This week’s maths has been on ratio. Here’s a clear introduction to the basic concept from the Khan Academy: Khan academy introduction to ratio . For the next couple of weeks, the focus will be on measurement. We’ll post videos on the blog covering some of the key skills, for the children to look at ahead of the lessons.
In English, we’ve begun to study Macbeth. We’ve read a retelling of the first part of the play – to the point where Macbeth has met the three witches and heard their prophecies. The children have written a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth recounting these events. As well as capturing the formality of a letter that a Scottish nobleman might have written a thousand years ago, the aim was to incorporate some of the Shakespearean language and style – we’ll post examples of the children’s work on the blog.
Our new project is on evolution (see previous posts). Sylvie made this comment in response to one of these posts: “I found starting to learn about evolution slightly confusing because of questions like these… how did the evolution of the start of the whole galaxy start? And how was the first cell made? There are a endless amount of unanswered questions about evolution. As you can see it is quite hard to get your head around.” Quite!
On Friday we discussed what people believed before Darwin’s theory of evolution and the fact that all religions and culture have their own accounts of creation of life on Earth. Over the next few lessons, we’ll try to understand how a scientific theory is different from these accounts. We’ve begun by looking at the route of Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle around the world and next we’ll discuss his observations on the Galapagos Islands. On Friday there’s a class trip to the Natural History Museum where we’ll take part in a workshop about the fossil record of evolution.
Have a good weekend