Welcome back. We hope you have all had a restful half term.
This week in English we have been looking at a poem called Macavity by T.S Elliot. The children have really enjoyed listening, reading and performing the poem, as well as learning about Macavity’s devilish ways. Throughout the week, we have analysed the poem using SMILE – structure, meaning, imagery, language, effect- and planned our ‘Wanted poster’. Next week we will be writing the ‘Wanted poster’ (focusing on using realtive clauses, expanded noun phrases and similies) and planning and writing our own version of Macavity.
We have worked really hard this week in Maths, adding and subtracting fractions (including mixed numbers) with different denominators. It is quite a lengthy process and the children have really persevered through the different stages of the calculation. Next week we are staying with fractions and moving onto equivalent decimals and percentages.
Alberto Giacometti is our focus artist for the half term with his work linking nicely to Antony Gormley; both inspired by the beauty of the human form. We have spent some time researching this artist and will use this information in the coming lessons.
Gymnastics is our new skill in PE for this half term. This week the children discussed the importance of balance and flexibility and used this to support their movements during the lesson.
To wrap up our Topic on the Maya Civilisation, we are going to have a fun lesson involving some chocolate tasting: the Maya were the original inventors of chocolate albeit not quite as we known it. We will be tasting cocoa nibs, edible cocoa butter and a variety of different chocolate. We can’t wait!