This half-term, we are learning about World War II in Topic but have linked our English to this rich and important historical topic. A short animated film called 'Beyond the Lines' is providing us with a range of emotive and visual stimuli to help us with letter-writing.
We are imagining we are soldiers involved in the Normandy Landing, who write home to our loved ones. In the letter we use: first person pronouns; simple past and past progressive tense; figurative language, pathetic fallacy and personification; colons and semi-colons; and, Descriptosauruses to develop our expanded noun phrases.
Two boys find themselves in the middle of the Normandy Landings (also known as D-Day). They spy a family member that they know and experience what it was like to be a part of World War II.
We are developing our reading and comprehension skills, this year, using a range of suitable texts from the classics to more modern texts. Some skills include: finding vocabulary which gives certain meanings, making sensible guesses (inferences) using clues from the text, predicting what may happen next or what the characters might say to each other, comparing events or characters' actions and explaining why the author may have made a certain choice.
We have been exploring the concept of square and cubed numbers and what they represent. BoDMAS is an important order of calculating long number sentences to get an accurate answer. The operations are: multiplication and division; addition and subtraction. By focusing on them in groups (knowing that one is an inverse of the other) we are able to solve problems involving missing numbers or parts etc.
We will be looking at genes, families, reproduction, species, the animal kingdom and characteristics of mammals this half-term.
Until Christmas, we are delving deeper into the causes and events of WWII. During the learning, we will use our research and reasoning skills to draw upon primary and secondary sources of evidence, read information and give our own viewpoints on the events and experiences had by others during this time, and do one day-trip to learn more about life during the war.