Foxes are a happy and lively class where fun goes hand in hand with the learning. This class is made up of year 4 and 5 children. Mrs Jack and Mrs Shepherd are the teachers and there are three brilliant teaching assistants who work at various times of the day: Mrs White, Miss Hill and Mrs Lovesey.
Journey through space – the final frontier! Lets take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.
During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. Then we plan to learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We will investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then hopefully make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability and finally program toys to explore a lunar landscape using Lego We-Do.
At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth?
We have some additional exciting activities planned this term, such as a mobile planetarium dome and hopefully a stargazing evening.
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and Bythams Primary School celebrated with the magical world of Roald Dahl‘s stories. Pupils and staff dressed up as different characters from his books, with Willy Wonka, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and Mrs Twit all making an appearance!
Foxes class were lucky enough to head up to space this week. However, it may have been in front of a green screen using the Do Ink app, but it does make them look like they are flying in space!
What is our Solar System?
We looked at the different planets in our solar system, and how they all orbit around the sun.To appreciate the size and scale of each planet we used everyday items, such as: a peppercorn, a melon and a blueberry. We also spaced out the distances from the sun for each planet to visualise the distance they are from the sun.
We started out stargazing evening by learning about the constellations; our first task was to make a stop start animation using Lego Movie to create a model of the stars.
During the afternoon children prepared their dinner by chopping vegetables ready to start cooking their savoury mince recipe after school. We then lit the fire and cooked our mince dish over the fire, it consisted of: onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes. It was thicken with gravy granules and served with French bread. The children ate them out of mess tins and many children came back for seconds, even thirds! As it got darker, the children cooked popcorn over the fire and toasted marshmallows.
The children got dress in warm clothing and brought chairs and beanbags outside and started using the iPads to find stars, constellations, telescopes and even the ISS. Unfortunately, it stayed too cloudy to see any stars even though we had several telescopes ready to find them! Parents then turned up to help us stargaze, but since we could not see any stars, we listened to David Cole, from Rutland Astronomical Society, talk about space and answer all of our questions. Parents tasted popcorn and marshmallows before they then went home.
The whole school were very lucky to have a visit from a company called Wonderdome. Their presenters are astronomy specialists and teachers who create and deliver interactive space shows in their inflatable space domes. During our session, we had a tour through our solar system, learning more our star and the planets. We zoomed in on the moon and learnt interesting faces about the Apollo mission. The kids loved it and we would definitely have them come back another year.
We are lucky enough to have six new Lego We-Do sets in school. These sets allow children to build different creations and then program them using their coding skills. Since we are looking into space, they built space rovers and satellites and got them moving or doing different tasks.
During this term, we have been continuing our theme of space outside. One week we made wooden stars, this involved cutting down sticks to the correct size and then using their knot tying skills to tie them together.
Another week children look at the planets and were given a challenge to create their own planet. They were all given a different planet or star to make from our Solar System and had to use natural materials from around the Mini Spinney and a few man made items. They all made the challenge harder and wanted to make them 3D and hanging from a tree. They did a fantastic job and all of the planets/stars looked brilliant.
During week four, we have started planning for a big project: building lunar rovers. This week we have started thinking what materials we would need, these involved mainly natural items, but one group also wanted to use a coconut! Once they planned their rovers, a prototype was made using Lego.
World War 1 Day
For World War One day, the school playing field was transformed into no man’s land with trenches either side. We had a medic and food station to provide the soldiers vital aid if they were injured and food for them to eat.
The children came dressed for battle and looked fantastic in all their uniforms and camouflaged clothing. We began the day looking at the events that caused The Great War, and ordering of a timeline of the key events. After learning the importance of trenches, and why we had trench warfare, it was time for the first battle. The soldiers were positioned in their trenches and had to crawl across no man’s land to capture of the other countries’ flag. This proved a very hard challenge as it was nearly impossible to make it across no man’s land without being tug. When a child had been tug they had to go to the medic’s tent to receive vital first aid.
The children had time to write home to their loved ones. This wasn’t easy to do with the sounds of gun fire and bombs screaming overhead, and finding space to write in the trenches. However, they combined all their knowledge they have learnt during the day and wrote some fantastic letters.
“Currently in the trenches, it is raining. So every step I take my feet are swallowed by thick, damp, squelchy mud…I am going to the front line tomorrow and I am dreading the endless ringing in my ears which will follow…”
Throughout the day we learnt about what the soldiers wore, and why each item of clothing was important. What the soldiers ate was really interesting, we found out that two spoonfuls of rum rations was a highlight of their day. Using typical ingredients they had in the trenches, we all made trench stew over a fire and ate it out of mess tins in the trenches.
We finished the day reflecting on the huge impact this war had on families, villages and the whole nation. The consequences are war isn’t to be taken lightly and we use Remembrance Day to reflect on the lives lost and to appreciate what the soldiers sacrificed for us to gain out freedom.
A few quotes from the day:
“World War One day was really fun, I learnt a lot, although I am relieved I want born during that time as it was horrible.” Matilda.
“It makes you think about life in the war, and what the soldier had to go through.” Noah.
“I feel really sorry for the people who lost their lives.” Callum
“I never thought I would feel so interested about The Great War but learning about it brought a tear to my eye.” Ava.
The Flying Scotsman 11 January
The children from Bythams Primary school were very lucky today to see the Flying Scotsman steam past. The iconic steam locomotive was making a special journey from London’s King Cross to York as a tribute to the man who rescued it from the USA.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially waving to all of the passing trains.
Burps, Bottoms and Bile!
Open wide – lets look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body.
This half term, we will start learning about human teeth. We’ll find out about different dental procedures and learn new scientific vocabulary and we’ll use this information to write toothy fact files. There will be lots of investigating as we learn about our different teeth, how to brush them and how sugary drinks affect them.
We’ll examine the amount of sugar in different foods and create images of ourselves with healthy and unhealthy teeth. Then we will write a story describing the journey a piece of food takes through the digestive system. In science, we’ll learn about the organs involved in digestion and make our own digestive system out of a pair of tights! We are also learning about digestion in different animals and handle a range of digestive organs. Furthermore, we’ll use what we’ve learned to play a scientific game and create healthy snack packs for our friends.
The human digestive system
We started learning about all the parts of the digestive system, starting with the mouth and ending up with the rectum (which got a few giggles!) To help the children name all the features and what they do, they drew on the tables! They drew around a willing volunteer and then filled in all the main parts of the digestive system and finally labelled these life size drawings.
Fore x Four
Today we have Darren come to our school to trial a fun and very engaging activity that combines P.E. and multiplication tables. The aim was for children to hit a ball towards a variety of targets, if they hit a target then they had to run and find out what was hidden underneath it. Under these targets was a number, they had to multiply that number with another number on their sheet. The first group to answer all the multiplication tables won! It was a fabulous session, all of which the children loved. Furthermore, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn in an interactive way.