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Science at Cumnor House

This week, we visited Cumnor House for a Science lesson linked to nutrition. We burned a Wotsit, a Hula Hoop and a Frostie to see which released the most energy.

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Rainforest!

As part of our Wonderful World learning journey, we are studying the Indonesian rainforests and the animals who call them home. In art, we have designed our own sculptures of rainforest bugs using wire and modelling clay.

Varmints – a protest march!

The Varmints’ world is under threat. Owls decided to protest! Collaborative skills were used to create banners and then the whole class marched round the playground – loudly chanting their slogans!

Harvest 2018

We had a wonderful Harvest Service at St Mary’s this week. Well done to Owls. Your performance of When Your Father Made the World was superb. I was very proud of you all!

Science Museum Trip

What a wonderful day we had yesterday at the Science Museum! We saw and learnt so much and, as usual, were complimented on Owls’ politeness and behaviour. We still cannot believe that when Alcock and Brown first flew across the Atlantic in 1919, one of them climbed out of the cockpit mid-flight to clean the frost-stat! We even found a rocket called Skylark!

TIMES TABLE EXTRAVAGANZA Division facts

As requested, (hopefully!) here is a copy of our division challenge. We do this every Friday and the children have to see if they can improve on their score each week. They have just 5 minutes in class to complete as much as they can correctly!

Polly Ho-Yen visit

In English, we are currently studying Fly Me Home by Polly Ho-Yen. Today, Polly visited us to talk about her inspiration for writing and to get us thinking creatively too. She had some wonderful suggestions for getting creative, including your ‘compost brain’ – all the layers of your experience mix together to make a wonderful creative compost.She also signed copies of some of her books for Owls who bought them.

Polly’s quote to add to our Why Read? quotes in the reading corner: ‘Reading lights up your brain compost so you can get lost in your very own stories!’

STEM day

Today has been a fantastic day with lots of STEM flight-related activities going on all around school. We focussed our attention on the development of aircraft design using activities from the RAF100 schools website. It was a bit tricky using craft knives to cut out the templates accurately and then to find the centre of gravity for our planes, but we all managed it. We then needed to move the centre of gravity forwards to the wings to match what happened when heavy engines were added to the front of early planes. We found that the planes were then much more stable and didn’t land nose of tail first!
We also made celery planes (!) and hovercraft using CDs and balloons.
Our very own local BA pilot came in to talk to us about aircraft design and all the maths and physics pilots need to use every time they fly. It seems the 3 times tables are essential!

Wild about Barcombe

What a way to start our school week! Our session at Wild about Barcombe this morning included fire lighting, finding natural wonders to collect in our special boxes, and making flying machines from things we could find in the woods (with a bit of wool to hold them together). There may have been s’mores involved too…

Welcome!

Welcome to Owls for those of you new to the class. If you were an Owl last year, welcome back! We’ve got some really exciting things planned for this year, starting with a trip in a couple of weeks’ time and a STEM day coming up very soon.

Many of you will be keen to get started straight away so if you log into MyMaths, you’ll find you already have activities set for you. Try to keep up with what’s been set so you don’t have a huge list of unfinished tasks.

I’ll see you all bright and early tomorrow! Happy new term 😀