They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Fallen, by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
In Current Affairs, the children discussed Remembrance Sunday and the reasons why we wear a poppy at this time of year. They discussed the reasons why they buy a poppy and then watched a short clip about the work of the Royal British Legion. The children spoke about family members who were in, or had been in, the armed forces and the impact it had on them.
Finally, we asked if it should be compulsory for all British citizens to wear a poppy at this time of year. The answering was a resounding NO! The reasons they cited were mature beyond their years,
“It would devalue the meaning of wearing a poppy.”
“This is a free country, which is what the soldiers fought for.”
“People should be taught about the work of the Royal British Legion, and then they’ll make the right decision.”
We concluded this week by looking at the events of WW1; specifically the actions of one Jack Cornwell. We learnt that Jack had been 15 when he signed up to fight in the Royal Navy. By 16, he had been killed in action and awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. The children pretended to be Jack and wrote a letter home to his family to explain what life was like in the Navy and how he hoped he would see them again soon – of course we knew this would never happen, which only added to the pathos of the situation.
Have a peaceful and restful weekend.
Homework Friday 10th November
- Maths – We have given you a Maths worksheet to reinforce classroom learning.
- Times tables – Continue to practise your times tables for our weekly tables test. Practise these by chanting through them, going to the Times Tables songs on Mathletics, asking someone to test you, testing yourself, using look-cover-write-check, playing on ‘Hit the Button’ on Topmarks or J2Blast.
- Spellings – Please learn spellings for a test next week. Use Look, Cover, Spell, Check. We would then like you to use each of the spellings in a sentence. Try to make it an exciting sentence with correct punctuation. You will need to find out the meaning of the word first.
- English – Use the worksheet to focus on either Reading Domain 2a (understanding words in different contexts or Reading Domain 2b retrieving information from a text). Next week, we will be looking closely at Reading 2c, summarising.
Homework is due in for Wednesday 15th November.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mr Prescott and Mr. Groarke