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Spring Term

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)

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

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?

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.

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