Willow - our years three and four
Generosity is our Christian value for the first half of the autumn term.
Generosity is more than the giving of tangible things; we talked about making time for people and providing help as well as sharing what we have.
We shared the Bible story of the widow's mite and discussed the meaning of generosity. You can see the story we shared here and discuss its importance with your child.
Jesus on the Tube
Rangoli patterns are traditionally used to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into Hindu homes during Diwali.
We had a go at creating our own Rangoli patterns using rice, pasta and lentils. Creating our patterns provided us with an opportunity to explore symmetry and to develop our understanding of this mathematical concept.
In the summer term we visited Verulamium
We had a fantastic day in St Albans finding out about Roman Verulamium. Here we are in front of a part of the original Roman wall which surrounded the town.
Verulamium was the third most important Roman town in Britain and we were able to experience a little bit of what life might have been like 2000 years ago!
We visited four different 'stalls' which might have been found in the Forum (the Roman marketplace). Visiting the Forum was a social occasion as well as a necessity for shopping. People would be able to catch up on all the latest news and gossip!
Did you know the Romans had underfloor heating?
The floors were supported on pillars and beneath their fancy mosaics, there were spaces which had hot air blown through them from a furnace. This system of heating was called a hypocaust.
Roman Arches and Aqueducts
We have been busy investigating arches and testing which shapes are stronger.
Over the next few weeks we will be having a go at building our own aqueduct so watch this space for further developments!
In our science lessons we have been investigating plants and finding out which conditions are necessary for growth. We have compared seeds and plants and were surprised to discover that seeds do actually grow in the dark!
In maths we have been busy finding out more about measuring.
We have investigated both length and weight, using our skills in reading scales to gather data for our calculations.