Autumn Term 1
What a fantastic first half-term the Westerners class have had!
This half-term the Westerners have enjoyed exploring the topic of Stargazing. They have created mnemonics to help them remember the order of the planets from the Sun and studied the movements of the bodies in our Solar System. They have explored categorising the planets by their weight and mass and researched the different bodies of the Solar System. We carried out an experiment to find out how craters are formed and investigated the force of gravity within the Solar System. The Westerners particularly enjoyed the trip to the National Space Centre and experiencing the 4D show in the planetarium.
In English, we have studied author Anthony Horrowitz and read Stormbreaker (adventure) and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday (mystery). The Westerners created some fantastic pieces of writing linked to Stormbreaker – instructions on how to become a spy and a recount letter to MI6 telling them of their findings at Sayle Enterprises. The favourite piece of writing was based on ‘It’s not a planet, it’s our home!’ They created some very emotional diary entries which really moved the reader and made them question the ethics behind some aspects of space exploration. We have recently moved on to looking at newspaper reports and the class came up with some very clever and funny headlines based on the murders in ‘I know what you did last Wednesday’
In Maths, the Westerners have focused on developing their skills in place value, being confident with adding numbers up to six digits and subtracting using a number line and column subtraction. The class have particularly enjoyed learning times tables through games such as Popcorn and learning key facts through the Weakest Link and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Homework due on 10th December