Class Teacher - Mrs Salkeld
We have been working hard to learn all about how to make sure our hands are clean before we start preparing food. This week we practiced cutting and spreading safely. The children worked really well and helped each other get a good technique. They enjoyed eating their crackers and the left over salad.
In order for us to learn more about how our food grows we have set up an experiment to see what plants need to grow. We have planted radish seeds in several pots some without light, without water, without soil and some with all 3. We will keep monitoring them over the next few weeks.
Science and Topic
We have had 2 very special guests over these last few weeks who have helped the children explore important topics.
Scott visited us and brought his blow up planetarium with him. The children were fascinated by the stars and the information about the different planets both within and beyond our solar system.
Phil also visited us and told us all about food miles. This helped us understand more about where our food comes from and how it gets to us. With his help the children planted some food that will be going home with them soon.
A huge thank you to all parents that came to watch our assembly. Although nerves were high I'm sure you'll agree that the children did a fantastic job and a huge well done to all of them.
We have had some very special new members of corridor 3 these past 3 weeks. The chicken eggs that have been kept in an incubator in class 9 started to hatch over the weekend and today we met our 3 fluffy chicks. They have been named by the children as Gandalf the Grey, Spongebob and Boogie. We were very lucky to have them in our class and were able to ask Mrs Stowell, our chicken expert or (eggspert) any questions we had.
We have been exploring how people without taps get their water. To help us understand we built our own water pump using rocks, soil and water and tried to pump the water back out. However, we found it much harder than we thought as the pumps kept getting clogged with soil. We found that the bigger the pump the more water we could get out as it didn't clog as easily. We decided we didn't want to drink the water as it was black so we put it through a filter, kindly made by class 8. The children were amazed that the layers of sand, stones and rocks cleaned the water so it was almost clean. We decided that turning on a tap was much easier.
This week we have been looking at problem solving challenges. The pupils have had a mixture of equipment out helping them to solve tricky multiplication problems including how many aliens are on a planet if they have 22 legs.
We continued our investigations this week about the water cycle this time looking at condensation. We placed warm water in a large tub, covered it with cling film and put ice in top to see where condensation formed. The pupils then did their own table experiments using ice in a jar to see where condensation would form using cold water.
If all children can bring a screw top jar for next Friday we can set up an individual experiment about condensation to leave over the weekend.
We have started our investigations this week looking at how different liquids evaporate. The pupils measured out a small amount of 6 different liquids and we left them over the long weekend. When we came back we have found some of the cups empty with just a coloured film left in the bottom.
This half term we are looking at all things water and our focus book is The Mousehole Cat. We started our learning by creating cat masks and learning about the history of pet cats from the Egyptians to what our cats behaviour means.
For science we investigated what makes the best slime. We made 3 different types of slime using cornflour, chia seeds and fybogel. We predicted which would be best and then tested them outside to see what splat they made. We made sure it was a fair test by measuring the amount of slime, the height we dropped it from and that we made each batch at the same time. We then explained which we thought was the best slime and why.
Trip to Clitheroe Castle
The pupils and staff really enjoyed our topic trip to Clitheroe Castle. We learnt lots about the keep and history about the area. The pupils made a Motte and Bailey sand castle, armour for an egg 'Sir Eggbert' and had a tour of the keep. They also answered a quiz booklet about the museum and war memorials, and raced around a labyrinth.
This half term we are looking at living things. We started by investigating how animals are similar and different. We looked at what made a living thing and some of the differences between animals and plants. The pupils grouped pictures of animals independently before using the 5 classification groups: mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish. They then regrouped them into their scientific classifications.
We joined with classes 8 and 9 to better understand what happened in 1066 and how William Duke of Normandy came to be England's King. Each class took on a role and class 7 were the brave Saxon's defending our country and our new King Harold. With King Edward dead we crowned Harold only to be invaded by the Vikings (class 8). We defended ourselves well and fought them off only to be attacked again, this time by the Normans (class 9). Unfortunately, they tricked us and thinking we'd won we let our guard down only to be beaten. Our brave King Harold was killed, leaving Duke William to be England's king.
The children worked really well acting out the events and although the rain didn't hold completely off we understood a lot more about this significant year in English history.
Welcome back after the half term holidays.
In class 7 we started our new topic looking at castles and the Norman invasion of 1066 that introduced them to Britain. Our first challenge was to make a motte and bailey castle out of card.
Today we have made our Ancient Egyptain tombs using the boxes that have been brought in. Thanks to some very generous children (and parents) we were able to have each pupil working on their own tomb design filling it with fantastic items to take with them to the afterlife.
Golden time activities
On a Friday the children have golden time that allows them to learn a new skill or enjoy a new hobby. This week our pupils have been working really well at both with some pupils making a watermelon smoothie and others creating fantastic lego structures.
A huge thank you to all children, and parents, that have brought items in. Our display is growing and looks better than ever.
In science we have been investigating fossils and how they are made. The pupils matched up pictures of dinosaurs and their fossils. They explained the features they could see and why they thought they matched. Then, they ordered the process of fossilisation and described what happened.
In our topic lesson today we looked at the life of the average Ancient Egyptian. We did some work about the cities they lived in and looked at what clothes they wore. Mrs Salkeld brought in some Egyptian clothes from her family's trip to Egypt and the pupils really enjoyed dressing like an Egyptian. We discussed why the headscarf had extra material and thought it might be to stop sand getting in our mouths yuck!
Over the next few weeks we are going to set up an exhibition for the other classes on our corridor and we are going to teach them all about tombs and pyramids.
I have asked all pupils to bring a cardboard box, similar to a shoebox, for them to make into their own tomb room with things that are important to them in. If all boxes could be in by Monday the 30th January we can start to make small items in class to go inside them.
Our class display
During our time studying the Ancient Egyptians a few of the pupils have been doing extra work at home making items or bringing in items of interest linked with our topic or science lessons. This is great to see and we have set up our very own class display at the back of the room showing off what people have brought in.
I hope we can keep adding to it throughout the half-term.
We came back after the weekend to check on our soil experiment and found that some of our soil looked very different. One group's jar was almost clear water and we found that when adding water some of the soil had washed out of the jar! Another group's jar was a lighter brown than the rest and this had lots of sand in it. The other three jars were very similar but did vary on amount of plant life floating on the top of the water.
We continued our topic exploring rocks and soil by looking at what dirt was made up of. Mr Dowling helped us out by kindly giving us some soil and compost from the gardening area and Mrs Salkeld brought some soil in from home. We observed the different soils and predicted what we thought ours was mainly made up of.
We have put some in a jar and added water to split the soil into layers and we will see the different layers next week.
A big thank you to all the parents who gave a jar to their child to allow us to do our experiment.
We started our new topic looking at rocks and soil by comparing and testing different rocks. The pupils had 5 tests to do: colour, bits and particles, scratch it, permeability and magnetism. The pupils worked well testing 3 different types of rock in groups and recording their findings.
Welcome back after Christmas break! I hope you've all had a good Christmas and a nice relaxing time.
Topic and English
Since coming back we have been studying our topic all about Ancient Egyptians. We started our topic building a sarcophagus and mummifying a fish! The children were superb and had a really good go even though it was 'disgusting and icky' to quote a few.
The pupils studied the mathematical aspects of Kandinsky's Composition VIII. They identified: vertical and horizontal lines sets of parallel and perpendicular lines and 2D shapes.
They then used rulers and a compass to create their own Kandinsky inspired artwork.
We have been investigating shapes this week both 3D and 2D.
We started by going on a shape hunt around the classroom and identifying all the shapes we could. We then used play doh to create 3D shapes and explored what 2D shapes we could print by using cross-sections of them.
We completed our second experiment in science this week investigating how water cools down. Each table was given a container of hot water and measured the temperature at intervals.
We found that a small tea cup cooled the water quickest while Mrs Thornton's coffee flask kept it hotter even after 40 minutes.
We worked on our first scientific experiment this week and the pupils explored the question 'Do different materials help melt ice faster?' We created this question to look at how water can change states of matter from a solid into a liquid.
Earlier in the week we had frozen a Lego brick inside a glove. Each table had a different material to try and help melt the Lego brick out of the ice, these were: salt, shower gel, sand, cotton wool balls and a radiator.
We found that the material that helped melt the ice quickest was sand in 8 minutes and 55 seconds and the slowest was salt taking 18 minutes and 59 seconds.
This week the pupils have been using clocks to answer time problems. We have looked at what time we do activities, how many hours and minutes have passed between 2 times and what time it is after a certain amount of hours and minutes.
This week the pupils wrote their own recipe for the medicine George made. We looked at different recipes and created a list of what information was written and the layouts of them.
The pupils then used one of Roald Dahl's revolting recipes to recreate a recipe before writing their own.
This week we started our science topic looking at materials and different states of matter. We used the ingredients from George's marvellous medicine and the pupils challenge was to group them in different ways.
The pupils grouped them depending upon where they came from, what you did with them and then solids, liquids and gases.
We found that some items like lipstick and shaving foam were tricky to put into a group.
This week we have created our own descriptions of George's Grandma and other famous Roald Dahl characters.
Mrs Salkeld showed how much difference a good description of a character could make by giving the pupils a bad description of the BFG and asking them to draw a picture of the character described. We then read Roald Dahl's description and tried to draw the character again.
Below are some of the pictures drawn with the bad description and then the good description. It just shows how powerful words are to help us imagine.
Over the last few weeks we have been developing our multiplication and division skills. The pupils have used lots of different methods to work out problems including: counting on, long multiplication, using counters, place value models and multiplication squares.
This week in our topic lesson we looked at how cities are built and compared Burnley in 1890 to how it looks now. We found that there was very little that was the same but lots of new things had been built, including the M65.
The pupil's challenge this week was to fit different Lego bricks into a small space. Each Lego brick represented a type of building including a row of houses and a factory and the red paper the space they had top build a city. The pupils even created their own building types including a museum, a park and a beach.
We have been studying the famous author Roald Dahl since we came back after half-term and we have done lots of work finding out about him.
We have worked with our fellow pupils in classes 8 and 9 to create a corridor display all about Roald Dahl's life.
We worked on when he was at school and Cadbury's used to visit them and give them free samples! We also looked at when he was in a car accident and he almost had his nose sliced off! We decided the Roald had a very exciting childhood.
We went to see George's Marvellous Medicine at the Opera House in Manchester and the children (and adults) really enjoyed the show. We compared this to the book we have read so far and decided if we liked the Grandma in the show or the book best.
This half term we are looking at cities and villages in our topic lessons.
To start everything off the pupils had a challenge to build the tallest free-standing structure out of different material. One group had cardboard boxes, one group had Lego and the final group had K’Nex. Each group had their own target to reach and the most over their target was crowned our winner.
We learnt that some designs were better than others and that free-standing meant no-one could hold onto it to keep it up.
Look out for more of our topic challenges over the next few weeks.
When the children were in Year 2, they donated money they had collected to 'Guide Dogs for the blind.' Here is an update on their puppy Freya.
Our topic for this half term is Ancient Greece. We have started to write about the daily life of an ancient Greek and have learnt about the columns they used in their architecture.
The new school year
We began the school year by getting to know our class mates and sharing fun facts about ourselves. We completed our 'all about me' booklets and class jigsaw, to show how everyone in our class has a place together.