Welcome to term 3 where the weather has got noticeably colder!
We are currently nearing the end of our work in Literacy on the old English poem Beowulf (although we are reading Michael Morpurgo’s version). Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. This week we have written prayers to keep us safe as we battle the monster; wrote home to our loved ones and begun planning our narrative of the fight scene and conclusion to the story. Beware next week, you may well be hearing lots of description of the destruction of this death-dealing monster!
Here is a photo of our decorated prayers and an example of the prayers we wrote.
In maths we have been exploring geometry, particularly the calculation of the perimeter and area of rectangles, composite and irregular shapes. We began by creating the shapes and then drawing them and finally, this week, changing the scale.
Earth and space is our mission for science so we have been investigating the planets in our universe. This week, we used fruit to understand the relative sizes of the planets compared to each other with Mercury as a peppercorn and Jupiter as a melon. We have learned the order of the planets from the sun by creating our own mnemonic such as
My = Mercury Very = Venus Energetic = Earth Mother = Mars Just = Jupiter Served = Saturn Us = Uranus Nachos = Neptune
Our geography topic is the UK and using our prior knowledge, maps and atlases, we have identified the counties, many cities and discussed the different areas of the UK. Therefore our art topic links with our learning and is about cityscapes. We are working towards creating cityscapes of different cities around the UK. To begin, we are looking at the different techniques that will create a 3D image for our cityscape. This week we looked at the colourful work of pop art, cityscape artist, Charles Fazzino and his layering techniques. Here is one of our examples.
Thank you for reading with your children and continuing to support them to complete their homework and learn their spellings and times tables.