Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to MAGNA science adventure centre. The trip was part of both our Rocks and Soils topic and our Natural Disasters topic.
First, we had a workshop all about rocks and volcanoes. To start with we were given an empty film canister and had to fill it with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. This caused a chemical reaction that made the mixture spill out onto the table. We then had to place play dough around the canister where our mixture had spread to. We then repeated this two more times using different coloured playdough to form a volcano! Then we became geologists and excavated ‘rock’ from our volcanoes using a clear straw. In the straw we could see the different layers that helped to form our volcano!
After lunch, we had an opportunity to explore MAGNA. MAGNA is made up of four pavilions which include lots of exciting and interactive exhibits.
We even had chance to watch ‘The Big Melt’ a show that taught us all about MAGNA’s past as a steelworks.
We we all loved our day at MAGNA…
… although it left some of us rather tired!
This half term we have been learning about the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning. Mary Anning is famous around the word for her amazing discoveries in the cliffs of Lyme Regis.
This week we have been selling our own ‘curiosities’. First we wrote some persuasive writing trying to convince someone to buy our fossils. We used rhetorical questions, repetition, and alliteration to persuade our customer, some of us even created a business name and a catchy slogan.
Then we performed our persuasive writing. We used a green screen to transport ourselves onto the sunny beach of Lyme Regis and imagined we were selling sea shells on the seashore.
Tremendous Teamwork – Gold – Jacob Butler & Abdullah Fetyan
Abdullah and Jacob are a pleasure to have in class. They are hardworking and work tremendously as a team. Jacob and Abdullah regularly support each other’s learning by checking each other’s work and suggesting improvements. Well done boys – Miss Caudwell is lucky to be gaining such a tremendous team in her class next year.
Excellent Effort – Bronze – Lily-May Wagland
Lily-May has a phenomenal attitude to her learning. Lily-May can sometimes find her work a little challenging, but she always perseveres and puts 100% effort into all her learning and completes her work to the highest standard she possibly can. Well done Lily-May!
Excellent Effort – Silver – Karolina Jankowska
Karolina has been working incredibly hard in her literacy lessons this week, and has written an amazing biography about Mary Anning. Karolina made fantastic notes about the life of Mary Anning and used these notes to write a very informative biography. Well done Karolina, make sure you keep up your Excellent Effort!
Today, we were invited to wear the colour green to school to show our support for the people suffering or were involved in the Grenfell fire in London. By wearing green, we show solidarity and support for the people who died, were injured or lost everything in this tragic event.
A massive thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. We have raised over £200! This money will go towards helping those that have been affected in London.
As part of our rocks and soils topic we have been looking at how fossils are formed. Today, we learnt that fossils are formed over millions of years. Animals, plants and even footprints can be fossilised.
After learning how fossils are formed, we made our own fossils. First, we made an impression with a creature in some clay. Then, we placed the clay into the bottom of a plastic cup. Then an adult poured plaster over our moulds and we left them to set. Finally, we peeled away the clay to reveal our amazing fossils.
This week, we have been looking at money in our numeracy lessons. We have been finding different ways of making amounts using both coins and notes. Soon we will be moving on to adding amounts of money together. Check back to see how we get on!
This half term, we have been learning all about rocks and soils in our science lessons. On Tuesday, we were learning about how rocks change over time by investigating the causes of erosion.
In our investigation, we had to first put our rock into a container, fill it with water and then seal the container tightly. Then, we had to shake our container non-stop for 100 seconds. Finally, we poured the contents of our container into a funnel lined with filter paper. When we examined our filter paper, we discovered that the rock had started to erode away. We repeated our investigation with igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
On Thursday children from across KS2 enjoyed our first ever French day.
Our breakfast club had a French theme and so did our lunch menu!
All of the children in KS2 had the opportunity to choose from three activities across the whole day. These activities covered the whole curriculum and were linked to France. We even had the opportunity to try some authentic French food.
Here are some of our opinions about our French day:
I enjoyed all the fun activities, my favourite part was trying some new sports that I wouldn’t have normally tried.
I enjoyed going to different classes and working with people that I wouldn’t normally work with.
I enjoyed going outside and having a French themed day because we have been learning French all year and I love learning French. It was Frenchtastic!
Here is the newsletter for this half term. Please be aware that our PE day has changed to Mondays, please make sure your child has appropriate PE kit in school.
Newsletter Summer 2
Excellent Effort – Silver – Maria Amoabeng
This week in our maths lessons we have been continuing to look at Shape. Maria found this a little tricky at first, but she didn’t give up and she persevered. Maria can now identify, name and describe a range of 3D and 2D shapes and explain the difference between obtuse and acute angles.
Leading in Learning – Silver – Daniel Vacar and Harrison Musson
Daniel and Harrison have impressed everyone recently with their amazing attitude to learning. They are a pleasure to have in class. They always put 100% into all their learning and always complete work to the highest standard. Well done boys, Keep it up!
Excellent Effort – Silver – Sirrah Newton
Sirrah has been working incredibly hard in her literacy lessons this week, and has written a wonderful story about Mary Anning. Sirrah made sure she included everything she needed in her story and even drafted sentences on a whiteboard before writing them neatly in her book. Well done Sirrah, make sure you keep up this Excellent Effort!