Today the children made 3D shapes using a range of different materials including clay and straws. Whilst making them there were some great discussion about the vertices and edges that each of the shapes had - the clay and straws was really good at showing this as we found out that the clay represented the vertices and the straws represented the edges!
Over the past few weeks the children have been investigating magnets, here is just a few photos to show some of the work they have done.
This first photo shows the children investigating whether a bigger magnet has a greater force. The whole class were very keen to record the results accurately, looking carefully at the height the magnet got to when it attracted the paper clip off the floor and repeating the test if they didn't think they had checked carefully enough.
This next photo is an example of the 3 part conclusion the children wrote to show what they had found out from the investigation above.
After this investigation the children then looked at some other questions about magnets. The photo below shows how coins were sorted to help answer the question, 'Are all coins magnetic?'
The children have started writing their fairy tales using their plans today. They have made a fantastic start, most of them remembering to include a familiar phrase (once upon a time), an adverbial to show when or where their story starts and they have all done a particularly good job at adding in interesting verbs and 'wow' adjectives to describe their nouns. The word cloud shows just a few of the great words that they chose to use in their work. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of their tales :)
This afternoon we walked to the church in Kirton to find out about the type of stone gravestones were made from and which stones we thought were best for the job. The class behaved wonderfully, listening to the church volunteers, who kindly gave up their time to join us, giving us lots of information about the history of some of the graves. The children were able to identify some of the different stones that have been used and noticed what happened after the stones had been in a churchyard for a long time (some of the gravestones they looked at were over 100 years old!)
We started investigating the properties of rocks today, trying to find a rock that was hard wearing, durable and impermeable. The children worked well with the equipment they were given and drew their own tables in their science books to record everything they found out.
As a class, we then looked at whether all rocks would sink if they were put in water. Before trying it out, the children made the prediction that no rocks could float. However, they were proved wrong when we put a pumice stone in!