Welcome to Whales Class!
Our Class Teachers are Zoe Sparks and Sarah Jane Kimbley and our Learning Support Assistant is Sofna Hannan.
Lockdown Learners of the Week
A great big thank you to all the parents that have supported their children with home learning. We truly appreciate any effort that has been made to ensure your children continue with their education during this unsettling change of routine. Just like in our celebration assemblies, we felt it would be appropriate to celebrate some of the children who have been working hard this week.
Take a look at some fantastic home learning our children have been doing! We love seeing our children continuing their learning from home. 🙂
Year 1 Dolphins
In Year 1, I was really impressed this week by Eloise’s amazing story she has written about the space rocket she has made. Here is her amazing work:
Year 2/3 Whales
In Year 2/3, our lockdown learners of the week are Samuel and Jaden! They have been working hard at home completing the learning packs and completing their tasks set on Purple Mash.
Year 5 Turtles
A big shout out goes to the following children who have been working hard to complete their home learning, and have handed in work on Purple Mash:
Amelie, Lexie M, Ashira, Yusuf, Lexie T, Hanifa, Jumana, Raihan, Aleemah, Lucas, Oskar, Junior, Mahdi, Rosa, Umayyah, Davi and Sihan.
Year 6 Sea Horses
In Year 6, our lockdown learners of the week are Bibi and Nathalie! They have been working hard at home completing their tasks set on Purple Mash. Well done girls.
This term, Year 2 and 3 have been looking at working scientifically. We have looked at some famous scientist and their discoveries and used this as inspiration for our own scientific experiments.
We looked at Isaac Newton and gravity and planned a simple investigation using spinners and paper clips. We made it a fair test by keeping everything the same and only changing one thing (the amount of paper clips on the spinner). The results of our experiment was that the heavier the object, the faster it fell to the ground. We concluded that the heavier the object, the more gravitational force it would have!
We then looked at how scientists study the brain and planned a simple experiment involving our reflexes using rulers. We had to drop the rulers and see how quickly we could catch them. We made it a fair test by keeping everything the same and only changing one thing (the hand we were catching with). Our results were that the hand with the faster reflexes varied. We concluded that our dominant hand (the one we use to write with) had faster reflexes because we used it more.
Due to the Corona virus, we discussed the importance of washing our hands properly and how easily germs can be spread if we do not practise good hygiene. We planned a simple investigation on what might happen to bread if we touched it with unwashed hands, washed hands and no hands. We made it a fair test by keeping everything the same and only changing one thing (what touched the bread). The results of the experiment showed us the mouldiest slice of bread was the piece we touched with unwashed hands.
We also investigated how easily germs were transferred using glitter glue and shaking hands. We then washed our hands with water and found that we could still see the glitter sticking to our hands. We then washed our hands using soap and managed to wash away the remaining glitter. We concluded that we should wash our hands properly to make sure that we did not spread germs!
British Science Week – Silly Science
In celebration of British Science week, pupils participated in a Silly Science Workshop.
Professor Nitrate took us through some demonstrations that involved:
Fire and the three things that are needed to make fire, namely heat, oxygen and fuel.
Chemical reactions which cause explosions, through pressure. This involved shooting film canisters into the air.
We were introduced to the concept of thrust, which occurs when there are two equal and opposite forces.
It was a fun filled morning in which the children learned new vocabulary and concepts, whilst having the opportunity to get involved as Professor Nitrates assistants.
The Amazing Amazon Rainforest
Last term, Year 2 and 3 learnt about all about the rainforests. We coloured rainforest animals, made long paper chain vines, tissue paper flowers and a variety of tropical leaves for our display.
We learnt about where rainforests are in the world, what the different layers of the forest are, what the climate is like and how it is affected by water cycle and the tribes that live in the rainforest. We then looked at deforestation, the devastating effects it can have on the world and how we can protect our rainforests.
I was super impressed with the 3D models of the rainforest that the children created for their homework.
ImCRESSive Plant Experiment
Year 2 and 3 have been learning all about plants. We have looked at seeds, bulbs, seed dispersal and what plant needs to grow. The children enjoyed tasting lots of different types of seeds!
At the end of their unit, we set up a simple experiment to see what conditions plants needed to grow. We planted some cress seeds and decided what variable we would test (water, light, temperature and soil). We made predictions on what we thought would happen and checked out cress seeds one week later to see what had happened. These were our results:
The children have taken home their cress plants and have been challenged to see how long they can keep them alive for!
Brilliant Ball Skills
We have been learning about the different types of skills we would need in sports that involve balls e.g. throwing, catching, kicking, dribbling and stopping. At the end of the term, the children got to put their skills to the test in a ball based circuit.
Nutty Number Hunt!
For the NSPCC number day, Year 2 and 3 were split into squirrel teams and given 30 acorns. We divided our acorns equally between each squirrel and then went out onto the field to find somewhere to hide them. We were then allowed to hunt for each teams acorns and see if we could steal them for our own winter food supply (we could keep our own acorns if they hadn’t already been found). We sat down and counted all our acorns and the squirrel team with the most acorns won!
We used many different maths skills today including counting, adding and dividing. It was also an excellent way for us to consolidate what we have been learning about animal seed dispersal in Science.
This week, Year 1, 2 and 3 got the opportunity to experience a taster of being in the circus. We learnt new skills involving juggling, hula hooping and plate spinning.
Year 2/3 Djembe Drumming Lessons
Will the building be strong enough?
Today we learned about the earthquakes that happen in Japan. We found out that Japan can have up to 1,500 earthquakes a year. Because of this Japan have started to build houses that are designed to cope with earthquakes, ensuring that people’s homes are not destroyed and that people inside the buildings are kept safe. After learning about this we tried to build our own house made from spaghetti and play-doh to see if it could survive an earthquake. Unfortunately many houses were not strong enough!