Every half-term, the children at St Mary’s focus on a different Problem Solving skill in Maths and this term we learned about Logical Reasoning. In worship, Year 3 and Year 4 worked as a team to solve equations using symbols and crack a secret code, linked to their Communication topic. Back in class, Year 4 stepped up to the challenge and deciphered the secret messages, developing their resilience and teamwork. They had to work out which number each symbol represented, by reasoning and solving algebraic equations.
We thought about the types of food that would have been available for people living in the Iron Ages to eat. Next, we reflected on how they would have mostly eaten foods that they could grow and farm themselves.
We made a modern day version of a Beef or Vegetable Stew with English Dumplings!
We had the BEST time and loved every minute of it!
We went to meet a character called Mary Anning who was a female scientist. She was an English fossil collector who became famous for her discovery of an ancient reptile called an ichthyosaur (which means ‘fish lizard’). We had a go at comparing modern day skeleton bones to a fossil and worked together to determine which type of creature it had similarities to.
We also learnt how a fossil was formed and then went to look at some real life fossil discoveries, including the ichthyosaur!
We also went to visit the Red Zone Gallery to find out more about natural hazards. We looked at a map of the world and noticed that volcanoes and earthquakes occur along the plate boundaries – fault lines. We then discovered more information about the causes of Volcanoes and Earthquakes and watched some real life clips of them. We even experienced how it feels when the Earth starts to shake!