As part of Environment Week 2013, we were asked to work in pairs to identify trees located on our school site. We were able to spot trees that matched the names of our classes as well as many others using a leaf and twig identification chart. As well as naming the trees, we plotted their location on a map of the school. Woodland Workshop and the wildlife area were just two of the many areas explored.
As part of National Road Safety Week (18th - 23rd November) we participated in a range of activities to promote keeping safe when out and about. One of the key messages was to 'Arrive Alive'. We came up with our own logos and slogans and also wrote poems and raps. There was also an opportunity to make 'Traffic Light' biscuits and participate in the 'Great Egg Challenge'.
Elder Class ventured out into the local community to clear litter as part of 'Environment Week'. It was part of 'The Big Tidy Up', an event that forms part of England's biggest-ever litter pick. The children, accompanied by some KS2 members of the Eco Council, gathered litter along the old disused railway line that runs through the back of Newtown from Elmbury Lodge to Morrisons.
The children wore tabards and gloves and some had the use of litter pickers. Overall, 8 large bags of rubbish were collected and the children were extremely surprised by how much they had gathered in such a short space of time. Many passers by stopped to congratulate the children on what they were doing. It was great to see our core drivers of Positive Attitude, Environment and Community so clearly on display.
We have been learning to dance a jive in our P.E. sessions as well as composing lyrics and performing 'The Blues' in music. We have also looked at the Art Deco style and Pop Art. We have also been exploring the decades since the end of the Second World War, and as part of this, we created a human timeline with artefacts that we brought in from home.
We have been busy designing and making our own fairground ride models. After exploring how pulleys and gears work, we had to decide whether we were going to make a ride with horizontal (e.g. a carousel) or vertical (e.g. a ferris wheel) rotation. Once designed, we used a range of equipment to construct our rides. Positioning the motor was very important as it needed to mesh perfectly with the gears or be the exact distance from the first pulley so that the drive belt was set at the correct tension. A circuit then needed to be set up including a battery, a homemade switch and the motor. Once the rides were in full working order, final decorative touches could be added.
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