We explored the tilt of the Earth and learnt about how this impacts on the weather we see in the seasons. The children produced some amazing diagrams of the sunlight on the Earth.
Because we have been looking at taking care of the environment and Antarctica, we decided to investigate how we could create a machine to go down to the ocean's floor and collect soil samples for scientists to analyse. We had to think about the properties of the materials we were using and concluded we would need a metal or plastic machine which had a mechanism to allow the grabber to move.
We had a fun healthy eating roadshow come in where we took part in some exercises before looking at different healthy foods. We learnt that we should be having 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables every day. 3 children were picked from the audience and given roles by the top chef. They got to make banana milkshakes using bananas, honey and milk. Everyone then got given some to drink and they were delicious!
In Tunbridge Wells in 1956 there was a huge hailstorm. We had a chance to investigate photos and newspaper articles and thought about questions we might like to ask to find out more about this event. We learnt that this took place in August which would normally be summer!
We started with the question: does the sun move? We then went outside and investigated our shadows and how they change throughout the day. We learnt that the sun doesn't move and that we actually orbit and move around the sun. We then looked about the length of the day and the length of a year and how the position of the Earth and its movement causes this.
What have Yorkshire been doing?
This term we have been exploring Shirley Hughes book of poems "Out and About." In English we have been looking at using our senses to describe the things we might be able to hear, see and feel in each season. I have been truly amazed by the descriptive writing the children have produced. In Maths we have been exploring multiplication and division and have begun to explore fractions. In Art we have been studying the artist Andy Goldsworthy and his use of natural materials to create stunning artworks. We have used watercolour paints to create beautiful spring pictures. In Science we have been exploring the seasons further, looking at the tilt of the Earth and the impact this has on the weather we experience during the seasons. We also had a chance to go outside and investigate how our shadows move during the day and why this is. In History we have been researching how the Victorians kept warm in cold weather, the great hailstorm which happened in Tunbridge Wells in 1956 and we have researched Grace Darling and why she is a significant individual of the past.