In maths this term, we have been learning how to weigh items and read scales. We also estimated whether classroom items were more or less than 1kg after testing out a bag of sugar on our balance scales. We have also been brushing up on our addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers, using base 10 and number lines to support us in working out the answers.
This term we have looked at the BFG and Peter Pan. But we have also been looking at poetry. The children have really enjoyed studying this and relating it to the class books. Below are pictures of the children completing role play activities of humorous rhyming poems that they shared with the rest of the class.
This term we have been looking at materials. One of the things we have experimented with, is how absorbent different materials are. The children really enjoyed hypothesising about which materials would be the most absorbent. Once we had completed our experiments, the children went back to their original hypothesis and worked out whether they were correct or not. They then wrote a piece about what they learnt from the process.
The children really enjoyed their enterprise week project. They learnt about the importance of working in a team, what an entrepreneur is, setting up a business, advertising their product, making their product and a range of other important skills. The children were immersed in their work and learnt so many lifelong skills and we hopefully created memories that will stay with the children for a lifetime. Overall Italian Ibex made £106.15. Once taking off the money spent on their product, plus the float, the children made a profit of £50.15. What a fantastic amount they raised! Well done to all the children for their hard work.
This term, Italian Ibex have been looking at the topic ‘bounce’. The class have really enjoyed looking into a variety of aspects from sports stars, different materials and how they react, using different materials to produce a science experiment and using different shapes and their properties. The children produced their very best pieces of writing as they engaged fully with this topic. The children in Italian Ibex enjoyed writing about the story of Moses. The children enjoyed their role playing and took pleasure writing about this in their big write books.
In science we combined the topic with the science to look at different materials that we could use to make a wind powered car. The children were extremely focussed when they looked into the properties of the materials and came up with a good hypothesis of what might happen. We also discussed how we would make the experiment fair and what units of measure we should use. The children delved into the subject and were quite surprised with the results!
Pictures of the children using different materials for their science investigation.
Below the children testing their cars out to see which would travel the farthest!
In English, Italian Ibex have been researching and writing reports on sporting heroes in the athletics world - past and present. The children really enjoyed looking at the different disciplines that these athletes are well known for. They were also given the chance to watch some of their ‘best bits’ on the Olympic video archive, which enthused them to write about the athletes, using expanded noun phrases, similes and exclamation sentences. We then moved on to the children writing some excellent advertisements to advertise our Winter Sports Day. Although this is now not happening on the planned date, the children had really grasped how the language changes and how we use language when writing an advertisement.
In maths, Italian Ibex have been cementing their understanding in multiplication, division and shapes this term. The children have been progressing really well with these topics, which has helped secure their understanding of calculation and concepts. The children are using a range of ways to show their understanding and have developed new ways of arriving at the answer to a mathematical problem. We hope to develop this even further next term.
Our topic in Italian Ibex was ‘Beat, Band, Boogie’. We particularly enjoyed exploring different music and instruments in topic, we even made our own musical instruments! We compared different pieces of music including beat and tempo, we then used the shakers that we made to create and mimic these different beats and tempos. We explored using our bodies as musical instruments in PE and learnt to sing in a round in music. In Geography we used a pen as a drum stick to tap different objects outside to hear the different sounds that they made. We chose 6 of our favourite sounding objects and then drew them onto a sketch map, then made a key to go with it.
We were lucky enough to have Mim and Silverstone from ‘White Hut Studios’ come and visit us. We had so much fun learning about songs, beats and tempos, and making our own. We rehearsed ‘Little Donkey’ first as part of a round and then in unison. Silverstone then recorded us singing in unison and put it onto a CD for us. We can’t believe we are music artists with our own hit!
We have been working so hard in maths this term to divide and multiply numbers using objects and jottings. We have also been learning how to find fractions of shapes and amounts. The children really enjoyed completing a maths investigation. In their teams they had to work out who had stolen all the rubbers from school.
In English we read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. Using the text to inspire us, we wrote a diary entry from the perspective of George and we also wrote onomatopoeiac poems. During the last weeks of term we read ‘The Nutcracker’ and re-wrote our own versions of our toys coming to life and dancing.
As well as making magical music on our topic day we also looked at various marching bands. This inspired the Italian Ibex to design their own uniforms. They used a variety of materials and colours. All inspiration came from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I have included a couple of pictures of their amazing designs below.
In term one, Italian Ibex looked at the topic ‘Turrets, Tunnels and Towers’. We covered activities like castle building, how castles defended themselves, coats of arms and many more activities that linked to these. We read quite a few books that engaged the children in a range of texts. We studied the Jack and the Beanstalk story because of its links to castles and growing, which also linked into our science. We studied ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ because of all the tunnels that the fox family made. The children really enjoyed reading these books because of how we linked our work to them, delving into each text to really engaged them.
The children loved to use their role play skills to show their emotions and what they think about a particular piece of work. This term we looked at kindness and what this looks like toward one another. The children learnt about the teaching of Jesus and why he was kind and how he showed kindness to others.