In our Design and Technology lessons we have been exploring structures and mechanisms. We have used knex to build different structures to find out how to strengthen them and fix them together, we have also explored how gears, levers and motors work. We are going to use this knowledge to design and build our own programmable fairground rides.
As part of our computing lessons, we have linked Mathematics and Computing to create a program that creates regular shapes on the press of a key.
We used variables and procedures to create our program. We used our knowledge and some mathematical operations to calculate the angles to make squares, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, nonagons, decagons, hendecagons and dodecagons.
In Science, we have been learning about Earth and Space. In today’s lesson we have continued our learning by looking at the Moon. We have learned about how long it takes to orbit the earth and why the moon appears to change shape. We then made a model of the different moon shapes using Jaffa Cakes.
In History, we have started our new topic on The Victorians. In our first lesson, we have looked at some of the key events that occurred during the Victorian period and organised these into chronological order.
In our next lessons we will be learning about Queen Victoria, the Industrial Revolution, the Empire and life for children in the Victorian Period.
As part of our forces topic in Science, we have been learning about gravity, the effect of friction, air resistance, water resistance and also how gears, levers and pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
We had 5 different stations this week and we explored and investigated each of the following areas:
- Water Resistance – investigating how long different shapes of plasticine of the same mass took to sink
- Friction – investigating how long different materials took to slide down a slope of different coverings took.
- Gears – investigating how many turns different sized cogs made, and how these fit together to make objects move.
- Pulleys – explored how pulleys help us to lift heavier objects more easily
- Levers – exploring how can change the direction of a force or magnify it.
This afternoon, we joined with Year 1, our partner class, for a shared reading session. We took it in turns to read our books to each other. At the end of the session, Mr Stephens also read some ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl, our class book. We enjoyed helping Year 1 with their reading and sharing our books with another class.
In PE this week, we had a joint PE lesson with Year 1, to carry out this term’s Be the best you can be sporting challenge.
We have three challenges to complete this term, we need to meet each month and try and beat our score each time. Our challenges are:
Star Jumps: How many star jumps can you do in 1 minute?
Shuttle Run: How many laps can you run in 1 minute?
Catching: How many times can you bounce a ball off the wall and catch it in 1 minute?
We all had a great time with Year 1.
In our French lessons, we have started to learn the numbers 20-60, the days of the week and months of the year. Here are the songs that we have been using in class.
As part of our History topic, we started by looking at periods of British History. We had timeline cards without the dates on and we needed to work as a team to discuss and then put our timelines in order, discussing our reasons and using our previous knowledge and the pictures as clues.
We then learnt the correct chronological order for the British History timeline. before being posed a question “When was England formed?” This will form the basis of our History topic this term.