Welly Week and other stuff…
This week we have been observing how shadow lengths change. We used a ruler to create a shadow and checked its length every ten minutes. We are learning how to use Bar Modelling so we used it to calculate how much the shadow had lengthened during the afternoon.
In maths, we used bar Modelling to give us a visual picture of the word problems we were trying to solve. This helped us see which numbers we had and what we needed to do to reach the answer. Bar Modelling rocks!
On Friday we put on our wellies and saw how the hedgerow on the field is changing with the onset of autumn. The leaves have changed colour and there are fewer small creatures than there was in September. There were fewer flowers too so maybe the small animals like bees have gone because there is less food!
This week we have been developing our hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills. We tied balloons to bats and hit them using both hands and then our right hand and left hand. It was harder than it looked but the children really enjoyed it. Especially when the balloons burst! Lots of laughing! One of the children thought it would be nice to see what happened to the balloons if they weren’t tied onto the bats. We will be trying that out soon and putting little messages onto the strings. If you receive on then please let Nursery know.
PD, PSED, CL, UW
We turned our Mud Kitchen into a McDonald’s Drive Thru this week. The children have been developing their Communication and Language skills by asking questions to their friends about what they would like to eat. We played with and alongside others to develop our Personal, Social and Emotional Development, helping us learn to share and take turns. It is useful to create areas that the children can make links to their own experiences to enable them to use their imagination.
EAD, PD, PSED, CL, UW
Ten Square – Nursery
There were 10 teddies in total. We put one in each square on the mat. How many are there? We counted them in a variety of ways. There were always 10. We didn’t need to count them anymore as no more had been added or taken away.
Close your eyes … (-1 teddy). How many now? “10!” Someone shouted.
We checked. Holly put down one finger and counted the rest. “9!” she shouted. Come and count them. Yes she was right. We put that teddy back. How many now then? 10! How do we know this? “That’s how many there are with all them filled up!”
We repeated this activity down to 5 teddies and 5 removed. The children really enjoyed this and Dexter started to realise that each time the number would decrease by 1, ”There will be 7 now.”
(MA, CL, PSED)
We have been enjoying exploring Abundant Numbers- have a go yourselves…
To find the factors of a number, you have to find all the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give that number.
The factors of 48 are:
1 and 48
2 and 24
3 and 16
4 and 12
6 and 8
If we leave out the number we started with, 48, and add all the other factors, we get 76:
So …. 48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). (48 is less than 76.)
See if you can find some more abundant numbers!
On Friday 6th October the whole school dressed in bright clothing to raise money for CAFOD. The classes all presented a colourful butterfly to symbolise how our money can help people change their lives and brighten up their world. Thank you for all the parental support and we will inform you of the total amount raised.
This week we have been upping our physical exercise by making a gym in Nursery. The children had to complete one minute of exercise at different stations. They loved it and took their cards home to share with parents.
(PD, PSED, CL, UW)
We have enjoyed looking at patterns in Nursery!
In Year 3, we enjoyed participating in a ‘Conscience Alley’.
As part of our Roald Dahl topic, we have been reading ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. At the end of the story Trunky the elephant punishes The Enormous Crocodile by spinning him and throwing him into space!
Some of us felt that The Enormous Crocodile deserved this and some of the class did not. We became Trunky’s voices in his head and gave our thoughts about whether his actions were wrong or right. We became Trunky’s conscience.
A few children were then chosen to be Trunky and walk down the conscience alley. We shouted our thoughts at Trunky as he walked by us.
Tomorrow we will write a letter to Trunky to voice our thoughts further. A special well done to Isla who used gesture and actions to voice her opinion in a fantastic way!