Wow! We have been so busy this winter. We started off with a visit to Ice-Scape in Weston super Mare as a way to kick off our topic 'North America: Canada' - visit the recent events section of the website for pictures! We studied endangered species of Canadian animals and plants and thought about our responsibility to the planet. Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees inspired us with her quote 'Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will be help. Only if we help, will all be saved.' So we completed our mission: to make our own documentaries about endangered wildlife in the style of David Attenborough's Blue Planet series to raise awareness of the issues we are currently facing.
Moreover, we wrote our own Lonely Planet-style brochures to encourage and persuade people to visit Canada and the myriad attractions it has to offer. In addition, we explored the logging industry in North America and wrote instructions for any rookies, and squeezed in some discussion about the gun laws in the US to base our balanced arguments on.
In Maths, we were knee-deep in fractions and working hard to understand the big concepts behind equivalent fractions as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. Phew! We are really starting to realise how important it is to KNOW our times tables by the time we are in Year 4 and 5 - it makes fractions work (and all Maths work!) MUCH easier when you know them.
Our core values were 'Honesty & Justice' and we explored what it meant to be honest as well as asking big philosophical questions such as 'Is it always wrong to lie?' We also managed to fit in swimming lessons at Sidcot School swimming pool on a Monday.
Now for terms 5 & 6 and our new topic: The Battle of Britain. It's a good thing our key core values are going to be Courage and Resilience. Not only did the pilots in WW2 need spade fulls of these, but we'll need a little to get us to the end of a packed year of new learning!