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Year 3 put on their investigation hats in maths this week as they completed a challenge where they had to see how many ways they could make different cuboid shapes whilst keeping the same volume of cubes.
Miss Huckfield’s maths group enjoyed the sunny weather on Friday morning by taking their learning outside and into the playground. Firstly, the children estimated the length of their chosen playground item and then they used a measuring instrument of their choice to take an accurate measurement of each item.
In Year 5, the children have been working on their fractions, decimals and percentages. They used a wide variety of resources to help them recognise fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents, including trickier examples such as eighths, sixths and elevenths. They also practised a variety of strategies which help us to convert from one form to another. Go, Year 5, go!
Year 6 have been working hard on their upcoming play. They have been unpicking Shakespearean language, practising soliloquies and critiquing recordings of their own performances.
This week Reception children enjoyed a caterpillar themed week. They loved listening to the story ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle and have become authors and have written their own Hungry Caterpillar books. In class the children have been investigating the caterpillars with magnifying glasses. They were really impressed at how quickly they were growing!
In class the children have been exploring the life cycle of a butterfly and have created their own lifecycle using pasta to represent each stage.
Year 1 opened a fruit and vegetable shop this week to consolidate their work on money. They were using their number lines to work out how much change the customer needed and then selecting the correct coins to give to them.
Year 1 watched a video where a group of scientists tested a theory on whether a person could walk on custard! The children were amazed to see that if you filled a swimming pool full of (cornflour-based) custard, you could walk on the custard from one end of the swimming pool to the other! They learnt that it is a non-Newtonian fluid: when it is under force, it becomes more solid. They decided this was a great property for alien slime and made their own to see what happens when force is applied to the slime. The children thoroughly enjoyed jabbing the slime to make it solid and then letting it run through their fingers as a liquid.
Clubs started across the school this week – here are some snapshots from the Lower School clubs in action!
This week, the Year 4 art club had great fun painting bubble pictures. The children used a combination of blue, pink and yellow painted lines on black card to bring out the bubbles’ forms and added hints of white for the highlights. I am sure you will agree that the finished pieces look very striking.
The children in Year 4 enjoyed their very first Philosophy and Critical Thinking session this week. They discussed what ‘philosophy’ meant to them and they also learnt about famous Greek philosophers including Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and the ancient author, Homer.
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M K Hodge 7 May 2021