This week we have been learning about 2d shapes. As well as recognising and identifying shapes, we have also been learning to describe the properties of shapes. For example, a triangle has three straight sides and three vertices (corners).
We have moved onto thinking about Sea Rescue. We learnt about the history of sea rescue and about the life of Grace Darling, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who saved the lives of passengers from a shipwreck.
Christmas has arrived in Willow class! Following our wonderful performance of 'Lights, Camel, Action!', we have been learning about Christmas traditions and have started to use our art skills to make some Christmas decorations.
We have been rehearsing our Christmas play every day. It's all coming together really well!
In Maths, we have been working really hard on vertical subtraction where we need to use regrouping. They have a sound understand of how to regroup and can regroup hundreds, tens and ones in different combinations.
This week, we returned to our treasure maps from last week and wrote a set of directions of how to find the treasure on our islands. We thought carefully about what type of words we should use; North, South, East and West.
We also had the opportunity to explore the beetbots in Computing. We learnt about how to programme the beebots with a specific code to reach a specific point on a map.
This week we have continued to learn about using vertical addition to add three digit numbers together but this time, we have needed to use regrouping. The children have a very good understand of how 10 tens = 1 hundred and have been able to regroup numbers into their hundreds and ones. For example:
We have learnt about the importance of symbols and a key on a map. We then designed our own treasure maps!
We also had a great time for our Pirate Day! We learnt how to talk like a pirate, learnt some pirate sea shanties, played some pirate games and even designed our own pirate flag!
In Maths this week, we have continued our learning about 3 digit numbers. We have used our knowledge of place value to help us to add and subtract with 3 digit numbers using vertical addition. This is a method that the children are familiar with so they have been able to confidently apply their understanding to these larger numbers.
In our Science lesson this week, we were asked to help Sailor Jack who was protecting his treasure in ice cubes! Unfortunately, the ice cubes had started to melt! The children made a wrap to protect the ice cubes and tested out which materials would work the best; tin foil, newspaper, bubble wrap or plastic. We started to think about the different variables in our experiment and how we could make sure our test was fair - it wouldn't have fair to put some of the ice cubes outside and others in the classroom! We knew that the ice cube that had melted the least had the best protective wrap.
In Maths this week, we have continued to learn about three digit numbers. We have looked at sequences and learnt that to find the missing number in a sequence, we first have to be able to recognise the pattern.
In our Science lesson this week, we were set the challenge to make a boat out of a 50cm section of tin foil - not only did it have to float, but it had to be able to carry cargo! Congratulations to the winning pair whose boat managed to hold 160 linking cubes before sinking!
We have continued our thinking about boats and have been learning all about the different parts of a pirate ship!
Rehearsals are now well under way for our Christmas play. The children are all doing a fantastic job of learning their lines and practising speaking in a loud voice which is a challenge for some! We have moved our rehearsals into the hall which is an exciting step forward!
We have continued our learning about 3 digit number this week. We have learnt how to use the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols to compare numbers. We have also learnt how to order a group of 3 digit numbers from largest to smallest and vica versa.
This week we have been focusing on exploring and started by learnt about the life of Captain James Cook. We used atlases to help us to identify the countries that he discovered during his expeditions on HMS Endeavour.
In Maths this week, the children have started to learn about 3 digit numbers. We started the week by thinking about how we read and write these numbers, both as numerals and words. Following this week moved on to learning about the place value of digits in a 3 digit number. For example:
We have introduced our new topic, Land Ahoy! We will be learning about boats, explorers, pirates and sea rescue. After introducing our main areas for the topic, we thought about what we already know and what we would like to find out more about. Lots of the questions came up about pirates so we are really looking forward to that part of the topic!
In our geography lesson, we learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and learnt how to use an atlas to help us to identify them and name them on a map.
In Science, we thought about what we already know about objects that sink and objects that float. We learnt that it isn't necessarily to do with the weight of an object. The challenge was set to make a ball of modelling clay float. We had to mould the modelling clay in different ways to change its shape; by twisting, stretching, pinching and folding. After lots of perseverance, most people managed to change their modelling clay into a shape that would float!