UKS2 – Newsletter – 24.11.23

How is it Friday already?! 

Following on from our science lesson last week, we used the test results that we collected to make predictions and set up our own investigation. Before our investigation, we used our prior knowledge of thermal conductivity to predict which material would let the heat pass through it the quickest, melting the ice cubes. We then tested the thermal conductivity of four materials (aluminium, fabric, paper and plastic) by using ice cubes and observing each material after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes and 20 minutes. Whilst the experiment was taking place, we discussed our independent variable (the materials), our dependent variable (the state of the ice cubes), and our controlled variables.

This week in maths, classes 8 and 9 worked with Miss Boyd to help grasp inverse operations. We had strips of questions with numbers missing. We had to figure out which calculation ( + or – ) to do to find the missing numbers, drawing bar models to help us.

Miss Barnicoat’s class took to the playground this week to develop their understanding of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 & 1000. After introducing the concept on a collegial place value grid, the children were challenged to create their own using the loose parts on the playground. They challenged themselves using decimals too!

In English, we finalised our balanced argument on who was responsible for Icarus’ death, based on the Greek myth.



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