Welcome to Fox class! Our teacher is Mr Hollingsworth, who has been at Bedwell ever since he started teaching. He is really good at history and geography, and he says his favourite things are sports (especially American Football), dogs and Star Wars. He doesn’t like cats. very much, and although he’s not scared of many things, he does find bats a bit creepy!
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English - This half term we have worked on all thing persuasive. The term began with a spy-themed assault course, followed by a secret message from MI6. Our model text was a letter of application to join the secret service in order to capture the infamous Dr Black. After weeks of learning about the features and structure of persuasive writing, we wrote our own application letters. Needless to say a handful of us wanted to apply to work in Dr. Black’s evil organisation instead, which we did with great relish and enthusiasm.
Art - In the Spring, we spent time in our English and Guided Reading lessons exploring the story Wonder, by R.J Palacio. This brilliant, inspirational book has allowed us to see the world through the eyes of August Pullman - a boy battling to be seen as more than his facial differences. At the start of the unit, we spent time creating art work using the front cover of the book for inspiration. To achieve this, we also spent time reflecting on the words that stand out to us. Below, you can see some fantastic examples of our finished pieces.
English - Our next English unit will see us focussing on discussion texts. We will be working on looking at issues from different viewpoints, and considering what it means to present a ’balanced’ discussion, before collecting ideas and writing discussions of our own. We will take part in class debates and consider the devices that good speakers and writers use to make their arguments more convincing and persuasive.
Maths - We will continue to follow the Herts Essentials framework for maths. We will be continuing to develop our understanding of fractions, before moving on to explore measures. We will learn to calculate perimeter, area and volume, to compare metric and imperial units (miles, pints etc) and to estimate quantities using both systems. Drawing all of our understanding together, we will then learn to solve a wide variety of problems involving measures of mass, capacity, length, area and time.
Science - We will be learning about the Earth Sun and Moon. We will discover how they each move relative to one another, and begin to understand the forces responsible for this. We will learn how the Earth’s orbit creates years and seasons, and how its rotation creates day and night. We will also be building our own 3d models to represent all of this and support our learning.
Humanities - Our geography focus will shift to mountains next half-term. We will learn to locate the world’s major mountains and mountain ranges on a variety of maps and globes, and look for patterns in the areas where they are found. This will then lead-on to exploring the different ways in which mountains can be formed by movements and ‘hot spots’ within the Earth. To round-off our topic, we will be examining the crucial relationship between rivers and mountains, and the effect that they have on human life around them.