Thistle (Years 4 and 5)
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Topic Plan Autumn 2020
Thistle Class have made an excellent start to this new academic year, putting much energy and enthusiasm into their learning. We are establishing productive routines for and strengthening positive behaviours for learning, which is great. Below will be posted a selection of our learning experiences, as we progress through the term. Watch this space.
The Iron Man's Feast - Shared Poetry Writing by Thistle Class
This week the children have been exploring character and setting in our new class book, 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. To help them develop language to describe these things, they have used role play and visualisation. The rich, descriptive language they have generated as a class has been woven through diary entries, written from the perspective of the young boy, Hogarth, upon first setting eyes on 'The Iron Man'.
This week has been Anti-Bullying Week. The theme for this year's event is 'United Against Bullying'. To help the children understand the importance of recognising and speaking out against bullying, we have explored the different roles that people can play in a bullying scenario. The children have been given the chance to talk about bullying and share their thoughts and feelings. The photos below show some scenario freeze-frames that the children put together to discuss what action they could take if they witness or experience bullying.
Children in Need 2020
This afternoon we received a special 'Zoom Visit' from Eleanor and Holly, who are both doctors in Glasgow. Eleanor is a paediatrician and Holly is an anaesthetist. They gave us an extremely inspirational talk about their lives as doctors and showed us just how many opportunities and possibilities are available when choosing a career in health care. A special thank you to both Eleanor and Holly for giving up so much of their valuable time to inspire us today. This expereince was particularly heart-warming as Eleanor is an ex-student of Chelmondiston C of E Primary School.
This morning, as part of our Geography learning, we took a walk in our local area, in search of human and physical features. We explored the way the area is represented on maps (ordnance survey) and the symbols that are used to represent the features. We then compared these representations with what our local area looks like in the flesh. We had a wonderful time and the children thoroughly enjoyed being in the beautiful surroundings that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.
Though our English lessons this half term, we have been reading 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q. Rauf. The book tells the story of a group of children who become friends with the 'new boy' who has arrived as a refugee from Syria. Inspired by the lead protagonist's enthusiasm to learn more about Syria, we have done some food tasting. We tasted pomegranate, date and labneh (a cream cheese with mint) on flat bread. We used this learning experience to support writing expanded noun phrases.