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Chemistry in The Classroom with Year 3 & 4

Why does good chocolate melt in your mouth? What is the gas produced when we added bicarbonate soda to vinegar? Children throughout year 3 & 4 have enjoyed measuring temperature with thermometers and found out data loggers make the job so much easier to monitor changes in a long experiment. Melting, freezing and boiling, it was very interesting exploring different materials to find out how they can be changed by heating and cooling them.

The recent snow and ice have also helped us to learn first hand about the water cycle and the processes of melting, freezing, condensation and evaporation.

What is the melting point of chocolate and butter? Using thermometers and data loggers to measure the temperature of the water baths.

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.

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!
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…


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.

Meccano Models

The last year 6 Science lesson of the year was a circus of all our favourite activities including the much sought after meccano kits to brush up our engineering skills.  Completing our farming magazine activities, making working circuits and sketching our plants outside the classroom were also very popular! 

Feast Fun

At last our 11th annual Gardening Club feast day has arrived.  Our gardening year has just flown by and all our hard work of sowing seeds, watering plants, weeding and harvesting has finally ended with a lovely relaxing event.  Many thanks for all your contributions of delicious homemade cakes, fruit salads, biscuits and drinks.  We’ve had a very good year of discovering new skills, learning to grow new plants, particularly companion planting and learning traditional methods from ancient civilisations.  The African gkeyhole garden and growing the 3 American Sisiters has been particularly rewarding!  We look forward to exploring many more of these old tried and tested gardening methods next year.

New Pond Life 

At last the frogs have returned and pleased us all by laying their annual batches of frogspawn all over the pond. spring is here again!

Our observation tank returns again. We look forward to be recording all the changes that take place on the journey from spawn to frog…

1 week old. Year 1’s will be watching the development of the tiny tadpoles like hawks!