Throughout the week, we have remained captivated with the unfolding events in 'Room 13'. Whilst reading the book, we noticed that the author uses a variety of techniques to vary the pace of his writing and at the same time, build suspense and tension. We spent time discussing the purpose of, and differences between, simple, compound and complex sentences, and identified examples in the text. We also discussed words that had been chosen for effect and the impact that they had on the reader. Towards the end of the week, we applied all that we had learnt to write a story about a night in 'The Crow's Nest Hotel' (the home of Room 13). Next week, we are going to finish reading the book, and will be using the overall text as inspiration for our half-termly writing assessment.
In Maths, we revisited the use of mental methods to add two or more numbers. The focus this week was not on the answers to calculations but more importantly on the methods that we used. At the start of the week, we shared and demonstrated our understanding of a whole variety of methods and discussed how 'jottings', such as number lines, are also referred to as mental methods. Towards the end of week, we spent time discussing the effectiveness of each method. We decided that rounding was particularly useful when solving calculations involving decimals when the numbers were close to the next whole number, e.g. £24.99 + £15.99, whereas the number line and partitioning were deemed more useful when adding larger numbers. Next week, we will be focusing on subtraction mental methods.
Last week, you will have read that we had planned an investigation to measure the effect of friction. On Monday, we worked in small groups to successfully complete our investigations and recorded our results in tables and bar charts. After interpreting the results, we determined that the thicker and rougher materials caused the most amount of friction and would therefore offer the most amount of grip on a goalkeeper's glove. I was pleased to see that although playdough and blu-tac produced high levels of friction, the children decided that it would not be a suitable choice for a goalkeeper's glove! Next week, we will be exploring the concept of air resistance.