Fraction exploration continued this week in Maths with lots of children making significant breakthroughs with their understanding of fractions and how finding common multiples so very useful for comparing them. The children found equivalent fractions, compared, ordered and them and will be adding and subtracting fractions next week.
English saw the start of our new topic 'Explorers' as we began Shackleton's Journey. This story, a true one, has already gripped the children as they track through this well written and imaginatively illustrated book by William Grill. This particular journey took place in 1914 at a time of turmoil across the world. The children reflected on the fact of a looming war and how this began to impact on people's lives. Also, through research, they recorded many new inventions and designs, such as the first fighter planes being developed in readiness and preparation for air battles. This was particularly poignant as we led up to our Remembrance Day assembly.
Each child has been allocated (picked out of an envelope by them) a crew member to research. This has opened their minds to jobs, careers and not least of life choices. We looked at the actual advert Shackleton put in the paper offering a job that we, as a class, felt that no one would want. Small wage, constant danger and the likelihood of never coming back! However, over five thousand men applied.
You can see how this story is a fantastic vehicle for learning. Look out for next weeks updates as the expedition begins...
Remembrance Day assembly took place at 10:45 on Friday. The whole school joined, in respect of those who gave their lives for others. The assembly gave gravitas to the work of men, women and animals throughout the Great war, WW2 and warring across the world that unfortunately continues.
The children were respectful in their attitude throughout the assembly, observing the two minutes silence at 11am with great solemnity. So many of our children have family connections to the war and several children laid medals on the wreath set out in the hall. You could have heard a pin drop as the children listened attentively and the swell of powerful emotion and pride swept through us all as we looked at photos, memorials and heard, the poem, In Flanders Field.
Poems, drawings, poppies and wreaths are displayed in the hall reflecting the children's words and thoughts.
It has to be said that we, as a staff, were and are so proud of our children.