Category Archives: Context for Learning

Rocket Launchers


Mr Tyler showed us how to launch a rocket using bottles of water and a pump! Check it out!

The rocket was too fast for Mrs James, she didn’t manage to film how high it flew into the air.

When then worked in team, pairs or individually to create rocket pictures using the natural materials around the pitch.  All of our rockets were different as we used different materials.

The Planets

We asked Mrs James if we could find out about the planets! So yesterday afternoon we completed different activities all about planets.

Mr Tyler told us lots of information about the planets and showed us the order they come in in relation to the sun.

We then went outside and we pretended to be different planets orbiting the sun.


We also ordered the planets according to the distance from the sun.


We have even painted the planets, we will soon have a display showing the different sizes and colours.

We used Space books to investigate what the planets look like as well as look at pictures of astronauts and rockets.


Space Station

Before the holiday weekend, a Space Ship landed in our classroom.  As we carry out our investigations we have many questions to ask.  Where has it come from and where is it going.  Our investigators have been busy trying it out and the words ” Blast Off” have been echoing around the room.


This afternoon we investigated farms and farmers.  We had come up with some questions that we wanted to ask a farmer and Mrs James asked her friend Farmer Catriona to answer them.  Farmer Catriona also sent lots of photos of her animals and her tractors for us to see.

We created some tractors of our own for our farm shop.

Here we are creating some Spring Chickens.

Following on from our investigations into where food comes from we had to dig up some vegetables!

Finally, we helped to paint dirt, grass and a tractor for our Farm Shop in the class.

We will post a photograph of our Farm Shop when the paint has dried.

Shearing Sheep and Butter Churning

We had a busy afternoon today, shearing sheep and making our own butter!

We have been asking questions about the farm and where our food comes from.  So we investigated which foods come from Animals and which foods come from Plants.

Mrs James brought in a big bag of shopping and we had to help her sort it.  We decided that things like milk, cheese and meat come from animals and cereals and vegetables come from plants.  Then we made group posters showing our findings.

We worked our way around different activities about food and farming.

We also used cream with a little pinch of salt to make our own butter.  We had to work together and use all our strenghth to churn the butter by shaking the jars.



After a lot of hard work and effort from everyone, we looked inside the jars and the cream had thickened to make butter.  We drained it and here is the butter!

(Mrs James didn’t let us taste it as she was worried that she had put in too much salt.)

Last week we were learning about sheep and how we can get meat and wool from them.  Today we had the chance to try shearing a sheep.  Here are some photos of us shearing our mini sheep.