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This week in maths, we were due to start looking at time. Time is such a abstract concept that children find quite difficult to grasp. Each child has their own experience of time, meaning that each child has a different level of understanding. This is the perfect opportunity at home to learn time one on one at their own pace. We would have been looking at:
• Reading, writing and converting time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks.
• Solving problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months and weeks to days.
I have included some time resources with the pack that was sent home. If you would like anything else, please feel free to contact me.
For the next 2 weeks, we were due to start looking at calligrams and shape poems. A calligram is a word or piece of text in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves. Lets start by getting creative and making our own calligrams. I have included some examples below. If you do manage to create your own, please email them to me so I can get them uploaded to the website!
In English, we have started looking at how to write a recount. As a writing stimulation, something terrible had happened to our classroom! The entire classroom had been trashed! We were all given a clipboard and asked to take notes to help us with writing our statements. The children have written excellent recounts about what had happened.
For the past 3 weeks, we have been looking at sound and how it travels. This week, we looked at how sound changes pitch. We looked at different instruments and identified how the pitch is changed. We then created our own instruments that could change pitch. We did this by changing the tension or size of materials used.
We have been discovering about how sound travels and how we can make different sounds louder and quieter. We investigated how the shape of animal's ears can help them to hear better, so we created our own animal ears to enhance our hearing.
We also found out that sound is measured in decibels. We used an app and had a competition to see who could be the loudest! Miss Livesley and Miss Smith took part too. Any guesses at to who might be the loudest? The results were VERY surprising!
To celebrate World Book Day, we spent the week learning about and reciting a poem. We chose a poem called 'The Magic Box'. We had lots of interesting discussions unpicking the poem. We believe that all different and unusual items that were placed inside the box are the writers happy memories and dreams that he wishes to keep and treasure. We discussed what different things we would put inside a Magic Box if we had our own.
This week in Maths, we have been looking at different types of angles. Acute, right angle, obtuse, straight angles and reflex! We have been identifying these types of angles around the classroom. We made lots of intersecting lines on a piece of paper using tape and looked for the different types of angles we had created. We even learnt how to use a protractor so we could measure the angles accurately.
In science, we have started to look at sound and how it travels through vibrations. We investigated how various objects around the classroom made noises and what we could do to change to sounds they made. We then conducted an investigation to see what materials were most suitable for sound proofing.
Tuesday by David Wiesner
For reading this week, we have been focusing on a picture book called 'Tuesday'.
As the book mainly consists of pictures that tell the story, the children were able to use their own imagination and interpretation to create their own version of the story. This book created great discussions with rich vocabulary.
We each wrote to the author, telling him what we liked about his book and asked a few questions. We are hoping we get a reply which we will share with you too!
We then decided to create a piece of art work to represent what we think causes the strange events to happen on a Tuesday evening. We all had our own fantastic ideas of what could be causing animals to fly.
Each week, we look at a different text. We look in depth at the text asking different types of questions and unpick the vocabulary. We then complete a warm task with retrieval questions about the text. Each Friday, we complete a different reading activity that is not related to the text we have been look at that week. This task can be reading to the teacher, looking at picture books and discussing what vocabulary could be used, listening to a class text, or, completing a cold task with retrieval questions.
For the next 3 weeks, we will be looking at multiplication and division.
For the next 3 weeks, we will be looking at Aesop's Fables. We will be focusing on these short stories and looking at the morals behind them. Children will retell these stories and begin to write their own versions.