Today in Science we made fireworks in a glass cup. We followed these instructions:
1. Fill the glass with warm water.
2. Pour a small amount of oil into another container and add a few drops of food colouring.
3. Give it a good stir.
4. Pour this inside the glass jar and watch the fireworks.
We found out that oil and water don't mix. Also, oil is less dense than water and therefore floats on top of the water. The food colouring is water based and therefore does not mix with the oil, instead it sinks through the oil into the water, it sinks to the bottom leaving trails (resembling fireworks) as some of the colours diffuse into the water.
Design and Technology
Today we made a prototype of our game board. First, we discussed how to make our game’s board interesting and eye-catching. We also discussed how our drawing, writing and colouring needs to be neat as this is a final draft.
Harry Potter Blogging Day
Today we had a wonderful day full of Harry Potter activities. Firstly, we used resources to create our own sorting hat biscuit. We used a cone and put some smarties inside and then sealed it up using a chocolate biscuit. We then had our own 'sorting ceremony' where we swapped biscuits and had to break the biscuit to discover what house colour was inside.
Next, we mixed lots of different ingredients to create a magic potion. We described it to a friend and talked about what information we would need to put on the potion bottle.
Then we followed instructions to make slime or 'troll bogies'. Once we had made our slime, we then used our experience as inspiration to write a description of what troll bogies would look, feel and smell like.
We began the day by discussing what Christians believe. We then learnt about the Ten Commandments. In groups we chose a commandment to act out and then the rest of the class tried to guess which one we were trying to portray.
Next, we discussed places that are special before learning about places that are special to Christians. At our tables, we then completed a matching activity to show what we had learnt about these special places.
After break time we learnt about the Christian festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Some of these festivals we were already familiar with and some we hadn’t heard of before. We then created our own Christian calendars.
Signs and Symbols
We have also been talking about Christian symbols. We learnt about the meaning of the Ichthus symbol (the fish), the cross and the dove. We then create our own dove out of a paper plate and labelled it with words that the dove can symbolise.
Today, we investigated density. We found out that density is how much mass is in a volume or space. We poured different liquids with different densities on top of each other. We found out that the liquid with the greatest density sunk to the bottom. The liquid that sunk to the bottom in our experiment was honey. We discussed the experiment and decided next time we would measure each liquid so it was a fair test.
Design and Technology
Today in Design and Technology we researched our favourite board games. We then designed our own. We had to think about three key questions:
How will the players move around the board?
What will the players need to play the game?
How will the players win the game?
We are very excited to make our design in the next few weeks.
Today we had a debate in class to discuss the reasons for and against Scotland joining England to form Great Britain. In groups, we were assigned a different role. For example, some of us argued as English people who thought Scotland joining England was a bad idea and some people argued as Scottish people who thought it was a good idea.
Once each group had presented their argument we voted to decide if Scotland would join England to form Great Britain.
This week in Computing and Coding we had a discussion about how important it is to know how to use a computer. We spoke about different careers that require computing skills and why they are important in everyday life. We followed instructions to load up an internet page and researched our favourite artists. We spoke about safe internet searching and had an e-safety quiz. When we had found the information that we thought was reliable we followed instructions to copy and paste this information from the website onto a word document. We had a go at changing the size and font of the text. We then added a question to the bottom of the word document and followed instructions to save the document and rename it. We then had to open the work using the find button and change the question to italics. We swapped with the person next to us and they had to find the answer to the question using Google and copy and paste the answer onto the word document. Finally, we followed instructions to print our work.
This week in History we have been looking at why King Henry believed a male heir to be important. We discussed his wives and why he married so many times. We then worked together as a class to memorise what happened to each wife.
This week in Science we have been learning about different Scientists and what they investigate. First, we looked at scientists that introduce new plants to our gardens. We found out that plants need air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow in order to stay alive. We also researched how plants are transported. Next, we went on a plant hunt outside to discover what different plants were in the school garden. Finally, we designed our own plant and discussed what special powers it could have.
This week in art we have been exploring patterns. We then researched Wassily Kandinsky who was a famous Russian artist (1866-1944). At an early age, Wassily exhibited a very special gift called synaesthesia cognate. This gift gave him the ability to hear colours and see sounds. This special gift was encouraged by his father who enrolled him in private drawing lessons as well as lessons in piano and cello. We then used 2D shapes to create our own masterpiece. We closed our eyes, listened to the music and responded to the sounds by drawing.
In History, we have been learning about how the Normans came to rule Britain in 1066. We then researched William the Conqueror’s messenger, Stephen Ingram. We thought of some questions we could ask him to find out more information about William the Conqueror. We then discussed how we could help promote happier communities. We decided we would organise a community party to bring everyone together.
This week in Geography we have been learning all about compasses and why we use them. We had to memorise what each point stands for. We then looked at a pirate treasure map and worked together to write instructions to direct the pirate ship to the treasure.
This week in Science we have been discussing experiments and what kind of experiments we have done in the past. We looked at how to conduct an experiment and what we need to think about before and after. We discussed symbols that scientists have to look out for and discussed harmful chemicals and what equipment we could use to protect us. Finally, we thought about what we would like to investigate and how we could conduct the experiment.
This week in Geography we had a discussion about the different ways you could get to a destination. We spoke about using maps, compasses and a satnav. We then discussed the differences between a town and a city. We found out that Worksop has a population of 44,970 and Sheffield has a population of 518,090. We then located cities on a map and directed each other using the words: north, south, east and west.
In art we have been using tiny lines and sketches to make up a drawing. We then used this skill to create a badge that represented one of the houses in Harry Potter. We then looked at the picture of Hogwarts at night. We discussed the different shapes in the picture and how these were used to make up the building. Finally, we followed instructions to create our own drawing of Hogwarts. Why not have a go?
1. Draw the outline of Hogwarts onto black paper using pencil. Think about the shapes that you can see.
2. Create the sky. Use blue, white, yellow, pink/purple and black chalk. Remember to leave a space for the moon, and to leave lots of black in the sky- it looks better like this! Use your fingers to blend the colours into one another. You could put lightning in too.
3. Add in the moon. Use white chalk. You could add a bit of yellow or blue as well. Only smudge it a bit.
4. Add in the lighter parts on the buildings. Use white and yellow, and blend the colours in. Remember, you want to leave a lot of the building black.
5. Finally, add in the windows. They are white and yellow. Don’t smudge them- you want them to really stand out.