This half term we will be making moving monsters using pneumatic systems! We will also be learning about magnets and springs during our science unit. Have a look below to see what we have been learning about...
In Literacy we have been learning about Adventure and Mystery stories. We have been reading them in class and creating our own characters, settings and plots.
We read a brilliant story about a boy called Scott who started a new school. He noticed that there was something in the basement. What ever it was made the school incredibly hot, made loud noises and bright flashes. Scott thought it was a dragon! We had our own ideas and wrote character descriptions about them. We also created a picture of the 'monster' in ICT and used the picture to create a 'behind the door' scene...
We have been learning about how air is used to make things move. We made a very simple pneumatic system at first using a washing up liquid bottle and a balloon. The air from the washing up liquid bottle is squeezed into the balloon making it inflate. The inflated balloon lifts an object, like a book. When you let the air back into the bottle the balloon deflates, dropping the object back down...
In numeracy this half term we are learning about fractions.
We started with fractions of shapes, shading in the correct number of sections.
We then moved on to find fractions of numbers. We used the base ten cubes to help us.
Equivalent fractions sounded hard, but we used our knowledge of multiplications to work them out as well as fraction walls. We cut up the fraction wall to see if we could find the equivalent fractions.
During our first science lesson this half term we had a close look at magnets and how they work. We noticed that opposite sides attract each other and the same sides repel.
We investigated the strength of different magnets by testing how many paper clips would be attracted to each magnet. We tested a horse shoe, bar, ball and wand magnet. We found out that the horse shoe magnet was the strongest and the ball magnet was the weakest.
We wanted to know if magnets worked through materials. We decided to collect a range of different materials - cardboard, wood, plastic, tin, aluminum, steel and cotton. We then used a paper clip and a magnet to see if the paper clip could be moved through the material.
We found out that the magnet worked through nearly all of the materials!
We have started to make our moving monsters this week. They each use syringes to create a pneumatic system which pushes air through the tubing to make the monster move. There are a few different designs, here are some photographs of each group making them.
Here are our finished moving monsters.
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