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This week we continued to learn about the key aspects of the Buddhist faith. We discovered where Buddhism originated and used our map skills, developed last term, to identify where India is on a world map. After that, we explored the story behind who Buddha was. We learned that Siddhartha Gautama was the Buddha and some of us could explain how he came to found Buddhism and the teachings that followed. We used drama to retell the story. This really helped us to understand where Buddha’s teachings began.

In science we continued our learning on animals, including humans. This week we focused on ways to maintain optimum health. We began consolidating our understanding of the different food groups and then told each other what was healthy about our own diet. Then we suggested ways to improve it. Most of us went on to design a menu that has the right amount of each different food type. Next we looked at the importance of exercise. Many of us could name at least one effect that exercise has on our bodies. We recorded information about exercise and used the information to answer questions. Next week we are going to think about the importance of hygiene. You may want to think about this with your child so they have lots of ideas when they come back after the weekend.

In maths we extended our understanding of fractions. We learned how to find a fraction of a length and solved problems, which involved finding ½, ¼, 1/3 and ¾ of a length. You may want to continue this learning at home. In this term’s curriculum newsletter you can find examples of questions that will develop your child’s fluency with fractions. There are also questions that require reasoning and problem solving for you to try with your child.

In history we deepened our understanding of historical sources and considered why newspaper articles are excellent pieces of evidence. We recognized that newspaper reports are chronological recounts of events that have already happened. We began to look at some of the simple features of a newspaper article, such as headlines, the use of noun phrases to describe and specify, quotes, facts and opinions. We went into the role of a journalist and interviewed people who saw the fire unfold (eyewitnesses). Next week we are going to write our own newspaper articles, which will include many of these features. You may want to look at some age-appropriate newspaper articles with your child at home. Not only will these help expand your child’s vocabulary, they will also help develop your child’s understanding of the world around them.

In our computer science session, we learned about the importance of giving computers precise and unambiguous instructions, otherwise known as algorithms.

Don’t forget:

Each week we send home your child’s spelling and maths test sheets. By looking at these you will be able to see their score and where they may have made errors. We encourage the children to beat, or maintain (for top scorers) their score from the previous week. Each week the tests get progressively harder so it is important that the children continue to practise the spelling words and maths facts every week, in addition to their other homework.

In order to promote successful learning behaviours, which includes completing all weekly homework, we have introduced Golden Time. Children receive a Golden Ticket at the start of the week. If they maintain good behaviour, work to their very best effort, wear the correct uniform and complete all homework they will keep their ticket, which will them to take part in a short play based session. They will lose this opportunity if they don’t do all of these things.