Hi A &G Bloggers,
We have been very busy this term! Our mathematicians have been problem solving, using a variety of activities based on Geometry. The paired and group exercises were 2D and 3D based, and pupils solved questions using concrete and abstract methods. They constructed 3D shapes – cuboids, tetrahedron, etc. From this, they moved on to working with percentages, decimals and fractions, understanding the relationship between the different disciplines and how to apply the knowledge, given a practical challenge to solve.
Our A&G English pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and Clockwork by Philip Pullman. In James and the Giant Peach, pupils constructed a character reference for one of their favourite people, then developed this information further, to make an interview schedule with the character themselves. The time was set in the future, and pupils had to envisage what had happened to them since the end of the book. The pupils let their imaginations run wild! Clockwork by Philip Pullman, was the second book. There is a lot of technical language based on clocks in the novel, so pupils constructed their own dictionaries, by identifying unfamiliar words and researching their meanings. This was used as a starter activity in sessions. Pupils continued by writing a short story based on the essence of the book, which is tracking the consequence of events when someone has granted you a wish which has turned out disastrously! The stories were indeed quite scary, and I was told not to read them before bed time! The Senior Group followed a similar pattern, based on their books which were Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden and Five children and It by Nesbit. We also had a fun sessions based on language.
New and exciting challenges are set for next term, so we wish everyone a very Happy Easter and you will be hearing from us in the Spring term :)