Fox and Owl Class had a wonderful time on our trip today, visiting the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. In the morning, we marvelled at rocks, fossils and an enormous variety of stuffed animals. There was even an inflatable virus hanging from the ceiling! It was amazing to see the beautiful shapes and patterns that occur in nature. We had recently learnt a bit about adaptation and how animals evolve, and all the fascinating displays and exhibits at the museum illustrated these concepts beautifully.
In the afternoon we went through to the Pitt Rivers Museum next door to have a guided tour of some of their African exhibits, particularly those from the Kingdom of Benin. We found out all about how rulers in African civilizations showed their power and then went on an artefact hunt through the museum. What a brilliant day!
This week, we had a fascinating trip to the John Radcliffe Hospital to learn about First Aid and keeping ourselves safe. In the Accident and Emergency department, we had a look at the equipment they use when someone has hurt themselves. We even had a plaster cast put on our finger! After that, we found out why it is so important to wear our cycle helmets, and some of us even got a certificate for wearing ours all the time. Next we found out what to do in lots of emergency situations, including how to carry out C.P.R. and use a defibrillator. We are really grateful to the fantastic trainers for giving us so much vital information.
We have been carrying out our own investigations and experiments this week as part of our Big Science event. In groups we were able to design a test based on the theme of 'Travel'. Our questions were: 'Which pan allows the heat to travel to pop the popcorn the quickest?' 'Does the weight on a pendulum affect how it travels?' 'What makes a good rollerskate for travel?'.
Plotting vertices of polygons on 4 quadrant coordinate grids. We are playing in pairs to guess missing coordinates.
Planning our talk to parents about internet safety
Promoting women in Science
We have been practising sequences with balances in gymnastics this week.
Wittling sticks in Forest Friday
Carrying out our materials investigation in Science this week
Recording our Science results in scatter graphs and discussing our conclusions
Working hard to round decimals to whole, tenths and hundredths.
New class readers for Year 6
Inspiring Young Writers
Today we had a visit from children's author Sean Callery who inspired us to be great writers. He showed us how to plan effective non-fiction books and choose vocabulary and facts carefully to engage the reader. He worked with us to write factual descriptions about Outer Space.
The Railway Children
We all had a fabulous time at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this afternoon watching a performance of the Railway Children. Now we can compare book, film and theatre production! We might even use some of the theatrical techniques in our own performances.
Year 6 have been explaining how the heart works in Big Write this week.
Teachers for the day!
Year 6 have been presenting their research about the human heart during our science lessons this week.
Design a Habitation Module for Mars
Year 6 have entered a competition to design a habitation module for space exploration on Mars.
Human exploration of Mars will be no easy feat. Scientists and engineers at Lockheed Martin are helping to lead the way with Mars Base Camp, the spacecraft that will carry the first human crew to Mars.
A roundtrip to Mars will take years. In addition to basic necessities like food, water, oxygen and power, astronauts will need a Habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. Lockheed Martin and NASA are developing design concepts for habitats and our Year 6 children are joining this effort too.
We are very excited to be part of this project. Keep looking here for photos and updates.
Here we are starting to design our Habitation Modules.
The Heart and Circulatory system
We have been learning all about how the heart functions. We used clay to make models of a human heart showing the 4 chambers, veins, arteries and capillaries.
We have been studying the work of Philip Pullman this week. Did you know that Philip Pullman wrote the 'Dark Materials' trilogy? We have been reading the Northern Lights and creating a character profile of Lyra, the main character.
Keith Haring Art
Owl class have been studying Keith Haring's art. We have been discovering how he shows the human body in motion. We took advantage of the sun one morning to get outside and draw around our shadows to help us sketch realistic poses. We took photographs of ourselves in motion and found out how hard it is to capture everyone jumping at the same time.We will use these pictures to study how our bodies look when they are moving and to help us create pieces of art.
Science Investigations in Owl Class
As part of our investigative work in Science, we have been learning about light: how it travels, how we see and how mirrors work. We made human models using string as our rays of light.
Just William Stories
Owl Class have been reading Just William stories as part of their Literacy work this week. Here we are performing in the school playground to Squirrel Class. We read one of the 'Just William' stories ('William joins the Band of Hope') and rewrote it as a play script. We have been rehearsing different scenes, and put it all together for a final performance in the sunshine.
In science, we found out how much sugar we should be eating every day - less than we realised! We then measured portions of breakfast cereals and drinks and calculated how much sugar was in them. This tiny portion of cereal has the equivalent of two cubes of sugar in it. Afterwards we measured out how much breakfast cereal we might actually eat and calculated the sugar content of that, which was sometimes more than the recommended daily amount for children of our age!
Some of the girls in Owl class played in a football tournament against local schools. This was their first game as a team. They played brilliantly together and really enjoyed the afternoon.