This week in our Jigsaw time we thought about what normal means and the different perceptions of this. First we thought about the definition of being ‘normal’ and decide that that normal is what you are used to/what you expect. We then went on to think about people who are living with disabilities by working in groups to make three paper airplanes. In our groups one of us was blindfolded, one of us had one hand placed behind their back and one of us had to stay sitting down for the whole task. Everyone in the group need to participate in the task.
This week the whole school celebrated the This is Engineering Day on the 6th November by taking part in a variety of STEM activities.In Thames Class we worked in groups to make a catapult using only a cup, a plastic spoon, 6 lolly sticks, 4 elastic bands, tape and string. The children could decide which equipment they used and were given time to test and alter their designs. I was really impressed with how well all the children worked in their groups and with the catapults they built. We finished our session with a competition to see who could catapult a die the furthest.
Before half term Thames Class visited the John Radcliffe hospital to take part in the Injury Minimisation programme. During their visit children had the opportunity to tour the Emergency Department or minor injury unit. They were also taught emergency life skills including basic life support, how to use an automated external defibrillator, how to put someone into the recovery position and the management of choking.
This week Thames Class enjoyed a tag Rugby session with Danny Taylor to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.
In Science we have been thinking about white light and how we see colour. First to find out the colours that make up white light we shone torches through prisms as they refract a ray of light. This caused the light to separate and show us each colour within it. We discovered that white light is actually made up of all the colours of the rainbow. We then made colour spinners to consolidate this new learning about light.
Next we investigated how light enables us to see colour. To do this we looked through coloured filters at objects the same colour as the filter and then objects a different colour to the filter. We discovered that is we look at ab object the same colour as a filter it’s still looks the same colour. But if we look at an object that is a different colour to the filter it looks black. We then used this knowledge to write a secret message that is only visible when you look through a coloured filter.
This week we made Harvest cards to deliver with the Harvest parcels we will be delivering on Monday afternoon. The children used apples to print the shape of the pumpkin and then added the details using pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pens. Well done Thames Class for producing some lovely cards for the community.
A big well done to Thames Class for hosting a fantastic Macmillan Coffee Morning! The children were excellent hosts and raised a fantastic amount of money, the total will be revealed very soon.
To celebrate National Fitness Day, year 5 and 6 gathered in the hall to carry out some Joe Wicks HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions. This is where you work really hard for a short period of time, and then have a short rest before moving on to the next exercise. We did squats, slow burpees, rope climbing, lunges and more!
National Fitness Day is to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity (although Mrs Barker wants to point out that running a half marathon in the pouring rain at the weekend was not something that she would categorise as "fun"). You can find out more about National Fitness Day here: www.nationalfitnessday.com/fitnessday/
In Science this week we have been learning about refraction. In groups we carried out four mini investigations to find out what happens to light rays as they travel through different materials. These investigations involves bending pencils, pouring light, hiding coins and bending light! In our groups we drew diagrams of what we observed and tried to explain what happened. You can see the children's diagrams here:
We discovered that light waves travel at a different speed when they go through other transparent materials, such as water or glass. This causes the rays of light to change direction and bend and this is known as refraction.
As part of our Active Maths last week we played Bond Search in groups. We had to take it in turns to run and collect cards with numbers on from a basket and once we had collect them all we matched them up to find pairs that added up to 100.
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