Over the last few weeks we have been exploring area and perimeter. We have used different units of measurement and different measurement tools such as a ruler, metre stick and tape measure. Some of us have also explored 2d compound shapes. We love practical Numeracy!
This week we welcomed a local artist who helped us to do some clay modelling. Jennifer Cunningham showed us how to use clay to make fossils by making imprints using shells and toy dinosaurs. We also made Stone Age tools. We have been learning about dinosaurs and the Stone Age in our World Around Us topic work. We explored how fossils were formed and why Stone Age people made tools.
STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths
We have been enjoying lots of STEAM activities in P5 and 6. We have explored building dinosaurs and Stone Age tools out of paper and dough. Recently we had a STEAM workshop on the theme of Floating and Sinking with Sentinus, an educational charity. In class we have worked on building structures and bridges. In our maths lessons we have built fences and dinosaur enclosures, using different units of measurement. We have also brought our maths outside and measured the heights of large dinosaurs drawn on the ground. Over the coming weeks we will be doing some clay modelling on the theme of The Stone Age.
There are a lot of practical elements in mathematics. It helps to understand topics such as length, perimeter and area practically before the learning is consolidated through book work. There is a lot of worth in taking the practical approach, “Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain- unless it is done through play, in which case, it takes between 10-20 repetitions.” (Dr Karyn Purvis) Counting in sets is a prerequisite for understanding times tables. We have different resources and ways in which we learn our times tables as you can see from the photos. We use the 100 square bottle top activity for many learning outcomes; counting forward and back in 10s, adding and taking away near multiples of 10, times tables, more than and less than and of course, to build team working skills.
Dundrum Castle Visit
We visited Dundrum Castle recently and heard about the history of the castle. Mark and his friends showed us some weapons and armour that would have been used in the past. We then did some sketching of the grounds and the scenery.