All this half term we have been learning about forces during our 'Feel the Force' topic. We have planned and carries out a number of experiments to investigate different forces such as; gravity, friction, buoyancy and air resistance. This week, we were learning about air resistance. We knew that air resistance is a type of friction and can slow things down when they are travelling through the air so we decided to experiment to find the best types of parachute. Working in groups, we chose the variable we would change and considered which we would have to keep the same in order to make it a fair test. Some groups chose to change the size of the parachute and some chose to change the material. Once we had made our parachutes, we used the balcony in the theatre to drop them and timed how long they took to land. We decided that the slowest were the best because they had created the most air resistance. Although we felt that it was not a completely fair test, it gave us a good idea of how size and material can affect air resistance.
This week in Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. First, we started by using shapes to help us understand what a fraction is. Once we understood that a fraction is a part of a whole (with the denominator telling us how many equal groups the whole has been split into and the numerator telling us how many of those sections have been shaded/selected) we were able to name and shade fractions correctly!
Today, we were presented with a puzzle from our Headteacher Mr Lane! He said, '1/5 is bigger than a 1/2 because 5 is bigger than 2'. We had to decide whether this was correct and explain why. At first, we weren't sure and felt that we needed more information so we decided to build fraction walls to help us.
Once we had built our fraction walls, we could easily see that 1/2 is much bigger than 1/5! We realised that, when the denominator of a fraction is bigger, it means that it is split into more groups so each group would be smaller. We thought about Birthday cake and decided that we would definitely get more cake if it was shared between 2 people instead of 5! So now we have to remember:
THE BIGGER THE DENOMINATOR THE SMALLER THE FRACTION BECAUSE IT IS SHARED BETWEEN MORE GROUPS.
As part of our 'Saving the World' topic, we learnt about the deforestation of the rainforest. We did lots of research and had a very interesting debate about whether deforestation should be allowed to continue. To begin with, most of us thought that deforestation should stop due to the environmental damage it causes. However, we quickly realised that it is not that simple! We discovered that lots of people rely of cutting down the trees for jobs and money. Overall, we felt that we needed to cut down the trees in a sustainable way so that permanent damage is not done to the rainforest. To persuade people to help, we created animations to show the effect of deforestation on the rianforest and the animals that live there.
This week has been a very exciting week full or Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths! Every morning, we went to a different class and worked in teams to complete a challenge! These challenges included:
Below are some pictures of us working together to design, make and test out glasses - lots of teams managed to create a pair which stayed on for more than 40 jumps!
As part of our 'Brainwave' topic, we have been learning all about our brains and how they work! We conducted an experiment to help us understand the connections in our brain. During the activity, we discovered that we had lots of connections between each other. Lots of us have a brother or sister, many people had a pet and almost everyone liked chocolate! Each time we found a connection, we marked it with a piece of string. Before long, our web of strings/connections was so strong it was able to hold up a book! We realised that this is a bit like our brains. Our brains are full of connections made by our learning. The more we use these connections, the stronger they get. However, when someone let go and stopped taking care of their connection, the whole web collapsed and the book fell. We realised that, in order to keep our brains strong and healthy, we have to work at these connections and make them stronger by practising!
We also did some research and found out that, to stay healthy and work its best, our brains need:
We are going to use this knowledge to help us in our learning. We want our brains to be as strong as they can possibly be!
What an exciting first week back! We have spent some time getting to know each other and learning all about ourselves. We have created a Class 3D display all about us to share some of our favourite things. We even contributed to the KS2 reading display by sharing our favourite books - we discovered that there was an impressive variety within the class! We also worked together to develop a set of class rules which we feel will help us to create a positive learning environment.
On Tuesday, we revisited our School Learning Outcomes (SLOs). We discussed what each one meant and thought about how we can demonstrate each outcome. To put our thinking to the test, we had a house team lego building competition! We had to work as a team to design and create a building out of lego/building blocks. We knew that, to be a successful team, we would have to show each of the values. Below are pictures of our finished buildings and some of the children's reflections on how they applied the SLOs to their learning:
‘Our cube towers fell down so we tried not to speak loudly and we tried not to touch the tables so that they didn’t move’
‘I enjoyed building the castle because it was fun’
‘I listened to Tiara’s idea to make a castle’
‘We helped each other when we were building'