Class 3 budding scientists were able to try out the latest technology and participate in a range of activities at The Big Bang Science exhibition at Westpoint. Advice was on hand regarding exciting careers which inspired the pupils to think about their future paths.
Year 5 had a lovely morning when they visited Exmouth Community College for a Maths trail. The first activity was to use the formula, ‘Speed is equal to distance divided by time’ and apply this to investigating how far it would be to walk from one part of the campus to another. Year 5 displayed their knowledge of estimating, multiplying and converting.
The next challenge was in the form of a treasure hunt with some tricky word problems. Year 5 proudly showed off their mathematical knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages to solve the clues. Super Maths sleuths Year 5!
As part of our work during Faith Week we looked at how Muslims pray. The children enjoyed printing symmetrical patterns on their mats and making paper fringes for them. Later in the week we cleared the classroom to make a space so we could lay the mats as if they were inside a mosque. We used an app – Quibla Compass – to find out which direction Mecca is in so that we could place our prayer mats facing the right way.
The children remembered that Muslims pray five times a day and that before praying they perform wudu – which is a ceremony which involves washing their hands, face and feet. We acted this out and then they then went to their own prayer mat and we went through some of the positions in the prayer ritual. The children were really respectful and afterwards we talked about the differences and similarities to how Christians pray.
The Nursery children enjoyed looking at the different patterns on pictures of prayer mats and had fun sponge painting on half of the paper and discovering what happened when the paper was folded and the pattern was transferred to the other side. They later enjoyed sitting on them… once they were dry!
Class 2 have been looking at books nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. One of our favourites was “You’re Safe With Me.” The lovely illustrations by Poona Mistry inspired us to create artwork in a similar style. We used pencil to draw our animals in detail then applied coloured pencil. They were then photocopied onto brightly coloured backgrounds. How beautiful they look!
Class 3 had a carousel of science investigations to carry out – all linked to the study of sound. We made paper crackers to see shock waves; we made rice move on a beating drum to show sound waves in action; we looked at sources of sound and we tested how sound moves through different materials. A noisy and enjoyable afternoon!