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Adi Widdop

Y2 History- Remembrance day

By History, Year 2

For the last few weeks, Y2 have been learning about what happens on remembrance day and why we still commemorate it today. People wear poppies, as these were the on of the only flowers growing in Flander’s field after the war ended. We think it is important to wear poppies to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the World War 1 and 2. Wearing poppies is a good way to raise money for veterans and show respect.

We have been thinking a little bit about what life was like in the Great War for both the soldiers and their families back home. We found out about the trenches and the harsh living conditions there. It made us feel very lucky to be able to go to our nice, warm homes and sleep in a comfy bed!

To conclude our learning about Remembrance day, we walked to the the Wickerlsey cenotaph where we had a minute silence to think about the men of Wickersley who fought in the war. Each child was given a card with a solder’s name and some information about that soldier. (birthplace, family, job, age of death and where they are buried.) The children then had to find their soldier on the cenotaph. It was interesting to see that some of the soldier’s lived very close to some of the children in the class and a few were even buried in St.Alban’s churchyard.


Science in Year 2- Materials

By Science, Year 2

This half term, Year 2 have been learning about different materials and their properties.

First, we tried to group different objects by the material that they are made out of.

Next, we explored the properties of different materials (e.g metals, fabrics, wood, glass, plastics.) We asked and answered questions about the different materials such as: “Is the material hard or soft?”, “Is it flexible or rigid?”, “Is it shiny or dull?” “Is it transparent or opaque?” Does it make a ringing sound when tapped?”

After this, we drew some generalised conclusions about the properties of the materials. In our conclusions, we had to use the word “usually” in most of our answers, as there were always exceptions to the rule! For example, while most metals were hard, the aluminium foil ripped very easily.

Next, we tried to answer the question “What material is suitable for a raincoat?” We decided that the material would need to be strong, flexible and impermeable so no water would soak through. We tested a range of materials to see whether they were permeable or impermeable, strong or weak, flexible or rigid. After experimenting with the materials, we decided that the pvc table cloth would be the most suitable because it fit all our specified criteria.

We still have some more learning/experiment to do about different materials and their properties but I think Year 2 have made an excellent start to this science topic!

Music in Year 2

By Music, Year 2

As part of our Music lessons, Year 2 have been learning to sing the song “Music is in my Soul.”

First we listened to the song and unpicked some of the key elements together and considered how the song made us feel. We asked and answered questions about the song such as: “What instruments can you hear?”, “What is the tempo?” and “Can you find the beat?”

Next, we started looking at notation in music. We know that crotchets last for one beat while quavers last for half a beat. You often see two quavers joined together to make one beat. We practised clapping crotchets and quavers and composed our own rhythms using these.

Finally, we learnt to play the song on an instrument- the glockenspiel. The children were very excited to play despite it being quite tricky to play the correct notes at the right time.

Well done Year 2!

Y3- Parts of a flower

By Science, Year 3

Year 3 have been learning the scientific names for the female and male parts of a flower. Our key vocabulary for this lesson included: stamen, anther, filament, carpel, stigma, style, ovary, sepal and petals. Some tricky stuff! To do this, we dissected a range of different types of flowers to see if we could identify the stamen(male reproductive part) and the carpel (female reproductive part.) This then led on to learning about the pollination process for plants and how each part of the flower has an important role in this process.

Y3 Science- Human skeleton

By Science, Year 3

In science, Year 3 have been learning all about our skeletons and why we have them. We know that the skeleton has 3 main jobs:

  • Support- the skeleton keeps our body upright and supports our weight
  • Protect- the skeleton protects our internal organs
  • Movement- the bones form joints and act as levers, allowing muscles to pull on them to produce movement.

We have also been learning the scientific names for some of the most important bones in the skeleton including: skulll; spine; rib cage; humerus; pelvis; femur; patella; tibia and fibula. To check our knowledge we labelled the skeleton of one of our students outside before transferring this information to our own informative posters!

Y3 trip to Sheffield Cathedral

By History, Religious Education, Year 3

Last week, children in Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. The cathedral was a perfect place for children to experience “awe” and “wonder.” Whilst at the cathedral, Y3 explored the different features of a cathedral in a guided tour. They had opportunity to learn about the cathedral’s rich and colourful history. Furthermore, the children were given opportunities to reflect on the importance of symbols in Christianity. We all had  a fantastic day and Y3 represented our school brilliantly!

Y3- Gardening

By Community, Garden, House Jericho, Science, Year 3

Every Friday, Year 3 have been going in small groups to our school garden to help with deweeding, planting and general garden maintenance. There hard work has helped to make our school garden look more beautiful and ready for Summer! We have also been linking our gardening trips to our plants topic in science. Children have been considering what plants need to grow healthily and recalling the parts of plant while in the garden.

Y3- Volcanic “eruptions”

By Geography, Science, Year 3

Year three ended our geography volcanoes topic with a BANG! We concluded our learning about volcanoes in geography by creating our own chemical reactions to mimic the eruption process. The children acted like real scientists, taking accurate measurements using syringes and measuring cups and they even had safety goggles to protect themselves! The children had lots of fun during this activity but also we tried to link this to what happens in a real eruption.

We know that sudden movement at the tectonic plates causes pressure to build under ground until the magma erupts through a crack in the earth’s crust in an eruption. The lava then cools solidifies into molten rock in cone-shaped layers. After each eruption, there is a new layer of solidified rock, forming a volcano.

Y3- Water transportation experiment

By Science, Year 3

In science, we have been learning about the water transportation process in plants. When it rains/someone waters a plant, the roots absorb the water. This is then sucked up through the stem and transported to the leaves where it finally evaporates.

Y3 decided to test this process with an experiment! We added food colouring to some water before adding white roses. In theory, the coloured water should be transported to the flower, altering the  colour of the petals.

This is my third time attempting this experiment with a class but it is the first time that it has actually worked!

For 4 out of the 6 roses (the ones that worked), we used food colouring gel while for two of the roses we used food colouring liquid. The gel food colouring is more concentrated (and more expensive!) and so it is more effective. We discussed how this was not a fair test, as different groups used different types of food colouring.

Y3 Music- Glockenspiel

By Music, Year 3

Year 3 have been learning about the Reggae genre of music and in particular, we have been focusing on the work of Bob Marley. As a class, we have learnt to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and it is definitely a Y3 favourite.

Now that we are confident singing the vocals to the song, we have started adding instruments into the mix, starting with the glockenspiel! Before learning how to play “Three Little Birds” on the glockenspiels, we looked at some different types of musical notes and what they mean. We have started to learn how to read notes on the treble clef using the acrostic “Every Good Boy Deserves Football” and remembering it’s “F-A-C-E in the space.”

The children had lots of fun playing the glockenspiel and especially enjoyed improvising to the song!