This week in our topic work, we finished writing about Victorian children at home. We used feedback from the adults to check and improve our work at various stages along the way. The next part of our topic that we have started to investigate is what jobs children did during the Victorian period. We discovered that even really young children were sent out to work if they came from a poor family and the kinds of jobs that they did could be really dangerous, not to mention extremely tiring! Having learned how horrible conditions were for working children, we imagined that we were Victorians who were campaigning to change the laws; we planned letters to the government trying to persuade them to improve the situation for children. Ask us what we wrote to persuade them!
In maths we have been learning about shape. We have been recapping 2D shape names and thinking about their properties, for example how many sides and vertices (corners) they have and whether the sides are curved or straight. We have also been learning the names of 3D shapes and have been looking at the 2D shapes that make up the faces of each 3D shape (for example, a cuboid has rectangular and square faces, and a cube only has square faces).
We have also started to learn about tally charts as part of our interpreting data area of maths. The children learned how to record in a tally chart and how to interpret what different tally charts show.
In music, we listened to two pieces of music (‘Nimrod’ and ‘Pomp & Circumstance’) by the Victorian composer, Edward Elgar. While listening, we drew what the music made us think about and we discussed the instruments that we could hear being played. We then watched an orchestra playing ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at the Albert Hall and learned that it has become a very popular piece of music that people join in with every year at the Last Night of the Proms.
We have continued to look at the work of William Morris in our Art lessons. This week we started our own designs based on his work.
A little reminder: next Wednesday is our trip to Reading Museum. If you haven’t yet sent the permission slip back, please do so as soon as possible. Also, please ensure that your child is in school by 8:30am with a packed lunch and water bottle.
Have a great weekend,
From the Class Two Team