In Maths this month we have been learning about shape and polygons. Children have been consolidating their understanding of the properties if 2D shapes and using these to classify them in different ways. They have also worked hard to use what they know about squares and rectangles to find missing values. This has included finding the missing length of one side using the area or perimeter. We have concluded this area of learning by focusing on the 4 different types of triangle: equilateral, right angle, isosceles and scalene.
In English this month we began by listening to the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, “The Carnival of the Animals”. We experimented with instruments to further understand the movements of animals and how this represents their size and actions. After gaining this knowledge we studied a poetry book, also called “Carnival of the Animals”. Many famous poets had contributed to the beautifully illustrated book- each poem was written alongside it’s corresponding musical piece. Finally, we created our own poems about the animals. We carefully chose language and considered rhythm, rhyme and descriptive language.
In Science we have learnt about Living Things in Their Habitat and Animals, including Humans. Each class has learnt the parts of a plant and their function, as well as the life cycle of a plant, using scientific language such as, germination, fertilisation and pollination. We have experimented with different ways to grow a plant using seeds, tubers, cuttings and bulbs. Our observations of these plants are ongoing. To finish these topics, we have looked at a timeline of human life, from a foetus to old age, discussing the changes that we experience. The classes have been using their maths skills to interpret data about gestation periods and life expectancy to see if there are any links.