On Monday, Class 4 visited the History of Science Musuem in Oxford to do a workshop on the history of medicine. We started off by learning about al-Zahrawi who was an Islamic medical scholar living in Spain around 300 years ago. Al-Zahrawi wrote many books about the surgical instruments and he worked on the use of herbal remedies. We learnt about how the root of a marshmallow plant was used to treat a sore throat and we had a go at bandaging each other using a wooden splint. We also got to have a look around the other medical artefacts in the museum and hunt for items. Next we learnt about the work of Florence Nightingale and how influential she was in developing the role of nurses. We were able to handle some real medical items and we had a look at a Victorian medicine chest. Finally we learnt about Alexander Flemming and how he discovered penicillin. We all found out lots of new information on during the workshop and we wanted to stay for longer to learn more!
Also this week in English, we have been continuing to read ‘Stig of the Dump’. We have been introduced to the Snarget boys and we thought about the language that the author uses to describe the boys. We have also been finishing off our estate agent reports as well as learning about possessive apostrophes.
In maths this week we have continued with our work on decimals. We have been focusing on hundredths. We have learnt where hundredths are on a place value grid and towards the end of the week we looked at how to divide numbers by 100 to give an answer that includes hundredths e.g. 65 ÷ 100 = 0.65
In history following on from our work at the museum, we have started some group projects about either someone who made an important medical discovery in the past or someone who has been very influential in medicine, surgery or nursing.