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?
This term, Year 5 have been investigating parachutes. After having a go using whatever materials they wanted, Year 5 generated their own questions and set up their own experiments. Most children chose to investigate the different canopy shapes. They were fantastic at learning to use a protractor and accurately drawing and measuring the shapes to make the canopies. We even had a few heptagons! We tested the shapes this afternoon. Which shape made the best parachute? How do you know?
This afternoon, Year 6, were given the question: Which biscuit is the best dunker?
They spent time looking at the texture and dimensions before testing the range of biscuits in the hot chocolate.
They tested: Party Rings, Chocolate Digestives, Digestives, Custard Creams, Bourbon, Fruit Shortcake, Fox’s crunch, Rich Tea and Oreo’s.
Which do you think was the best biscuit to dunk and why?
There is lots of action in Nursery at the moment. The caterpillars have arrived and the children have started to photo and film them to document their development. Watch out David Attenborough Planet Earth 3 is underway!
There has been lots of planting. Some seeds are outside and some are inside and the children are noticing big differences in what is happening.
To conclude our STEM fortnight, on Friday, we were privileged to have Mr Dion-Fehily, a medical engineer, visit us at Maple Cross. He spent time inspiring our Year 5&6 learners of a career in engineering, time in years 1&2 creating lights at the top of a castle and Year 3 showcased their Viking longboats. A great morning of engineering!
STEM fortnight is coming to an end tomorrow but what fantastic learning has been happening! At the INSET day last Monday, members of staff took part in a stem activity and then prepared learning for their classes. After school today, from 3.30pm you are welcome to visit your child’s classroom and see their learning. We look forward to seeing you then.
After over 2 months in their wormeries, we gave our worms some well deserved freedom today! We put them into the raised flowerbed so that they can get on with creating quality soil, adding their nutrients, ready for our next science project in Summer Term.
Y2, how did it feel emptying your wormery? Do you think we did the right thing? Had the worms changed much?