This week we have been looking at fractions. We have reminded ourselves of what fractions are and built our understanding up to understand what equivalent fractions are and how we can find them. We have struggled to apply this understanding to comparing fractions, but are hopeful that we will really crack this understanding during next week.
Our focus this week has been on conversations and the different ways we can record conversations in text. We have considered the differences between play scripts and narratives in the ways the speech is recorded and we have begun to record our own conversations. We used our class novel, The Firework Maker’s Daughter, to inspire our work as we focussed on the conversation between Chulak, Lila and Hamlet (the elephant) where Chulak tells Lila about the fact that Hamlet can talk. Having discussed this point in the story, we created a short drama. This was filmed and the plan is to use this film to write the play script that will enable another group to recreate the drama.
In topic we also became archaeologists having allowed our fossil casts to set, we had to uncover the cast first of all and then use cotton buds and brushes to clear as much of the sand from the actual cast as we could. It was surprisingly tricky as the sand had set quite hard so we wanted to press and scratch the sand off but needed to be gentle so we didn’t damage the cast.
Our Star of the Week this week is Mckenzie for the enthusiasm and cinematography skills that he displayed during our film making work based on The Firework Maker’s Daughter. He was a very proficient film maker and gave some great ideas to the group to enable them to improve their scripts. He has also shown real perseverance in gaining understanding of equivalent fractions which is really paying off now and he’s ready now to take the next steps to be able to compare different fractions.