Block 2- What have we done so far?

9/11/16

We have been so busy learning all about the rainforest.

We have found out where they are in the world and we have found out that they are made up of different layers. We have begun to classify plants and in numeracy we have looked at symmetry when looking at animals and butterflies. Did you know that there are carnivorous plants, well we have found out about them and we have written reports.

We have lots more to learn so watch this space. We look forward to welcoming mums and dads on parent’s evenings and we hope that they enjoy looking at our work.

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Setting Homework

TASK: Pick a setting from the images below. Write a detailed description of the setting using the senses. Remember to show not tell. Your reader should feel as if they are standing in the middle of the setting! Due: Tuesday 15th November

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Rainforest homework by munro

In class we have been learning about rainforest. We have leaned that rainforests are between the equator and the tropics of Capricorn and cancer. Cancer is on the top and Capricorn is on the bottom and for art we are doing plants so we need to bring in junk , it’s very fun topic.

How would you categorise plants?

We have learnt about Carl Lineaus and how he came up with a way to categorise plants, and then animals. All the organisms in the world have been categorised into five Kingdoms – this week we have been finding out about the Plant Kingdom. We have been learning about some of the different plants you can find in the rainforest. In groups we tried to come up with our own ways to categorise these plants, some examples were – flowers, edible, where you find it, killer, carnivorous, colour, size, petal/leaf shape, fruit, tree, vine. After a lot of discussion and research the groups then decided on their final categories. Below are a couple of the posters that we created.

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Do you know what the layers of the rainforest are?

We are  learning about Adaptation and Conservation in Block 2 – We have created our very own ‘Rainforest ‘ in our classroom. We really enjoy getting the chance to curl up under the canopy and read!

We have learnt about the different layers of the rainforest, and the plants and animals that have adapted to survive in each layer. In groups of 4 we all had a different layer to research, write notes on, and write these notes up to describe the layer we were studying – the Emergent, Canopy, Understory or Forest Floor layer. As a group we then made a group piece of art that we labelled and put our writing next to. These have pride of place in our ‘rainforest’!

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Growing crystals – are they valuable?!

In block 1 we were learning about geology – the different types of rocks/stones. We brought in lots of different types and classified them and we even created our very own crystals! Unfortunately they are only salt cystals so not worth very much!

Our salt crystals!
Our salt crystals!

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Some of our notes from our materials walk
Some of our notes from our materials walk

Geology

P6b have been investigating rocks! What a geologist does, how rocks are formed, what the different types of rocks are,  minerals and crystals, how rocks are used….

We went on a ‘materials walk’ around our school – below are some examples of the different ways rocks are used in our environment! Bricks, mortar, glass, ceramics, metals, plastics, concrete, gravel… can you name any of the other types we saw?

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Some of our notes from our materials walk
Some of our notes from our materials walk

 

Market Research

This block, we are learning how to set up and run a business. We have been having lots of discussions to decide what the best business idea is. We are trying to raise money for Fair Trade. We decided that doing some market research would help us to make important decisions about our business. Please ask your grown ups at home (parents, grandparents, friends of the family etc) to complete the Survey Monkey below.  Please do this by Monday 7th November – it should only take a few minutes. Thanks!

Click here for our Fair Trade Survey Monkey

The Black Hole

The Black Hole
The Black Hole

Think about the story mountain that we have been using in class to help with structuring a story.

Watch ‘The Black Hole’ by clicking on this link and scrolling down to find ‘The Black Hole’.

Think about the following questions:

  • What is normality?
  • How does the story build up?
  • Is there a turning point in the story?
  • What is the climax or problem in this story?

Write an ending to the story and post it in the comments for Tuesday 8th November.

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