Science in Year 5

We have had a great morning testing materials for three elements….

Flexibility

Hardness

Durability

Waterproof

It was tricky, at first, to ensure we had a fair (ish) test planned and a written method with predictions – but we did it. It was great fun testing the durability as the children came up with a (very tough) 5 step challenge for each material.

Here we are testing how waterproof materials are…..

We did however find some problems with our  line of enquiry as we didn’t keep everything FAIR.

Wish us luck for tomorrow’s scientific enquiry……….

Healthy Eating with Mrs Hood!

Year 1 Voyagers and Discoverers have been very lucky this week to spend the afternoon with Mrs Hood, the school nurse, to learn about how to keep our bodies healthy!

Firstly, they learnt the importance of hand-washing and how to do it thoroughly for spotlessly clean hands after going to the toilet, before eating, after touching pets and if they sneeze or blow their noses. They don’t want to spread any germs! Each child was given paint spots on their hands and sent to practise hand washing themselves, ensuring all the spots had disappeared before they returned to the classroom!

Year 1 also got the opportunity to meet ‘The Veggie Gang’ and enjoyed tasting a variety of healthy fruits including strawberries, sultanas, pineapple, grapes and the ‘super fruit’ blue berries. The children know we need 5 portions of fruit & veg to eat-healthily and that a ‘portion’ means a handful.

We finished the session by getting our bodies moving and hearts beating completing our daily mile.

A very enjoyable afternoon…take a look!

Year 5 ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’……

The ‘stand out’ learning this week, as well as some great descriptive writing for settings in English, has to be our Music!

Our music, this half term, is based around the ‘Bon Jovi’ song ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and we are absolutely rocking out in class!

We have some GREAT singers in the class and some very musical children. The children now know the lyrics and can play instruments in the guitar solo section.  We are continuing to work on our performance of the song and have added a special twist on the song for Harvest.

We will keep you updated on this and add a video of the performance at the end of half term 🙂

“Woahhhhhhh livin on a prayerrrrrrr”

Falcons!

Year 3 have been busy busy busy…

This week Year 3 have been hands-on investigators in science! We have tested different types of rocks to explore their physical properties (hardness, permeability, magnetism and formation).
In Geography we have deepening our knowledge of continents and locating European countries.
We have been using the film Ice Age to inspire our writing this week, developing character studies. We have used the most appropriate adjectives and explored a range of conjunctions to develop sentences.   Next week we are looking forward to developing our own characters.
In Maths we have been exploring a range of methods to subtract a one digit from a three digit number. We are becoming much more confident using these methods and explaining our understanding. ​

All Mixed Up!

This week we have been looking at The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. The children found it hilarious that the chameleon had all the different animal parts by the end. We have discussed what mixed up animals we would like to be and even had a penguin, giraffe and dog! We used lots of different media to create our own chameleons and talked about camouflage and why animals in the wild need to hide away. We hid animals around the classroom and children went on a hunt to find them.

We have also been using our listening ears and beginning to start our phonics activities. We have been listening to instrument sounds and identifying which one Mrs Richardson is playing behind the screen. We were also concentrating to listen to the simple beat and copy it on our drum! We enjoyed the game so much that we even set it up ourselves during continuous provision, taking turns to be the teacher.

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Reception’s Autumn walk in the woods!

We had a fantastic start to the week  – we put on our wellingtons and went for a lovely, crisp walk in our local woods. It was lots of fun running through the leaves and spotting different autumn signs in the world around us. On our walk we found pine cones, acorns, conkers, apples, crunchy leaves and berries! We collected lots of things to add to our investigation table!

Have a look at our Autumn walk pictures below…

Reception Elm’s Autumn walk.

Reception Oak’s Autumn walk.

In our classroom we have lots of autumn materials (thank you for you all the items you sent in!) and we have been using them within our provision. We have;

  • Threaded autumn leaves.
  • Compared leaves by size.
  • Rolled and counted conkers.
  • Created autumn tree art.

We have also been looking at the book ‘Leaf Man’ and used our Autumn collections to make our own leaf characters. Another busy and exciting week!

Full Time Fun

What a fantastic week we have had – all our friends in together! We have formed some lovely friendships and have continued to practice our class rules of using kind hands, looking after our toys and listening to the grown-ups and our friends. We have continued our exciting topic of colours and thankfully the sun came out for our ‘bright colours’ day as it went missing on our yellow day! We have really enjoyed learning about dark colours where we looked at dark spooky pictures for points of discussion, practiced our cutting skills by cutting out spiders and following recipes in our mud kitchen.

We loved orange day as we got to make our very own glass of orange juice and we even had a go at using the sharp knife (with Mrs Richardson’s help) to cut the orange. We followed instructions to cut, squeeze, pour and best of all drink the orange juice!

We have finished the week off by looking at a story which brings all our colours together…on an elephant! ‘Elmer’ has proved a firm favourite and we are looking forward to creating our own patchwork for our class Elmer.

Take a look at the photographs from our week here!