CRASH! What's that in the playground? Over the Christmas holidays, something has crashed in the playground. It looks like a UFO has crash landed!
This term, we will begin by investigating the crash site to find out who might have landed. We will then move onto finding out more about the moon, space and the astronauts who help us to learn more about it.
In Maths this week, we have continued to make links between multiplication and division facts. We have also been "lazy mathematicians" - we thought about how if we know one fact, for example 4 x 3 = 12, we know 3 more facts too; 4 x 3 = 12, 12 / 3 = 3 and 12 / 4 = 3.
We have also started to think about how bar modelling can help us to represent multiplication and division.
In our Science and Topic lessons this week, we made rockets and carried out an experiment to see who could make their rocket travel the furthest distance just by blowing it! We used tape measures to find out exactly how far the rockets travelled and recorded our data in a table.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about multiplication and division. This week we have focused on our 10x table. The children were very confident with this and have been able to apply their knowledge to help them to solve problems.
In Topic this week, we have learnt about the history of space travel, beginning with the very first space exploration in 1942 when the first rocket reached space, all the way through to 2016 when Tim Peake completed his six month mission on the International Space Station.
In Science, we have linked our learning to our English work on Beegu, a young alien who gets lost and accidentally lands on Earth. In our Science lesson, we tried to send a message to Beegu's family by using electrical circuits to light up a bulb. After completing a circuit, we decided that the bulb wasn't bright enough and the challenge was set to see how the bulb could be made even brighter!
In our English lessons, we have been exploring the story of Beegu, an alien who lands on Earth. The children are exploring the illustrations in depth and are able to make inferences about what the character of Beegu is feeling.
In Maths, we have been continuing to learn their times tables, this week focusing on the 3x and 5x table. Keep practising at home using Times Table Rockstars!
In our topic lessons, we have been looking at Peter Thorpe's art work. He is a painter who uses left over bottles of paint to create abstract space art work. After studying his work, the children created some of their own art work in a similar style.
We are looking forward to our visit from the Black Hole Planetarium on Friday!
In Maths this week we have continued to learn about multiplication, focusing on our 2 and 3 times table. We have been learning about how we can find the answer to a multiplication question by counting in 2s or 3s. For example:
In our topic lessons this week, we have focused on astronauts, in particular thinking about how they need to look after their bodies to make use that they are fit and healthy. In our Science lesson, we thought about the importance of exercise to keep our bodies healthy; we used an app on the iPads to measure our heart rate in beats per minute. We compared our heart rates before and after exercise and considered how our bodies felt and why this is good for us. We also completed an Astronaut Workout in PE! We have also started to learn about the very first man to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Our topic has made a very exciting start after the discovery of what appears to be a UFO crash site on the school field.
On Monday morning, the children investigated the crash site and have made notes about what they found found. Naturally, this lead to lots of questions that we wanted to find out the answer to. After watching CCTV footage, we noticed that there has been a U.F.O. flying above the school and even an alien walking around the outside of the school building! As a class, we interviewed Mr Matthews who confirmed that he had seen a U.F.O. blasting off away from the school as he arrived on Monday morning!
As the week has continued, we have used iPads to take photographs on the crash site and have started to compose emails to NASA to ask them for help to find out more.
We have started to learn about multiplication and division.
We have understand that multiplication is "groups of":
We have also learnt that division is "sharing":