Linking to our very exciting Stone Age topic, we have now started reading the new text 'Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age' by Raymond Briggs. We are currently very curious, have lots of predictions and questions, including:
Why is Ug a genius? and Will his dream of softer trousers come true?
We will hopefully soon find out all the answers as we continue to focus our English lessons on this book for the rest of the term.
As part of studying of Roman myths, we carried out some role play. We had to explore different scenarios and work which of the gods would have intervened. Not only were we able to focus on the punctuation of speech in this lesson but it also provided us with some inspiring ideas, to help with our own writing.
We have now moved on to reading our next text 'Escape From Pompeii' by Christina Balit. This not only links beautifully to our geography topic of volcanoes but will also help support our Roman newspaper writing, as we write various different recounts, before writing our final gripping report about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
We started by writing and collating all the information we presently know on the Romans and Pompeii. We had to work in groups, meaning we had to focus on working together collaboratively and listening to one another.
We've also been further developing our skills of working together by embarking on the challenge of doing some group reading. How could you work out the meaning of unknown words in a story without using a dictionary?
We have started the year by reading Pebble in my Pocket: A History of our Earth by Meredith Hooper. This not only links to our Science topic of rocks and the study of volcanoes, which we will be looking at after the half-term, but also helps with our exploration of poetry, as it is rich in language. Our poems later this term will be based on this text, which we will move on to perform!
We've been practising our poetry performances and trying to learn our poems off by heart!