Today Mrs Douglas did a science experiment with the class to find out which material would work best to black out our windows during an air raid in World War 2.
We had 4 materials to choose from. We made a hypothesis, writing down which materials would be most effective or which materials would be least effective.
Then we attached the materials to the windows and went outside to test them. From inside the classroom , Mrs Henderson shone a torch behind each material and we had to see if any light could be seen on the other side of the window.
The red cellophane was the least effective and we were surprised to find that the light was blocked by the white paper!
Over the past week we have been sharing thoughts on how to stay positive and how we can help other people feel good about themselves. On Monday, everyone decided on some positive words to paint on to a rock and chose a design to accompany it. These will be displayed outside the school next term for all to enjoy.
We have also been finding out even more interesting facts about Space and enjoyed looking at some of the PowerPoints that were created during Online Learning.
On Tuesday we visited the frog pond in the nature garden. It was good fun trying to find the frogs hiding in the heather. They were very camouflaged!
On Wednesday, we had lots of fun with our literacy Escape Room challenge. It was very active! Each team raced to find clues hidden outside and then brought them back indoors to solve as a team. Everyone did really well to take turns and involve every team member in the game.
Just before the next rain shower came, we squeezed in an Easter egg hunt and had fun re-hiding our eggs for someone else to find!
Phew! What a busy time and still two more days to go! Well done everyone!
We’re only a couple of days in and already we have been busy reconnecting with each other through various games and crafts. This week we started a collaborative painting project. Each person has a grid to paint and when all the grids come together it will reveal a mystery picture! Watch this space to find out what it is!
We have also enjoyed making some new bookmarks in preparation for getting back into our daily reading in class. There were even families of bookmarks made…of all sizes!
During our online learning, we began to look at stars and constellations as part of our Space topic. We had fun today finding out about the Zodiac sign our birthdays fall under and what that constellation looks like. Can you guess what they are?
P5/6 have spent many weeks researching an area from our Biodiversity topic and have been preparing a PowerPoint presentation to share their learning. It was wonderful to finally see their presentations this week and give each other feedback as to what we thought went well and what could be done to make it even better. Each group looked at the importance of plants and how they benefit society in different ways.
As part of our Biodiversity topic we have been classifying living things, including ourselves! We made classfication keys about our class members and more recently looked at a range of different types of leaves from our nature garden and Mrs Henderson’s garden! We sorted them into groups according to texture, size, scent, number of leaves, edges etc, Then we tried to see if we could identify the tree they came from, just by their leaves. Some were very obvious, but some were quite tricky to identify.
We had a super afternoon exploring our school grounds, searching for a variety of living things. Everyone had a bingo board with a range of living things to find. It was great fun taking a closer look for signs of life in the trees, under stones, pieces of wood and in the long grass.
After our bingo game, we had time for a quick game of hide and seek in the “forest”! The trees are growing so well that it was very hard to find people!!
We ended our session with a visit to the nature garden and pond. We patiently sat and waited to see if there were any frogs and we were not disappointed! It was very exciting to see them hopping about in the heather.
Today we looked at the next aspect of our topic – electricity. It was great fun exploring the electricity boxes and trying to make an electrical circuit to light the bulbs! Lots of exciting discoveries were made and I’m sure the hilarity could be heard throughout the school as we tried to create a complete circuit with our bodies!
Today was our last STEM session with Emma Chittick this year. The children were asked to use all of the knowledge and skills gained over the past couple of weeks to build something that would generate electricity. Everyone was raring to get started and it didn’t take long for their designs to take shape!
Some made wind turbines, some used solar cells, while some used both in the same structure. It was great to see the children interacting and problem solving together to try and achieve success. I was very proud to see everyone working so well as a team and providing support for each other. Well done P5/6!
This term we are looking at renewable energy so we invited Emma Chittick into our class to work on a few STEM projects linked to our learning. In week 1, the children were challenged to build a wind turbine using Lego. When their structures were ready, everyone had a trial run and were given time to make any necessary alterations to their design. It was very exciting waiting to see if it would turn with the wind from the fan! We measured how much electricity was produced from each design.
In week 2 the class were asked to build a structure with solar panels that would capture natural light and artificial light. This meant that they had to design a structure that could change the angle of the solar panel. Again, they were given a trial run, then a fair test with the same conditions for each group. During our testing, we quickly realised one disadvantage when relying on solar energy. The position of the sun moved as we were testing at our classroom windowsill, resulting in less direct natural sunlight for some of the tests.
Keep a look out for the final challenge next week!
We’ve had a super morning today launching our bottle rockets at the sports pitch!
The pupils have been using our learning on forces – notably friction, air resistance and thrust – to try and adjust their own bottles to build the best rocket design possible. There have been some variations in style and we have all been looking forward to the day when we finally got to test them out…
We set a challenge to see which group could get their rocket to fly the furthest.
Becca and Hannah were the winners with a magnificent 24metres!
Once all of the groups had launched their rockets for distance the ones who struggled with coverage were given the chance to “take to the sky”.
It was a lovely, slightly chilly, morning and a fantastic way to extend our learning outside the classroom. I hope the pupils enjoyed the activity as much as I did – though they did work me hard with the hand pump and I did get a little wet a few times …
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