The class had some time today to sharpen their skills on Ed Shed and TTRS.
It was easy to see who has been practising at home.
It is important that we practise everyday so that we can complete our Year 5 and 6 words, as well as be quicker with out times tables. We know that confidence with our spellings helps us as writers and readers. Confidence with our times tables helps us with everything in maths, which is so important.
They were all written by the poet Rachel Rooney. Here is a bit about her…
The class had fun reading them…
and discussing them. There was so much to think about. We could relate to each poem, the children even felt like they could describe the children they were like (as well as who in our class they are like! All done in a very positive and kind way, even with the Fidget poem).
It made such a difference in how the poem was read… very emotional.
Today Year 5 tested their parachutes. They had previously designed and made their parachutes with a view to testing their hypotheses out.
They were varying sizes and shapes but they all held a toy soldier at the bottom.
The class then dropped their parachute from the same height and timed how long it took to reach the floor. After doing three drops they worked out the average of the three. Do you know how to work out the average of three times?
They added the three times up and then divided the answer by 3 (because there were three times). This gave them an average drop time.
They found that parachute Number 5 had the slowest drop time, over 2 seconds. This meant that it had caught more air coming down, this slowed its fall down, because there was more air resistance.
Having watched each other dropping the parachutes it gave the class an idea of how best to keep tests fair. Being precise on the height, the angle, how you hold the parachute to drop it and accuracy in calling to drop and stop recording were all important.
Well done Year 5, you worked hard on the experiment.
Today Year 5 were investigating cubes and cubed numbers.
They looked at making a square with 6 cubes….it was impossible (no matter how much they tried). They added 3 more cubes, so that they had 9 cubes, and tried again. They definitely made a square with 9 cubes.
They continued with more cubes and then went on to investigate cubes, seeing that they were 3D shapes and that they needed the same number of square across, up and along.
So adding to our numbers which are square numbers, we now know what cubed numbers look like.
There were some lovely responses to this today and a couple of surprises! It was so heart-warming to see that we are a class of children who complement each other, look out for each other and are generally kind.
Tanatswa surprised Mrs Calbreath and Mrs Sabir with lovely notes that created huge smiles, a few ahhhhs and a lot of appreciation. Thank you Tanatswa. What was even nicer was that she gave the notes BEFORE she realised the question on the board!
Kestrels are a very kind class and show it every day.