Environment Week 2017

Before the holidays, we were learning about how to look after the environment and in particular, our school environment.

We moved around the different classrooms and this is what we learnt…

In Pearl class, we used the secret garden to investigate if it would be a suitable habitat for birds to make their nests with and found lots of litter that we needed to remove.

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In Ruby class, we used the PlayPod to sort big materials into the correct categories.

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In Jet class, we learnt about recycling and sorted materials into ones that can be reused and those that can’t before decorating our recycling bin.

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In Topaz class, we made bird feeders that we are going to put up in the secret garden to encourage birds to come and visit, maybe even nest!

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How to continue the learning at home:

  • Look at what you throw away at home – can any of it be recycled?
  • Pick up any litter that you see on the ground and put it in the bin.
  • Click here to help Barnaby Bear to sort materials into the right categories.
  • Click here for more help and advice to learn how to recycle.
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Living, Non-Living or Once Living…?

Our Science topic is all about animals and their habitats so we went to explore the secret garden to see if we could find different objects that we could sort.

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Once we had collected our objects, we came back into the classroom to sort the objects into living, non-living and once living objects.

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We know that all living things can:

Move

Respire (Breathe)

Sensitivity (Using senses – taste, touch, see, hear and smell) 

Grow

Reproduce (Having babies)

Excretion (Go to the toilet) 

Nutrition (Eat and drink)

Look at the first letters of each of those words above. What do they spell out? 

We also found some interesting plants in the secret garden. Do you know the names of any of these plants? How can you find out the names of these plants?

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Microscopes

As a school, we are working towards achieving the Silver PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) award. Miss Varley came in the classroom with a large blue box on wheels and this made us very excited. We had no idea what was going to be inside.

When we opened the box, we found that there were a set of microscopes for us to use.

  • What is a microscope?
  • What do we use them for?
  • How do we use them? 

We talked about how to use them carefully, making sure that our fingers weren’t covering the lens. We looked at how to move the lens up and down to be able to see the tiny details on objects.

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All about Plants

In Science this half term, we are learning all about…

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We completed a KWL grid to think about what we knew already and then asked questions about what we would like to find out about at the end of the topic. This is displayed on our Science working wall to remind us of the questions we wanted to find out the answers to.

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We have also set up an investigation to see what seeds and bulbs need to grow. Every week, we will be completing a seed and bulb diary to see if they grow differently in different conditions. We have 6 jars on the go to see which one will grow best…

  • Jar A – Water, air, sand and light
  • Jar B – Water, air, light but no soil
  • Jar C – Air, light, soil but no water
  • Jar D – Water, light, soil but no air
  • Jar E – Water, air, soil but no light
  • Jar F – Water, air, soil but kept in the dark.

Which do you think will grow the best?

Write in the comments section if you would like to ask us a question or tell us something about plants that would help us to learn something new.

What an emergency!

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Today we had a very important job to do. We got a call from our friend Ted who said that he had an emergency. He had been busy playing in the garden when it started to rain and he got really wet.

We wanted to come up with something that would help Ted from getting wet in the future.

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We wanted to try and find the best material we could to make an umbrella for Ted. We had clingfilm, tin foil, cotton wool, paper towels, tissue paper, felt and plastic bags to choose from.

We tried to be scientists and predicted which material would be the most suitable for the job.

Then the fun started and we got to test out our ideas.

We used pipettes or syringes to help us to measure the water we used each time to help to keep it a fair test. We made sure that the only thing we changed was the material that we tested.

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After we had collected our results, we came back together as a class to discuss what we had found.

Here are our findings:

If a material didn’t let the water in, then that material was waterproof. Suitable materials would be cling film, plastic bag or tin foil as they didn’t let the water through and Ted stayed dry. After a little more discussion, we thought that tin foil wasn’t a good material to use in the rain, in case the thunder and lightning came as tin foil is made from metal and we would get electrocuted if the lightning hit the umbrella.

If a material did let water through, then that material wasn’t waterproof. Unsuitable materials were tissue paper, paper towels, cotton wool and felt as they all let the water through and Ted got really wet. Some of these materials tore and made a hole because they weren’t very strong.

Healthy Living Week

In Science, we have been learning all about being healthy.

We know that we can be healthy in lots of different ways.

First we had a question to answer: Does exercise affect our heart rate?

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We checked our heart rates when they were resting and then we checked them again after each activity to see if they had increased or not.

We found that our heart rates did increased when we completed some exercise. We know that our heart is very important to help keep you alive and that our hearts pump blood all around the body. Our blood cells contain oxygen that our bodies need to stay healthy.

Next we looked at how food had an effect on our bodies.

After that, we looked at making a healthy lunch box.

In Literacy, we looked at writing instructions to help learn how to wash our hands properly and how to brush our teeth. We have learnt that all instructions include imperative verbs (bossy verbs) that tell us to do something. These are also known as commands.

Washing our hands

1. Wet your hands with water from the tap.

2. Lather the soap between your hands.

3. Scrub your hands with the soapy bubbles, making sure you get between your fingers, thumbs, palms and on top of your hands.

4. Rinse off the bubbles with more clean water.

5. Dry with hands with a clean paper towel.

What a fantastic job we have done washing our hands!

Finally, we had a special day dedicated to healthy living where our parents could come and join in with us to make lots of different crafts.

The school nurses came into school as well to talk to us about how to stay healthy and they spoke to our mums and dads as well.

Do you know how much sugar is in the things you drink?

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We have had a really fun day and enjoyed learning about how to be healthy.

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Switch drinking sweet, sugary drinks to water, milk or sugar free dilute squash. Save fizzy drinks for a special treat.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months for a check up.
  • Try to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Exercise for 10-15 minutes every day.
  • Instead of coming to school in the car, why not try parking half way and then walking the rest of the way.
  • Save sweets and chocolates for a special treat maybe once a week.
  • Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Life Cycles

This half term, we are learning all about life cycles in Science. We already know about the human life cycle and about the life cycle of a seed to a sunflower so we decided to learn the life cycles of some other animals.

We were very surprised when Miss Varley brought not one but two surprises in our classroom this week.

First we got some caterpillars after learning about how they transform into butterflies.

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They may look tiny now but just wait a few weeks. We bet they don’t stay like that for long!

Our second surprise was this:

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EGGS!!!!!!!

Miss Varley won’t tell us what kind of eggs these are but we know they definitely came from a farm. What kind of eggs do you think they are? Why don’t you comment below to let us know. We can’t wait until they have hatched!

Our suggestions so far include a chick, a duckling and a gosling. What do you think?

What you could do at home:

  • Talk to your child about what a life cycle is.
  • Match the names of adult animals to their babies.
  • Visit a farm or zoo to see animals and their babies.