This week in 4DE we have enjoyed creating our own ‘unseen scenes’ from The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Everybody chose to focus on the conversation that Chulak and Lila had when they discovered that Hamlet (the King’s white elephant) could talk. As well as giving everybody a chance to show off their skills as cinematographers and actors, (and I must say we have some AMAZING actors in 4DE – look out Hollywood!) the purpose of this exercise was to give us an opportunity to practise writing speech for different text types. The children have completed various activities investigating and sorting the different ways that speech can be written, and decided that the two main types are narrative and play script (although we have also discussed other possibilities such a comic strip speech bubbles and text messages). We recorded our short scenes using a tablet and then worked in groups of two in the ICT suite – one partner carefully watching and listening to the recorded video, the other typing this up to create a script. This resulted in some very impressive play scripts. I am very impressed with the progress that the children have made in a week and we all now seem to be confident play-writes! The challenge will come next week when we recreate our scripts as narratives and I look forward to sharing the results of these with you.
It has been a challenging week in Maths as we have investigated the different ways of recognising and calculating equivalent fractions. We have used fraction walls, created and compared drawings, and investigated the relationship between the numerator and denominator when comparing fractions. Everybody has managed to find a strategy that works best for them, but similarly we have all found a technique that is more challenging. Well done to everybody for showing huge perseverance. We have also had many discussions about how much easier equivalent fractions are IF YOU KNOW YOUR TIMES TABLES!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is to know all your multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 (which can be practised on the fantastic Times Table Rock Stars). It really will make learning in all areas of Mathematics so much easier and I appreciate your support in sharing this message and practising as much as possible at home. There are also some great fractions games in the Maths area of Purple Mash which you might like to practise at home.
In our Topic lessons we have started to learn about Sherpas in Nepal. We have investigated family life, religion and community, and will be spending next week designing and making prayer flags. We plan to hang these during our Mountain Day, coming up on March 28th.
As Easter moves ever closer, we have been taking time as a class to discuss Easter Enterprise. We have agreed that our class will organise an Easter card competition. We plan to charge 50p to enter and will award prizes for the best entries. We need to decide on prizes and how to advertise our event and will be working on this over the final two weeks of term. It was very exciting to learn that we came third and received a bronze certificate for raising the most money at Christmas Enterprise. We hope that we can be just as successful with our Easter Project!