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Art and Literacy: illustrating The Sword in the Stone

Friday 23rd March

In our Art lesson this week Ospreys looked at different illustrations of the stories of King Arthur, from the different versions of the stories we are reading in literacy. We focused on black and white images and noted how shading and direction is used to create different textures, and learned about the use of woodcut printing in early books. We looked in particular at the work of the artist Aubrey Beardsley, who created black and white ink illustrations for an edition of the King Arthur stories in an Art Nouveau style. Pupils then made a practice drawing into their sketch books. Next week we will do our final drawings, and use just one colour to finish them.

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Literacy: The Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table

Ospreys have been improving a version of the Story of the Sword in the Stone, adding powerful verbs, exciting adjectives and interesting adverbs to sentences, to create their own retelling of the events of the tale. Pupils have so far written a draft opening paragraph about King Uther Pendragon, and a second paragraph about Merlin, and today wrote these two paragraphs into their finished writing book. We have also read extracts from several different published versions of the stories of King Arthur, to compare the style and language of each, and today read from a version first published in 1860, written by Sir James Knowles, listening out for words that we no longer use in modern English.

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Maths: Reading the Time

In Maths this week we are reading the time and matching analogue and digital clock times. In our starter activity today we focused on writing the time in words, particularly when the time is minutes to the hour. Pupils then did different time activities, with one group matching analogue and digital times, another group telling the time to the nearest five minutes, another group telling the time to the nearest minute, and another group looking at 24hr times and 12hr times with A.M. and PM.

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Literacy: Legends of King Arthur

Our current topic in Literacy is the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. We today focused on the legend of the Sword in the Stone. Just as the stories have been retold over hundreds of years, we are looking at different versions of the stories to see how the tales are adapted in different ways for different formats and audiences. We are listening to an audiobook CD, reading a comic style illustrated story, as well as other written versions of each tale. In our SPAG lesson today we identified verbs in a written version of The Sword in the Stone, and then came up with more powerful verbs to replace them. We then together rewrote the opening to the story to make it more exciting and interesting, before pupils wrote their very own start to the story.

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Play Performance Preparation

Ospreys have been hard at work rehearsing for their class play performance this week, and today got to try it out on the stage in the hall. Everyone has worked well to learn their lines, and we are now adding in final stages of choreography and stage positioning to the performance. In our Art and Design lesson this afternoon, pupils worked together in table teams to prepare props for the play. This required a great deal of PVA glue and soggy newspaper fun to construct different props using papier mache. We will add finishing touches and paint these next week.

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Maths: Multiplying and Dividing by Multiples of Ten and One Hundred

Our focus in maths this week has been multiplying and dividing by multiples of ten. Ospreys have been revising place value and learning to simplify multiplication problems. We have enjoyed playing a favourite place value starter activity, ‘The Nasty Game’, in which teams try to score the highest 4 digit number by giving their opponents low numbers. In our Thursday lesson, we extended our learning by applying what we had learned to multiplying amounts of money, calculating how much ten of each item would cost. Ospreys made fantastic progress this week and I was very pleased that two pupils received a Head Teacher’s Award for outstanding effort in Maths.