We have been working really hard to develop our understanding of directions, turn and our understanding of angles! We enjoyed the Cha Cha slide, where we used this song to understanding turns of multiples of 90 degrees, right angles, directional language and North, East, South, West (and the points in-between!) We used our learning to negotiate obstacle courses using specific Mathematical language. We also used lolly sticks to make regular and irregular shapes, given specific criteria. The teachers tricked us by asking us to make a triangle with 2 right angles. We soon saw that this is impossible!
In English, we have been learning about Non-Chronological reports and wrote about Pandora, the fictional land from the movie, Avatar. We made some really cool creatures! We have also moved on to writing about Mars. Here is a whole class example that the children helped to create:
Known as the ‘Red Planet’, Mars is characterised by its red, dusty landscape, caused by a mineral (iron). It is also covered in deep, hollow craters – it even has more of these than Earth! However, some scientists believe that these may have been water beds, far in the past, possibly once containing life. Also, Mars has a collection of incredibly massive, ruby mountains, including Olympus Mons, which is the largest mountain in the whole Milky Way*. Mars has moons – which are called Phobus and Diemos – that are irregularly shaped. In addition, Mars is 5,591,000,000 square miles in size! This is about half the size of Earth. Would you like to find out if life exists on this planet, or if it ever has? If so, continue reading to find out more about this amazing place!
* Milky Way – our Solar System, including the planets which orbit our star (known to us as The Sun) as well as The Sun itself. These planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
In Science, we looked at the concept of orbiting and how The Earth orbits The Sun while at the same time being orbited by The Moon! Check out the short video showing a working model of these movements.