In English this week, we began reading and exploring the book 'Journey to Jo'Burg'. After predicting what we thought would happen in the book, we learnt about the history of the apartheid in South Africa. We were shocked and saddened to hear how poorly 'non-whites' were treated during this time and wanted to know more about this period of segregation. Throughout the week, we wrote diary entries in the role of the main characters, Naledi and Tiro, and produced job adverts for the position of a 'non-white' house maid in Johannesburg. Next week, we are going to be thinking about some of the events during the apartheid from the perspective of the main story characters and the policeman. We are then going on to look at the Soweto uprising and how this impacted the course of the apartheid.
In Maths, we started the week comparing, ordering and rounding decimals. We used place value grids to good effect but struggled at times with placing decimals in the correct place on a number line. Towards the end of the week, we were multiplying whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. We enjoyed learning a rhyme to help us with this:
'Move one place to the left,
When you multiply by 10.
When you multiply by 100,
Move one place again.'
Next week, we are going to be looking at properties of number, in particular multiples, factors and common factors.
We spent our Geography sessions this week learning about South Africa. We used the iPads to research information about different aspects of the country, including food, culture, animals and landmarks. We will be using this information to create travel guides.