Over the last two weeks the Owls and Hedgehogs have been learning all about space. We read the story Aliens Love Underpants and used our talk for writing so we could retell the story. We also left up some underpants to see if the aliens really would come and take them and much to our excitement they did! The aliens asked us to learn all about space so we could tell them some facts. We have made fact files about the different planets, painted our own solar systems, built our own rockets to zoom off into space and spent time in our space station learning about the planets. We also sorted words into real words and alien words for our own aliens Obb and Bob and then created our own alien names. They also used their shape knowledge to create different shaped aliens and rockets. The children have had an amazing and busy time learning the different facts and some have even said they would like to become astronauts like Tim Peake!Well done Owls and Hedgehogs you have worked very hard and remember to keep an eye out for the aliens!
Our Roving Reporters have been working very hard on their first news article gathering information from around the school, talking to people and writing up their findings. On Friday, they handed over their finished articles to our Digital Leaders who will then write it up as a blog. Check back here later on in the week to read the finished article.
In cooking today, Year 5 designed and created their own wraps. First they had to choose which ingredients they wanted in their wrap. They then used their knife skills, from the previous week, to accurately and carefully chop the vegetables they needed. The children then got to taste test their creations! Everyone was saying how delicious their wraps were. Keep up the good work!
Year 6 have been working hard the past half term creating their pop art inspired monoprints based on Darwin's finches. We have been discovering all about Andy Warhol, practiced our sketching techniques and learnt the new skill of monoprinting.
Everyone has made some fantastic prints and we have popped a selection up on our Great Linford Primary Gallery. Go and check out these brilliant pieces of art!
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!