for our new topic about the Stone Age. Looking at the resources, tools, food and animals from the Stone Age, we have been imagining what it would have been like to live at that time. Through acting, we have developed our stories about defeating a dangerous animal. Take a look at the photos of us in the role of Stone Age people:
Take a look inside the Earth
We have been learning about the ground beneath our feet and the structure of the Earth this week.
We have learnt that soil is made up of different layers and beneath that is the bedrock which can be made of any of the rock types we have already learnt about. All of this is the solid Crust of the Earth, a relatively thin (10-50km) layer, which is covered by the sea, cities, forests and everything else we find of the surface of the Earth.
If we go deeper into the Earth, the next layer we come across is called the Mantle. This is a thick layer made of hot rock which is partially melted. (It is a bit like treacle or slime made out of rock.) Beneath the Mantle is the Core, which is the middle part of the Earth (like an apple core). The Core is split into two layers - Inner Core and Outer Core - and contains lots of iron, which creates the Earth’s magnetic field.
In order to understand the structure of the layers inside the earth, we made plasticine models. Take a look at our photos and see if you can spot the layers:
Take a look at this video to help you understand the layers of the Earth:
Fossil Formation & Fossil Finding
This week we have been learning all about how fossils are made. We learnt that the remains of animals fall to the bottom of lakes or the ocean, where they get covered by mud and sand. The soft parts of the body will decay but the bones and shells can be preserved as the sand and mud turns to rock. As the bones are dissolved and decay, new minerals fill the space they leave behind.
Find out more by watching this video: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/z2ym2p3
Take a look at the photos of us making a pretend fossil:
We have also been learning about Mary Anning, a famous palaeontologist (a person who finds and studies fossils), who made a discovery of an Itheosaur when she was just 10 years old!
Take a look at this video to find out more: https://www.bbc.com/teach/class-clips-video/ks1-ks2-mary-anning/zn7gd6f
We have had a theft in 3D and so in literacy lessons this week we have been putting our detective hats on to solve the mystery. Take a look at the photos of us looking for clues and working out which suspects they point to.....
In order to learn about how the 3 different types of rocks are made, we made ‘chocolate rocks’. Igneous rocks are volcanic rocks, formed when liquid rock from a volcano cools. We made this by pouring out melted chocolate and leaving it to cool. Sedimentary rocks are made out of sand, silt and gravel which get squashed together beneath the ocean. We made this by smashing together chocolate drops. Metamorphic rocks are made when another type of rock is changed by heat and or pressure. We made this by rolling the sedimentary rock in our hands.
We had a special visitor this week: Steve (the geologist) brought in rocks, videos of volcanoes, and models of volcanoes. We looked at the different rock types (even turning Sandstone back into sand!) and learnt about why some rocks have holes. We also had a great time creating eruptions with the model volcanoes and saw some videos of Icelandic eruptions. We all had a fantastic time - thank you Steve.
Some more crafting......
Carrying on with our crafts, we have finished our hand print wreaths and made Christmas cards.
We have been doing a lot of making and creating for Christmas in 3D. Take a look at our photos to see what we have been up to.
Measuring in Maths
In 3D we have been getting practical with our measuring this week.
3D have been putting their DT skills to the test by designing and making their own musical instruments.
There was lots of ‘trial and error’, tweaking and perfecting needed to get our instruments working before we decorated them. We learnt a lot along the way and the results are fab.
Making our instruments:
Our finished instruments:
3D filled their popcorn jar last week and so we had our class reward on Tuesday afternoon.
Take a look at the photos of us enjoying our reward afternoon....