This week in Topic, Courtesy class were busy carrying on from their field work last week (literally)! After planting the seeds of knowledge in their heads (pun intended), the children started their experiment on what a plant needs to survive. Every topic lesson, Courtesy will be collecting data from all of these different plants to see which one grows the best.
After making their predictions, the very next day Courtesy was already able to see how some of the plants reacted to their environment, whether it be little light, no water or clay soil.
Overall, the children are very excited to see how this experiment goes and which plants are going to be “green with envy” of the plants that grow big and strong!
As scientists, we will become aware of plants in our local area, their features and what enables them to grow in specific environments. Our studies will lead us to ask ‘What does a plant need to grow?’ Using the style of artist Maria Sybilla Merian will enable us to make accurate representations of local plant life. As Mathematicians and Storytellers, we will be applying our knowledge, skills and understanding of light when forming Venn diagrams and role playing a story using puppets. Thinking scientifically, our explorations of light and shadow will provide us with an understanding of factors that affect shadow formation.
After a restful half-term Courtesy was back for even more maths and this week we were looking at Bar Models.
The Bar Model is another way to show trickier calculations, such as those that include adding and subtracting. As you can see, the Bar Model is an easy way to visualise a number sentence and help to solve it.
While the children quickly picked up the use of the Bar Model for addition number sentences, they struggled with subtraction. However, Courtesy is a class full of Aspirational Ants so by the end of the week every single child was able to confidently use the Bar Model for subtraction!
After a lovely break, Courtesy was back in learning mode and discussing our new Topic; Plants! In order to do that, we went to the great outdoors to get up close and personal with the vegetation.
The children looked at all the amazing, different flowers and plants on one of our fields and saw all the contrasting shapes, designs and ideas. We looked at their roots, stems, leaves flowers and seeds (if we could see them!) The children were able to be Adventurous Aardvarks and have a go at trying to explain all the functions of these parts as well as being Responsible Raccoons while outside to make sure nothing silly happened!