We have had a very busy week this week in Toucans class! We have continued with our research about the North Pole and are ready to write back to Professor Pole now. We have used atlases to find different countries in the North Pole and found out more about the temperate and landscape.
In English we have been reading lots of books by Hans de Beer. He has written a series of books about a character called Lars who is a little polar bear. We have enjoyed them all and made book reviews.
In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt some new vocabulary including vertices and quadrilateral. We have learnt to name and describe shapes and even had a go at making shapes from nets.
In our Maths lessons we are focusing on place value. Today we represented numbers in as many different ways as we could. We used counting sticks, dienes, bar models, partitioning trees, whiteboards and beads. Can you guess which number we were representing?
Today we started to learn about place value in Maths. We worked in pairs to practise making numbers with the dienes. We are learning how to work well with a partner, sharing ideas and teaching each other. Some worked very well together!
This week in Maths we are using our estimating skills to calculate. Sometimes in Maths we calculate an answer incorrectly so we are learning how to estimate to decide whether our answer is sensible or not.
Yesterday we learnt how to round numbers to the nearest ten. Today we used this knowledge to estimate the answer to different calculations. This is an important skills because it will help us to be more accurate in all our Maths lessons.
This week in Maths we are learning about measures. We have learnt how to measure length in metres and centimetres and today we moved on to learning about mass.
We stared by thinking about real life objects and estimating how much they might weigh. We then did and activity where we predicted and measured whether things weighed more or less than 1kg. We were quite surprised by some of our results!
In our Maths lessons this week we are focusing on our subtracting skills. We started by exploring different ways of proving a subtraction calculation was correct. Miss Williams gave us lots of different equipment and we had to use it to convince our partner and her that the calculation was correct. We managed to prove it in lots of different ways!
This week we are going to develop our ability to subtract with dienes and then move to subtracting on a blank number line.
In our Computing and Maths lessons this week we have been learning all about data. We have made pictograms, block graphs and today we stared to use databases. We learnt that databases are a useful tool for sorting information in different ways.
We practised using a database by searching for information in different ways. We had a set of questions about aliens to answer using the database.
We then added our own alien and practised filling in a record for it.
Databases are fun! Don’t forget you can log in to Purple Mash at home and practise adding your own if you want to.
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