We just wanted to say a big thank you to all those parents that paid the voluntary contribution this year. It meant that we were able to provide an Egyptian workshop and run a Greek Day which were both fantastic and really engaged the children in our topic. Also this year we went our trip to The Natural History Museum. Without your contributions, activities like this would not have been able to go ahead.
This week during our topic lessons, we have been continuing our learning on the biology of plants by writing our own explanation text on the Life Cycle of a plant. First, we reminded ourselves of the features of an explanation text and paid particular importance to the use of prepositions (e.g. upwards, inside, underneath, before) to help clearly explain when or how elements of the plant grows.
After analysing several example texts we were able to plan and write an explanation text which covered the four main parts of the life cycle process: germination, plants and shoots, flowering and fruiting. A ‘Did you know?’ sentence allowed us to add extra interesting information, such as the fact that some fruits carry their seeds on the outside (e.g. strawberries), while others keep the seeds protected and contained inside them (e.g. tomatoes). It was an amazing journey to learn about and explain how the process of seed dispersal from a plant allows a seed to relocate and begin the growing cycle again. We made sure we included important scientific vocabulary and detail to make our explanations accurate.
We completed our learning on plants by discussing our findings of the two plant experiments we started last week. We concluded, for example, that a seed needs all the vital elements for growth to allow it to grow strong and healthy. By removing just one of the elements: water, soil, air (carbon dioxide), warmth or light, our seeds either struggled to grow or failed to germinate at all. Our prediction that the control seeds with all the elements would be the most successful was correct!
In Maths this week, we revised our knowledge of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and the appropriate strategies that we use to solve problem questions. By using practical activities and games we were able to work well to answer tricky questions which involved us deciding the correct and easiest method to get the right answer. This also tested our knowledge and understanding of the inverse (opposite) operations and commutative law.
The All About Me sheets are an opportunity for the children to tell their new teacher all about themselves. These sheets should be completed over the summer and children can hand them back to their new class teacher on September 3rd. The children received a paper copy of this today.