This afternoon, year 4 were introduced to their new science topic – states of matter. They started to organise items into three groups – solids, liquid and gases. We then looked at how the particles in these are different. To demonstrate this, year 4 went outside and took on the role of the particles within a solid, liquid and gas. They had to ensure they were showing the right characteristics of each state by ensuring they had the right space, energy and amount of contact with other particles. What state of matter do you think they are showing in the pictures?
What a fascinating couple of weeks Reception and Nursery have had seeing 13 chicks hatch and grow…
The children have loved observing the chicks and how they have been changing in appearance and developing new skills such as jumping. They also had the opportunity to hold a chick and describe how that felt. Sadly today we had to say good bye to the chicks today. If you would like to talk more to your child about how they will look when they are fully grown please look up the breed Cream Legbar Chicken.
This morning we received a special delivery of eggs. They will be kept in an incubator until they have hatched, both Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to watch them hatch and develop over the next 2 weeks. Through this we will learn more about the life cycle of a chicken. It looks as though one may hatch later this afternoon. How exciting!
Today Nursery and Reception had a special visitor from Eugene the Tenrec Hedgehog. Mrs Savage brought her Nocturnal pet friend to visit all the children. It was very exciting and we learnt about what food she likes eating and had the opportunity to hold her or stroke her if we wanted to.
This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .
- creating safeguarding posters
- teaching others about the NSPCC and what to do with a worry
- trying yoga
- creating healthy snacks
- investigating the human digestive system
- learning how to keep safe online and how our words can hurt others
- bulb planting
- fruit tasting
- creating smoothies using bike powered smoothie makers
- reducing down drinks to discover amounts of sugar hidden inside
Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.
This week Reception have been learning about how to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. For a healthy body they have been writing shopping lists, roleplaying in a supermarket, printing with vegetables and discussing their favourite fruit and vegetables. To think about their healthy minds the class talked more about feelings using the red hat and we shared ideas on what we could do if we feel angry, sad or worried. They also had the opportunity to learn a bit of Yoga in PE and ended the week planting bulbs in the Reception outdoor area.
To tie in with our topic, years three and four visited Kew Gardens this week to get as close to a rainforest as we’re likely to get without leaving the country! we felt how the air changed as we moved from the outdoors into the humid environment of the Palm House. We compared air and soil temperature, and measured the humidity and light. Some of us even met a Water Dragon!
We also had time to do a tree-top walk (where we got an excellent view of some parakeets that have made Kew their home) and some of us experienced the hypnotic thrum of ‘The Hive’.
What a fantastic day of learning.
On Friday, Reception visited Iver Environment Centre and took part in pond dipping, a mini beast hunt and made a bug hotel. Children were able to identify many different insects and creatures and say which habitat they belonged to. The bug hotels are not to be used yet. I wonder if any one can remember when we can put the bug hotels outside and why that is?