What a lovely afternoon we had today, exploring the tree and pond areas, trying to find as many species as we could and then finding more frogs than we could have imagined! Everyone was very engaged and we all enjoyed the afternoon.
The Paper Bag Challenge
As part of our Fairtrade project, had an afternoon of very hard work, trying to imagine what it must be like to have to work really hard, in poor conditions, with hardly any pay. In areas of Kolkata, lots of children the same age as our class and younger, have to do this for hours every day and seven days a week. It is one of the reasons why Fairtrade is so important, to help families in this situation and make sure that children have access to an education.
Our class groups were paid for every 10 bags that they made and there was a rush to make as many as possible. Once we found out how much we had earned, we could have a look at how much food, rent, medicines etc cost and how much we could afford.
The groups worked really well together, but wouldn’t want to have to do this all day, every day!
Great progress is being made on our models. Everyone is busy this afternoon painting and decorating them. I can’t wait to see what they end up looking like!
This afternoon we continued on with our energy topic by looking at how pneumatic systems work.
We used two syringes, some tubing, a burger box, a paper cup and a pipe cleaner. We have made our model and they all open and close using pneumatics. We just need to paint and decorate them…watch this space!
Today is our final STEM session.
We started off by doing a sort activity about different types of energy.
Then we made a solar and wind farm.
Robert Leask really enjoyed making the power sources with Toby, Roman and Daniel.
Faith said “ It was really good fun to see how many volts our model generated – it was 4 volts!”
Isaac said “I liked fiddling around with all the little pieces. “
Mia especially enjoyed building the wind turbines.
Emma Chittick came to run our second STEM session today. This time we were finding out about solar power. We learnt about how solar power works and we had a go at making our own solar farms.
On Friday 1st November, we had a great day exploring Kergord forest. Pete and John picked us up in minibuses and gave us waterproof clothes and rucksacks. We ran up across the field and into the woods. The first thing that we did was to sit still and listen to all the sounds around us.
After that John led us in a snake, under, over, along and across the wood. We walked across the stream on logs and climbed up and through trees.
We went up to the house to have our lunch and then spend a while in groups making dens.
We went back up to the house to find out about fire making and then looked at everyone’s dens on the way down.
We really enjoyed all the activities and everyone put 100% effort into the day 🙂
On Monday 16th we had our first Spanish lessons with Mr Harpe. It was really interesting to see how different to French Spanish sounds. We learnt some basic phrases, including greetings, and introducing ourselves and said where we live. Next week we’ll be learning the Spanish alphabet.
We had a fantastic day at Kergord, for our second John Muir Day. The weather was perfect, even though it is still just February. The P7s were brilliant. The John Muir Award is about exploring the wild, but its also about challenging yourself, and our intrepid P7s certainly did that today. They were climbing the trees like monkeys by the end of the afternoon ￼￼ Well done everyone, I was very proud of you all😁😊
My maths group has worked so hard over the last few weeks on all the different topics, that today we decided to have a fun session where they could choose to play a range of maths / problem solving / logical thinking games. It was lovely to watch all the skills demonstrated and see how well everyone worked together or on their own. There was some real determination shown especially for some of the shape tasks.