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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Volcanoes

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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Roman Shields

We have been looking at the Romans as part of our topic, and looked further into the Roman soldiers. We concentrated on their shields and what the different designs meant, finding that elements were for the Roman Gods. With this knowledge, we designed our own shields, thinking about incorporating the elements we had studied. We had to think about how we were going to make the shield and what resources and materials we would need.

Once we had designed them, we got on to making them. Most of the children decided to use cardboard and began making their shapes, before adding the handle at the back to help hold onto their shield. We painted them red to match the Roman soldiers, as this was a symbol for the God of war, Mars. We created our designs out of tin foil, wrapping paper, craft paper and metallic paints.

We really enjoyed making our shields and were really happy with the finished product.

 

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Whole School Art Project

On Tuesday the children had the chance to create some art for a whole School project run by Cara Patterson. The children were first taken up to the church to gather ideas as a whole school on what would look best. Then in the afternoon, class 2 had to play their part. we thought of some characters both fictional and historical, such as Mowgli from the jungle book and Henry VIII from the Tudor times.
We then worked in  pairs to draw our character using little detail, as we then had to paint them using acrylic paint, in order to add some more detail. Our paintings would then play a small part in the whole school outcome.

We really enjoyed the session and the pictures look amazing, so we are really proud of ourselves. We cant wait to see the final outcome.

 

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