Owls have been thinking looking at the festival of Easter and why we celebrate each year. We looked at all of the things that reminded of us and Easter and found there was a common theme of new beginnings, all linked to the Easter story. We have started to see there is more to it than just chocolate, though I'm sure we will all enjoy a little treat come Easter Sunday!
Our activities have included; writing acrostic poems based around all things Easter and also making decorative cubes with each face representing a different part of the Easter story.
Owls had a great day dressing up as our favourite characters from books and raising some money for our twinned schools. We first introduced ourselves, in character, to the rest of the class. In our English lesson, we wrote 100 word stories about our character and included other characters from people in the class. We had some interesting meetings of characters including Miss Trunchball and Spiderman as well as the BFG and Harry Potter!
Owls' latest science topic has been electricity. First we learnt that there are two methods of powering appliance, through mains supply and batteries. We looked at the uses of electricity but also the dangers, particularly when using the mains supply.
The children really enjoyed making various circuits and experimenting to see the effects of adding more batteries or bulbs to the circuit. We also investigated which materials conducted electricity and which were insulators. Many of us were surprised that the tin foil conducted electricity.
Owls started this week by designing our own cocktails (strictly fruit juice only!). We thought about how much of each juice type to put in and worked out the costings. We then, carefully, measured out each of the juices and added them to the mix. For our English, we then created a TV advertisement to sell our cocktail. There were some super adverts and the cocktails were very tasty too!!!
This week Owls have been looking at how different religions practise their faith. Firstly we compared Christianity to Islam. We were surprised to find that although there are many differences, there were a number of similarities too. Both religion have their own special places and books. They also require their followers to be charitable, look out for their families and support each other.
Later in the week, we also looked at hinduism and how Hindu's believe in reincarnation. With this in mind, they too lead a very family orientated life and try to live a good life so they can achieve 'moksha' where they are at one with God. The children looked at some of the pictures from my travels in India and Nepal to see how Hindu's make offerings for their God at the river. We also looked at Rangoli patterns and how Hindu's put these outside their homes at Diwali to encourage the God, Lakshmi, to enter. The children then designed their own Rangoli patterns.