Term 1: Could a hippo be happy on the moon?
Isaac Newton invents the first reflecting telescope, enabling him to see the stars and the planets
In Science we have been looking at a creative way to model the distance of the planets from the Sun. Look at how far away Neptune is!
In English we have been planning and researching our own non-chronological reports based on a planet of our choice. Here we are planning out our work...
In PE this week with High Five, we have been revisiting our basketball skills and playing small games against each other to practise our tackling and dribbling skills.
This week we have been preparing for the Harvest Festival in Church which took place on Thursday. It was a wonderful shared service and was so fantastic to see so many parents and friends there celebrating with us. We have been working hard in class finishing our Place Value topic in Maths and in English we have been writing arguments for and against whether UFOs exist or not! In Science we have been examining evidence as to whether the Earth is flat or spherical and writing explanations for our own thoughts on this. In Art we are desperately trying to complete our Peter Thorpe pictures but we need more time on this so we hope to finish off next week!
We are very excited about our Planetarium visit Thursday next week! Check back here next week to see the pictures!
On Thursday this week we had our Planetarium Visit which was very informative and great fun! Here are some pictures of our experience (apologies about the quality - it was pretty dark inside the dome!)
Here are some of the children's thoughts and learning:
"I liked how the constellations of stars are also zodiac signs." (Abi)
"I loved seeing all the stars - even shooting stars!" (Summer)
"I looked out last night at 7.32pm and saw the satellite in the sky." (Adam)
"I learnt that Jupiter shines brighter than the star so if you look up at night and see a bright star, it is probably Jupiter." (Daniel)
"I liked how we learnt about all the different constellations of the stars and how to spot them, and the show was like being under the stars at night." (Sophia)
In Computing, we have been thinking about what a system is and looking at the process once a system has had an input. We thought about the new digital smart lockers and what the process is for ordering goods online and what happens from the order through to receiving the parcel. This week we also designed our own space rockets/vehicles, first of all by researching space rockets and what a space rocket needs to get into space. After looking at different types of rockets/space vehicles, we then came up with our design based on what a rocket/space vehicle needs. We are going to make these at home over the next couple of weeks for homework, and bring them into school once they are complete to be displayed. In P.E, we continued learning basketball skills with High five and played some games practising defending. For PSHE we have been thinking about children's rights as part of the UNCRC (United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child) and within the rights thinking about our responsibilities.
This week we have been looking at poetry in English and had fun writing our own limericks and haikus. In Maths we have been finishing our addition and subtraction unit of work and next week we will be moving on to multiplication and division. We have also been completing our assessments so are pretty tired! Thank you for the wonderful space rockets/vehicles which have come in - they look amazing! There is still this week for homework to complete them and if they can be in as soon as is feasible so we can get a picture of them for their books, that would be brilliant. Many thanks to parents/carers for your support with this. We hope you have enjoyed the chance to connect with your child on a practical project and hope that it hasn't caused too much difficulty!
In PSHE, we have been thinking about our rights and responsibilities and thinking about refugees and what issues they are faced with when they come to our country. We represented this using sponge balls which we used to illustrate how many different and often difficult issues they face when they arrive into our country. Many of which would easily feel so overwhelming - this was represented by the number of balls which were flying around the circle and which we had to try to gather up! In Science, we have been thinking about the phases of the moon and how the light from the sun reflects onto its surface. We modelled how this works using a lamp (sun), ourselves on a swivel chair (the Earth) and a football (the moon). We finally finished our Peter Thorpe artwork - they look fantastic! Take a look at some of the photos... it's been a busy week!
This week has been another busy one! Take a look at some of the photos from this week! Our poetry work is amazing!
Week 7 - hooray we made it!
Another busy week trying to finish off anything we hadn't yet managed to cover. We looked at how a web search works in Computing and practised using different search engines, noting the different search results. We also designed our own web page with the challenge of scoring the highest score possible by including the right information (or keyword) as many times as we could! In Maths we have been learning important terms such as multiples, factors, common multiples, common factors, lowest common multiple and highest common factor, and prime numbers too! So many terms to keep remembering and practise using. In PSHE, we tried to build the tallest tower in small groups. We learnt that sometimes having some group rules which everyone follows can help the outcome of the task. It was also necessary to assign roles to the members of the group as then the outcome was improved.
It has been a fabulous term and the children have been amazing and worked so incredibly hard. Have a restful half term and see you all after the break .