Opal Class Computing at Hastings Museum

Opal Class have just had their first Computing lesson for this term at the museum.  The children made ‘Milo the Science Rover’ and programmed him to move, change the colour of his light and play music.  Most groups added a motion sensor and some even got as far as collaborating with another group to join their Milo Rovers together!  We can’t wait for next week’s lesson!

Opal Class Science TASC day

Our fantastic finish for Term 1 was to complete a Science TASC day, during which the children had to design and construct an environment that would keep a Venus fly trap alive!  Here are some of the children (and visiting parents) at the initial planning stages:

The children then chose their best design and made them:

Here are some of the finished designs:

After lunch, the children were asked to evaluate their design and then explain to children from other groups how their design works and their design choices.  Here are some photos of the children during the communicate stage of the TASC:

Here is one of the groups’ finished TASC wheels:

This design was the runner up for Opal class:

And here’s the winning design:

‘Forest School Fun’ Term 1

During term 1 groups from years 3 to 6 have enjoyed several ‘Forest School’ sessions. The children have been busy planting fruit bushes,learning how to light fires safely,whittling and using a bow saw.

They have also transferred their math knowledge that they have learnt in class. Partitioning using natural resources. The final session included toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.

But most of all they have just enjoyed playing in the mud and getting dirty!!

Astrodome Visit

Following our successful skipathon, we were able to book a visit from the Astronomy Roadshow which visited Year 5 on Monday 14th October.

Inside the astrodome, we were able to see projections of the stars and see how they appear to move across the sky.  We built on our understanding about the way that the Earth and Moon move in space and were able to ask our expert visitor some of the questions that we have been gathering during our learning in the classroom.

We also investigated how gravity on different planets affects weight and were able to look at and hold real meteorites.

         Did you know that they are called meteors when travelling through space but meteorites once someone has picked them up?

 

It was a great experience to end our learning about space.

Thank you to all those who helped us raise money by sponsoring us!

Year 6 Funky Foods

Today in Funky Foods Opal class looked at the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. They were tasked with using an online supermarket website to search for – and budget – a breakfast plan to feed a family of four for 5 days. They were given £8 to complete their task and had to include a main (cereal/toast/eggs etc), a drink (juices/milk/water) and a piece of fruit or a yoghurt. They found the task interesting and were shocked at how difficult it can be to budget sensibly.

They then had the chance to measure and weigh a suggested portion of cereal and compare this to their usual amounts at home.

They are very excited for next lesson where they will be making vegetable empanadas and guacamole.

Year 5 Sponsored Skipathon

Today we managed to get out in between the rain showers for our skipathon. The children in both classes did extremely well and reached over 6200 skips!

They enjoyed some juicy tomatoes afterwards. To continue with our fundraising for our astrodome visit, we will continue to sell fruit at break.

Thank you to all those family and friends of our year 5 children who have sponsored them. If you still would like to sponsor, there is still time!

 

Creative Computing in year 4

As part of our creative curriculum, Year 4 have been working with Hastings museum on some programming using LEGO models. As you can see the children from Coral class have really enjoyed learning how to programme the models to carry out a variety of actions and tasks!