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Summer 2019 - Zeus on the Loose!

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During the Summer Term, the children will be learning about Ancient Greece. Having been asked to come up with some title ideas overnight, they voted for 'Zeus on the Loose!'

Bee Keeper Visit

 

We had a fantastic time when Mr Parker, a keeper of bees, visited out class.

 

It was so interesting to hear all about honey bees and how amazing they are.

 

We learned that in order to make a tablespoon of honey, the bees have to fly a distance of twice around the world! Mr Parker brought us some of his special honey to try, both set honey and runny honey. Most of us preferred the set honey as it was much sweeter.

 

I think after hearing all of the facts, a lot of us would love to be bee keepers!

 

 

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Week 4

 

This is our bee garden so far...

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We researched the types of perennial plants that attract bees and had great fun planting them. We made bunting and bee posters to inform others about the importance of bees in our environment.

In Science, we have completed our water transportation investigation. We were able to look carefully to reach interesting conclusions about how water travels up the xylem in plants.

 

We were very excited to see that the white flowers had turned blue! 

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Week 3 - Science and RE

 

In science this week we have been learning all about water transportation in plants. We have written detailed explanations about how it gets absorbed by the roots, transported through the stem to the leaves where it then evaporates.

 

To further our knowledge, we examined a range of plant stems using magnifying glasses. We were able to see the xylem which are like straws that suck up the water. We observed really carefully to produce detailed drawings of cross sections of the stem.

 

In groups we thought about how we could investigate and prove how water is transported in plants. Some of us wanted to know how different types of plants transported water and others wanted to investigate the affect of temperature. We have used lots of food colouring and are expecting colourful results!

 

In RE, we are enjoying learning about the Hindu faith. We completed a reading comprehension using the strands of retrieve and infer and learned all about Hindu gods and goddesses.

As an extension, we created our own Hindu God or Goddess and created a character profile for them.
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Week 1 - Science

 

This week, we have continued our mini project about bees. We have used our research to produce information leaflets about their importance and how they can be preserved.

 

 

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We are also very excited about our eTwinning project. Alongside learning all about bees we are planning to develop a bee friendly garden in school.

 

Below is the photograph of before the transformation. Watch this space to the after...

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Our fearsome Minotaurs are complete! What do you think?

Week 5 - Science

 

This week in Science we completed our plant investigation. We observed the growth of our plants carefully and recorded the results week by week using labelled diagrams. We compared the height of our test plant to see whether it had grown. We concluded the investigation by using the information we had gathered to answer our original question about what makes plants grow well. Some of us even used what they had found out to think about what they would like to investigate next.

 

We also started out mini project about bees. We have contacted schools in Europe to be part of an eTwinning project about the importance of bees in the growth of plants. We started this work by combining our comprehension and SPAG lessons with Science and used Summarise and Define comprehension strands to produce information writing with sub-headings and paragraphs. 

 

We also want to produce a bee friendly garden area. We have planted the plants that have flourished from our investigation in the school garden are we are hoping to develop this after half term. We are very excited!

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On Monday, we added the Minotaur’s horns using more papier-mâché. The shape of the horns were made by rolling and twisting the paper, then we strengthened them with the glue and water solution. 

 

On Tuesday, we were back outside - this time with our paintbrushes to added the first coat of paint. We’ll be adding the detail after half term but they’re really starting to take shape! 

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Having read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, we are making the head of the Minotaur out of papier-mâché. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we took our learning outside for a less formal art lesson! 

Week 3 - Science

 

As well as making careful observations for our plant investigation, we have been learning all about the different parts of a flower and their role in pollination and fertilisation.

 

In groups, we were given a tulip and we dissected it into different parts. Some of them were quite tricky to find. We found some pollen and some of us thought it looked like grains of sand.

 

We then did some drama. We got into the characters of bumble bees and flowers and dramatized pollination.

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Week 2 - Science

 

This week, we have planned our plant investigation.

 

In groups, we decided how to investigate the conditions plants need to grow well. We thought about how we could test this and decided to remove one of the conditions to see if it affected the growth of the plant.

 

We chose to remove light, warmth and water. We made predictions and tried to explain why we thought that would happen.

 

We are looking forward to seeing if our test plants grow.

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Week 1 - Science

 

This week, we have started our Science topic, Plants.

 

We began by working in pairs to find out what we already knew about parts of a plant and their function.

 

We discussed our prior knowledge, then we learned some new facts. We created lift-the-flap books to reveal the function of each part of a plant.

 

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