Today, Year 5 and 6 practised what it would be like to be in secondary school. They had a timetable to follow and different lessons to go to throughout the morning. There were Drama, Chemistry and Philosophy lessons for them to sample. In Drama, children used a Midsummer Night’s Dream to create their own drama, in Chemistry they learnt how to test the pH of a liquid, and in Philosophy they debated questions such as ‘how should animals be treated?’ and ‘are the best things in life free?’
As part of STEM week, Year 1 and 2 studied caterpillars and watched how they turned into butterflies.
Last week, they released their butterflies into the wild!
Today, Year 5 went to the ‘Wonderlab’ at the Science Museum. The children had a great time experimenting with the Wonderlab’s 50 different hands-on scientific investigations.
They then took part in a presentation called ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’, in which children got to blow things up to show how fire is created and can be used to help us.
Today, classes shared what they had learnt and made in STEM week last week. We heard about making 3D bubbles in Reception (F2), studying caterpillars and butterflies in KS1 and creating drinks, jam tarts and bird houses in KS2! Well done, everyone.
On Monday, Year 5 visited the British Museum to enhance their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. Mr Davies writes:
We visited the British Museum for several reasons. Firstly, we saw the legendary Rosetta Stone, which we studied in our Ancient Egypt topic. Next, one of the curators of the Museum gave us a talk about the oldest mummified body there (from approximately 5,500 years ago). Finally, the children had a chance to use mobile phones to create their own multimedia tomb paintings, to represent what they would like in the afterlife, had they lived in ancient Egypt.
The children have been having lots of fun at our Minibest Hotel this term! We have had quite a few different visitors, particularly snails, who like munching on the food we leave for them. It is a wonderful way of engaging children with animals to foster their awe and wonder, and also to develop their language as they talk about what they can see.
Today, six of our Year 6 pupils visited Wetherby Prep School to challenge their mathematicians. They took part in a team challenge, working out a Maths problem using their logic and mathematical reasoning. They then finished the afternoon with a quick-fire Maths quiz. Our children cracked the puzzle really quickly and although they were slightly pipped to the post on the finished solution by the Wetherby boys, they definitely held their own! Well done Year 6.
This week, Year 2 visited London Zoo to learn more about endangered animals. They have been studying different animals and finding out why they are endangered and what we can do to prevent this.