This week, we have been learning all about the religion, Judaism. We looked at how the religion has developed over time and how it is believed to have started during the Bronze Age, nearly 4000 years ago! We saw how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat every week, starting on a Friday evening and ending on a Saturday evening. We then looked at their yearly celebration, Hanukkah, which is also known as the festival of lights.
This week, we have looked at the country Africa. We discussed how some parts of Africa are still not developed and how they have to travel miles just to get water. We thought their lives looked very similar to how people lived during the Stone Age. We became African children for the day and wrote a letter to an English child. We all agreed we are very lucky to have access to clean water without having to walk miles!
This week, we have started to develop our Art gallery. We asked three builders to come and give us a quote. We had Floate’s Construction and Building Services, Belletty’s Odd Jobs and Daniel the Builder. Each builder charged a different price per hour and the number of hours varied. After careful consideration, we decided to hire Mrs Floate, as she was within budget and seemed to know what she was talking about. She also measured using a measuring tape and not just her feet!
This week, we have been continuing to learn how the Romans developed Britain. We have looked at how they created roads and constructed buildings for uses such as schools, hospitals and bath houses. We thought it was amazing how they invented a sewage system all those years ago to get rid of their waste! We became architects and made a blueprint of our own Roman town and wrote an application to go alongside our drawings.
This week, we wrote a letter to Mrs Khanna’s sister in Pune, India to thank her .These letters will be posted to India and we are hoping for a reply in the future! In Maths, we looked at data and children went around the different classes to collect the data. We discussed in depth about Remembrance Day and its importance, why do we wear a poppy and how to show respect. Some of our children were so fantastic they joined in the assembly to tell others what they have learnt- even to KS2!
This week started with a visit from a Roman soldier. Kangaroos asked him lots of fantastic questions and he told us all about life during the Roman era. Then, on Thursday, we celebrated the Hindu festival, Diwali. We saw the types of clothes and jewellery Hindu people would wear and had a go at doing some Rangoli art. Finally, we had a live chat with a Mrs Khanna’s sister who lives in India and saw how they were celebrating the festival!
This week, we had our Harvest Festival, where we read aloud the poem we wrote together. Kangaroos were all so brave and were very proud of themselves, as were the teachers! We looked at how the Stone Age developed and farming was introduced. We wrote a job description, calling for people to join our farms- they were very convincing! We have all really enjoyed this half term and can’t wait to see what the next half term brings!
This week, we’ve been learning about the Harvest festival and why we celebrate it, in preparation for next week. We all wrote our own acrostic poem about the Harvest Festival and a letter to a farmer, showing our appreciation and asking them a few questions about their job. In Maths, we have been looking at money and the value of coins. We even learnt about the different currencies from all over the world!
This week, Kangaroos have been busy learning all about parliament. We formed our own parties to run for election: the nice party, magic party, caring party and good party. We looked at what qualities would make a good leader and then Kangaroos had to persuade one another on who would be the best person to lead their party. At the end of the week, we ‘went’ to the House of Commons and had a debate, where children had to give reasons for and against having school open 6 days a week. We may have future ministers in the making!
This week, Kangaroos have been busy doing a Science experiment on what materials are waterproof. We tested our Stone Age houses to see if they would have kept us dry. Unfortunately, they would not have! As part of our concept ‘Development’, we have asked Mrs Mitchell if we could possibly have an art gallery built in our classroom to show off all our future artwork. We wrote a letter asking for permission and have our fingers crossed!