In English, Gloucester Class have been learning about the effects of global warming. We wrote explanation texts to show different causes that global warming has on our environment. We made some leaflets explaining the devastating effects ‘over fishing’ has on our marine life and the impact ‘plastic pollution’ has in our seas.
Did you know that About 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s – the weight of roughly a billion elephants or 47 million blue whales.
Also that only about 9% of this plastic has been recycled, 12% has been burned and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or the environment. We felt very strongly about this needing to stop before it’s does any more damage to our planet.
As a class, we have learnt about angles this month. We began by thinking back to previous maths lessons and talking about what we already knew. We discussed the different types of angles and learnt rhymes to remind us about them. Gloucester class remembered acute, obtuse, reflex, right and straight angle and talked about their differences.
Next we then practiced reading and drawing angles using a protractor; This was quite difficult and we needed a lot of practice.
Our topic for this term is 'properties and changing materials' and involves us using our investigation skills. In our first set of experiments we needed to sort out different materials into groups depending on their properties. We looked at a variety of different materials, such as: rock, string, tissue, sponge and wood. We tested these materials on their hardness, translucency, flexibility, whether it was permeable and finally whether it was magnetic.
At the beginning of the lesson we all predicted which materials would be permeable. After completing these investigations, we recorded our results in a table and discussed the outcomes of each one.
In art, we practiced our creative skills of collaging and used a variety of different materials to produce a sun flower picture, in the style of one of our great artists, Van Gogh. We used many different materials such as, seeds, felt, netting, cloth and a variety of paper which included tissue and card. While we worked we listened to classical music and felt very relaxed.