Reception and Year 1 had a fun day at Bioparc learning all about a variety of animals and their habitats. They had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some different creatures. The children enjoyed a walk around the Lemur enclosure, although it was siesta time for all but one of the lemurs.
Year 4&5 have been learning about the different states of matter – solid, liquid, gas and plasma. To end the unit, the children investigated the properties of Cornflour Slime and tried to determine whether this was a solid or a liquid. Their opinions were divided. Why? Because the harder your press and faster you roll the cornflour slime, the more solid it becomes… but if you leave it in your hand or in a container without touching it, the consistency is that of a liquid. The class had great fun discovering this! Watch their video here:
In Design and Technology class, Year 3 children assembled a wooden bird feeder, using various sized parts. It was important to consider the assembled product before painting each part of the bird feeder separately. Children had first created a design which they had to follow and execute. Detailed painting and careful assembling skills were required!
Year 1 were very busy during their Design and Technology day! They children created their own Robots out of recycled materials and covered their creations with foil. The class had a brilliant time problem solving and helping each other to cut, glue and decorate their Robots. With support of an adult, they used the glue gun as they came across some issues trying to use PVA glue! The children’s ability to use sellotape has improved and they learned how to measure the foil correctly to cover their work! Their creations are proudly displayed in the Library and will be sent home soon!
Year 4&5 have carried out lots of Experiments to investigate the different properties of Solids, Liqiuids and Gases. They watched a bowl of salt “disappear” as it dissolved in water and then boiled the pan of water until it evaporated and left the salt behind.
Year 3, 4 & 5 visited San Pedro Boulevard. Each child had created their own survey which focused on different elements of Physical and Human Geography. They used tally marks to note each time they saw one of their items and used a digital camera to take photographs at different points along the way. Each child also made a sketch of the surrounding area once they had walked the full length of the Boulevard. It was surprising to realise how many trees there are on the Boulevard! Can you make a guess as to how many there are?
Year 2 visited Castellar Zoo as part of their Animals From Around the World topic. They had a fantastic day learning about the different animals. Everyone was lucky enough to hold Champion and, if they were feeling brave, could even hold a snake! The class were braver than the teachers when it came to the slippery snake!!
Year 2 also had the chance to visit the medical centre to see the 33-day old capuchin monkey named Bella, a baby ocelot and a baby honey bear!
Year 3 conducted an investigation to test the effects of friction on different surfaces. They used lego board, wood, cotton fabric, newspaper and sequin fabric to cover a ramp. With the help of a metre stick, they measured how high the ramp needed to be for the toy cars to start moving over each surface. They recorded their results in a table and found that the surface which created the most friction was the lego board. A lot of their predictions were accurate! The children made sure to conduct a fair test by using two different cars and starting them at exactly the same height each time.
Year 2 have been looking at using standard units to measure mass. They practised their estimation skills by estimating the weight of the object before weighing it. The class weighed a range of different objects using pan balances. At the end of the lesson, the children were able to compare and order the objects, based on their weights.