Welcome to Whale Class
This half term our big question is:
How has history shaped our capital city?
This half term we will be learning about three significant events that happened to London during the 1600s; The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London.
We will be using maps and first hand accounts to follow the events. We will use role play to explore how Guy Fawkes plotted and think carefully about the sequence of events. We will hot seat characters and write diary entries and letters.
We have many things to look forward in this topic as we will create a class assembly and invite workshops into school. We will think carefully about materials of houses during The Great Fire and we will bury our own goodies underground to see if we can keep them safe like Samuel Pepys did.
We will be drawing comparisons between The Great Plague and life as we know it today and explore how far we have come in keeping people safe.
We will be writing warning tales and have been thinking carefully about warning signs, why they are used and what they are used for. We are using the story of The Selfish Giant to help us structure our own texts. So far we are enjoying the excitement and suspense of this genre!
Take a look at some of our pictures so far from this half term!
Last half term our big question is:
Would a dinosaur make a good pet?
Last half term we were learning about the world's oceans and continents. We took a dive into the past and discovered how the world's continents were once a large super continent - Pangea.
In Science learned about animal adaptations. We applied our learning to designing our own dinosaurs in different habitats.
In English we used the text 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' to plan and write our very own stories.
In Maths, we worked on securing our knowledge on number whilst working with tens and ones and using lots of equipment!
We went on a trip to Chennestone to attend a dinosaur workshop! We dug for fossils like real life palaeontologists and researched our findings. After lunch we met a terrifyingly friendly dinosaur called Sophie!
We received a very important package from the Natural History Museum... it contained a baby dinosaur egg! We had to follow their instructions to look after it carefully and then we wrote our own instructions to help others to look after a baby dinosaur egg too! We had a very smelly delivery from Lisa White in the USA... we had to put on gloves to have a real dig around! (we ended up needing to use our knowledge of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores)
It's been a fantastic half term and we've been so inspired we've even started our own fossil museum in the school playground!