Helping Others to be a Good Digital Citizen #WerringtonSTEM25-09-2019 | 14:05:33 | No Comments

Today we have started looking at ways that we can help others to be good digital citizens.

We have begun to design our own Digital Superheroes which we are looking forward to sharing with you on our blog next week…

How does a healthy heart work? #WerringtonSTEM13-09-2019 | 15:31:50 | No Comments

This afternoon, Y6 were learning all about the different parts of the human heart and how they work.

One of our activities, which you can see picture of below, was a jigsaw puzzle of a heart diagram so that we could see what a human heart actually looked like.

A big well done to Sallie and Erin who were able to solve the puzzle first!

We also learned a few interesting facts about hearts:

  • Your heart is a muscle.
  • An adult heart is roughly the size of a closed fist.
  • Each day, your heart beats about 100,000 times. Well done to Alex for working out that this equates to approximately 36,500,000 times a year!
  • An adult heart continually pumps about 5 litres (8 pints) of blood around its body; an average 10-year old child has about 2.62 litres of blood being pumped around their body.

Towers #WerringtonSTEM13-09-2019 | 15:23:36 | No Comments

Out final Week of Inspirational Maths activity this year was ‘Towers’. This activity, which involved exploring growth patterns in 3-D shapes, was definitely one of the most challenging tasks Week of Inspirational Maths activities that we have done in the past four years. However, Year 6 were more than up to challenge and were able to spot some super patterns and make some interesting conjectures.

Hailstone Sequences #WerringtonSTEM05-09-2019 | 13:12:15 | No Comments

This morning the pupils in Year 6 loved working with members of their family on one of the world’s unsolved problems in mathematics, which is, in itself very cool.

It involves a sequence of numbers called a Hailstone sequence. It is called this because the numbers go up and down again just like real hailstones do before they finally fall to Earth. For example:

20 – 10 – 5 – 16 – 8 – 4 – 2 – 1

Hailstone Sequences follow these rules: If a number is even, divide it by 2 If a number is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1.

In 1937 a mathematician called Lothar Collatz proposed that for any number you pick, if you follow the procedure enough times you will eventually get to 1. This then became known as The Collatz Conjecture. Since then lots of mathematicians have been trying to prove or disprove it. So far every number that has been tried has reached 1, and powerful computers have checked enormous numbers of numbers, but no one knows if there is a big number out there that might break the rule. So this is classified as an unsolved problem in mathematics.

Everybody worked very hard during the session but, unfortunately, nobody has been able to disprove Collatz’s Conjecture…yet!

Thank you to everybody that was able to come and join us this morning; we hope you had a good time!

Talking safely online #WerringtonSTEM04-09-2019 | 16:03:20 | No Comments

This afternoon in our online safety lesson, we started to discuss the theme of ‘Talking Safely Online’. All the children were given a ‘Talking Safely Online’ checklist today to take home and share with parents/carers (like the one you can view below).

Hide the Pixels #WerringtonSTEM04-09-2019 | 15:33:11 | No Comments

Today’s fantastic activity gave the children the opportunity to try their hand at optimisation by exploring a relationship between two values. Once again, there was a lot of really deep thinking during a fun and challenging task. You can see activity, plus a few photos of the children working, below.

Squares & More Squares #WerringtonSTEM03-09-2019 | 16:22:02 | No Comments

Our first Week of Inspirational Maths Activity in Year 6 this year has been searching for patterns in an activity called Squares & More Squares.

The children had to look for different ways that the pattern was growing. They used lots of perseverance, risk-taking and creativity to find loads of ways in which the pattern was growing and even used some of these to make their own predictions and conjectures.  

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