TERM 2 WEEK 5
Enquiry learning this week has been very hands on. We have used a variety of primary sources to researching the growth of Weston-super-Mare from a small fishing village to the large, bustling town we know today. Comparing early maps to current ones, we were able to see the huge growth in building and population in our town. Photographs and drawings were useful to contrast differences in buildings and landscape. Accounts written by historians helped us to answer some of the many questions we had about the development of Weston. Next week we will focus on Weston in Victorian times.
In maths we have been learning to measure the perimeter of rectilinear shapes as well as find out missing lengths. We have used our reasoning and problem solving skills to answer word problems involving perimeter.
For DT this week we had great fun using clay to realise our 2D designs for Christmas decorations, based on Christian symbols of Christmas. It was a lot trickier than we thought and we soon realised that we would need to modify our designs to meet the demands of the material. Next week we are looking forward to decorating them.
Alongside this learning, we have been busy completing our termly assessments in maths and English, including spelling and grammar papers. They were challenging but we are proud to say that we tried our best.
TERM 2 WEEK 3
Would you have liked to live in the Iron Age?
Continuing our investigation into who lived in Weston before us we have been researching Iron Age people, like the ones that occupied Worlebury Hill. Their lives were so different to ours, we considered whether we would have liked to live in the Iron Age. Here are some of our findings:
Their house was just one big room where the whole family lived and slept together.
When their toilets were full they used the waste to feed their crops.
In the iron age people used moss for toilet paper.
There were no video games.
Food was cooked in a large pot over the fire.
They couldn't shower or turn on a tap.
To protect themselves they made forts on hills.
Iron age people were often in danger from enemies and wild animals.
TERM 2 WEEK 3
Together with Year 3 we attended a singing festival, 'Raise the Roof' at Bournville School where we joined other children to sing a selection of songs. This year the theme of the festival was recycling and looking after the environment. Not only did we enjoy this uplifting experience but we also learnt a lot about how we can help the planet as well.
In maths we have looked at solving word problems and using the inverse calculation to check our answers. Using dialogue with action is the focus of our English learning.
The Iron Age was the focus in our history learning this week as we thought about how we know what we know about it. We explored photographs of monuments and objects that Iron Age people left behind. We looked for clues about what sort of people they were. A rusty old mirror told us that they cared about their appearance. Highly decorated metal pots revealed that they were skilled craftspeople who had the time to spend making such luxuries.
In English this week we have focused on writing description in the first person. We enjoyed using alliteration and challenged ourselves to include appropriate adverbs. Here are a few that we came up with:
monstrous mosquitoes, anxious adders, angry ants, scuttling squirrels, sneaky spiders
Our enquiry Science work was to plan for a fair test and look at the variables that would effect an experiment to melt ice. We considered things that we could change or vary, such as the amount of ice, temperature and type of container as well the surface that it stands on.
In Maths we have been comparing numbers and adding 10's, 100's and 1000's. Also, we have been getting to grips with the system of Roman numerals compared to the arabic system we already know. We were surprised to discover that they do not have a symbol for zero.
SHAPE SPACE MEASURE
During Friday morning we participated in a carousel of maths activities to help further our learning about shape, space and measure. These included measuring 25 metres on the playground so we could see how far we will need to swim to meet our target. Also, we looked at the work of artist Kandinsky to inspire us with our own shape collages. Making nets proved tricky as we applied our cutting and folding skills. Using pipe-cleaners we challenged ourselves to make cuboids and pyramids.
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Our experiment with raisins and lemonade was both fascinating and fun.
We dropped raisins into a full bottle of lemonade and watched them sink to the bottom then rise to the surface again. There were a lot of bubbles. We used our knowledge of solids liquids and gases to explain and interpret our observations. The bubbles of carbon dioxide attached to the solid raisin made them lighter and propelled them to the surface where the gas was released making the raisin heavier and start sinking again.
Dressed up as scientists, we embarked on a WOW day of discovery and wonder. To begin with we experimented by adding water to cornflour. Here are some of our observations and explanations about what happened;
It was so stiff it made the spoon break. When you leave the mixture it changes. It is partly solid, partly liquid. It is so smelly. It looks like liquid but it is not. Solids are hard. It dries on your hands. When you leave it it goes as hard as rock. It went hard when you touched it.