Year 4 have been great enquirers and thinkers this week in maths! We have been using scales and weighing different objects around the class. This was lots of fun as we had to estimate the weight first, and then check to see if we were correct! It was harder to estimate the weight than we thought it would be - sometimes we were completely wrong! We have also been practising our addition skills by calculating total weights of a group of items. We had to ''pack a bag'' for the airport and make sure it wasn't over the allowed baggage weight.
In literacy, Year 4 have been studying the art of persuasion. We have practised identifying the features of a persuasive text and even used a range of persuasive words or phrases when speaking. This led on to planning a debate. When the statement was revealed, we were all shocked!
'Children should not use electronic devices until they have reached the age of 16!'
In teams we listed our thoughts on this and then practised using sources to find evidence to back up our argument, whether we were in agreement with the statement or opposed. It got very heated!
Over the next learning block Year 3's literacy learning will be based on the story The Marriage of Ganesh. This is a great story that offers the opportunity to discuss and think about a wide range of issues based on our personal goals. This week the learners were introduced to the story. They thought about the most important points in the story and made a story map. The next step of their learning was to work with a partner or in a group of three, step through the story and create a freeze frame moment. This was performed for the class and photos of the moment taken. They have used these photos to write a descriptive passage about that moment in the story.
This week in maths, we have been learning about different types of measurements. We have spoken briefly about the differences between imperial and metric measurements and how one makes a little more sense than the other! Therefore we have been measuring different lengths in metric, focusing on millimetres, centimetres and metres. We have been learning how to measure accurately using different types of equipment including rulers, trundle wheels and tape measures. It has been nice to get practical and down on our knees to investigate how to measure accurately!