Last week, Class 5 and 6 participated in a virtual STEM morning with a focus on protecting our planet. This linked the children’s learning from the past term from English, science and geography.
During the first session, children were learning about protecting forests and earth. After watching the virtual session, they then had to create their own forest and look at ways of reducing flooding within their forest.
During the second session, the children learnt about protecting ice. The children learnt all about rising sea temperatures and the causes of this. They were also introduced to some scientists working in the Arctic to gather data on rising temperatures, as well as being introduced to Boaty McBoat Face – the British lead boat in a fleet of three robotic lithium battery–powered autonomous underwater vehicles of the Autosub Long Range class. The children then had to work in groups to create a cartesian diver model to demonstrate the principles of buoyancy.
This week, Class 5 and 6 had a visitor from Barclays bank. Angela delivered a session on online safety regarding gaming and scamming. The session was very informative, and all children asked and answered some very relevant questions.
Class 6 have been experimenting with the Stop Motion app, in their English lessons. First, the children wrote their own script using the characters April and Bear, from their class novel, to create an animation that is suitable for younger children to watch. The children also made their own cave setting (in preparation for their animation) and wrote instructions on how to do this.
On 21st November, we enjoyed a Stone Age day at West Cornforth Primary School. We all entered the Stone Age and became hunter-gatherers. Each class looked at where the Stone Age came on the history timeline. We enjoyed dressing up and taking part in Stone Age activities.
Find out what each class got up to below:
Can I retell simple past event?
In Early Years, they thought about the how the Stone Age people they lived. They became hunter gatherers and foraged for their own food and built their own shelters.
Can I ask questions about the past?
In Class One, they thought about the clothes Stone Age people would wear. They thought of some questions they could ask about their clothes:
• Why did they have fur?
• Where did they get the fur from?
• Did boys and girls wear the same?
Year One then designed a Stone Age outfit.
Can I develop an awareness of the past?
In Class Two, they thought about where the Stone Age was in history. They made a human timeline of significant historical events.
Can I use photos and artefacts?
In Class Three, they thought about Stone Age pottery. Class Three used photos of Stone Age artefacts to then design and make their own Stone Age pot.
Can I compare and contrast sources?
In Class Four, they used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We then thought about which source was the most useful.
Can I use some different sources of evidence to deduce information about the past?
In Class Five, we used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We thought about the information we could deduce from them.
Can I understand that no single source of evidence gives the full answer to questions about the past?
In Class Six, we used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We thought whether the sources were reliable and useful.
Stone Age Shelters
Unfortunately, it was raining all day, so we made indoor Stone Age shelters. We worked as a team to make our own shelters out of things that we could find. We researched Stone Age dwellings and tried to recreate them.
Class 6 have been learning all about forests in geography. They recently went on a class trip to Hamsterley Forest. During a 4km walk, the children gathered and collected data, based on their pre-planned field study. Some children collected evidence relating to the reason people visit the forest, others looked at the tree species or wildlife. After a busy day collecting data, they finished it off with a picnic and played on the climbing frame.
See below for some of the children’s’ work from processing and presenting their geographical data.
Click on the link to watch GoPro footage from their visit.
County Durham and Darlington Fire Service visited Class 5 and 6 to remind them of the dangers of fireworks, in the run-up to Bonfire night. Fortunately, the fire service had time to let the students explore the fire engine as well as exploring how to use the hose.
The programme helps children understand:
- Abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
- That abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
- Where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including Childline Service
The assemblies, which feature Ant and Dec, support children to feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe and include access to supporting classroom resources.
They are an effective way to support our school’s safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum as well as help reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of our school’s teaching on relationships.
With the help of their mascot, Buddy the speech bubble, children will know they have the right to:
- speak out and be heard
- be safe
- get help when they need it.
Want to know more about the programme? Take a look at the NSPCC website to find out more about what the service entails.