This week in Lower Key Stage 2 we have begun making catapults. We have used a range of materials including hot glue, lolly pop sticks, wood and elastic bands. Our collaboration and drawn designs have supported the making process.
In Lower Key Stage 2 we have been looking at the Normans. We have used our noticing muscles to locate where castles are, discuss their features and compare Primary and Secondary evidence sources. We have used our making links muscles to explore the link between castles, catapults and the Norman period. We have been studying the Normans and catapults across history, geography and design technology.
In maths we have been looking at place value. We have used base 10 equipment to help us. We have been focusing on key vocabulary such as ones, tens and hundreds. We have also used place value tables and counters to make, understand and write, up to three digit numbers. We have used various diagrams to represent these numbers including Part-Whole Models and Bar Models.
Making Junk Robots
In literacy, we have started to read a book that has a robot with a broken heart and no matter how had the robot doctors try they can not fix him so is sent off to the scrap yard to spend the rest of his days. I know very sad! So Lower Key Stage 2 decided that we should build a junk robot that could be a friend for the robot in the story. We designed our robot, brought in things from home and then worked with a partner to build it.
What do you think about our robots?
Collaboration in Lower Key Stage 2
To build get to know our new class members we were set the challenge to work in groups of four to pick up and stack six cups into a pyramid in the quickest time without touching them! We has to stretch our Collaboration Muscle by listening to each other's ideas and instructions, suggesting improvements and supporting each other in the task. It was super hard but we all managed to do it by the end.
In our first week at school, we stretched our Empathy and Listening Muscle to think about what we were looking forward to in Lower Key Stage Two and things that we might feel a bit nervous or worried about. We discussed our worries as a class and realised that many of us had the same anxieties so together we came up with strategies to use if we did become worried. Remember a problem shared is a problem halved!