We started off our year developing and expanding on our ICT skills. We learnt ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology. We had 2 main skills we were aiming to learn - how to send an email and how to be kind online. We learnt what email means, what they are used for and we began by learning how to log in to our email accounts.
Then we sent our teachers an email describing something exciting we did over the weekend/Summer holidays. We also sent some kind words to make other people happy.
Next we learnt how important it is to use kind words and actions to everyone, even online! We came up with some rules on being kind online and made them into amazing posters! Check out the pictures below to see some of our amazing learning so far ...
Science - Rocks and Fossils
For our first science topic of the year we have been learning all about rocks and fossils. We began by going on a rock hunt around the playground to investigate just how many varieties of rocks there are. We were amazed by the sheer number of rocks outside - they're everywhere!
We learnt there are three main types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
We conducted a little investigation in which we cut up igneous rocks (actually, we used Starburst and pretended they were rocks) into tiny pieces called sediment. Then we squashed our sediment together to form a sedimentary rock. Finally, we applied heat and pressure to turn our rocks into metamorphic rocks. Take a look at some of our amazing pictures to see our rock hunt, our rock cycle investigation and more!
We have also been learning about fossils. We learnt that there are two main types of fossils - trace fossil and body fossils.
Trace fossils show evidence of an animal having been there, for example nests, trails and footprints, but they are not part of the animal themselves. Body fossils are the remains of plants of animals that have fossilised over millions of years.
We acted as archaeologists and excavated some earth on the hunt for fossils. Then we sorted them into trace fossils or body fossils.
In history we have learned about different Prehistoric times. We began by looking at the Stone Age, which is split up into three main parts (the Palaeolithic Age, The Mesolithic Age, The Neolithic Age). We learned how the way people lived has changed over time and the tools they used have progressed throughout the ages.
Next we studied the Bronze Age and the Iron Age and looked at the similarities and difference between them. We made posters, engaged in role play, studied tools and weapons, learned about how people used to hunt - this topic has been one for the ages!
We have been learning a huge variety of different art skills in our art lesson so far. We began by looking at the the famous cartoonist Carl Giles. We practiced how to draw an effective cartoon and learnt about how small changes to the eyebrows and mouth can change an expression completely.
Next we learned how to change the tone of a painting - if you add white to a colour you can make it lighter, if you add black to a colour you can make it darker. This is called tint and shade.
In our geography learning we have learned all about fieldwork. We've learned how to use a compass and what the cardinal points (North, South, East and West) and the inter-cardinal points (North East, South East, South West, North West) are and how people use these to navigate.
We went out onto the field and created an enormous compass - then we explored what we could find at each point.
We also learned about the difference between human and physical features of a landscape.
We have also been learning about the different countries, capital cities and counties of the UK. We have learnt what a landmark is and the difference between a human and a physical landmark. A human landmark was created by humans (for example The London Eye) and a physical landmark was created by nature (for example the White Cliffs of Dover).