comparing and grouping rocks based on their properties in Year 3

This half term our Science focus is on rocks. and this week Year 3 have been working on comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

Year 3 have been working scientifically by first making their own predictions about which rock from chalk, slate, sandstone, marble or granite would be the hardest. Everyone’s prediction ranked the rocks from softest to hardest. Then each group needed to work collaboratively to decide how to carry out a fair test  before having a go and then making observations.

Stay and Play

St. Clement’s Stay and Play

This week, we held our first Stay and Play session, at ‘Free @ Last Community Building’. All the families that attended had a great time and the children enjoyed exploring, learning and meeting others. St. Clement’s Stay and Play runs every Wednesday, (Term time only) from 9.15am – 10.15am, at Free @ Last. Come along and join the fun!

Boats!

How do heavy things float?

We decided that only light things float, but then we thought about boats. How do they float?

To investigate we made our own boats out of play dough and changed the shape to see if certain shapes helped it to float. We found that if we made the play dough into a curved shape, it floated but a big lump of play dough sank. We found out that this was because of air. If you add air into a material it is more likely to float than a dense material with no air it in. Changing the shape of the play dough to a curved boat shape allowed more air into the material so it floated!

Here are some pictures of us investigating:

Y3 Family Projects

Our topic is Tribal tales and is based around life in the Stone Age. For our family project, Year 3 have been asked to design and construct a settlement  . A settlement is a place where a community lives and would have usually been found close to a water source.

Year 3 have really enjoyed creating their projects and we hope our families did too! The attention to the smaller detail has been fantastic.

Have a look at our creations already in school and remember you still have time to make and bring in 🙂

Science Y6 Classification Systems

During this half term Year 6 will be looking at Classification and how all living things are  grouped according to certain  characteristics.

The children looked at the works of Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, who begun to classify living things. He grouped them into  main kingdoms  and split them into smaller groups. 

Eco-Council

We have an Eco-Council in school.  Their role is to help the school become more environmentally friendly.

Last term they helped run our ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ campaign, encouraging everyone to save energy and money by switching of lights and appliances when not in use.  Over the two week campaign we managed to save 30kwh of electricity.

I am going to put one of the members in charge of updating the blog so watch this space for more news soon!

Mrs Grant

A Physical Morning in Reception

On Friday Miss Doal and Mrs Nizamis had the chance to teach PE. We went into the hall to play some games for the children to practice using their gross motor skills using large movements. We moved our bodies and traveled in different ways across the hall. We also practiced throwing and catching. In the classroom we practiced developing our fine motor skills using small movements with our hands and fingers. We practiced cutting, threading with beads and pasta and twisting nuts and bolts.

Learning about Hinduism in Year 5

Year 5’s RE topic this term is Hinduism and we are thinking about commitment. Our ‘big question’ is ‘How far will a Hindu go to show commitment?’

This week, we learnt about artifacts like the puja tray, which contains kum kum powder, incense, diva lamps, prashard (different types of offerings) and fruit or sweets. Did you know that different Murtis (gods or goddesses) like different types of offerings. Hindus do puja at least once a day as part of their daily routine to show commitment to their religion.

In groups, we made puja trays and the artifacts that are used by Hindus in this practice.