DT, Science

Magnet Games with Peregrines

On Monday, Ospreys welcomed pupils from Peregrines to our class, to try out the magnet games designed by Ospreys over the last few weeks. Peregrines were challenged to guide a boat with a magnet without touching it, to find their way through a haunted house without getting ghosts stuck to them; to follow a river without being bitten by piranhas; to guide pac man to safety without being trapped by a ghost; to catch numbered fish and place them on the correct number sentence. Each game was designed to teach something about magnets. Ospreys have worked well together in groups to bring their creative ideas into being, and Peregrines enjoyed playing the games.

Art, Science

Butterfly Art Installation at Rodborough Church

On Wednesday morning Ospreys walked to Rodborough Church to see the finished art installation featuring the butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs that the children made a couple of weeks ago, with local artists Susie Walker and Lorraine de Col. Susie and Lorraine have used models made by pupils in Gastrells and Rodborough Schools, to create a giant mobile, suspended from the church ceiling above a sculpture of a cowslip flower, The whole colourful installation is made from recycled materials, and is part of this year’s RodBorough Hidden Gardens Project. We were all really impressed with the giant installation, and Ospreys were excited to see where their own personal caterpillars and butterflies had been used. As you can see, the children’s work brought lots of Summer colour to the church. The whole installation will be moved to the Museum in the Park later in the Summer, to feature in the Festival of Nature.

Geography, History, Science

Ospreys Visit to Dunkirk Woollen Mill

On Wednesday morning, Ospreys set out from school to walk along the cycle track to Inchbrook, to visit Dunkirk Mill Museum, where we were met by volunteers from Stroud Textiles Trust. We started our tour with a look around the outside of the huge nineteenth century mill complex, to see the way in which fast flowing river water was diverted into the building to generate enormous energy to power the mill wheels. We saw how the sluice gate backed up the water to store energy in the mill race, which could then be released. We then had a picnic lunch outside, before going into the heart of the mill. We each clocked in to the factory using a clocking in card, and found out about the roles of different people who were once involved in the mill. The historic mill machinery was then cranked into action and we saw the awesome power of the water push the huge mill wheel, which in turn drove a series of shafts, wheels, pulleys belts and machinery. We learned about the processes of treating woven wool with fullers earth and urine, of washing, cutting and dyeing the cloth. We also found out about the specialised cloth that made Stroud the boomtown of the woollen industry in the 1800s.

Thankyou everyone from Stroud Textiles Trust who gave us such an enjoyable and interesting day!

Art, DT, Science

Butterfly Making Day

Today Ospreys were visited by local artists Lorraine De Col and Susie Walker, to make butterfly sculptures for an art installation which will feature in Rodborough Hidden Gardens Project. We started by each making a caterpillar from recycled materials, tying strips of fabric around a foam body to form a multi coloured caterpillar. After break we were split into three groups, each with a different task: painting leaves and making flower stamen, making chrysalis cocoons, and decorating caterpillar eggs. After lunch everyone worked together to create butterflies, using translucent coloured layers stuck into a butterfly template. Ospreys had fantastic fun making all the sculptures, and also took time to draw some great caterpillar pictures. We are looking forward to seeing all our finished sculptures put together as an installation, which will be on display at Rodborough Church and then later at the Museum in the Park for the Festival of Nature.


Butterfly Observation Walk on Rodborough Common

On a beautiful sunny morning, Ospreys set off across the school field, up the steep walk to the Common, where we met the Butterfly Conservation Officer for Rodborough Common. Jen told us about the features of the Common that made it a special habitat for many species of butterfly, including the rare Duke of Burgundy and Adonis Blue. We learned that the Duke of Burgundy butterfly lays its eggs on the underside of the leaves of cowslip flower plants, and that the Adonis Blue prefers chalky limestone grassland habitats. Ospreys set off in small groups to look to see what species of butterfly they could spot, ticking off those that they saw and taking photos. Each group also made an audio recording of the sounds they could hear, which will be used as part of our art installation for the Rodborough Hidden Gardens Project. We walked across the Common to the fort, where we stopped for a break to play in the sunshine, before walking back down the hill to school in time for lunch.

What an interesting and fun morning!

Geography, Science

@bristol 🚍 🌎

Recently, the Ospreys visited @bristol to learn all about space and the solar system! Captain Pete took us on an adventure around all of the planets with the help of the children. There were so many learning stations that we could not possibly list them all, from bubble stretching to animation! It was a fun filled day of learning and activities… Here are some photos we took to share with you. 


Maths, Science

Magical Materials

 In Science we are investigating materials. This week we were finding out which material is the best at keeping things warm. We put hot water in 6 different cups and wrapped them in newspaper, cling film, toy stuffin, tinfoil, think and thin fabric. We all took turns at measuring the temperature of the water. We found that toy stuffing was the best material to keep the water warm. Science is fun!