Soil Investigations

This afternoon for science we studied a range of soils and whether they were acid, alkali or neutral. We started by talking about where soil comes from and learnt that it comes from rocks, but can have other things in such as sand and animals, both alive and dead.

We then put on some protective goggles before testing a couple of acids and alkalis with magic paper to see what they would do. We discovered that they changed colour to either a reddy orange or a bluey green. If they turned orange they were an acid and if they turned blue they were an alkali and if they didn’t change at all they were neutral.

We then used this knowledge to test 5 different soils to see whether they were acidic, alkaline or neutral. We put the soil into a beaker, mixed it with a little water, before filtering it through filter paper using a funnel. We then used the magic paper to test the water that had filtered through and recorded the results.

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Miniature Photography

In computing we are learning about photography. We looked at the work of Audrey Heller, who does miniature photography. Most of this work is little figures taking on activities or tasks within our environment. Here are some examples of her work:

We looked closely at these and studied how uses her camera.

We used a range of small world toys, duplo and lego characters to create our own photographs.


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Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic

We explored different rocks to determine whether they were igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic.

We used starburst sweets to explore the rock cycle, and how the rocks can change between the three types. We were shown how an igneous rock is formed by the cooling of magma, but then we all created our own sedimentary rocks by chopping and squishing together to form layers and lumps. Then we applied heat and pressure using our hands to form metamorphic rocks.


We then got magnifying glasses and looked at five samples of rocks to see whether we could identify what type of rocks they were: igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic.

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Arlington Court

We took a school trip to Arlington court to explore the grounds using maps, compasses and GPS systems. We developed our map reading skills by finding letters that were hidden around the grounds, using a map of Arlington court as a guide. Once we had collected those letters it made the word volcano for a topic this term.

We then looked at how to use a GPS system alongside a map and compass in order to find different locations that had boxes with items left by other people. We had great fun doing this and enjoyed seeing what other people had left in the boxes on their visits.

In the afternoon we created their own volcanoes out of natural materials. We were each given a lump of clay which we had to mould into a volcano, then add any natural materials we could find to enhance our work. Some of us used leaves, moss and stones to develop our volcano, while others used some charcoal from the firepit to create the ash look.

We also had a go at building our own dens with blogs, branches and other natural materials. We really thought about our structures, and making our dens homely. Some of us even added chairs and a pretend fire pit to add warmth.


What a fantastic day we had!

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To kick start our topic, tremors, we have been looking at volcanoes this afternoon. We looked at how they are formed, the different types  from around the world and how they work. We watched a video showing us erupting volcanoes before the children had a go at making their own.

We use a bottle and some coloured card to create our volcano, before adding vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and red food colouring. This created a reaction in the bottle causing it to foam and erupt acting like a volcano.

The children had great fun learning about volcanoes and creating their own. We cant wait to learn more about tremors in our topic this term.

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Skeletal system

We learned about the skeletal system of humans and other animals. We looked at similarities and differences between animal skeletons then drew around a friend to create their skeleton and discussed the three functions of a skeleton: movement, protection and structure. Then we used this knowledge to create our own skeletons out of cotton buds and labelled the bones.

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Paignton Zoo

We visited Paignton Zoo to learn more about animals.

We had the chance to handle some artefacts the zoo had collected from the animals they look after.

We saw a huge range of animals around the zoo from elephants and rhinos to snakes and geckos. We really enjoyed seeing the large range of animals and watching them interact with one another.

We had a fantastic day and cannot wait to write about the wonderful things we encountered on our trip to Paignton Zoo.


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Fascinating food chains

We learned about food chains, using the vocabulary producer, prey and predator. Then we created some art to demonstrate our knowledge. We used brusho to create the vivid colours and bring our animals to life.

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Our class poem – According to the Lizards…

In English we are studying poetry. We created a poem working in groups and then collaborating as a whole class. Can you guess what animal it is about?

According to the Lizards…

We slither through the wood like lava from a volcano,

Full of hiss like a boiler about to blow.

In the watery cave between the rocks,

Our tongues forked like lightening move like flags in the wind.

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Let’s go fly a kite!

It has been very windy this week so we made kites out of different materials. Our challenge was to make a kite that would fly!

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