Janine's Class

We started our topic by discussing which type of crimes were committed in the past and how were people punished? Through our class story ‘Convict ‘ by Julia Jarman, the children learned that even some small crimes resulted in people, however young or old, going to jail or being transported to Australia during part of the Victorian era. The children were intrigued by the events in the story and raised lots of interesting and important questions. The children have improved their understanding of times in history and where the Victorian era fits into UK history.

Would you have liked to live in the Workhouse in Victorian times? Who was Jim Jarvis and why does man named ‘Barnie’ want to know his story? The children are now listening to another class story ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty and have been developing their skills in predicting and recalling key information.

In English, our focus has been on using connectives and conjunctions to develop sentences as well as organising ideas logically. The children have applied the skills to write their own version of part of the story about Jim Jarvis and producing a non-chronological report on the Victorian workhouse.   

Who was William Morris and how would you describe his work? The children have enjoyed looking at and discussing the work of William Morris. They sketched part of his work and are developing a sense of shape and pattern. We had fun mixing colours to create tones of paint similar to what William Morris used. The children wanted to re-create their own William Morris style artwork. Their art work is amazing and they mixed paint similar to the colours that William Morris used.

In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge on multiplying larger numbers using the grid method and solving worded problems involving multiplication, calculating the area of simple shapes, measuring in metres and centimetres, subtracting using formal written methods which involve regrouping, solving worded problems involving addition and subtraction, and explaining movement through directions and angles.

Internet Safety week was a huge success. We started off by considering all the ways in which the pupils use the internet and how other people use the internet. Next the children had to consider where there were any age restrictions on ways in which we use the internet and a red dot was placed next to the information. I asked if the children knew the age restrictions and they were not sure. I asked the children to think if there were any risks or dangers in the different ways we use the internet and blue bubbles were drawn around the information. After research, we found the age restrictions and the children were quite shocked. We talked about PEGI’s on games. There was a great deal of discussion about the risks and dangers of using the internet. The children devised their own posters about using the internet safely.

What causes things to move? Our focus in science has been on forces. We recapped on the names of all forces. The children enjoyed designing, making and testing a boat from only two pieces of card that could hold the most cubes. The children have improved their knowledge of upthrust, gravity and balanced forces. We re-tested the boats with specific measurements to consider the surface area and recorded and collected data. From this data, we looked for patterns in the results. This helped the children to develop an understanding of reaching a conclusion.  We have also investigated the properties of magnetic materials as well as investigating friction by testing an object covered in different materials travelling down a ramp at a 60 degree angle.

We continue every day to learn and develop skills to enable us to deal with managing our frustrations and coping with minor disputes. We are using the ‘Eight Secrets of Success’ to showcase our successes. So far we have focussed on ‘trying new things’ and ‘working hard’ and as a result, three pupils in our class over this half-term have been rewarded with looking after Springy and Sparkle for the weekend. Well done.

We will be continuing our topic on life of poor Victorians next term and focussing on life in the countryside and why so many people moved from the countryside to towns and cities in Victorian times and what were the consequences of moving. In addition, we will be celebrating World Book Day and Science Week in March.