From Grunts to Tweets - Spring 2017

Welcome back!  This term we explore how storytellers have passed on information for centuries, sometimes through the spoken word and sometimes through writing.  From the grunts of the Paleolithic era, to the travelling poets of the Iron Age, we will investigate how and why changes to our language exist and also how our means of recording have developed to include the latest technology.

This week we have been investigating fractions.  We found out that you can find fractions of just about anything - even people.  So, we sat together in groups of different numbers and thought about what fraction of our group were girls, what fraction had brown hair, what fraction liked skipping etc.  This really helped us before we started looking at fractions of numbers.
The Caves of Lascaux
Today we took a virtual tour of the Caves of Lascaux.  These caves were discovered by chance in the 1940s and contain cave art that is thousands of years old.  We played a game where you could only communicate through pictures and found that it was very difficult to get our point across quickly.  This signified the importance of a shared, spoken language.  Inspired by the ancient artwork, we created our own.
The Diary of Donald Johanson
To begin our topic of communication through the ages, we thought about how historians are able to investigate the past.  We found out about an archaeologist named Donald Johanson who, 42 years ago, discovered a skeleton over 3.2million years old.  We considered what life would have been like then and how tribes and groups would communicate.
Our study of communication led us to Ancient Egypt, where we found out about hieroglyphics.  We studied the different pictures that made up their alphabet and created some necklaces inscribed with our initials. 
Egg Experiment
We have been completing some scientific research on teeth and then we planned and carried out our own investigation.  We know that our teeth have a hard outer-layer called enamel.  We likened this to the shell of a hard-boiled egg.  We left hard-boiled eggs in 4 different liquids for over a week to see the effects of acids in our drinks.
Structure of the Tooth
From our discussions on archaeology, we found that teeth are often found during excavations.  Teeth can tell us a lot about people and animals and so we decided to find out more.  Through some research, we were able to create a glossary of definitions when talking about different part of the tooth.  We even made cross-section models too.
Today we started our new dance project, which helps us to understand how communication has developed over the ages.  We learnt a new warm up and danced as paleolithic tools of the Stone Age.  Following our first session, the children were asked to write their views:
My favourite was the warm up I love to let myself go free.
I liked dancing as one of the stones because spinning and rolling is fun.
The new warm up is very energetic!
I really liked being the twisting like the lashing on the hammer.