In year 4, we have been learning about the digestive system. We have all been wondering - where does our food go after it enters our mouths? We decided to use different household objects to represent different organs. First of all, we 'crunched' up some crisps with our hands to represent chewing. Then the crisps went down a funnel (the oesophagus) into a bag, which represented the stomach. We added some saliva (water) and the stomach muscles churned the food up. At this point the mixture was looking very disgusting indeed! We used a syringe (to represent the gallbladder) to add some stomach acid to the food, before the food travelled into the intestines (represented by a pair of tights). This part was very messy, as the liquids and nutrients escaped from the intestines, leaving only solids behind! Finally, the food had finished it's journey and made it's way out of the body and into the toilet!
This week in maths, year 4 have been learning how to measure the perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes. As part of our learning, we decided to measure the perimeter of some of the rectangular or rectilinear shapes on the playground, such as the top pitch and the sheds. In class, we also played a game called Dicey Perimeter. You could play the game at home too! You just need a pair of dice and some squared paper! You can find the game here.
We are excited to announce the Junior Rangers who will be working alongside the Parks Trust this year are Maya and Tegan from year 5 and Lissie and Jason from year 4. The team have met with Amanda, their education officer from The parks Trust, to learn a little more about the important job they will be doing. They are now ready to get to work sharing their love for wildlife and the environment with the rest of the school! Their first important job: MK Hog Watch! The Parks Trust have provided us with our very own hedgehog tunnel along with special paint that will leave animal tracks. We also have some mealworm- a tasty snack to encourage the animals along. Each morning over the coming week, the children will check to see if the tunnel has had any visitors overnight. The children will match any footprints in the tunnel to an identification chart and record the results to send back to The Parks Trust who are trying to learn more about the local hedgehog population. We really hope that hedgehogs come along but can't wait to see what other creatures may visit us too!The Junior Ranger team along with GLPS Animal Society, who are also helping to conduct the research, look forward to sharing the results with you soon.
In today's cooking session, year 5 were developing their knife skills. They learnt how we should use a knife safely and how to hold it correctly. They were then shown how to chop and cut different vegetables which they then were able to taste test!
Mollie Keech 5DP/LS said 'I really enjoyed learning how to cut the different vegetables and I loved eating the cucumber'.
Keep looking out on the website for the next cooking blog!
This week all the children and adults at Great Linford have been taking part in Anti-Bullying Week! We have been raising awareness around the issue of bullying and how to act if you feel you are being bullied. Every class reviewed our systems such as, the worry box and safe hands to remind us of how to act if we have any worries around bullying or anything else that we are concerned about. As well as this, each class created some fantastic art work which you can see below that is centred on Anti-Bullying. Year 1 used our new computing programme to complete some digital images around facial expressions and feelings. Other year groups used the opportunity to create jigsaws to show how we all fit together and discussed being tolerant and understanding of all.
Owls and Hedgehogs had a lovely morning reading with their families. We really enjoy our weekly reading mornings every Friday and look forward to sharing stories with our parents and carers. We look forward to seeing you next Friday.
Today, a team of Alex, Darcy, Mathumilan, Anointed, Mishael and Hikma represented Great Linford Primary School in the first Maths Olympiad held at The Webber Independent School. The competition allowed children from many different schools to show their flair for mathematics and problem solving. Each child took part in the Brain Buster individual rounds, as well as competing in their Year 5 and Year 6 teams in the Conundrum Challenge rounds using number, logic and shape to solve a variety of problems. The day was a fantastic opportunity for our children to flex their mathematical minds exploring challenges and having fun whilst competing against other schools.
All six children performed excellently in their individual and team challenges. We were delighted that Anointed won the trophy for the highest scoring Year 5 child across all the schools who entered and Mathumilan won the trophy for the highest scoring Year 6 child across all the schools. Well done to all the children who took part and we look forward to entering next year to defend our titles!
A mobile planetarium came to Great Linford Primary School today. Here, year 5 had a unique, 360 degree learning experience from our very own school hall. We were immersed in all things space and learnt a lot, for example the brightest star in the universe is called Sirius and the Romans named the Milky Way after millk as they thought it looked like a milky patch of sky above the Earth at night. A very enjoyable and informative morning had by all.
To learn about the features of Autumn, year one did their very own version of 'Big Art Attack'. After watching a clip from Art Attack it inspired the children to create their own. We spoke about the seasons which links to our project this term and discussed how we know that it is Autumn. We then spoke about how we can see Autumn changes in the trees. After discussing Autumn and what it brings we were ready to create our masterpiece.
5HL had a great afternoon with the Newport Pagnell fire officers. They learnt all about how to stay safe in a fire and 'stop, drop and roll'. They worked on creating a fire safety plan which they are taking home to share with their families. Buckinghamshire fire service offer a fire risk assessment to families and are able to come and fit smoke detectors. If you would like them to visit your home for this service, click on this link.