Monthly Archives: September 2016

Learning about place value

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This week in Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of place value. We learnt about < less than and > greater than and today we practised estimating.

We had five seconds to look in a bowl and estimate how many items there were. We then talked about ways of counting them accurately. We decided when we had larger numbers of objects it might be easier to group them before counting them so we didn’t lose track. We grouped in 2s, 5s or 10s depending on the number of objects we had. Have a look at the photos to see how we got on.

Understanding instructions using 2Go

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Today we enjoyed our next Computing lesson. We practised giving instructions using a program called 2Go on Purple Mash. We had to program something to reach something else by giving clear instructions. The first level was making a fish find treasure and was quite easy. As we worked through though they did get harder. Sometimes the instructions were very complicated!

Don’t forget Toucans; you can access Purple Mash at home using your login.

Learning about instructions

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In our Computing lesson today we started to learn about instructions.

First, we thought of lots of different reasons why we need instructions:

• To keep us safe.
• To know how to do things.
• To be able to work things.
• To know what to do for our school work.

We then focused on how instructions need to be clear. We went outside and made an obstacle course. Miss Williams turned into a robot and Megan tried to control her and get her around the obstacle course. Megan gave some very clear instructions like move forward one step and do a half turn. But she also gave instructions that were not so clear and Miss Williams followed them! When she said turn around Miss Williams turned around and around until Megan had to say stop! We all decided it was harder to give someone instructions than we thought.

Next we worked in pairs to try giving our own instructions. Some robots were a little out of control just like Miss Williams because their partner didn’t give instructions that were precise enough. By the end of the lesson everyone had improved greatly and the robots were finally doing what they should be.

Instructions are very important for lots of things and we will continue to learn more about them in our English and Computing lessons next week.

Keeping fit and doing exercise

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Today we started to think about keeping fit and doing sports and exercise.

We thought of these forms of exercise:

Tennis
Gymnastics
Running
Press-ups
Star jumps
Jumping
Jogging
Swimming
Badminton
Football
Basketball
Throwing
Cricket
Cartwheels
Skipping
Rolls
Handstands
Hockey

We then started to work on our own fitness video! Today we planned them by learning lots of different moves and deciding on our routine as a group. We are going to practise them ready to record next week… keep an eye on our blog!

What a wonderful week!

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We have been extremely busy this week in all our lessons. We have started to focus on our topic ‘Little Masterchef’ more this week. We have started to learn about Florence Nightingale who was a nurse a very long time ago. We have also started to think about all the different ways we can be healthy, including having a healthy mind. We focused on all the things that make us happy and, as you can see from our work, we thought of lots of things that do make us happy. We have also started to do some excellent art work. Early in the week we did portraits of ourselves as chefs with rice hats on and made a frame from pasta. They make our classroom look fantastic! We also learnt how to sketch vegetables and some of us did some very accurate drawings. We then cut the vegetables open and had a closer look and smelt them. Toucans decided they would very much like to try some of these new vegetables so watch this space! All our work is on display in our classroom so please do come and have a look.

Line drawings

Today we had our first real Art lesson where we learnt how to create a line drawing. Miss Williams showed us how to sketch a little bit at a time. We drew lots of different vegetables including: carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and onions. We had to try hard to concentrate on the shape of the line we were drawing. Can you look at our pictures and guess which vegetables we drew?

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