Grafham Water residential May 2022
This year we returned to Grafham Water Centre for another fantastic residential trip! Over three days and two nights we took part in raft building, funboat sailing, bushcraft, the Grafham challenge, climbing, archery and high ropes! We pushed ourselves to be our BEST while we were there; be Brave, be Encouraging, be Safeand be a Team. We all had a great adventure experiencing new things, overcoming new challenges and making amazing memories along the way!
9th – 13th May Whole School Science Week
This week was a whole school science week. We linked our learning to English and chose stories on which to base our scientific learning.
Willow Class have been learning about the environment and the importance of trees in our world. Using lots of books with a tree theme, including ‘Because of an Acorn, ‘It Starts with a Seed’, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ and ‘The Things I love About Trees’. Learning focussed on why we need trees, what things are made from wood and what happens to the wood when it is no longer needed. We investigated what creatures live in trees and looked closely at leaves in our art lessons.
Maple Class used the book ‘The Darkest Dark’ by astronaut Chris Hadfield, exploring his story from being a small boy who was afraid of the dark to his inspiring experience watching the 1969 moon landing and eventually becoming the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS). From this starting point we explored the history of space exploration and what it is like to live and work aboard the ISS. During the week we kept checking back to the livestream cameras on the ISS for views of earth from space. We saw lots of different shaped clouds over the ocean and the occasional twinkling of city lights at night. We also used science fiction planetscapes as inspiration to create our own pastel planetscapes using bold colours and patterns to design planets of our own imagination!
Rowan Class read ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ by Amy MacDonald and used it as a stimulus for their learning about ‘Sound’. They carried out lots of investigations to:
- find out that sounds are made when objects and materials vibrate.
- investigate whether sounds can travel through different materials
- explore the relationship between distance and volume
- find out that some materials are effective in preventing vibrations from sound sources reaching the ear.
- investigate how sounds can be different pitches and volumes.
- find out how the length, thickness and tightness of a string affects its pitch by making and using string telephones.
- find out how sounds can be made by air vibrating and how to change the pitch of notes produced by vibrating air.
- investigate the ear and how we hear sound
We had lots of fun during our science learning.