This week in mars class we’ve been revising how to divide 3 or 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. The children have become a lot more fluent with their division since first term, which is very encouraging.
In literacy we’ve been finishing off non-chronological reports about healthy eating. The children’s reports have made to inform the readers about fruit and vegetables, the benefits of growing your own and step by step guidance in growing your own in your garden. Most of the children have started writing theirs up in best and these should be finished early next week.
It has been an unusual week in Mars class as Mr Millard has been in Wales with Year 6. We are hoping we can impress him with our work on percentages. We have worked out 50%, 25%, 10% and 1% of a number up to and over 100.
Our Space experience has led to us creating arguments for and against aliens on Earth and to refine our debating skills, we practised forming arguments to answer questions such as ” Should we wear a uniform to school?”, ” Should we come to school on Saturdays?” and ” Should all children have to have a school lunch?” As you can imagine, we had some strong opinions on these!
On Wednesday, we had a visit from the Road Safety Officer, who took us out of school to practise crossing the road safely. We discussed how we can make ourselves safe when walking, riding our bikes and as passengers in cars.
This week across the school the children have sat the termly maths tests to assess where the children are. Myself and Mrs Valks are absolutely delighted with the improvements across the whole of Mars class since term 1.
Any teacher would be delighted to see their class average jump up 1 or 2 points over the course of a term. As the photo below shows, last term the class average was 92 (national average = 100), and this term the class average jumped up an amazing 12 points to 104 (4 points above the national average).
On Thursday of this week the class participated in Science Day. The children conducted an experiment to test what molecules mixed together, didn’t mix, or created a chemical reaction when combining oil, water, food colouring and a fizzy tablet into a bottle. This resulted in a lava lamp effect as the fizzy tablet reacted with the water and food colouring, forcing the carbon dioxide up through the oil.
This week in Mars Class we’ve finished our work on decimals, rounding up the month’s learning with a competitive Kahoot Quiz. Well done to Harry for winning it all on his own.
In literacy, the children have been writing draft copies of their persuasive letters to NASA. They’re at the stage where they’re beginning to add the persuasive features to their first draft and I’m hoping these will be written up in best by the end of Tuesday, so we can move on to learning about discussion texts.
For our experience lessons, the children have started to create their solar system sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder. Taking ideas from his previous work, the class designed their own versions of what they want their sculptures to look like, then we started painting the planets. Next week we’ll finish off the planets and begin to attach and re-shape the wires which will (hopefully) connect the planets together.
Finally, check out the Learning Log page as i’ll be setting the homework tasks over the weekend.
This week in maths we’ve continued work on numbers to three decimal places, finishing the week by solving a range of addition and subtraction word problems involving decimals.
In literacy, the children have been writing persuasive texts, arguing whether they believe animals should or should not be caged in zoos and included many different persuasive language features and devices. They finished the week creating persuasive posters to persuade people to leave Earth and start again on a newly discovered Earth-like planet, which they will finish off next week.
In our experience lessons we’ve been looking at the rotation and orbit of the Earth and moon around the sun, as well as looking at how we have different seasons based on the tilt of the Earth as it rotates on its axis.
Finally, the class got together for a photo on World Book Day as we were very impressed with the effort that went into the costumes, everyone looked great.
This week we started our new experience, learning all about earth and space. At the end of term we’ll be hosting an interactive space gallery for parents to come in and see work the children have produced across all subjects. This will include their solar system sculptures, which we’ll be starting soon, their persuasive writing from literacy, their dance work from Mrs Ski’s lessons and more…
In maths, the children have started work on decimals. So far they’ve been able to relate the knowledge they acquired when learning about fractions. This has helped with the changeover to decimals, where they can already use tenths, hundredths and thousandths as well as compare and order numbers up to 3 decimal places.
In literacy the children have started their work on persuasive writing. This week focused on the features, as well as the devices used to help make a piece of writing persuasive.
In our experience lessons, the class have learnt all about the 7 planets in our solar system, their sizes to scale and how gravity makes them all orbit the sun.
Finally, if you would like to see both Venus and Mars on Tuesday night (assuming it’s not cloudy), you can look west shortly after sunset, before the other stars are visible, to see both planets just above the moon.