This week in maths my group was working on fractions. We mainly had to find out quarters of a number. We found how to find one, two and three quarters. We played a board game to help us learn these. Now that we know the steps to do it, it is easy and a fun way to do some maths.
A Story Teller Visits
On Wednesday afternoon Fergus the story teller came and he told us a story using picture cards this was a Japanese story telling method. It is called Kamishibai. It was about a boy that was called Peach Boy. He arrives in a village in a massive peach on the river. He is adopted by an old man and woman and has to go on a journey to fight the evil on an island nearby. Some of the skills we watched him use when he told eht story were – he knew the story by heart, he spoke confidently, he did lots of actions and he got us to join in in some of the songs he made up. We think these are all things that will make us good story tellers.
Last week there was an assembly about Fairtrade and our challenge was to bring as many Fairtrade snacks as we can for our playtime and lunchtime. We got a sticker for every snack we brought in. This week we learnt all about how Fairtrade is not just about food but also about sports equipment. We learned that 85 per cent of all footballs sold are all made in one small village in Pakistan. Because they got money from the Fairtrade Foundation they were able to get free education, medical supplies and there was a system called micro credit. This meant they could also borrow money from Fairtrade to start up their own businesses.
This week our investigation was all about sound and how sound is made. We tried to make higher and lower sounds by stretching elastic bands. We worked out that the more area to vibrate made a lower pitch. A smaller area to vibrate make a higher pitch sound. We also investigated what made material made the best sound insulator. We tested a timer in four different materials and timed to see how long it would be until we heard the timer clearly.
We really liked doing freeze frame scenes from our novel Kenuke’s Kingdom. We were trying to show the different feelings Michael had after he was washed up on a desert island. We acted out a lot of different situations that he was in on the island and our class had to guess what the emotion was that he was feeling. We really enjoyed acting these out.
By Caitlin (we hope to have pictures next week – we are having problems with the ipads).