We’ve been inspired by the natural art all around our school grounds and have been challenged to create miniature, natural sculptures. These sculptures should capture the essence of a natural form found out in the wild. We gathered our resources and carefully glued our pieces into place. This task took lots of patience and the occasional redesign when things didn’t
In year 5, we have been researching the seasonality of vegetables and have used our knowledge to help us create our own healthy soup. We managed to whittle our choices down to three soups; tomato, potato and leek and carrot and coriander. We all enjoyed trying our soups but I think the tomato won out as the most popular!
In the Easter term, we hosted two other schools for a science workshop. Some year 1 and 2 children had the opportunity to take part in several investigations. We made lava lamps and saw how far we could shoot rockets through the air. The children had lots of fun and represented our school well.
Our Forest Schoolers have been channeling their inner photographers this week and have managed to take some magnificent pictures of our surrounding natural landscape. Some of these have had a small amount of editing but all pictures were solely taken by our Year 5 children.
We are learning our the reproduction of flowers in Year 5 this term and to help understand all the different parts, we have dissected a tulip to really see each section close up. We had to be careful to avoid the sticky pollen and not to damage the more delicate parts. We then separated them into different groups showing the
Year 5 have been using the power of pressure to create pneumatic machines capable of lifting small objects. Using syringes and tubing, we designed and made several different variants of a crane type structure. We put water in our tubes to give them slightly more power and this created hydraulics! We evaluated each others designs and talked about how we
During Forest School in Year 5, we have been looking at the different types of animals we might find around our allotment area and which of these are good or bad to have there. With all these animals, we then had to create a food web to show what eats what. It’s hard to make out, but the sticks, logs
During our science topic of Earth and Space, the Year 5 children have been recreating our Solar System and trying to get a sense of the immense scale and distance between the planets. Some planets had trouble staying to their orbit but we managed to keep on track and use these activity to remember the order of the planets.
Several children from Year 5 had the opportunity to participate in an online maths challenge this week. Along with other children from other schools, they had to follow instructions and complete a series of tasks to escape from Lochdonia Manor! The children needed all their teamwork and problem solving skills to work out these tricky tasks and they then had
In our final session of a large Forest School block, the year 6 children reflected on the skills they’ve learned and enjoyed cooking bananas and chocolate within the open fire. Although it was messy, we enjoyed keeping warm and talked about our favourite bits from our Forest School sessions previously.