What is soil made of? Why do plants need soil?
These are some of the questions that Ospreys will be dealing with in science this term, and today we took jam jars outside to collect samples of soil. Our investigation is to observe what we can see in different samples of soil, by mixing the soil with water, shaking it up, and then letting the contents settle over the course of a few weeks. We took soil samples from all around the school grounds to see if there will be any variation in what is in the soil. Pupils then labelled their jars and have placed them on the balcony outside our classroom, where we will observe layers of different materials forming over the next few weeks.
On a very sunny Monday afternoon this week, Ospreys went onto the field to practice for athletic events for mini olympics. Pupils raced across the field to find the fastest sprinters. We discussed techniques for long jump, before having a practice, and then attempted to beat the longest long jumps.
On a rainy Friday, Ospreys did their PE lesson in the hall, dividing into four teams. To warm up, the teams collected bean bags until they were all taken, and then counted how many they had managed to collect. We then played 6 a side crab volleyball, keeping a beach ball off the ground, and returning it over the central net.
As part of our studies of architecture this year, Ospreys went to visit Woodchester Mansion last Thursday, as a local example of building in the Victorian Gothic Revival style. We followed the play trail through the park, stopping to experience the climbing logs, zip wire, see saw and rope swings. There was also lots to see and talk about in the woods, including uprooted trees and layers of Cotswold limestone visible along the way. One lucky pupil found a fantastic fossil. We had a picnic lunch outside, before our guided tour of the mansion itself. We found out about the story of the Leigh family, that started the building of the house, and about the architectural features of the building. We got to watch the bats in the bat room, and finished the tour with a visit to the vaulted cellars beneath the building. Thankyou to all the parents who came along to support our trip. We all had a fantastically fun and interesting day!
In our new topic we have been reading ‘The Hodgeheg’, by Dick King Smith, which tells of the adventures of a young hedgehog called Max. In a SPAG activity, we found animal names made up of compound words, using books from the school library to find as many animals as possible. We then switched the vowels in the animal names around, to create new words. Pupils then began planning to write their own animal adventure story, choosing an animal and thinking of a challenge it would need to overcome. We then made a word bank to collect adjectives, adverbs, verbs, onomatopoeic words and other useful vocabulary, before setting the scene in the opening sentences to our stories.