Archimedes – Displacement

This week, we have been learning about the famous Greek mathematician, Archimedes, in particular, his theory of displacement.  We watched what happened to the water level as Archimedes filled up his bath and got into the tub.   We then described this using a line graph.

We also investigated how we could find out the volume of a marble, by using our knowledge of displacement.  We soon realised that one marble didn’t alter the volume of the water much, so we tried more marbles, then divided the total amount of water displaced by the number of marbles.

Greek Pots – Stage 1

This afternoon, some of the children made their very own Greek pot using clay.  They used a coil method and worked hard to ensure that all their coils were joined together and smoothed.  There is a great variety of styles made, which you can see below.  Once the pots are dried, the children will paint them in a Greek design.

 

Mini Archaeologists

This morning, we had lots of fun excavating pieces of Greek pottery.  We had to work carefully as a group to ensure that we didn’t break the pieces any further.  Once we had found all the pieces, we realised that they were from a mixture of pots so we needed to swap pieces with other groups.  After that, we had to try to reconstruct the pot.  The plates were a lot easier than the pots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all have had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are ready for the term ahead.  It is a very important term for Year 6 and everyone will need to be very focused and hard working.

It will also be full of fun as we start our new topic: ‘Would you rather be an Athenian or a Spartan?’  Please see our topic map below for what to expect.

 

Gaming Stories

Our books are finally finished and are waiting to be read.

They are based on children playing a computer game who somehow get transported into the actual game, and have to survive the trials of the game for real.  We had to focus on interweaving dialogue, action and description.

We have presented our books in the style of a typical book and have ensured that our paragraphs are clearly visible and a new line is started for a new person speaking.  We had to do a lot of editing before this stage to ensure that our punctuation, grammar and spelling was accurate.

Some children decided to create their book covers by hand…

whilst others chose to design theirs on the computer.