In Science we have been learning about soil and how it is formed. We have now made our own mini compost bins to see if we can create soil. We used an empty plastic bottle with air holes poked in. Into this we put a layer of stones, some compost, worms, food waste (such as vegetable peelings, spinach leaves, egg shells and tea bags), shredded paper and some water. We covered the top of the bottle with a piece of fabric and the sides with paper to make it dark. Then we waited…
This week we had some rather unsavoury characters trespassing on our school grounds. They were captured on our CCTV. We decided that they were probably looking for food as they looked rather like the Stone Age people we have been learning about. We were worried that they might have been after our chickens! Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to meet them to ask questions about how they lived but we did get the next best thing, POO!
It was rather disgusting but we were able to investigate and find out about the Stone Age diet by looking at what was in their poo. We now know they ate fish, seeds, nuts and green plants. In fact, it seems that they had a healthy diet.
Our science topic in term 4 was ‘Growing Plants’. We learned about the growing cycle of different plants. We have planted a potato and broad beans. The potato went into a pot whilst the broad beans went into a jam jar. This was so we could see the different stages of growth. At first the seeds swelled and split. Next the roots started to grow. After this a shoot began to appear. It was not long before leaves started to appear. In term 6 you can now see how tall the plants have grown. They have flowered and there are bean pods growing so it won’t be long before we will be tasting our home grown beans.
Our science topic this term is ‘Growing Plants’. We are learning about the factors which affect plant growth. We have set up an experiment to see if the lack of light, warmth and water prevents cress seeds from growing well. We planted cress seeds in compost using identical pots. One was watered and put in a dark place, another was watered and left in the cold, one was not watered and left in the warmth, one was watered, left n the light but grown on a piece of felt and the last one was used as the control experiment and was given everything it needed to grow well. Look at the photo at the start of the experiment and then after a week. Can you tell which cress was grown in which conditions?
After a week we put all the pots in the light and watered them to see if the ideal conditions improved their growth. The etiolated cress grown in the dark with yellow leaves did turn green after a few days in the light.
We were also surprised by the length of the root system for such a small plant!
Wow, what an amazing time we had today. Iain Green, Wildlife Photographer came to work with us. He has been all over the world and taken some amazing photos of Silver Back Gorillas and Tigers in the wild. He used Archie and Megan to demonstrate the length of a tiger, nose to tail, and we were shocked to see how long a fully grown tiger could be. He now spends time photographing wild life nearer to home and taught us how to take our own photos. We spent the afternoon looking for wildlife in the school grounds and taking photos using the tips and skills Iain taught us. Some of our photographs will be used as part of an exhibition in Bristol Museum.
Our DT project has been closely linked to our Going Green theme this term. We have learned about Article 24: Every child has the right to have the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so children remain healthy. We have learned how to create a healthy, nutritious packed lunch which was also free from waste packaging. We have learned how to peel, grate and chop vegetables safely using the claw grip and bridge hold. Following the TV ‘Eat them to defeat them!’ campaign we looked at how we could eat more vegetables. We then used carrots, courgettes and beetroot in our cake recipe. Not many of us liked the chocolate and beetroot cake, but did like the courgette and lime cake.
As part of our ‘Growing Plants’ topic we are learning about the growing cycle of different plants, in particular, broad beans. The broad beans have gone into a jam jar. This is so we can see the different stages of growth. At first the seeds swelled and split. Next the roots started to grow. After this a shoot began to appear. Over the weekend the root system developed and the leaves started to appear. The next stage is to plant the beans in soil and let them grow and hopefully flower and produce bean pods. We hope to cook and eat them before the end of the year!
On Wednesday this week we had a Healthy Planet Workshop run by Bristol University students and volunteers. They came to develop our understanding of climate change and the importance of recycling, re using and reducing the amount of rubbish we create. We made pig banks with plastic bottles and picture frames from cardboard. We had a great time and learned a lot more about protecting our planet.
Today we were fortunate to have a visit from Richard Lancaster who came to tell us all about the organisation, Greenpeace. As part of our Going Green Theme we have been reading ‘Dear Emily’ in literacy which is about a girl who thinks she has a whale in her pond and who writes to Greenpeace. Richard told us a lot about what this organisation does in order to protect our planet. They protect wildlife which is in danger of becoming extinct, we learned about our carbon footprint and how we all need to work together to reduce carbon emissions and were amazed by how much plastic waste there is floating in the oceans harming sea creatures. Did you know it takes plastic bottles 450 years to decompose and plastic bags up to 1000 years?! We also learned that the blue whale is the oldest mammal on the planet!
We were lucky to have visitors from our local area today who were able to come in and share their memories of Whitchurch in the past. We learned so much about what it was like living and growing up in Whitchurch. We looked at old maps and photographs and saw the very first class at Bridge Farm and also a picture of the football team with a very young looking Mr. Meacham! We would like to say a big THANK YOU for sharing these precious memories with us.
Our term 3 theme is The Whitchurch Time Traveller and we have been learning about the history of our local area. Today we went on a walk exploring which buildings we could see that have been there since the 1800s. We have a lot of local history with many small farmhouses, cottages, the Poor House on the Wells Road and even an old forge. St. Nicholas church dates back to Norman times and there was an Iron Age settlement on top of Maes Knoll. It is nice to think that we may have trodden the same path as some of our ancestors today.
Our science topic this term is Animals including humans. Our learning started by drawing onto a body outline what bones we think we have in our body and where we think they are.
We have learned the names of our bones, where they were in relation to one another and that we have 206 bones altogether. We used this knowledge to make our own skeletons.
Using our knowledge about light, reflections and shadows we investigated how shadows can be used to tell a story. We linked this to our work in literacy and made puppets of the characters from the Polar Express story.
Our DT project this term involved combining, strengthening and joining materials to create structures.
We started by investigating packaging. On the news last week Amazon were criticised for using too much packaging in their boxes.
Article 24 states that ‘We have a right to a clean and healthy environment.’ Companies using excess packaging are harming the environment because more and more paper and cardboard is needed which means more trees are being cut down. Delivery vehicles also cause air pollution which is a major cause of global warming.
Our DT project this term was linked to our Literacy work on the Polar Express. We had to design
packages to keep Santa’s bell safe. The boy on the Polar Express film lost the bell that Santa gave him because it went in his pocket which had a hole in. We could make any shape package but it had to be
strong enough to keep the bell safe. We investigated laminating, ribbing and corrugating as ways to strengthen paper. Here are a few photos of our finished packages.
This term we are looking at light, shadows and reflection in Science. We started our investigations by finding out about shadows. We now know that light travels in a straight line, and we were able to make shadows by using objects to block out the light. We discovered that there are no details on shadows, they are just dark shapes of the area blocked from light.
On Wednesday a group of medical students visited our class. They told us all about their training and why they wanted to be a doctor. They showed us how to find our pulse and we used a stethoscope to listen to our heart beat. They also talked to us about our bones and showed us a femur which is the longest bone in the body. We now know that calcium is important for maintaining strong and healthy bones and that we should drink lots of milk!
We have been learning about the world’s continents and oceans by playing ‘Where in the World?’ game. We worked in groups and took turns to collect a label for our world map. We worked together to decide where it should be placed. We have learned that there are 7 continents and 6 oceans in the world.
Our first science topic is forces and magnets. We started by investigating which materials caused the most amount of friction. We did this by letting cars go down a ramp onto different surfaces and measuring how far they were able to travel. The further they travelled, the less friction was caused. We then thought about how this related to real life situations. When vehicles travel over icy roads there is less friction and so less grip making them slide and skid. Ice skaters are happy to have less friction as they want to travel quickly across the ice.
Our Art work this term has been inspired by the French landscape painters, Monet and Cezanne and the beautiful French countryside in Provence. We have learned how to paint using a variety of new techniques, including water colours, cotton buds, glue spreaders and kitchen roll. Come in and see our Art Gallery on the display board at the back of the hall.
We now know that the Eiffel Tower was built in 1887 to commemorate a hundred years since the French Revolution. Here you can see us trying to build our own Eiffel Towers using newspaper. We had to roll the newspaper tightly in order to create a strong frame and have learned that a wide, stable base was the key to the tower remaining upright.
As part of this term’s topic we have been investigating the strength of magnets. We did this by hanging paper clips from a variety of magnets to see which would have the longest chain. As you can see it was a very tricky task getting the paper clips to make a chain.
As part of our ‘Tour de France’ theme we made Madeleines, which are a French butter cake. They were delicious and we ate them as part of our French café afternoon. They were easy to make and if you would like to know more just ask the children in 3AF and they will tell you all about it!
As part of our ‘Tour de France’ theme we have been looking at the differences between English food and French food. We had our own French café and tried typical French foods. We had baguette with pate, croissants, pain au chocolat, cheese, quiche, crepes and homemade tarte tatin and Madeleines. A good time was had by all and the food soon disappeared. We certainly enjoyed our food tasting experience!