We decided as a class that we wanted to make our own volcanoes, so we became scientists for the day and since molten rock is hard to come by and far too dangerous, we decided to use vinegar, red food colouring and bicarbonate of soda instead to get a very similar effect.
This week in reception, some huge dinosaur footprints appeared in our classroom. We decided to estimate how many of different items we could fit inside them. We all had different ideas on how many shoes there were inside the footprint but we all agreed that the best to check who was right was to count the shoes. How many do you estimate there are ?
We discovered that our toy dinosaurs had become trapped in some ice and decided to investigate ways to free them from their icy prison.
We thought of some different ways to melt the ice including hot water, cold water and our hands. We also investigated by putting things like salt and sugar on the ice to see what might happen. After we had set the dinosaurs free some of the children wanted to make more ice so we tried putting water in the fridge and the freezer to see what might happen.
This week it has felt like we have been transported to the North Pole! It’s been amazing to see all the snow and ice. The children explored the outdoor area and enjoyed playing with the snow. They made some great observations and discoveries.
“The ice feels different to the snow, it’s harder.”
“If I hold the snow in my hands for ages it melts.”
We finished off an exciting week with our class party. The children enjoyed eating thier treats and singing some classic Christmas songs. There were some brilliant dancers too; showing off their moves during musicals statues. We even had a special visitor drop by to give us an early Christmas present.
Children from each class celebrated their fantastic attitude and effort towards their learning this half term, with Mrs Quereshi. Well done!
This week the children got the chance to play dodge ball. They had to work as a team to play 2 different versions of the game. The children had to be aliens and throw the ball at the spaceships (cones). This helped them to throw more accurately at a target. They finished off with a game. Great team work Beech Class.
Children throughout the school have enjoyed taking part in the National Hour Of Code this week. The initiative encourages children to become coders and problem solvers. The Year 5 children have enjoyed a range of activities with our volunteer computing expert, Simon Devon, which included coding robots and Microbits. Children in our school coding club also enjoyed a challenging coding session this week which they proudly demonstrated to their parents after the club, which turned into a mini robot wars episode in our school hall!
EYFS and KS1 also enjoyed learning how to Code using Osmo the iPad educational gaming accessory, which was expertly demonstrated by some of our Year 4 children. Our Year 6 children will also be taking part in a collaborative coding challenge this Friday, with a group of Year 7 and 8 secondary school children, via Skype in our computing suite.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with new technology this week and have found it exciting and fun. Here are some photos of their learning.