We have reached half-term; the weeks have flown by!
In English, the children have continued to work really hard on their research and planning for their biography about Mary Anning, a 19th century self-taught pioneering palaeontologist. The children have spent the last few days composing their biographies based on all their hard work. We’ve looked at the structure and features of other biographies, and have been making sure their final draft contains all these features that contribute towards writing in a way that makes the reader want to read more. This work will form part of their writing portfolios in class, the children can be very proud of all their hard work. Mary Anning was an inspirational figure.
In Maths the children have started learning about comparing numbers up to three decimal places, understanding thousandths as well as tenths and hundredths within the place value system. In Religious Studies we’ve been focussing on biblical metaphors, considering and discussing how the children see God and what metaphors they might create for Him based on how he helps them in different situations.
Following on from our work on Mary Anning, Alfie and Kate, together with Mrs Hilton, constructed their own fossils. They were left a few days to harden, and today, the children in year 5 (with all appropriate precautions taken, including safety goggles) took it in turns to chip away at the hardened rocks to discover the fossil inside. Just as Mary Anning would have done, two hundred years ago. It was a very enjoyable experience, as you can see from the photo.
This has been One World Week at Pope Paul School, we’ve been considering the impact of climate change and the forthcoming important meeting, COP26, due to begin in Glasgow before the end of this month. Our Big Question to discuss has been: Who Does the World Belong To? and what positive steps they can take to reduce the threat of climate change. Yesterday, the class attended an online webinar run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to watch parts of the recent David Attenborough film ‘A Life on Our Planet’ covering our amazing oceans, the impacts of climate change, the problems of overfishing in our seas and solutions to these global issues. The discussion that came from this was fantastic and as a class they took part in the Wild Wisdom Global Challenge learning more about climate change and sustainability as well as putting their wildlife knowledge to the test.
Today, Ela-Maria, Caroline and Johanna, armed with yummy cupcakes and with ‘Go Green’ as their motivation, sold their cakes to a captive audience. Well done girls!
If you are able to log onto Read Theory (complete the 5 activities set) and log onto Mathletics (complete the decimal activities).
There is a whole school RE Home Leaning which is attached below and also on this week’s newsletter.
I’d like to wish you all an enjoyable half-term break.