As part of our new topic entitled 'Pharoahs, Forces and Flow' we have been learning about the wonders of Ancient Egypt - but not just in history. In science we have been learning about Archimedes, particularly his theories regarding levers, and realised how levers and pulleys helped the Ancient Egyptians build the pyramids and other structures without any modern electrically powered machinery. We devised an experiment to investigate how the position of the fulcrum altered the distance that a catapult could throw and we found maximising leverage produced the furthest distances. We then went on to investigate how gradually increasing weights could be balanced (on a meter stick) by a 100g weight by altering the position of the fulcrum; surprisingly we found a number pattern that showed the fulcrum had to be moved further from the heavier weight by 2.5cm for every 10g. Proving Archimedes to be spot on!
In English we have been focusing on technical grammar terms and creating persuasive writing using a range of topics from school trips to reasons for evacuation to a very lively debate about mobile phones at school. We have also been working hard in maths at our formal calculation methods by extending ourselves to the Gelosian or Italian method of multiplication and then checking our answers by using bus stop division.
Fortunately, we are lucky enough to have our new sports hall for PE when the weather is not in the mood. We've been extending our skills in badminton and hockey; often playing small games focused on match tactics and sporting behaviour when games are nail-bitingly close.
Our JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers) went on patrol with our local police as part of Speed Watch and enjoyed working with the local community.