We have been making ocarinas. We carefully rolled clay into a ball, cut it in half and scooped out the middle. We improved our ability to work with clay by carefully smoothing the sides and using scoring to help us attach them back together. We then added the mouthpiece, holes and decorations. After half term they will be ready to go in the kiln for their first firing and then have their final firing after we have glazed them.
Over this half term, we have been making Maya temples. We have improved our ability to saw wood and have used our math skills to carefully measure out the sides of the temple and each piece of card and wood. At the end of the project we problem solved to consider how we could 'finish' our designs to ensure they were of a good quality.
We have been learning about the inverse in maths today. Whilst we were trying out different ways to solve questions, we worked together to find solutions and used chalk pens so that our calculations could take up the whole table space. During our individual work we focused on developing our reasoning. We tried to develop our reasoning to prove/disprove statements about one question and discovered how much we could learn from one question. Faith commented, "maths is like the lime from when we were cooking. We need to squeeze out all the information."
Shared reading with Year 1
Year 5 have been writing stories set in the Maya culture. To add purpose to our writing, we decided to write them with the purpose of sharing them with year 1. We invited year 1 into our classroom and recipes from foods that would have been available to the Maya people.
Problem solving in maths
Maya headdresses and portraits