Ospreys were given a project, to find out facts about the Sun, to complement their learning about light and shadow in science this term. Pupils came up with some wonderful and creative ways in which to present their knowledge and research, with models, paintings, diagrams, drawings and even a sun made of dough used to show what they had learned at home. Yesterday, we put out all the projects in class, and rotated around the tables to see each other’s work. The projects have now been used to make a display for our science wall in our classroom.
Monday 27th November
What is a shadow? How is a shadow made? These were the questions Ospreys were grappling with in their science lesson with Mr. Deacon this week. Pupils used a torch as a light source, to look at the shadows made by different objects, and then investigated how the size of a shadow is affected by how far away the light source is.
Friday 24th November
It was great to have some Autumn sunshine for our P.E. Lesson on the field on Friday afternoon. To warm up and practice our passing skills, Ospreys lined up in their four teams of seven, to pass the ball along the line from one pupil to the next. The person at the end of the chain receiving the ball then had to run, with the ball, to the front of the line, and the winning team was the first with the ball back back at the start. We then put our passing into practice as we separated into two games of tag rugby. Thanks to Aggie for taking these photos again for our blog.
Wednesday 22nd November
In this week’s Topic lesson about architecture with Ms. Brooks, Ospreys learned about how and why Romans used arches in their construction. We looked at images of Roman amphitheatres and aqueducts to note the different ways in which arches were used. We did an investigation to find out which type of arch was the strongest: a tall, narrow arch, or a low, wide arch? Using arched card and pillars made of books, we tested how many dice each type of arch would hold. Which type of arch do you think was the strongest?
This week in literacy we have been learning about the features of non-chronological report writing, and have written a report about Gloucestershire, linked to our Geography lesson on Monday. Our writing targets focused on using subheadings and paragraphs to organise and present factual information about the county.
Friday, 24th November
Ospreys Class are making impressive progress with their Maths Passport mental recall tests so far this year. This week we have another three pupils who have completed all the targets on their continent within the test time, to be able to go up to the next continent, and a new set of challenges.
In science this week Ospreys have been investigating how light reflects. The Brilliant Bag Company have asked the children to test different materials to find out which is the most reflective for a school book bag. This is very important to make sure drivers can see children in the dark mornings and evenings over the next few months! The children made a scientific prediction after looking at the materials and then made a reflection tester using a torch and piece of card. After investigating the materials children ranked them from most to least reflective and completed questions on why they chose that material. The children agreed that metallic and fluorescent yellow card were much better at reflecting light compared to black paper and brown fabric. The children also recognised that reflective materials are usually smooth whilst rough surfaces do not reflect light well.
Friday 17th November
Following on from writing poems about Bonfire Night in Literacy, in our Art lesson this week Ospreys used chalk pastels, paint, glue and glitter on black paper to create images of fireworks. Some pupils drew figures on paper first and then cut them out, in the style of the author and illustrator John Burningham, whose stories and pictures we studied earlier in the term. Pupils practiced smudging the coloured chalk to create the impression of movement and misty evening sky, before starting their finished piece. The addition of a sprinkle of glitter added a splash of sparkles to our artwork. Come and see them all displayed in Ospreys classroom!
Friday 17th November
Several members of Ospreys Class come to archery club each Friday after school. Archery is a sport which requires concentration, control and perseverance. Pupils need to be able to focus their mind and relax their muscles in order to be consistent in hitting the target. It is great to see individual pupils improve their score and technique each week. This Friday, we had a contest between four teams, each with three archers. Well done to the victorious team, Teddy, Noah and Toby, who scored a combined score of 63 points from shooting 45 arrows.