This week in PE we undertook several team building exercises. We initially ordered our class from tallest to smallest without speaking which proved to be quite a challenge for some people in the class. Following this we worked in small groups to use parts from the scrap shed to help build a walkway to get us over the ‘Antarctic Ocean.’
We undertook a investigation to work out if all square numbers could be made by simply adding two prime numbers. We found that when we had an odd square number, we had to have a number that adds on to 2 to make the square number and sometimes this number wouldn’t be prime. For example, to make 121 with two primes, one of the primes has to be 2, and 119 is not prime.
On Friday 5RA had 4 new teachers (Mr Perry, Mr Wood, Mr Manota and Mr Lekkas) who helped take the class for the morning. All four did an excellent job of deliverying different parts of the lesson and helping out the children who were stuck with their work.
To end our Macbeth topic we decided to create a song to show the plot of the play with each verse representing a different part. It took lots of practice and rehearsing but the final product is really impressive.
We looked at the ending of the play in which Malcolm becomes king of Scotland following the death of Macbeth. We thought about the content his speech would have in. Malak’s speech was really powerful and included all the elements we had discussed in class about reassuring the Scottish people and blaming Macbeth.
We looked at one of the key scenes in the play were a despondent Macbeth seeks further advice from the three witches. We decided to describe this scene from the perspective of a crow flying over the baron heath. Alexia wrote an excellent piece that really encapsulated the atmosphere of the scene by describing both the setting and characters in great detail.
We looked at another pivotal point in the play, Macbeth’s decision, on whether to kill the king. The scene brought about some great discussion and allowed us to have our own conscience alley in which the class is divided in two with one row telling Macbeth to kill the king and other to spare his life. Yjesh’s diary entry as Macbeth was stunning and really encapsulated the character’s hesitance and confusion.
We wrote a piece of creative writing that took place before the start of the play that looked at the battle between the Scottish and Norwegian armies. It allowed us to become immersed in the play from the outset as we had to write from the viewpoint of a Scottish soldier. Underneath you can hear Jayden’s brilliant and brutal description of the battle scene.
We looked at different depictions of the witches in both art and writing using them as a jumping off point to create our own description of these creatures, ‘That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth.’ Here is James reading out his amazingly gruesome description of Macbeth and Banquo’s discovery of the three witches.
During our time in the art studio we also focused heavily on the first act in which the witches first appear. We looked at this particularly scene from many different angles firstly we used drama and music to illustrate the scene. Underneath you can hear Oscar, Kariss, Alexia, Elijah, Tia, Musa and Yara use expression and soundscapes to bring the play to life.