In Science, we have been investigating with Rocket Mouse. It is an investigation to see what happens when you put a cone shaped mouse on top of a milk bottle and ‘bang’ it! We planned our investigation, thinking about what our question would be and what variables we could change. We then had to decide with our teams what we were going to measure.
Some teams chose to measure the distance that the mouse travelled and some groups decided to measure the time it took for the mouse to hit the ground. We made predictions about what we thought would happen.
This half term, we are going to be learning about Chocolate!
As part of this, we will be focusing on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our English text.
So far this week, we have found some diary entries written by the different characters scattered around the playground. We had to try and work out which character had written which diary entry.
For our entry point for our new Chocolate topic, we got to taste different types of chocolate! We thought about the differences in taste between white, milk and dark chocolate as well as some savoury foods. We decided that dark chocolate is very bitter and white chocolate is sweet.
We also considered whether we would still want to eat chocolate if it looked and smelt different.
In English, we are learning about performance poetry through the exciting text: Macavity.
We have loved looking for adjectives to describe the mystery cat and we have made wanted posters. We have also been language detectives and discussed the meaning of some of the tricky words in the poem.
Today, the children have made freeze frames using what they know about the characters from the poem. They then used their inference skills to decide what the characters might be thinking. They used some fantastic facial expressions to convey emotion!
First, we learnt about the 3 different types of rock and how they are made: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
Then, we did some different experiments on rocks and recorded our observations. These observations told us more information about what type of rock each one was.
First, we put limestone, sandstone, slate, marble, granite and chalk in vinegar (acid). We observed whether the rocks fizzed or not. Sedimentary rocks are more likely to fizz because they are made up of little bits of sediment. Metamorphic rocks can sometimes fizz if they started out as sedimentary rocks.
Chalk fizzed the most and this shows us that it is a sedimentary rock. Limestone and sandstone fizzed a little bit.
Then, we investigated the hardness of the rocks. We made sure it was a fair test by scratching each rock the same number of times with the same material.
In English this half term, we will be learning to write adventure stories.
For our hook, we put together a puzzle which gave us clues about what type of story we will be looking at. We then had to think about who these people might be, what their relationship is, what their problem could be and how it might be solved.
Miss Marsden then asked us to create a freeze frame as a team to show what might happen in a story involving these characters. She then tapped us on the shoulder and we had to say what we would be thinking as that person.
Happy New Year to all of the children, parents and carers in team 5.
I hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas break and are ready to start the new school term!
This half term we will be starting our new learning challenge, ‘Footprints from the Past’, writing adventure stories and learning about rocks in science. In maths we will be learning about calculations, number, fractions and measures.