Today Year 5 visited Barclays Bank in Northwich. We learnt about using ATMs, PIN numbers, cash back, cheques, direct debits and standing orders. We also learnt about life skills including: self-esteem and confidence, assertiveness and how our emotions and reactions dictate our outcomes. We had a tour and saw lots of employees working mainly on the telephones to customers.
Today Year 3 had a brilliant day at Little Moreton Hall. We learnt all about life in Tudors times. If you were rich, life wasn’t too bad but if you were poor there were many jobs that were rather unpleasant! The worst one being a gong scourer. We all made a tussy mussy each to ward off bad smells and illnesses. Some of today’s sayings come from the Tudor times – chairman of the board, board games, Sleep tight don’t let the bugs bite. Some of us learnt how to walk properly up and down the Long Gallery. The name Moreton comes from the open mouth of a wolf being called a “maw” and a small barrel called a “tonne”. We would all like to visit again!
Today we’ve been really lucky to have a visit from an author. Billy Bob Buttons has written lots of books and taught us about characterisation. He helped us use similes and metaphors to tell our readers about characters. We also used our senses to describe them. We learnt that it is important to make our characters seem real.
On Tuesday afternoon Year 3 were given the task by Mrs Isherwood to make suitable bridges to go over different animal pens at the zoo! The children had to work collaboratively in groups to carefully plan the size their bridge would need to be as well as ensuring it was strong enough to hold high volumes of visitors.
This formed part of one of our crest award tasks, to finish it off we made a bridge using 5 pieces of a4 paper as a group to see how strong we could make it. We managed to make it strong enough to hold our raffle ticket tub.
On Wednesday morning we had an assembly to share and talk about all of the learning and activities we had done throughout science week.
It was really interesting to hear and see what a fantastic job all of the classes had done. Mrs Daley was particularly impressed with the way there were lots of cross curricular links to all of the other subjects including English, Maths, PE, forest schools and many more. Thank you to everybody for all of their hard work and to the children for sharing their fantastic learning.
A huge well done to our competition winners! Ethan from reception, Zac from class 4 and Cesare from class 4. The competition was to design and make a poster for British science week linked to the topic of journeys. We had some fantastic entries. If you didn’t notice the competition make sure you check on future newsletters for this information.
Today for our Science activity we had a “Dinosaur Debate”. We researched the different theories of how dinosaurs died. We voted on which theory we thought was most likely. We decided that it might have been a combination of several theories.
This morning we had an introduction assembly to Science week, we found out that if you add bicarbonate of soda to lemon it causes a chemical reaction and fizzes, to make it more exciting we added food colouring. After this we worked collaboratively in our house teams and had a Forest School morning. We were given four different activities to complete in our groups. The yellow team started at the pond area, we were given a scavenger hunt to do and the resources to do tree rubbings. We were very successful and found all of the things Miss Carter had put on the list even a wild card item, we think we will get the extra points for ours.
The second activity we completed was the den building, we had lots of fun and even used rope and tarpolein to make our den draft free. The third activity we completed after break time was the collaborative art, we had a big yellow sheet and found lots of natural materials to put together to show our team animal which is a snow leopard. Finally we were in the quad planting nasturtiums, we took it in turns filling our pots with compost, popping the seeds in, covering them and watering them.
It was such a wonderful start to the week, even the sunshine came out. A big thank you to Mrs Daley and Miss Carter for arranging a fabulous morning!
This morning we had a drama workshop about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. We played games, created freeze frames and moulded our partners into statues. We learnt about extinct volcanoes (these haven’t erupted in 10,000 years); how earthquakes happened and are made and also about the terrible volcanoe eruption at Pompeii.