This week in English, we continued to explore the book, 'Journey to Jo'burg'. At the start of the week, we discussed the purpose and features of diary entries. Following this, we began writing our own entries in the role of either Naledi, Tiro, Grace or Mmangwane (Grandma). We agreed that each of these characters would have felt similar emotions during the first two days of the journey. However, they each had different ways of tackling issues and dilemmas. Towards the end of the week, we considered the question, 'What is 'freedom'?' In the story, the children are told about Dumi, Grace's brother, who was arrested by the police during a protest in 1976. His family assumed that he had been killed until they received a letter explaining that he was well and was going to return one day to fight for freedom. After sharing our own views on 'freedom', we watched speeches from Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr and thought about their hopes and dreams. Next week, we are going to be finish reading the story and begin to think about the important changes and impact that Nelson Mandela made following the apartheid.
In Maths, we developed our understanding of angles. At the start of the week, we identified and recognised acute, right, obtuse and reflex angles. After this, we explored how to use a protractor to measure angles. It was important that we estimated the size of the angles first, before measuring, to ensure that our readings were accurate. Throughout the rest of the week, we measured angles in shapes and completed an investigation into whether there was any correlation between the sum of the interior angles and other properties of 2D shapes. Next week, we will be calcualting missing angles and then turning our attention to 3D shapes.
In our Topic sessions, we learnt about Ndebele house paintings:
In the 18th century the Ndzundza Ndebele people of South Africa created their own tradition and style of house painting. Until the late 1900s, the Ndebele people were very fierce warriors and large landowners. In the autumn of 1883, they went to war with the neighbouring Boer workers. The loss of the war brought on a harsh life and horrible punishments for the Ndebele. Through those hard times expressive symbols were generated by the suffering people expressing their grief. We explored types of Ndebele house paintings and identified shapes and patterns that we would see. After this, we created our own designs. Next week, we will be starting a new unit on 'Watercolours' and will be using the South African landscape as inspiration for our paintings.