World Book Day- Thursday 5th March
'Sharing Stories' was the theme of World Book Day this year and we had a great day doing just that! 5PB were the first class to enter the 'story snug', where hot chocolates and biscuits were drunk and eaten whilst listening to Mrs Barnard share a story. A few people were so cosy that they almost nodded off to sleep!
We then went back to the classroom and worked on book recommendations by recreating our favourite book's book cover and giving reasons for why we'd recommend it. A lovely day was had by all
A real highlight for this term has been our recent visit to we the curious. We had an amazing time exploring the museum and getting the chance to get hands-on with the exhibits. The best bit was by far the planetarium show which was quite literally out of this world!
We had great fun at the we the curious workshop finding out just what it takes to be an astronaut. We found out about exercising in space and how having limited micro-gravity can effect the human body. Trying out the robotic arms was quite tricky! We also discover that sometimes astronauts have to wear 'space nappies'!
This term we have been exploring the work of the illustrator and artist Peter Thorpe. He is known for his graphic , abstract space images which he creates using left over paints. We tried out different techniques using oi pastels to create a sense of light and form. We email Peter to share with him our work and were thrilled to receive a reply:
Thanks very much for sharing your student’s lovely work. I am honored to have inspired them. I am hoping that it is not just my ‘fun’ paintings that are the inspiration, but also the idea of space travel and space exploration, which I am very much in favor of.
The various backgrounds are quite good and there are some elements I’d like to comment on. Several show creative use of splatters but also show dark areas that the splatters go around. It looks like some of these areas are round…llike black planets. that is very cool and somethiing that I have not thought of before. For the planets that have color, these are nicely done. Also I see two which have mostly white backgrounds. That is very nice. Space is black, of course, but these mostly white backgrounds are fresh and compelling.
All of the rockets are great with wonderful color and lighting. There are some very interesting designs and one very familiar design…a space shuttle! Very cool. I like the rocket in the upper right of the photo with 6 pieces. that has a nice feel and I actually likew that the exhaust flames are cut off with a sharp cut. That is an interesting graphic element. In doing art, it is always nice to throw in a surprising graphic element. All of the rockets have windows, which is very good. Rockets should be for transporting people. And in one, do I see a satellite…or perhaps it is a space station? Nice including that. Really great work and I hope they were as much fun to do as they are to look at.
On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January, 5PB put their investigative hats on during our inspirational maths days and this is what happened…
We had a fantastic 2 days of exploring maths and carried out the following investigations and challenges:
Our task was to make the totals (1-20) using four fours and any operation.
We used BODMAS to ensure our calculations were carried out in the correct order.
Archimedes, a well known Ancient Greek mathematician, created the Archimedian spiral: a spiral where the gaps between the curves of the spiral are always the same distance apart (based on a set of concentric circles).
We used this as a basis for creating our own spirals using colouring pencils.
In this challenge, we were asked to draw an 11cm by 13cm rectangle and find the fewest number of squares that could be drawn inside it.
A card with a certain number of black dots was flashed up in front of the whole class.
We were asked, firstly, how many dots we saw and secondly, most importantly, what arrangement had we seen the dots in? This proved to us that we all see patterns and numbers differently; we all have different maths brains!
Stairs to Squares
We were shown a growing pattern of squares, each arranged in a stair-like structure. Firstly, we needed to calculate the area and perimeter for each 'figure' and then see if we could spot a link between the figure number and it's area and perimeter.
We were then asked to see if we could work out a rule which would help us find the area/ perimeter for the 10th figure and even the 1000th!
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