Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

22-Willow wb 31st October 2022

This week, as part of our English lessons, the children have been learning about similes and metaphors and the impact they have on the reader. The class had to identify the metaphors and similes and sort them into two groups. We looked at various poems and identified the similes and metaphors and how they can be used to add description. We then used what we have learned to write our own descriptive poems. The children were asked to select an emotion and create some similes to describe this emotion. We had some brilliant examples!

In Maths, the children have consolidated their learning on addition and subtraction this week. The Year 4 children have also learnt how to calculate the area of a shape. On Thursday we worked together to solve a problem called 'Fitted'. The children had to create squares with specific measurements and use them as jigsaw pieces to create another shape. They showed fantastic team work skills and we emphasised the need to measure and cut accurately in order for their puzzles to work! We will begin our work on multiplication and arrays next week.

As part of our science topic, we carried out a science experiment to investigate the effect sugary and acidic drinks have on the enamel of our teeth and how they can cause decay. To do this, we placed an egg in various liquids and made careful observations over a couple of days. The distilled vinegar completely removed the outer layer of the shell leaving just the membrane due to its high level of acidity. Take a look at some of our photos! We have also been learning about food chains and how they are important. We used scientific vocabulary to describe them and identified the flow of energy between the living things.

In our Computing lesson this week we have been using Scratch to create a musical instrument. The children created an algorithm to make a working drum kit. We enjoyed experimenting with the different sounds and using Scratch for a different purpose.