11th October 2019
Muscles need oxygen – Year 3 discover how much their lungs hold!
Breathing deeply in Year 3 was part of Science this week, as part of our topic, ‘Animals including humans’. Setting up our own equipment (helped by Sister Kate’s sterilising Milton to clean the tube each time!), the children measured their own lung capacity. Thanks to Mrs Lomas for ably controlling the five litre bottle and long tube! Collecting data is such fun!
Dem Bones, Dem Bones …
Year 3 have been finding out about bones in Science and, along with new vocabulary and facts, they have made their own dancing skeletons! Next it will be muscles …
Year 3 had to cooperate and work as a team this week to make carrot cars. We had to discuss ideas, listen to each other and take turns to build our cars, before testing them out to see which ones rolled the furthest. Some were more successful than others but we all had lots of fun and enjoyed working as a team.
The Cuckmere River
Finally Year 4 managed to go on their trip! The sun didn’t quite shine, but it didn’t rain and it was a mild day and perfect for our visit. However, it was rather muddy (sorry about the tracksuits) and quite flooded, but we could still see the features of the river.
We had lunch on the beach and then the children sailed the cork boats they had made in the morning. On our return we found the ‘best conker tree ever’ and the children doubled the weight of their backpacks with conkers.
They were all beautifully behaved and it was a pleasure to be in their company.
4th October 2019
The Juniors in Year 3 and 4 headed down to the outdoor learning area by the fire pit on No Pens Day for some collaboration and rivalry in the woods. In their Houses, they worked well as teams to forage for a long list of items such as ‘something fluffy, something yellow, something beautiful’, before displaying these in an imaginative way for us to see. Hot chocolate and marshmallows proved a popular treat as we sat around a flickering fire under the dappled leaves in our lovely grounds.
Year 4 have been learning about illuminated script this week and Mrs E was very impressed with their focus. They designed some intricate and detailed patterns which they wove around their initials, to the accompaniment of some calming Latin plainsong. The choir on the recording certainly helped them to stay in the ‘green zone’, ready to listen and learn.
Year 3 tasted figs, olives, grapes and dates as they imagined what it must have been like in Israel two thousand years ago. Some children ate everything and some tasted things and then spat them out! All a learning curve for them. Oh the joys of being a Year 3 teacher – and not a writing implement in sight!
27th September 2019
This week we looked at how matter can change its state by adding heat or by cooling. The children predicted what would happen to yellow and blue ice cubes and they all used a thermometer to read various temperatures around the classroom.
Year 5 have started exploring Judaism and have been revising stories from Year 4. In 5PA Milo P was ‘God’ and Albie G ‘Abraham’, while Rosie D was an ‘angel’ telling Albie not to kill ‘Isaac’ up the mountain. In 5PW Rafe acted as ‘God’, Alfie was ‘Abraham’, Lucy Platt ‘Isaac’ and Christopher N another ‘God’!
Please see our write up on the Junior mathematicians who took part in the St Andrew’s maths challenge this week. Please click here
20th September 2019
We had a great Year 4 science lesson exploring gases this week. We acted out how each state would behave, felt gases and even managed to weigh them! It was great fun and the children worked hard (with a little nagging) to record what they had discovered.
In Year 4 Learning Journey we used the tablets to try to track a river from the mouth to the source. It was rather challenging and not many succeeded, but they did learn a lot along the way.
After their trip to Battle Abbey School last week, Year 3 painted their own shields in Learning Journey this week, having studied some pictures first to look at the different designs possible. Mrs E was impressed at how calm and ready to listen and learn the children were during this practical lesson (they were all in the ‘green’ zone!). The results are shown below – what a variety of designs!
13th September 2019
Step Back in Time with Year 3
We travelled back in time to Battle Abbey school where ‘Brother James’ met us for a tour and quick history lesson on the Abbott’s Hall, the Battle of Hastings and weapons used at the time. With some super-attentive children and chocolate rocky road for a snack, this was a great start to our Learning Journey topic of local history and geography. Thanks to Mrs Payne for driving the time machine for us!
Science – Animals including Humans – Year 3
After a game of Diet Riot in the sports hall, sorting omnivores, carnivores and herbivores, Year 3 collected data from a fictional character before presenting this as a bar chart. One group found out how much sugar in a week the person consumed, while the other group counted the number of portions per week of fruit and vegetables that she had in her diet. It was an eye-opener to the children how much ‘hidden’ sugar is contained in different food types! Great team work, Year 3!
Y4’s Science topic is States of Matter – quite tricky!
We spent much of the lesson exploring different materials and talked about what ‘state’ they were in. It was very messy, but great fun. Thank goodness for Mrs Lomas (except for when she confused jam with honey!)
In Science Year 3 collected DATA to answer the question, ‘Do some people have stronger muscles because they use them more?’ Year 3 counted their sports sessions per week, including the weekends, and then we counted (as accurately as we could!) how many star jumps they could do before collapsing in a heap!
Much scientific deliberation followed and we recorded the results in a class scattergram, but used stickers to mark the spots as it was No Pens Day! Great fun and a lot of learning – well done, Year 3!
Y5’s Science topic is Earth and Space
What a great topic this is. I hope everyone has handed in their slip about our trip. By now all of Year 5 should have learnt the names and the order of the planets from the sun. I wonder if they have found out any other interesting facts?