Year 4 learning about teeth
This week the children have been learning about teeth as part of our work on Bile, Bottoms and Burps.
They have been looking at the structure of a tooth as well as learning about the different types and their functions.
They made collages, posters and fact files of their new learning. Now they are ready to carry out scientific investigations about the teeth relating to PSHE- learning how to keep teeth healthy.
Watch this space for the science investigations carried out next week!
For the Hook day, we had an exciting time learning about the digestive system- including the names of each part such as the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines as well as the rectum and anus. We learnt how the food enters and moves through our body.
We carried out an investigation to show the journey and we made “poo” !!!
We also made models of the digestive system and posters to reinforce our new learning.
Then we used our IT skills to explore Curioscope – an app which maps 3D views of the internal organs of the body.
By the end of the week, we journaled the Hook and wrote reflections on our new learning including the Learning Values that supported us to achieve!
We have loved learning about the weather and had great fun today learning about Sir Francis Beaufort. He was responsible for inventing a wind scale to help sailors. We were wind detectives and looked for clues in a series of pictures, working out whether it would be safe at sea. Have a look at a few of the pictures and see what you can spot.
We then went outside to the pirate ship and re-enacted how we might stand and move if the wind suddenly became stronger when we were at sea. The children worked hard at using facial and body expressions to show how they would feel.
We are over a week into our remote learning for some children and Year 4 are showing what resilient and resourceful learners they can be! This term’s topic -Burps, Bottoms and Bile! – has got off to a rather gruesome start looking at the digestive system.
Here are some of the things they children have produced to show they learning.
Ash and Beech class have been working incredibly hard in their new bubble. Miss Redwood and Miss Banning have been extremely proud of all the Foundation children’s resilience and enthusiasm this week.
This week we put on our wellies and went on a fantastic nature walk. We discussed nocturnal animals and looked at these animals in more detail. We really enjoyed learning about one more and one less in our maths lessons. The children loved collaborating to represent one more/one less in a tens frame.
The children enjoyed seeing Miss Banning on the ‘big screen’ and playing a game with her. They told her about their week in school with Miss Redwood and what they did for Christmas.
Well done to all of Foundation for a fantastic week!
We have learned an incredible amount during our computing lessons this week.
We used the Chromebooks to create tables to record the data from our science investigations in. Later, we used Google Slides to create a presentation about everything we have learned during this topic. We can now insert images, change the back ground, add extra slides, change the font and more. Most importantly, we can now share our work with Mrs Jeffery and our friends.
Some of us chose to create our won slides all about Christmas during SOLE.
Palm class had fun with glitter today. We did an experiment using glitter as germs to see how easily and quickly germs spread.
One person in the group had glitter on their hands. Everyone then did activities such as colouring and clapping and then we had a look to see how the glitter had spread.
We found that germs spread quickly spread between all the children, over the floor and onto what we were using. Glitter even ended up on our soap dispenser!
Great fun was had by everyone and the classroom is looking very sparkly!
In Foundation, we have been creating circuits. The children have used different components to create circuits. They really enjoyed making the bulb light up and developing their understanding. The children loved answering questions about why things were/weren’t part of a working circuit.
Today in Year 3, we used force metres to measure the magnetic forces of our magnets. We recorded our results into a table to help us remember which magnets were the strongest and which magnets were the weakest. I wonder if you were surprised by how strong magnets can be?
This week, we started our new topic- Mighty Metals! To introduce our topic, we investigated what forces were needed to make different apparatus on the fit trail move. We discussed that our legs were doing most of the hard work pushing and pulling to make the fit trail move. We even found a piece of equipment that required us to twist! What objects around your house need a force to move? Can you identify which force it is?
As a part of our topic ‘Tomorrow’s World’ we experimented with circuits today.
We reminded ourselves what a simple circuit was (including series and parallel circuits) and then had a go at building our own.
The challenge was, to create a circuit where we could alter the output. Someone suggested that if we added in a second bulb, this would make the light given off dimmer – altering the output. Someone else suggested adding a second battery to make a motor go faster – altering the output.
Yesterday in Oak class, we explored the Fit Trail as part of our Mighty Metals science topic. When we were exploring the trail, we were thinking about metals, forces and magnets. The children were discussing how they think the playground equipment moves.
Have you ever thought about how playground equipment moves whilst you were at a play-park?
This week (and last), in Ebony class we are covering learning that was missed as a result of lockdown.
One of the things we have been looking at is algorithms. These are basically sets of instructions that can be given to a computer or robot. We used the beebot app, giving the beebot sets of instructions to move about an increasingly complex map without making any errors. Sometimes we made errors and had to re-write our algorithms.
We have also been studying Galileo Galilei and the impact he had on the whole world. We learnt about the discoveries he made, as well as how this information was received by the wider world.
Lastly we looked at some apsects of our solar system including: why we have day and night, how the earth rotates, how the earth orbits the sun and how we are moving through space.
Here are some examples of our work:
Last week, and some of this week, Year 5 have revisited a unit of learning – Playlist- from the lockdown period. This is to ensure children have understood some of the main pieces of knowledge that may have been missed from this learning journey.
So far this term the topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’ has really grabbed Ebony class.
We have been studying many aspects of the Arctic and Antarctic including adaption, evolution, climate change and icebergs. We are now looking forward to studying the Titanic and what went wrong.
Some amazing homework has already started to come in as can be seen from the pictures.
What a busy start to the term! It is obvious that the children are glad to be back – they have shown such a great attitude to learning – even in these tricky times.
Here are some of the things we have done over the past two weeks:
We have been revisiting the Compass for Life – looking at our North Star and how we are going to get there.
We have been learning more about the Zones of Regulation and how we can get back into the Green Zone so that we can perform as efficiently as possible.
We have been writing letters to our future selves – explaining what lockdown has been like and how we are feeling about the next year.
We have started our new topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. We have already started studying icebergs – including a real life example – to see how they act in the water.
I hope you enjoy these pictures.
Here is a glimpse into what the group with Mrs Jeffery has been up to over the last week.
We worked on our collaboration skills. Some of us made musical instruments whilst other choreographed a dance and sang to accompany the musicians. Later we performed it.
Some of us took a closer look at predators. Some children created their ultimate predator by combing more than one.
We also spent some time building time machines. Later we used the chrome books to label the different parts and write about where we would go and why.
We all loved singing a song about the continents. we sang this over and over and over. We will never forget it now and neither will Mrs Jeffery. Later, we made power points about the different continents, drew our own muddled up maps and found different creatures that live on each continent.
We have also enjoyed playing ladders in P.E.
We love see what you have been up to. It is wonderful to see so many of you completing the Google Forms. Please do keep sharing your learning with us through photos or sharing your documents online.
Here is a science project carried out. They thought carefully about the type of scientific enquiry they might do (observation, research or a test)
Learning about parts of a plant.
Learning about flowers.
Creating a glossary to help with using scientific words in an extended write.
Matching words to their meaning.
Finding features of fiction books.
We have been blown away by the incredible effort our Year Two children have been putting into their learning at home. They are working hard with their maths using the Google Forms, using scientific vocabulary in literacy and carrying out lots of science as part of their SOLE work. Please do keep sending in your wonderful photos.
Lots of children have been working hard at home on our new topic ‘Wiggle and Crawl’. I have really enjoyed seeing the photos of your learning and hearing about the adventures you have been on in search of mini beasts. I’m very proud of the hard work an effort you are putting in. Keep it up.
Year 2 you are incredible.
It is great to see that so many of you have thrown yourselves into our new topic. It’s a shame the weather has turned as it’s a great one for being outdoors.
I love how creative some of your are being at home with your maths and making patterns. Some of you have made pooters ready for all your bug hunting and lots of you are already learning lots of awesome facts.
Have a look below at different word classes some people have been sorting after going on their bug hunts.
What’s the best minibeast you have found so far?
Please keep sharing your learning with us. We love to see what you have been up to.
Some of our home learning has been based around boats. We asked you to have a look at images of boats to find what they are made from and then test some of these material so see why they would be useful to make a boat.
We have enjoyed looking at the activities you have all been up to and the wonderful effort everyone is putting in. There have been its of creative ways of learning being demonstrated.
Here are some of the images and learning that you have sent in for your material investigations.
Today Year Two made predictions about what would happen when ice that was different colour would melted. What do you think will happen?
We will be using what we learn to help us with our up coming art work.
This week, year 1 and 2 have been helping to get the pond ready for its liner. This mostly involved moving stones out the was to prevent it from being punctured and getting it ready for levelling by the Year 6 children.
Years 1 and 2 have been doing lots of work on plants. They have been learning how to draw them in the style of Georgia O’keeffe. They have learnt language used to describe them and then used this to help them identify different plants. They even used their sorting skills to classify different leaves.
Written by Green Team Members.
Today, the Green Team were weeding in the vegetable patch and pulled up a reddish. It isn’t fully grown but it is still edible. It can grow to the size of a gold ball as it turns into a sphere shape.
We also looked in on how are pizza patch is growing and were happy the tomatoes are getting nice and tall.
Year One put their water squirts to the test today. We all came up with a set of rules and then the competition began to see whose would squirt the furthest.
This afternoon Year 5 have carried out a variety of investigations involving forces. They have learnt about air-resistance, gravity, friction, magnetism as well as pushes and pulls.
Look out in the spring for some lovely colourful flowers. Green Team worked hard in their lunch time today to plant some bulbs given to us for free from Bulbs4Kids.
This afternoon Year 1 ventured outside into the woods to make self portraits. We then worked together to make a model of our bodies. We will be using these during the first term next year, when we will learn more about parts of the body and our senses.
Over the last few weeks we have watched our tiny caterpillars grow and change. Now they are wonderful Painted Lady butterflies and we have let the into the big wide world.
Today, year 3 have spent most of their day researching about and investigating rocks. We had a carousel of activities including: making a game on scratch, making a poster about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, observational drawings and finally a scratch test to test which rock would be the best to make a statue for Willy Wonka!
We’re going on a bug hunt.
What a beautiful day!
Keep your eyes peeled for any bird sightings on our feeding station. Thank you to those who have brought in your own feeders too. We hope to make some soon so please bring in a yoghurt pot or two.
We had something very exciting arrive in the post today. Our baby caterpillars. Over the next few weeks we will get to watch them grow. We also explored the school grounds too, limboing under brambles and finding our own baby creatures.
Maple and Willow Class set to work this afternoon measuring the height and length of all things dinosaur. How did using the tens help? Where do you need to start measuring from? What did you count in?
This morning we noticed some strange things in our playground like large footprints and giant bones! We thought we heard some loud noises as well! We decided to take a risk and do some exploring! We got our exploring exipment and excitedly went to investigate. We predicted that it might be dinosaurs!
We collaborated with our friends to explore our playground and found lots of different sized bones and footprints! We even discovered a hidden dinosaur nest! What dinosaur do you think might have visited our playground?
Today, Year One made the most of the snow and did some science experiments with it.
Can you remember the best way to make the snow last for longer?
In literacy today, year 3 have started a science investigation. We had to make a car move using a magnet. We investigated which materials are magnetic and which ones aren’t.
This morning we drew what we imagined a scientist would look like. Lots of us drew adults, with glasses on holding lots of different apparatus. Lots of our scientists were carrying out experiments! We realised that WE are actually scientists!
We became weather reporters and thought of lots of different questions we would like to know about the weather.
Today, some children wanted to draw flowers. We looked at bluebells and had a go at drawing them. We noticed that the petals were quite long.
Then we set up an experiment to see what will happen if we put food colouring into the water with some flowers.
What do you think will happen?
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Today, the children of year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to go and watch a live heart dissection. The children got to see all their learning up close and were expertly directed around the different parts by the science staff.
As an added bonus, the staff managed to get hold of a pluck (trachea, lungs, heart and liver), where a member of staff blew down a pipe and inflated the lungs.
Overall, the children loved the experience, even if they felt a little queasy at points.
After leaving our eggs to soak for just under a week, we removed them from the liquid today and found some surprising and scary results! While the water had not changed the egg at all, the other liquids had caused the eggs to crack, discolour and soften, and the shells to dissolve (fade away).
Look at the photo – which liquids did the most damage? Which are worse for your teeth?
This afternoon Year Two took to the field to identify and name some of the trees.
We learnt to be good scientist who had to look closely at the size and shape.
What plants do you have growing in the garden?
Can you spot any if the same trees at the park?
Cherry Class are investigating the effect of different drinks on our teeth. We are using hard boiled eggs to represent our teeth and have left them sat in glasses of water, coke, cherryade and orange juice. We also put one in vinegar as we’ve learnt that the bacteria in our mouths produce acid when they feed on the sugary food we’ve eaten.
What do you think will happen to each egg? Why?
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a visit from a local dentist this afternoon. She taught us how to clean our teeth properly, which foods and drinks are good for our teeth, and even let some of us dress up in dentists’ gowns, masks and gloves.
Did you know that you should clean your teeth BEFORE breakfast?
Have a look at what we got up to today. Music makers, bulb lighters and lava lamp creators.
This afternoon, Year 6 have been working in their trio’s to identify the different parts of a flower, understand what each of their functions are as well as learn about the life cycle of plants.
they had many questions and had to really problem solve each what each of the elements were and the job they do, but all managed it alongside working with their peers collaboratively.
Do you know what the features are for each part of the flower?
Today we welcomed a visitor from Google Expedition, who came armed with 60 Virtual Reality headsets. The Google Expedition app allows children to visit and explore different parts of the world and universe from the comfort of their own classroom.
Lots of the children have been asking about how to get it at home, so here are a few links that may help you. The best bit is it is absolutely free and if you don’t have the VR headset you can use it in 2D mode through your tablet or smart phone.
If you have any questions about this, please come and ask Mr Pattison, as he is more than happy to help.
Here are some of the photos of the fantastic trip to @Bristol. The children had great fun, and were able to explore lots of different exhibits throughout the day.
The children of Year 4 finished off the visit by visiting the phenomenal Planetarium.
This afternoon Palm class went on a journey through space, it was amazing! We went in the space dome and learnt all about the planets and even got to go in a rocket to visit Mars!
We learnt about constellations and what some of the names are, we had a great journey!