Last week, Year 4 Amber and Saffron went on a trip to the Soanes Centre to learn all about insulators and conductors.
Here is some useful information before you read on any further:
- A material is what things are made of.
- An insulator is a material the does not allow heat to pass through it.
- A conductor is a material that does allow heat to pass through it.
We began by testing different materials using a thermal heat pad to identify which were insulators and which were conductors. Then, we realised which materials will be useful for insulating a home (cardboard, bubble wrap and fleece). Our classes were split into teams and then the games began!
We were given 20 minutes, all the insulation materials and a small, cardboard house to insulate and build. The team that built the house that was able to retain the most heat, won. After the time was up, our houses were tested. A light source (light bulb) was put inside the house and left (switched on) for 1 minute. A thermometer was also put in the house for the same amount of time and a line graph showed us the temperature of the house during that time. It was a close competition but the winning house reached a scorching 39 degrees Celsius! Great insulation!
This trip was a fantastic, practical workshop that helped us all understand what insulators and conductors are and how they are used efficiently in our world today.
This week Year 5 went on a lovely trip to the Museum of London Docklands. We had a great time walking around the museum and finding out lots of information about the industrial revolution. We saw one of the first wheelbarrows that were ever created and how machinery has advanced from a simple wheel to the transport systems and machines we have today. Have a look at some of the things we saw whilst we were there…
Geologists on a Rock hunt!
Year 3 Orange and Gold class visited the Soanes Centre to investigate different types of rocks and the effect of weathering, as our topic this term is Active Planet.
In the centre, we observed and classified rocks according to their characteristics. Our investigations involved making predictions, using equipment (such as magnifying glasses and pipettes) and then observing and testing different types of rocks (both man-made and natural ) within the surroundings of the centre.
Some of the rocks that we identified were: granite, limestone, sandstone, marble and slate. We then investigated different properties of rocks such as: permeability, impermeability and whether they were hard or soft, and the effect of weathering and erosion. Did you know that granite is an igneous rock that is extremely hard wearing and will take many decades to erode?
As a result of our trip we are now budding geologists and can not wait to learn more about fossils and rocks from around the world!
Next time when you go out, reflect about how these rocks were formed, their use and how they will erode over time!
On Friday 6th July 2018 Year 5 children and adults had a lot of fun at our very first Year 5 sleepover! We played games, watched the world cup, went on a spooky night walk around the school and ended the night snuggled into our sleeping bags surrounded by our friends! Have a look at some of our after school sleepover fun…
Last week Year 5 spent a lovely day at Swanlea Secondary School getting acquainted with the school and taking part in some fun KS3 lessons. We had lots of fun dissecting animal hearts and making bath bombs in Science, creating tribal masks in Art and participating in fun outdoor PE lessons. This was a good taster for all that is to come!
Year 2 visited London Zoo to see all the wonderful wildlife. We had a great time seeing many different species of animals including: monkeys, lions, turtles, giraffes and even some snappy alligators. In the amphitheatre, we watched a live show which demonstrated birds of prey in action. We also learnt interesting facts about penguins and also how they are adapted to their environment. Did you know that most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere?
The Year 4 children enjoyed a performance of ‘Pollution Solution’ this week. Big Wheel Theatre Company visited our school and demonstrated the effects of pollution on our planet in a fun and engaging performance.
The show taught us about three key areas:
- Global warming – how our transport choices affect the world.
- The impact of traffic, air pollution and congestion in our local area.
- Why walking and cycling are almost always the best way to get around and how to do this safely.
Some children commented that they ‘really enjoyed the performance because it showed us how pollution affects the world in a really fun way.’
What a lovely day it was! We travelled to Chalkwell farm on a chartered train. It was a pebbly beach, there was a shallow paddling pool and we dipped our feet inside to keep cool. We splashed around the water all the adults and children were soaked but we had so much fun. Towards the end of the trip we enjoyed a delicious, creamy ice-cream.
Congratulations Year 3 Orange!
Year 3 Orange have been hard at work whilst competing in the Tower Hamlets Sumdog Challenge for the past 2 weeks. We have been consistent in our approach to the competition, ensuring that we keep trying every day and take on a challenge when we feel ready. Thankfully, all of our hard work paid off as we were crowned the Overall Winners (1st Place) last week Friday the 22nd June as well as being named the Daily Winners for Thursday 21st June.
Further congratulations to our Fabulous Five who also won individual Top 10 Player certificates for their incredible Cyber Mathematics. We are so proud of you all!