In Year 2 we made some gloopy slime! We mixed together corn starch and water, and then had a play with the slime we'd made. It had a very interesting texture.
In Science this week, we have learnt about the sense of hearing. We learnt that sound is made when something moves or vibrates. We also learnt that just like light having a source, there are sources of sound. The closer you are the source of sound the louder the source will appear as the sound doesn’t have far to travel. We had time to experiment how sound travels when playing a listening game. The game involved one person stood in the middle of the circle (blindfolded) and they had to guess which direction the sound source was coming from. We had lots of fun with this!
This week we have been learning about the sense of sight. We learnt that in order to see objects we need light as our eyes are unable to work in pure darkness. We learnt that light is reflected off objects and travels in a straight line into our eye. We discussed how challenging simple tasks would be if we had no sight and we looked at how guide dogs help those people with no sight throughout their day to day lives. We then had a turn of playing the Kims game to test our memory on what our eyes can see and what they can’t.
In Science this week we have been learning all out the sense of ‘taste’. We learnt that when we eat, the food rubs against our taste buds, which send messages to our brain to tell us what the taste is. We also learnt that taste relies on other senses like sight and smell; as without these senses the taste can seem different. We really enjoyed carrying out a taste test in small groups. We had to wear a blindfold and taste different foods and see if we could describe the taste and guess what the item of food was. We used words like ‘sweet, salty, bitter and sour’.
This week in Science, the children have learnt about their senses. The children talked about each sense on their body and what each one is used for. We carried out experiments to see what it would be like without one of our senses and we found that building a tower of bricks without sight is very tricky. The children then spent some time focusing on the sense of smell. The children enjoyed exploring the different smells pots and they discussed each one of the smells and used some super words to describe them. Well done!
In Year 6 we have been studying classification of animals with a focus on rainforest animals. We have carried out some active learning- We had to hunt around the classroom to find rainforest animals. We then discussed the characteristics of each animal to classify them into groups.
We were also very lucky to have a visit from Zoo Lab, who provided us with the opportunity to look at and handle various different animals and insects.
In 6LJ we have been learning about the classification of animals. This has linked brilliantly to our learning on the rainforest. We learnt about adaptation and created our own animals, explaining how they were well adapted to a specific layer of the rainforest and we sorted animals into their groups.
This week in Science, the children have been comparing themselves to others. The children watched a video clip of the tallest man in the world and they then drew an outline of his body on the playground using chalks. The children each compared their self against him and discussed how they were similar and how they were different. The children also compared themselves to each other when lining up in height order. It was great to see who was the tallest and who was the shortest!
This week in Science, the children found a hidden recipe card tucked inside a newspaper. On the card it showed the children how to make a potion which would turn the wizard into stone. The children had to follow the instructions carefully to carry out a scientific experiment. They had to work scientifically by observing closely to watch the changes that occurred throughout the experiment. We used words like ‘bubbling’ and ‘frothy’ when describing how the potion had changed. Later in the week, we wrote up the instructions in one of our writing lessons.
To kick off our Science topic ‘Who Am I?’ the children spent time learning about the different parts of their body this week. As a class, we drew around a child on the floor and we labelled the different parts of the body that we knew. We impressed Miss Procter so much by labelling all of the basic body parts and by even mentioning some more complex parts such as the spine, hips, ribs, kidneys and heart.
In Reception our Learning Adventure has been 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.' The children were asked to think about which material would make the best raincoat for a bear. They were provided with different materials and were asked to think about what would happen when the materials got wet and whether they would be a suitable material to make a raincoat with.
Year 4 have been exploring the topic 'Living Things'. As part of this we have been learning about the different types of teeth and how to keep them clean and healthy. We completed an excitement to see how different drinks would effect the enamel on our teeth by leaving egg shells (a similar material to enamel) in milk, water, orange juice and coke. We used all this knowledge to produce a poster for the giants of Stonehenge (who apparently have rotten teeth and smelly breathe!)
We have been looking at Rocks and Fossils this half term. First of all we looked at the different properties of rocks by completing a test. We looked at their durability, whether they were waterproof or not, their texture and their appearance. After this test, we then looked at what would be the best to use as a Stone age tool and why. We decided that we needed a rock that wouldn't break easily because we needed to hunt animals with it and that could handle most of the weather as we had to hunt on days when it would be raining. The children loved looking at the different types of rocks and how even though they all fall under the "rock" category, they all have different qualities.
We also looked closely at fossils. We looked at the process of how a fossil was made and was able to explain how it progressed from being a creature into becoming a fossil many many years later. The children were fascinated to see the process and began to understand why it would take to long for a fossil to form. We also looked at why we only have fossils to remember dinosaurs. We looked carefully at some dinosaur fossils and discussed the information we could get just from this tiny piece of rock.
3LB then did a study of Mary Anning. Mary Anning was a young girl who loved looking for fossils. She looked along the coast where she lived everyday until she was in her twenties. Mary found lots of great fossils but her most recognised one was the Icthyosaur. This finding was recognised by a museum in London and she was rewarded with lots of money for it! Lots of her findings can be seen displayed in the National History museum in London.