What a fantastic week of learning in Dolphin Class!

In English this week, we have begun a new writing genre, third person re-tell. We began the week by looking at a magpie text, investigating the expected writing features, such as past tense and third person pro nouns (he/she etc). We then planned our writing based on the final battle between Rumaysa and Cordelia. The end of the week saw us drafting our work using adverbials of time and place. We discovered that phrases such as 'a few seconds later' and 'in the distance' can help us when writing to add more detail.

In Maths this week, we've investigated addition using larger numbers. We revisited column method, but pushed our understanding into five digits. We looked at how rounding and estimating can help us with quick arithmetic and how to apply all of these skills to multi step problems. We've completed some tricky maths this week and I'm proud of the dolphin's determination - well done.

Our science learning this week related to air resistance within the topic of forces. We learnt that the gravitational pull of Earth can be counteracted by the resistance of the air within the Earth's atmosphere around us. This air resistance is 'caught' by objects as they fall, and the bigger the surface area, the better the resistance. We confirmed this theory by completing an experiment which saw us make parachutes for eggs in varying sizes - it confirmed our theory - and we had great fun too as a bonus!

Our History learning this week saw us further explore the early Islamic civilisations. We discussed how the Kaaba structure within ancient Makkah was in existence before the beginnings of Islam and was used as a shrine by Christians, Pagans and Jews. We then discussed the infancy of the Islamic religion, which saw Muhammad, (P.B.U.H), sleeping in a cave near to Makkah. It was here that he heard the word 'recite'. From this point, he was given messages from God, which he shared with people in Makkah. These people became the very first Muslims.

Our Geography learning has seen us compare the two megacities of Brazil, Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo. We revisited the features of a megacity, before then discussing why Rio de Janeiro, although successful as a megacity, has massive overcrowding issues. We also discussed why Sao Paulo has been able to grow - using conurbation, (the process of overtaking and enclosing other towns and cities) to be the most populous city in the whole of the Americas - with a population of approximately thirty million! Wow!

I'm sure you'll agree, a brilliant week!

Have a fantastic week,

Love from Dolphin Class. xx