Pattern seeking in science involves children making observations or taking measurements to explore situations where a variable cannot be easily controlled. It often includes and is centred on a ‘big question’ for children to investigate. Our big question in Team LF was, ‘How does the planets distance from the sun affect its temperature?’
To conduct our research, we used the internet to find out the distance of each planet from the sun and each planet's temperature. We used our findings to draw the conclusion that as the distance from the sun increases, the temperature of the planets decreases. We also spotted an anomaly because we noticed that Venus did not fit the pattern. Venus has the highest temperature even though it is the second planet from the sun. Some of the children even explained why this was in their explanations below.
This week we have understanding and using negative numbers in context, as well as Roman numerals to 1,000. It's taken a little while to get our heads around understanding the Roman numeral system, however after a bit of time I think we'd be able to survive in the Roman era.
During our lessons this week, we watched a video hook based on 'Dracula's Whitby'. We have started to analyse the features of atmospheric writing in preparation for when we create out own piece of work. Today (7th October) we have participated in National Poetry Day and have created acrostic poems based on Convict's Tunnel. We have been blown away by the language and ideas and will definitely find it difficult to choose which to display. Great effort Team LF!
We are in full flow with our tables races this week - week 2 already! The children's scores are improving on a daily basis and we are so proud. In our Place Value unit we have continued to work on reading and writing numbers, and comparing and ordering numbers up to 1,000,000.
We are currently working on 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes, focussing on vocabulary and retrieval. In our writing lessons, we have been working on the individual features of ghost stories, including adverbial phrases and suspense, in preparation for using these within our own writing.
During our Science lesson today, we have made our very own periscopes to understand how light is reflected. We used cereal boxes and mirrors to create our periscope and tested our creations out around the classroom.
Hello and welcome to the Team LF blog page. I would like to say a huge welcome back to the children of Team LF and their parents/carers.
It's been one very busy week, getting to know each other as well as getting used to a new team name (LF - not LG). I myself am still getting used to responding to the name 'Mrs Firth'.
During this week we have:
Created our class vision
Decided on our class specific rules
Participated in some maths and literacy activities
Created some pieces of art work
It's been a very busy but fun week and lovely to see the new members of our class. We have some exciting plans for this half term so make sure you keep checking out our blog to see what we've been up to.
We would like to wish all the children of Team LG a great half term holiday. Put your feet up and relax as you certainly deserve some time to yourselves after all the hard work and effort of the past 7 weeks. Hopefully there's some sun on the horizon so you can get out and enjoy being outside.
As always, take care and stay safe. We will see you on Monday 7th June.
Miss Garratt, Mrs Sykes and Mrs Greenhalgh
Throughout the week, we have used bar modelling to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and then fractions with different denominators. When adding/subtracting fractions with different denominators, we realised that we needed to find equivalent fractions to support us with our working out.
We spent time at the beginning of the week writing our final paragraph of our descriptive writing. Following an editing session, we then published our writing, focussing on our presentation.
During our lessons this week, we have looked at comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominator and comparing and ordering non-unit fractions. We have focussed on two key rules for this.
Following an email from Miss Grayhurst requesting some examples of descriptive writing, we have identified the features of this genre of writing. We have had a focus on the use of powerful adjectives and verbs, the five senses, expanded noun phrases and relative clauses. Following this, we will be planning our own piece of writing to describe our habitat settings.
This week we have focussed on converting improper fractiosn to mixed numbers and vice versa. We used bar model representations to see what each fraction would look like and support us in our working out.
We began writing our letters to Mrs Lawson, to persuade her to allow her staff to take part in the new series of 'I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here'. We have written an introductory paragraph, introducing the show and then three further paragraphs relating to culture, food and activities in each habitat. Next week, we will finish our letters before editing and publishing in preparation for them being sent to Mrs Lawson herself.
Throughout our lessons this week we have started our Fractions topic. We initially discussed what a fraction was and the meaning of the numerator and denominator. We learnt that the denominator tells us how many equal parts to split our whole into (shape, amount) and that the numerator tells us how many of those parts we need. Following on from this, we began to look at find a fraction of a shape and the importance of making sure our whole was split into equal parts. We were then able to link this with finding a fraction of an amount.
We began looking at the features used in persuasive writing. We specifically focused on the features found in all persuasive writing (exaggeration, emotive language, rhetorical questions etc) and this week have tailored this specifically to the features found in a persuasive letter. Once we have analysed these further we will be writing our own persuasive letter to Mrs Lawson. We are hoping that we can convince her to allow staff members to take part in this year's 'I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here'.
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