Friday 7th May |
It has been another fantastic week and the children have all worked incredibly hard!
Throughout our literacy lessons this week,
We’ve been looking at poems – our interest was piqued!
This time we each planned a poem of our own,
Having to think carefully about rhyme, rhythm and tone,
Retelling a story that everyone knows,
With surprise twist endings that we carefully chose,
When the poems were done, the teachers were impressed,
But what really mattered was that we tried our best!
In maths this week we have been continuing our work on decimals, focusing particularly on how to add and subtract two decimal numbers. This involves using the formal methods that we developed earlier on this year, while also thinking really carefully about how to line the columns up correctly so that we can work out a given calculation. We realised very quickly that the easiest way to do this was to use the decimal point as an ‘anchor’, making sure that these were lined up first so that the rest of the numbers could be accurately built around them. From here, we could use our excellent understanding of the column methods to work out the answers. The children all did fantastically well with this and showed a great understanding!
In science, we have been exploring liquids further, focusing specifically on their viscosities. We realised that although liquids share many of the same properties, each liquid can have a different viscosity (or thickness) which can affect how quickly they are able to flow. A less viscous liquid like water should therefore be able to flow more easily than a more viscous liquid such as honey. To put this theory to the test, we set up a ‘race’ where we pitted various different liquids against each other and timed how long it took each one to go from the start line to the finish line. It soon became clear that we were right – the thicker a liquid was, the slower it flowed.
- Maths Homework – Working with decimal numbers – Due Wed 12th May
- Learning Log – Research the life of William Shakespeare – Due Wed 19th May
As a quick reminder, please remember that as part of our residential preparations, there are three key skills that the children should all be practising. These are tying their own shoelaces, putting a sheet on a bed and making their own sandwiches.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill