We have had a fantastic week in nursery this week. We have been learning all about minibeasts and creating our own bees. We had lots of fun during rhyme time with our family members. We had fun playing in the water with the ducks. We looked at the word sitting and what it means to us. We all practiced doing this and we also showed this with other objects. We enjoyed playing a colour matching game where we had to match the different colours to the different coloured objects. We have spent time exploring the outdoors and we even found some worms.
We have had a good week so far in nursery. We have been looking at our story, Dear Zoo. We dressed up like the different animals and moved our bodies and made noises like the animals. We made animal footprints using the different coloured paints. We also made elephants which have long trunks and big ears! In our physical development room we have been practising our crawling and climbing skills. More fun to come!
In Science today we have been learning about the different organs, their functions and re-constructing the human digestive system.
This afternoon, Reception class went on a bug hunt around the school grounds. We found an array of bugs including slugs, worms and a millipede. We observed the environment and explored under stones and equipment to find dark warm places that the bugs might like to live in. The children really thought about where the bugs might be and gave some great observational comments about what they discovered.
Year 3's new science topic is all about Forces and Magnets. They worked their way around the tables trying to answer the three different questions - 1) Hold an object and a magnet towards each other. What could they feel? 2) Examine the different materials, on the table. Can you say which are magnetic or non-magnetic? 3) Look at the picture cards. Can they say which force is being used, a push or a pull.
We have had lots of fun this week, taking part in lots of different activities. We had fun exploring light and dark. We switched all the lights off in our classroom and used a torch to look around. We talked about what happens at night time and the stars and the moon shine in the sky.
In today's science lesson year 3 have been looking into the different types of soil. They compared clay soil, chalk soil, chalk loam and sandy soil in a blind test making notes of their different properties and then tried to identify them correctly.
During Science today, Year 1 learned all about parts of the body. We discussed bones and skeletons, internal organs such as lungs and hearts and the five senses. Year 1 made Anatomy pictures using pasta and craft materials.
This week in Understanding the world, we learnt about the North and South pole and what we would find there. We discovered lots of ice and different animals to what we would see in Darwen. We put the polar bears and reindeer in the North pole and whales and penguins in the south pole. The children then explored ice and what happens to the ice when it starts to get warm.
Yesterday we went on a scavenger hunt around the school grounds to see what we could find in nature! The children found an array of items including leaves, berries and ice. The children sorted all of the objects into groups before we took a look at our haul! We spoke about why the leaves were on the ground instead of in the trees. What animals may need the berries as a food source. How the ice was formed. Why it is important to put our rubbish in the bin. Reception class did a great job working scientifically and they had lots of ideas and comments about what we had found.
In science this afternoon we have been exploring how sounds are made and associating them with vibrations.
We have had a great day exploring ice today and what happens when we put it into warm water. We were excited to find out that when the ice melted, some dinosaurs appeared! We counted the dinosaurs that we found and also talked about what colour they were.
In science this afternoon we have been recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the source increases.
The children enjoyed learning all about Hibernation yesterday. We explored which animals hibernate and how they store their food for winter. We went out and collected leaves, twigs and food that the animals might need. The children then made houses for the hedgehogs to sleep in for winter.
We had lots of fun exploring the outdoors today! We made leaf soup in the mud kitchen and enjoyed climbing on the climbing frame. We love exploring in Autumn time with all the leaves crunching under our feet. We made sure to wrap up warm today and had so much fun!
In our science lesson this afternoon, we have been learning about the life cycle of a human and the gestation of animals.
We received some new tech in school today, a set of 30 BBC micro:bits. The BBC micro:bit is packed with inputs, outputs, sensors and radio communication features. You can find put more here https://microbit.org/ We can’t wait to get started with these!
Today Year 3 have started their new science topic learning about rocks and soils. During the lesson the children moved around the class investigating and answering questions about soils, rocks and fossils
Year 3 conducted their first outside science experiment today. They were trying to find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change, using poles and string. Throughout the afternoon they checked their experiment and recorded the change in the shadows.
We will be learning all about humans in Science this term. Reception class explored their faces this week, the children took it in turns to look into our mirror and describe what they could see. The children were able to name some of their features, eyes, nose mouth etc. They looked very carefully and started to notice their differences, some children have brown eyes, some have blue. Some children have freckles while others don't. Some of our friends have long hair and some have short hair. The children really enjoyed looking at themselves and each other, noticing new things about their faces.
Year 3 started their first science topic today. They have been carrying out 6 different experiments to do with light.
In Science today we were creating models that show how we have day and night. We then wrote our own scientific explanations to explore this further.
In Science this week we went on a minibeast hunt. We then thought about how easy it is to see the minibeasts in their microhabitat and gave them a star rating out of 5 for how camouflaged they were.
In Science today we set up and carried out a comparative test. We were finding out which magnet is the strongest.
This morning a group of children took part in an experiment! We needed to select a good material to make a roof so that Incy-Wincy spider would stay dry and cosy in this wet and soggy weather. Firstly we inspected each material, the children had a very good look and they also felt the materials before making their predictions. They all had a good knowledge and some good ideas as to why certain materials would or would not keep Incy-Wincy dry. Then we put out predictions to the test! We worked as a team to hold the different materials tight and steady, then took turns to pour the water on top. The children really enjoyed seeing how the water moved and settled on the different materials. We found some very good materials that would definitely keep Incy-Wincy spider nice and dry!
This week the children have been exploring Spring and mini beasts. Today we have been planting seeds to watch them grow. The children added soil and seeds into their pots and then we discussed what the seeds will need to grow. The children were aware that they needed the sun and water to help them. We are excited to watch them grow over the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.
This week in Science, Y2 have been sorting images under the headings alive, once alive and never alive. The children placed the images where they thought then we had a really interesting discussion about different objects. For example how the bunch of flowers were once alive but aren't once they are picked and how the ball of wool was once alive on a sheep. The children then re-looked at their images and sorted them in their groups again.
This morning, Reception class has had two very special visitors. Steven and Harold from 'life education' came to teach us all about our bodies, our emotions and self care. The children loved learning about a few of their internal organs and what they do to keep our bodies functioning and healthy. We also discussed who we would talk to if we felt sad or unwell and how we could improve our mood by doing different activities. The children also looked after Harold by brushing his hair and brushing his teeth, making sure that he is ready for the day! Harold ended our session by singing a wonderful song all about emotions. I'm sure your little ones will have lots to tell you about Harold and what they have learnt when they get home!
This afternoon Year 6 have had fun proving that light travels in a straight line in Science!
Today in Science, we investigated which type of soil absorbed the most water. We used our measuring skills using syringes, beakers and cylinders.
Today in Science, Year 6 have been designing experiments to predict if their heart rates will go up when they do still exercises. It's been a fun afternoon!
Y5 had an exciting afternoon on Friday. We explored how Emperor Penguins have blubber which keeps them warm - the children experimented by putting an uncovered hand into ice and then put their hand into a bag which had been lined with butter (blubber). The children were mesmerised by the difference and now have a great understanding of one of the many survival skills a penguin uses!
Today in Science, Year 3 tested the hardness of different rocks with a rub test. They ordered the rocks in groups and then recorded what they found out. We finally reported back to Miss Peckson our conclusion.
Y2 started our new topic 'Animals including humans' in Science by sequencing the life cycle of different animals - a chick, butterfly, frog and newt.
We completed our final Science investigation for our topic 'Everyday Materials' last week. We tested glass, plastic, foil, wood and paper to see which was the best at letting light through. We found that glass let lots of light through, plastic and paper let some light through and foil and wood didn't let any light through. We sent our findings to a scientist to let him know that glass is the best material for his new windscreen in his racing car as it let the most light through.
This week in Science, the children investigated the best material to make an umbrella. They tested cling film, tissue, tin foil, a plastic bag and kitchen roll. They found 3 of the materials were waterproof but decided the plastic bag would make the best umbrella as it’s also stronger.
After listening to the song 'There's a hole in my bucket' we received a text message from Henry asking for our help. He wanted us to find something to fill the hole in his bucket. We thought about different materials we could investigate and found that blue-tack didn't let any water through, whereas playdough let 59 drops of water through in 30 seconds. The children then wrote a text message back to Henry with their advice.
Today Year 3 have been investigating that happens to our shadows through the day. Thank goodness the sun came out today!
We have had lots of fun this week learning all about Autumn and the wonderful things that happen during this time. We have talked about what animals hibernate and then we have painted these. We have been on a leaf hunt and collected lots of leaves to then make pictures with.
In Science today Year 1 went into the school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. We found trees that were changing colour and leaves that had fallen to the ground.
Year 6 have had a “splashing” time testing which bird foot is best for swimming in science this afternoon!
Year 6 enjoyed our science lesson about fossils. We explored a number of different fossils, and then learnt about why fossils are so important for the understanding of evolution. We all agreed that we wished we could learn about fossils every day!
Year 4 have had another busy and action packed week. Some of our highlights this week include: identifying and finding plants, spending our tokens in our first ever visit at the school's shop, being a human boat in a storm (!) and finding historical evidence to decide whether Theseus and the Minotaur really did happen.
In Science in year one we have been looking at all types of weather, The children all worked in teams to make a Rain Gauge, which will help us measure how much rain falls over a period of time.
Year 3 have been investigating which objects make light or dark shadows.
Year 2 had a fantastic time at Bowland Wild Boar Park.
Today Y4 were scientists investigating which type of chocolate melts the fastest!
The children had a wonderful time on our walk around Bold Venture park this morning. We looked at different plants and trees and thought about which were wild plants and which had been planted. We also thought about how seeds are dispersed.
Last week in the two’s room afternoon group, we planted some cress seeds. We talked about what the seeds needed in order for them to grow and we used a watering can to water our own seeds. We have been watching them grow and when we checked on them today, they had grown so much!
Yesterday the children participated in a science experiment. We had to choose some materials that would keep Incy Wincy dry. We used water to check if the material was waterproof and discussed the different properties of each item.
Last week, Gemma from Little Zoo to you visited school with a selection of animals and spoke to the children about their habitats. The children had a wonderful time and learned lots of different facts!
In Science this afternoon, we have been testing to see which shoes have the best grip. We planned and set up our own fair tests.
Year 5 observing different types of sugar using the digital microscopes. Which might take the longest to dissolve? Which sugar dissolves the fastest? Year 5 has devised their own fair tests.
Year 5 have been finding out which materials are conductors or insulators of electricity.
Today year 1 tested different materials for transparency in Science.
Year 6 science investigation to discover whether adding more bulbs into an electrical circuit will affect the brightness of the bulb.
Today we continued to learn about the digestive system in Science. We worked in groups to make posters of the different parts of the digestive system, drawing and explaining and what each part does. Ask us all about it!
Year 4 have been learning about teeth in our science lessons so we wanted to investigate the affect different liquids have on teeth. We used hard boiled eggs to represent teeth. We put each egg into a plastic cup and covered it with a different liquid. We used coco-cola, orange juice, milk, a sports drink, vinegar and water. We predicted what will happen to each egg but we will wait one week to find out!
The Two's Room have been busy exploring Mini Beasts this week. Creating caterpillars with the play dough and using Mini Mash to create a garden centre adding flowers and bugs to go.
This week Pre-School have been exploring mini beasts and have created houses for the bugs to live in. They have discussed where they live and what they like to eat and created snails, spiders and caterpillars at the workshop table.
Reception Class have been exploring change over time. They have added different liquids to apples; lemon juice, vinegar, milk, water and some apples with no liquid. The children had to predict which liquid they thought would turn the apple brown first and explain their thoughts. The children checked the apples and different liquids at regular intervals throughout the day, discussing the changes they had witnessed.
Year 3 have been investigating what happens to the size of a shadow when the angle of the light source changes
In our Science lessons Y4 have been learning about teeth! We have learnt about the different types of teeth, what they are called and what they are used for. We then tried to make a model of our own teeth! Here are some of our teeth models!
Year 5 have been measuring meteor craters and creating charts with the data.
This week we are continuing with our story of Jasper’s Beanstalk. The children have planting cress today to explore how it grows and what it needs to grow. The children are so excited to see what happens next.
This afternoon year 3 have started their new Science topic called Light. We have been investigating how we need light in order to see and the absence of light is dark.
Year 6 are studying Light in science, and created investigations to prove that light travels in a straight line. Can you see the torchlight shining through all the holes in the cards? We discovered that the holes have to be lined up for this to occur - light doesn’t travel around corners!
In Science today we have been comparing different types of soil to see how much water they absorb for a farmer. The clay loam was the best at absorbing water. We used our measuring skills to work out the volume in millilitres.
Year 6 have been carrying out a scientific investigation to test their predictions that the heart rate will rise even if you are doing a stationary exercise like the plank or a yoga balance pose.
Today we looked at sound waves in science. We can demonstrate a sound wave by acting it out. What happened when Alfred banged the drum?
Year 3 have been making their own fossils during science.
We completed a light investigation in science this week. We received an email from a scientist explaining his methods and his results, however we found he had made a few mistakes. We then explored the resources and completed the test ourselves before writing an e-mail back to him with some ideas to help in complete a fair test in the future.
Year 4 are busy making their earthquakes and volcanoes board games.
Nursery have had lots of fun exploring Autumn this half term. There has been lots of outdoor learning.
Another week, another Science investigation for Y2. This week the children looked at different plastic bottles to see which was the most flexible. They found that the ketchup bottle was easier to squeeze and the water from the ketchup bottle travelled the furthest. It travelled 440cm in total whereas the water in a water bottle only travelled 110cm. They other bottles they tested were a fruit shoot bottle, fairy liquid bottle and a shampoo bottle.
In Year 1 we have been exploring rain and making rain gauges in Science.
In Y2, we did a Science investigation after receiving a message from Henry saying he had a hole in his bucket and needed help to stop it leaking. We tested different materials and found that glue was the best, as no water leaked through, whereas playdough let 84ml water through!
Year 3 have been learning about the functions of skeletons in humans and animals. Here are some of the skeletons they assembled.
Some great work in year 4, classifying animals. They sorted them into vertebrates and invertebrates, and then into mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.