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May 2016

At One With Nature Week

The whole school has recently spent a week focussing on getting back to nature. Each class chose an aspect of their Science curriculum to focus on and contextualised it by working outside for the majority of the week - building the children's appreciation for their responsiblity towards our natural environment.

Each child produced a scrap book - collecting their observations, over the week and shared this with their parents on Friday.Whole school assembly outside around the fire

The week began with a Whole school asembly around our fire bowl. The children listened to a diary entry written from the perspective of a common newt in our pond and we sang 'I Hear Thunder'. Many of the children requested more assemblies outside like this!

Parents viewing Reception work

 

 

 

Parents viewing Reception's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception children pond dipping

 

 

 

Year 2 tree studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 tree people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 6 Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 sketching outdoors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception Creature Studies

 

 

 

Year 4 studying the bees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2016

The Big School's Birdwatch

For the second year running the School has taken part in the RSPB's Big School's Birdwatch. Over an entire week the children had much of their learning themed around birds - this included data handling, artwork and even a trip to an owl centre! Great fun was had by all and the data we sent off will help the RSPB to assess the health of bird populations across the UK.Children bird watching

Image of the ISS

 

 

 

 

November 2015

Year 3 have successfully applied to be part of the RHS' latest campaign for school gardening. The RHS has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project.

The project, Rocket Science, will give our year 3 class, and around half a million other UK children, the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on Earth.

Two kilograms of rocket seeds will soon be sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month mission.

After several months on board, the seeds will be sent back and packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on Earth. We will then receive two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare.

The main aim of the project is to see whether human life in space can be sustained through the production of our own food. Year 3 will be invited to input their results into a national online database so that results can be compared across all schools in the UK.

Watch this space!

(Text adapted from RHS website)

 

September 2015 - What's The Buzz?

Welcome back to another exciting year of Science at Wyberton Primary School. This year we are going to be embracing the outdoors and nature even more than we usually do as we embed our beautiful bees into our curriculum. All of the classes, from Reception to Year 6 have had bee based investigations added to their Science curriculum and so will be spending time exploring their life cycles, wax production, feeding needs and so much more. The bees will be used as a context for learning in lots of other areas of our curriculum as well so look out for what your children have been getting up to on their class pages.

The New National Curriculum

In September 2014 the new National Curriculum came into effect. At Wyberton primary school we have tailor made our own educational programme based on the national curriculm documentation for Science which you can view by clicking on the following link:

Science National Curriculum Document 2014

The Great Outdoors

What a beautiful time of year it is to be exploring the outdoors! This September marked a change in curriculum for many of the classes in the school - Science is included in these changes. The new and exciting programmes of study, devised by the staff in the Great Oaks Federation, are ensuring that our children get a broad and balanced Science education that takes full advantage of the wonderful learning opportunities that the outdoors has to offer.

The outdoors is a fascinating and engaging space for children (and adults!) that will enable them to develop, first hand, their understandings of Scientific concepts.

Look out on this pages for updates about the exciting things we have been doing in Science.

Can you help?

If you have a background in Science and would be willing to help share your expertise please contact school as soon as possible so we can plan some opportunities for our children to learn from the experts that they may one day become.

Planting Bulbs

we have had some mystery bulbs kindly donated by Bakker Spalding Gardening Company (www.spaldingbulb.co.uk) and Reception spent a very rainy but enjoyable afternoon planting them in our garden. We will continue to add updates as the bulbs develop so you can see what kinds of flowers they are.

Baby Caterpillars Arrive in Reception!

On Thursday 26th March Reception took delivery of their much anticipated baby caterpillars! They have spent a lot of time learning how to care for the caterpillars and are looking forward to observing the amazing changes that are going to happen to them. They have decided to keep a caterpillar diary on their web page so make sure you have a look at how they are progressing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Exhibition

I hope you all recieved the letter detailing the exhibition of Reception and Year 1's bird artwork up at Frampton Marsh. This is such an exciting way to celebrate the artwork of the youngest members of our school and I hope you will all find the time to go and view the reed bed pedastals where it is being displayed.

 

Tbird counting sheet from Receptionhe RSPB Big Schools' Bird Watch

Over the past week (26-30th January) the whole school has been taking part in the RSPBs Big Schools' Birdwatch.

Each class had 10 minutes to quietly watch, in 3 locations around the school, and note down how many birds they saw of each species.

We are still collating the results but at the moment it seems that our grounds are a great habitat for supporting blue tits! Each class has used their data to support their maths learning this week by adding up totals, finding averages and interpreting graphs and tables. Other activities blue tit paintinghave been going on to support the children's developing ornithalogical knowledge such as painting pictures of the birds that they saw, reading information texts about them and writing facts about them. This was a super cross-curricular science week where evrybody enjoyed getting into our grounds.

Next we need to explore the data and see how we can positively affect the numbers ready for next year's count!

 

 

Young Explorers' Week (24/11 - 28/11/14)

The staff and children have been having immense amounts of fun learning all about the work of explorers this week! Each class has studied an explorer and endeavoured to be explorers themselves.

In Reception we have been looking at Dora the Explorer and Diego. We went with them on a mission to save some polar bears in the Arctic and learned lots about snowy lands and the animals that live there. We have also been explorers ourselves - looking for wildlife in the school grounds and adding what we observed to our class 'Field Notes Journal'.

 

 

 

In Year 1 they have been looking at Sir Walter Raleigh. We learnt and memorised factual information, including dates and placing them on a timeline to using the turns of his ship to move around the playground. In Art we designed a new flag for him and in DT we explored the tools required for grating, cutting and mashing potatoes. An exciting week!

 

In Year 2 they have been looking at Neil Armstrong. We watched live footage of the astronauts landing on the moon and read lots of information about the Apollo 11 mission. We used this to write a newspaper report and are busy filming our news clip using iMovie on the iPads. In DT we made baskets by carefully selecting our materials, and tested them to see how many 'moon rocks' they could hold, just like Neil and Buzz did when they explored on the moon! A fantastic week in Kingfishers.  

In Year 3 they have been looking at Charles Darwin. We started off the week by exploring the Internet to find out wonderful facts about Darwin and his maiden voyage on The HMS Beagle. We wrote some exciting fact files about him and his life as a young explorer. His father wanted Darwin to become a doctor, but you will never guess that Darwin hated the site of blood! Later in the week we ventured into the school grounds, following the role of Darwin, we collected samples of leaves, insects, flower buds and unidentified objects to analyse and test back in our Science lesson; from this we were able to identify different species of trees and flowers. On Thursday we continued our exploration and became 'bug hunters' as we worked with Ashley Butterfield who took us on an exciting mini beast hunt around our school grounds. We had a very exciting week and are looking forward to exploring the school grounds further during our break times next week!      

In Year 4 they have been looking at Ray Mears.

In Year 5 they have been looking at Sir David Attenborough.

Year 6 continued their Young Explorer work following on from their residential visit to London - where the children explored museums, galleries and the vibrant city of London. When they were not writing their London Survival guides for other explorers, they did take part in a mini-beast hunt in the school grounds to explore what wildlife could still be found in the winter months.

We had a visit during the week from the Scout and Girl Guide Leaders. They hosted very informative assemblies explaining the sort of exploring and adventuring you could do if you joined these groups. Many thanks to these individuals for giving up their time to help to support our school.

 

 

 

Dads, Lads and Lasses

As part of the week's activities we held our annual Dads, Lads and Lasses event. This year the challenges included building newspaper bridges, waterproof den building and building a guy who could survive for the longest amount of time on our camfire. We had a great evening in which lots of scientific, mathematical and design knowledge was applied in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Many thanks to all who came along.

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term

What a busy Science term we have been having so far! Lots of children having being exploring and investigating both inside and outside of the classroom.

Reception children exploring dandelionsIn Reception the Hedgehogs have been out and about looking for signs of autumn - make sure you have a look at their page to see their great conker explorations! They really enjoyed looking at the many different flowers we have growing in the school's meadow. As a parent or carer you should feel free to wander around onto the field and have a look at our developing meadow yourself. Please encourage the children to enjoy the meadow with their eyes and to gently touch the plants - if they are not prickly! The children should try not to pick the flowers and plants so that others can enjoy the meadow as well. Poppies in our meadow

Please be aware the plants are not suitable for eating and some plants are prickly. Please encourage your children to wash their hands after exploring the meadow and to be cautious. Children should never be left unattended on the school grounds.