Monthly Archives: October 2017

Gardening Club 2017/18

Thank you to all those keen to sign up for another year of gardening.  All those returning a slip have been allocated their session.  A long wait for some, unfortunately, due to the high demand for limited places.  A waiting list will be in operation for any spaces that may arise throughout the year.  Please leave your name with the office staff if you are keen to join in.

The 2017/18 dates are as follows;

Term 2: Monday 6th November, 13th November, 20th November, 27th November & 4th December

Term 4: Monday 19th February, 26th February, 5th March, 12th March, 19th March & 26th March

Term5: Monday 23rd  April, 30th April, 14th May & 21st May

Term 6: Monday 11th June, 18th June, 25th June, 2nd July & 9th July.

We look forward to another year of exploring, experimenting, trialling and discovering old and new ways of growing a range of fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and crops.

Open Evening Science

A big thank you to all those turning up to welcome our visitors and show what you know.  Other subjects included English, Maths, ICT and PE. 

Lots of ideas, enthusiasm and practical activity to demonstrate how and what you enjoy learning at school. 

A blast from the past. Learning about gears, pulleys and levers is child’s play with these Meccano kits from the 1980’s!

It is amazing to discover that a triple pulley needs 10 times LESS force than a single one to lift an equal mass. Multiple pulleys really do multiply force! How many examples of pulleys can you find in everyday life to make heavy objects easy to lift?

20 weights were needed to move the single pulley compared with only 2 on the triple pulley

Comparing big and small gears. How many times do you have to turn the crank to make the wheel go around?

A Clockwork turbine helps us to learn more about the useful role of springs and pulleys

Learning to identify trees using these child friendly storybooks becomes fun and memorable. Well illustrated, fact filled and memorable. More about them on http://hellotrees.co.uk

Close observation of our school garden produce using our laptop, iPad and traditional microscope really helps to make the pumpkins, beans and Apple leaves larger than life!

Nuts, bolts, axles, wheels, cogs, brackets, girders….

Exploring and explaining gears, pulleys and clockwork mechanisms

Measuring our plants at last. The oldest, grown in sand are now 35 days old and the field beans are around 40cm tall! Entering the data into our spreadsheet to draw charts and graphs will really help us to identify trends and patterns to help answer our questions. Does soil type matter to crops?

Year 6 Discover The World Of Plants

Pumpkins, tiny sweetcorn cobs growing on dwarf plants, poppy seed cases, beautiful apples (crab apples and a variety of others), pear tree, onion seed heads that looked like perfect snowballs.  Even our strawberry plants are producing fruit in Autumn!

Photos and blog by members of 6AK. 


Science Through Traditional Tales – The 3 Camping Pigs and The Magic Porage Pot! 

Learning chemistry and researching the properties of different materials is really helping the 3 Little Pigs who are going on holiday and need a strong waterproof tent.  Year 1 have been busy exploring and testing many materials to discover the most suitable one for camping with.

Learning to test and record their results in scientific table helped keep us organised and remind us of the best materials to use.  It was fun getting wet as we investigated the most suitable one!
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We discovered much more on further research of materials and their properties.

This Meccano model demonstrates that metal is a very strong material.

Our new team science books are helping us to work scientifically outdoors

Materials Treasure Hunt. How many different materials can you discover outdoors?

Reassured that our metal fence is strong and fit for its purpose.

1MT discovering that metal was the only magnetic material in their tests.

Several materials could float. Many were surprised that wood was so buoyant.

Testing hardness, magnetism, buoyancy, stretch and waterproofness.

Classification- learning to record our results into a simple Venn Diagram makes it so much easier to record our results as we test and sort out the materials.


Working hard and recording our results as we go along soon helps us build up a picture of how there are far more non-stretchy materials compared to stretchy materials in our classroom.

We are looking forward to learning more about the traditional story of The Magic Porage pot and designing a suitable pot made with the right materials.  We are planning to crop a plot of oats this year and learning more about the life cycle of oats and the tasty nutritious food that can be made from this crop.

Linking With Others Overseas…

We are very excited at the opportunity to learn traditional tales from other countries through inking with children and their teachers to share our traditional tales and experiments with farming crops linked to these stories is something we are very excited to do.  Children from Ukraine are some of the first to get onboard with this scientific traditional tales quest…

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Please reply to our blog below if promoting learning traditional tales and experiencing gardening and farming through stories outside the classroom is something you are keen to work on with us.

Data, Data, Data! 

Learning how to gather it, present it, interpret it and report it is on the cards for children throughout the school this term as they explore many questions including the best material to keep a harvest mouse’s nest warm (year 2)  and hot drinks the warmest over time.  

Learning how to use data loggers and plotting results from our enquiries on Excel spreadsheets really does make the measurements and analysis of our results so much easier.