This week, we have been digging deeper into the novel, 'Steelheart' and discussing the themes behind it.
In guided reading, we have been inferring the motives behind the actions of the character, 'Deathpoint' before analysing what it takes to write an effective character description. We were given a variety of character description extracts from books such as Hucklberry Finn and Harry Potter. We all noticed a common them throughout them: they made use of similes.
As a class, we discussed why we thought these were effective and worked out that similes help us to imagine what people or things we haven't seen yet look like, by comparing them to objects that are familiar to us; our brain is then able to make the link more easily.
In topic, we have been studying the work of Conrad Marten, who was the artist that followed Darwin on his Beagle voyage and sketched his findings. We concentrated on his painting of a Feugian man and the famous scene of Mount Tarn (we loved the coincidental name of this!)
We ended our week of hard work, by spending some time with our Class 1 buddies, teaching them some E-safety - how to stay safe when playing online! We then did some more coding together on Code-a-Pillar.
This week has been exciting in school, as we were visited by the poet, Paul Cookson. He performed some of his favourite poems to us, which we loved joining in with, before giving us an insight into what inspires him and the basic techniques he uses to structure his work. We all loved Paul's enthusiasm, humour and the quirky flare he added to his work
We then had the opportunity to work with Paul and produced a poem in collaboration with him.
It has been a brilliant week and an absolute pleasure to welcome the new Year 6 children into Class 5. We hit the ground running, with Miss Lassu, Mrs Goddard and Mrs Thompson all being extremely impressed with the behaviour, positive attitude and enthusiasm towards their learning!
This week, we have been focusing on our SMSC topic of 'Democracy.'
We have been finding out the meaning of 'democracy,' weighing up the pros and cons of our country following a democratic structure. We researched and developed an understanding of the process behind electing members of parliament, then looked into how bills must pass through the Houses of Commons, Houses of Lords and the Monarch (Queen!).
We then were given the question: 'Should the legal voting age be lowered?' and as a class, we debated - some agreed and some disagreed! Below is an example of some of our work: