We continued our week learning as scientists. We have been very busy going on forces hunts around the school. We had to find forces in action and identify whether they were a push force, a pull force of whether both forces could be used, like when we pull a door to open it or push a door to close it.
Can you identify the pushes and pulls in the these photos?
In Maths Year 1 have been collecting data and presenting it in a variety of ways; tally charts, bar charts and pictograms. As a challenge we even counted in intervals of 2. We showed this on our pictograms by using a key representing each picture as 2 children.
In Year 2 we have been very resilient during our maths learning. We have been using our knowledge of partitioning to help us with the skill of addition. There were lots of processes involved and we were great thinkers when solving these tricky sums! This skill will help us solve larger sums!
In Year 1 we have been learning to put words in alphabetical order. We had a look at how words are ordered alphabetically in a dictionary to help us make our own class dictionary. We wrote definitions of our favourite toys and put them together to make our class toy dictionary.
In Year 2 we have been reading a story called The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. We stared the week learning to retell the story. This skill will help us when we come to write our own story based on The Dragon Machine. We continued our learning with a debate, “If dragons were real, should they live among us or should we lock them away?” We watched some convincing news reports about dragons arriving in a town in America. We then took on the role of different people from the town, communicated with our team and put forward a convincing argument as to whether the dragons should stay or go. Some of us were police officers of the town and nursery teachers – we argued that the dragons should go! The rest of us took on the roles of zoologists, children and the dragons themselves - we wanted the dragons to stay and put a very strong argument forward! We backed up all our arguments with really great reasons! The verdict…..the dragons are here to stay! We linked our debate back to the story The Dragon Machine, we thought about why the dragons in this story might be hiding from humans, we thought that they must be scared and worried what the humans would do if they saw them! We ended the week thinking about the protagonist in the story, a young boy called George; we agreed that we all liked George. Finally we invented our own likable story character and used our knowledge of adjectives to describe their personality. These characters will feature in our own story.