In Elephants this morning we have started our exploration into the Islamic faith. We found out a little about what following Islam might look like for a young person in Britain. We also found out about the five pillars of Islam which are like the ‘rules’ Muslims follow in order to lead a good life according to Allah – their god. Their holy book is the Koran. We found out about what makes up the fundamental teachings of the Koran, how to treat the book and how important it is to the Muslim faith.
Elephants are having lots of fun planning a party with members of Yorkshire Building Society and the MP Stephanie Peacock. It’s not as easy as they first thought having to think about costings and making sure the cost of tickets is not too expensive! Hopefully, by the end of the session, they should be able to help with the family budget – or at least, they should have a better appreciation of how much things cost!
Getting ready for our SATs – finding out about ratio and proportion. Elephants did a great job using apparatus and images to help us work out the ratio and proportion of objects. We then used our new knowledge to help us work out how to answer SATs style questions, going around the tables reviewing other’s working out and making adaptations. Great work guys!
Elephants started their new science topic today: electricity. It’s been a while since they have used the equipment so we tested their knowledge through matching the descriptions to their correct components and electrical symbols. It was then time to try out circuit building, trying to complete challenge tasks. It was great to see everyone enthusiastic and having an enquiring approach to their investigations; asking questions and testing them out. IMG_0605
Today, the Elephants investigated diffusion. By conducting our own experiments using Skittles, we were able to see the diffusion process before our eyes! We had a great time looking at the wonderful colours spread and had a discussing what we thought was happening!
After our hard work looking at reasons for and against keeping animals in captivity, the children were on the planning stage today. To help us organise our writing, we cut up the chocolate bars we had created previously and then looked for linked ideas to form our paragraphs. Lots of children also managed to organise the points so that there were links between paragraphs as well. I am hoping for some well structured pieces of writing as our outcome!
Carrying on our international theme, we started a new book today set in ancient Egypt. Some in depth discussions were had about which were the most important parts of the story so far, with some pupils really having to think hard to justify their ideas to the others in their group in order for them to narrow it down to four items as a group. We then looked at four short sections of the text and studied what we could learn from them through making inferences. These ideas then helped us write the answers to questions about the text. Good job Elephants!
For world book day, with an international theme, the Empathising Elephants explored themes from the book ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo.
We began the day by practicing our use of complex sentences for a balanced argument. The Elephants came up with some great ideas on why animals shouldn’t be kept in captivity and wrote some wonderful arguments!
We continued our day with some PSHCE. We discussed the bears wishes and aims and then our own, by using a discussion web we were able to see which path our discussion took.
We ended the day with some Art where we created our own rainbow bears using colours we felt represented our emotions. We had some very vibrant bears that stand out beautifully against the cold backgrounds we created in the style of Linda Lang.
We had a brilliant day with some fabulous costumes and can’t wait for world book day next year!
Elephants have been busy creating our own stop-motion animations today showing stick men moving and running. What do you think of this one we created?
Homework this week is:
Grammar book pages 14 and 15
Reading (non-fiction) pages 8 and 9
Geometry book page 29 ( you can also do more of the area and perimeter questions on the next few pages if you have time and want more practice)
I look forward to seeing it all on Tuesday!