European Day of Languages 26th September 2018

Year 3

Year 3 have been learning about where different countries are this half term as part of their ‘Around the World’ topic. As part of the European day of languages on Wednesday 26th September we developed our learning from our topic lesson and learnt how to say hello in 9 different languages and looked at the flags for each country. We wrote the country next to each flag and practised singing a song to help us learn the different greetings.

Year 4

Year Four had a great time learning about the number of countries and languages in Europe. We used our research skills to find out how to say Hello and goodbye in different European countries. We then created a table or list of the greetings we discovered and shared them with each other. We found out that some European countries do not use the same writing systems as we do in Britain. We were particularly fascinated with the Greek and Russian writing systems.

Year 5

Year 5 played a matching game where they had to match phrases to the country and its flag. We had children demonstrating their knowledge of other languages and enjoyed hearing fluent Polish and Portuguese being spoken. It was useful to use our knowledge of other languages to try to work out what the phrases might mean.

Year 6

To celebrate European Day of Languages 2018, Year 6 completed fact files about a European country that they were interested in. This gave us lots of new knowledge about some countries that we did not know much about. Some of us used our dictionary skills to learn that certain words that we use in everyday speech have a European origin. For example, we learnt that the word ‘very’ originates from France and means ‘extremely’. Year 6 also completed a quiz which tested their knowledge of the celebration. We were fascinated to learn that there are over 200 European languages spoken!

Toftwood Federation Sports Fortnight

Toftwood Federation have enjoyed a very successful Sports Fortnight made even better by the fantastic weather! During this fortnight it is our aim to give all children in the Federation the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities. These include the traditional races and potted sports events but also visits and taster sessions from a range of sports enthusiasts and providers. It is a desire of ours, during these weeks, to give the children in our federation the opportunity to experience something ‘new’ with the possibility that they may decide to pursue that sporting activity in their out of school time.

Yoga

The children in Years 1 and 2 were able to work with Mrs Yorke, a qualified Yoga instructor. She had written the children a poem and they were able to act the poem out in Yoga Poses.

Karate

Reception through to Year 2 were able to join in with some taster sessions provided by Matthew from Traditional Karate Fitness. They learnt special counting and the discipline involved in Karate.

If your child is interested in trying Karate contact: TKF www.karatefitness.co.uk
email: office@karatefitness.co.uk

Hoola Hooping

EYFS and Years 1 and 2 learnt the skills involved in Hoola Hooping. They learnt the stance to adopt to keep the hoop around your waist. They also learnt how to spin it round their wrist, neck and legs. Even though it was a tricky activity for some also children showed great perseverance.

Cheerleading

Miss Coombes was able to show the children in the Infants some of the basics involved in the sport of Allstar Cheerleading. They were able to learn some jumps and practised a very safe handstand drill. They were even able to try some stunting in small groups.

If your child is interested in trying cheerleading contact: East Coast Emeralds www.eastcoastemeralds.co.uk
email: eastcoastemeralds@hotmail.co.uk

 

Team Day

We enjoyed another successful team day with the infant children supported by the Sports Leaders and Mr Phillis from Northgate High School. The children were able to have a go at 20 different activities, trying to score as many points as possible for their team. Well done to all the children who took part, there was a great team spirit.

Races

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 held their annual Race Morning during Sports Fortnight. All children competed in 2 races and did brilliantly on a very warm morning.

Year 3 and 4

These year groups had an exhausting but fun few weeks enjoying Toftwood Sports Fortnight! The event kicked off with a visit from some of the students from Northgate High School. They taught the children lots of new activities from shotput to javelin with some hurdles and running too. The children got to try all of these out in small groups and had a great time doing it – the Northgate students were fantastic at supporting and helping our children out.

We also had a visitor in from Easton Shotokan Karate Association to give our children a taster session in Karate. They learnt some of the basic movements and how to count correctly alongside these. Finally, they had a very interesting discussion about when to use Karate and what it should be used for!

The Year 3 children also enjoyed some cricket sessions with Brett Gates from All Star Cricket. They started off learning the key skills of catching, throwing and teamwork within some exciting games. Then, they moved on to play some fast paced games where they used all of their skills and demonstrated some great batting and fielding teamwork. They had a lovely time!

The Toftwood Sport’s Fortnight was rounded off by a visit Neatherd PE teachers and Sports leaders who came in to run multi-skills sessions with the children focusing on ball skills. The pupils had great fun developing a range of skills requiring hand-eye coordination and agility. They particularly liked working with the older children, who were great role models.

American Sports for Year 6 

To finish off the weeks Year 6 had Mr Bell come to talk to them about baseball and basketball. Firstly he explained that he had grown up near Houston Texas and had grown up following baseball and basketball; he was a keen supporter of the Houston Astros. He told the children about the basic rules of baseball answering all their questions afterwards. The classes then went outside and did basketball; they learnt about bouncing then passing and shooting. We then split into mini teams and played a mini basketball match. The children certainly got a taste of both games and really enjoyed learning new skills from our American expert.

Races

Sports day went smoothly at the Junior School, with all the children participating. They all cheered each other on and encouraged their team mates. There was a sprint race, a relay and an obstacle. We were really impressed by their cheerful attitudes the resilience shown by a few children who took some tumbles but got up to carry on the race.

Karate

The children enjoyed a taster session of Karate on 29th June where they learnt some high kicks and punches. They also learnt the importance of blocking.

PE Summer Term 2018

Nursery PE Summer Term

The Nursery children have been practising their climbing on the new pirate ship climbing frame that was installed in the Nursery outdoor area this term.

They have also been preparing for their Pre School Sports Morning with some practise races and setting themselves challenges like throwing the beanbags into tyres.

 

Reception PE Summer Term

Reception had a special visit from Mr Mann to teach us some rugby skills. They practiced holding the ball and running, and throwing it underarm, over arm and swapping from each side. They also got to practice kicking the ball and making tries.

Harry came in to teach us some football skills. Reception children practiced scoring goals whilst holding the ball and then had a go at dribbling. They had some magic dust sprinkled on our feet so the ball would stick to them and then had to try and score goals past the goalkeepers!

Year 1 PE Summer Term

Year 1 have busily been preparing for Race Day this term with some practise running and obstacle races. They have also been practising their rolling and retrieving skills through the real PE Program. Year 1 have also had time to learn a simplified version of Rounders. They have had to think about tactics for both fielders and throwers.

Year 2 PE Summer Term

This term in PE the children in year 2 have been working together on a range of team work activities. The children have been working on their communication. They have learnt different ways to communicate through various activities. The children really enjoyed these games and liked working together to solve problems. The children also have been working on their ball skills this term, building their control and accuracy when passing a ball.

Year 3 PE Summer Term

Year 3 have had a busy term in PE with swimming, tennis, Real PE and cricket! AH3 have had a great time swimming this term and the teachers have seen some great progress. JS3 and CT3 have been taking part in Real PE. In Real PE, we have focused on the skills of teamwork, balance and worked on our reaction times. All classes have also had a focus on cricket and tennis. The children have really enjoyed learning the basic skills in tennis, focusing on aiming and rallying with each other – they had lots of fun putting this all together at the end and playing a game. Cricket has been fantastic! We have had Brett Gates to teach us the skills to play a game of cricket. We have spent time focusing on aiming to help with our bowling skills, catching to help with fielding and in games we have been practicing some quick fire batting skills. We have seen some great teamwork and progression throughout the term.

Year 4 PE Summer Term

In PE this term, the children developed their ball skills through Real PE and on our unit on Kwik Cricket. The pupils really enjoyed working on improving their batting, bowling and fielding abilities. During this learning, they began to think more tactically about the fact that their team needed to work together to win the game. More recently, we have been focusing on athletics on a range of field and track events including: sprints, relays, hurdles, longer distance races, shot put and javelin.  All the hard work, culminated in a very successful race day where the children really impressed all the adults with the sporting behaviour and dedication to their class. As with all sporting events there had to be a winner and on this occasion congratulations to RB4.

Year 5 PE Summer Term

During this term, year 5 have been following real PE during one of their weekly PE slots. Not only are the children developing their physical skills but they are also becoming better all round athlete by working on their social and cognitive skills, making them better team players, and developing strategies.

Alongside these lessons, we have also done gymnastics, tag rugby, hockey and kick cricket.

 

Year 6 PE Summer Term

This term Year 6 have been doing some cricket, they have learnt to bowl and bat. They have also played diamond cricket as a team game, which they have enjoyed. During their other lessons, they either have been doing racing, for sprint races or relay.

STEM Day – Summer Term 2 2018

The theme for our STEM Day across the federation was CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). Every child in our federation worked together on a special day of themed working to expand our STEM skills.

Nursery

Mrs Sutterby came into class to discover that our class dog named Cherry was missing. There was a black hand print on the wall. Mrs Sutterby marked off the area with cones and tape, so we could investigate what had happened. We thought of ways of tracking Cherry down. We looked at the hand print and measured it against our hand prints. We checked out our finger prints with paint to see what they looked like. We decided the hand print belonged to someone with a big hand. Some children used binoculars and magnifying glasses to search for foot prints and hand prints. Other children tried to sniff for Cherry, wrote posters to place around the classroom and searched for other clues. Another child said we should tell the police. We wrote a letter to Mr Barnes the caretaker to see if he had seen or heard anything when he locked the classroom door.  Mr Barnes checked the cameras and told us to check the office. We discovered Cherry under Mrs Borgars’ desk. We are pleased to have Cherry back in nursery.

Reception

On STEM day, in Reception, we thought about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and thought about the story Dinosaur Police. We had to see if we could make a ramp that would help the police car travel the furthest to catch Trevor the dinosaur, and after lunch Trevor had visited our classroom and eaten our pizza! We found footprints in the classroom and cheese on the floor, and were able to measure the footprints like we had been practising in our maths this week. Trevor had eaten our pizza but left the ingredients to make more so we were able to have a go and making, then eating pizza. We felt happy at the end of the day as Trevor had been a nice dinosaur to us and left us our ingredients 😃

Year 1 and 2

At the beginning of the day we found a crime scene in our school! We learnt in assembly that all the pencils had been taken and there were three suspects. We spent the day doing different crime scene investigation activities in the Year 1 and 2 classrooms to find out who committed the crime.

Measuring footprints
Footprints were left at the scene and the children used their skills to measure the footprints to identify the culprit. First the children looked closely at the footprints to see if they could see anything that may help them. Then the children used rulers to measure the footprint and compared the length they measured to the size of the suspects.

Computing – Recording the crime

The children looked at different photographs from the crime scene and reported what they could see using the computer. They recorded the evidence found from the suspects using a variety of description to rep

Dusting for fingerprints
The children found fingerprints on CDs left at the crime scene. They used dusting powder to dust on the fingerprints and lift them off using sellotape.

Chromatography
The children were left a note from the culprit and they had to work out which of the suspects had written the note. The children completed an experiment which separated the ink mixtures into the colour compounds to find a matching ink!

Fingerprints
The children printed their own fingerprints and looked at the different patterns they could see.

Observing fibres closely
The children looked at fibres from different materials closely using the digital microscope. They matched materials to the fibres they found.

Year 3

We began our Year 3 STEM day receiving an email which said that there had been a break in at our school and the culprit had taken all of our work we have been doing on Fantastic beasts! The only thing the culprit left behind was a bone covered in vinegar from their meal last night…

In our science topic we have started learning about fantastic beasts, their skeletons and different types of food. When we looked at the bone that was left behind, we saw that it was bendy! We all wanted to learn how this had happened so we researched how to make a bone bendy. We found out that this happens when a bone is left in vinegar. Vinegar is actually a very mild acid. We thought we would try this out for ourselves using a chicken bone and vinegar. We also decided, that to make it more of a scientific investigation we would put another bone in coke (another mild acid) so we could compare the two bones after five days! We’re looking forward to the results!

We looked at other ways bones move and discussed the way our backs bend. We realised that this was because of the joints in our back. We were given pipe cleaners and straws and had to make a model using these that explains how our backs can bend! We then sketched different skeletons.

We were asked to complete a Cluedo challenge and work out which Cluedo character committed the crime. We were given a list of the different Cluedo characters with facts about them. We then had to complete different maths challenges to work out which people to might have been. We couldn’t decide between two people…

However, one suspect was allergic to vinegar! It had to be Colonel Mustard! We had solved the mystery! We decided to reply to the email to say that we knew who the culprit was. We all accessed our school email accounts and replied to the Cluedo detective with our good news!

We really enjoyed our STEM day and had fun solving clues to work out the mystery!

 

Year 4

As the focus of our STEM day was CSI, the children put their detective skills to the test, examining and comparing their own fingerprints. They learnt that although fingerprint are unique to the individual, they can be classified into 3 groups: loops, whorls and arches. The children investigated their own prints and used careful observation to decide which group they belonged to. Using this scientific learning and our recent work on data handling and statistics in maths, the children answered the question ‘How do our fingerprints compare to national averages?’ Children confidently collected the data and presented their findings. Using computing, they investigated all the possible ways they could show the collected class data, including bar and pie charts and donuts. Then, they discussed which image was the most effective and explained why. The children thoroughly enjoyed collecting ‘dactylograms’ (otherwise known as fingerprints).

 by Jack and Willow

 by Benji and Grace

Year 5

Year 5 discovered how to write secret messages using different types of invisible ink, which they made themselves from lemon juice and candle wax.

They worked in teams of three to find a murderer by solving mathematical clues based on measure and later completed a maths investigation involving mysterious footprint casts.

In the afternoon, Year 5 discovered more about the history of fingerprinting. They observed their own fingerprint before designing it into a very individual piece of art.

Year 6

During our STEM Day, we became expert detectives and solved a murder mystery during a giant game of Cluedo! After answering questions by applying our mathematical knowledge and skills, year 6 accused Mr Chris Hemsworth (Hollywood actor), in the school canteen, with a protractor.

In the afternoon, year 6 explored fingerprints! We discovered everyone’s fingerprints are unique! Consequently, this makes fingerprints ideal for solving crimes through gathering forensic information. We learnt there are three different types of fingerprints: the loops (most common fingerprint pattern), the whorl (identified by showing two deltas), and the arch (identified by showing no deltas). After applying this information, which was through the use of charcoal, year 6 students discovered which type of unique fingerprints they have. This then developed into allowing our creative mind to flourish and produce artwork to demonstrate all the different swirls and patterns.

 

Art in Spring at Toftwood Infant

This term we have been getting busy throughout the year groups! Reception have been looking at the themes fantasy and people who help us and been getting creative exploring these.

In year 1 the children have been learning about the topics, weather experts and our amazing earth! They have been busy learning about Andy Goldsworthy the outdoor artist and creating sunset pictures while thinking about the country of Africa.

In year 2 they children have been creating artwork ready for their Toftwood Tate display in the Summer, focussing on the artist Monet, and painting pictures of the pond and creating mud huts with natural found resources and clay.

Live Music Summer 2 2018

The junior school were treated to music through the ages on Tuesday 5thJune as the Live History of Music Show performed for us in the main hall. After a rendition of the Doctor Who theme song (so we could travel back in time!), the children listened to music by Vivaldi and Mozart and learned that the oldest recorded instrument was a flute/recorder-type instrument from the Ice Age. They were also treated to a segment of John Cage’s 4’33’’ – a song written to be totally silent – and movie soundtrack music from John Williams (Star Wars and Jaws). The performance ended with Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – which the Year 3s couldn’t help but join in with.

Music in Spring 2 2018

In Spring 2, the children were very lucky to experience some live music. Miss McTavish and Mrs Harrison sang and played the guitar while the children walked in and out of their celebration assemblies.

Thank you very much to Mrs Harrison and Miss McTavish for providing such a wonderful experience for the children.

Ashley said, “I didn’t know that the teachers could play the guitar and sing!”

Amelia said, “I liked how they sang in tune and Mrs Harrison played an instrument as well.”

Science Events

Science Day October 2018

Wow Science Day at Toftwood Federation

On Tuesday 16th October the children of Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation enjoyed a fabulous, fun day of science.

We began with a visit from scientist and author Amanda Hartley who started by talking to the children about what it is like to write a book involving science. The children enjoyed coming up with ideas for story settings using their senses and talked about which parts of their bodies they would use to generate these ideas. The children loved sharing their amazing ideas like the ‘sweet smell of gingerbread’ or ‘the disgusting odour of a rotting corpse’! They even thought about ‘the wet, slimy feel of mould’.

Then the science….the children had to become DNA Detectives to discover who had stolen a dog. They learned that our DNA is the instructions for making all the parts of our bodies like hair and hands, and even decides if you can roll your tongue! We also learned that the real name for DNA is deoxyribose nucleic acid! They were fascinated to learn that DNA is in the nucleus of all the cells of our bodies except red blood cells and were stunned to find out that there are 37 trillion cells in our bodies! Next, the children found out that Forensic scientists can recover DNA from so many things like your hair, your wee and even from bogies!

Some of the children put on special clothes and one child noted that, “They need gloves and masks so that they don’t get their own DNA on anything.” Amanda talked to the children about Lockhart’s principle that everything you touch leaves a trace of your DNA and so collected samples of hair, poo and saliva from the “crime scene” to find out who the thief was. After that, the children looked carefully to compare the analysis of the samples they had collected with evidence form the missing dogs. One of the children realised, “We knew one of the dogs was Evie because we looked for the patterns in the DNA results.” While another noted, “We found an exact match in the samples.” The children were really proud that their great science work identified the guilty person (and they had so much fun too).

In the afternoon, we were visited by Nick Corston who came to talk to us all about rockets. We started off by thinking about how our imagination and creativity can help us in our science learning. Nick told us about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and all the great jobs you can do if you learn these subjects. The children loved hearing about scientists who have used their imaginations to help create new and fascinating devices. For example, they heard about Elon Musk who loved to read books and stories, and used his imagination to come up with ideas about electric cars, solar panels and space rockets; they all wanted to be just like him!

After that, Nick told the children the story of author Homer Hickam, an engineer with NASA who also trained astronauts. The children loved hearing about all the trouble Homer caused when he was a little boy and built his own rockets. They learned about the force called thrust which is needed to push a rocket off the ground and how rocket fuel, petrol and even air can be used to create thrust. Finally, the children were thrilled to go outside and launch an air-powered rocket and then…an amazing black-powder rocket blasted off from the playground. It was very exciting. One of the children said, “I predicted the second rocket would go higher because the force was bigger.”

What a wonderful day we had, one of our visitors said, “Your pupils were amazing and their knowledge and enthusiasm was fantastic.” The children were inspired to think more about their science and their stories too! “I can’t decide if I should be a writer or a scientist.” Said one girl; what a great dilemma to have!

Year 1 Wild Science Visit

Year 1 had a visit from Wild Science to enhance the children’s learning of their topic ‘Animal life’. The children had been learning about classifying animals into mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds and also learnt about animals that are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

Issac visited on 3rd October and worked with each year 1 class to talk about classifying animals. They came with lots of animals to look at, discuss and touch. The children met Sonic the Hedgehog, Smokey the Chinchilla, Rose the Tarantula and Millie the Millipede, as well as others!

The children really enjoyed seeing the creatures up close and listening to the facts that Issac was sharing about each animal. The children also learnt how to handle and care for the animals by being kind and gentle.

 

Nursery

We had lots of fun investigating and exploring during science week. We enjoyed finding out which materials were magnetic and not magnetic in the tuff spot. We sorted real money from toy money using the magnets. We looked at changes to materials as we mixed and cooked gingerbread men. We made predictions of which materials would float and sink, then tested it out in the water tray. We also found out about our teeth and how to look after them when Anita Webster and Dipsy cam to visit the class.

Reception

We learnt about growing and what a plant needs to survive by planting some cress.

We looked closer at plants through some observational drawing of tulips and talked about the different parts of a plant like the stem, petal and leaf.

We had a go at making boats with different materials to see if they would float and sink.

Anita from the Oral Health team came to talk to us about how to look after our teeth.

Year 1

Year 1 had a great week finding out new things and investigating different areas of Science. We made our own bubble wands and bubbles out on the playground. We even made giant bubbles with hoops!

We investigated magnets too. We predicted which items we thought may be magnetic and sorted them into a table. We then tested these objects and re-organised them depending on our results.

We also explored how many paper clips we could get on one magnet and made our own flying superheros using magnets!

We looked at a magnified photo of a mushroom and made predictions of what it might be. We then looked at more close up images of fruits and vegetables and matched them with their labels.

Year 2

During British Science Week, Year 2 completed a range of experiments and activities. We looked at cleaning pennies using salt and white vinegar, and then placed some nuts and bolts in to see what happened. The pennies were really clean, and the nuts are bolts turned black!

We also designed and made our own baskets to carry tomatoes, which we tested out by dropping them from a height to see if the tomatoes stayed whole.

Another experiment we completed was looking at how quickly we could make ice cubes melt by putting different things on top of them. We used warm water, salt and sugar. We found out that the warm water melted the ice cube the quickest.

We were really excited to work with students from Neatherd High school where they taught the children how to make a straw rocket. We tested how different angles made the rocket fly differently and then had competitions to try and hit targets!

Year 1 and 2 children also spent the first day of Science week doing 6 different experiments in each of the Year 1 and 2 classrooms. They explored which liquids dissolve gingerbread men the quickest, what happens when you mix baking powder and vinegar, how to make invisible ink, what colours are in felt tip pens, which objects float and sink and how to get a card butterfly to balance on your finger!

Year 3

We began our year 3 science topic ‘Rocks and Fossils’ this week and have looked at the three different types of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We also discussed natural and man-made rocks and in groups decided what category the rocks went in! We then looked at some rock samples and using a key, worked out what they were! We had a lovely time doing this even if gneiss and granite looked really similar. To finish our week off we started looking at fossils! We learnt about the difference between bones and fossils and that there are 3 different types of fossils (trace, body and chemical fossils), what there are and how they are made! We then learnt about and ordered the way in which a body fossil is made!

On Wednesday we had some visitors from Neatherd High School to complete an experiment with us. We learnt about chromatography and looked at how to separate colours in ink. We used different felt tip pens to see which colour had the most colours inside it! We first put a dot of our chosen felt tip pen on chromatography paper, we then dipped the paper in some water, making sure not to dip the ink in! We watched as the water travelled up the paper and separated out all the colours! We enjoyed comparing our results and discussing them with each other – we were amazed at the pinks, yellows and blues which came out of the black ink!

On Friday we had another visitor come in to teach us all about oral health. We learnt about how much hidden sugar was in drinks (13 teaspoons of sugar in a ‘healthy’ strawberry yoghurt drink!). We also found out how bacteria can build up in our mouths between brushing and how to look after our teeth – we were all left desperate to clean our teeth after the session!

Year 4

Year 4 have had a thoughtful and experimental science week.  It has been fabulous to watch their curiosity and interest grow throughout the week including some opportunities to get hands on!

We started the week by investigating different ways to generate electricity, understanding that fossil fuels can be damaging to the environment and within a few decades we may eventually run out.  Knowing they will inherit the planet we sought to find more earth-friendly ways to generate power and presented an information poster showing what they have learned.

Using the newly acquired knowledge we set forth and tested wind power by building a wind turbine from a kit and experimented with different blade positions to see which would be most effective generating the most power.  We then investigated solar power and how it works.  Afterwards children had a chance to build their very own wind turbine and see how effective they were!

Visitors from the Astronomical Society in Norwich stopped by also to give an assembly on the stars, planets and the effects of light pollution (very little in Norfolk which his quite fortunate for us.)

We finished the week with a health visitor visiting the Infant School which we attended to learn about good oral hygiene and health, discussing the importance of having treats in moderation and taking care to brush effectively after a good meal.

Children are still discussing what happened during science week which would be considered a great success!  Teachers and children alike had a fantastic time and learned a great deal from science week.

Year 5

Monday 12th March was the beginning of British Science Week at our school where we got to enjoy lots of fun activities focusing on Science. Year 5 and 6 had a talk from a PHD student from the UEA about marine biology. He told us what it is like at University and what to expect from studying a science subject. The Astronomical Society gave a talk to the whole school about different types of stars and how they view them. We also had an oral health presentation over at the Infant school. This gave us some handy tips on how to keep our teeth clean and why we should avoid sugary drinks. On Tuesday 13th March, some teachers from Northgate High School, came to help us design a suit for an astronaut on a spacewalk. We had to test different materials to see which one gave the most U.V. protection when exposed to sunlight for 30 seconds and we measured our results on a colour chart. We also tested different liquids to see if they would be an appropriate coating for the suits against U.V. rays. It was very exciting wearing the goggles and using new equipment. Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed Science week and we learnt a lot about different areas of Science. Lots of us were very inspired by our visitors.

Year 6

On Wednesday 14th March, Northgate science teacher Mr Jones greeted us in the classroom. He introduced himself and explained the purpose of his visit: it was science week. The topic of the science week was exploration and discovery, so we were going to discover the uses of vitamin C. He showed us six pictures on the interactive whiteboard and showed us how they were all linked together. There images were: Captain Jack Sparrow, a gorilla with rotting teeth, oranges, some potions, Charles Darwin and a boat. We discussed this for a while in small groups before turning our attention back to the teacher to discuss our ideas. Most of us put in our ideas before someone proclaimed, “Vitamin C.” Mr Jones then explained the result of not eating Vitamin C is scurvy. Scurvy can prove deadly or leave your teeth in chaos.
This led him onto explaining his activity. We were to discover which of the following food had the most vitamin C: oranges, kale, lemons, potatoes and carrots. He set each group one of those foods and asked us to test its vitamin C. He left the instructions on the board and we followed them. Our safety goggles were very useful as our group’s ingredients, lemons, could have squirted us in the eye.Once we had reached around the seventh step, he explained the dangers of iodine, a chemical which can irritate your skin. We were very careful and we dropped each drop into our tube.  The lemon took 86 drops to turn the correct colour: a night-sky black. We recorded our results on our tables and we asked each group what their results were. We concluded that oranges contained the most vitamin C  and kale had the least. This meant that if we were on a voyage like when Charles Darwin did, we would take oranges with us so to not get scurvy. This was a fun experience and we would wish to see another experiment.
By Courtney N, Emma D and Alyssa H

During world science week, we had two astronomers (from the Norwich Astronomy Society) come in to tell us about astronomy. It was an exciting experience to have, since not everyone in the world has a chance to learn about astronomy. They first told us to about what the difference is between a light polluted location and a non-light polluted location. Even if you have a high building you need an isolated one to see the stars clearly. Afterwards, they said that every star has a name. Then one person from Year 4 spotted a bright pinkish star in an image of space. We later found out that the star was a bit like a mother star, it was creating millions of stars. Next, we learnt about the planets’ sizes. This was represented by placing planets as balls next to each other (making Earth look tiny in relation to the other planets in our solar system). Then the astronomers showed us images of space which were extraordinary. In conclusion, the experience was fascinating.
By Aksayan, MS6

On Friday, Year 6 enjoyed an informative session about dental hygiene and care from Anita Webster. All the children (and adults alike) learnt some interesting facts about ways to brush your teeth and keep them healthy. We were all surprised about the sugar content of some of our well known favourite drinks. It rounded off what was a fantastic week of learning, thank you to all the organisers.

If you want to continue to be a Scientist at home, there are some experiments below that you can try.

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Design and Technology – Spring 2018

Nursery

The Nursery children visted the Resources Room for the first time. The children really enjoyed making gingerbread men together, which was part of a class reward. The children followed a recipe and got the opportunity to add ingredients and decorate their own!

 

Reception

Children in Reception classes have continued to have access to a variety of modelling resources and have been developing their ideas based on their own interests. Some of their work has inlcuded building sledges during the snowy weather and a fire station, linking to their topic ‘People who help us.’

The Reception children have also made chocolate crispy cakes. They carefully used the scales to weigh the correct amount of each ingredient and practised stirring their mixture before putting it into the cake cases.

Year 1  

During Book Week, Year 1 enjoyed making vegetable Gruffalo Crumble alongside their Julia Donaldson learning. This recipe used lots of healthy ingredients and made the whole corridor smell amazing. The children enjoyed chopping the vegetables themselves and measuring the correct amount of each ingredient before tasting the finished product. Lots of the children really enjoyed this dish!

Year 2

During their Air, Land and Sea topic work, Year 2 have been learning about the importance of eating healthily. They have explored the main food groups of carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein, dairy and fats and have designed their own healthy sandwiches. The children tried to include as many of the different food groups as they could when completing this task.

At the end of this piece of work, the children made and tested the sandwich they had designed. Some of the children discovered some very interesting sandwich combinations!

Year 2 have also used junk modelling resources to create their own baskets. They did this having to meet two criteria: all designs had to have a handle and they needed to hold tomatoes. The finished baskets had to transport tomatoes without the fruit being squashed. The children really enjoyed testing their creations. After the testing, the children discussed what went well and what could be done next time to make the baskets even better.

Computing in the Spring Term

Nursery

Some of the children in Nursery have been using the computers to research about fire and chopsticks. They were able to look at pictures to make their own fire and also watched videos about how to use chopsticks.

Reception

Children in reception have been researching about where they live and about animals they want to find more about. They have used Google Earth to find out about where they live and have used Google to look at pictures and videos about animals they want to know more about.

Some of the children have been able to move the beebot around the maze using the controls on the computer. They have been able to select the arrows using the mouse to turn the beebot and also move it forwards and backwards.

Year 1

Year 1 have been using the new beebot maze creators. The children can make their own beebot maze using the smaller pieces of wood and then program the beebot to move around the maze in smaller instructions. They had the challenge of writing the algorithm for the whole maze and the children could de-bug their beebot if it did not reach the finish.

Year 2

Year 2 have been linking their computing lessons to their topic ‘Art Around the World’. They used Google Earth to look at Dereham and surrounding areas such as Norwich. The next lesson they looked at places in the England and then finally they explored different countries around the World. They really enjoyed finding familiar places such as McDonalds, Tescos, Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

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