In English this week we have been looking at the features of persuasive letter and the language used. We started by debating the problem of the Iron man and looked at possible solutions to stop him from eating all of the farmer’s machinery. We then began to plan our persuasive letters, written from the perspective of Hogarth’s father. We addressed our letters to Chair of the farmer’s committee and used what we had learnt to persuade him to take action.
In maths this week we continued to partition numbers to solve division problems. We used base 10 and place value counters to represent the number. We then moved on to the more formal method of short division, and towards the end of the week we looked at dividing 2 digit numbers with remainders.
In topic this week we have still been investigating magnets. We started the week by investigating how mighty magnets are by looking at the strength of different magnets. We used bar magnets, rod magnets, horse shoe magnets, disk magnets and ring magnets. We then went on to investigate if you can block magnetism. We looked back at our investigation on magnetic and non-magnetic materials and designed our own shields to see if we could block magnetism. At the end of the week we looked to see if metal changed over time. We placed tarnished pennies in different liquids (lemon juice, vinegar, ketchup, coca cola and water), we left them over the weekend and will see if they can become shiny and new again!
Week 3 - 20/01/20
This week in English we started focusing on Chapter 2 - The Iron Man Returns. We were introduced to a new character, Hogarth, who is the first person to see the Iron Man return after disappearing into the sea. We mapped out what we thought Hogarth felt, saw, said and his actions that he would take at the beginning of the week. Although we described the Iron Man last week, we were able to build on this to describe it from a first person perspective, coupling together detailed description and his feelings.
Moving on from comparing and relating calculations, we looked at how written methods help us to multiply 2 digit by 1 digit numbers. First we represented the calculation as repeated addition, using both base 10 and counters to represent the number. We then tried partitioning the number and calculating the groups using our timestable knowledge. Finally, we explored the expanded method, writing down the answers and adding them together. (See the picture below)
We started looking at magnets this week in a range of different investigations. Firstly, we pulled together a variety of materials and tested them to see if they were attracted to a magnetic source. This showed us that metals (but not all metals) can be magnetic. Next, we explored the magnetic field that travels from North to South. By pouring iron filings over the magnet, we could see how the iron filings group around the top and bottom of the magnet, as well as ran in curved lines from North to South.
We started the week by drawing a life sized version of the Iron Man on the playground based on what we already knew from the text, ‘His head shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom.’ This helped us to visualise how big he really is! We then wrote our own descriptive sentences, describing the different features of the Iron Man using similes and metaphors.
We then planned our descriptive paragraphs describing the enormity of the Iron Man and the setting so far. The work we have done this week has been based on Chapter 1 of the story.
This week we have been comparing statements using the more than (>) less than (<) and equal to (=) signs. We have also looked at fact families to help us solve multiplication and division problems, for example, if 4 x 5 = 20 we know that 20 ÷ 5 = 4. We have also looked at the commutative law, where changing the order of the digits in a multiplication sum does not affect the answer. For example, 3 x 4 would still give the same answer as 4 x 3. We also looked at related calculations, so if we know that 4 x 5 = 20 we can use our times table knowledge to work out 4 x 50 = 200.
This week in topic we have been exploring forces and friction. We started by annotating the forces used on playground apparatus, including push, pull, friction and gravity. We then investigated friction in more detail by wrapping an object in different materials and sliding it down a piece of guttering to see which material had more or less friction. We then extended the investigation by changing the material on the slide and the angle of the incline.
Week 1 - 07/01/20
Starting a new unit on the Iron Man this week, we initially reacted to one picture, observing all the different details including his glowing red eyes and shadow that looked like it had been painted. We then moved to writing descriptive sentences based on the first chapter. Utilising a tell-me grid (likes, dislike, puzzles and connections), we started forming our own opinions of the Iron Man. Towards the end of the week, we spotted the different grammatical features used (including similies and personification) before sequencing the illustrations.
We have been investigating everything triangular this week. Starting with the properties, we explored equilateral, isoceles and scalene triangles on geoboards. Next we looked at tangrams, investigating the 12 different triangles you can make using the 7 shapes. Spotting patterns in numbers, we explored triangular numbers (1,3,6,10,15) before using pascal's triangle to investigate other patterns.
Starting our new topic, we wrote about what we knew and what we wanted to find out. We then used our understanding of chronological order to sequence a range of events linked to metals through history. As part of the Festival of Triangles, we also created our own tangrams using 12 straws, decorated bunting and made Islamic art based around triangles.