Romulus and Remus

Although we are still considering what makes Britain great our focus has shifted more towards Roman Britain. We've noticed that many Roman towns seem to end in 'cester, chester or caster' and we know that Roman roads are famous for being straight (landmarks permitting!). I enjoyed the Romulus and Remus retelling so much - I saw power-points, keynotes, comic strips, videos and voice-notes. Below I've collated some of the video clips into one picture: Matilda's scene showing the wolf (a stunning portrayal by Pickle) looking after the babies, George's scene showing evil Amulius and Isabelle's babies in a basket in the river. In Science we've moved away from mixtures and had our first lesson on electricity - static electricity, to be precise. I have to say it took my hair a very long time to calm down after that video! There were some superb diagrams created by the children following the lesson and I was impressed to see some extra facts about clouds and lightning from some of the Eagles.

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Reading Rivers

Free choice for Great Briton of the week was very interesting: Captain Sir Tom Moore has been on a lot of people's minds as he was far and away the most popular person picked to learn about. The children clearly had great respect for his achievements. Monty chose Sir Ranulph TwisletonWickham- Fiennes and included the incredible fact that he tried to blow up part of the Dr Dolittle film set. I enjoyed filming the Science video and loved seeing your photos of any experiments you do at home. We've finished with the Man on the Moon (some absolutely fantastic pieces of writing from the children, especially the vocabulary) and have had more of a reading focus with Reading Rivers and some comprehensions. I enjoyed looking at how much the children read over a period of 24 hours - from cereal packets to Showbie comments to sheet music to magazines to books!

Reuben's reading river

Ruben RR

Impressive Authors

There are lots of very impressive authors in Eagles class this week: lots of ambitious vocabulary used, sentence types varied and tension built. We had 'glowing moon' (Ava), 'blankness of space' (Ruben), 'stark, bare and silent moon' (Henri) and 'barren landscape' (Matty). Mr Major and I have very much enjoyed reading everybody's writing - keep up the hard work! One more Man on the Moon session to come on Monday and then we will be having a reading focus. In Science, there was a plethora of pictures showing experiments - really good to see! I was also pleased with the tidiness of the presentation, especially with the table - I didn't have to remind a single person to use a ruler. Quite possibly a first in my teaching career! An extra special well done to Ollie who overcame a scientific hurdle by recruiting a lab assistant in the form of Eliza. It seems like there was a diverse range of British music listened to as well, from Black Sabbath to Little Mix. In school we tried to hear British music from as many different genres as we could. Pop, rock, grime and EDM went down quite well but some children found punk quite perplexing!

Isabel reading with Dottie

Isabel

Science Experiments

We've started our narrative writing unit based on the John Lewis advert 'Man on the Moon' (and I can confirm that tears were shed by various parents!). It's been quite daunting, preparing such a weighty unit for Remote Learning, and I'm pleased to see how well the children are doing with it. The standard of presentation has been consistently high. Eagles have come up with some superb vocabulary - 'ghostly', 'monochrome', 'silvery orb' and 'mountainous', amongst many others. I'm looking forward to reading their build-up pieces next week! I've also been impressed by the number of Science experiments being carried out. I'm waiting with bated breath to hear the result of Isabelle's from last week, but this week saw Queenie carrying her miscible / immiscible experiment out one-handed while she filmed with the other! We also used Science to have a go at using Socrative - I created a quiz based on the previous week's lesson. Most people figured out how to use it fairly quickly, so we'll definitely be using it again - especially as I've noticed there's a Space Race quiz which looks like a lot of fun! If you ever need any equipment from school - exercise book, protractor etc, please do let me know via Showbie and we can arrange a time for you to collect it from school. Below is Matty's Science experiment.

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