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Friday, 22 May 2009

On your bike!

Today has been a very special day. It's 'Bike It Day'. Everyone who cycled to school today was rewarded with a breakfast, a bike doctor to check and service their bikes, a ticket for a raffle and a bike it reflective band.

In assembly Bike it Ben showed us a video of about a man who cycled all the way around the world and he has challenged us to ride to school as much as we can, especially during 'Bike it Week' (13th-21st June).

After morning play we drew the winners for the raffle and some lucky children won some bike it goodies. We also officially opened the new bike sheds in the corner of the playground.

Thank you to everyone who cycled to school and helped support our Bike it scheme. Over 50 people cycled to school today. Well done!

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Avon Valley Adventure Park

Today Year 2 went on a trip to Avon Valley Adventure Park to learn more about animals that are found on a farm. The children learned how to treat animals with respect and were able to stroke lots of the animals. With the animals so close, we took the opportunity to do some sketching of them and the children were lucky enough to see lots of baby animals at the park as well.

It was a lovely day, the weather was kind and the children were really well behaved.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the trip so successful.

Friday, 15 May 2009

A journey into Space!

This afternoon Year 3/4 had an amazing experience. We had a mobile planetarium come into school and give the children a show all about Space and the Solar System. The show told the children the story of the solar system and lots of interesting information about the universe.

Joseph in my class said "I thought it was brilliant. We learnt about the stories the ancient greeks told about the animals in the stars."

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Maths - Counting grains of sand!!

Today a Year 5 maths group was given the challenge of trying to work out how many grains of sand there are on a teaspoon. They were asked to use their maths skills to help work out the answer. Some groups decided to spread the teaspoon of sand onto graph paper, they then counted how many grains were in one small square and multiplied this by the number of squares it covered. Some excellent work, well done!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Y5/6 Science

Last week in science Year 5 & 6 examined parts of a flower. We looked at them more closely using magnifying glasses and microscopes. We also studied how plants pollinate and disperse seeds.

Friday, 8 May 2009

My lost bag

In readwrite this week we imagined that a dog had taken our bags. To try and get it back we wrote a letter to send to the police (Don't worry. We wont't really send them!). The letters needed to explain all the information to the police. The children worked really hard on them. Here is Izza's letter:
Dear Police
My bag is lost and I cannot find it.
It happen on wensday.
It happend in the park.
It has got purple in the middle and it has got a star.
It had dogfood in it and the dog snift it.
The dog was very big and he had sharp teath and he was very hairy.
The police will returned it for me.
Thank you,
From Izza

Guess the animal

Because we are doing the topic of 'Down on the farm', I asked Y2S to draw and write a description of an animal for the class to guess. Some of the descriptions have been really interesting. Some are easier than others.
Here are some of the descriptions. Can you guess what they are?

1. This animal has got 4 hooves. This animal lives in a desert. This animal has got a long neck. This animal has got 2 humps.
By Maciej

2. This animal eats insects. This animal has no legs. This animal is rare to find. This animal you might find in a compost heap. This animal is in the same family as lizards.
By George

3. This animal has brown fur on it's body. This animal has short limbs and webbed front feet. This animal lives in streams, rivers and lakes in Australia. This animal lives in a burrow. This animal has a flexible beak. This animal lays eggs and when the eggs hatch the young have milk form the mother.

Can you guess what they are?
Answers will be posted next week.