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Autumn Term 2018

We have been finding out about the scientist Sir Isaac Newton. After researching his life, we created power points about his life. Newton made some of the most important scientific discoveries of all time linked to gravity.

Over the past few weeks we have carried out a range of investigations linked to our forces topic. We investigated air resistance, friction and water resistance. 

In science we have been investigating how gravity and air resistance affect moving objects. We threw balls of different sizes and weights at a target and discovered the heavier the object, the greater the force needed to push or pull it. We then compared balls with frisbees. As a frisbee is more streamline, there is less air resistance.
We investigated whether flat, scrunched, cone-shaped or aeroplane-shaped paper fell the fastest to the ground. We discovered the scrunched paper was the fastest. Mitchell & Ethan found with the cone-shaped paper, it acted like a parachute and fell the slowest.

Entry Point
We got into teams and had a tug-of-war competition. We thought carefully about the different forces which were acting on both us and the rope. After that we identified examples of pushes and pulls in everyday life.


Fascinating Forces

Our topic this half term is all about forces. We will be learning:

  • how a ball flies through the air
  • what friction is and how it helps us
  • how different objects fall
  • what gravity os and how it pulls on objects
  • how air resistance affects moving objects
  • how water pushes up floating objects
  • why some objects float and others sink
  • how to make a sailing boat or paper plane
  • how natural forces are used as energy

We have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. Mrs Motin came to school and showed us images of some of the Hindu Gods and told us the story of Rama and Sita. Then, she taught us some Bollywood style dance moves - it was great fun. Back in class, we designed rangoli patterns and researched how people celebrate Diwali.

You need to clean your house and put diya lights outside to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune and prosperity. At Diwali, you wear your best colourful clothes and exchange gifts.

World Food Day

To celebrate World Food day, we learnt all about Mexico including its geographical features and culture. We worked together to cook chilli-con-carne, a traditional Mexican dish. It tasted delicious.
After that, we studied the work of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist. She used dark, earthy tones and included things from the natural world in the background of her paintings. We decided Frida Kahlo was an inspirational figure as, despite suffering a horrific accident, she continued to paint. Then, we created self-portraits in her style.

Editing with Y3

Road Safety

This morning Miss Jeannie came to talk to us about road safety. We discussed dangers including using your mobile phone and listening to music which can distract us; we could easily step into the path of oncoming cars. Also, we talked about the importance of wearing a seat belt in cars. In small groups we role played different scenarios.

Welcome back!

Our topic for the first half term is 'The Holiday Show'. We will be learning:
* The location of different countries and continents, their geographical and physical features and what they have to offer as a tourist destination
*  About the new Keadby Local History Trail 
* How maps can give us tourist information
* About tourism and its impact on regions, countries and cultures
* How we can create an eco-friendly, sustainable holiday resort
* About the history of Keadby
* How to evaluate materials used to market holidays
* How to create our own marketing materials to sell a holiday or tourist attraction
* About music from different coutries around the world
* How to create an app to help tourists visiting new places
* How to stay safe online
* How to use charcoal to create a city-scape
* How to develop our drawing techniques
* About the life and work of artists from around the world
* Freedom and Justice

In addition to this, to mark the centenary of Universal Suffrage in the UK, we will be learning about the suffragettes.

We are very busy preparing for Christmas. In D.T we have designed a Christmas tree decoration which we are currently sewing. In Art we are making 2D and 3D Christmas cards. Next week we will be writing our own Christmas poems.

Earlier this week we had several surprises. First of all, a gift appeared under the tree: an illustrated copy of A Christmas Carol which we look forward to reading. Then, we had a visit from Santa, who gave everyone a gift. Thank you Santa!

We watched a video clip and discussed the consequences of cyberbullying. Working with Y5, we created superheroes who help stop cyberbullying. We then wrote comic strips and play scripts, before acting them out.

We Remember
This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. To commemorate this, we have been learning about life in the trenches and back at home. After analysing a collection of war poetry, we wrote our own poem, imagining we were a soldier going over the top into 'No-man's Land'. This inspired us to write our own stories set in WW1.
We found out about fallen soldiers from WW1 and wrote their names on pebbles. When we went to the Cenotaph in Althorpe, we carefully placed the pebbles amongst the poppies.
In Art, we worked alongside the rest of school to make a cascade of poppies outside school, recycling plastic bottles.

European Banquet

This week we enjoyed a banquet, sampling traditioinal food from the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and Greece. We thought about the appearance, taste, flavour and texture of each delicious sample.

After that, we thought about our favourite meal and wrote a mouth-watering description. After sharing our writing our stomachs were rumbling!

A big 'thank you' to everyone who came donated cakes and came to our Macmillan Coffee afternoon. Once we have counted all of your generous donations we will let you know how much we raised.


James and the Giant Peach
This week in English we have been reading extracts of James and the Giant Peach. We focused on the relationship between James and his two Aunts. This led to much discussion about respect and how everyone has the right to feel safe. We wrote playscripts and poems to describe the Aunts. 
Miss Tyson set us a challenge: how to lift a peach (cottonwool ball) into the air without our hands. We got into small groups and worked hard to find a solution.
Next, we wrote our own version of the story, where James travelled along with his companions in a strange object to a destination we wanted to visit ourselves. After we had finished our stories, we shared them with Y3.

This week in maths we have been learning about place value. We have used counters and place value charts to help partition numbers and understand the value of each digit.

Votes for Women

This week we have been learning about the suffragettes and their campaign for female suffrage. We looked at newspaper articles, photographs and news reel from 1906 - 1913 to find out about how women went about getting the vote.
After studying photographs and posters from the time, we used charcoal to sketch portraits of Emmeline Pankhurst, Sylvia Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst, Milicent Fawcett, Emily Davidson and Annie Kenedy, who were suffragettes.
In English, we imagined it was 1913 and wrote letters to Mr Asquith (Prime Minister) to try to persuade his government to give women the vote.
On Thursday afternoon, after making banners, badges and sashes, the whole school attended a rally in the hall with Emmeline Pankhurst (Miss Tyson) before going on a procession through the village.

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