Daily Archive for January 13th, 2011

Exploring Antarctica

Our topic this term is all about Antarctica. We will be finding out all about Antarctic explorers and the geography, climate and animals.

This week we found out that Antarctica is one of the seven continents of the world.

We also found out that millions of years ago our continents were not shaped the way they are today. As a matter of fact, they were not separate continents at all! Scientists now believe that the earth’s land masses were once all one giant land mass called Pangaea. Over the last 250 million years the continents have broken up and drifted to where they are today. Scientists call this Continental Drift.

They also believe that Antarctica was once a warm land roamed by dinosaurs!

You can read more about this here.

Click here to play this game testing your knowledge of the continents.

Keep checking our blog to keep up to date with our Antarctic Exploration!

More toothy activities!

This term we will be concentrating on non-fiction writing. Today, we wrote our own instructions for brushing our teeth. We spoke about the importance of making sure our instructions are written in the right order.

In the afternoon we learned about the structure of a tooth. We learned that the outer layer is called enamel, the layer under that is called dentine and the middle is very soft and called pulp. We made our own paper models of the layers of the tooth and labelled them.

Concentrating on the tricky bits!

The inside of a tooth.

Here is a good website for learning about the structure of a tooth.

2D Shape

This week we have been learning all about the names and properties of 2D shapes in maths. We made these shape riddle books.

What shape am I?

That's right!

Here they are as part of our maths wall.

We have also been learning which 2D shapes can tile. We say a shape can tile if it can fit together to make a pattern without any spaces.




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