We have been learning ways to add numbers mentally. When adding one digit numbers, we learnt that we could add 10 then take away any numbers necessary. For example,
As our topic draws to a close, we have been finishing our musical instruments and exploring the sounds that they make. We then carried out an evaluation and considered what we liked about our instrument, if it turned out how we expected and how we might improve it.
In English this week we have been thinking about friendship. We have made and written our very own friendship potion recipes!
We have been working hard on our musical instruments made from junk modelling. We thought carefully about our design and drew labelled diagrams. Then the fun of making them got underway!
We have continued to learn about multiplication and division this week. We have focused on our 5x table and 10x table. We have used skip-counting and dot paper (arrays) to learn different methods of multiplication.
This week we looked at a nonsense newspaper article about the Grand Old Duke of York. It had lots of mistakes in it and it was very funny! We then worked hard to write our own newspaper articles, trying hard to include features of a newspaper such as a catchy headline and eye witness quotes.
We have continued to answer the question "can seeds grow anywhere?" by observing the changes from the experiment we began last week.
We have continued to work on multiplication and division this week. We have been focusing our multiplication facts for the 3 and 4 times table and using these to help us with division questions. We carried out an investigation into how multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order but this is not the case for division. For example, 3 x 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 = 12.
We have begun an investigation into what a seed needs to grow. We have started an experiment to answer the questions "can seeds grow anywhere?" and have planted seeds into a variety of different materials - soil, sand, cotton wool, newspaper and grit. We carefully planned our experiment to make sure it is a fair test - we discussed the different variables in the experiment, such as the amount of water we give and how much warmth and light the seeds will received. We will now monitor the seeds over the next few weeks to observe how they change.
As part of our Beat Band Boogie topic, we have watched marching bands perform, including the Trooping the Colour videos. We looked carefully at how they moved and worked together. As part of a PE lesson, we then worked with a partner to choreograph a short routine to the beat of a drum. Back in the classroom, we reminded ourselves of the nursery rhyme "The Grand Old Duke of York". Daisy challenged us to sing it without using the words "up" or "down" which was great fun. We also learnt about the true man behind the song, Field General Frederick Augustus Hanover. It is said that the song commemorates his disastrous battlefield defeat when leading the British and Austrian armies at Flanders in May 1794.
In Maths this week, we have been learning different methods for multiplication and division. We worked hard to understand that we could see multiplication as repeated addition - for example, 2 x 4 = 8 is the same as 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8. As we moved onto division, we thought of division as sharing and grouping.
We had a great Science lesson where we used water and glasses to make a xylophone. We thought carefully about the pitch of the sound that each glass made and changed the amount of water in each glass to change the sound. We worked hard to answer questions such as how much water we would have to add to create a high sound or a low sound. We then enjoyed playing a tune on our new xylophones!
We have kick started our topic Beat Band Boogie with an amazing visit from Blewbury Brass Band. They performed several songs for us, some of which we recognised such as Offenbach's Can Can. They also performed the Horn of the Mountain King, a Norwegian song about a troll. It reminded us a lot of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and we listened carefully for the low notes which represented the troll! In addition, we learnt some history about brass instruments and how they have developed from a simple ram's horn.
We then compared some of the instruments from the band, these included a cornet, tenor horn, euphonium, trombone and two enormous instruments, a E flat bass and a B flat bass. We learnt that the larger the instrument, the longer the pipe, the lower the sound that it makes.
For more information about Blewbury Brass Band, see their website https://blewburybrassband.org/