Super Scientists!

In our science lessons this week, we have been investigating electricity and building circuits. We used equipment that you could find at home to make a bulb light up. Instead of using just wires, we tried out replacing the wires with kitchen foil, which worked nicely as it conducts electricity well! We took the bulbs out of old torches and used ordinary batteries.
We found out that using two batteries made the bulbs brighter, and using two bulbs with one battery only dimly lit the bulbs. We also learnt how to draw simple circuit diagrams. Great teamwork led to a fun afternoon of learning!


After all our efforts with assessments, we managed to earn a class ‘Bubblethon’ reward! We had lots of fun blowing, catching and chasing bubbles! A very different ‘P. E.’ Lesson! It was lovely to see the children having lots of fun after their hard work over the past few weeks!

Super Scientists!

Class 7 have been experimenting with shadows. We used different objects to create shadows, and tested to see what happened when we moved the light source closer and further away. We found out that shadows got larger when the light was closer to the object, and that translucent materials did not make solid shadows. We also learnt that shadows can be coloured if light shines through coloured materials.

Perimeter Problems!

This week, we have made perimeter robots to help us understand and solve problems around calculating perimeter. We drew each part of the robot on squared paper, then calculated the perimeter of each separate body part. Then we added together the perimeters of each part, to calculate the total perimeter of the robot. The children have now been asked to make a different perimeter robot for their homework.

Reminder- can parents please make sure their child has P.E. Kit and homework packs in school every day, and are reading regularly (aim for 5 times a week).

Super Science!

Class 7’s science topic is light and shadows. Today we drew around a child’s shadow in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon, to see what happened to it. We found that the shadow was longer in the morning and afternoon, because the sun was lower in the sky. It was shortest at lunchtime, as that was when the sun was highest in the sky.

We are planning to repeat this experiment in the summer, to see if the shadows are different. Next week, we are going to try to make a rainbow!

Fun in the Woods! 

As part of our literacy work on persuasive writing, we wrote to Mrs. Dean to persuade her that we should protect the Woodland area at the back of school. In our letters, we used lots of persuasive arguments to keep the woodland safe, including that the area helps to provide us with oxygen, creates valuable learning opportunities, gives an ideal reward time for good behaviour and work, and protects against noise pollution from the railway. When we achieved enough class Dojo points to earn our class treat this week, a couple of the children wrote letters at home, inviting Mrs. Dean to join us in the woodland area at treat time, so she could see the learning and enjoyment it created!
Mrs Dean came to see us all enjoying our learning and reward time in the woods today! We completed a variety of maths exercises, including: measuring length of sticks, estimating the  height of trees, measuring the weight of buckets of soil and completing timed tasks. With our literacy work on letters, our team building, communication and problem solving skills, and our physical activities in the woods, we think we might have provided enough evidence to demonstrate how valuable the woodland area is! And we had lots of fun too!

Outdoor Woodland ‘Wonderful’ Learning!

Class 7 had a wonderful experience learning in the woodland area this week. Mrs. Graham taught some of us how to use tools (with sharp blades) safely to make an instrument. We created concoctions in the ‘mud’ kitchen, built dens, climbed trees, used a rope swing, made natural art and generally had much fun learning outside. Luckily for us, the weather was very springlike, which enhanced our experience. Thank you Mrs. Graham!

Egyptian Amulets

Following our visit to Leeds Museum last week, we painted the Amulets we made (good luck charms that were placed in burial chambers/tombs) to make them look like the Ancient Egyptian ones we saw.
In literacy, we have been looking at how to persuade, so parents beware – your children might have learn some phrases that will get you wrapped around their fingers!