Circuits, Conductors, Calculations and Commas

In science this week, we had to make predictions, test and discuss our results to make conclusions. On Monday we had to look at different pictures of circuits and say which we thought would or wouldn’t work and explain why. We could then make each circuit to see if our predictions were correct. We concluded that-“To make the lamp, motor or buzzer work, you have to have everything connected to each other in a circle or circuit.

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On Wednesday, we looked at  circuit diagrams  and how to use the correct symbols for a lamp, cell, motor and a straight line for the wires. We then had to find out which materials were the best conductors. First, we had to find out what a conductor was! We then used our completed lamp circuit, from Monday, to test as many materials as we could think of in the classroom including: rubbers, plastic cups, tin foil, paper clips, white tack, rubber bands, paint brushes and scissors and paper books. Mrs Elsdens group also had potatoes and carrots to try.

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In maths we have been using our number facts to 10 and place value to  help us spot four digit addition and subtraction that we can do in our heads. We are all getting  very good at this 😀. We have then tried to use this when using money ( not so easy) and Mrs Chapman has set some homework to help us practise.

Our nonchronological reports are progressing nicely. We have read our ‘Electricity’ information books from the library to find the common features of  non-chronological reports: titles and sub-headings (often questions), paragraphs for each section or type of electricity, technical vocabulary and informative descriptions. There were also lots of pictures and diagrams. We had to ‘magpie’  the words and phrases we would like to use in our own non-chronological reports.

We then made our text map for the introductory paragraph.

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Please ask us to show you our actions and recite the paragraph.

In our punctuation and grammar lesson we looked at punctuating this introductory paragraph. We revisited using commas in a list, as the final sentences were very long and impossible to read without commas.

During the week, everyone in school made poppies and Mrs Needham put them in the raised bed  for Friday (please see our school blog for photo). While we were making ours, we were thinking about what these poppies represent. Our Remembrance Day collective worship was a very special time. Well done everyone.

On Friday afternoon Mrs Elsden asked us to listen to a piece of music and draw, on whiteboards, anything that came into our heads. She then told us that the music was called ‘The Storm’ by Benjamin Britten and showed us a video clip that explained why he composed this piece of music. We then listened to the piece while we drew these pictures…

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Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, so don’t forget your poster on Monday, if you want to enter the competition. We will be doing lots of work in class during the week and sharing this with you here. We will all have a booklet for parents, in our bags, on Monday evening so please take a look. Let Mrs Chapman know if it is not there.

2 thoughts on “Circuits, Conductors, Calculations and Commas

  1. Electricity, thunder and lightning….such an exciting topic for everybody. Lots of enthusiasm and questions all about it, including being told my hoover has 2 circuits in it – one for the motor and one for the power switch!

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