This week we continued our exploration of frozen water. Last time we noticed that if you poured water on the ice it seemed to melt quickly. This time, we had some salt, sugar and flour in bowls to see if they could speed up melting. We noticed the salt helped melt the ice, but the sugar and flour didn’t. We also had two different sized lumps of ice and observed them throughout the morning to see which one would melt first.
This week in Reception and Nursery we have been learning all about the Chinese New Year. Amongst other things, we learnt that red is considered a lucky colour and that dragon dancing is part of the celebrations. We made our own dragon and then took it into the hall to do our own dragon dance. We took it in turns to be part of the dragon or to beat a rhythm.
Reception children discovered frost and ice outside today. They practiced writing in the frost with either their fingers or a stick. Children developed the skill of estimating, that we have been learning in maths by dropping the ice and estimating how many pieces it had broken into. They checked their answers by counting the smaller pieces of ice!
In their maths learning yesterday, Year 4 were been looking at the properties of shapes and lines. They looked at parallel and perpendicular lines and had to identify them within the Union Jack flag.
Using this knowledge of lines, they then had to create their own flag which contained a certain amount of parallel and perpendicular lines. We then began to look at similarities and differences between shapes. The discussions the children were having together were amazing! There was lots of mathematical vocabulary used such as lines of symmetry, number of vertices and right angles.
Well done year 4!
Year 1 had an exciting afternoon. We were joined by Mrs Bone who led a session following on from our maths learning. Year 1 learned some history around famous bridges. We got a chance to be challenge chasers and build our own lego bridges. We were set the challenge of having a toy plastic car travel over the bridge we had made. We all succeeded! Thank you to all the grown ups who came in to join us!
Continuing with our theme this week of The Gingerbread Man, Nursery made their own gingerbread men today. We followed a recipe but found it tricky to measure the ingredients correctly. We took turns to measure and mix and then roll and cut the gingerbread shapes. Once cooked and cooled we wrapped them up to take home. The children told us that they’d be eating them as soon as they could to make sure these ones don’t run away!
Children were developing their writing skills today. In the mud kitchen, pancakes were being made with a delicious topping of maple syrup. A list of ingredients was added to the menu board. Inside, children were labelling their pictures and models and making books.
This week, year 4 have been looking at different types of data in maths. We have looked at discrete data and how that can be represented, and then did the same for continuous data. We then collected our own data, decided which type of data it is and represented it in a graph/chart.
Some children were asked to roll a dice 50 times and record what number was rolled each time, others were asked to jump for 2 and a half minutes, and record how many jumps they had done at 30 second intervals. I was so impressed with how Year 4 did this, and although they might have been slightly out of breath, they were able to collect their own data and represent this in a line graph or a bar chart.
Can you tell which activity produces discrete data and which produces continuous?
This week, Year 4 have been learning all about their new science topic – electricity. They have been discussing renewable and non-renewable energy sources and which ones are better for us.
After learning about these sources, Year 4 then began planning and recording their own tv show which informed children about different ways we can get electricity.
They worked so hard on this and are very excited to learn more about electricity!