Today we looked at a map and curiously asked, “Why are there two Pacific ocean’s” We also looked at how maps can have a Key to understand the data on a map.
Lots of us found this confusing. To understand that there is only one Pacific Ocean we looked at a globe and accepted that the Earth is round and not flat like the map. We looked at how there is actually one Pacific Ocean.
Mr Lo also showed us how maps around the world can be different. A Chinese world map shows China in the middle and North and South America to the right hand side. This shows clearly there is one Pacific Ocean. We also looked at an Australian World Map.
In computing we have looked at sequencing instructions. Looking closely at the order. Today we predicted where would our Beebot go based on the instructions. We then tested them to see if our predictions were correct.
This week we are learning about the life cycle of a frog, from frog – frogspawn – tabpole- froglet back to a frog.
The children were very excited when they were given playdough! We went through as a class what the life cycle of a frog looked like. We spoke about how a frog begins it’s life as an egg which is known as frogspawn, then the eggs turn into a tadpole and eventually into a froglet (a tadpole with legs) and then it grows into a young frog before growing into an adult frog.
A fun fact we learned was that a frog lives for up to 10-12 years, but not many tadpoles survive to become a frog.
This half term in Computing our focus is on programming.
Algorithms are precise instructions. We looked at the instructions, up, up , turn right and turn left. These are the only four instructions we are giving. We then explored what would happen if we gave these instructions to our floor robots (bee-bots) but try the instructions in different ways.
We then discussed together and came to the conclusion that the order of instructions (sequencing) is very important as giving the same instructions but in different order may produce a different outcome. In our example, our Bee-bots ended in different places.
In PSHE we are now focusing on understanding each other. Today we looked at things we have in common and how tolerance means that even though we might not always like the same things we can still be friends.
In Science we have looked at reproduction and growth. Today we were scientists that gathered and recorded data. We measured our height and then plotted our results on a bar chart.
Did you know that Animals grow by absorbing a variety of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugars, fats, and proteins, These components are distributed throughout the body and used to build new cells. Animals usually stop growing once they reach an adult, but plants can keep on growing , growing and growing!
This week we have started our new music unit. Ho Ho Ho is a fun Christmas song that includes rapping, improvising and dancing.
We listened to the song and discussed
What Can You Hear? ● One male and one female. Children’s voices, rapping and voices shouting out Christmas words. ● Sleigh Bells, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone. Harmonica/synthesiser, piano and strings. We also had a go at singing it. We do need more practice but here is a sneek peak. We had lots of fun giving it a go.
Extension: Have a go learning the song at home
Extension: You can see an overview of this lesson below.