This Week’s Learning

Topic

This week marked the first in our Toy-Tastic learning journey! We received an urgent message from one of Santa’s elves, asking for our help to build some slider toys ready for Christmas. We therefore began by investigating toys, focusing on the mechanisms used to make them work, as part of our Design and Technology (DT) topic. We discovered that toys can be made using lever or slider mechanisms and were able to sort pictures of toys into those with and without these mechanisms. This allowed us to move forward in our plans to help the elf, beginning with the design section of our DT process. We designed a slider toy which featured either a bowling ball, bird or car and labelled the resources we would need to use. Following this, we thought about our target audience: who would like to play with our toys and made our toys by following step-by-step instructions and our detailed designs. Finally, we evaluated our toys and enjoyed playing with them!

Maths

This week in our maths lessons, we have been focusing on addition within ten. We began by finding different amounts of objects and adding them together to find a total amount. This informed us that when we add two numbers together, the answer will always get bigger. Following this, Granny Smyth returned to us with a problem: she now has two trees growing in her garden and wanted to find out the total number when she added the apples from both trees. We rolled two dice to obtain the number of apples on Granny’s two trees and added them together to find a total. We were then able to put these numbers into a number sentence such as 5 apples add 3 apples is the same as 8 apples, which is 5+3=8. After that, we applied our knowledge of addition to help Bus Driver Bob, who needed our help to calculate the total number of passengers on his bus, after two groups of people got onboard. We read a number sentence such as 3+7 and used the double sided counters and ten frame bus to work out the total number of passengers.