In Science, we studied how electrical circuits work. We used this knowledge to invent some games using the Makey Makey Circuit Board. We built our own Dance Dance Revolution Game using Tin foil and wire and our own version of the classic Operation game. It's amazing what you can do with some wires, some plasticine, an old cereal carton and some tin foil.
Key Stage 2 had a fantastic day out with the Hands On Heritage Archaeology Group in Tunstall Forest. We helped to excavate a Roman Villa. Look at the amazing artefacts that we found.
Tuesday March 14th was World Pi Day (In the US, the date is written with the month first followed by the day i.e 3.14) To celebrate we went outside in the spring sunshine and investigated different circles in our environment from plant pots to funnels. We worked together to investigate the tractor tyre. We used string to measure the circumference and then the diameter. We then worked out how many diameters fitted in the circumference. To our amazement we all got roughly the same answer which was 3 and a bit even though our circles were of hugely different sizes. As we have been studying fractions recently we expressed the bit as a fraction. The average of all our results was 3 1/7. We worked out that 3 1/7 is 3.142857 and then stopped finding anymore decimal places! This is not far off Pi. We made a conjecture that if we had been accurate with our measurements we all would have got the answer pi.
Here are some our Jackdaw's comments about our Maths Share Day:
The Maths Share day was a great opportunity to show all the parents what our teacher has taught us. To show them what we have learnt, the teachers set out activities for us and parents to do. One of the activities I did with people was a puzzle of weird numbers. It was so hard, we had to get someone who had already done it to help us.
The Apple in the Bag Fraction Puzzle (Brahmaguptha's Puzzle) - In this puzzle you had to find how many apples were in the bag and how many remained for the last person. The first thing we did was find a common denominator in this case 60 because it's a multiple of 3, 4 and 5. To get to 60 from 3 you times it by 20 so you do the same to the numerator (20/60) and you do the same to the rest so you get 20/60, 15/60 and 12/60. When add them together you get 47/60 that means 13 apples were left.
I was playing Colonel Conjecture in the play. I had to stay in a dark claustrophobic cupboard with Hayden who was playing Captain Convince. When Robert (the stage manager) knocked on the door I had to kick it open and rush out onto the stage. The best bit of the play was the look on Kayleigh's face as I kicked open the door!
The Maths day was so fun and I learnt a lot from it! I loved the play, it was all about our Maths superheroes, I was Classifying Casey. One of the Maths activities was a 'We Will Rock You' problem. We used the song 'We will Rock You' and the beat goes 'Tap Tap Clap Tap Tap Clap' then we had to work out the 100th beat i.e. whether it was a tap or a clap.
I did a role play with KS2. I was a little kid with Katie . We were figuring some sums out and we figured out that two odds make an even. Some Maths superheroes - Captain CC, OC and Super SG - helped us through everything.
Having learnt about how an Anglo-Saxon Burial Site was discovered at Sutton Hoo, we noticed some odd features in our own playing field. Tucked away among the bushes was a unnatural looking mound. We decided to investigate. We excavated an area approximately 2 metres long, 1 metre wide and 0.75 metres deep. We made some astonishing discoveries!
Thinking of Incredible IE, we used Base Ten (Diene's) Blocks to help us solve long multiplication and division problems. When multiplying, we noticed that the area of an array is the product, and when dividing, we noticed that the area is the dividend and the sides are the divisor and quotient. Using this information, we deduced the answer to the problems. Building the arrays also helped us to further establish the link between multiplication and division in our minds. We were then able to write the 'Happy Family' of related Number facts for each calculation.