Class 4 started their new topic on Tuesday and have been very busy creating their new display. The children got into groups and researched different sports equipment. They then designed and created life-sized objects using a variety of materials. Some children created their models from wire while others used papier mache to create a sturdy structure.
We are painting our equipment next week... stay tuned to see the finished products!
Pyrenees Class maths focus over the last couple of weeks has been measurement. The children have been choosing appropriate units of measure, estimating and calculating using these measures as well as converting metric measures using their multiplication and division knowledge. In addition to this, the children have been looking at converting miles and km, looking specifically at methods to calculate this conversion. This linked in nicely to the Sports Marathon that was completed recently, giving the children to calculate the number of laps run by each child and converting these into miles and km.
Roald Dahl Science in Action!
Pyrenees Class carried out their own scientific investigation closely linked to our 'Roald Dahl' learning topic this term with the children attempting to create their very own 'Dream Jars.'
During the morning they looked the properties of different liquids and the scientific laws governing how they interact. A number of challenging questions were posed to the children as part of this challenge. There were some excellent responses showing the children's understanding of both the density and molecular structure of water and oil as well as the knowledge of how effervescent tablets work to release specific gases.
The oil floated on top of the water because it has a lesser density than the water that was beneath it. This was surprising as I had predicted that due to the thickness of the oil that it would have a greater
We found out that water molecules are polarised and have a positive and negative charge which explains why they are attracted to each other. This is like the ends of magnets which are called poles. They will attract and repel each other. Oil is not polarised and subsequently when the oil was added to the water it did not mix and instead the two liquids remained separate. (Holly)
We had to measure out the correct ratio of water and oil to form our ‘ Dream Jars.’ This was in the ratio of 2:1. To find out the exact amount for each liquid we divided 2litres (2000ml) by 3 and then multiplied by each term. The answer was 666.666ml. We then multiplied this number by each term—2 and 1. Water - 1333.33ml and Oil - 666.66ml. (Sam)
Class 4 have been putting their knowledge of fractions and pie charts to the test! Each child was given a tube of Smarties and had to demonstrate their fraction knowledge in a number of ways. They began by recording their Smarties colours as fractions, simplifying these wherever possible. If they were unable to simplify their fractions, they had to reason about why this was.
Following this, Class 4 had to create a pie chart to present their results. To do this they had to work out how many degrees each Smartie represented, before multiplying this by the number of each colour in their pack.
Finally, once they had calculated their pie chart, they had to construct it using compasses and protractors (this was very challenging!)
Lastly, when the children had checked that their results and pie chart were correct... they were allowed to eat the Smarties!
Year 6 Visit to BMW - Exeter
On Tuesday 5th December, Year 6 visited the BMW showroom in Marsh Barton, Exeter. James, one of the salesmen, showed us around and delivered us a sales pitch, showing us what we needed to do in order to sell our own cars. After this, we were able to look around the showroom independently. We each chose a car to focus on and filled in a car specification sheet to highlight the specifications of our chosen car. We will then be completing a piece of writing back in the classroom all about this exciting and engaging real-life writing experience.
Class 4 would all like to say a huge thank you to James, Lewis and everyone at BMW for allowing us this incredible opportunity!
Class 3 and 4 STEM workshops
Class 3 and 4 were visited by Mr Tomlinson, who works at the Met Office, today. He spoke to the children about how weather is recorded and what equipment is used to measure different types of weather. The children were able to use an anemometer to test windspeed and were shown where different anemometers were located across the UK (there were none in Clyst St George!)
Mr Tomlinson also brought part of the 'Supercomputer' where the children studied the RAM memory of the device, the cost of this computer and how it was used in the Met Office.
Finally, the children became weather forecasters, where they had to read and present the weather to the rest of the class, using the relevant terminology and actions as seen by real reporters.
A huge thank you to Mr Tomlinson for giving up his time and for sharing such interesting information with the children as part of our Extreme Earth topic.
Congratulations to our New Prefects
We now welcome three new prefects to our team: congratualtions to Caitlin, Eleni and Harmony who recieved their prefect ties on Friday 3rd November in Celebration Assembly. These were recieved as a result of the consistently high standard of work, positive role modelling and fantastic behaviour around school.
These children will now join Jack, Sam, Libby and Holly on the prefect team and will take on extra responsibilities around the school.
Lady Seaward's New Classroom Site Visit
On Thursday 28th September, Class 4 were very fortunate to be granted permission to visit our new classroom! Simon showed us around and explained to the class where each room was going to be and how different materials were being used to support the structure and insulate the building. The children interviewed him and asked some very exciting questions which he was able to answer. From this, the children wrote up their interviews and created site plans, looking carefully at the original drawings that were conducted before the building work began, using their understanding of scale and ratio to support this.
Class 4 have been very lucky to have been involved with a project with the local community in which they designed, made and evaulated a quilt linking to the seasons seen at Killerton Orchards. The children were helped with the project by Gail who showed the children how to do basic stitching, as well as how to bond material to their quilts using an iron.
Following this, the children visited the orchards where they also took part in workshops, were able to pick apples and even try the apple juice made by the apples pressed on-site.
Class 3 and 4 have been investigating how many buildings are now designed to withstand earthquakes. They have looked at their design and structure before having a go at creating their own model building from spaghetti and blu-tac. We then mimicked an earthquake (shaking the tables!) and looked at which group had the sturdiest tower...
Class 4 have been very busy already this term and have shared loads of interesting facts about our Natural Disasters topic. They have learned about the different natural disasters that we hear about and have collected data about which disaster each child is most interested in, plotting their results on bar charts. In addition to this, the children have written non-fiction texts about volcanoes and have used a range of different sketching techniques to create images of a range of natural disasters.
Class 4 is our new classroom with children from Year 6. We work closely with Class 3 especially for our topic work. Our teacher is Mrs Mugford.
Our topic in the Autumn Term is:
World War Two