Welcome back everyone! Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break. Thank you so much for all of the gifts and cards that I received (they were definitely useful in helping me unwind after such a busy term!)
This week in English we started a new unit on 'Mystery and Suspense Stories'. After discussing the purpose of these types of stories, we began to read 'Room 13', a spooky thriller by Robert Swindells. Right from the first line, the story grabbed our attention! The writer uses a lot of short sentences and adventurous vocabulary to set the scene and build the suspense. After identifying some of the interesting and descriptive words and phrases, we created our own banks of ideas and drew pictures using the information in the text. Next week, we are continuing to use Room 13 as our stimulus and will take a closer look at use of language, characterisation and the main themes in the story.
In Maths, we continued the work we started before Christmas on Fractions. We created our own fraction walls to help us consolidate our understanding of equivalent fractions and then looked more closely at patterns between these fractions. One of the first things that we noticed was that equivalent fractions of 1/2 also have a numerator that is half of the denominator. Next week, we will focus on decimals and percentages in the real-life context of money.
On Thursday afternoon, we learnt about The Story of Queen Esther and how this impacts on the Jewish celebration of Purim. After watching a video of the story, we discussed the moral of the story and the role that the characters played. Over this half term, we will be taking a closer look at religious celebrations in Christianity and Judaism.