Alchemy Island - filtration experiment
Today, in Year 5/6, we have been imagining we have been shipwrecked (as part of our survival topic). We discussed the main priorities we would need to sort out if we did get shipwrecked. We decided that our main priorities were: water, shelter and food.
Mrs. Johnson told us there was a source of water on the island but that it was dirty and contaminated. She said we could try and use natural resources, sand, rocks, moss and grasses, as well as a piece of sail material we had 'discovered' and use them to make filters. We tried each of the different materials and made comparisons to see which provided the best filter. The sail material proved to be the best. We then discussed what else we might be able to do in order to make the water safe to drink.
We had a lot of fun - as you can see from the photographs - there was even stormy sea sounds and water spray to make us feel like we were really shipwrecked!
Today, we have had the opportunity to use programming techniques to control robots. We have learned how to use basic programming to instruct the robots to do simple tasks: rotate, move forwards and backwards, turn around in a circle or square. This may sound simple but it was trickier than it seems. Everyone worked hard and we had a lot of fun (as you can see from the pictures).
A big thank you to Fran from C-STEM for bringing the robots in for us to play with and for helping to develop our understanding of programming .
World War 1 workshop - Discovery Centre, Millom
Today, Year 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to learn more about the First World War and the significance of the Poppy badges we wear at this time of year. The children were really engaged and asked some very insightful questions.
We were able to research some of our Millom soldiers that served and died for our country. It was very moving and the children discovered that Millom soldiers were deployed all over the world to serve in the war effort. We also discovered information about some of our local cenotaphs.
As part of our workshop, we created poppies, researched local soldiers and decorated poems (In Flanders Fields). The children's work will be on display in our school porch next week. Please feel free to have a look.
As today is Halloween, in Year 5 and 6, we have being using our knowledge of basic circuits to create 'Spooky Haunted Houses' using cardboard boxes, cellophane, tissue paper and series circuits. We had a lot of fun making them (as I'm sure you can tell) and they were looked really fantastic when we turned the lights out!
Our poetry paper chain
Over the course of the year, we will be reading poetry from a variety of different authors. We are adding the names of the poems (and their author) to our poetry paper chain. As you can see, the children are enjoying listening to their daily poetry and we have over 40 links in our chain so far! We are excited to see how many links we can achieve over the course of this school year.
Duddon Dig Site Visit
Today, Years 5 and 6 were joined by the children of Captain Shaw's to visit the Duddon Dig site (in the Duddon Valley). We were fortunate enough to be given a guided tour of the site and hear about some of the finds that have been recovered from there. In addition, we were able to participate in an excavation - using the skills we learned at our 'Workshop' in May. We had a fabulous time practicing our archaeological skills and having the opportunity to work with the team at Duddon Dig.
In collaboration with Captain Shaw's School, Years 5 and 6 have taken part in an archaeological workshop. We were able to examine historical artefacts, draw and record archaeological finds and reconstruct damaged artefacts. These skills will be put into practise when we visit the Duddon Dig site in June. We would like to say a big thank you to the members of Duddon Dig for making our day so fun and interesting.