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All about Ancient Greeks, rounding and drawing!

In History we learnt more about famous conflicts in Ancient Greek history, such as the battle of Salamis where the Greeks beat the invading Persians, and the Peloponnesian War, which was civil war between the militaristic Spartans and the democratic Athenians. We had our own vote using rocks about where we would rather live – in Sparta or Athens – and thought about how important democracy was to us today. We found out more about how democracy has evolved, and how in Ancient Greek times, only rich men over the age of 30 could vote.

In Maths we have been practising our rounding skills. We had fun generating our own numbers using dice and place value charts, and then practising rounding them to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000.
In Art, we began practising our drawing skills ready for our drawing and illustration unit. We practised connecting with objects before we started drawing them. This week we started with drawing sticks. We felt the sticks to get a good sense of their texture; then we used our fingers to make a viewfinder to focus on the surface on the sticks; finally we drew out the shape with our fingers on the table.
We used dip pens and ink for the first time. It was tricky but slowing down our drawing meant that we were looking at our sticks really carefully and our drawings were much more detailed than we expected.
Some of us used a brush to add the shadow to our images. We learnt about the difference between shade, shadow and shading – they all sound similar but are very different!
In this week coming, we will be revisiting North America in Geography and getting to know more about the great rivers there. We will also be exploring further about how different religions celebrate what is important to them in RE and building our invading and defending skills in PE with a football focus.

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