Even though the school week may have been cut short, we have still been busy in Kingfishers.
In English, we have been delving deeper into the story of The BFG. We focused how Roald Dahl chose to start the book and why he did it this way. We then looked at different techniques used to open stories and how it is vital that the opening of a book is interesting in order to hook the reader. In groups, the children had four different story openings. They had to identify the technique used to start the book and suggest why this would hook the reader and make them want to read on. After, the children began to plan their own gripping story opening, using one of their witching hour creatures from last week. On Wednesday, they began to write their opening. We will finish these on Monday.
In maths this week, the children have learnt and practised how to add and subtract lengths. They identified how important it was to check the unit of measurements of the lengths and convert these to be the same before beginning to add or subtract. We then moved on to learning what perimeter was and how to calculate the perimeter of different 2D shapes. Those who were confident, moved on to solving perimeter problems where the shapes were missing measurements. They had to use what they knew to solve the missing lengths before being able to calculate the perimeter.
In PE, the children continued to practise their tennis skills. We have been focusing on control and using forehand to return shots accurately.
In history, we examined and compared the trade routes of the British, Dutch and Spanish during Georgian times. We also learnt about consumerism and what businesses would sell back in the Georgian era. We examined trade cards and explored how these were used to advertise businesses as it was cheaper than advertising in the newspaper. The children then designed their own trade card.