As part of our exploration of shapes, the children discovered the names of various three-dimensional shapes by looking at their properties. Once they had learnt the properties of polyhedrons and prisms, they applied their knowledge as a group and set out naming the shapes – and they were very successful!
It is so exciting to explore shapes and measurement in Mathematics at the moment! We have been looking at 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes, discovering ways of drawing them accurately and learning all about the difference between area and perimeter. The lessons have been hands-on, including using the Geoboard app on their iPads to discover the formula for area, measuring and calculating the perimeter of various objects around the school, working collaboratively to analyse the characteristics of various 3-D shapes and using their geometry sets to make accurate drawings.
To kick-start our Integrated Learning Task for this term, the children were asked to take a closer look at the kind of creatures that live in the soil in Mr Raven’s garden. After helping Mr Raven solve a few Mathematical problems regarding the bugs, insects and creatures that hide in his garden, they had to complete a survey of the various creatures by filling in a tally table, using the evidence shown to them in a movie. The children worked in pairs for this activity. They used the information in their tally tables to draw a column graph and a pictograph. The next step was to come up with three clever questions related to their graphs. They worked in pairs and had to divide the workload equally, while checking and helping one another along the way.
Here the children are in the IT centre, busy with their survey.
The last two days have been a busy and productive in the Rainbird class. There has been plenty of groupwork involved, which has involved sharing ideas, discussing and making decisions. Take a look at the photos to see what the children have been up to in the last 2 days.
This week we have enjoyed learning while playing games and practical investigation.
We played the memory game in our Afrikaans period to help learn the meaning and translation of our vraagwoorde.
During Maths our adding and subtracting skills were tested with The Checkerboard Race game. It was a race to the end with the highest scores. A white board came in handy for the working out our calculations.
NS had us investigating different types of soil. It was interesting seeing the different types of soil we have in our gardens at home. Then we got to start some research and discover what soil creatures live in the soil in Africa apart from the common critters. Our iPads came in handy for this task.
When the heat got too much for us what better than to take a cool off swim in the pool with friends.
What better way to end off the week with Friendship day dressed in our red, white and pink.
Take a look at the variety of activities we participated in over the week…
The children completed their own surveys in class this week and added the information to pie charts. They could choose the topic of their surveys, e.g. Favourite Foods or Sports. They enjoyed the interaction with one another and were very interested in discovering all of their friends’ “favourites”.
This week the Grade 5’s embarked on a car survey. We wanted to see how many of each colour car we could count. The children stood on the side of the road and filled in a tally sheet while they were counting. Later, once they were back in class, they filled in their totals and then they used the information which they had gathered in the field, to construct a column graph and a pictograph. This exercise helped the children to see how a real life experience can become relevant in the classroom and be used as a teaching tool.
Receiving our instructions
Now to sit and watch the traffic…
Have you ever seen so many white cars in one place?
Who says Maths isn’t fun?