Class Teacher: Mr T Looker-Jones
What a week; what a class! Every member of Hockney 3.0 has returned to school with great enthusiasm and we have enjoyed a fabulous first four days together (the class song is sounding particularly great this year!). Please find the time to come into our beautifully refurbished classroom and see the children’s incredible artwork inspired by The Owl and the Pussycat.
Indeed, our first topic is ‘EvOWLution’ – a science-based theme during which we will be learning all about evolution and inheritance with a particular focus on owls. As well as analysing Edward Lear’s classic poem, we have also started reading David Almond’s Skellig which introduces the mysterious eponymous character – just what kind of being is Skellig, and why has he come into our protagonist Michael’s life? We will be writing our own transformative ‘Rags to Riches’ stories based on a similar narrative structure to the novel itself.
Another text we will be reading is What Mr. Darwin Saw which will introduce the class to the famous naturalist and his theory of evolution. As we learn how to classify living things, we will discover how plants and animals, both here and abroad, have evolved over long periods of time as a result of natural selection, using fossils as evidence of this phenomena. Our learning will culminate in a visit to the amazing Living Rainforest in Berkshire on 19th October – an opportunity to see how unique plants have adapted to life in a tropical climate.
We will be finishing the term as we began, with artwork, when we will study Picasso’s owl sculptures and produce our own using a new material: mod-roc.
Meanwhile, as the creative topic unfolds, we will be working on number and place value, addition and subtraction in maths, whilst Hockney PE will be on Mondays (football) and Thursdays (aerobics).