As part of our science topic on forces and simple machines we have been investigating pulleys.
We had a great day out at the Living Rainforest seeing some of the things we have been learning about in our topic work and discovering many new things.
There are a few photos below. Please look on Year 3/4 page for more.
Year 4 joined Year 5 this morning. We spent the morning making kites. We started working in pairs to make our prototypes which we then tested out (they worked despite the lack of wind - we had to run with them). After that we each made our own kite.
Well done on your presentations both to parents and the rest of the school. Your power point presentations were well put together and you spoke clearly and with great enthusiasm.
See below for the power points (I had to split some because the files were too big)
We started our new science topic today looking at forces and simple machines. We started by finding out about levers and how they can help us.
Today we enjoyed food from Brazil and used ingredients that originated in the rainforest. We worked in groups to make the food.
For photos and recipes see Year 3 and 4 page
Thank you to all the people who helped us make our fantastic masks and headdresses (see photos below).
We can't wait to wear them for our carnival dances.
Now you can see why we needed the shoe boxes. We have started to transform the shoe boxes into a rainforest diorama using paint, paper, fabric, card, wool etc. Once we have finished the forest we will add some animals to the scene.
Today we carried out an investigation to see if we could slow down a cut apple going brown. We used sugar, salt, lemon juice and crushed vitamin C tablets. We found out that lemon juice worked best. Salt was quite good at stopping the apple going brown but the apple ended up being very soft.
We also set up investigations to see which metals go rusty and what conditions are needed for metals to go rusty.
See Year 3 and 4 page for photos of Key Stage 2 putting together their own carnival dances.
This week in science we made careful observations as we heated different types of food. We used chocolate, margarine, jelly, oats and milk, egg and cheese and heated them over a tea light. We were surprised by how some of the foods behaved. After leaving the foods to cool down we made some more observations and decided if the reaction was reversible or irreversible. Most of the time this was easy to decide but there were some differences of opinions about some.
We had to design and make a box to fit our Easter egg. We started by measuring the egg and choosing the shape of our box. Next we drew a net for our box on paper and tested it to see if the egg would fit inside. We adjusted our design and then made our box from card and decorated it.
We are working on stop motion films to fit one of our 10 pieces of music. We are using a mixture of drawing, plasticine models and lego figures.
Which material makes the best thermal insulator?
We worked as a class to investigate this question. We wrapped cardboard cups in different materials - plastic wrap, newspaper, T-shirt, cotton wool, felt, foil, towel and a jumper and we also left one uncovered as our control. We filled the cups with hot water and recorded the temperature every two minutes.
We started our new science topic "Properties and changes of materials" by testing different materials. We tried to answer these questions:
For each test we made predictions before we carried out the test.
Last week we worked on mixing primary colour paints to make a colour wheel. This week we have been using our colour mixing skills to produce the colours we need to paint illuminated letters.
We all enjoyed planting trees and making tree cookies (and getting muddy!) at Sylva this week.
Go to Year 3 and 4 page to see photos
We have been finding out about village life during Anglo-Saxon times. We split into groups to try our hand at weaving, dying using natural materials and writing using runes. We also looked at photographs of artefacts and tried to work out what they were and how they might have been used. The final group used the internet to research village life.
For more photos and information see Years 3 and 4 page
This week we have been looking at measuring in maths. We have worked out different scales on measuring equipment and revised changing from one metric measure to another. Later in the week we played a game of estimation golf - working in groups we took turns to estimate various measurements, the nearest to the "hole" won the points. We had to think carefully about which measuring equipment to use. After we had made some measurements we could use these to help us to improve on our estimating.
We looked at drawings from Anglo-Saxon times that showed various farming tasks. We then matched these tasks to the different seasons of the year to make a calendar. Next we added our own pictures to show the seasons. Finally we linked the seasons together to make a moving calendar.
We tried making a model of the planets in our solar system. After discussing in our groups, we chose different size balls, marbles and beads to represent the planets. We then looked at data showing the actual sizes of the planets and realised that we needed to change some of the balls. Starting with the largest ball we had to represent Jupiter we then worked as a class to find the correct size balls etc (see photos below for our final version). We were surprised by how small Earth is when compared to some of the other planets.
We have been working on 3-D shapes this week. We tried different activities to improve our understanding.
1. Sitting back to back one person made a shape from cubes and then described the shape for their partner to make.
2. We looked at drawings of 3-D shapes and then made them from linking cubes. The next part of the challenge was to put the pieces together to make a 3 by 3 cube. This proved quite difficult but with a few clues we all managed to make the cube.
Our homework task was to produce a model or drawing to go with our topic on Ancient Greece. As you can see from our amazing results we all worked very hard on this (and so did our parents!).
As you can see from the photos below we have now finished our purses and wallets (well most of us - the missing few will be added next week!)
We have started research projects finding out about famous Ancient Greeks or Ancient Greek inventions.
(see Year 3/4 page for photos)
We all had a super day. The harvest festival service went well - Key Stage 2 told the story of our food from seed to plate. Lunch as enjoyed by all and we had a great time chatting to all our guests.
See Year 3/4 page for photos.
Years 5 and 6 are mostly taught by Mrs Wake with the help of Mrs Campbell who supports specific children.
Art and music are taught by Mrs Fell and French is taught by Mrs Campbell.
Your child will be doing PE on Wednesday and Friday, except for the terms when they do Forest School then there will be no Friday PE.
What we do in PE changes term to term but you will be informed at the beginning of each term whether your child needs a P.E. kit or swimming kit for Wednesday's PE lesson.
PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers. Please make sure that all items are named.
Your child will be given spellings to learn on a Monday and will be tested on the following Monday. If children do not get a sufficient amount correct in their test they will come back on Wednesday lunch time to be tested again.
We ask all parents to encourage their child to read every day. Most children will be reading independently by this stage but it is still important to talk to your child about what they are reading and share books with them. This can help them to understand new vocabulary and ensure good comprehension.
Homework in KS2
In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their mental maths skills regularly. Knowing their number bonds and times tables, including the division facts, will help them with many different areas of maths.
In our class there is a times tables test every Wednesday. The start of most maths lessons includes mental maths work.
Helpful websites to support mathematical learning:
Please see the schools calculation booklet, which we sent home, for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths.
If you have any questions please come and see me.
To view our daily class timetable please click on the documents below. Please be aware that this timetable is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.