We have enjoyed another busy week of learning in Maple Class!
This week in Literacy, children have been learning how to present facts about carnivorous plants within a non-chronological report. They have used their knowledge of formal language, paragraphs, sub-headings and diagrams to produce a poster which they presented to the class.
For their Maths learning this week, Year 4 Mathematicians have continued their learning on decimals, to understand that one whole can be made up of a different amount of tenths and hundredths. Year 3 Mathematicians have learnt how to use a bar model to help them partition one whole. They have used this knowledge to help them identify fractions of a whole number.
Our Science learning has continued with observations of our viola plants – they are growing well! Children can explain that this is because they have conditions such as: soil, light and water. This week, children have conducted another investigation to ask the question: ‘What happens to seeds placed in different conditions?’ In groups, children prepared two pots of soil with cress seeds which they watered. They placed one pot on the window sill; the other pot was placed inside a cupboard. Children are observing the seeds every day to note changes and to water them every other day. They could explain what makes a fair experiment. In this case, the pots are the same size with the same amount of soil and cress seeds. They are both watered regularly. The only difference is the environment of the pot. They will report their findings and write a conclusion in the coming weeks.
For their RE learning, children have discussed ‘what is a moral dilemma?’ looking at examples and discussing what is right and wrong. They have then considered the beliefs of a Humanist compared to different religions. They understand that although Humanists acknowledge and celebrate Christmas and Easter, they do not believe in a God.
Maple children have mastered their skill of shading during their Art lesson this week. They will use this technique to design their own flower clay model that they will start to construct during this term. They will design their sculpture using inspiration from the Sculptor Peter Thursby.
We finished the week with our Computing lesson. The children impressed me with their programming skills! They built on their skills of entering a simple set of instructions for programming and then demonstrated how they could modify the instructions to enable a sprite to change direction or colour.
Times Tables Rock Star Champion this week is – Charlie!
Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!
Mrs Chapman and Miss Harris