Category Archives: Class Work

Roman Research

We have now started our new topic; Ancient Romans and the Empire.

Our first lesson included using atlases to recap our knowledge of European countries and their location.

With us all showing curiosity , we then carried out our own research to find out facts about the Romans.

Digital surveys

In computing we have discussed ways to collect data. We then talked about how data can be collected digitally to efficiently get the information we need.

we created our own digital surveys and then emailed them out to be completed. We then produced a graph of our results.

Repeated Patterns

In Art today Robins were looking at repeating and tessalating patterns.

We had a go at continuing Greek inspired patterns that the Roman’s loved. It required us to analyse the pattern. Could we spot the repeated pattern? Mr Lo asked us to use our computational thinking knowledge and think about pattern recognition, for example. two yellow one blue two yellow one blue.

Mr Crooks then introduced to them Solomon’s knot. We talked about how it often appears in ancient Roman mosaics, usually represented as two interlaced ovals.

He then modelled how to draw it.

We showed good concentration and independence by having a go at drawing it with precision by ourselves.

Well done to Oliver! You were amazing in Art today.

Creative Settings

We’re going to be writing our own version of Edward Tulanes Miraculous Adventure.

Today we were creative, thinking about the setting description for the memorable event. We talked about the writing process and how writers may have several thoughts before they choose their final one.

Exploring circuits

Circuits need power sources such as batteries. Wires are connected to both the positive and negative ends of the battery (or cell). Circuits contain other electrical components such as bulbs and motors, which allow the electricity to pass through them. Electricity will only flow and travel around a circuit that is complete. They cannot have any gaps or else the electricity cannot pass through and there must be no short circuits. 

The basic parts of a circuit include: the battery, the wire(s), the bulb(s), buzzer(s), motor(s) and switches (on and off). When the switch is open, there is a gap in the circuit. This means that the switch is off, and that electricity cannot pass around the circuit. When the switch is closed, the electricity can travel around the circuit as the switch is on. If you add more batteries to a circuit, this will increase the power source (electrical energy) and will make the bulb a lot brighter. The more bulbs you add to a simple circuit, the less the electrical energy, which will make the bulbs a lot dimmer. Motors rotate when electrical energy is flowing around the circuit. Common electrical appliances include: refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, ovens, hairdryers, toasters, vacuum cleaners etc. 

Take a look at some of our wonderful robins explaining their circuits.

How is electricity transported?

In Science we asked,

Do you know how an electrical circuit works?
In what ways can electricity be generated?
What are renewable ways of creating electricity?
Can you put a simple circuit together?
What are electrons?

We then explored different simple circuits.

Did you know electric circuits need a power source to work?

They use batteries with wires connected to both the positive and negative terminals. A battery is needed because it gives the force that makes the electrons move. When these electrons reach the light bulb, they give it the necessary power to work. A basic circuit will have a battery (a cell), a lamp and a switch. For the electric current to pass, these components must be connected to the metal connecting wires. When the switch is closed (on), the current can pass through and the lightbulb is switched on. When the switch is open (off), the current can no longer pass through the components successfully and thus the light remains switched off. This is because, there is no continuous path for the current to follow. There is a gap which means that the electricity cannot flow though.