During our English lessons we read the Greek myth, Theseus and the Minotaur. We split into lots of little groups and within each group the leaders set about organising the actors to create a freeze-frame. Once we had a freeze-frame we considered what the actors might be thinking or saying aloud. From analysing other plays, we knew that what characters said aloud did not always match what they were thinking or showing. We added in a narrative box to tell the story. Once all the groups had completed theirs, we put them in order to help us aurally tell the myth to our friends.
This half term we are beginning to choreograph our own dance routine. In groups we sorted a range of verbs into different categories. These categories helped us to understand which elements we needed in our own dances. There were jumps, gestures, travels, turns and moments of stillness.
We had a composer in the group to help each musician with their rhythm and melody. When we rehearsed the composer told the musicians when to come in just like a conductor would.
This half term our learning has been focused around the water cycle. We used some role play to act out a water molecule passing through it's journey on the water cycle. This enabled us to embed our knowledge of the cycle including special vocabulary. We created our own mountain range in Forest Schools and learnt how the water runs off to form tributaries which lead into rivers.
We love to talk the class through our workings out. It helps to build our confidence when we choose to share our work.
Week 7 - Historical Enquiry
Leaders, time keepers, scribes and researchers were our roles today. We had to find out about the life of a Victorian maid/housekeeper from artefacts we borrowed from the library. We drew pictures and took photos of the artefacts and used question prompts to explore the purposes of the items. We discussed how the items have changed and some are now not needed in our lives and some have been improved by technology and electrics.
This task involved the leader assigning jobs to other members of the group. We needed a researcher (who used Boolean operators) to search the internet for facts and pictures about Victorian Workhouses. We also needed a designer, who had to place the research facts into a PowerPoint presentation. The leader's role was to keep everyone on task so we could finish the task in time.
This week we decided to investigate how and why shadows move. It wasn’t too sunny but it did come out in the end. We used a cone to create a shadow and went out every hour to see if we could see a shadow. If a shadow was there, we traced around it and measured it’s length. We didn’t move the cone but the shadow moved over the day. It changed length too. It got shorter. We had a big class discussion and decided that the sun isn’t always in the same place because the Earth is moving. This made our shadow move. We needed a leader to give people jobs, someone to measure, someone to record the measurements and someone to trace the shadow outline.
Leaders in the orienteering teams had to be organised and keep the group together. We couldn’t have people wandering off. The leaders had to give everyone jobs and make sure they stuck to them.