Science Week: biscuit investigation and Professor Bubbleworks
This week, we investigated which biscuits soak up the most water and become the soggiest or fall apart. In groups, we observed the properties of the biscuits using magnifying glasses and sorted them into categories. Then we made predictions and carried out a fair test. We were all surprised by the outcomes. We concluded that the chocolate on the outside helped the job job and the digestive stay together whilst the fruit and denser biscuit around the fig roll helped it.
We were also lucky enough to have Professor Bubbleworks come and do some experiments with us. We loved being inside the giant bubble!
For world book day we brought in our favourite books and a prop to share with the class. We had fun playing ‘guess my prop’ and we voted for our top 3 books that we want to recommend to the rest of the school.
We have been learning about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. We drew our own flowers using her techniques.
Cooking in DT
This term we have been learning about where food comes from in the world. We decided to make some dishes which are eaten in South America as this is where our class text of 'The Great Kapok tree' is set. We developed our skills of chopping, snipping, peeling, grating and rolling when making the dishes of Soltento from Peru, Salpicao de Frango from Brazil and Fritas de Queso from Chile.
We all enjoyed drawing still life objects as well as practicing our colour mixing skills to paint endangered animals. We also created pictures in the style of the artist Miro.
We went for a walk around the Abbey Grounds to observe the different types of trees and the wildlife that live there.
As it is winter many of the trees did not have leaves on them but we looked at the leaf litter and seed shells on the floor to help us identify them. We were lucky enough to see some chaffinches, blackbirds and even a cormorant in the trees. Around the lake we met the wonderful nature photographer Gay Gilmour who told us all about Hank to goose, the family of otters who have moved into the area and the pen (female swan) who has moved out. She even took a photograph of us as we walked back to meet the others. Check out her Flickr page to see other pictures she has taken of the animals in the Abbey Grounds too.
Writing immersion – A journey to Varanasi
We prepared our own passports and luggage labels and went on a journey around our school airport. We went through bag weighing, security, passport control and onto the aeroplane where we watched the safety demonstration and enjoyed a simulated flight to Varanasi. We enjoyed showing each other what items we would take on holiday to a hot place.
A dinosaur in Forest school!
Today, Mr Reynolds saw a dinosaur in forest school. We went and explored the area for evidence of the dinosaur. There were broken branches, scratches on logs, the parachute was missing and lots of eggs left all around the area. We excavated the eggs to find the dinosaurs hidden inside. What a brilliant way to start our new writing genre!