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Spring Term

On Thursday 22nd March we worked with the performance poet Dom Berry, writing and performing our own class poem.

Exploring Rocks!

This week we have been learning about the three main types of rock: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. We decided to make our own Sedimentary rocks using biscuits, cherries and sultanas for minerals, we pushed the minerals down to form tightly packed layers.

Today, Thursday 22nd February, we had a very special visitor in school. Nick Sharratt, the well-known author and illustrator, held a draw-along in the school hall. He demonstrated how he went about the drawing process, making bold lines, before modelling how to draw some of his most famous characters, including Tracey Beaker and Mr Pope. We all had a go in our sketch books, before going back to class and designing a new shirt for Mr Pope and our own personalised viking.

Happy Chinese New Year!

We have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world. People perform dragon dances, give gifts of money in red envelopes and decorate their homes and streets with colourful lanterns.

Miss Tyson set us aa challenge. We needed to work as a team to make a lantern which lit up. You needed to be able to switch the light on and off. Luckily, last term as part of our science project about materials we learnt about conductors and insulators. This knowledge proved to be very useful when making a switch.

Today we had the gym equipment out and experimented with key shapes such as Star, Pike, Dish, Hollow, Front Support and Back Support.

Sensational Scientists!

Working alongside Y4, we have been learning about famous scientists including Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, Rosalind Franklin, Micheal Faraday, Elsie Widdowson, Sir Alexander Flemming and Louis Pasteur. These are people who have changed the way we look at the world, made breakthroughs in medical research and whose discoveries have revolutionised the way we live. We discussed how they all had a growth mindset, never giving up when things when wrong. They learnt from their mistakes and demonstrated resilience, just like us!

This term our IPC topic is Space Explorers.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to compare the size of the planets and their distance from the Sun
  • About the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us
  • How to classify rocks and compare rocks on Earth with those on the Moon
  • How craters are formed and the forces that are involved
  • How light travels
  • How to create a timeline to show the life cycle of a star
  • About the planets in our solar system

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About what people in the past used to think about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • About Galileo and his findings about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • About the constellations and the stories that they tell
  • How to make a timeline to show some of the important events in the history of astronomy and space

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we can create our own satellite images

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make a space rocket

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the International Space Station (ISS)

This week in maths we have been learning about ratio.

In English, we have been writing our own spooky suspence stories, using descriptive language and dialogue to create atmosphere.

London here we come!

The date is set for our trip to London: Thursday 24th May. We will be visiting the Houses of Parliament and the Warner Studios. So far, we have raised £171.12 towards the trip. Thank you for all of your support.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

In English we have been reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. We had fun finding the meaning of different Old English terms which were used in the poem, as well as others such as filliping. After analysing the structure of the poem, we added our own stanzas. The poem also inspired us to draw what we thought the ship would have looked like. Most of us thought it would be a pirate ship!

Space Day!

On Wednesday we were space explorers for the day. We started with space themed maths where we had to solve a variety of problems including how far it is to the moon and planet mazes. We had to apply our knowledge of the four operations as well as multiples and factors.

'The maze was frustrating at times but it was fun and the wave of relief that came over me when I found the answer felt liked I'd achieved something!' Kai

Next we went to the hall for our Planetarium visit where we took a trip across the solar system learning about the planets and constellations.

'I liked the Planetarium it was fun because I enjoyed learning new things about space and constellations.' Cole

During the afternoon we applied our newly found knowledge to make a mobile of the solar system. We had to think carefully about the size and appearance of the planets as well as the distances between them. We used oil pastels to create texture. 

'I really liked the way the Planetarium was 3D, it felt like I was really in the sky!' Emily

'I really enjoyed the Planetarium as it taught me a lot about space and I now know more than I did before.' Kalie-Ann

Space Explorers!

Entry point

Today was the launch of our new topic. Mrs Noble set us the challenge of making a space rocket that would fly along a string from earth to the moon.  Not only did our rocket need to fly but it also had to carry at least two cubes of cargo. We worked with a partner to design and make our rocket using the equipment provided; a balloon, straw, masking tape and card.

We spent a long time testing and improving our rockets before racing them at the end of the day. Everyone successfully made their rockets fly however adding cargo was a different matter! We evaluated how we had attached the cargo and decided that other methods such as using string might be better. We are going to try this again later in the topic.

Well done to Lily-Mai and Cameron whose rocket travelled the furthest.

This term we will be working with Mrs Wilson in Bramblebank Wood every Monday afternoon as part of the forest school. We will be working around the theme of exploration.

Happy New Year!

Money Week
This week we have been thinking about where money comes from, budgets and our future careers.
Miss Tyson challenged us to equip the classroom with enough stationery items to last a year. Each group was given a budget of £100. After looking through catalogues we discovered this was not an easy task! We all over spent and then had to decide which items were essential and which were desirable. Was it always best to buy the cheapest products?

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