Maths: This week, we have moved onto Geometry: Properties of Shape. Before learning about their properties, the children needed to recognise and name both 2-D and 3-D shapes to be able to differentiate between them. They began to understand that 2-D shapes are actually flat and the manipulatives they handled in class are representations of the shapes. The children were also exposed to 2-D shapes in different orientations and proportions.
The children were then encouraged to develop strategies for accurate counting of sides, such as marking each side as it has been counted. They also needed to understand that not all same-sided shapes look the same, such as irregular 2-D shapes.
Following on from this step, the children were introduced to the terms vertex and vertices. They understood that a vertex is where two lines meet at a point. They were able to recognise that corners are vertices and identified and counted them on shapes.
RE: We have been learning to reflect on the importance of the celebration of the Mass. During our lessons, we discussed what we do when we celebrate and the different events we celebrate. We were then able to ask our talk partners questions about celebrations and respond to them. From our discussions we linked the term ‘celebration’ to the ways Mass is celebrated. The children spent time recognising and describing some of the signs and symbols of the Mass.
Science: The In children have been investigating how plants grow locally and in different parts of the world. The children were introduced to the requirements of plants for germination, growth and survival, as well as to the processes of reproduction and growth in plants. The children were able to work scientifically by: observing and recording, the growth of a variety of plants as they change over time from a seed. They also observed similar plants at different stages of growth; and set up their own comparative tests to show that plants need light and water to stay healthy.