This term our topic is based in the Dreamworks universe. We will be exploring our learning through a huge range of adventures and magical worlds from well known stories such as Shrek, Madagascar, Over the Hedge and Trolls along with many more!
In our numeracy learning we started this term by representing numbers in many different ways. We used objects and pictures represent numbers in a wide range of different contexts.
Check out our learning below to see what we have been up to.
We then used what we knew about representing numbers and amounts to compare value.
It was important to used vocabulary like more than, less than, equal to, greater than and fewer than.
Counting Forwards & Backwards
After representing numbers we took our learning further by cementing our counting forwards and backwards knowledge. We have been playing lots of counting games and using what we know about representations and number value to help us solve difficult problems.
Raft Building Enterprise
We began the year by investigating an interesting challenge.
All of the characters from Madagascar been washed up on a beach. It turned out that they were actually on an island and that they were stranded there with no hope of returning home!
As you can see from our design brief below, we needed to research, design and build a raft for the animals to escape in across the ocean.
We started by designing different rafts with our company and afterwards we used communication and teamwork skills to decide which design was closest to the design brief specifications.
Next we tested materials to ensure that our rafts would be made out of materials which float. Some of us used what we had learned from this investigation to evaluate and change our designs.
Following these steps we began to build the rafts as a company. Each person had a specific role and made sure that the finished raft was a high quality product.
Finally we tested each raft on water to see if it could meet the specifications in the design brief. After testing we discussed and evaluated what went well and what we would change next time. Here are some examples;
"We used the right materials for our raft because they all floated, but our raft was too tall. Next time we will make the roof shorter"
Take a look at the pictures below to see how we got on.
At the beginning of this year we explored lots of learning through enhanced provision.
This included stations which involved skills such as painting, counting, writing, role play, designing, crafting and reading.
The pictures below show us as we approached the learning at each station.