This week during our topic lessons, we have been exploring the biology of plants. We discovered that plants, which are living organisms are found all around our schools from the trees, flowers and weeds to the vegetables and fruit we grow in our school’s greenhouse. We studied the structure of a plant and learnt about the function of each part. From pollination, fruiting and reproduction to seed dispersal, photosynthesis and germination. We looked at how plants have adapted to suit different climates and environments. We observed that cacti have a fleshy trunk and are covered in spines to minimise water loss through transpiration. Therefore, they can survive through periods of extreme drought and arid conditions. We then expanded our knowledge of what a plant needs to grow including the impact of removing the nutrient-rich soil. We became botanists for a day and carried out our own investigations and experiments to determine if a plant needs; water, light, temperature, soil, nutrients and space to grow.
We also investigated how water travels around the plant. Finally, we had the opportunity to watch and observe plants and vegetables grow. We planted our own seeds in pots and recorded our data to see what inhibited or slowed down the growth. During our break time, we were encouraged to explore the wildflowers around the grounds of our school and identify the many different species of trees. We collected different seed pods and learnt the difference between deciduous trees, which shed their leaves in winter, and evergreen trees, which do not.
For the past 2 weeks, we have been learning lots about time. We have learnt about analogue and digital time, studied time in 5-minute intervals and read analogue clock faces to tell the time to the nearest minute. We studied the meaning of am and pm and how to convert analogue time into 24-hour time. We explored time problems to calculate the duration of different events and even converted time written in Roman numerals.
Today we put our new knowledge to the test. We discussed the difference between the 12 and 24-hour clock and why we use the 2 different formats of the time. On each table in our class, there was a different challenge all about the 12 and 24-hour clock. We played dominos, matching analogue to digital time, played a matching game where we had to match written time, 12-hour time, 24 hour and analogue to complete the circuit, answered a codebreaker to reveal a secret word, played a time board game and completed a time grid. We really tested our knowledge and worked hard to show off everything we have learnt!