We have had a busy and successful first full week of the term in Class 5. I have been very impressed with the children’s understanding of place value with numbers up to 1 000 000 and we have enjoyed some fantastic whole-class discussions. We had a terrific first STOPs problem-solving lesson yesterday, as we used a trial and improvement strategy to divide pennies among bags.
The class are also really enjoying our book study of ‘Shadow Forest’ (Matt Haig). We have also just started another book – ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ (Maz Evans), which links to our Ancient Greek topic.
We have embarked on our innovation lessons in English, having immersed ourselves in the model text ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. The class came up with some great changes – such as making the hero a female instead of a male. So it is Princess Aphrodite who will slay the beast (which we have changed from a Minotaur into a Cerberus). Our writing toolkit focuses on describing a setting and this introduction is an example of some of the super writing I have seen already:
To help pupils learn the model text, which we are making steady progress with, below is the story map which we use to recite it, along with a link to the actual text. Please do practice at home!