We started this week with a trip to the SeaCity Museum! We had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about the Titanic. When we arrived at the museum we had a guided tour, where Lisa talked through the different rooms and then told us stories from the Titanic and about some people who were on board.
After our tour we looked at some of the outfits people wore and the different roles they had on the ship. We had 4 activities which we did in small groups. The first was handling objects and finding out what they were used for. The second was about the different rooms and classes on the Titanic; this was partnered with smells. We had to match the different smells with the rooms. This helped us experience and understand the different parts of the ship. The third was a science experiment. This was to do with the ship: we had to fill up the sections of the model boat with water. The aim was to keep the boat afloat while filling it up with water. We had three different ways of filling up the boat. This showed us the impact on the speed of sinking of the Titanic. The final activity was looking at the different passengers and trying to fit them on the lifeboats. We followed the instructions and scenario cards to try and fit everyone on. This was an interesting activity for the children because it prompted conversations on people being treated equally.
In the afternoon we walked around the museum on our own; this gave us lots of time to try the different activities. We could try to steer the ship, use Morse Code and hear the court cases after the disaster.
In English we wrote diary entries this week. They were written in the point of view of a first class passenger experiencing their first day on board the Titanic.
Our class story for this half term is ‘Kaspar Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been reading this to build context around the history of the Titanic.
In Maths we have continued our multiplication and division unit. This week we were solving questions using arrays to help us.
In science we focused on offspring. Mr Hammond asked us to make a game for the Years One children to help them with recognising the different animals they might see on their trip. We researched the animals and their offspring. This informed our planning, then we made matching and sets of dominoes for the year ones.
In phonics we have continued to look at alternative spellings for the /l/ sound. This week we focused on ‘-el’ and ‘al’.