Welcome back to a new term and a new(ish) classroom. We hope you had a lovely and restful Christmas and New Year. We are all settled in to our classroom and enjoying the fact that we can now go to the toilets without getting rained on!
This week we have started our topic on Victorians. We started off by thinking about anything we already knew about the Victorian Era. We then talked about what a monarch does and what the British Empire was. We then found the countries that were part of the British Empire on a map. Later in the week we found out about the life of Queen Victoria. We are really looking forward to our trip to Reading Museum’s Victorian schoolroom on the 30th January. If you haven’t already seen it, please look in our book bags for our trip letter.
In maths we have started to learn about division. When we are dividing we know we need to do ‘fair sharing’ to make sure we have equal groups. Using resources and drawings, we solved division problems. We also used bar models to represent division problems and to write the related multiplication facts. Later in the week we used number lines to illustrate how division is repeated subtraction. Because we know that division is the inverse of multiplication, we have used the multiplication facts we know to help us solve division problems.
If I know 12 ÷ 4 = 3, then I also know that 12 ÷ 3 = 4, 3 x 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 = 12.
In Science we have started to find out about plants and what they need to grow and to stay healthy. We have planned an investigation to discover what happens to plants if they are not given water and/or light. We made some really sensible predictions.
Have a lovely weekend,