Welcome back! I can't believe how quickly this year is going! What a first week back it has been! So much learning has taken place and I have been really impressed with the children's positive and hard-working attitude towards all of our work.
In English, we revisited a unit that we briefly looked at back in Autumn Term, 'Legends'. This half-term, we are going to exploring a variety of legends set in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times, making links between our work in English and Topic sessions. At the start of the week, we began reading 'Beowulf' by Michael Morpurgo. The book is based on an Old English epic poem, which tells tales of Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon hero. After reading the opening of the story, the children began to collate a list of features of the text type and also identified language that the author used to convey the mood and atmosphere. Grendel's attack on the Anglo-Saxon village provided a basis for the children to write and perform their own TV news reports. Next week, we are going to be developing our understanding of characterisation and producing Wanted Posters for the beast terrorising the Anglo-Saxon village.
In Maths, we began a new unit on 'Multiplication and Division'. Throughout the week, we completed a variety of problem solving activities to develop our understanding of multiples, factors, square and cube numbers. We found 'Factor Bugs' particularly useful when identifying factor pairs and the 'Round and Round the Circle' activity allowed us to explore the relationship between multiples and factors. Towards the end of the week, we used times tables squares to identify patterns between square and cube numbers and then completed challenges and puzzles to consolidate our understanding. Next week, we will be multiplying and dividing mentally using a variety of efficient methods.
In Topic, we began to look at the 'Anglo-Saxons'. We started the week exploring the meaning of 'invaders' and 'settlers' and considered reasons why tribes would want to invade and settle in Britain. Throughout this unit, we are going to be learning about many aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and finding out how important these tribes were in structuring the history of Britain.