This week the children have really put their scientific knowledge to the test. We started by having some great discussions on how to create a fair test to choose the best material for a parachute. The children came up with some great ideas on the things we could change and the things we could keep the same. They challenged each other amicably and came across as true professional scientists!
Later in the week they put their predictions, and parachutes, to the test. The parachutes were made from cellophane, foil, paper, carrier bags and tissue paper. They were then dropped at arms length standing on the carpet and then from the table. The children found it hilarious that I scrambled onto the table to do this! I'm sure they have had lots of fun with their parachutes when they have brought them home.
I'm super proud of the children this week. They have gone from making equal groups of numbers and applying their knowledge of the times tables to the problem solving context, to swiftly moving onto sharing items into equal groups to learn about division. They were given word problem challenges to solve practically and they did this so well! Take a look below...
The children were shown a jar of a truly revolting mixture which started off a brilliant discussion for our story with a familiar setting, 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. Some of the children thought that the mixture was a potion that had been made by a horrible witch. Others decided it was a medicine to make someone better and one child thought that somebody's Mum had forgotten to clean out the fridge and it was a chocolate milkshake that had gone off!
After gently smelling the mixture, the children decided that it contained fairy liquid, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, coffee, dirt, fizzy soft drink and a fizzy medicine as it was quite frothy. They pretty much got it right but the brown colour was from brown paint, definitely not out-of-date chocolate milkshake! The children then made some great predictions for what might happen in the story and the general feeling was that George makes the medicine for his mum who is not very nice and he turns her into a goblin or a witch.
We think the children will enjoy listening to the book, especially as the story unfolds. Please try not to give them any spoilers. In the meantime, enjoy the photos and faces of the children as they try and figure out what is in this marvellous mixture.
The children have been working in pairs today to make equal groups of objects as a lead into our multiplication unit. We have looked at how multiplications always have equal groups of a number and placing objects into circles (groups) to represent this. The children are learning to use the language 'I have ___equal groups, with ___ in each group'.
An Exciting Start to Our Topic, 'Explorers'.
To start off our topic on 'Explorers', the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Helen Skelton, the ex- Blue Peter presenter who has undertaken some jaw-dropping expeditions; all in the name of charity. We have discussed what an explorer is and the types of skills, qualities and equipment Helen Skelton needed to be successful in all her expeditions.
In Geography, we've also looked at the continents of the world and the countries that Helen Skelton visited on her expeditions. The children are beginning to understand the difference in climates around the world as we look at how close the countries are to the equator.
In Science, the children have carried out a fair test to find out what the best coating would be on a paper bag to keep Helen Skelton's food waterproof when kayaking down the Amazon River. The children were consistent in using a pipette to count the number of drops they added to each paper bag with the various coatings to ensure the test remained fair throughout. They managed to make great observations and conclusions, agreeing that a coating of wax crayons on a paper bag would me the most suitable. Take a look at our super scientists below: