Year Six had a wonderful afternoon to do some maths in the school grounds.They learnt how to calculate tree height and revised the difference between circumference, diameter and radius.
Over the past 2 weeks we have been watching our plants grow. We have made sure that we have recorded the growth of our plants most days. Some of our plants have took a while to start to shoot however most of them are now looking great. We all have to be careful when measuring them to make sure we don’t snap or damage the stem of the sunflower
Today is day 25 and we have looked at our sunflowers. Here is our longest sunflower which measures at 20cm!! We can’y wait to see which sunflower will flower first!
After planting our seeds last week we expected to wait 3 weeks before we saw our sunflower seeds start to grow. Well we came to school eager Monday morning and to our surprise they had already started to shoot, our competition for the tallest sunflower has begun. Each day we are watering our seedling and checking their development. We keep measuring them each day and we record the height of the shoot. Our tallest shoot so far is 14cm… We cant wait for next week!
To continue our work on plants we were all given the opportunity to grow our own cress and sunflower seeds. From this we hope to be able to compare the conditions that specific plants need to grow. We also hope that we will be able to see how long it takes plants to grow and whether all plant grow at the same rate or if some grow faster than others.
We learnt that cress was easy to grow and we found out that we didn’t even need to plant them in soil! First we made a layer of paper towel in the small pot. Then we soaked cotton wool, placed it in the small pot and then we sprinkled the cress seeds in. Once they were all planted we placed the cress seeds into a bag and placed them into a dark cupboard. We are going to check our cress next week as we expect to see that the cress has grown
From looking at the sunflower seeds we could see that they were much bigger and therefore they required a larger pot for planting. We found out that unlike the cress seeds the sunflower seeds did require compost to grow. We think that the sunflowers will take longer to grow than the cress seeds and we think it could take up to 3 weeks! For now we are regularly watering the sunflowers and we cant wait to see them grow!
As part of our outdoor learning last week – Year 4 put their measuring skills into practice.
They were set different challenges to find the trees with he largest and smallest measurements around the tree trunk.
Once we collected the information, we recorded on whiteboard and were able to work out the difference between the measurements.
We knew that we could also find the average measurement by dividing by the number of trees we could measure.
We thought about other measuring tasks we could do – next we could measure the distance between the trees and see if there was any particular pattern used when the trees were first planted.
Each week, year 4 enjoy a lesson outdoors in our nature garden.
This week they were looking for bugs and mini beasts as part of a conservation project.
They had to create tables and tally charts to log every creature found.
The children had to draw their own tables and a method of recording data.
They were then able to use maths language to describe their findings. For example – the most common bug, the least common creature, the difference in amount of creatures.
They were also able to use diagrams to classify creatures using their features. For example, Venn diagrams showing six legged creatures and creatures which could fly.