Next week, in English, the children will be looking at newspaper reports and writing their own piece based on our work on Theseus and the Minotaur. We will be asking the children to use quotations in their work so we would like the children to research the following:
Write a definition for direct speech.
What are the rules for direct speech?
Give an example to show understanding.
Write a definition for indirect speech.
What are the rules for indirect speech?
Give an example to show understanding.
We would like the children to bring in an age appropriate newspaper report and highlight where direct speech has been used and where indirect speech has been used (if applicable).
Next week, we will be looking at the different forms of governance in Ancient Greece. These approaches are still used around the world today. There is a large amount for the children to learn so we would like the children to only take one element and be able to talk about it to their peers. We have arranged the children into colour groups and would like them to only look at the features of the one approach that they have been allocated. The four areas are:
MONARCHY: Orange group
OLIGARCHY: Red group
TYRANNY: Blue group
DEMOCRACY: Green group
We would like the children to think about the following:
- Write a short definition and give an examples
- Write the benefits of this approach.
- What are the problems?
- Look up any countries that still use this approach today.
Last week, in grammar, we looked at synonyms for common words. This week, we will be looking at antonyms. We would like the children to complete the following:
- Write a definition for antonyms.
- Find antonyms for the following words and then list three tier 2 words (higher level vocabulary) e.g. Big = small, tiny, minute, miniscule
This week, in our topic on Ancient Greece, we will be looking at the Greek Olympics. We will be comparing the modern Olympic Games to what the Greeks used to do. We would like the children to prepare some information on the following questions:
- When did the modern Olympics begin?
- Why do countries participate in the Olympics?
- How often do the Olympics take place?
- Where do the Olympics take place?
- Who can take part in the Olympics? (gender, season, race – think about the Paralympics)
- What events occur in the modern Olympics?
- What do people wear in the modern Olympics?
- Has anything unusual happened at the Olympic games?
The children will be using this information in their lesson on Monday.
This term, our topics in English, History and Geography centre around Ancient Greece. We will be looking at many elements of Ancient Greek life. We would like the children to research just one small element of the ancient Greeks to share with their class at the start of the project. Some ideas for this MIGHT be:
- Tell a story from Ancient Greek times
- Choose a famous Ancient Greek figure – either real or mythical and discuss them.
- Look at a type of Ancient Greek art work and discuss it ( sculpture, painting, pottery)
- Research an Ancient Greek nation such as Sparta or Athens and discuss it.
- Research an Ancient Greek god and discuss their powers.
- Research a key event in Greek history and discuss it such as the battle of Thermopylae.
- Mythical Greek creatures
These are just some ideas that could be used. If the children have something different linked to Ancient Greece that they would like to investigate, this would also be useful.
This week, we will be looking at synonyms in grammar lessons. We would like the children to complete the following activities:
Write a definition for synonyms.
Generate synonyms for the following words:
We would then like the children to uplevel these sentences:
Dave said that he was hungry.
Sarah walked across the playground.
They went to Scarborough for a weekend.
We got some things from the supermarket.
The castle was big.
After half term, we will be continuing to look division in maths. We are teaching the children an approach that will allow them to solve all division calculations, including long division. This approach is slightly different to some other approaches that some of us,as parents, would have learned at school but we have found this to be the most successful method that the children have learned. The children will be bringing home a how-to sheet to help them practise and learn the method as well as a sheet of challenge problems. Check out the video below as well!
Long division-the Ecton Brook way