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On Friday 19th May, a group of eight children from Ash and Birch spent the day on the water, dipping their toes in the world of bell boating. Along with other schools from across the city, they were able to try out various water and land-based activities. From archery to ergs, the children could spend time learning new skills or practising more familiar ones.
The smiles on their faces (along with dry hair!) when they returned suggested an amazing day had been spent in the fresh air.
Many thanks to Mrs Price and Miss Lonsdale who captained the children on their trip!
Year 6 have been working hard to improve their performing skills during singing sessions. They are able to sing in two parts with confidence now – that’s super progress!
Having survived SATs and having worked their socks off without any fuss, it seemed only fair for our wonderful Year 6’s to have a treat. We therefore abandoned our classrooms last Friday and spent the morning in Trefusis Park.
The weather was kind to us, enabling the children to enjoy the play area before competing in a friendly game of ‘Ash vs Birch’ rounders. We then enjoyed our picnic lunches before taking a leisurely walk back to school … arriving just as it began to rain!
Listen to Caitlin and Codie singing ‘Lavender’
Birch class has begun regularly attending the allotment to prepare the beds and to help cultivate produce in the polytunnel. Last time’s group helped to prepare the polytunnel and brought back some seed potatoes that we have had chitting on our windowsill over half-term. This week’s group learnt how to plant the potatoes properly and how to tend to the chickens.
Birch class had a fabulous time during Science Week. We learnt how to create a ‘Freaky Hand’ by combining a solid (bicarbonate of soda) with a liquid (vinegar) which reacted to created a lot of gas (carbon dioxide) which inflated the rubber glove.
We also grew crystals by combining epsom salts and hot water with some food colouring. This produced mixed results – from slushy crystals, to a mass of tiny crystals, to large shard-like crystals.
We also researched Charles Darwin and learnt why he is such a famous scientist.
Year 6 continued their Science learning about Properties and Changes to Materials with Mr Gage from Lipson Co-operative Academy this week. They found out that breakfast cereals tend to be fortified with iron. Mr Gage demonstrated (using a magnet) how to separate out the iron from some cereal so the children could observe the tiny particles.
Year 6 had a lovely treat this week – a visit from Nikki and Lee from Warburtons, the bread makers. Nikki and Lee began by telling us about the history of Warburtons. We hadn’t realised that the company has existed since 1876 or that it remains a family-owned and family-run business today or that Warburtons is the most popular bakery brand in the UK.
Nikki and Lee showed the children the Eatwell chart and discussed the importance of healthy eating which reinforced the children’s earlier Science learning about ‘Humans and other Animals’. They also then talked about the importance of hygiene when handling food items and handed out fetching green hairnets for us all to wear! After that, we rolled up our sleeves, tied back our hair, washed our hands and donned an apron. At last, we were ready to bake!
The children put their recent Maths work about ratios to good use to calculate the proportions of yeast and salt they needed to add to the flour and water mixture. They worked hard at mixing and kneading until the dough was ready to shape. Once we’d shaped our dough, Nikki and Lee talked to us about minimising food wastage by using leftovers for other meals.
The dough was baked over lunch and we returned to the classrooms to be greeted by the delicious smell of freshly baked bread which we got to take home with us – along with our hairnets some Warburtons products and some useful information.
It was a really enjoyable morning.
Birch class has been exploring the artwork of local artist, Yvonne Coomber. They have created their own pictures in her style and this week experimented with recreating one of her artworks using pastels with super results.
Birch class has been having a lovely time recently – cultivating mould! It has been suggested that mould might prevent bacteria growth and could pathe the way for new antibiotics so we have been seeing in which conditions mould grows best. Our investigations are ongoing but so far dark, damp, warm conditions seem to generate the quickest growth. We’ll let you know our final results and conclusions next month.
In art, Year 6 are looking at the work of local artist, Yvonne Coomber.
Many thanks to everyone who bought our school Christmas Carol Service CD. With the profits, we were able to buy two ipad mini’s for the children to use. Here are some pictures showing our music technology in action. Year 6 are composing music using ‘garage band’ to go with a clip of a Condor Flight as part of our topic looking at South American music.
On Wednesday 25th January, Ash and Birch had the privilege of hearing the family story of Liz Berg – a Plymouth resident, whose father-in-law survived the Jewish holocaust of World War 2.
They were able to see photographs and documents, which were her father-in-law’s only belongings, as he fled Poland to England before other members of his family were rounded up and killed. Liz communicated the mistreatment of the Jewish people in a manner which enabled the children to begin to understand the gravity and severity of what happened to them.
Understandably shocked and saddened, we spent time reflecting on the origins of such events and Liz encouraged us all to stand up to hatred.
Birch spent the afternoon at the allotment on Wednesday 25th January. We were extremely lucky with the weather – the sky was blue and the wind was relatively gentle.
We all got stuck in to prepare the annuals bed for planting and we cleared a bed that had become overgrown with weeds and dead nasturtium stems. Our reward was freshly made butternut squash soup and bread!
This week, Birch began researching and compiling their Geography project. Working in pairs, the children have been allocated a European city and an American city to compare and contrast and to present as a project in a manner of their choice. They’ve really embraced the idea and it’s lovely to see the super teamwork. I am looking forward to viewing the completed projects at the end of term.
Birch Class has enjoyed working on their Anglo-Saxon weavings and have produced some marvellous results.
Heart Dissection – Sept 2016
We were fortunate to have lovely weather during our visit to the allotment where we discovered ripe, juicy watermelons. Jason explained how watermelons have evolved over time through careful seed selection. Did you know that in 3000BC watermelons were only 5cm in diameter and full of seeds?
We picked broad bean pods which had gone past their best for eating but which contained ripe and ready beans for planting. Jason explained how he will carefully select the healthiest beans to plant, in order to maximise the chance of a good crop next year.
We brought back a couple of aubergines which we are going to cook with next week … watch this space!
Congratulations to our Year Six who have finally to made it to the top of the tree! We are very proud of our year six – they are truly Laira Green pupils! Our prefects will help run the school and our Head Librarians, Ben and Avjana, will be leading a team of librarians!