Today we had a special visitor from Kings Norton church. Pauline came to talk to us about Easter and tell us the Easter story. We learnt lots of new things that we didn’t already know about the story. She was very interesting to listen to and very good at telling stories!
Our teachers were very proud of how well we sat and listened. We also asked lots of sensible questions.
This week in Maths we are learning about measures. We have learnt how to measure length in metres and centimetres and today we moved on to learning about mass.
We stared by thinking about real life objects and estimating how much they might weigh. We then did and activity where we predicted and measured whether things weighed more or less than 1kg. We were quite surprised by some of our results!
Today we finished constructing our fire engines. We had to use many skills to make them including measuring, cutting and joining. We also had good ideas for how we wanted to make things but sometimes they didn’t quite work out as we planned! This meant we has to use our problem solving skills and find a different way of doing something.
In our Art lesson today we finished our Great Fire of London pictures. We drew and cut out silhouettes of houses from black paper. We then used our colour mixing skills to paint the flames and smoke. We were given red, yellow, black and white and had to mix the colours we needed from those.
We then used long brush strokes for the flames and stippled the smoke on. We think they look very effective!
This week in our topic lessons we have started our next DT project. We are going to be making fire engines so first we had to find out how vehicles move. We found that they all had wheels and axles and learnt some facts about them.
We then researched what fire engines looked like and used this knowledge to design our own. We made a list of tools and resources that we would need to use.
Today, the children have been looking at what generosity means during RE. The children watched a PowerPoint about The Golden Statue and how the Buddhist monks collected money to create it. The story is all about the generosity of people regardless of how rich or poor they are. It also tells us how we should be grateful and thankful however small the donation.
The children discussed how the poorest person was the most generous because they had the least to give.
The children discussed that if they had money they would they give it to:
We looked at how important Lotus Flowers are to the Buddhist religion. Here are some pictures of Lotus Flowers made by the children
Today in Circle Time we shared our thoughts about our value word of honesty.
Tell us about a time when you were honest: Dayne – I was honest when I spilt milk on my brother’s x-box. Ke Xin – I was honest when I hurt my brother by accident. Taya – I had to be honest when I ate all the chocolate. Kerris – When it was snowing I threw a snowball at my brother and I was honest when Mum asked me. Kai – I was honest when I hit my sister.
Why is honesty important? Esmay – It is important because some things can be dangerous so you need to tell the truth. Scarlette – It is important to be honest because if you lie you will get told off. Amelia – If you lie it might have consequences for other people. Brooke – It’s not good if you lie because you will get it trouble. Shona – It is important to be honest because you might feel sad if someone else gets into trouble for something you have done.
Today for our check-out we thought about what we had learnt this week in school. It was quite tricky to think about the difference between what we had learnt, what we had practised and what we had improved at.
We have now come to the end of our unit about the Great Fire of London. To show our learning, in our final History lesson we wrote letters pretending to be Samuel Pepys. We wrote them to his friend John and told him all about the events that had happened in London. As you can see from our letters we really have learnt a lot!