The Holy Trinity
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from trinus, "threefold") holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons".
HLTA - Thursdays
This Term, our focus is on understanding belief systems around the world, both ancient and modern. This has led to us exploring the Druids, The Egyptians, The Vikings, The Romans and of course linking in with our belief systems today, comparing ancient civilisations with modern religion. We have also linked in with art based on each of these civilisations, including Roman Mosaic pop-art, Egyptian sand paintings, Druid crowns, Viking symbols and Greek Vase scratch paintings.
In RE, we have been studying the Bible and how a christian might use it in different situations. We have picked apart several of the well known tales, including Genesis - the beginning of the universe and Adam and Eve. We have also researched, planned and performed a remembrance service, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. More recently we have been discussing how the Bible supports the morals which we aspire to as a society.
In English we have been exploring several books and their differing themes. These have included Spy Master - First Blood (A Tudor spy story, told from the point of view of a young boy), Strange Star (A semi-factual story on the origins of the story of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley) and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright (A modern story of a young boy exploring parallel universes). We read these through as a class, then work on different aspects of English as they arise throughout the text. From this work, the children have written outstanding newspaper articles; beautifully worded complaint letters to a well-known supermarket about their excessive packaging and explored the many techniques which can be used to make their writing more captivating to the reader.
Using the Singapore Maths mastery scheme 'Maths - No Problem!', we are currently exploring the links between fractions and decimals, utilising concrete resources such as Base Ten blocks, before allowing the children to use pictorial representations and then move to abstract thought. We are also discovering how to accurately use a protractor to measure angles.
This term we have been investigating the properties of different materials. These have been tested using electricity, variations in temperature and attempting to physical damage them in order to decide how suitable they are for certain tasks! We are also looking at forces and discovering Gravity, Friction, Air Resistance, Water Resistance and Mechanical Driving forces. Most recently this has involved designing and testing different types of parachute in order to understand how air resistance can be used as a positive force.
We have explored a range of types of music, including Latin Jazz, Hip Hop, Classic Rock and important music from the Classical genre such as 'In the Hall of the Mountain King', 'Zadok the Priest', 'Mars' - from the Planets Suite and 'Night on the Bare Mountain' Children have composed their own music and lyrics and learnt how to improvise on recorder to a backing track as well as individually performing their own compositions.
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