This term, 5W and 5B have developed their survival skills in extreme conditions, blasting off in to space and braving loop-de-loop roller coasters. At the start of the term, we explored Shackleton's historic expedition to Antarctica and travelled the world looking at extreme environment - developing some survival skills. In Science we took to new speeds and heights in our topic 'Scream Machine'. We learnt about gravity, effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces and explored mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears. The second half of the term, we got our engines prepared for the adventure ahead by producing some amazing, out-of-this world homework. We linked this with science, by enjoying learning about different astrological bodies: The Earth, Sun, Moon the other planets (MVEMJSUNP), asteroids, meteoroids and comets. We explored the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth, explored day and night and wrote a biography about the famous Neil Armstrong.
In English, the year started with us wrestling a crocodile (okay! Maybe not a real one). Children imitated, innovated and hot wrote their very own instruction writings using a gripping 'How to Wrestle a Crocodile' model text. We showcased our skills with using imperative verbs, subordinating clauses and fronted adverbials or time and manner. Towards Christmas, we learnt the model text 'Alien Landing!', which is a Talk for Writing finding tale, full of mystery, suspense and spookiness. The children loved learning the actions, story mapping and writing about the two main characters, Joe and Dan. The children learnt how to create the same atmosphere as the author using their toolkits. Their toolkit included: setting description using figurative language, adverbial clauses and phrases, empty words, different sentence types and lengths and use of characters' emotions and thoughts.