This week we held our Indus Valley exhibition which celebrated our topic learning. It included work from all subject areas from Matisse style collages to newspaper reports. It was wonderful for the children to have so many interested adults to come and find out about our learning and experience the exhibition first hand.
This week we designed and then created our very own seals in clay. They will help form part of our exhibition about the Indus Valley that we have been working on over this half term.
Last week we designed and this week we have built our own rockets. We had to take into consideration many different factors such as making the rocket streamlined so that it travels faster and we had to utilise air resistance in order to protect our astronaut (egg) when it lands back on Earth. Tomorrow we will be launching our rockets.
This week was a school wide maths week with a particular focus on maths in the workplace. Year 5 and year 6 looked at how maths impacts the role of an engineer so on Friday morning we undertake a problem solving activity that helped us understand the skills the job required. We were give some items to build a structure with certain specifications; the base had to be the size of A4 paper, it had to hold the weight of an orange and it had to stand without anyone touching it. The children worked in house teams to design and create a structure. The winning teams design was quite simple but was incredibly effective as it used a strong and stable base.
On Wednesday we went outside in the snow and imagined that we were in Antarctica. We used this as a stimulus to help kick start some excellent creative writing. We wrote from the viewpoint of our Antarctic explorer who is trapped on a mountainside. The children produced some work of the highest quality particularly Musa and Jayden who wrote two excellent pieces.
This week in PE we undertook several team building exercises. We initially ordered our class from tallest to smallest without speaking which proved to be quite a challenge for some people in the class. Following this we worked in small groups to use parts from the scrap shed to help build a walkway to get us over the ‘Antarctic Ocean.’
We undertook a investigation to work out if all square numbers could be made by simply adding two prime numbers. We found that when we had an odd square number, we had to have a number that adds on to 2 to make the square number and sometimes this number wouldn’t be prime. For example, to make 121 with two primes, one of the primes has to be 2, and 119 is not prime.