Solar power workshop
Mrs McKee, who had shown Barn Owls around Rexon Solar Farm on Wednesday, came in to carry out a workshop with us on Thursday morning.
We reviewed our learning from the visit, and found out even more about how solar farms provide energy to the National Grid, for homes and businesses.
We had the chance to create solar-powered circuits.
Barn Owls also tried out solar-powered toys, to see how they work. They were great fun!
As well as all of this, we learned to use lux meters and anemometers to measure light and wind, essential in finding good places to sight solar panels and wind turbines.
Solar Farm visit
Barn Owls were invited to Rexon Solar Farm, near Roadford Reservoir, for a visit this week.
After learning about sustainability in Science last term, this was a good way to add to that learning, and to recall some facts. We found out how a solar farm works, with the whole process from Sun to home being studied. It also gave us a chance to use our place value and multiplication skills to calculate how many solar panels are found on the whole farm.
National Bee Day
After the whole school assembly today on the importance of bees, the Tawny Owls created fantastic tissue paper ones.
SATs over for Y6!
Our Year 6 pupils have all taken part in the SATs tests, the first year they've been set for two years.
The children came in a little early for a breakfast each day, and then completed the week with hot chocolate and cakes on the field in the sunshine.
All of them were calm, focused and extremely hard-working.
Preparing for the Platinum Jubilee
In Barn Owls, we've begun working on our Art for Mrs Harris' Platinum Jubilee Art display. The children started by blending shades of colours to create a vivid background.
All Stars Cricket
Georgia O'Keefe poppies
Barn Owls have been drawing poppies in the style of Georgia O'Keefe, beginning with using a grid structure to enlarge smaller sketches.
This half term the Owlets are enjoying learning about plants and minibeasts. So far we have studies snails and cared for our own class pet snails, been on a minibeast hunt in the forest school, planted some runner beans and sweet peas, created minibeast models and we have been enjoying role play in our very own garden centre in our outside area. We still have much more to learn about plants and minibeasts before half term and we can't wait!
The children were interested to learn about archaeology today and the story of how Howard Carter (or his water boy) discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. They then had the task of trying to get a better understanding of this period by looking at pictures from this time. Good discussions took place, showing great observational skills.
It was excellent being able to link forest school so strongly with our science topic this week. Within the classroom, the Tawny Owls were discussing the similarities between deciduous and evergreen trees. They then took this learning into our amazing environmental area and could identify many different types. When Ranger Rob asked the children what do they both need to survive - I don't think he was expecting the fantastic language that followed. The children explained that they all need water, sun, the correct temperature and carbon dioxide. Evie then went on and explained that ''a chemical reaction then happens and it makes oxygen''.
The rain didn't dampen the Snowy Owl's enjoyment and enthusiasm for Forest School this week. We investigated parts of plants and identified perfect and imperfect flowers. The children worked as a team to build shelters. We finished the session with marshmallows around the fire.
Key Stage 2 Running Club
This week, children and staff across the school ran their first mile towards their half marathon. It was great to see children supporting and encouraging one another to complete the challenge.
All Stars Cricket
We were lucky to have an All Stars Cricket coach in with us today. The Tawny Owls and Owlets worked together in teams to field and bat, learning some key skills.
The coach was very impressed with their behaviour and picked out 3 children; Ethan, John and Evelyn as having fantastic, supportive qualities which are much needed attributes to be a great team player.
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