This week in class 4J we have been planning and creating our own stories which have to include suspense, paragraphs and sentence simile openers (to name a few!). First, we discussed what makes an interesting story and what we would include to our own stories. We then each created a ‘plot matrix’, which includes 5 key areas to our story – who (character) , setting , year, suspense and a new character. Each of these elements had to include key descriptive vocabulary. When we planned one together as a class, there were many interesting ideas – particularly the half dog, half man character – and this helped us to plan our own. Next week we will be finishing our stories, peer assessing each other’s and then finally finalising our own.
In maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting 2 – digit and 3 digit numbers using different methods. We have all tried column, ‘frog jumps’, mental addition and subtraction and the place value of numbers. It has been a very jam packed week but there have been a lot of hard workers and excellent mathematicians. We have also been practicing our times tables, particularly 7 and 8 times tables.
We have also started our topic subject of the Romans. This has been really interesting as we have used our home learning to help us along. We started the topic by looking how the Roman Empire developed and moved later onto Roman Soldiers. We have started to create posters on the Roman Soldiers, and particularly looking at persuasion and therefore persuading people to join the Roman army than become a Roman slave! This has been really interesting; as we have had some good debates and discussions about the good and the bad points to being in the army compared to being a slave, but we have all decided we would rather join the army!
Here is to week 4 and another excellent learning week.