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Life in 3D!

3D Structures

Eastgate have had a wonderful week this week.

As of this week, every Wednesday now the children have Mrs Wynne teach them for the afternoon. They thoroughly enjoyed their first session with her a couple of days ago. Eastgate were excited by making marshmallow and spaghetti 3D structures, and they wrote some wonderful limerick poems.

The children were really excited this week by their ‘exciting writing.’ This is something new we have started with the children, where they have the freedom and independence to let their imaginations take over and write a truly unique and individual piece of writing, based on a picture stimulus. The children first engage in lots of important discussion with each other and myself about the picture, before word and sentence building and writing their own stories. This week, the children based their exciting writing on the water cycle. Some children chose to write about the water droplets journey through the water cycle, and others chose to represent it as a poster. Eastgate had to think carefully about their audience, as they are planning on sharing and reading these with Newgate next week.


Moreover, in maths this week, the children have been learning about discrete and continuous data. They have learnt the difference between them both and learnt to interpret the data from within a bar graph. Eastgate then moved onto gathering and representing their own data within a bar graph. The children finished the week by revisiting how to convert improper to mixed numbers. They used counters and tables to represent the improper fractions before converting them to mixed numbers, then moving onto mental strategies, using their times table knowledge to solve the problems.


In their topic work this week, building on what the children learnt last week, the children looked at the water cycle (or as they now call it… The Hydrological Cycle). Eastgate orally rehearsed, in the form of a mini performance, all the main processes of the water cycle, and learnt about the key terms, and what they mean in relation to the continuous cycle. For example, we learnt about how condensation happens when clouds are blown higher up into the colder air, meaning the water vapour cools, and starts to form larger water droplets, until the cloud no longer has the capacity to hold the water droplets And then it rains (precipitation).  

As well as this, the children have also learnt about why water is so important to us as humans, and to the rest of this world. Eastgate created some gorgeous posters on PicCollage to illustrate their ideas. To finish the week, the children learnt about the physical and economic scarcity of water in the world at the minute. They looked in particular at Cape Town in Africa, and were shocked to learn how the city is predicted to run out of water in the very near future, despite it being a developed city just like the cities in the UK. Eastgate wrote a comparison on the two types of scarcity, using examples.


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