Today we had a visit from Professor Marshall who talked about the strength of egg shells. We put three, half egg shells underneath a board and added weight until the egg shells cracked. Our predictions varied but were all amazed that it took 7kg of sugar until the eggs shattered. We had to use all our muscles to pick up that amount of sugar when it was in a bag. Professor Marshall talked about the shape of the egg shells and explained how some bridges were the same and that is why they can carry the weight of a train.
The children enjoyed showing off their work in our Around The World exhibition and also looking at the work completed by the children in Years 1 and 2.
Our two School Council members for Ladybirds Class as voted by the children.
The children continue to work hard with many now having a go at our writing challenge. It is clear to see how they are putting the knowledge of their sounds into this work. They have also had fun on the large apparatus, moving in different ways and making different shapes. In maths we have been working out doubles and halves, solving simple problems. It was also great to see so many willing to be a school council member for Ladybirds. The children had a secret vote and two very sensible members of the class were chosen; photo to follow next week.
This week we have been practising for our Nativity play Christmas Counts. We have been learning our words, songs and have been on the stage. On Friday we put on our costumes for the first time.
We look forward to performing next week to our families and friends. Photographs will follow shortly.
It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents attend our Read, Write, Inc bingo session.
The class showed how quickly they could say the first 31 'set one' sounds before showing off how good they are at helping Fred frog with orally blending words such as 'sink', 'cot' and 'pat'. After that they used the magnetic boards to make words, pinching out the sounds before moving the magnetic letters into place. The children sounded out the sounds before 'sweeping' the sounds into one word.
Ladybirds finished by showing the adults how they can read the green words, spotting any 'special friends' such as 'sh' using the same method as the magnetic boards and also doing 'Fred in your head' before saying the word out allowed rather than stating the sounds first.
The children then joined the adults for a couple of games of bingo before taking home a book from BookTrust called The Bumblebear.
This week we have been looking at coins, learning about the value of each one and making amounts. We used the numicon to help us so we didn't get confused between 'three coins' and 'three pence'.