🌲 Forest Schools đŸŒ˛

Recently in Sapphire class we have been enjoying Forest Schools sessions with Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

Our first job of the day was to warm ourselves up. We warmed up by playing Winter Dragons. To be the dragon, we had to show Sarah our scary dragon faces and do the loudest dragon roar possible. This game helps us to warm up our bodies on a cold autumn morning.

Our first activity of the day was a scavenger hunt. Sarah gave us instructions such as “find something soft” and our job was to hunt around to find something that matched that description. The only rule was that everything must be natural, not man made.

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Next, we had a go at making fire ourselves. We used a flint and steel and had to strike the flint with the steel to make a spark, then we had to try and land the spark on some cotton wool to make fire! This was our favourite part of the morning.

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After making fire, we worked together in teams to build a shelter. We used the materials that we could find in the secret garden and some big plastic sheets from Sarah and Matt.

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Our afternoon task was to build an obstacle course that we could use in our session today. We used some of the skills that we had learnt previously such as our den building skills and using the tarpaulins to create tunnels for us to scramble through.

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Our final job was to toast marshmallows by the fire. We had to used a willow stick to pierce the marshmallow on the end and then come up to the fire in small groups. It was tricky to make sure that marshmallow didn’t get too close to the fire otherwise it would have caught alight.

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust for coming to work with us. We have loved working with you and have learnt so much.

 

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What Makes a Balanced Diet?

This half term our science topic is ‘animals including humans’. This afternoon we have been looking at what makes up a balanced diet.

We learnt that a balanced diet is made up of five food groups:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Dairy
  4. Proteins
  5. Fats and Sugars

Fruits and vegetables and carbohydrates should make up the biggest part of our diet. Fats and sugars should be the smallest part but still make up an important part of our diet.

Our task was to sort foods into the five food groups. We enjoyed this task as it challenged us to think carefully about where each food belongs.

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MAGNA

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.

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We we all loved our day at MAGNA…

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… although it left some of us rather tired!

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We Sell Sea Shells On The Seashore…

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.

Fossils!

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.

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Rocks!

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.

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Microscopes

At Prince Edward Primary School, we are working hard towards achieving the Silver PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) award.

Yesterday Mr Little wheeled a large blue box into our classroom. We were all curious to find out what was inside. When Mr Littl opened the box we discovered a set of microscopes for us to use. How exciting!

We discussed how to take care of the microscopes and how to use them properly. We looked at how to move the lens up and down to make the image we saw clearer.

We loved looking at the objects through a microscope and were amazed by the tiny details we could see. Our favourite thing to look at was the sugar, we thought the grains of sugar looked like tiny ice cubes.

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Light Poems

Recently in Sapphire Class we have been looking at poetry. Our poems have all been about light, which was our science topic last half term. This week we have been writing our own acrostic poems. In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line join together to spell out a word or phrase.

Here are a selection of our poems…

 

Light

Light is shining like a red  sapphire.

Its round like a huge, yellow ball.

Gold, gigantic and glittering sun.

Helps us to see.

The tired sun is sleeping in a cloud bed.

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By Lucy Billard

Light and shadow

Lovely light shines on you perfectly

Incredible light is a humongous, giant explosion

Glorious, as glorious as a gemstone

Hidden light shines bright

The sun is as hot as a volcano

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Amazing shadows

Naughty reflections make light

Dare to look at the sun

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Super sun is horrific

Hiding shadows are afraid

Adorable lovely torches are beautiful

Don`t look at the sun it will make you blind

On top of you is the sun

Wonderful light

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By Harrison Musson