The term after Christmas is always long and, as a result, we have lots of interesting work ahead of us.
We began by having a two week mini Scottish topic looking at the artists Steven Brown and Charles Rennie MacIntosh. We read a bit about the men and their backgrounds, before looking at examples of their work and discussing their styles. Steven Brown is famous for his series of paintings of the McCoos so we used his colourful technique to give ourselves different hairstyles which we added to black and white photos of ourselves. Very whacky but good fun. Charles Rennie MacIntosh also had a very distinctive style. We used his iconic rose and geometric designs to create our own pictures. We tried to match his use of colour too and the end results are fantastic.
We have looked at Scottish words and language through poetry and song. We learned a Scottish poem for the competition and our two winners will recite them during the Scottish sharing afternoon. We will be singing 'Ye Canny Shove yer Granny aff a Bus' complete with actions!
We will be learning about World War II, with the focus being on the Homefront and comparing the lives of children then and now. Our class novel is 'Goodnight Mister Tom' - a fantastic story about a young boy from London being evacuated to the country. He thrives under the guidance and love of an older widower. Both of their lives are enriched as they get to know each other.
We are continuing with our work on the John Muir Award in connection with our Outdoor Learning. We are trying to encourage wildlife to use our school grounds so we have conducted a survey highlighting what we have, what we do not have and what needs to be improved. From the results, we are hoping to improve the plants for habitat as well as make bug hotels and bird feeders.
For Literacy we are turning our attention to newspaper reports, diary extracts and persuasive writing. In Numeracy we are working with adding and subtracting decimals then using them in real life situations with a connection to money and measure. We are linking Health with Science by looking at the senses, sound waves and light waves.
A busy term indeed.