Sadly, we have finally come to the end of our Dark Ages Topic! We began the week by creating some fantastic role plays about Edward the Confessor and William of Normandy. All the children showed amazing confidence and were able to share lots of interesting facts about how the Viking rule came to an end.
We then began to plan and make Anglo-Saxon dwellings. We used a range of materials to build our dwellings and were able to create furniture that would have been in a real Anglo-Saxon home.
In Maths, we continued to work on column subtraction, as well as using decimal column subtraction. We were able to use lots of mathematical vocabulary to help support our explanations.
In topic this week we have completed further research into the Dark Ages. We have studied the role of Alfred the Great and Athelstan and their impact on England at the time.
We also recapped the features of a diary entry and used role play to get into the mind and body of a Viking during a raid on Britain. We have planned and written a diary entry using effective vocabulary to explain our thoughts and feelings. We made sure our diary entry was split into clear paragraphs.
In maths, we have been learning how to use column addition with numbers up to 5 digits and with decimals. We have applied these skills to many reasoning activities and worded problems to ensure we understand the link to real life!
In topic this week we have been busy writing our legends themed around the Dark Ages. As part of this process, we used our planning from last week to structure our writing and to ensure we included the effective language we had planned. Once we had finished our legends, we took the time to edit focusing on punctuation and language – including adverbs.
In maths this week, we have continued to focus on negative numbers and the effective use of number lines to help solve problems and prove our reasoning. Towards the end of the week, we moved onto our current focus of column addition with up to 5 digits and revised the strategy of exchanging.
In maths, we started the week learning how to write in Roman numerals up to the value of 1000 or M. We used this information to create our own equations using Roman Numerals. We then moved on to looking at negative numbers. We learned how to find the difference between positive and negative numbers on a number line.
In topic, we have researched religious beliefs during the Dark Ages and discovered the origins of Christianity in England. We then studied Anglo Saxon jewelry and then sketched our own designs inspired by our findings. We’ve ended the week looking at the features of legends and started planning our own ready for writing next week.
In maths, we started the week learning how to read number lines accurately using numbers up to 10,000. We looked carefully at the intervals along the number line to determine where each number would sit. We then applied this skill to rounding numbers within 1,000,000 and have improved our fluency and reasoning in the topic.
In topic, we have enjoyed creating our own dragons including drawing and generating its statistics. We had in class battles with our dragons in the style of Top Trumps to see whose would come out on top. Using these, we planned, wrote and edited character descriptions which we will be using in our legends in the coming weeks.