# All shapes and sizes!

Date: 8th Oct 2016 @ 7:52am

This week in Maths we have been exploring 2D shapes.  We have been carrying out many investigations into how to create shapes and find lines of symmetry.  This is a Year 3 objective and I was pleased with how the children were able to explain what symmetry is and how to find it.

Year 4 started experimenting with a pair of compasses to draw circles.  We introduced terms such as radius so that we could measure and draw circles of different sizes.  If, llike me you can remember learning this skill, you will recall how tricky it can be!  The children picked it up really quickly and I was pleased with how neat and accurate their circles were.

On Thursday we had a go at making a regular octagon.  This is really challenging as the children were required to think about line ength and angles.  Here are some of our results:

In our topic time we created a Roman bulla.  This is a lucky charm that Roman children wore around their neck.  It could come in any shape, and the children chose shapes that meant something to them.  We used air drying clay and then started to make the cloth pouch that the bulla was kept in.  The children even learned how to plait (thanks to Mrs O'Sullivan!) a cord to go round it.  Next week, when the clay is dry, we will paint these and the children can bring them home.

You should have had your appointment time for next week's parents' meeting.  If there is a problem with the time or you just wish to change it, please let me know.  I'm really looking forward to seeing you all and shariiing the wonderful work the children have accomplished so far this half term.