We were very lucky today to be presented with a dictionary for each member of our class, by the Felixstowe Rotary Club. They will come in very handy this year, helping us to identify what words mean, as well as to help us spell if we know the beginning of a word. Thankyou very much.
The class started their geography lesson off today by peeling oranges. Strange, but true! This was to introduce our lesson on map projections. We looked at how we may begin with the same shape (a sphere) but everyone's peeled orange skin will look different, just like cartographers - map drawers - begin looking at a globe and then make different maps from it.
The children had to find places on 4 different maps - the Mercator, Goode, Polar and Peters. Some of the places were really difficult to spot as they were stretched on some maps or squashed on others, and on the Polar map only the top part of the world could be seen! They worked really hard, using atlases to find the shapes or positions of the places and then match them to their maps.
Finally, we talked about how we would feel if Great Britain was made to look much smaller on a map than it actually was, as on some maps the Mercator, for example, Africa and Greenland look a similar size when in fact Africa is much larger.The children decided it wouldn't be very nice as we would feel like we weren't as important as other places in the world!
Today, whilst some of the class were practicing some songs, we had a visit from the year 1s. The year 1s brought some books with them, which they read to the year 4s. It was such a lovely time for all the children as they talked and listened attentively to each other - some of the year 1s were very sad to be leaving us at the end of the half an hour!
Today, the children had their first experience of using data loggers to accurately measure something. They worked in groups in science to carry out an investigation to find out how the loudness of a ruler depends on how far over the edge of a table it is. They used the data loggers sensibly to record the loudness of sound the ruler made when it was pulled down over the edge of the table, making it vibrate.
They discovered that when the ruler was only off the table a small amount it made a loud sound and when it was quite far off the table it made a quiet sound. As a class we decided that this was probably down to the ruler being able to vibrate more against the table when the ruler was only a small amount off it.
AND as we discovered the previous week vibrations are what make sounds.
To finish our first geography topic of the year we went on a walk to spot all the changes that were happening in the village. Despite the rain, the children were able to spot a number of changes including the new houses and some extensions to older houses. Back in the dry, at school, the class were then asked to locate the changes on to a map of the local area and talk about if these changes were sustainable. Thank you so much to the parents/grandparents who gave up their time to accompany us on this trip, hopefully the hot drink and chocolate bar made up for the sogginess!
We began our literacy work on the Iron Man today. Having started reading the book the previous half term, the children were first asked to brainstorm anything they knew about the Iron Man character. Then we looked at the beginning of the story to find parts that we found were effective, explaining why we liked them.
Mrs MacFarlane and the hard working children of Hamilton