Term 3 started with a surprise when we found what appeared to be a headless body on the classroom floor! Careful detective work by the class proved the poor lady to have been Henry VIII’s 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn.
Since then we have learned a lot about Tudor monarchs (partly through a visit from Henry VII, his sword and his money box), about how Tudor life was very different from ours and about how life for the rich differed from life for poor people.
We have presented our learning in a variety of ways, in non-fiction texts, in letters, speech bubbles, pictures, collage and even through learning to email.
Our trip to Tewkesbury was a highlight. The children loved seeing the original Tudor houses in the town, playing with Tudor style toys and actually being inside a real Tudor house with the original stairs and no glass in the windows. For most people, the part they enjoyed most was the Tudor doctor with grisly details and lots of opportunity for handing tools and materials.
We had an impressive range of different homework from the pick-and-mix selection. Cooking was particularly popular and we enjoyed several different Tudor foods in the last week of term.
We have enjoyed several special days this term. French Day saw us tasting food and building Eiffel towers, spotting words in books and learning the days of the week. Maths at the Movies had to be postponed because of the heavy snow but when it arrived it was great fun, with some highly imaginative costumes. We looked at the creatures in ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and worked out some possible totals of numbers of legs.
We have benefited this term from specialist teaching in PE and the children have improved their gymnastics skills.
Maths this term has featured multiplication and division, pictograms and graphs and telling the time. Now we have to hold on to that knowledge as we learn more.
We are delighted that Mrs Bulley has been able to return to work with us after her long absence following a significant injury. It’s great that she is able to be back with us.
Best wishes to everybody for the mid-year break.