New Year, New Half Term, New Topic

January 7, 2017

This half term brings along a new topic for each class. Here you can see what is happening in each class and how innovative, inspiring and engaging our Topics are.

 

 

Splendid Skies 

Class 1 & 2 - Reception and Years 1 & 2

High above the land soaring over land and sea riding on the breeze. Then back down to the ground we are going to take a walk outside but what do we wear? How do we know what the weather will be like?

To start this half term’s topic all of the infants went on a nature walk to High Tor. They looked at what the deciduous trees looked like at this time of the year. They found frost and ice, berries, holly, pine cones and a very friendly robin. The children collected items and took them back to the classroom to talk about. They investigated the weather and looked up at the crisp, blue sky and down at the frost covered ground.

 

Did you know - The cloud classification now used is based on that originally proposed by pharmacist Luke Howard in December 1802?

Howard introduced three basic cloud types:

Cirrus

(Latin for a curl of hair), tufts or wisps

Cumulus

(meaning heap), a heap or pile

Stratus

(meaning something spread), a layer

 

Potions

Class 3 Years 3 & 4

A medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage. Enter the magical world of potions and their properties and how amazing they are. New Scientists will be made and they will find out how deadly and dangerous these potions can be, as Romeo and Juliet knew only too well.

This half term’s topic started when Class 3 found a curious trail to follow in the school grounds. It became more curious and more curious until they found a potion bottle that said drink me. They collected all they had found and went back to the classroom to talk about the Drink me Bottle and discussed what it might contain and would it be safe to drink.

 

Did you know – Long, long ago sweat was used in perfume and love potions? Disgusting!

 

Darwin’s Delights!

Class 4 Years 5 & 6

Follow the exciting expedition of Charles Darwin and his Crew on the HMS Beagle across the vast ocean. Travelling to the Galapagos Islands and see the amazing species he found that helped him develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Seeing how animals adapt to their environment and wondering how humans will evolve in millions of years.

In true Darwinian style Class 4 examined dead animal species. The children observed the characteristics and features of their specimens. They drew the specimens and labelled the body parts. Finally, they made a list of research questions that will help them find out more about each species.