Today we were left some 'dinosaur bones' and had to find a way to put them back together again. We weren't sure what dinosaurs they had come from and so to start of with we tried making dinosaurs with only 2 legs, like the picture below.
But soon discovered that these dinosaurs needed four legs as the bones we had for them just weren't stable enough on 2! It was such hard work putting the dinosaur bones back together, when we thought we had got the legs all fixed together suddenly 1 leg bone would start to wobble and we would be hanging on to dinosaur calling for help. Luckily, we all the children were quick to run to each others' rescue like the photos below show.
Soon we had a number of freestanding dinosaur skeletons which we were very proud of :)
Today we looked at whether fingerprints were all the same. The children started off by looking at their own fingerprints through a hand lens to see if they could work out what type of fingerprint they had (whorl, loop or arch).
They then used different 'dusts' to see if they could take their own fingerprints - they used cocoa powder, flour and chalk. The chalk was particularly successful! We also took prints using an ink pad and then the children became detectives; trying to work out whose fingerprint they had by looking at the sheet and comparing it with the actual fingerprints on children's fingers. They were very good at spotting the fingerprint shape someone had and were therefore quite good at matching the fingerprint to the right person!
In our British Sign Language Masterclass, we have been learning how to both Fingerspell and sign many different things from many different topic areas.
Fingerspelling is a way of spelling words using our fingers and other hand movements. Fingerspelling is used in BSL to spell out names of people, places and companies.
We have been learning how to sign a number of things such as:
What our name is,
Where we live,
Ask others what their name is,
Ask others where they live
......AND had our first conversation with each other in BSL.
The children are doing brilliantly and have picked signing up very quickly! Keep it up!.....
Today in our masterclass we have been working in groups to make our own bridges. We only had 5 sheets of A4 paper, some scissors and sellotape. It was great fun!
The first group managed 16 blocks before it collapsed!
The second group managed 19 blocks!
The last group managed an impressive 22 blocks, but then the blocks kept toppling off!
So we decided to improve the last group's bridge together by giving it sides to keep the blocks in place. It was so successful we put Kevin the Carrot on the bridge too!!
We have five suspects left in our line up !! We continue to work hard gathering the evidence and using our mathematical knowledge to solve the crime. This week we collected evidence and data which we collated in a Carroll diagram and converted the muddy footprints information into fractions. Good luck solving the crime Master Class !!!
We have been finding out more about the origin of poppies as symbols of remembrance. We have used different techniques to produce poppy pictures, using watercolour so we can paint over poems linked to WW1.
We also worked towards producing a sunset for our silhouette pictures, which we will be continuing next week.
Mastery mathematics class has begun for Year 4 and Year 5. We having a challenging time using our mathematical knowledge to solve the crime. Jacob says it has made him realize you can use your mathematical knowledge to do such a great job and have so much fun !!! Zac said it was brilliant being a police agent !! I hope we manage to solve the crime soon !!
Today in our masterclass we worked in groups to make glue using 3 different recipes. We were looking to find out which glue would be the best:
a.to stick things together;
c. wash out of clothes, so we didn't leave any sticky marks!
The children read out the recipes and worked well together to make 2 of the glues, we just run out of time to finish the 3rd glue off!