This week, I have decided not to set homework in the CGP book. Instead, I would like the children to practise the French vocabulary for the Spelling Bee on the 4th July. Although this seems like far away, it will soon be upon us. We will run a small competition in class (date to be confirmed) and from that, choose the 4 children who will represent us at Norton Hill.
You can find the word list here.
Today, in English, we have evaluated how effective different instructions are. To do this, the children used the instructions below to try and learn different card games.
As they loved playing cards so much, I thought they might want to continue them at home. Also, from trying to follow these instructions (some of which are clear and some of which are more confusing), we learnt very quickly which features of instructive writing are important.
Card game instructions
Yesterday, the children experienced lots of Greek food to enhance their understanding of Greek culture both today and during Ancient Greek times.
To start, to inspire our writing this week, the children made Melomakarona (a traditional Greek cookie). They made the syrup and baked the cookies before tasting them today. They were able to apply their measuring skills and collaborated well together. Unsurprisingly, they loved the cookies, which they dipped in the syrup, and you can find the recipe here. For the rest of the week, we are learning about what makes good instructions and we’re going to rewrite and improve the recipe we followed yesterday.
I have also been really impressed with how well the children tasted new foods and I think they all discovered something new that they enjoyed! We discussed the source of our food and why, in Ancient Greek times, they had a very restricted diet of the foods that could grow in the hot, dry climate. Some of the food they tried included: olives, pitta bread, feta cheese, figs and dates.
After focusing on Modern Greece last week, this week we’re going to start learning about the Ancient Greek Empire and lifestyle.
Please find our curriculum map here.
Also, here are our spellings for the term – the children have been given a paper copy today.