In a heartbeat…

This week in Science, we began learning about the heart and the circulatory system. We learnt that the circulatory system consists of the heart, blood vessels and blood and that your heart is about the size of your fist. We thought of ways to remember the functions of the arteries and veins:

 Arteries carry blood away from the heart

 Veins carry blood into the heart

In Music, we have been developing our rhythm work and learning some music notation including crotchets and quavers. We had lots of fun using bars of 4 counts whilst clapping 8 quavers and keeping to the steady beat. We then introduced a second rhythm to be played alongside the first. With plenty of practise, we had some success and plenty of smiles!

In PSHE this week we learnt about the speed with which something posted online can spread. We demonstrated this speed by passing a ‘tap on the shoulder’ down the line from one person to the next and then compared this to one person tapping two people, two people tapping four people and so on. The results amazed us. We discovered that in a seven ‘clicks’ something posted by an individual online can reach over 2 million people We also discussed the difference between real friends and online ‘friends’, including how we stay safe when using social media platforms.

Thank you for learning with us on Tuesday at our Learning Together Morning. It was great to be able to share a chapter from ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio with you and to share how we use the A.P.E. (Answer, Prove, Explain) technique for answering inference questions.

In English, we played some word collection games in preparation to plan a diary entry for Titus Oates, a member of Captain Scott’s team who sadly perished on their return journey from the South Pole. We looked at similes, metaphors and personification as techniques to include in our writing as well as considering what emotions Oates might have experienced and how his team’s impending doom would have affected him.

In Maths, we began the week learning how to use and describe two-step function machines and then learnt to use algebraic formulae. We all agreed that it felt quite unnatural to substitute numbers with letters but we are persevering and making progress. Practise makes perfect!

Have a lovely weekend!