Happy New Year everyone; it was so lovely to see you all again on Tuesday. I hope you had a merry Christmas and that you managed to rest up, relax and have lots of fun too.
It's a new term which means a new topic, and our topic this term is the Victorians; the book we are reading is called the Peculiars by Keiran Larwood! If you want to know what we will be learning about during our Victorian topic, check out the Holistic Plan here.
We jumped straight into our new top on Tuesday by starting our Big Art. To begin with, we looked at many of the different portraits and photographs that had been taken of Queen Victoria during her life. We noticed that the photographs were much kinder to her than the photos were! As we will be creating our own class portrait of Victoria for big art, we started off by looking at one of her jubilee portraits. We then used our knowledge of primary, secondary (and our new knowledge of tertiary) colours to create a colour wheel. Know we know how to accurately colour mix, we will be ready to create the finally piece next week.
On Wednesday, you had your first P.E lesson of the term with Mrs Jenkins and your first Music lesson of the term with Miss Holland.
On Thursday, we paused our Victorian learning because we had to finish off our D.T unit from last term. During the afternoon, we revised how to do blanket stitch, and then finally got round to creating our cushions. We used a ruler to add 1cm guide marks to the fabric (to help us know where to push the needle through) and then began joining the two pieces of fabric together to create our cushion. The end results are truly incredible. I can't believe we've made our own cushions from scratch! Go team!
On Friday, we went on a fact-finding mission. We used the iPads and our knowledge of research techniques to find out as much as we could about Queen Victoria. We found some seriously interesting facts. Did you know she was only 1.52m tall ? And, did you know that after her husband Albert died, she would only wear black which meant she wore black for 40 years! Extraordinary!
During our Maths lesson, we have been looking at the perimeter of rectilinear shapes which was a little tricky if we're honest. However, with perseverance we got there. We then moved on to begin learning about the area of shapes.
In English, we learnt about the difference between proper nouns and common nouns, read poems, learnt how to create word webs, learnt what personification is and wrote a personification poem.
As you can see, it's been a busy first week back!
I hope you have a lovely weekend,
P.S. Thanks again for the lovely Christmas presents and Christmas cards.