Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November…

This week we launched straight into our new topic, exploring celebrations around the world. We started right here in England, focusing on why celebrate Bonfire Night each year.

Over the course of the week we have fully developed our knowledge and understanding of this significant event in British history. We increased our awareness of the past by finding out about Guy Fawkes and other significant individuals involved in the plot, such as Robert Catesby and Thomas Percy.

We used our knowledge of descriptive language to create wanted posters to help catch Thomas Percy.

Through several speaking and listening activities, such as hot seating and role-play, as well as sequencing events and designing other posters, we deepened our understanding of the events of the Gunpowder Plot.

We ended our learning by exploring how the event has been celebrated in Britain since the 1930s, consolidating our knowledge of changes within living memory.

*This weekend it would be great if parents and carers could talk to their children about how they celebrated Bonfire Night when they were children. Sharing information about your own family traditions and past memories will help children to develop a chronological framework and also helps them as they develop their own identity.*

We are currently working incredibly hard to improve our handwriting so that others can share all of the wonderful writing we create. This week we were introduced to the diagonal join to the letter ‘e’.

Handwriting joining e

In maths we began to learn about data handling. This means gathering and recording information and then presenting it in a way that is meaningful to others. We learned how to gather information using a tally chart. Then we explored how to represent this data as a pictogram or block diagram. To help us understand the way the information is presented in each format, we answered questions about the data, such as:

Which was the most popular firework?
How many more children chose rockets than catherine wheels?
How many fewer children chose sparklers than rockets?
Which was the second most favourite firework?
How many children chose catherine wheels or sparklers?
Next week we will be learning how to analyse information to understand what the total number of people surveyed was. We will also find our own information, record this accurately and choose the best way to represent this information.

This week’s homework:

History/English Homework:

Complete the famous Bonfire Night Poem ‘Remember, Remember…’

You may also want to read some different poems at home, ready for our poetry themed English lessons next week. We will be using the children’s experiences from this weekend’s fireworks celebration to write sense poetry about Bonfire Night.

Spelling homework:

The ‘Soft C’-

The letter ‘c’ has a hard sound (/k/ as in cat) and a soft sound (/s/ as in cell). Usually, the ‘c’ is hard or soft depending on the vowel that follows it. Here’s the general rule: When c meets a, o, or u, its sound is hard. When c meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft.

This week’s words are: pace, space, since, silence, circus, city, exercise, icicle, pencil, scissors. There are also some topic words to use: bonfire, celebrate, gunpowder and festival. Use the look, cover, write, check grid and the crossword puzzle to help to learn these. Just five minutes practice a day is much better than 35 minutes the night before next week’s test!