All About Minibeasts
This week, Lower Foundation have been exploring what minibeasts live underground. We found out that worms, beetles and millipedes like living in dark and moist habitats. Did you know worms are really good for your soil - by burrowing holes they allow air and water to get into the soil! The children were very excited to make wiggly worms in jelly.
We have also been looking at the concept of weight, comparing different resources to determine what is heavier and lighter. The children have thoroughly enjoyed hunting for objects to weigh. They were especially delighted when their predictions were correct!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week in Upper Foundation we have been focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been discussing right and wrong; rules and consequences and what you should do in case you ever get lost.
We have also been writing letters of apology from Goldilocks to the bears; instructions in recipes to make porridge; speech bubbles for characters and funny 'wanted' signs.
We have been experimenting with different textures through work with clay, discussing varying sizes and comparing them.
Performing the Queen's Coronation
The Year 1 children enjoyed themselves in a morning of drama and dance this week. Through storytelling and singing they acted out the Queen’s Coronation.
Nati “I was Princess Anne!”
Harry “That was fantastic, amazing!”
All About Kenya
On Wednesday, the Year 2 children had the opportunity to listen to Asael's mum who shared with us information about Kenya. We learned lots of interesting facts about the culture, traditions and the typical animals you might see on a Kenya Safari.
She showed us some photographs, shared with us a Kenyan Marimba and some beaded trinkets that were handcrafted by members of the Maasai Tribe.
In Year 2 the children have been busy completing their 'Safari Shoebox' projects. Look at their amazing creations!
Our Trip to CLC
This week, Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the CLC centre in Clapham for a digital space-themed day! The children used apple macs to research different planets and added their facts to a shared padlet screen. From this, they created scripts and filmed their own informative TV programme in groups using green screen technology. Later, they added music, titles, credits and backdrops in imovie. Throughout the course of the day, they also used a fun comic-making app to design space-themed posters by importing pictures and text from trusted websites. In the afternoon, children even entered space through the medium of virtual reality headsets!
They saw Saturn spinning and couldn't believe how big the sun was! When they looked down, they could see their own legs in astronaut suits sitting on board a space ship! As ever, the children were fantastically well-behaved throughout the day and were excellent ambassadors for Oakfield. Thank you to all parents/carers for dropping children off extra early on Tuesday/Wednesday to ensure that the children enjoyed maximum input for the day and thank you to Miss Down for organising such an out of this world trip!
Here is a link to the videos the children made:
Science in Year 3
Also this week, in Science Year 3 children have been studying rocks and soils. Last week, we completed several mini-experiments to test how strong, permeable and easy to erode different rocks were and this week we used magnifying equipment to get a closer look. We tried to identify why some had reacted differently in our experiments and how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are different. It took some patience to focus the microscopes and adjust the lighting carefully, but we were quite surprised at some of the surfaces when we looked up close!
Last week Year 5 flew to Spain. We had an amazing time, trying churros and making paella. We also learned how to dance Flamenco and had some Spanish lessons too. The weather was lovely, and we even had time to go to the beach!
This week Year 5 were learning about germination. They removed the seed coat and observed the seed leaves (the food store) and the tiny embryo which will grow into the new plant.
This week, Year 6 carried out investigations to prove how finches living on the Galápagos Islands adapted their beaks for the type of vegetation found on the various islands. They used different tongs and pincers to move different sized seeds.
A big well done to the U11 Football Team who played in the ISA National Finals Football Match last Friday, at St. George's Park. The boys came 2nd overall! A special mention to Oscar who was also in the team and to our fantastic Year 5 footballers, Jacob, Albie and Luke, who played in all the matches leading up to the final but were otherwise engaged in Seville on the day of the final!
ISA GYMNASTICS COMPETITION
Good luck to the Gymnasts competing in the ISA National Gymnastics Competition in Shropshire, this coming weekend!
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